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iamkiam:

"Femininity has been presented as something that’s artificial and masculinity is something that’s authentic, and even in a lot of feminist discourse until recently, femininity was seen as something that was artificial and fake. So there is this fear of feminine that we see in a lot of different aspects of culture that is punished. That’s a part of patriarchy. In a lot of ways we can’t talk about homophobia and transphobia, without talking about patriarchy.”

- Laverne Cox

Read the full interview here, via Gawker.

I LOVE HER SO MUCH

A racist woman is not a feminist; she doesn’t care about helping women, just the women who look like her and can buy the same things she can. A transphobic woman is not a feminist; she is overly concerned with policing the bodies and expressions of others. A woman against reproductive rights — to use bell hook’s own example, and an issue close to your heart — is not a feminist; she prioritizes her dogma or her disgust over the bodies of others. An ableist woman is not a feminist; she holds some Platonic ideal of what a physically or mentally “whole” person should be and tries to force the world to fit inside it.
An Open Letter to Caitlin Moran by Nyux (via redefiningbodyimage)

Gender Neutral Facebook!

obscenepromqueen:

freesamuel:

fionafix-it:

nepeta:

If you use this you can change your gender on facebook to be undisclosed/other, a friend sent it to me the other day and asked me to post it as it may be of benefit to someone! c:

Works and takes all of three minutes.

done and done

This was so easy! Thanks guise.

(Source: princess-fukawa)

Odofemi: "Crazy Trans Woman" Syndrome

odofemi:

My doctor, who is a trans woman, and I had a conversation today about the guy who raped me earlier this year. At first she was like “did you charge him?” When I explained that he’s a trans man of colour, she immediately got why I hadn’t. Not because I couldn’t bare to put a trans person, especially a trans person of colour, in jail (which I can’t), but also because it would cause me to be completely ostracized by the queer/trans community in Toronto. I’d be “just another crazy trans woman.” It was an uncomfortable realization for both of us to sit there, as trans women, knowing that we have literally no recourse when violence is enacted on us within the community (though if the same violence conveniently came from a white cis straight man, we would be celebrated as heroes for standing up to such an easy target, at least within the queer/trans community).

She and I both, as professionals in the community, are well aware of the fine line we have to walk in order to be taken seriously in the queer/trans community. We not only have to look a certain way (both in terms of passing and in terms of conforming to queer normative acceptable standards of appearance), we also have to make sure not to rock the boat too much. We have to appear as sane and calm as possible, no matter the circumstances. If we show too much emotion at any time (read: any inconvenient emotion), we get hit with a double-whammy of misogyny and transphobia, quickly written off as hysterical “crazy trans women.” Accuse the wrong person of something, anyone too close to queer-home, and that’s the end of our credibility and the revoking of our entrance passes to Queerlandia.

It’s exhausting having to walk such a fine line. I’ve found that there are so many “danger zones” to watch out for. Trans women have to not only be queer-literate (knowing queer social justice language), we have to be exceptionally good at using it. Any minor slip of language or politics and we’re labeled “crazy trans women” by cis people while trans men nod knowingly in agreement — rarely standing up for us, and just as often perpetuating the ‘crazy trans woman’ stereotype themselves.

I became aware of this initially through cryptic warnings from an older queer trans woman friend of mine, years before I became involved in the queer community, but I didn’t realize the extent of it at first. That is, until I was invited to participate in it. When I first became involved heavily, I befriended two trans men whom I looked up to a great deal, and one of the first conversations we had in private was a gossip session in which they “warned” me about various trans women and got me to agree that they were “crazy.” I’ve found similar conversations throughout the community, often used in a way that it makes me wonder if what’s really happening is that they’re subconsciously testing my loyalty to the queer zeitgeist. Am I good tranny or a bad tranny? Am I willing to be part of their clique, giving them the ability to deflect any and all criticism of transmisogyny, or am I a “problem?”

Before I realized that this was a system, that trans women were being systematically tested and written off, I engaged in it myself. You get a self-esteem boost, knowing that the cool kids don’t count you among those trans women. Those trans women who stepped on the wrong toes, who take up “too much space,” who don’t have the right guilt-producing identity complex to be worthy of space (disabled young trans sex workers of colour who vogue are considered highly prized friend-accessories, to be seen but not really heard beyond the occasional “gurl” for comedic effect, but only if they have the right haircut and the right clothes and are working towards a bachelors of gender studies or similarly useless degree).

