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Forgot to Mention [Jul. 24th, 2010|11:12 am]
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[Current Location |Burnaby]
[mood |okayoops]

It's the second article down on page 14. :P
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An Update [Jul. 24th, 2010|11:06 am]
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[Current Location |Burnaby]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

The Siksay Report. (It's on page 14.)
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2009|10:49 am]
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I can't find a current link to this online, and I'm not sure how make a cut, so I hope this isn't too lengthy...If this post needs to be edited or cut for length I certainly understand. I found this in Spring 2009 of The Siksay Report. (Bill Siksay is my Member of Parliament.)

On May 15, I introduced a Private Member's Bill, "An
Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Gender Identity and Gender Expression)" in the House of Commons.

This bill seeks to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of a discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the Criminal Code sections regarding hate crimes and sentencing provisions, providing explicit protection for transgender and transsexual Canadians for discrimination in all areas of federal jurisdiction.

Whether it is job discrimination, access to housing and public services, especially health care, problems with identity documents, difficulties with law enforcement officials, a high suicide rate, or the increased likelihood that they will be victims of violence, the situation of transsexual and transgender people demands our attention.

Given that transgendered and transsexual folks are members of our familiies, our friends, our co-workers, and our neighbours, I hope this legislation will find support from all parties in the House.

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Riotverse [May. 1st, 2009|10:10 am]
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call for submissions for a cathartic compilation zine(s) of poetry/prose about experiences at the DNC/RNC08 (+ more)

Riotverse is a new project which seeks to provide a healing outlet for writer/activist/freedomfighters/etc to prevent burnout and encourage anti-authoritarian, anti-white supremacist, queer and feminist centered struggle for social justice.

send one page submissions by June 10th to poeticsofresistance@hush.com
feel free to repost this call for submissions anywhere and everywhere
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Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete) [Dec. 24th, 2008|01:48 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

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workshop Advice [Oct. 24th, 2008|01:46 pm]
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Hey folks,

I feel like I have a lot of skills/experiences that I think can be of use to my communities, but organization is not my forte.
I've been working on designing a "Trans 101" workshop, but I also want to design a space to talk about other topics as well: environmental racism, queer art, Theatre of the Oppressed games. (I have a lot of time on my hands).
 Do you all have a" template" of sorts when you're creating something like this, or do you do something to organize your thoughts. Where do you start?
I am especially interested in interactive workshops, no droning on in front of a powerpoint.

Your suggestions, advice, inspiration, etc. are greatly appreciated!



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Refreshing to See [Sep. 12th, 2008|08:36 am]
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[Current Location |Burnaby]
[mood |chipperchipper]

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WATCH THIS [Jul. 30th, 2008|06:49 pm]
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That is someone I know. That is someone I love <3
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lets get some conversation going! [May. 15th, 2008|12:27 am]
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has anyone read "that's revolting! queer strategies for resisting assimilation" or "nobody passes" by mattilda / matt bernstein sycamore? what did you think of it?
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dyke_riot [Dec. 15th, 2007|11:59 am]
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for the self-identified lgbq women here-

check out this awesome lj community called dyke_riot

happy holidays!
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Queer Youth Oriented Internships [Aug. 21st, 2007|07:23 pm]
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Hi! I'm Kas! I've been absent from much LJ activity lately but I need some pointers!
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FAMILY...cant live with em...cant SHOOT EM! [Jul. 25th, 2007|12:26 pm]
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FAMILY...cant live with em...cant SHOOT EM!

Reading this post [Click here to read it] again is kind of interesting because something happened 2 weeks ago that felt like totally out of the blue, but actually reading this...its nothing new, I just am constantly suprised by my mothers behaviour.

I went back to Leeds, Yorkshire (where I'm from), a couple of weeks ago, to play a gig with my band. I also visited my mother while I was there. Everything was going well.. it was pleasant.. we went for a coffee, it was nice, then she started saying she didnt like the way I was dressed and she wanted to buy me some new clothes, I didnt want to make an argument so I said 'ok'...

We went to some shops. She kept on picking out female clothes, I kept on refusing them, I kept on picked out male clothes, she kept on refusing them... till eventually I picked out some black jeans, a male cut ..but kind of tight, she compromised and let me try them... I tried them on and they looked cool, tight around the butt but with room around the front (good for packing I thought) and even without packing they looked good. I walked out to display myself uncomfortably to my mother (Urgk! a feeling I DESPISED!) she looked at me and looked DISGRACED, like she was on BOIL, then suddenly she grabbed my crotch and said "Whats THAT for, your LUNCHBOX?!" I felt like all my confidence just was swiped away from under me and I ran back into the changing room and nearly cried, took off the jeans got back into my old clothes as fast as I could and started to walk out.. she said she was sorry and that she would buy them if I wanted, I said NO and i just wanted to leave now and she made me feel horrible, she said 'dont let it spoil the whole day', I just remained silent trying to ignore how bad I felt. I didnt say anything for a while, I got flashbacks to being a child, humiliated, she bought me a vegan flapjack to win me over (Something she would NEVER do, being vegan is also something she dislikes about me), I tried to act normal, I just thought to myself..'you are not a child anymore, she is not in control of you, be strong'. SO I said nothing about it, just to get on with the day.

