Trans Inclusion at Lunapads

Lunapads for All Genders, All Bodies

Note: This post was originally published in 2011. Over the last 5+ years, we’ve seen the menstrual and reproductive health space really begin to shift with respect to trans & nonbinary inclusion and are so proud to be part of that change. In 2017, we feel more committed than ever to serving our community’s needs in ways that value, respect, and affirm the diversity of their experiences and identities. To our trans & nonbinary customers: thank you for trusting and supporting us over the years, and please continue to let us know how and where we can do better.

I wanted to take a moment today to tell you a bit more about the note on gender that I added to our website recently. For those who haven’t seen it yet, it reads:

Lunapads users and staff are cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, and genderqueer individuals who span the gender spectrum. Our team is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming space for all those seeking better solutions to their everyday and monthly needs.

Because most conversations about periods focus on cisgender girls & women — that is, people whose gender (girl, woman) aligns with the sex (female) they were assigned at birth — it can be easy to forget that some transgender men, genderqueers, and nonbinary people have periods too. While visibility around this issue is complicated, framing menstruation as an experience or function exclusive to women is a frustrating microaggression that trans & nonbinary people regularly face – it reinforces biological essentialism and perpetuates cissexist assumptions that harm and marginalize. We can do better.

Another important truth to acknowledge about periods is that some women don’t have them. This might be due to menopause, stress, disease, or a hysterectomy. Some women may have never started menstruating due to a variety of medical conditions, or they may be transgender or intersex. None of these make a woman any less a woman than one who menstruates. It’s so important to be mindful of those who are rendered invisible or invalid by statements that elevate periods as the ultimate source of womanhood or femininity – and to think critically and compassionately about how this line of thinking upholds cisnormativity and inadvertently hurts women.

Inclusion is about so much more than just what we say, but I care about what we say and how we say it because exclusion in language equals, and exposes, exclusion in practice.

If you’re a trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming person who has comments or feedback to share, hit me up on twitter or at lunaplaids(at) – I’d love to hear from you.

In related news, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued a statement this week addressing the significant barriers to health care that trans people routinely face, and encouraging physicians to take steps towards becoming better equipped to provide accessible health care to their trans patients. Check out the press release here: Ob-Gyns: Prepare to Treat Transgender Patients and let’s keep talking.

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  • Thank you for this! As a transgender person it means a lot to me to be thought of in real world things like this.

    • lunaplaids

      Seriously so happy to read this. Thanks so much, Emily.

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  • I am genderqueer. I am okay with certain parts of my body, but not others. I am okay with having a clitoris; I was glad that I was able to give birth. However, a vagina is something that feels like simply should not exist on my body. I hate having physical sensations in a body part that, to my mind, I don’t have. Having my period involves trying to minimize tactile sensations as much as possible. That’s why I prefer pads, especially ones that don’t feel wet or uncomfortable after a little use.

    • lunaplaids

      Thanks so much for sharing that, Andy. Nice to meet ya!

  • Tara

    I’m a cisgender female and I sometimes I forget how much privilege that affords me. I really want to thank you for this. It is a subject that has never even crossed my mind and today I’m a little less ignorant because of you. Thank you.

    • lunaplaids

      That’s awesome, Tara. Thanks for posting!

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  • Amanda

    Very well said, Lisa. As a Gender Studies major, I’m surprised at how infrequently this topic comes up. Thank you for the inclusion, and the fresh perspective!

    • lunaplaids

      Thanks for commenting, Amanda!

  • Eli

    I want to thank you for this. Seeing commercials and personal hygiene boxes that flaunt periods as being about being a woman, I’m a bit sickened. I’m glad to find a company that is so inclusive.

    • lunaplaids

      Glad you found us, Eli. Thanks!

  • A

    Hi there. I’m gender fluid and just wanted to say how much I appreciate this part of the site being here. Thanks.

    • lunaplaids

      Feels really awesome to read this today. Thanks, A.

  • Kimberly

    This is amazing!! I’m so amazed and happy that you understand and fully support ALL genders of people and help provide safe and wonderful products for a person’s individual needs!! I’m a woman so for many years I thought of menstruation as a purely feminine experience, but, of course, that isn’t always true! Gender isn’t just black and white at all. Just like race, gender comes in many different gorgeous forms and I’m just over the moon happy that every menstruating person ( not just women ) are able to find comfortable, beautiful, discrete, safe, reliable and body friendly menstrual products! Thank you so much!!!! 🙂

    • lunaplaids

      Thanks so much for your support, Kimberly!

  • Kim ere

    The reason why it start being a celebration of womanhood is because for eons we have been taught to be ashamed of our bodies. Now we live in a world that we dont need that reinforcement. Progress.

