Really important.

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,…

Signal-boosting!

tobitastic:

Please circulate and/or apply!

Trembling Void Studios is preparing to do a political comedy web series following a trans woman who’s lost her job and her apartment.  

I’ve looked over the beginning of the script and think it’s really well written.  Their previous work also looks very good and I’m very excited to see this happen.  I’m tempted to apply myself, but the time commitment may be too much for me considering my own projects.  You can read the script and the full casting call on their facbeook page (check the pdf tab for the call and the file sharing tab for the script), but here are some quick details

[SÜ] Lead, 25-35 years old female, trans.

TRANSGENDERED MTF-SPECTRUM ACTORS ONLY
ALL ETHNICITIES
ALL BODY-TYPES
ALL ACCENTS
ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE

The production is based in Vancouver, BC.  However, they are looking across North America and willing to pay travel and help set up housing.  Application deadline is Oct 17th, auditions Oct 19-21st (in Vancouver or over skype).  It involves being in Vancouver Oct 25-29 to shoot the teaser and then again to shoot the entire series over roughly two months in early 2013.  Pay is $350-550 depending on need.

Reblogging in support/solidarity.

whencylonsdream:

Like, even from people that are fucking awesome about everything else.

It never seems to cross peoples minds to be inclusive towards trans women.

It never seems to cross peoples minds to acknowledge trans women.

It never seems to cross peoples minds that without inclusive and acknowledging…

(via whencylonsdream-deactivated2012)

This looks FUCKING AMAZING, and I only wish I’d known about it sooner, because it is absolutely the kind of thing I would have come to Toronto for, no joke. I hope there will be more in the future!

No More Apologies:

Queer Trans and Cis Women, Coming/Cumming Together!

A FREE conference about social exclusion, sex, and sexual health 

Saturday, January 21st • 2-7pm 

The TRANZAC

No More Apologies is a day-long sex talk, designed to name and address the exclusion of queer trans women from broader queer women’s sexual communities. 

Social exclusion negatively impacts trans queer women’s sexual, emotional, and psychological health; meanwhile, by excluding trans women from our communities, cis queer women are missing out on a multitude of sexy, wonderful women to love, fuck, and connect with. 

Join us for this long overdue conversation and call to action about how to transform our talk about trans inclusion into practice.

Because trans inclusion means more than including trans men in our communities.

Because trans inclusion means more than just saying “women and trans people” in our mission statements.

Because welcoming trans women into our spaces is not the same as welcoming them into our beds.

Because our actions are speaking louder than our words.

Workshop schedule:

·         2:00-2:45PM“What we’re all here for”: Opening plenary by Drew DeVeaux

·         3:00-4:15PMBrazen: A pleasure-based sexual health workshop for trans women and the folks who are into us, facilitated by Morgan M Page

·         4:30-5:30PMConcurrent break-out sessions (facilitators TBA)

o   Trans women talk: A discussion on experiences of exclusion in the queer women’s community

o   Cis women talk: A discussion on trans women’s inclusion in the queer women’s community

·         6-7PMComing/cumming together: A dialogue between trans/cis queer women (Facilitators TBA)

·         9pmJoin us for Cum2GetHer, a post-conference dance party at The Tranzac AND the launch of BRAZEN: The Trans Women’s Safer Sex Guide, a new book from the 519 Church Street Community Centre. Hosted by Drew Deveaux with homo-gogo’s and sounds by DJ L-Rock (Yes Yes Y’all) and DJ Mama Knows (Get It | Got It | Good). While the conference is only for queer trans and cis women, all are welcome to the party. 

Things you should know:

·         This conference welcomes both trans and cis women who have sex with women.

·         The conference space is wheelchair accessible, and interpreter/attendant services can be made available upon request. TTC tokens will also be made available for conference attendees. Please let us know if there are any other ways that we can make this conference accessible for you!

·         For the well-being of attendees with multiple chemical sensitivities, we ask that you please avoid wearing scented products like perfume, cologne, scented lotions, or any other chemical-based products to the event.