Later on we were at her house talking.. then she AGAIN started to question my image.. she was saying it was the wrong image for me, that I should look softer, more feminine, because that is what I was, female. I told her that it made me feel good to dress the way I dress and thats why I do it. She said that people would think that I was 'intimidating and hard' dressed the way I dressed and I wouldnt be able to get close to people. I said that I was close to people and that I didnt see my appearance as something that interfered with my relationships, infact feeling good about myself and the way I look made my relationships better. She said that I had a lot of feminine qualities people might not see if I dressed the way I dressed, like the fact I was kind, nurturing, sensitive etc.. I said that a lot of boys are kind and sensitive and they dress like boys..people dont think they are feminine or like women dressed as boys because of it. I said I felt happy looking like a boy. She got a magazine out with womens dresses in... she asked me if I liked any of them, if I had to wear one of the dressed which one would I wear... I said I wouldnt wear any of them, I hated them. She said she would buy me any of the dresses no matter how expensive, just to see me dressed that way, I said dont waste your money or energy I really dont want to wear any of them. She said that the way I am is just going to isolate me from the world, that I would be lonely, that I can't always be in a queer world, she said that I am already pushing my family away..they don't understand why I am the way I am, it isn't their sister\daughter anymore. She said how are you going to do anything, get job etc... when you fill out the forms and you have to tick the FEMALE box, because that 'IS what I am', and they see infront of them a MALE person... how will you explain it...I said that actually I ticked the male box now...
she FREAKED...
she was in dispair, her head in her hands, shaking her head...'but your my daughter, I had two boys and then I had you and I was so happy have a daughter and now your taking that away from me'...'You didn't have a daughter, you had me, this is the way I am' I said. She said suddenly 'Lets change the subject, I cant talk about this anymore!'.
I went out to the gig.

The next day I called her in the morning, she said "I saw a film last night on TV, it kept me awake, Ive been chain smoking for 10 hours. It was about a girl called 'Tina Brandon'"...I was quiet for a minute...
my heart sunk.... like a hit of grief to the stomach..
I said "*BRANDON* Tina.. that was *HIS* name..", she said she needed to talk to me about it.. we met for breakfast.. "How can you choose this life" she said..."what if this happens to you"..I said that I chose to live in a big city for that reason, its for safety..I am more careful too...there is more tolerance in the big city, but yes, it *could* happen, that is the risk of being different in a world so obsessed with norms and rules that it violently tries to make everybody conform to protect its values...but I cant help being different, Id rather be myself and get killed than live a lie which is like dying anyway... but I said if people become more tolerant then I will be safer (implying that she should be also more tolerant) and I said I have people that support me, other queers, Brandon Tina didnt have that, I am much luckier than him. Again she said we should change the subject.. and we had breakfast and that was that.

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Criminalization of Trans & Queer People; Trans & Queer Prisoner Support [Jun. 21st, 2007|12:31 am]
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x-posted to various queer- and trans- related communities, faggosaurus, possibly others.

if this is deemed inappropriate for one reason or another, let me know and i will delete it.

this is currently incomplete. will update this ASAP. please suggest stuff to add if you think of something.

Note: Some of the stuff that's listed may be triggering for survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse, recovering drug addicts.

these are notes from a workshop on Trans & Queer Prisoners Support that i went to tonight at the DC Infoshop. i got there late, so i don't have everything written down.

Criminalization of Trans & Queer People - notesCollapse )

these are notes on Trans & Queer Prisoners Support and why it's important. again, these are incomplete, and i will update the list ASAP. feel free to suggest things that you think i should add.

the importance of Trans & Queer Prisoners Support - notesCollapse )

Lastly, here's a (possibly incomplete) list of things that those of us @ the Infoshop workshop tonight were considering, regarding setting up a group for supporting trans & queer prisoners.

Trans & Queer Prisoners Support - DC Infoshop - IdeasCollapse )


Any kind of queer- and trans- related prisoners info, general prisoners support info, prison (and prisoner) statistics, anything like that that you can provide will be very much appreciated!! Thanks in advance!
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hmmm [Feb. 4th, 2007|01:11 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

stumbled across this a while ago.

i don't know, any thoughts?
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Help NYC shelter for Trans teens! [Dec. 28th, 2006|01:47 pm]
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From a post by  formulaicnormalin the  transgendercommunity:

Before I proceed with the update, I must say that until the last 7 days, I never really personally felt in the awesome power of the internet. Starting from 7 days ago, I'm now humbled and amazed at what things are possible.

