Girl has gone global!
Proud to announce that Redefining Realness is now available in the UK!
Order from your fave bookstore or visit Amazon UK!
Girl has gone global!
Proud to announce that Redefining Realness is now available in the UK!
Order from your fave bookstore or visit Amazon UK!
i can dig it
Badass Trans Women You Should Know: Cecilia Chung.
Cecilia Chung is a senior advisor to the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco City Health Commissioner, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She was honored last night by the California State Assembly as one of its Women of the Year for her tireless advocacy for trans women’s health access.
The Chicago Zine Fest is THIS WEEKEND! March 14 & 15! Here are some links to all of the info you need to know:
Friday and Saturday Events — all of the locations, times, & descriptions of each day’s events! Don’t forget that Friday is the panel, readings, & dance party, while Saturday is…
Hoax #10 - Feminisms and Embodiments is taking submissions until March 31st, 2014! We ask that you read the following three links before you submit: mission statement, core values, and goals, general hoax faqs, submission faqs.
For this issue, the vast majority of submissions we have received have been memoirs about the embodiment of gender, particularly from cis women and people on the trans masculine spectrum, as well as various forms of poetry. Although we are open to all types of submissions and believe that all experiences are valid / worthy of expressing, we strive to publish material that is stylistically and substantially diverse. We are particularly eager to receive essays (rather than poetry — we enjoy poetry, however it can be excessively difficult to format) on the following topics (and more):
Sex and sexuality: sex work; the impact of sexuality upon one’s relationships; sexual embodiment
Incarceration: the prison industrial complex; physical freedom and embodiment
Science: scientific narratives influence our understanding of morality and “truths”; ways in which science reaffirms scripts of kyriarchy and embodiment
History / culture: mapping how former embodiments affect the present & the future; preservation of traditions & shared traits
Dis/ability: intersections of race, gender, class, and disability; illnesses & how they impact one’s daily life depending on how visible they are to others
If you have other ideas for a piece you would like to write, go ahead! We suggest emailing us with your ideas — we are always happy to work with you at any stage of the writing process.
We also need lots of artwork that will format properly as background designs — this means fitting properly into a vertical 5.5 x 8.5 page and contrasting well in grey scale. We would strongly prefer art that does not just portray thin / white / cis / able-bodied people.
rachel & sari
PS. We are two white female-assigned at birth (FAAB) individuals who identify as a cis woman and a non-binary person, respectively. We would like individuals of similar qualifiers to know that Hoax is absolutely not interested in printing FAAB vaginal-centered or -inspired art. Quite frankly, we find it cissexist and trite, and we are not interested in propping up or reinforcing the tired “vulva art = feminist” mindset that many white FAAB feminists hold.
PPS. Please re-blog.
UPDATE: We can no longer accept poems as submissions for this issue. Poetry has been the overwhelming majority of submissions we have received for Hoax #10, which is one of the reasons why we have had to push back the submission date for over half a year now. It is exceedingly difficult for us to format poetry and we can only print a select number of poems for layout and content reasons. We strongly encourage those who create poetry to submit to future issues of Hoax (like #11, which is also open for submissions) or to resubmit to #10 with essay-style pieces.
this was written in 1322
i can’t imagine how hard it must have been struggling with gender shit back when physical transition was a total impossibility, even theoretically
i’m trying hard not to cry
we have a history. we have existed in every culture of the world at every moment of human history. cis institutions have tried to suppress this history or claim it as their own but it is not theirs. it is ours, and always will be. we must uncover and reclaim more of our history, and we must make more ourselves
just pointing out that this is a huge treasure for jewish trans people, and that this is a beautiful look at how judaism and transness relate to each other. i really think it’s important to emphasize that yes this is a trans poem but it is especially a jewish trans poem, since clearly to this author her judaism was just as much a part of her as her transness. and speaking as a jewish trans person, that is so so so important. our own people have suppressed this from us, but here it is, teaching us that our jewishness and our transness transcend our current situations and tie us to our ancestors.
