Biscuits & Gravy Zine
Volume 1: Love, Resilience, Possibilities
Biscuits & Gravy is a zine seeking to uplift and centralize the unique experiences of Southern Black and Brown Femmes in Queer culture. This zine aims to envision what community can look like when Black and Brown Femmes have the space to share our stories, lives, pain, love, and bodies on our own terms.
Biscuits & Gravy is a project grounded in anti-oppression, intentional solidarity, and authentic accountability in recognition of the institutional systems of power and global dominance that furthers white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy, classism, ableism, anti-blackness, transmisogyny, cultural genocide, and various other forms of marginalization and violence.
The theme of our first issue will be “Love, Resilience, and Possibilities.” In a November 2012 interview, poet, writer, editor and educator Warsan Shire stated, “At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
Let’s envision what home can be. How will we love? How will we persevere? How do we reach a place, a love, a world, for which we have no blueprint. Biscuits & Gravy seeks submissions from Black and Brown Queer Femmes grappling with these questions, desiring transformation. Please submit works up to 1000 words. Submissions can be, but are not limited to:
- poetry, fiction, personal stories
Please send your submissions for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2014.
4:55 pm • 19 April 2014 • 220 notes
whiskerpits said: Are essay submissions still open for issue #10?
Absolutely - sorry that wasn’t made more clear! Essays and other long-form narratives are what we’re looking for as far as written content is concerned. We made a statement about being unable to accept poetry submissions in early March due to the overwhelming amount of pieces we were sent and our inability to print more than a handful of poems in one issue, both because of limitations in formatting and our overall dedication to utilizing Hoax as a platform for inter/personal essays.
We ask that all interested collaborators actively agree to our core values and shared goals for the zine, and we suggest checking out our general Hoax FAQs and specific submission FAQs for more in-depth information. We also can be contacted directly at hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com with any and all questions, prompts, and pieces before June 30th. Thanks so much for asking! :)
2:45 pm • 18 April 2014 • 3 notes
Hoax #10 - Feminisms & Embodiments: FINAL DEADLINE
Hoax #10 - Feminisms & Embodiments is still looking to publish 3-4 additional essays and several pieces of background art. We are now offering stipends for all accepted work, and our ABSOLUTELY FINAL deadline is now FRIDAY JULY 18TH, 2014!
We are totally ecstatic to announce that the topic for Hoax #10 is Feminisms and EMBODIMENTS, and we are eager for feminists of all backgrounds and genders to submit! Potential ideas for written material include, but are not limited to,:
- The Physical Body: Representations of class / gender / race within a physical body; Changing relationship to our bodies over time (aging, weight, political beliefs, surgeries, etc.); Body modifications; Having a body that is visibly marked as “Other” and/or more easily recognized by the state; (Un)intentional politics of bodily presentations; How bodily representations in media affect marginalized groups in real life; Physical transformations via surgery, hormones, plants, etc; Fat positivity and size acceptance; Physical self-defense; Ways in which the body remembers violence; Overt or subtle gendering of the body;Incarcerated bodies
- Dysphoria: Gender dysphoria; Dysphoria and eating disorders; The medicalization of dysphoria; Means to cope with dysphoria and feelings of homelessness in one’s body; Critiques of the “love yr body!” expectation within feminisms
- The Emotional Self: Do we have an “authentic self” that is impermeable to change?; How feminisms & other political stances affect our personal growth; Self-care & feminisms; “The personal is political” – The importance of that statement paired with the necessity of challenging it; Things others have tried to change about us (through force, coercion, guilt, etc.); How to rectify situations in which our assumed privileges or statuses do not match up with our lived experiences; The internal damage of unwanted or unintentional passing; Dreams and memories; False consciousness and the embodiment of false truths
- Science: Resisting biological determinism & essentialism; How scientific narratives influence our understanding of morality and “Truths”; Ways in which science reaffirms scripts of kyriarchy (ex: GID and the DSM / ties between the “obesity epidemic” and race / “hysteria”); Problems within the healthcare system; Radical mental health; Making science work for people who aren’t straight / white / western / cis / men; Pop science
- History / Culture: Mapping how former embodiments affect the present & the future; Preservation of traditions & shared traits; Storytelling and the transmission of intergenerational knowledges; Being in different moments; Unearthing connections with our predecessors / Relationships to feminists & queers of the past; Personal reflections & retrospection; The role of personal baggage; Embodiment of one’s nationality and heritage; Personal goals and transformations; “Queer time”; Distance and borders; Undocumented individuals
