CALLING ALL LOS ANGELES AREA TRANS*GUYS!
Our dear friend Sara Swaty, who we wrote about recently, is looking for trans*guys to take photos of for her ongoing project of gender identity and presentation. If you haven’t had a chance to look at her stuff or learn more about her, please revisit our last post about her! Her project is called In Between & Outside.
One thing that we really like about Sara is that she has this ability to bring the community together. She photographed a few St. Louis area folks and at her artist’s reception at a local St. Louis gallery during Pride Week 2012, we all came together and shared a really unique experience of seeing each other up on the wall and watching people fill in from the street to look at us, comment on the work, and leave with a better and more full understanding of trans*people.
Now Sara needs you! She’s looking to get in contact with LA area folks who are interested in participating in this project. Take it from us, Sara is an extremely good photographer who is also (obviously) not only accepting and affirming but thinks us beautiful, wonderful, and worthwhile people. Adrian is participating in this project and has said himself that he has never felt more comfortable with some one after spending 5min with them as he has with Sara Swaty, indeed she had him posing shirtless in the first 15 minutes =P.
Here are some shots of the folks from St. Louis!
ATTENTION ALL NC GAYS, LESBIANS, TRANS, QUEERS, AND EVERYONE ELSE IN BETWEEN!
On Saturday, October 13th, 2012 there will be a Gay Pride House Party in Pembroke, NC. It’s about 30 minutes south of Fayetteville. There’s going to be tons of glitter, glow sticks, free alcohol, a guest DJ and plenty of gays and lesbians to go around! If you’re interested in going or know someone who would be, here’s the link to the event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/355214901229793/
It’s set as a private event so just message me (northcarolinagirlswholikegirls) for my Facebook name and I’ll add you to the invite list. This party’s gonna be crazy huge so come out and party with us!
*REBLOG TO GET THE WORD OUT*
Not Trans Enough
The Artistic Director at the beginning of the the all staff meeting said,
“Well helloooo ladies and gentlemen!”
And there was a mini giggle that went around of like oh tehehe we’re all formal and whatnot, and I kinda inwardly sighed and rolled my eyes but you know, that shit happens all the time. Enough that it doesn’t really bother me, it just sort of note it and move on you know?
But then he said,
“unless there’s anyone who doesn’t fall into those categories. Anybody not fit those? HAHAHAHAH”
Yes. He laughed. Loudly. Thereby negating what he just said that was actually decently gender inclusive.
I hate when people do that. HATE HATE HATE. Because the stupid people in this world would say something like that and think to themselves GO ME I”VE BEEN GENDER INCLUSIVE, but you haven’t. In fact, it’s worse than simply saying your gender-binary-reflective “hello ladies and gentlemen”, it’s actively being GENDER EXCLUSIVE. Because you’ve acknowledged that you understand gender and gender alternativity, but you have laughed about it, have made fun of it, haven’t taken it seriously, and therefore you’re effectively saying “well I guess you could be trans but i’m not going to take that part of you seriously, so you shouldn’t seriously answer this question”
I thought about raising my hand, but I’m just way too new and there were way too many people and I’m not quite trans enough to claim that sometimes I feel like. But it pissed me off. I made a small gesture in my seet, a sigh, rolling my eyes, small hand raise, so that my supervisor would see it (who I came out to yesterday as queer and genderqueer). She snickered a bit, but I don’t think she gets it. My roommate claims to get it, but she didn’t even know what ze/hir were.
I’m just so lost in a sea of people that are WTF about gender, and it’s hard. It’s even harder because sometimes I feel like I’m not trans ENOUGH to ask for gender inclusivity. Like genderqueer is all the WHAT to most people and yet it means I’m female enough ish to feel as if I can’t ….I don’t even know how to phrase it, but as if I can’t ask for special consideration because half my gender aligns with my sex and half isn’t enough. Half male isn’t enough to bother with…or something. If I was a transman, sure, but sometimes I feel like I’m just not trans enough….
Looking for ace blogs to follow
I’m not sure what happened, but it seems like in the past few months or so many of the asexual-themed blogs I’ve been following have either been low/no activity or seem to have flat-out disappeared. I know I’m lucky enough to have some fellow aces following (and hopefully some others might stumble through the tags).
Anyway, I’m looking for recommendations for some asexual-themed blogs to follow. I’m looking for educational blogs, q&a blogs, secrets blogs, and positive blogs specifically, so if you have any recommendations, please, throw some into my ask!
I’ll also consider following personal blogs loaded with positive and thoughtful acey content. (I apologise if you recommend a personal blog and I don’t follow back, but personal blogs are not necessarily what I’m looking for.)
If you happen to know of any educational/positive non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid or androgyne blogs, also, feel free to throw that in, too. I’m not following any at all currently, and I’m not sure what I’d be looking for in that area, honestly, either. I would appreciate some recommendations to look out, if only to help me figure out what I’m actually looking for.
Thank you so much for your help and taking the time to read this!
I’m from a “third world country” and to add to that I’m from a very conservative predominantly Muslim country. I’m about to drop a BOMB SHELL on you, bro.
There are gay people. There are genderqueer people. There are trans* people. But they can’t be open about it for the most part because they may even be shunned by their own family. We are all products of our society and there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with exploring yourself and your feelings and your identity.
If it’s safe and you can share it why the fuck not? Because if someone has the audacity to put a name to their identity then we can’t deal with poverty or racism?
No shut up.
Also here are some more fun facts:
We have internet!
We have sex!
I had a pet cat!
I was a specialized education teacher! (And I’m a woman! WHAT!)
We had feminism!
We had hardcore and punk and rap shows/Music scene!
Parks and playgrounds!
ALL THIS AND MUCH MUCH MORE.
All this and I’m still worried about silly things like racism, sexism and cissexism! And I still think you’re ridiculous and have made absolutely zero points!
I’m sorry you think we’re too primitive to know about gender identity. fuckyeahchoice responding to a ridiculous post erasing the possibility of genderqueer people in Somalia (via queermuslims)