Credit MUST be given particularly to the  transgendercommunity and the moderators. I'm back here to post an update, but also to give this community my resounding personal thanks for coming forward and responding. I started to volunteer with them on December 11th even though I didn't have many skills beyond going on the internet. Father Braxton of Carmen's Place told me that he had received a few donations and e-mails from individuals that pointedly mentioned hearing about their plight via posts and comments via LiveJournal. He was thunderstruck and grateful for these responses as he didn't know about LiveJournal prior to this. Among other donors who made a reference to LJ, he received PayPal donations even from as far away as New Zealand. In addition to actual donations, he's received emails from others who asked how they could help, via volunteering services, time, or other. :)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

About Carmen's Place

How you can help:
We have four days left until 31st December for Father Braxton to actually show he can sustain the shelter for at least when Father Braxton says the shelter will be closed. Ways to help:

Please cross-post and and publicise about Carmen's Place on your own blogs and other communities that you can. Provide the below contact information and websites for more information.

* A myspace.com account started by one of the residents on a volunteer's laptop: http://www.myspace.com/carmensplaceny . This site has more details and history about Carmen's Place.

* Their brand new webpage started by a volunteer, still under construction, at http://www.carmensplace.org/ . This site has links to some few articles in the newspapers about them.

* E-mail or call Carmen's Place directly by contacting Father Braxton at louisbraxtonjr@yahoo.com, or by telephone 1646 512 1703.

Again, even if you have neither time, nor money, you can help by spreading the word! Strike up a conversation with your friends and allies, share the information. If any of you know of people in the media or fund-raising organisations, that can also great, but plain word of mouth truly, truly helps. I've learnt this in the last seven days and I know that each of us can truly make a difference. Remember: there is tremendous power in this community.

Please spread the word! Please give the residents of Carmen's Place something to believe in as we ring in 2007.

Thank you all so much!
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book and article recommendations? [Dec. 12th, 2006|07:29 pm]
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Hey, I'm creating a bibliography on United States queer history, and I was wondering if anybody had recommendations for books on the the history of transgendered, transexual, and intersex people and movements? Also, any tips on books about the history of queer people of color would be great.

If you can't think of anything in particular, can you recommend anybody I should try to contact? Thanks!!
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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2006|08:29 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |tom waits]

what are some decent books on...various topics that would be considered relevant to this community?
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POST WIDELY [Nov. 7th, 2006|01:46 pm]
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An open letter to our communities from “Elliott” (a pseudonym), Kate Loewe stopsexualviolence@riseup.net), Kathy Ni Keefe (nikeefe@riseup.net), Samuel Lurie (slurie@gmavt.net), and Eli Clare (eclare@gmavt.net):

We are writing to let our communities know about a recent hate crime that occurred in New Mexico. We are writing to break silence, to create resistance to violence and space for healing, and to build support for the survivor. We are writing in hopes that we can take care of each other, undercut the community-wide fear that comes with hate violence, and work toward justice.

Please note that what follows contains some graphic details, which could be triggering. Also, the survivor is a parent of two children, and this information MUST NOT reach them.

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x-posted a good amount (x-post more and feel free to place on your personal journals)
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family... can't live with them!... can't shoot em!. [Sep. 5th, 2006|08:04 pm]
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Ok.. quick intro...I'm a genderqueer boy.. for me that means I look masculine, I want to look more masculine.. I am masculine in how I act and may of may not further my masculinity with hormones or surgery.
but I don't take T and I don't insist people call me He or any other pronoun (yet).. that has not been much of an issue so far.

But anwyay the issue is.. family.. my mother has kind of picked up on a few things (took her long enough!), the fact I bind my breasts and work-out were the things that seemed to cause concern.. I told her I want to look more masculine.. her response was.. 'if you don't like most men... why do you want to be one, why do I want to be like a man', I told her I didn't want to be like the men I didn't like, I want to be my own kind of man, the kind of man/boy I am already, not really a man, but something else.. but more masculine than I am now.. then after that she slapped my arse really hard.. I freaked out and I said that *I DID NOT LIKE IT!* that I wasn't a child anymore and I would apreciate her not doing that EVER AGAIN..her response was that she thought 'I liked macho behavior'.. 'She said isn't that what you want to be like'.. I really was gob smacked.. I didn't really know what to say.. she looked upset.. she said 'your not going to turn into one of 'those' transsexuals are you'.. is it worth saying yes, is it worth still being in her life if she treats me like that? (by the way..physical violence isn't totally stranger to her..and I'm worried she will get worse the more I tell her).. I don't live with her.. but she lives in the same city. I don't really know what to do.. and shes the more simpathetic out of my family the others I'm sure will see me as a freak. I don't really know what to do. Is family worth it?
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