- Visibility: How we choose to communicate our identities (verbally and non-verbally); How different communication styles “out” us; Secrecy; Body politics & gendered expressions (“passing” and “body work”); The terminologies we use & how they impact us; Choosing how to express one’s sensitivities & vocalize need; Making decisions about sharing certain information in certain places (in school, at home, at yr job, etc.) / Choosing how to portray ourselves online in an increasingly surveilled society; Resolving the fact that our intended projections may be erroneously read / The inability to control how our embodiments are understood in certain settings; Ways to use art, theatre, and other creative mediums to display emotion; Navigating unshared oppression
- Relationships: Embodiment of other people’s histories and struggles; Learning to act in solidarity with instead of for your community members; Setting boundaries; Gaining validation via others; Consent and sexuality; Representations of healthy relationships; The social capital associated with sexual desirability; The impact of sex work on one’s personal relationships; Reproduction as a survival strategy; Relationships to technology; Queer & single parenting
- 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; Caring for disabled loved ones; The impact of trauma on one’s physical body / The correlation between trauma and illness; The impact of living with STIs and / or HIV/AIDS
- Accessible Theory: Cognitivism; Computationalism; Cartesian dualism; Biopower; Embodied imagination; Performativity; Cyborg theory
We also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.), particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material!
Note — We are no longer accepting poetry submission for this issue. Please click here to find a list of essay submissions we would ideally like to receive.
Please aim to send us yr amazing material to hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com before July 18th, 2014. If you are interested, feel free to check out our FAQs on submitting and e-mail us yr ideas for topics & artwork! As always, we are willing to work with you during any and every stage of the writing process. The sooner you send us yr work, the better!
Thank you so much to every contributor, reader, & supporter of this zine! We are looking forward to seeing yr work!
rachel & sari
9:02 pm • 17 April 2014 • 35 notes
NYC: The Trans Ladies Picnic Goes Uptown!
Sunday, June 1
We’re having a picnic for trans women only! Food and drinks will be provided, however, folks are HIGHLY encouraged to bring something to share.
We’ll be setting up in Riverside Park at noon, near the 145 Street/Broadway 1 stop!
Facebook event here with more info!
2:02 pm • 16 April 2014 • 10 notes
Astrophysicist Helps Crack A Black Hole Mystery: Energy Jets
With almost limitless gravitational power, black holes are supposed to gulp everything that comes near them, even weightless light photons.
So astronomers have long sought explanations for observations that black holes emit high-energy particles, often through visually impressive jets that unfurl from the black holes’ poles in thick, tornado-like coils. Now, in a paper published in this month’s edition of the Astrophysical Journal, a University of Florida researcher has bolstered and expanded a longtime theory about how and why these photons and electrons escape powerful gape of black holes, caused by the collapse of stars.
“My calculations may solve the mystery as to where the large number of high-energy observed electrons originate from,” said Reva Kay Williams, a UF courtesy postdoctoral associate. “My calculations also help explain some of our observations, such as why many (black hole) jets are observed to be uneven, or one-sided.”
Williams’ research is the first to prove the Penrose mechanism, a 35-year-old theory named for its author, Oxford University mathematics and physics professor Roger Penrose. It also provides a new, physical explanation for the odd appearance of many of the jets, which some astronomers believe was merely the result of an optical illusion.
Fernando de Felice, a physicist at the University of Padova in Italy, said Williams’ findings represent an important contribution to the field.
“Until recently, it was believed that the Penrose mechanism was not very efficient for generating energetic particles, but Dr. Williams’ detailed and perseverant work showed that this may not be true and, to the contrary, that it may be relevant to high-energy astrophysics,” he said.
Penrose’s theory says the rotational energy of a spinning black hole powers and lifts particles large distances away. Williams’ research, based in part on computer modeling, shows these particles appear to be created at the part of the hole where gravity is so powerful it bends light into a circle around the hole.
Her calculations also suggest the one-sided appearance of the jets is the result of the black holes’ gravitational dragging of space and time near their cores – not just, as some suggested, a consequence of the observer’s position relative to the jets. “The interest in Dr. Williams’ work is that it has enriched the possibilities of having energy output in active cosmic sources,” de Felice said.
3:26 pm • 14 April 2014 • 2,013 notes
We’re having a fundraiser! RSVP to the facebook event: here.