  • MsHK

    as a genderqueer person, i really, really appreciate this. thank you so much 😀

    • lunaplaids

      that’s so awesome. thanks for commenting!

  • Kat

    Wow, Lunapads. Diminishing the importance of menstruation in the lives of natal women in favor of appeasing trans people is insane. Female women have been marginalized for this biological trait for thousands of years, now we have to be *sensitive* to the needs of others when speaking about it? So much for sisterhood. I will no longer purchase your products or recommending them to friends.

    You also forgot that some female athletes will have suppressed menstruation.

    • km

      It’s alright, I’m sure they don’t want transphobic and transmisogynist bigots like you to be their customer. Good riddance

    • Anna Wilson

      If I might ask, how does this post diminish the importance of menstruation in the lives of cisgender women? 100% of the models I’ve seen for Lunapads or any other cloth pad company have been female-presenting, and it’s still a largely “women-only” conversation. It’s true that conversations like this can really only take place in safe spaces outside of patriarchal influence (like this blog, for example!), but trans-identity inclusion does not count cis-women out of the discussion. It is simply just one more variable to consider when speaking about the spectrum of genders and bodies.

      • Eve

        I’d love to see a more masculine or androgynous-presenting model on this website. Not everyone who has periods presents in a feminine way, and diversity is a beautiful thing.

    • Pamela

      We found the TERF!

      • servewithmintsauce

        Aww dammit the TERF Search is over 🙁

    • Eve

      I am a genderqueer person who menstruates. Why should my experience be erased? Why should people like me have to deal with the trauma of being misgendered when we buy menstrual products (yes, being misgendered IS traumatic)? Menstruation is important in the lives of most people who experience it, regardless of their gender identity!

      I understand why you would be concerned about the marginalization of and shaming of people who menstruate. So am I. However, placing all those people in a gendered box they do not identify with only compounds the problem.

    • servewithmintsauce

      I’m a man who has periods which cause me a hell of a lot more pain than they’ll ever cause a woman like you.

  • Cathy Brennan

    Being born female isn’t a privilege. Women aren’t privileged over males, even males who say they are women.

    • Pamela

      This conversation would be about trans men, not trans women (which is what I think you mean by “males who say they are women”), wouldn’t it?
      Its my understanding that trans women cannot get periods.

    • Eve

      Can we not do this oppression olympics crap? There are different forms of privilege and oppression.

    • servewithmintsauce

      “even males who say they are women”
      It’s kinda hard to tell but I get the feeling you’re talking about trans women here..?
      In which case er, yeah, cis women — cis anyone — have major privilege over trans anyone. You have privilege over me, and I’m a man.
      Being born female may not be a privilege either way (being born male isn’t either), but being born cis is.
      You lucky girlie.

  • Anonymouse

    This makes me feel so happy to read because I’m trans and genderfluid and every time I am trying to figure out better stuff about my period, I end up wanting to gouge my eyes out because it’s all women this, women that, with zero realisation about the whole…oh hey, it’s not just women who have periods!

  • Aewin

    Thank you for this. I’m transmasculine myself, and I’ve bought Lunapads for over seven years now. It’s gratifying to see a website that isn’t splashed with dysphoria-triggering gendered words that don’t apply to me. I went to a competitor’s site and was immediately assaulted with WOMEN everywhere – it sent up a strong sense of “I am not included in this brand’s target audience.” Don’t get me wrong; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with women – cis or trans or intersex -but it’s nice to feel included when discussing a biological function that applies to me.

  • Alimarie

    Thanks so much! My partner is non gender but likes to wear more boxer like pants. I’d like to order some for them. Which pants fit more like boxer briefs? If any? Any trans* non gender person have a favorite pair?

    • servewithmintsauce

      I’m not agender, I’m trans male, but a few of my favourite are:
      – Next own-brand
      – RodeoH (can also fit a packer in and pack even during their period if they pack)
      – 2(X)IST

      Really, briefs are better (and you can get some which have boxer-like waistbands, which all the brands above do as well as Calvin Klein, Armani etc.) because the pads are more easily secured (especially if you buy with wings, because they can be tucked round and under).

  • BlueJeansandLace

    My son and I thank you for this understanding.

  • Kristin Vaught Cavuto

    Awesome! Let’s remember more trains for lack of periods in all period having people…pregnany and lactation! Uterus owners of all genders may give birth and need pads post partum.

  • I’m cis-genderless and I can’t stand how “exclusive to women” everything is. I’m okay with most of my body Except the organ that causes periods. I feel excluded by every site that claims that hormonal birth control is solely for cisgender, heterosexual women. (I’m as aromantic and ace as possible). I hate having my period every month. Doesn’t help in my search for ways to reduce how many periods I get, 99% of the sites are “embrace your womanhood!!” “Busy mom?” *facepalm* 🙁