LGBTQ* Photos You May Want to See Again
In light of the recent excitement in the UK regarding same sex marriage, we can’t help remembering all of the adorable photos popping up in the US over the past few years as it has started to become a reality for us.
One of my favorite couples has to be Phillis Siegel and Connie Kopelov (then 77 and 85), who were married in New York in 2011. Look at the pure joy!
Photo Source: (Buzzfeed)
LGBTQ* Grants (and Deadlines) You Should Know
Trans Justice Funding Project
We aim to make this process as accessible as possible, so please let us know about any other needs you have and we will do our best to meet them. An audio version of the application is available on request.
Applications are due on February 15th, 2013 by midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Decisions will be made in mid-March 2013. So you can expect to hear back from us by April 1st and, if you are funded, to get your check soon after that.
How will the funding process work?
A panel of 7 activists from across the country will come together for a series of conference calls and a weekend-long in-person meeting to review all the applications and decide on the grantees. You can read more about our the panel members at transjusticefundingproject.org/who-we-are/. While we are very grateful to all the contributors making this project possible, funding decisions will be made solely by this community-led panel.
What does trans justice mean?
We use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and more generally, anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is non conforming and/or different from their birth-assigned sex.
We see trans justice as a commitment to creating a world where trans and gender non-conforming individuals and communities have the freedom to self-define and express their genders without fear of violence, discrimination, or harassment. A world where we recognize and honor that our communities have knowledge and expertise in matters relating to our own lives that no one else will have.
(Thank you to Leeway Foundation and Ryan Li for the adapted definitions above)
The funding panel will be distributing a total of $50,000. While it’s unlikely that grants will be smaller than $1,000 or larger than $5,000, the final decisions about grant size will be made when the panel meets to review all the applications.
Is multi-year support available?
Right now, this is only a one year project to distribute $50,000. In a way, it’s an experiment. We’re not sure what’s next, but no matter what, we want to do our best to get the word out about our grantees to as many donors as possible and to provide an example of an alternative, community-led funding model to those who want to support trans justice.
What we fund:
What we don’t fund:
We are committed to supporting groups that:
Just email us at email@example.com about any questions. We’ll get back to you as fast as we can! (Though please keep in mind that it’s just the two of us putting this together in our spare time, so it might be a little slower than we’d like.)
Gabriel Foster and Karen Pittelman, co-organizers
For more information visit TransJusticeFundingProject.org
LGBTQ* Breaking News You May Have Missed
Following from CNN.com
LGBTQ* Companies and Products You Should Know
Chrysalis is a Lingerie brand created specifically for the Women of the Transgender Community. Chrysalis offers Lingerie that helps to resolve issues of the Transgender experience so you can concentrate on more important things, -you! Along with our exclusively made Lingerie, Chrysalis offers a peace of mind.
Chrysalis came about to alleviate a primary stress and issue for Transgender Women. In the greater scope, Chrysalis was created to help change the dehumanizing stereotypes and biases we are subjected to as a group and community. Chrysalis symbolizes the acknowledgement and diversity of our existence and provides a solution to our specific needs. As a brand, Chrysalis takes Transgender Women beyond the marginalization imposed by the media and society and represents them as beautiful intelligent women with prowess, and the embodiment of feminine sensuality.
(source: Chrysalis Lingerie)
You can see a write up about the line and an interview with its creator on Lingerie Talk.
Thanks Tru for letting us know about this fabulous project.
LGBTQ* Magazines We’re Reading Right Now
(following from DUDE)
DUDE is a collection of queer and trans perspectives on various topics related to trans guys.
DUDE is a not for profit creative resource designed to celebrate positive representation of trans guys and to share skills and knowledge within our wider community.
DUDE magazine explores sex, relationships, bodies and diversity between transguys and the wider community. Our specific goal is to facilitate smoother, less awkward interactions between transguys and other people; particularly so we can all enjoy hotter, safer sex in more places, more often, with more people!
Sex represents an intersection of bodies, gender, identity and desire which intrigues us, not just because sex for transguys is underrepresented, but because erotic encounters can be seen as extreme and explicit examples of general interactions we experience every day – with a potential and capacity for awkwardness, intimacy, confrontation, education, adoration.
Note from Ruth Elizabeth: This magazine is quirky, honest, and full of practical advice for trans* men and anyone who loves trans* men. The articles span a wide variety of topics designed to get you thinking about the gender spectrum and the reality that nothing is ever as simple as the stereotypes might make it seem.
My favorite article so far was in Issue #2: an interview with trans queer porn actor and sex educator James Darling. Best quote from the article? "I do want people to be hot for my body, but I don’t want intense gender theory 101 discussions when I’m trying to get laid!"
