LGBTQ* Opportunities for Publication You May Have Missed:
The KNOWhomo family is excited to share an opportunity with you from our friend Ryan Sallans over at Scout Publishing, LLC. Got a story you want to share? The Outrider Review is looking for writing addressing issues of gender, sexuality, and identity to fill out its inaugural issue, due out in January 2014. They’ll be accepting creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, artwork, etc. For more information, see the link below. Good luck, and as always,
Keep On, Keeping on.
Call for submissions: All artists and writers who explore either gender, sexuality or identity The Outrider Review wants to see your work for the first volume, first issue, New Beginnings to be released January 1, 2014. To learn more visit the link! http://www.scoutpublishingllc.com/the-outrider-review/
LGBTQ* Artists and Photographers You Should Keep On Your Radar
Photographer REBECCA SWAN
Queer artist Rebecca Swan from Aotearoa, New Zealand reexamines gender and the way the body is captured through a photography. Many of the individuals who share their bodies with Swan’s camera identify outside of the gender binary, including many members of the trans* community. Swan’s book ASSUME NOTHING follows twenty five people as they pose, expose, and share their most intimate truths with the camera.
1. Source — “Dred”
3. Source — Rebecca Swan, Photographer
4. Source — “Reshma Valliappan”
5. Source — “Mark”
6. Source — “Shane”
7. Source — “Merge”
KNOWhomo's Posts Worth Repeating:
LGBTQ* Insight, Education and Ally Conversations
From Oregon State
— Roommate Questions/Answers
(You may want to pass this on to RAs in conversation)
Questions for Roomates
In the residence halls
In a residence hall environment, we interact daily with a wide variety of people. Statistics have shown that at least 10% of the general population consider themselves to be lesbian or gay, and many more consider themselves to be bisexual. It is very likely that you will meet individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) during your time at OSU. This page was developed to hopefully answer some of the questions you may have. Remember, you may ask these questions of your Residence Life staff as well.
Why do they flaunt their sexuality?
“What people do in their own bedrooms is their own business, but I saw two guys walking across campus holding hands.”
One of the worst forms of oppression for a human being is to be denied emotional expression. Curiously, it is called “expressing love” when heterosexuals hold hands, but “flaunting” when LGBT people express their love. How would heterosexuals react if they could not hold hands, kiss, dance together, go to romantic dinners, or be married? LGBT people who are open with their affections are not trying to shock others, but are just doing what is natural to them and others.
What should I do if a friend tells me that he or she is gay? What does that say about me?
Most LGBT people who “come out” would like the same sincere acceptance and encouragement you might want when you tell a friend something special about yourself. Because of many people’s “homophobic” attitude (fear and derision of same sex relationships), many gays are afraid of rejection from their friends. You might first honestly ask yourself how you feel about this news and then discuss it as a caring friend.
Some people who find out a close friend is LGBT wonder “What does that mean about me?” This is a natural reaction. What it probably means is that your friend trusts you very much. However, liking someone gay does not make you gay any more than liking someone smart makes you smart.
If my roommate “comes out” to me, does that mean that he or she thinks that I’m gay too?
There is a big difference between “coming out” and “coming on.” As discussed above, most gay people who come out want to be accepted, not hassled. Sometimes a gay person might “come on” to you, tell you they are attracted to you, or want an intimate relationship with you. You can handle it in the same manner that you would handle a heterosexual approach. Gay love is as serious and legitimate as heterosexual love. Again, you should discuss it with your friend.
If I accept my LGBT roommate, will he or she bring in lots of LGBT friends and push me out?
A formerly taboo subject will be out in the open. You may feel uncomfortable from a lack of experience dealing with gay people who are not “closeted.” The LGBT friends should respect non-LGBT people just as LGBT people expect to be respected. Visits by LGBT folks are a good opportunity to learn about this large and diverse segment of the population. However, be cautious about presuming that all your roommate’s friends are LGBT. His or her best friends may be straight.
Won’t my friends or parents think I’m gay if I have a gay roommate or friend or defend equal rights?
