FS magazine are looking for a gay trans man / gay man with transsexual history for an article on role models - aspirational people that other gay men can look up to, eschewing celebrity.
The participant would need to be comfortable identifying themselves as a trans man / man with trans history in the article, and would also need to be comfortable having their photograph featured.
The participant can be anywhere in the UK, as the interview can take place over email / phone.
If you’re interested in participating, contact email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch.
How To Submit Your Proposal
Go to www.trans-health.org/propose-a-workshop and you can propose your own workshops as well as review a list of topics and past workshop descriptions. We are eager to hear your creative ideas!
The workshop proposal deadline is January 15, 2013. However, earlier submission is strongly encouraged!
There is no registration fee to participate in the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, but if travel expenses would prevent you from offering your workshop idea, please be in touch with the planning committee about your needs. A limited amount of funds may be available to provide travel assistance for presenters with pressing need. Go ahead and submit your workshop proposal in the online system and also contact Jacsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 215-563-0652 x264 with information on what kind of support you would need to be able to attend.
Letters for my Brothers: CALL FOR PAPERS - Brotherhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Liberationist Writings by Transsexual Men
CALL FOR PAPERS
Brotherhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Liberationist Writings by Transsexual Men
Editor: Zander Keig, MSW
Publisher: Transgress Press
We are now accepting submissions for the anthology, Brotherhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Liberationist Writings by Transsexual Men, edited by FTM community advocate and educator, Zander Keig.
Much has been written about transsexuals from an academic, medical and bureaucratic perspective. While this literature provides important information about transsexuals’ lives, it tends to also obscure and misinform as much as it reveals. This is because a lot of the literature is written by either non-transsexuals and/or focuses too narrowly and simplistically on reductionist and stereotypical topics of interest to a small minority of elite academics.
Transsexuals’ lives are far more complex, however, when seen through the lens of our lived experiences and physical and somatic embodiment. Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Gay Liberation Movement all taught us that the first step toward liberation is to challenge the norms that misrepresent and subjugate our experiences in service to a larger meta-narrative of gender and sexuality.
This book gives a platform for transsexual men to engage these discourses and shape the course of knowledge production about transsexuals, in an effort to counter the stories told about our lives, which serve to silence our identities, communities, and experiences.
Please write from a personal perspective. Please focus on one or more of the following topics:
- Family, Parenting, and Partners: Are you a father/parent? If so, what is your relationship with your children? How does it feel to be a father/parent? How did your family respond to your transition? In what ways has your relationship(s) with male family members been impacted? Did transitioning affect your relationship with your children and parents? If you are not currently a parent, do you have plans to be a father someday? Did your transition have an impact on your desires to be (or not be) a parent? How has your partner responded to your transition? Did/do you feel supported by your partner? Were there conflicts or tensions at times? What sorts of conflicts or tensions arose? Are there ways you (and your family) have found to celebrate your transition? What are some ways that your family affirms your transition? Please describe the experience.
- Community and Brotherhood: Have you been mentored or felt supported by other men? What kinds of men do you feel brotherhood or kinship with? How have these men been important in your life, in your transition? What kind of bond do you have with them? If you have not bonded well with other men explain why you believe this has been the case. Is this something that you are okay about or would like to change? What communities (gay, lesbian, queer, trans, mainstream, etc.) do you feel accepted in? In which communities do you feel the least acceptance? If you were a member of LGBQ communities before transitioning, did transitioning affect your relationship with LGBQ friends? Likewise, if you were heterosexual before transitioning, did transitioning affect your relationship with straight friends?
- Men, Masculinity, and Male Culture: What were your views of men, masculinity, and men’s culture(s) before transitioning? Have your views remained the same or changed? Either way, how have your views affected your relationships with men? What do you find good about being male, being with other men, and participating in men’s culture(s)? Have you confronted stereotypes of men? If so, what were they and how did you react/respond? Have traditional male cultural/ethnic roles been expected of you since you transitioned? How have you dealt with these expectations? In order to live more comfortably as a man in society, did you have to shed or adapt certain aspects of yourself as a result of female (and feminist) socialization and expectations? If so, what were these aspects and how did you deal with them? How did you integrate or replace newly learned male values into your existing value system? Have the women in your life struggled with your new found maleness? If so, how have you responded to these struggles?