Note from Rebecca: Enjoyable. Sincere. Raw. Understanding. Patient. I often find a lot of people want to ask questions and learn social etiquette and expected behavior for new (to them) LGBTQ* situations and interactions. DUDE does a great job establishing vocabulary and creating a neutral language for everyone to share. I highly recommend it.
If you are looking for a text to share with friends or family during your transition, I highly recommend selections for the first issue.
**Download issues of DUDE for free HERE
LGBTQ* Shows To Keep On Your Radar
Lost Girl is a series produced by the Canadian channel Showcase, and was picked up last year to run in the US on Syfy. Currently in its third season, the show follows bisexual succubus Bo as she navigates the discovery of her identity, becomes a force within her new community, and finds herself in a love triangle with the “wolf-shifter” Dyson and the beautiful human doctor Lauren.
Toronto Life's recent article explained how Lost Girl has emerged as one of the few shows on television which is really sex positive: "There are plenty of graphic shows on TV right now…but they all tend to shame their female characters for having sex and condemn them for liking it…. Lost Girl seemlessly unifies sex and sexual politics, delighting in the pleasure of the former and taking a stand on the later. Somehow, a humble, medium-budget fantasy show from Toronto has become the most sexually progressive thing on TV."
Bo and Lauren’s relationship (known as Doccubus within the fandom) is portrayed as any other relationship. In almost every other show, a relationship within the queer spectrum is used to drive the plot and create conflict. Zoie Palmer, who plays Lauren, explains how Bo and Lauren’s relationship is handled in this 2011 interview from AfterEllen (again, spoilers!): “It is just a real relationship. One of the things about the show is that it’s never sort of mentioned that it’s two women and that it’s a gay relationship. It just is one. It never comes up as a conversation piece that they’re both women. It is just the way that it is and I love that. And I feel that’s the way the world should be. That people should love who they love. This show is a great example of that.”
So we have a show with a sex positive spin, a relationship between two women which isn’t questioned in the slightest, an intriguing fantasy storyline, and some hilarious one-liners provided by Bo’s quirky sidekick, Kenzi. Are you Team Doccubus?
Note: The show did recently get into hot water with the trans* community for the portrayal of a character who was a shapeshifter (a Liderc) in the season premier. (The following from GLAAD and show producers on The Bilerico Project):
Whether or not you consider the prison warden to be a transgender character is open to interpretation given that the character is a mythological shapeshifter, but there’s no mistaking the scene that takes place out at the end of the episode. The warden being “discovered” and then viciously attacked is a scenario tragically based in reality, but here is played out for the enjoyment of the audience. It’s also evocative of the offensive claim that transgender women are “tricking” their way into female-only spaces for perverted or criminal purposes which was recently put forth in a defamatory editorial in The Observer that became the subject of heated online debate. That piece inspired so much outrage from the LGBT and feminist communities that The Observer actually pulled the piece offline altogether.
The producers of Lost Girl responded with this:
We want to let you know that the Lost Girl writers base all episodic characters off of researched folklore, and that the character of The Warden in the premiere of Season 3 is a character based off the mythological shapeshifter known as the Liderc. The Warden was only intended to represent this mythic being. We did not intend this character to be seen as a transgender person, we apologize if the character was seen as such. We do hope that you accept that no comparison or discrimination toward the transgender community was intended by the depiction of this mythological character.
Lost Girl prides itself on being open and accepting to everyone, and are enthusiastic supporters of the GLBT community. We want to encourage a society in which everyone can feel comfortable to express and be who they are without judgment. Equality and a world without labels is important to all of us at the series. We strive to create three dimensional characters, who empower all viewers regardless of sexuality or gender.
As an avid reader of fantasy with a healthy suspension of disbelief, it is easy to see these images as a portrayal of a creature within the story, not as a human. However, as a trans* person, I can see the problem with these images. The truth is that any character portrayed by a human and looking like a human can have prejudices assigned despite being something out of mythology. I appreciate that the producers took the time out to realize this and apologize.
LGBTQ* Graphic Novels to Keep on Your Radar
(AKA, LGBTQ* graphic novels the KNOWhomo team is currently reading)
TRANSPOSES by Dylan Edwards
"Transposes will teach you something about what it means to have a body and to feel desire. About what it means, in short, to be human." - Alison Bechdel From the foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of FUN HOME and ARE YOU MY MOTHER
TRANSPOSES separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is a laugh-out-loud, funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.
Interested? Read some of the first pages HERE.
Note from Rebecca:
I ordered TRANSPOSES after running into it time and time again online. (I am an avid comic book and graphic novel reader.) I ordered it from NORTHWEST PRESS and had it in my hands within 2-3 days (at regular shipping price). If you are unfamiliar with NORTHWEST PRESS and enjoy queer graphic expression and fiction, I highly recommend spending some time on their site.
LGBTQ* Hit or Miss?