I want to talk briefly about an article making the rounds of social media entitled "27 Powerful Portraits Challenging the Definition of What It Means to Be LGBT". There’s a lot to say about this article, but I’m going to touch on three points: 1. the reifying of queer identities that have been around for years (some even centuries!) to re-center queer culture on cisgender and trans masculine people. 2. the blatant and terrifying cultural appropriation of “three spirit” 3. the lack of trans feminine identities, though there are many outside of the binary “trans woman.”
1. Let’s look at some identity terms that have been around for awhile: ‘Power Bottom’, ‘Femme’, ‘Dandy’, ‘Top’, ‘Tomboy’, ‘Queen’, ‘Butch’, ‘Homo’, ‘Fag’, ‘Bear’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Gold Star’ *insert shudder here*, ‘Cub’, ‘Dyke’, ‘Bisexual’, and ‘Boi’. These terms have been around for a long time, and many of them (i.e. Gold Star which is and has always been an identity rooted in cissexism and biphobia) have a lot more to do with defining a historical definition of what it means to be LGBT. And let me be straight up for a second: I have no tolerance for white people identifying as ‘Queen’. That’s not reappropriation, that’s nostalgia. As for the other person who identifies as ‘Jaded Queen’, I’m scared that this apparent phenomenon of cis women using the term ‘Queen’ might mean she is cis as well. And while I have no problems with her using the term, I’m just sad that there are no visibly trans-feminine folks in this collection. The one transgressive MAAB person got re-written: notice the original caption says “Cisgenderqueer Feminist Butch Queen (argh white people stahp)” and then the Policy Mic one says “Cisgendered Feminist Butch Queen.” And while I assume this was a simple mistake by Policy Mic, the normally ever-watchful queer community has somehow let this one slip past the cracks. It isn’t very surprising: the focus of this piece is clearly on the plethora of trans masculine identities and on cis women…I don’t know, reclaiming?…femininity. Which I’m so bored of people treating that like its some sort of revolutionary act. Femme is not a gender, it is a gender characteristic, a marker of what kind of woman, man, genderqueer, etc. person you are. When femme is used as an overarching gender, it erases those who make up its minority: trans women, women of color, disabled folks etc, who don’t have the luxury of being able to consider themselves ‘solely’ femme in a world that assumes whiteness, cisgenderness, and ability. Speaking of where are the crip-queers? Where are the folks reclaiming native identities like muxe or two-spirit that white colonialists attempted to eliminate?
2. Don’t worry folks, the white person is on it! And better yet, they improved on your silly identities and created three spirit! An extra spirit to, I guess, hold all that person’s crackerocity. Look at the way they’re touching their forehead! So mystic, much exotic, very Said would have a lot to say about this, wow. I’m pretty sure I saw that exact pose from that old white woman at the ‘Buddhist’ Bookstore when she was trying to contact her ancestors to find out which overpriced crystal I should buy from her.
3. So why does this matter? The people I’ve seen celebrating this hardest (someone even said it was the greatest article about queer stuff in a long time, which rendered possibly my most exasperated sigh ever) aren’t folks ignorant or even apathetic about trans women issues. These are folks who ‘responsibly’ share the articles about Janet Mock and Laverne Cox and will silently tut-tut while talking to me about Pierce Morgan and have even messaged a trans woman on OkCupid before (good deed done! now to go hook up with that trans guy!). But they saw this article, an article that was about them yet had the protection from criticism of being about ‘non-binary’ identities, and became overjoyed. Of course they did. I ain’t even mad about that. What I am mad about is that the queer community, including my fellow trans women organizers, have completely ignored the utility of desegregating the queer communities. Trans women, and overwhelmingly trans women of color, are invisible in queer spaces. Sure they’ll be given awards or invited as speakers but how many cis and trans masculine queers just go out for coffee with trans women? Or invite them to lunch? Sure you wrote an article about checking your privilege as a white trans man but when’s the last time you did something nice for a trans woman you know? Are you afraid? Are you embarrassed? Do you worry that this is some competition for attention, recognition, or safety that is being fought along lines of what Western hegemony designated our birth sex?
