“Think, for example, about the differences - and the difference in perception - between white, black, Latino, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Asian masculinities (to name just a few). Each carries its own weight, each is perceived differently, yet it’s clear that the only type of masculinity that is wholly valued in white/minority-world society is the white kind (and the same of course for femininity)”—Shiri Eisner (bidyke) from Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution (via everyonehasanasshole)
We’re looking for another contributer to join us here at Bisexual Books!
When Ellie and Sarah started this blog a year ago we had no idea if anyone would even care about bisexuality in literature. Well, besides us. We were grateful to bring on Evan last fall but we still want to expand!
Sadly we can’t pay you. This is a labor of love. However, you’ll be joining three kick-ass bisexuals who are passionate about the power of stories and information to improve the lives of real people.
Now down to business.
We feel like we’ve got this cis thing covered, so we’re looking for a transgender bisexual to join our motley crew. We’re using transgender as an umbrella term here so as long as you identify as trans in some way, that is good enough for us.
What else are we looking for? You must:
Be a reader, i.e. you must read a lot. You self-define what this means.
Have the time to put up one review or analysis of at least 3 paragraphs once a week or more
Have time to add cool things of interest to the queue a couple times a week
Speak and write in fluent English
Be over 18 (since we review erotica here)
Some things would be neat but not required:
If you regularly read adult fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction)
If you read in another language than English
Members of historically disadvantaged communities encouraged.
Interested parties should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Tell us a little bit about yourself including your age, location, and preferred pronouns along with a writing sample. This could be a review of a book, or an analysis of something relating to bisexuality. Anything you’d like. We want something that tells us who you are and why you are awesome :)
Last week, we examined multiple perspectives about why Autism Speaks is problematic and hurtful for autistic people. With that in mind this week, let us take a look at some great organizations that do positive work for the autistic community and are worthy of support!
The criteria in which we judged an autism-related organization are as follows:
Meaningfully includes people on the autism spectrum in top levels of leadership.
Affirms the lives of autistic people.
Strives towards full inclusion of autistic people in the community.
As a leader in disability advocacy for more than 35 years, the mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. These things are accomplished through collaboration among self-advocates, families, professionals, policy-makers, advocates and many others who seek to promote equity, opportunity and inclusion. Together, this mission is realized through:
Advocacy for equity, opportunities, social justice and human rights
Education of the public, government officials, community leaders and service providers
Research that translates excellence to practice
Individualized, quality supports in place of congregate and segregated settings and services
Legislation, litigation and public policy consistent with the mission and vision of TASH
The focus of TASH is supporting those people with significant disabilities and support needs who are most at risk for being excluded from society; perceived by traditional service systems as most challenging; most likely to have their rights abridged; most likely to be at risk for living, working, playing and learning in segregated environments; least likely to have the tools and opportunities necessary to advocate on their behalf; and are most likely to need ongoing, individualized supports to participate in inclusive communities and enjoy a quality of life similar to that available to all people.
While living in America can sometimes mean facing the threat of religious intolerance, many religions have a dynamic relationship with gender constructs, and consider gender variance holy or blessed. Whatever your background, bringing spirituality and gender into conversation can be intimidating. Has your religion influenced the way you think about your gender? Has your gender changed the way you think about your spirituality?
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00pm to 8:15pm Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 3656 N. Halsted St.
Just days after Monica Jones was shown in this video protesting the failed religious discriminatory law in Phoenix, she was offered a ride while walking to a bar. The driver turned out to be an undercover police officer who then arrested her for “manifestation of prostitution’. This law is a vague statue which enables officers to arrest woman for no other reason than asking if they are police. The law is used to feed people to “Project Rose” as the city conducts massive drag nets hauling in dozens of individuals at a time. This profiling of woman by police is contested by the Arizona ACLU which notes that,
“The difference between ‘innocent’ and ‘criminal’ behavior often comes down to how a person looks.”
A 2011 study in NYC found that 59% of transgender respondents said that they had been stopped by police. So over half of our sisters in NYC had they lived in Phoenix would have faced the prospect of “Project Rose”.
The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22 which is ‘Harvey Milk Day’ in California and would have been the slain civil rights leader’s 84th birthday.
Writes the White House in its announcement:
Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.
His remarkable career was tragically cut short nearly a year after he took office, when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.
In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
The stamp image will be previewed at a later date and a public dedication ceremony will take place in San Francisco.
Thinking of going to this year’s BiCon but concerned about wheelchair or other accessibility issues? The organising team have just published a 12-page report telling you all you need to know about the venue and onsite accommodation, from getting there to getting around the site if you have visual, balance or mobility impairments.
The right to body autonomy and being free from oppressive gender stereotypes is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart. I’ve noticed that the same hubris people who stand in the way of trans people are generally the same people who are standing in the way of the right to safe and legal abortion services for many of the same reasons.
Following the Mississippi legislature’s recent passage of a religious freedom bill that opponents say could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays, businesses statewide have responded by displaying a decal informing LGBT customers that their business is welcome.
Homeless LGBT youth advocate Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, America’s largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is calling on Pope Francis to to lead the world’s religious communities in bringing an end to the “grave moral failure” by the Church to embrace LGBT youth and families.
The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school’s ban on gay students…
“But what we should know from the situation of gay people of all colours and black people of all sexual preferences is that simply being a victim does not radicalize your consciousness. If that was the case, we would all be fighting the revolution right now together and he fact is we’re not because people want their particular form of victimhood to end with caring about what the implications of that are for other people…We have to move past the idea that our sexual preferences will radicalize our consciousness. Essentialized identity, whether it is race or sex, sexuality, etc. and the notion that just being the victim of something will enlighten you is also the big lie now.”— bell hooks, Interview with bell hooks about Night-Vision (via psychexplorare)
At a time when transgender and gender-nonconforming people the world over face harassment, violence, discrimination and even murder, we are excited to be launching a new film-based campaign from Hawai’i that takes a fresh approach to making the world…
Are you a trans woman? Are you pissed off about Calpernia Addams and Andrea James and their recent transmisogyny? Send me an ask if you want to put your name to an upcoming in-progress letter of protest (anons please include email address so I can get back to you). We already have several dozen signatures, including some big names.