LGBTQ* History You Might Have Missed
Trans* Religious History 101
(Catharina Margaretha) Linck - FTM Transgender Person, executed for sodomy in Prussia in 1721
Above Graphics from Words Without Borders
A selection of art from the biography of Catharina Margaretha Linck
by Elke R. Steiner
Translated by Edna McCown
At this time the KNOWhomo team is digging deeper into the story of Linck. There have been too many opposing stories to share any accurate information at this time. We wanted to share the graphics above and start a conversation about how we research and compile information for our posts. If you have more information on Linck, please pass it our way.
Keep On, Keeping On!
LGBTQ* Books You May Want To Read
LGBTQ* Representations in Art, Graphic Novels, and Comics
Artist: Sam Orchard
Moderator Response Videos
KNOWhomo creator, Rebecca, responds to internet trolls and bullies
(You can watch the full video here)
LGBTQ* Legislature You Should Keep an Eye On:
Senate Bill 1432
(following from AZ Family)
Several weeks after the city of Phoenix voted to extend legal protections to transgender people, a new proposal at the state Capitol could make it a crime for them to go into the bathroom in which they identify.
The proposal is scheduled for debate Wednesday in the House Committee on Appropriations and would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for someone to enter a public restroom that is designated for the opposite sex.
It would be punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine. In a hotly debated move last month, the Phoenix City Council voted to give legal protections to transgender people under the city’s anti-discrimination law.
A divided council approved a proposal (5-3), which added gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people from being discriminated against in city contracts, housing, employment, and public restaurants.
Some great shots from yesterday! Submit yr own
LGBTQ* Tumblrs We’re Watching: smith-q-and-a
Q: Trans women at Smith?
A: Trans women at Smith.
Note from Ruth Elizabeth:
I’ve been looking for a way to articulate my feelings regarding this post from Calliope Wong regarding the dismissal of her application to Smith after the school noted that her gender marker was male on her FAFSA. As a student at Hollins University (a women’s institution with a rather problematic trans* policy we’ve been trying the modify for years), I am thrilled to see such solidarity and support for trans* women from our family at Smith.
LGBTQ* Petitions Currently Circulating
Legal documents in the United States only recognize “male” and “female” as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option. Australia and New Zealand both allow an X in place of an M or an F on passports for this purpose, and the UK recognizes ‘Mx’ (pronounced “Mix”) as a gender-neutral title.
This petition asks the Obama administration to legally recognize genders outside of the male-female binary, and provide an option for these genders on all legal documents and records.
As of March 18th, 2013, 79,000+ signatures are still needed.
Should you wish to add your signature to this petition, click HERE.
Labels aren’t all that bad when they’re used consciously, but a major downside of using labels to describe an identity—even the labels we wear proudly as badges of courage—is that lables set up us-versus-them scenarios. The next generation of gender outlaws is seeking to dismantle us-versus-them. As a people, none of us deserves to hear the words “You’re not welcome here,” or “You’re not good enough,” or “You’re not real.” My Goddess, we just have to stop saying that to each other, all of us whose identity somehow hinges on gender or sexuality. We have to stop beating up on each other.
- Kate Bornstein, in this blog post “Who You Calling a Tranny?”
LGBTQ* Trans* Deviant Art and Artists We Wanted To Share
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* 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* 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.
Ever want to see F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag?
Of course you did.
(following from Buzzfeed)
The photos were taken in 1916 to help promote The Evil Eye at Princeton’s Triangle Club. Fitzgerald was in his third year at Princeton when the musical-comedy troupe performed the bawdy lyrics [penned by the future Great Gatsby writer].
In a review of his performance, the Times referred to Fitzgerald as “the most beautiful” girl in the whole production.
For more on queer* literature, check out queerbetweenthelines
(which is moderated by KNOWhomo’s Ruth Elizabeth)
Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught.” — Leslie Feinberg