Queer People Not My People

powerful & important. read it.

transcreature:

[TW warning: anti-trans bigotry and violence]
The following is a piece I wrote for a zine, QUAC , about the topic of Queer Violence

Queer People Not My People

I expected to lose a lot transitioning from a gay identified boy to a trans woman. I’ve lost family, once-called “best friends”, and the ability to find a man on A4A for some anonymous one night stands. What I didn’t expect was the loss of queer communities as a safe space for me. I once idolized queer spaces, now I always enter them in trepidation, even the ones I’ve helped build and maintain. I write this piece still reeling at how much anger I felt last night, still picking out the tear-dried clumps of mascara from my eyes. It’s the slow realization that I am often the only trans woman in the room, and that queer people love throw around my identity as part of their little acronym, but would rather not hear from me.

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GIRL TALK: a trans & cis woman dialogue is THURSDAY, MARCH 24th!

Girl Talk: A Trans & Cis Woman Dialogue is in 22 DAYS, people!

I am unbelievably proud to have created this event, to co-curate & co-host with the phenomenally brilliant Elena Rose and Julia Serano, and to perform again this year. I am also extremely proud that Girl Talk is happening for a third year running, thanks to the generous support of the Queer Cultural Center and the San Francisco Arts Commission. People have been asking why the show is happening in March and not June: We have been asked to help launch the QCC’s Healthy Communities program. This grant has enabled QCC to produce year-round programs, and Girl Talk is the first program up. It’s an honor and a privilege to produce with QCC & SFAC. Thanks, all!

Please come out on March 24th to hear our amazing cast. This is a show that is very near & dear to my heart, and I want as many people as possible to experience the brilliance.

xox,
Gina

Girl Talk: A Trans & Cis Woman Dialogue
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

7:00pm - 10:00pm

San Francisco LGBT Community Center - Ceremonial Room

1800 Market Street between Octavia & Laguna
Tickets: $12-$20 (no one turned away!)

BrownPaperTickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163744
***I strongly recommend that you get tix in advance — we sold out very fast last year!***


Queer cisgender women and queer transgender women are allies, friends, support systems, lovers, and partners to each other. Trans and cis women are allies to each other every day — from activism that includes everything from Take Back the Night to Camp Trans; to supporting each other in having “othered” bodies in a world that is obsessed with idealized body types; to loving, having sex, and building family with each other in a world that wants us to disappear.

Girl Talk is a spoken word show fostering and promoting dialogue about these relationships. Trans and cis women will read about their relationships of all kinds – sexual and romantic, chosen and blood family, friendships, support networks, activist alliances. Join us for a night of stories about sex, bodies, feminism, activism, challenging exclusion in masculine-centric dyke spaces, dating and breaking up, finding each other, and finding love and family.

FEATURING:
Mira Bellwether
Gina de Vries
Tara Hardy
Tobi Hill-Meyer
Marlene Hoeber
Sadie Lune
Elena Rose, aka little light
Ray Rubin

***Curated & hosted by Gina de Vries, Elena Rose, & Julia Serano.***


PERFORMER BIOS:

MIRANDA BELLWETHER is a 28 year old trans dyke and student.  She is a femme, a queer, a dork, a loudmouth, and lots of other things.  Her interests include the 1920s, literature, masculinity, homos, conversation, rodents, and of course sex and sexuality.  She is the creator and editor of “Fucking Trans Women,” a zine about the sex lives of trans women and our lovers. 


GINA DE VRIES is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans, and sex worker communities. She is the founder and co-curator (with Julia & Rose) of “Girl Talk: a trans & cis woman dialogue,” and is very proud to be producing the show for the third year running.

Gina edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] in 2004. Her writing has been anthologized dozens of places, from the academic to the pornographic. Her publications include Coming & Crying: true stories about sex from the other side of the bed, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, Bound to Struggle: Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet, The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Partner Violence Within Activist Communities, $pread: Illuminating the Sex Industry, Femmethology, Girl Crush, and Curve, make/shift, and On Our Backs magazines. Gina was the head curator of the San Francisco in Exile queer performance series from 2006-2010. Shows she’s produced include “Ecstasies & Elegies” (for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers), “Rebel Girl: a riot grrrl nostalgia show,” and “Cherry: queering virginity.”