- Male Privilege and Vulnerability: As a man of trans experience/history, how do you respond to claims that trans men have male privilege after transitioning? Describe instances where you have felt male privilege operating in your favor. How did you deal with or respond in those situations? Describe what kinds of female privileges and advantages you lost as a result of transitioning and no longer have because you’re a man. When have you felt vulnerable as a man? How did you deal with or respond in those situations? Have you ever felt that being a man counted against you? Have you experienced sexual harassment (or assault) as a man? Do you share your feelings of male vulnerability with other men? If not, why? How do you respond to expectations that trans men are being deceptive if we do not disclose our trans history/status? Are you selective about when and with whom you disclose your trans history/status (stealth)? What are some of the reasons you have chosen to not disclose? Have you felt pressured to disclose? If so, what were the circumstances? How do you respond to expectations that trans men should challenge, disrupt, and dismantle sexism and patriarchy?
- Personal Gender Embodiment: How do you respond to assertions that testosterone and genital/chest reconstruction surgery are largely insignificant to how trans men experience masculine embodiment? How have hormones and/or surgery shifted the way you express/experience your gender identity and embodiment? Describe some of the differences, which may be sexual, emotional, psychological, somatic, and social, to name a few. For example, did hormones shift your emotions, such as how you feel and process feelings: having more or less intensity of certain feelings, etc.? In what ways did surgery shift how you feel male in your body, have sexual/romantic relations, and navigate public spaces like restrooms, locker rooms, bath houses, etc.? How does having more strength (or muscle density), resulting from hormones, affect your comfortability among men, sense of masculinity and male embodiment?
- Intersecting Identities: (e.g. race, class, age, size, religion, education level, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, etc). Please reflect on how your other identities impact your masculinity and life as a man. How do your other marginalized and privileged identities impact other people’s expectations and interpretations of your masculinity? Does masculinity look different depending on context (masculinity at work, at home, at the barber, place of worship, bar, etc)? How do your other identities impact your experience interacting and having relationships with others (strangers, family, co-workers, partners, etc)? How do your other identities impact how you experience your embodiment?
All submissions must be edited for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. Submissions in English preferred. Translation may not be available.
WORD LIMIT: 2500 (Approx. 10-12 Pages)
AUTHORSHIP: Stories may be submitted under pseudonym if desired.
DEADLINE: April 1, 2013
SUBMIT TO: email@example.com
COMPENSATION: Authors will not receive monetary compensation. Transgress Press donates all profits from sales:www.transgresspress.com/our-donations.
Zander Keig, clinical social worker and FtM community advocate and educator,co-edited the 2012 Lambda Literary Finalist, Letters for my Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospective (Wilgefortis, 2011).
Transgress Press is a social entrepreneurial publishing firm producing high quality books and films that push the boundaries of conventional ideas and genres. We practice a unique brand of social justice capitalism in the publishing world by using the principles of entrepreneurial capitalism to produce social goods. Our bottom line is simple: people and the planet over profit.
Soon to be Released: Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men (Transgress Press, December, 2012). Hung Jury is the first book of personal testimonies focusing exclusively on FTM genital surgery and the important ways it changes our lives. Contributors write about the details and ups and downs of this transformative journey and dispel many myths and misinformation. The authors provide in-depth understanding of the surgical, social, sexual, somatic, spiritual, and psychological aspects of the process.
Q u e e r . C o l l e c t i o n s: I just unfollowed over 100 blogs, because of their racism, ableism, privilege-denying and other bull shit.
I think it is important to note that 99.8% of these blogs were run by white trans* and/or queer people. Many of these people identify as allies or activists - with fake ‘safe spaces’.
Just because you are a part of the queer, trans*, or gender non-conforming communities, does not mean you are…
(tw: child porn)
Since I called FuckYeahFTMS out, because they posted a sexualised photo of a minor, they posted the above photo on their blog.
Let me just point out a few things that should not even have to be said:
- It is a sexualised photo. Of a minor. On your blog. Full of minors.
- I never spewed hate towards you until you disrespected me. And I never said one word to the person who posted the photo. This is on YOU. Not them.
- I contacted you three times about the issue before you even sent me a condescending message back encouraging folks to talk to me about the issue - thus placing responsibility for your mistake on me.
- You also decided it was a good idea to link my queer porn blogs and encourage underage folks to send ME sexualised content instead.
- Posting sexualised photos of underage users is illegal. Period. Let us be clear: I am not talking about trans* men wearing binders, sports bras, or even being completely topless. I am talking about photos like the fifteen year old child with their hand down their pants that you posted.
- Doing so also (obviously) violates tumblr code of conduct and is grounds for the deletion of your blog.
You are a self-proclaimed ‘safe space’ for the transgender community, and you still do not understand how all this is problematic and upsetting? This is ALL you have done to address the issue. You have yet to discuss this and otherwise discourage this on your ‘safe, educational’ blog. And you have yet to issue an apology to those you have offended and/or outright insulted.
