Painted Into a Corner


This piece is part of The Passing Issue, a special package from Outward, Slate's home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. Recently, while ringing up a woman's purchase of foundation and setting powder, I was asked by her husband how long I took to complete my makeup. He leaned forward with his hands against the edge of the counter to get a better look. Consider the scene--my body: hidden under the Sephora smock; my face: foundation and contour; bronzer and blush; brows, eyeliner, bright blue and clown white eyeshadow; lip-liner and lipstick and gloss; highlight; and lashes. As much I wanted to lean away in that moment, I did not.

All the best queer memes inspired by Nintendo


The two are madly in love. That's according to Tumblr, which still maintains one of the internet's largest de facto libraries of queer Nintendo memes. There are, to put it roughly, zillions of them. Perhaps more than any other gaming system, Nintendo is particularly (if unconsciously) adept at generating queer and trans characters and memes. Few of these characters are "out," per sé -- there's a lot of projecting going on -- but that doesn't make them any less meaningful to the queer community.

Vice's Broadly creates a free, gender-inclusive stock photo library


Stock photos don't have a great reputation when it comes to gender-inclusivity. Options are limited at best or non-existent at worst. That's why Vice Media's feminist channel Broadly decided to launch their own stock photo library of gender-inclusive images. The Gender Spectrum Collection includes over 180 images featuring 15 trans and non-binary models. All of these photos have a Creative Commons license and are free for the public and media professionals to use.

Would Being Able to Predict Which Kids Will Identify as Transgender Actually Be Good for Trans People?


This post is part of Outward, Slate's home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. What if there was a psychological test to tell if someone was transgender? Would the controversies over trans youth disappear if there was a clear way to sort out which children would grow up to be transgender adults and which ones would not? In an upcoming paper for Psychological Science, as reported by the Atlantic, researcher Kristina Olson and her team found differences between children who would later go on to transition (by changing the pronouns that they used) and those who did not. Their longitudinal study found that the future transitioners were similar on measures of gender identity and gender-nonconforming behavior to trans children who had already changed their pronouns, and that both the future transitioners and the trans youth were similar to a control group of cisgender children of the opposite sex.

This documentarian is fighting back against gay culture's 'No Fats, No Femmes' mantra

Los Angeles Times

Nobody wants to be fat and men don't often want to be seen as effeminate, but for those in the gay community who live at the intersection of such identities, life can be like the worst case of double jeopardy. For Jamal Lewis however, who is also black and gender deviant, being fat and effeminate is a source of power, and a subject worthy of exploration in a documentary titled "No Fats, No Femmes." "For me, I'm just interested in the spaces that people are afraid to occupy," said Lewis, who uses "he-she" as a gender pronoun. "I think there is something to be learned from what we are most afraid of and so, if that's what I was taught to be afraid of, well [forget] that. I am the Fat Femme."