13 9 / 2012
"The word of the doctor who proclaims a child’s sex at birth somehow holds more sway over the reality of the body than the word of the person who inhabits it. Yet just as anyone can call me whatever they want, it is up to me to decide whether I care to answer."
30 8 / 2012
"The assumption that trans* people are trans* because they have tried and failed at being their “assigned sex” is ridiculous. Everyone comes to terms with begin trans* in their own ways, but there are many of us who sit and question whether we’re truly trans*. And in return for finally being okay with our identities we get increased risk of personal violence, discrimination, abandonment from family members and harm. The ridiculous, bigoted, and nearly laughable assumption by [radfems] that transitioning just involves waking up one day, “giving up” on the sex you’re assigned, and getting handed surgery and hormones like they were candy is farcical and out of touch with reality. Trans* people go through hell and back to get what they want."
23 7 / 2012
Are you trans-identified, FTM, MTF, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, masculine of center or masculine-identified (AG, stud, boi, marimacha, etc.), or transfeminine?
Do you identify as someone who is a Person of Color? Black or Brown? Asian? Mixed Race? Pacific Islander? Latino? Native American or Indigenous? Of African Descent (Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Canadian, African American, Afro-Latino)?
Do you feel that your race/ethnicity and your gender identity affect how you interact with the world or how others perceive and interact with you?
Do you feel discriminated against or unacknowledged in certain spaces (communities, institutions)?
Do you have something to say?
Now is your time to be heard in an upcoming project focusing on the intersections of gender identity, race and ethnicity. A chapter will be dedicated to these identities in the upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves book project is for trans people and by trans people. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for trans people, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. Each chapter will be written by separate transgender and/or genderqueer author(s). This chapter is specifically for and by trans people who identify as racial or ethnic identities other than white or european.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved, depending on what interests you and the amount of time and energy you have. This could include writing a piece yourself, including arts-based work, being interviewed about your own experience, or reviewing the materials for the chapter. We are interested in hearing your voices and including your perspectives.
What do you mean by racial or ethnic identities other than white or european?
There are many people who identify proudly as a person of color. There are also others who have been labeled this but who may or may not identify with this label. There are those who may choose to identify solely under the terms Black or Brown. There may be those who identify as bi-racial, multi-racial or multi-ethnic that may identify as a person of color. You may have claimed or reclaimed other terms or
labels that are more specific to your identity and that have meaning for you. You may also have intersecting identities. If you identify as a race or ethnicity other than white or european, or if you have lived the experience of being labeled as a person of color, it would be great to communicate with you. And if you’re not sure if this is a project for you, just ask, we’re happy to connect!
What can I submit?
This is not an academic project. The book will include information that trans people find helpful in a range of formats including essays, poetry, interviews, and art.
Accessibility/ Ways of Working/ Involvement
Our goal is to welcome and include perspectives from as many ethnicities as possible in this chapter, and to make this project as accessible as possible. If you know someone who might be interested in this project, please share this information. Let’s work together to create something that really reflects the diversity of our trans experience as people who identify as races and ethnicities other than white or european.
We are open to finding ways to make contributing to this chapter open and accessible to you. Please let us know how to best to facilitate this and we will try to make it work! (Some options include: having someone interview you instead of you writing something, two or more people working on pieces together, we can also try to find support for you to produce art or writing that tells your story etc.)
To find out more about this project, please contact us with your ideas or questions by November 30, 2011. Final submissions will be due by December 10, 2011.
Submission deadline has passed, but perhaps there’s more going on with this project? Ways to get involved now or to see what was compiled?