Does anyone know who the moderators of FYFTMS are?
The link above will show you FuckYeahFTMS’ most recent problematic affair - involving their posting of a sexualised photo of a fifteen year old on their blog.
The link above discusses (with direct quotes) what exactly happened including:
- how someone else called them out on the problem,
- how I addressed this problem to them (three times),
- how they responded to me condescendingly and pawned the ‘problem’ off on me,
- and how I finally called them out on all of it.
FuckYeahFTMs has since deleted the post of the fifteen year old - as well as their posted responses to me, but they have not addressed the issue otherwise. They have not discussed why they did what they did, trying to defend their actions. They have not apologised to me, the other folks contacting them, or any of their followers about what happened.
I am posting this now, because I do not just want this to go away. People need to know what this blog and its moderators feel they are capable of doing without repercussion, without reason, and without apology. They are not a safe space for anyone. Therefore, I am adding them to my list of trans* douchebags with a detailed discussion of their problematic behavior.
When someone brought this photo to their attention, this is how they replied. I am sick and tired of all the fuck ups, lack of monitoring, and shitty judgment. I am sick of them not calling people out who post problematic shit or reply to photos of people telling them how to look, act, feel. I am sick of them not dealing with the problems that THEY have let happen.
I am no longer submitting to them or promoting them.
Their work for the community is sloppy at best - often promoting trans* enough mentalities and misinformation about transitioning. They have a history of being problematic
Since this particular incident has occurred, I have sent them two different messages - one via Project Queer that asked if they were aware of the photo. They have yet to respond. I just sent them a message from my personal blog with this content. Hopefully they have answers for their followers, but for me - this was the last straw.
UPDATE: They deleted the photo and responded to my message with this:
“Mod: Alright Riley, as the authority in sexually explicit posts, we’ll delete it. Any problems, I guess go talk to Riley. Don’t forget to submit your sexually explicit posts to Riley’s other blogs: rileykonorxxx.tumblr.com and hotqueerpornfest.tumblr.com”
Not only does this sound condescending as fuck (authority in sexually explicit posts??), but they have the audacity to tell the FuckYeahFTMs community (who are generally in their early teens) to submit their xxx photos to my blogs? The point was not that a sexualised photo was submitted. The point of the matter was an UNDERAGE CHILD submitted the photo. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE AN ‘AUTHORITY IN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT PHOTOS’ TO SEE THIS.
I responded to this here. Fuck you guys. All of you. I am done.
Ira Gray is now using the name Ira Sanchez on the social networking sites he uses. Apparently he is also moderating Queer Dictionary.
For those of you who didn’t know, Ira Sanchez has raped multiple people in the queer community. He has denied this, using pity play and…
solemnhypnotik: for all my trans* followers (specifically FTM or masculine-identifying folks) who are interested in transitioning naturally:
Trans* Update: One Month on Zinc Tablets
In the above video I discuss what changes I have noticed while taking zinc tablets for a month.
UPDATE: I just uploaded all these, folks. Check them out and let me know what you think. Questions? Just ask.
Thus far, I have had no luck finding reputable, trans*-friendly surgeons.
My goal is to raise all the funds that I need to have my top surgery sometime next winter - maybe January 2013. By then, I also to hope to have started T - and been on it for at least six months. (I read that being on T for awhile prior to top surgery helps the healing process and building muscle/strength faster).
Ultimately, I may have to travel to Florida and see Dr. Garramone. From other peoples’ stories and photos, it definitely sounds like it would be worth the trip and money. If this is so, I will need around $10,000 for the surgery, consultations, aftercare, air fair, motel stay, food and supplies for a week, etc. Oi.
Does anyone know of a reputable doctor(s) that is closer to me? Any thoughts? Suggestions?
If you have any questions or comments, I can be contacted at my personal blog or here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated, and to those who simply spread the word. Every single like, reblog, and dollar gets me closer to my goal. I appreciate everyone’s support.
Peace & love,
I wrote four new trans* updates today. Basically, I have decided to update folks about my trans* identity/status.
The new updates are as follows:
- Trans* Update - Number Eight: Increasing Your Testosterone Levels With Zinc (with updates)
- Trans* Update - Number Nine: Packing (w/device reviews)
- Trans* Update - Number Ten: My Workout Schedule
- Trans* Update - Number Eleven: Daily Diet & Supplement Intake
- Trans* Update - Number Twelve: Personal Goals & Transition Priorities
To check out all of my trans* updates, videos, and reviews - go here: http://solemnhypnotik.tumblr.com/transupdates