In the cause of silence, each of us draws the face of her own
fear - fear of contempt, of censure, or some judgment, or
recognition, of challenge, of annihilation. But most of all, I
think, we fear the visibility without which we cannot truly live.
Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action
support your sisters not just your cis-ters. happy international women’s day, respect and love one another. understand that different women experience different types of oppression and be mindful of that with your words/actions. bring each other up and obliterate anyone in your path.
lol tattoo twins
A Panel Discussion on Transformative Justice and Community AccountabilityThursday, March 13, 20142100 BuildingSeattle, Washington 981446:00pm until 8:00pmFor many queer and trans* communities of color, prisons and police are sources of violence, not safety. How are we imagining safety, accountability and justice in our communities without depending on the criminal legal system? What role does and should our communities be playing in creating and maintaining that safety? How have our communities been successful in this work so far? What are the gaps, challenges and questions we still have?
Transformative Justice and Community Accountability (TJ/CA) are community-based models to heal from and respond to violence on an individual level while seeking to transform the roots causes that allow that violence to happen. Please join us for a panel discussion about the successes and challenges that Queer People of Color have faced in engaging with TJ/CA in the Seattle area.
This workshop will assume a basic familiarity with the ideas of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability to further explore how these models can practically fit into our work, movements and lives.
To learn more about TJ/CA please see:
* What is Transformative Justice & Community Accountability (http://www.transformativejustice.eu/?page_id=16) http://communityaccountability.wordpress.com/
* Creative Intervention’s Toolkit: A for Practical Guide to Stopping Interpersonal Violence (http://www.creative-interventions.org/tools/toolkit/)
* Generation 5’s Towards Transformative Justice (http://www.generationfive.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/G5_Toward_Transformative_Justice-Document.pdf)
* The Revolution Starts At Home (http://revolutionathome.tumblr.com/)
This event is free & open to all, but will be centering the experiences of queer and trans people of color. Light refreshments will be provided.
Accessibility information: This space is wheel-chair accessible. Bathrooms are gendered with scented-soap-dispensers. We are asking all participants to please come to the workshop fragrance-free (no perfumes, colognes, scented laundry soaps, etc) so that our valued community members with multiple-chemical-sensitivities or environmental illnesses can participate (including our presenters!) and to use the scent-free soaps provided by API Chaya in the restrooms. For more information on being fragrance-free please see http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html or http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html
If you have further questions or requests including interpretation, etc. please contact email@example.com
for followers in the seattle area
Queer Sobriety Support aims to offer resources to queer and/or trans folks who are thinking about sobriety, struggling with sobriety, or otherwise looking for sober supports (sober buddies, AA/NA meetings, sober housing, a sense of community, etc.).
Here, we hope that…
I’m not a sober liver myself but I really really respect sobriety and I am actively concerned and critical about the roles substances play in my queer life and queer city
I have finished my second zine, and now it’s in my shop!
This is my second zine. Quarter-size, fifteen pages. It’s about the good and bad that has come into my life since identifying as a feminist, including relationships, guilt, and self-improvement.
Don’t let the title trick you…. I still identify as a feminist, and, as you’ll see in the zine, has improved my life in many ways (and made it difficult, too).
I am thinking about making this a series, and taking submissions for new issues! let me know if you would be interested! (you don’t have to be a women’s studies major)
Here is a list of some awesome Trans* people you should know about but probably haven’t heard of. Some have been put on here for the wonderful work they have done for people and the Trans* community, some for being record breakers and others for being someone Trans* people can…
Source: Truths You Won’t Believe
Debunking more lies and racist misinformation about black men. Stop the ignorance and start to question why these myths exist in the first place, if not to demonize black men and promote the image of us as inherently criminal and violent and incapable of being educated.