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• Genderqueer  // Echo Brooks (pseudonym) is a 40+ genderqueer writer. Read her/his/other blog at DysphoricallySpeaking.blogspot.com

24 Aug Posted by in • Genderqueer | 1 comment

Hey Kid! A Letter to Myself

Hey Kid! A Letter to Myself

A friend posted a short, yet brilliant, note to her child self today that made me think.  We all could benefit from writing to our young selves. It seems the things that bother me most now, or have since childhood, might not have had as much power over me if I just had a chance […]

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08 Apr Posted by in • Genderqueer | 3 comments

I Crashed Chick-Fil-A

I Crashed Chick-Fil-A

Ah Chick-Fil-A, you never cease to amuse me. For over six months I have been watching them erect a Chick-Fil-A right outside my local mall.  I have heard people spouting their love for the chicken sandwiches and begging March, and the grand opening, to get here. Most people in this town are probably unaware of […]

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15 Jan Posted by in • Genderqueer | 1 comment

Thumbs down on “Tolerance”

Thumbs down on “Tolerance”

I do a lot of advocating on the bullying issue. As a survivor of both bullying and several bad suicidal attempts, I am well versed on the topic. Lately we hear so much about teaching tolerance to our children. I hate that word tolerance. To me it implies that kids should just accept that someone […]

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19 Aug Posted by in • Genderqueer | Comments Off

Do I look Like A Boy?

Do I look Like A Boy?

In 1973 I wanted a haircut.  Maybe it was 1974.  I was in kindergarten. My hair was long, always in pony tails and a part of me that didn’t seem to fit right. I wanted short hair. Not quite like a boy but not quite like a girl.  I wanted something in between.  Something that […]

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02 Mar Posted by in • Genderqueer | 4 comments

Gender Confessions

Gender Confessions

Recently I took part in a project regarding gender variances. Contributors were asked to send in photographs of a phrase that described how they identified and then a “confession” revealing something that could be perceived as “off” for someone that identifies as such. I made five submissions: I am genderqueer. I have a vagina….but I […]

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11 Oct Posted by in • Genderqueer | Comments Off

Gender-Bending Day in High School

Gender-Bending Day in High School

A conversation with a bunch of high school students certainly gives one food for thought. Recently I had a friend sit with a group of teens at a school in Texas. It was Sadie Hawkins day. Back when I went to high school that meant the girls asked the boys to a dance. Sadie Hawkins […]

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29 Aug Posted by in • Genderqueer | Comments Off

Boxers and a Bra

Boxers and a Bra

I haven’t spent nearly as much time writing my thoughts as I have been thinking them. With so much happening these past couple of months I must admit I run out of time in the day before I run out of things I need to accomplish. Sometimes taking the time to write feels selfish when […]

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10 Jul Posted by in • Genderqueer | 1 comment

The Hangover: Part II, Transphobic?

The Hangover: Part II, Transphobic?

So what’s the deal with The Hangover: Part II?  I went to see the movie prior to reading any reviews or articles on it. I admit my opinion can be swayed, especially by negative feedback.  The movie itself was about as shallow and unimpressive as the first one, but sometimes we just need a stupid […]

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14 May Posted by in • Genderqueer | 3 comments

My Brain is a Many Gendered Thing

My Brain is a Many Gendered Thing

Harry Benjamin Syndrome is just that, a syndrome. It is a medical condition that ultimately explains what many people have long since called a psychological phenomenon; transsexualism. I first read about this condition on a blog. Eternally seeking to explain my gender oddities away, I naturally read and researched the topic of HBS. I learned […]

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04 Apr Posted by in • Genderqueer | 1 comment

Gender is Not Sex

Gender is Not Sex

Watching a recent show on transgendered people reminded me of a common thread I have noted since first advocating for transgendered folks, especially female to males (FTMs); genital reassignment surgery and its lack of necessity for many. At first I was quite confused as to why someone who was so obviously born into the wrong […]

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