Repost and signal boost?
1:34 am • 13 April 2014 • 49 notes
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.
Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.
Scarleteen is invaluable.
And Scarleteen needs your help.
During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.
This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support.
This is devastating.
If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.
Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.
And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.
1:33 am • 13 April 2014 • 40,935 notes
So, You’re A Trans Woman Looking For A Bra
So, You’re A Trans Woman Looking For A Bra
WELCOME TO BRA WEEK! This week and next, the Autostraddle writers and some special guests will be giving you the scoop on over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders and otherwise-inclined chest-covering situations — fashion, history, feelings and so much more.
For trans women, buying bras is often a new experience, even if we’re adults. If you transition later in life, you probably won’t have much…
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I love how diverse the recommendations are, for gurls and trans femmes of all sizes and frames! [shamelessly plugging myself and sistahmamaqueen as gurls who gave advice, shhh!]
9:08 pm • 11 April 2014 • 2,149 notes
Guess what!!! DEAFULA #7 is almost here! Come to the Philadelphia Soapbox Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm for the RELEASE READING!
Here is a writeup of the event:
"Kerri Radley, a deaf Philly zinester, was awarded the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and as a part of her project, she created the newest issue of her zine, with handprinted covers created at the Soapbox. Deafula explores deaf identity, discrimination, and ableism, as well as queries the very label of disability itself. Kerri will read from her newest issue, which aims to raise awareness of inaccessibility at community events and explores how we can make these events more inclusive.
Kerri will be joined by JC, a DC-based zinester who writes the perzine Tributaries and edits the comp zine Collide, which focuses on the intersection between physical disability and mental illness. JC writes about her experiences growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Please come out for readings and discussion on a truly important subject: how can we better our approach to accessibility in Philadelphia’s arts, zine, and radical spaces / communities.”
my excitement is bursting, ya’ll.
fb event HERE.
kerri’s writing is informative, funny, and so important. i’m so honored to be her friend, and to be a part of this awesome release event! i’ll be reading some new stuff that i’ve been working on since tour.
8:06 pm • 10 April 2014 • 50 notes
Poverty ‘ages’ genes of young children, study shows
The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released Monday. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children, and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities.
Researchers examined the DNA of a small group of 9-year-old African-American boys who had experienced chronic stress as a result of growing up in families with poor socioeconomic status. They found that the boys’ telomeres were shorter than those of boys the same age and ethnicity who came from advantaged families.
10:13 am • 9 April 2014 • 978 notes
Awhile back I stumbled onto this zine written by a radical butch trans dyke in 1997 and I just managed to find it again!
It was mostly written by a lady named anne tagonist and features her experiences at a woman only anarcha-feminist space, rants on trans monstrosity and an article by another butch trans woman on butchness in relation to transness. Another article touches on classism in trans woman narratives (!!). It also has a thing about a trans punk band named bitch hips and some comix and stuff.
Overall it’s pretty neat and super validating to have a cultural document that asserts we’ve been doing this shit for awhile!
You can download it here
Important note: As this was written 17 years ago, it has a lot of outdated / now offensive language in it.
Check out this fucking awesome old zine from a Chicago punk trans dyke.
9:00 pm • 8 April 2014 • 374 notes
Review of ‘Playing the Whore’ by Melissa Gira Grant
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
2:45 pm • 8 April 2014 • 33 notes
For the Love of Kink | Dissent Magazine
"The work that goes into producing real sexual performances for viewers is principally the work of performers, who Stefanos repeatedly told me have their boundaries treated with respect. Performers state their limits up front and producers agree, and it would be considered unethical for producers to alter that agreement with performers.
But the boundaries Stefanos referred to were on-camera boundaries: the kinds of sex they would and would not perform. In 2010, when Kink abruptly changed the pay structure for its webcam performers on its Kink Live site from an hourly rate to a commission-only system, several models appealed to Acworth. One of the performers was fired, apparently in retaliation for her organizing with other performers to reverse the pay cut. That performer, Maxine Holloway, and three other models pursued a lawsuit against Kink, which was settled out of court.
“As models we want to perform well, we want to push our boundaries, we want to look desirable on film, so we can get paid, propel our careers, and hopefully be hired again and again,” Holloway wrote on her blog. “As a director you have deadlines, product, budgets, employees and profits that you are responsible for. Each party has their own pressures. But it is important to recognize who has more power in the situation.””
4:53 pm • 7 April 2014 • 20 notes