Defending equal rights for gays is often a courageous stance to take. Some people may conclude that such a person has a vested interest to do so. It is up to you whether you feel that the people you are defending are worth the risk of occasional accusations or assumptions by others. Remember that a word from heterosexual friends and allies in defense or support of gay rights can go a long way to help change people’s minds.
Now that I know my roommate is gay, I don’t feel comfortable about nudity, dressing, showering, etc.
More than likely, you have been living together long enough to trust each other. There is no reason for the trust to diminish now. Your roommate has been gay or lesbian all along! Bear in mind that gays are not always comfortable with non-gays, either. Gay people, just like straight people, are attracted to certain types of folks. Most gays and lesbians are not sexually interested in heterosexuals, just as the reverse is true.
LGBTQ* College Signs
Restrooms at Reed College
Photo Credit: Kate Bredeson
LGBTQ* Slam You May Have Missed
Miles Walser’s “Heirachy” from NYC’s 2013 Nation Poetry Slam
LGBTQ* Conversation Starters
It is important to remember not everyone has had the education and introduction to the world many of us navigate daily. Stay calm. Be patient. While it may be exhausting, you are a teacher and because of your time, someone else may evolve to become a teacher as well.
-The KNOWhomo Team
LGBTQ* Profiles and Public Speakers You May Be Interested In
Ryan Sallans - 8 years of personal growth
I thought it might be fun to post side-by-side photos of how my facial structure has changed on testosterone use over the past 8 years. The years are noted by “year” after the number. The other numbers are the months on T.
For anyone thinking about starting testosterone or just recently have started I recommend maintaining a diary of your changes so that you can look back at your changes, where you have been, and where you are going.
My 8 year anniversary on T was last month and now I am reflecting back on my own experiences.
Physical Changes on T:
When it comes to physical changes, the first thing I noticed was my voice dropping in pitch, the first three months were very subtle but by month four there was a significant drop and it didn’t change much after month nine for me. …..Okay, maybe the first thing that I should of listed was an increase in libido. That happened right away and stayed with me for the first year (it died down a lot after as the years have gone by). Along with a change in libido, I also experienced a change in clitoral growth. Many (including myself) find this to be uncomfortable for the first few months, but after a while that discomfort also subsides.
The second thing I noticed was the changes in both body and facial hair. By month three I could make out noticeable hairs on the underside of my chin, by a year I had more on the underside of my chin and neck and a few coming in on the sides of my face. Sideburns didn’t really start to become noticeable until month 13 and my beard didn’t get to where it is today until year 7! As far as body hair, my chest and stomach are super hairy, but my back and behind remain hairless…for now.
The third thing I noticed was the stopping of menstruation. This took me six months to come to a full stop and after a year on testosterone I went in for a complete hysterectomy due to SEVERE cramping. Research and testimony is showing that this cramping usually goes away after one to three years on testosterone, but for people like me who couldn’t handle it and didn’t won’t those parts in, I can say that surgery does eliminate that problem.
As far as personality, that stays the same!
I’ll do a series of changes with my torso next week for those interested!
Ryan - Learn/see more about transitioning via my websitewww.ryansallans.com
Gender and Performance in Cartoons (You Might Be Interested In)
SheZow on The Hub
Following from Wikipedia:
Shezow is an Australian-Canadian animated television series created by Obie Scott Wade, which began airing on Network Ten on 15 December 2012, and will run for 26 episodes. Aimed at kids 6-11 years-old, the series is produced by Moody Street Kids and Kickstart Productions. It is distributed by DHX Media, funded in part by Film Victoria and was designed by Australian artist Kyla May.
The series’ protagonist, a 12 year old boy named Guy Hamdon, discovers the superheroine Shezow’s power ring and puts it on. While the power ring does grant him super powers, it was only meant to be worn by a woman. Guy takes on the appearance of a female super hero and with the help of his sister, Kelly, and best friend, Maz, he protects the city of Megadale from supervillains and criminals.
In the United States, it will be added to the lineup of The Hub on June 1, 2013
Moderator Note: SheZow is blowing up on news feeds across the country. Check out some of the stories below.
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.