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Hi all,

We'll be closing down the GQA Google Group this week,

For all Genderqueer info, news and events, go to:

http://genderqueer.org.au

Thanks for taking part in this page

Lisa
GQA organiser.

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Hi all,

We've noticed the GQA community in Google Plus doesn't have much activity. What we'd like to do is close it down.

You can subscribe to the website to get updates, there's a form in the right sidebar for that.

http://genderqueer.org.au

And if you want to share news, you can let us know via the news page:

http://www.genderqueer.org.au/share-your-news/





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Want to share news with GQA? Go to our website and do it, and if we think it's appropriate, we'll share it on the website!

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Last night on VH1's 'Couples Therapy', reality star and model Carmen Carrera becomes the first trans person to marry on national television. Carrera, explained in a People magazine article, how important this moment is for all trans people. "This wedding has given us a sense of freedom to be proud of what we have and who we are", she said. "Celebrating our love and what we call our 'modern, modern family', lets us know that we belong here and that we also have a place to raise a family of our own on our terms. We feel truly blessed."

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Again, our friends of TMP have voted, and chosen who are our most outstanding and influential trans people of 2015. Three years ago, I did the first top 20, and decided this would be an annual list on TransMusePlanet. The second year I asked a few friends, readers, and followers of our social media pages to vote. Last year, I held a poll here on the blog, and now for the 4th Annual TMP's Choice, a record 354 votes have been cast on this blog, and our social media pages combined.

The nominations were chosen based on their mentions in stories shared on our facebook, tumblr, and google + pages throughout the year, then I placed a poll and asked our friends of TMP to vote.

Here are your votes. A list of those that have inspired us, entertained us, and educated our community. The notorious and controversial, along with those who have inspired us. Our community is varied, yet we are a community. As Miss Major Griffin-Gracy says, "We have to look out for one another because we're all we've got."

There has been much debate in our community over who is fit to represent, a resistance to those some feel are a contribution to a single hetero-normative identity ideal, or even those with different political views. Many say we don't have a community because trans people are so different, with different stories. That can be said of the entire human race, yet we bond with those who have shared experiences, values, and aspirations. Regardless of the differences one thing is true about all of us; we all share a desire to live an authentic life that is different than that of what society has told us we ought to be. Every week, weather you are black or white, Christian or Muslim, male or female, rich or poor; we stick a needle with iether E or T to transition our bodies to become who we see when our eyes are closed at night, in all our childhood dreams. we are all on this journey together, a community. These maybe the voted heroes of our community, but every trans person that dares to live life on their terms is an inspiration, and hero to the next 'genderation.'

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Whatever comes to mind when you think of a trans-female rapper, forget what you've heard, Amirra Daye Smith aka. MzzAmirraO is breaking down all misconceptions, and glass ceilings with one lyrical rhyme after the next. She's not afraid to step out of the clones of 'video vixxens', and be the strong lyrical stylist she's becoming known for. Her rhymes says it all, "walk through with a shoe so vicious swag on a thou and the crew all vixxenz, sit so pretty but we came here to dance, we came to get loose grey goose."

Last month I had  the pleasure of chatting with another member of her crew, Nicki Andro. Together they have collaborated on tracks that are growing a fast fan base. What make these rappers stand out from the others in our community, is that they aren't afraid to share the stage. They realize to make it. it will take a team, a community, and teams get noticed. That's exactly what's happening with MzzAmirraO, and her crew at SMG group.

I'm a lover of music, and I appreciate a good rhyme with meaning, but that's not what caught my attention by these two artist, or why I've chosen to signal boost them. Years ago when I popped my first premarin pill, a wise mentor once told me that there is something that money can't buy and every t-girl needs to posses. Hormones will not deliver it, a man, job or surgery can't fix it. You either have it or you don't, and it's called class.

It's time my friends of TMP meet the classy, talented, strong, and the hardest working trans woman in hip hop, Amirra Daye Smith aka MzzAmirraO.

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One of the cover feature for FTM Magazine is Jake Graf, an award winning trans producer, director, and writer. The producer of the films; X-Why, Cocktale , Brace and the newly completed Chance. He's  the first U.K. trans filmmaker featured in the British Council's pioneering film project FiveFilmsForFreedom.
I'm honored that I got the chance to chat with this amazing producer, and a new trans faces interview the readers of TMP have been asking more of. Now we go a musing and get to know this amazing film maker TMP sytle.

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What happens to a  youth still faced with a leader in their school system, that out of their personal beliefs, defy the law? The TBGL community is all too familiar with personal attacks of individuals defying the law. In Kentucky, a petition is urging the removal of a county clerk, who even after court order to perform legal same-sex marriages, refuses to obey the law. In Orgeon, a young trans brother has written to TMP about similar attempts to hinder the law in his state of Oregon. Oregon law protects trans youth from harassment, discrimination and protects their right to use restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their presented gender identity. Yet, he is denied based on a school officials personal choice. Here is his letter.

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