Gina has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms. Recent university appearances include Harvard University, Yale University, and Reed College. She regularly teaches writing for WriteHereWriteNow queer & trans writers workshop in Boston, Massachusetts; regularly presents on issues ranging from sex work to intersex activism for the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program of the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps; and works a day job fundraising for St. James Infirmary, the nation’s only clinic run by and for current & former sex workers. She is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current and former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board).

A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a memoir and a book of short stories. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com. 
 



TARA HARDY is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle, WA.  She is a founding member of Salt Lines the all woman performance poetry group that toured the U.S. in March of 2009 and 2010 in honor of Women’s History Month.  Tara has been finalist on National Poetry Slam stages 7 times and is currently the highest ranking woman in the Individual World Poetry Slam. She’s been the Seattle Grand Slam Champion three times, and was elected Seattle Poet Populist in 2002.

Tara has been the keynote speaker for Seattle University’s Lavendar Graduation, Humboldt University’s 2009 Kink on Campus presented by the Women’s Center, and Seattle’s 2008 Dyke March.  A daughter of the United Auto Workers, and activist in the Battered Women’s Movement, she is committed to art as a tool for social change. Her upcoming book, Bring Down the Chandeliers, is due from Write Bloody Press in the spring of 2011. To contact Tara, or arrange for a performance, email wordyfemme@hotmail.com. Her webpage is www.tarahardy.net
. You may find her on MySpace at www.myspace.com/tarahardygetsbent

 


TOBI HILL-MEYER (www.HandbasketProductions.com) is just about your average multiracial, pansexual, transracially inseminated queerspawn, genderqueer, transdyke, colonized mestiza, pornographer, activist, writer.  She has given talks on several campuses and her writing has appeared in And Baby Makes More: Known Donor’s, Queer Parents and our Unexpected Families, Who’s You Daddy?: And Other Writings on Queer Parenting, and Best Lesbian Erotica 2010.  She directed and produced the first porn film by and for trans women, Doing it Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project, and just finished work on her latest film, The Genderfellator, a campy sci-fi pornographic parody of a little known transphobic film from 2007.  Her zines and films can be found at HandbasketProductions.com.


 

MARLENE HOEBER is a long time queer, kink, trans, sex-positive, feminist, social justice activist and a devout pervert. She is currently Director of Collections at the archive of the Center for Sex and Culture. Marlene was a founding member of the world’s first college campus based BDSM organization in 1991. She has worked in diverse trades such as dildo manufacturing, jewelry, motorcycle repair, tool design and laboratory management. Her hobbies include target shooting and cognac “tasting”. Her writing can be found at http://fukshot.com and Body Impolitic http://www.laurietobyedison.com/discuss.

 


SADIE LUNE (www.sadielune.com) is a multimedia artist, absurdist, sex worker, and pleasure activist. She has won awards for her films and performances, exhibited explicit whore-positive work in museums, and shown her cervix internationally. Her writing on art and sex is published in books and magazines in the United States and Europe. Sadie is currently working on “Biological Clock” a queer fertility ritual performance as part of her ongoing project Teaching Myself to Love. She is looking for patrons, sperm donors, and a wife of any gender. Sadie lives in San Francisco with her three snakes.
 


ELENA ROSE, a Filipina-Ashkenazic mixed-class trans dyke mestiza, is a writer, preacher, scholar, and survivor from rural Oregon.  Dedicated to the projects of radical love, community building, and queer ministry, she writes online as “little light” at http://takingsteps.blogspot.com and elsewhere, serves on the advisory board of the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, and was a charter member of the Speak! Radical Women of Color Media Collective.

A sweet-talking monster at the mic, Rose has performed to sold-out crowds up and down the Pacific coast, from multiple headline shows in Portland to collaborations with the Bay’s Mangos With Chili and Seattle’s TumbleMe Productions, and has twice been a San Francisco Pride Featured Performer with the National Queer Arts Festival production, Girl Talk:  A Cis and Trans Woman Dialogue.  Her writing has found its way everywhere from law school classrooms and academic conferences to bathroom mirrors and protest marches, and has met print in magazines including Aorta and Make/Shift. 

