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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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* Statistics And Graphs You Should See
Transgender Statistics (2012)
LGBTQ* Flags You Should Know
Sexual Orientation Subculture Flags
LGBTQ* Infographics To Spark 1,000 Conversations
(click on photos to view in larger scale)
Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR - November 20, 2012
Some of the Above Graphics From:
LGBTQ* Full Documentary You May Have Missed
Personal Note: This documentary features Ryan Sallans during the early stages of his transition. I remember watching it a few years ago, around the same time I was gearing up to launch KNOWhomo’s tumblr page. At the time I had no idea I would have the opportunity to talk to Ryan and get to know him through Tumblr, events, outreach, and a few emails back-and-forth.
Gender Rebel Documentary
Back story from Ryan:
In 2005….when I first began my transition I ended up being part of the LOGO channel’s Real Momentum Series. The documentary I took part in was Gender Rebel. It use to be available to watch for free on LOGO…if folks haven’t watched it but would like to, I found the full version here.
As a side note: This documentary was one of the first of its kind to look at the term and identity “genderqueer” being one of the first….it doesn’t cover the term as it would be today. For me, I was questioning when I first contacted by the casting director and due to the strain that I had in my romantic relationship I was trying to compromise my identity…so I was testing out a genderqueer identity but discovered that didn’t fit me…this realization evolved as the crew was actually filming which makes for an interesting view of 1) identity development and 2) the conflict that can happen in a relationship that used to be lesbian-identified.
So in short, I recommend watching the documentary for the individual journey of each person featured and not for the expectation that the term genderqueer will be explored.
I also recognize that the characters are all Caucasian, this is due to the fact that other people cast decided not to participate when it was time for filming.
LGBTQ* Ally Tips
Graphic from Trinity’s Q Soc (of Ireland)
Following text from UC Davis’ Trans* Ally Tips Page
SOME WAYS TO BE A GOOD TRANS ALLY…
• Don’t ever out a transperson. This is dangerous to their safety & can invalidate their identity. Likewise, be aware of your surroundings when discussing trans issues with a transperson. For their safety & comfort, they may prefer not to discuss these topics in public places or among strangers.
• Always use the pronouns & name the person wants you to use. If you’re unsure, ASK! If you make a mistake, correct yourself, & politely (& subtly, if possible) correct others if they use the wrong pronoun.
• Ask when & where it’s safe to use their chosen name & pronouns (e.g., if a transperson is not out at home, ask them how you should refer to them around their family, etc). Don’t ask transpeople what their “real” name is (i.e., the one they were born with). If you know their birth name, do not divulge it to others.
• Instead of using prefixes like bio- or real- to designate that someone is not trans, use “non-trans” or the prefix “cis-”. Two reasons for this: one, using “real” or “bio” sets up a dichotomy in which transpeople are not considered “real” or “biological.” Two, using the terms trans & non-trans or cis- alters the framework so that transpeople are the default rather than the Other. Setting up trans as the norm can help make transphobia & gender privilege more obvious.
• Instead of saying someone was born a boy (or a girl), try saying they were assigned male at birth (or were female-assigned). These terms recognize the difference between sex & gender, and emphasize the ways in which sex & gender are assigned to individuals at birth, rather than being innate, binary or immutable qualities.
• Don’t confuse gender with sexual preference. Transpeople, like non-trans people, are straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, etc. Gender is not tied to sexual preference, & there are a million ways to express desire.
• Don’t fetishize. Transpeople’s bodies are not a public forum. “Creatures with cunts,” “the best of both worlds” & “chicks with dicks” are all inappropriate ways of describing transpeople’s bodies.
• Don’t ask transpeople about their bodies, how they have sex, what their genitals are like, etc. It’s rude & none of your business. It can help to think about whether you would ask these questions of a non-trans person.
• Don’t ask about surgery or hormone status; don’t ask “when are you going to have the surgery?” or “are you on hormones?” Like non-trans people, our medical histories & bodies can be intensely personal & private. If transpeople want to share these details with you, allow them to do so on their own terms.
• Don’t assume the only way to transition is through hormones/surgery, & understand that medical transition is very often based on economic status. Recognize the classism inherent in associating medical transition with “authentic” trans identities.
• Don’t assume all transpeople want hormones and/or surgery, or to transition at all.