Who are these “crazy trans women?” Often they are incredibly sincere activists who haven’t had the privilege of being taught all of the ins and outs of anti-oppression social justice practice that is a prerequisite to membership in this queer community. Often they are labeled “too emotional” and “too angry,” “loose cannons” who are out of control when speaking about our experiences of sex work that don’t fit into the easily digestible “I do queer feminist porn on weekends to pay for my fluevogs while I’m in grad school” vision of sex work that the queer community has deemed acceptable. Often they are trans women who are said to take up “too much space,” while everyone whispers about how “you know, I know it’s wrong to say, but she just seems like she has male privilege, you know? Like you can just feel it. Not that I’m saying she’s a man, but, you know, you never know.”

At the end of the day, this whole complex of issues is simply misogyny, ableism, and transphobia dressed up as “community accountability.” It holds trans women to impossible standards, opening us up to vulnerability to all forms of in-community violence (physical, sexual, social), and creating a fear within the minds of so many queer trans women that our second-class position within the queer community could be ripped from our hands at any time for any minor infraction.

I’m tired of trying not to be a crazy trans woman in the voyeuristic eyes of queer community.

Morgan M Page/Odofemi, 2013.

Election 2012 resources for American voters

‘Tis the season to head to the polls, but voting isn’t as easy as just showing up. So, if you are casting a ballot, check out these resources:

Verify your voter registration status, where to vote and what sort of identification is required to cast a ballot at CanIVote.org.

Many states allow early voting. Check with your local elections office for requirements, times and locations. You can also apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot. Military service members and other U.S. citizens living abroad may also vote this way.

Congress.org lists important deadlines, dates and election information by state.

The American Civil Liberties Union lists voting rights by state.

Many states have recently passed voter fraud protection laws that disproportionally suppress the vote of people of color, students, people in poverty and senior citizens. The Congressional Black Caucus lists resources and strategies for overcoming these restrictions.

For voters with disabilities, the Brennan Center for Justice created an in-depth guide to potential voting accessibility issues and Nonprofit Vote lists information on voting with disabilities by state.

All states except Maine and Vermont somehow restrict the voting rights of prisoners, ex-cons, felons, and/or misdemeanor offenders. Check your state’s restrictions at ProCon.org.

Brush up on the basics of America’s election process by reading Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government. The guide is meant for younger audiences, but it’s chock full of easy to understand information for people of all ages.

Ballot.org compiles voting guides by state from different organizations, including unions, political parties and nonprofits. Also check with your favorite nonprofits, political organizations and publications for the issues and candidates they support.

Voters can type in their address on SmartVoter.org to easily find information on candidates and ballot initiatives. The website, created by League of Women Voters, generates a virtual copy of your ballot with candidate information, including endorsements, biography, opinions on issues and the candidate’s website.

Check a politician’s voting history while in office at OnTheIssues.org.

The National Center for Transgender Equality created an intersectional guide to overcoming voting obstacles that addresses identification issues for transgender people, as well as other possible problems that could arise on election day.

The Veteran’s Party of America breaks down homeless voting registration policies for each state, and the National Coalition for the Homeless created a comprehensive homeless voter’s rights guide.

If your right to vote is refused or if any other issue arises while voting, contact Election Protection, a nonpartisan organization devoted to providing access to voters.

View election results on your state’s secretary of state website, your local board of elections website, or your favorite local news outlet.

Source: Stuff Queer People Need To Know 

I’m so sick of hearing about suicide prevention and rallies to stop suicide.

glitterfarm:

If you want to stop suicide, then stop oppression.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop stigmatization of mental illness.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop bullying.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop capitalism.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop treating people with hatred and disrespect.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop shaming people with suicidal thoughts.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop creating a world people can’t live in.

Resurrecting this because it’s still relevant. And it’s in my new zine. Guess I’ll post that later.

I’m so sick of hearing about suicide prevention and rallies to stop suicide.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop oppression.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop stigmatization of mental illness.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop bullying.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop capitalism.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop treating people with hatred and disrespect.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop shaming people with suicidal thoughts.

If you want to stop suicide, then stop creating a world people can’t live in.

(Source: glitterfarm)

What’s The T? chronicles the experiences of Ms. Ma as a transgender woman of color who creates community and an activist uproar all while spreading the word about queer safe spaces with her YouTube videos. The audience follows Ms. Ma through her entanglements with other queers offering an honest take on life for many of Chicago’s queer youth.

But Ms. Ma and her friends are never portrayed as victims. They are empowered. The audience never feels sorry for them. There is no savior. These youths help each other out, create safe spaces for each other, and overcome adversity with a spring in their step all while exposing the true ugliness they face from their community that has discarded them. It empowers their stories, and that is groundbreaking.