After the dust settles on Rose’s coast-to-coast tour this spring, she will be busy finishing her first book, “Mountain of Myrrh,” to be published by Dinah Press. Rose currently resides with her wife in northern California, where she stays busy being in good stories.  She carries a pen, her ancestors, and the mismatched ID of a citizen of the borderlands with her at all times.

 


RAY RUBIN is an FTMTF anti-capitalist that spends most of her day asking people for money. She is an activist for Lower-Haight, gluten-free, post-PCOS, rickets survivors who listen to public radio. She’s especially fond of independent publishing & has written for a number of ‘zines that can be found at the free section in Dog Eared Books.


JULIA SERANO is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer and trans activist. She is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007), a collection of personal essays that reveal how misogyny frames popular assumptions about femininity and shapes many of the myths and misconceptions people have about transsexual women.

Julia’s other writings have appeared in anthologies (including Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Word Warriors: 30 Leaders in the Women’s Spoken Word Movement and Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape), in feminist, queer, pop culture and literary magazines and websites (such as Bitch, AlterNet.org, Out, Feministing.com, Clamor, make/shift, and others), and have been used as teaching materials in gender studies, queer studies, psychology and human sexuality courses in colleges across North America. For more information about all of her creative endeavors, check out www.juliaserano.com.

Creating Change update! Also, go to NUDE AID if yr in the Bay!

Both the Creating Change Transfeminism Workshop & the Sex Worker Caucus are still going on as planned, WOO! They are both happening today, check the CC 2011 website for details as to where. Tranfeminism is being co-facilitated by Rachel Katharine Zall & Danielle Askini (thank you for stepping in for me, Danielle! you rock!!!). I actually don’t wanna say who’s leading the Sex Worker Caucus yet, as I’m not sure if he is out about doing sex work in all areas of his life. But trust me, you are in good hands!

And I’m slowly but surely recovering from this bug. Staying home has been hard, but it was absolutely the right decision in terms of my health. Hopefully I’ll see you in 2012, CC.

Also: If you are local to the Bay Area, GO TO NUDE AID TODAY to support the amazing & uber-important Center for Sex & Culture! I would totally go (hell, I’d be there modelling!) if I wasn’t preciously guarding my health. But my hot & awesome friends & colleagues in art & porn Sadie Lune & Jiz Lee (link is porn) will be there. Experiencing the two of them in a room together is well worth the price of a ticket. :)

Creating Change, right!

I’m announcing this way late in the game, but: The very awesome Rachel Katharine Zall & I are leading a Transfeminism Workshop at Creating Change in Minneapolis on Feb 5th, and then I’m leading the Sex Worker Caucus solo, also on Feb 5th. Will you be at Creating Change? Come hang out with us! :)

"The reality is that even though that one word is what tends to be focused on, in every case of protest, we’re talking about something much deeper going on. When the term is casually and irresponsibly thrown about that can certainly be offensive, but the real issue is that it is often an indicator of wider transphobia and misogyny."

— From Let’s Talk About “Tranny” by Tobi Hill-Meyer. Who is easily one of the smartest people I know. :)

"It’s not news that mainstream and queer media alike are sorely lacking in positive images of trans women. Taking matters into their own, capable hands, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Fay Onyx, and Ronan Joy created Handbasket Productions, a print and video production company that creates and distributes oppression-aware and sex-positive media. The trio’s first full-length video, Doing it Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project, is truly a game changer. The first of its kind, this body-positive porn features trans women owning their sexuality, enjoying their bodies and representing themselves the way they want to be seen. First-time director Hill-Meyer won a Feminist Porn award for the production, and we’re betting she’s just getting warmed up. Handbasket Productions also publishes thought-provoking print media exploring complicated identity issues, sex work, racism, and other topics."

from “Velvetpark’s Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010.”

Oh, Tobi! I’m so happy for you!