• Don’t assume all transpeople feel “trapped in the wrong body.” This is an oversimplification and not the way (all) transpeople feel.
• Don’t assume all transpeople identify as “men” or “women.” Many transpeople and genderqueer people identify as both, neither, or something altogether different.
• Don’t tell transpeople what is appropriate to their gender (e.g., transwomen should grow their hair out & wear dresses). Like non-trans people, we have varying forms of gender expression.
• Recognize the diversity of trans & genderqueer lives. Remember that these identities are part of other identities, and intersect with race, class, sexual preference, age, etc.
• Do listen if a transperson chooses to talk to you about their gender identity. Be honest about things you don’t understand—don’t try to fake it!
• Be aware of places transpeople may not be able to go (pun intended). Be understanding if a transperson doesn’t feel safe using a gendered bathroom or locker room. If your organization is holding an event, designate a gender-neutral bathroom in the building.
• Recognize that not all transpeople or genderqueer folks are out there trying to smash the gender binary. Recognize that it’s not their responsibility. If you want to smash the gender binary, then you do it!
• Don’t ask transpeople to educate you. Do your own homework & research. Understand that there is a difference between talking to individuals about their preferences/perspectives and forcing someone to be your educator. Try not to view individuals as spokespeople; the trans communities are diverse, not one monolithic voice or viewpoint.
• Don’t assume transmen are exempt from male privilege, misogyny, sexism, etc, just because of a so-called “girl past.”
• Recognize that transwomen deal with sexism in a very real way (on top of transphobia).
• Recognize that transwomen deserve access to “women-only” spaces/programs/shelters/etc.
• Recognize your privilege & prejudices as a normatively gendered person.
• Think about what makes you uncomfortable & why.
• Don’t let transphobia slide. Confront it as you would confront all other forms of oppression. Trans issues are rarely discussed & when they are it is often in a negative light. Transphobia is equally oppressive as (& works in conjunction with) sexism, homophobia, racism, classism, etc.
• Talk about trans issues/rights. Engage people in discussions & share your knowledge. The majority of “information” people have about trans issues is based on stereotypes & assumptions. To most people, trans folks are the freaks from Jerry Springer.
• Be aware of the vital role you play as a non-trans person. Remember that the way you talk about transpeople (e.g., using the right pronouns) influences how others perceive us & can make a difference in whether we pass, & whether we feel safe/comfortable. Always remember that people may be more likely to listen to & take cues from non-trans people than from transpeople. What you say & do matters!
• Don’t just mourn or take action when transpeople are murdered. Celebrate trans lives & work at making trans & genderqueer issues more visible on a day-to-day basis.
• Don’t tokenize. Simply adding the “T” to LGB doesn’t make you or your organization hip, progressive, or an ally. Make sure you have the resources, information & understanding to deserve that T.
• Above all respect and support transpeople in their lives & choices.
Are you familiar with the Tumblr LGBTQ Spotlight Blogs / Hashtag?
Have you checked out these awesome Tumblr blogs?
Flags Representing Gender Identification
* Asterisk Uses You Should Know *
Sam from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual weighs in on the use of the asterisk in Trans*
LGBTQ* Published Articles You May Have Missed
A Gender Not Listed Here: Genderqueers, Gender Rebels, and OtherWise in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
by Jack Harrison, Jaime Grant, and Jody L. Herman
In the landmark 2008 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, respondents were given the latitude to write in their own gender if the predefined categories were not representative. This article reanalyzes the survey data to determine the experiences of those respondents who chose to write in their own gender. By examining several key domains of the study—education, health care, employment, and police harassment—it becomes evident that gender variant respondents are suffering significant impacts of anti-transgender bias and in some cases are at higher risk for discrimination and violence than their transgender counterparts in the study.
Continue reading HERE.
LGBTQ* Trans* Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs You Should Know
(A Few Of) The Personal Stories of the Trans* Community
1. The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolutionby Pagan Kennedy
2. A Strange Sort of Being: The Transgender Life of Lucy Ann/ Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1820-1912 by Bambi L. Lobdell
3. Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook
4. Nina Here Nor There by Nick Krieger
5. Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
6. Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life by Ryan Sallans
7. Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen
8. A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is todayby Kate Bornstein
9. She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
10. Transition: The Story of How I Became A Man by Chaz Bono