Transgender Activist Rose Montoya Calls on TikTok to Work With the Transgender Community to Actively Prioritize Safety, Diversity, Inclusion, Authenticity and Empower Diverse Voices
For those of you who may not be aware, TikTok has changed their community guidelines as of December 15th, 2020. The platform has since begun a sweep of deleting and deactivating creator profiles, leaving many LGBTQIA creators caught in the cross-fire.
Real people—not just computer programs— should be involved before accounts are deleted. The community guidelines should not be able to be used as a tool to discriminate and target marginalized people.
If you're on the bisexual and/or cosplay side of TikTok, you've probably noticed a new trend taking over your For You Page: bi pirate (AKA "birate") TikTok. As of this writing, the hashtag #birates has amassed over 22 million views, with related hashtags like #bipiratetiktok and #bisexualpiratetiktok clocking millions of views of their own.
There was the Black model whose hair was burned by a stylist. The nonbinary model who was asked to walk a runway as a man. Just for starters. Fran Dunaway, the founder of the Seattle-based clothing line TomboyX, has heard those stories, and more.
Recently we had the valued opportunity to work with a community of intersectional models to develop a process that ensures consideration and a safe environment for all model talent that works with TomboyX.
I didn't grow up knowing about the LGBTQ+ community. For the longest time I thought the terms queer and gay were words used to belittle effeminate males. I didn't know the word transgender until I was a teenager. It took me a long time to figure myself out and feel comfortable with how I identify.
As we celebrate womxn this day, month, and all throughout our lives, we turned over the conversation to you, our Tomboys. Thank you to those who shared their story.
A Forward from CEO Fran Dunaway: At TomboyX we honor our differences and believe in a #HumanAgenda to make the world more inclusive, accepting, and affirming place. Our hearts are broken by increasing violence towards and death of our siblings within the trans community. In 2018, there were 369 transgender or gender diverse people killed globally.
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"'Can you leave? We are having girl chat.' I left and sat alone in the field. Teachers would laugh when I'd tell them I was being bullied. I cried and prayed to God, 'Please let me wake up and be a girl.' This is me. I am a woman."
Rainbow-themed laptop skins. Rainbow-themed sparkling water. Rainbow-themed mouthwash. It seems no matter where you look, scroll, or shop, there is no shortage of Pride-themed gear to get you through the month of June. But nothing shines quite so bright as TomboyX, a Seattle-based clothing company specializing in inclusive, gender neutral underwear.
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Ah, Pride season, the annual time of year during which major brands and corporations suddenly remember that LGBTQ people live, breathe, and spend money. I jest- er, kind of. This year, support brands like these nine companies, all of which champion queer pride and inclusion in various ways (and not just during June.)
Rainbow stripes can be seen in full bloom this month as the LGBTQ community - and its allies - continue to celebrate and make a statement about equality and inclusion. This year's Pride month is especially resonant as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
Pride is the time of year where LGBTQ people are celebrated for truly being their authentic selves. TomboyX's 2019 Pride collection is replicating the colorful celebration with a series of comfortable (and gender non-conforming) rainbow-inspired lingerie with messages that anyone, LGBTQ or not, can get behind.
Editor's note: Rosalynne Montoya identifies as a transgender Latina woman with "a passion for advocating for my community and helping others feel valid, loved, and beautiful." A writer, makeup artist, and model, Montoya "grew up sheltered from the LGBT community without knowing any queer people or the language for my own identity."
A Dozen Roses of Self Love A love letterFor me, not you. dysphoria mayIntrude my thoughts, Still I thank my bodySurvived, transformed, fought. I have legs for days,Support me to march and run. These arms create, paint,Raise fists as one. My smile radiates,Comforts, and spreads. This face is beat - Lips in warrior red.
At the center of Valentine's Day is the tender idea of celebrating love, and, more so, celebrating the one you love. Here at Equally Wed, we're sweet on love, visibility and representation of our LGBTQ+ community. In the spirit of celebrating people like us, we're dedicating our Valentine's gift guide to products from our own LGBTQ+ community.
For ages, society has spent time picking apart who you are to fit the mold of a specific standard of beauty. Thankfully, in the last few years, being the most authentic version of yourself has never been trendier - and that's so the mood the TomboyX...
I was born in a small town in Idaho surrounded by religious and conservative influences. I grew up without the knowledge of the community I now identify with—without hearing the word transgender...
Mazzoni Center’s annual Trans Wellness Conference broke its attendance record with more than 9,500 guests in its 17th year, making it the largest transgender-focused conference in the country.
In April of 2015 Laverne Cox decided to pose nude for Allure Magazine. By doing this she sent the world a message with hashtag #transisbeautiful. At the time I was just beginning to understand my gender identity.
There are thousands of online make-up artists to follow on Instagram and YouTube, but what about trans and gender non-conforming artists? What about artists who are welcoming towards us? We compiled a list of our favorite artists to look out for. 1.
To the Trans Community, Happy Pride month! This is the time for us to celebrate who we are and how far we've come as individuals and as a community. Today I am proud to be a transgender woman. This pride month, I am celebrating 2 years on hormone replacement therapy.
*Please note the following articles were written before Rose transitioned. They refer to her using her dead-name and refer to her with masculine pronouns. The correct way to now refer to her is with female pronouns and Rosalynne, Rose, Rosie, or Rosa.*