Read the full review of What’s The T? on Stuff Queer People Need To Know.

freececemcdonald:

CeCe McDonald’s Birthday Party!!!

CeCe’s 24th birthday is on Saturday the 26th! We’re all meeting up at the Hennepin County Jail in Downtown Minneapolis at 6pm. She will be having dinner in her cell at 6pm so we’re gonna sing her happy birthday, dance to some Rihanna & Beyonce while eating birthday cake. We won’t be able to see her but she’ll be able to hear us!

Come show yr love for our girl by helping her celebrate her day of birth. Even behind bars she should have a birthday filled with the love of her community!

Bring:
*Musical Instruments
*BULLHORN
*Birthday hats
*Lots of friends!

http://www.facebook.com/events/460120307336998/

CeCe’s always wanted Rihanna to pop out of a cake for her. We’ve been tweeting her but she hasn’t answered. This is as close as we could get! All the love to CeCe!
Queer Is Community (Please reblog and share)

[Chicago] We’re creating a space to open a dialogue around racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, sexism, ableism, violence and any other limitations to community-building and to inspire positive change.

Queer is Community is an upcoming event at the Center on Halsted. On Sunday, May 27, Queer is Community will bring together performers, activists, students, nonprofits and folks from across Chicago to dialogue about community building in Chicago and the need for building inclusive, affirming spaces in our community. That evening we will create a space for a discussion on racism, sexism, transphobia and other pitfalls of our community that divide us, rather than unite us. 

We will begin with a small rally/speakout from 6:00 to 6:45 outside of the Center, followed by a 15-minute period to allow our vigil attendees and general attendees to file into the center. We will request a $5 suggest donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The donations will be split with the Center on Halsted, to cover the cost of the space, and The Crib (For more on The Crib: http://www.thenightministry.org/001_programs/040_youth_services/030_youth_housing/040_the_crib).

Hosted by Adam Guerino, the moderator of last year’s We Are Halsted event, Queer is Community will begin with an hour of performances, from personalities across the spectrum of the community. These performers will speak to their own experiences with these issues, and they include:

Jamie Royce of Stuff Queer People Need to Know, joined by members of Queer Choir
Tony Soto of The Qu
ellie navidson of Genderqueer Chicago and No Boys Allowed
Precious Davis, youth outreach coordinator at the Center on Halsted
Yasmin Nair of Gender JUST and Against Equality
Brian Turner, outreach coordinator at TaskForce Prevention & Community Services
Zachary Stafford of the Huffington Post
Trans educator Rebecca Kling
Queer performer Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (aka. Vajaqueque Brown)

Afterward, we will break for a 15-minute intermission, and conclude the evening with an hour-long discussion by this diverse panel of community members on including intersecting identities and inspiring change.

Accessibility notes: The Center on Halsted is physically accessible, as well as the restrooms. The event is all ages. Restrooms closest to the event space on the third floor will be gender neutral.

WHEN/WHERE:

Rally and Speakout:
Sunday May 27th, 2012
6:00 PM
Halsted and Waveland
Chicago, IL 60613

Performance:
Sunday May 27th, 2012
7:00 P.M.
Center on Halsted, 3rd floor
3656 N. Halsted Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

$5 suggested donation

MEDIA PARTNERS:

In Our Words: 
www.inourwordsblog.com // http://www.facebook.com/InOurWords

Stuff Queer People Need to Know: http://stuffqueerpeopleneedtoknow.wordpress.com/ // http://www.facebook.com/SQPNTK

The L Stop:
http://thelstop.org/ // http://www.facebook.com/TheLStop

The Qu: 
www.thequ.co // http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Qu/117528248334579

SocialScope:
www.50faggots.com

The Civil Rights Agenda:
www.jointcra.org // http://www.facebook.com/jointcra
Those who subvert social norms are, ostensibly, people who have forgotten that they can be seen, publicly, at any time. Therefore, when they transgress social norms—by expressing physical affection for a person not visibly coded as the opposite sex, for example, or by being fat and rejecting social and bodily invisibility—they need to be reminded of this omniscient social gaze, and in the absence of institutional discipline, must be punished so they do not transgress again. This is the mechanism by which a dude who sees me in a vividly-colored dress, walking alone as though I either don’t know or don’t care that I am defying bodily norms, feels compelled to scream “UGLY FAT BITCH” at me. He is applying social discipline and teaching me a lesson: Everyone can see you, and your body and/or behavior are unacceptable.
So Michel Foucault and Jeremy Bentham walk into an elementary school cafeteria* via the Two Whole Cakes blog by Lesley Kinzel (via transformfeminism)
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