Steven Tyler made a cameo on Thursday’s episode of American Idol dressed in drag as alter-ego “Pepper LaBeija.” To call the moment problematic might be an understatement (considering, among other issues, Pepper LaBeija is a real-life drag queen featured in the documentary Paris is Burning), but we’ll let you watch the video yourself to decide.
Steven Tyler writes in his memoir, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You, that he does feel that he embodies masculine and feminine traits, and has often presented in non-binary ways. So how do we feel about his American Idol drag performance?
Note from Ruth Elizabeth: If I have to read one more news article with an unfortunate “Dude Looks Like A Lady" song reference because of Tyler’s in-questionable-taste shenanigans, I am going to scream.
LGBTQ* Advancements in Popular Culture (Focus: Television)
40 Years of LGBTQ* on Television (source)
LGBTQ* Gender and Sexual Slam Poetry
You May Have Missed (and is a little NSFW)
*Please do not watch if you are anywhere you wouldn’t want body parts mentioned as things we use in any way possible*
Andrea Gibson’s “Leprechaun”
LGBTQ* Allies and Support Super Bowl Style!
Brendon Ayanbadejo, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, plans to bring Gay Marriage to the forefront during the Super Bowl.
“Organically, it was going to happen anyway,” said Ayanbadejo a linebacker and key special-teams player in his 10th season, of the inevitable questions to come after his vocal support for upholding a marriage equality law in Maryland in November.
“There (are) still 47 or so states that don’t have it passed. It needs to be passed federally. Why not be the person to carry that message not only to the United States but to the rest of the world? I have this huge platform. The whole world is watching.
“It’s a message of positivity. It’s a message of equality. And it’s a chance to get it out. It’s not going to affect the way I play football but its going to affect a lot of people’s lives off the field.” (source)
LGBTQ* Sports News You May Have Missed
(The irony that this moment was captured after the 49er’s win [in light of recent homophobic remarks by Chris Culliver] is not lost on us! Go Sports Illustrated!)
(following via Buzzfeed)
On page 48 of the sports magazine’s Super Bowl preview, there is an unexpected image of two men kissing. The photo, taken by Deanne Fitzmaurice, captures ”the moment the 49ers won the game which secured the team a spot in the Super Bowl.” The unidentified couple was snapped at Hi Tops, a new gay sports bar in San Francisco.
"A lot of people that come in don’t even know it’s a gay sports bar; that’s the best part," Hi Tops bartender Logan Chavarria told NBC Bay Area. “And then we find out we have a common bond.”
But the photo isn’t the only win for the LGBT community. Sports Illustrated also takes the time to shine the spotlight on queer football fans in the print issue.
(For more on the bar, visit Gay.net.)
Above post from moderator, Ruth Elizabeth.
Note from Rebecca:
I lived in New Orleans the year the Saints went to Miami for the Super Bowl. I lived in New Orleans the year the Saints WON the Super Bowl. And do you know where I watched the game? Where I toasted the touchdowns? Where I enjoyed amazing bar/football food? Where I saw grown individuals do sports cheers? Where I ran from, screaming in delight that our boys, New Orleans’ team, had just taken the title?
I sat in Good Friends Bar, a queer (mostly male patron) bar in the middle of the French Quarter. And it was packed with sports fans. Many of us identified as LGBTQ*. All of us identified as sport fans.
LGBTQ* Young Audience Books (You Might Have Missed)
Lisa Jenn Bigelow’s Starting From Here
Sixteen-year-old Colby Bingham’s heart has been broken too many times. Her mother has been dead for almost two years, her truck driver father is always away, her almost girlfriend just dumped her for a guy, and now she’s failing chemistry. When a stray dog lands literally at her feet, bleeding and broken on a busy road, it seems like the Universe has it in for Colby. But the incident also knocks a chink in the walls she’s built around her heart. Against her better judgment, she decides to care for the dog. But new connections mean new opportunities for heartbreak. Terrified of another loss, Colby bolts at the first sign of trouble, managing to alienate her best friend, her father, the cute girl pursing her, and even her dog’s vet, who’s taken Colby under her wing. Colby can’t start over, but can she learn how to move on? (from GoodReads.com)
LGBTQ* Speeches You Should Watch
"Human beings are not one dimensional."
(following from TED)
iO Tillett Wright thanks her parents for not asking her to define herself as a child. Her experience of growing up without having check boxes like “female,” “male,” “gay” or straight” thoroughly infuses her art.
iO’s photography can be seen regularly in two features in The New York Times: Notes from the Underground and The Lowdown. She is also the creator of Self Evident Truths—an ongoing project to document the wide variety of experiences in LGBTQ America. So far, she has photographed about 2,000 people for the project. Her goal: 10,000 portraits and a nationwide rethinking of discriminatory laws.
(post from co-moderator, Cael)