EIGHT VERY MAJOR REASONS WHY THE SAFETY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN TRANS WOMEN IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND CANNOT BE TRIVIALIZED, MINIMIZED, OR SUGAR COATED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
- Duanna Johnson: In Febuary 2008, Duanna Johnson, 40yrs old, was arrested by two Memphis police officers and was brutally beaten and abused in a Memphis jail by the two police officers. Her assault was caught on taped and aired on major news channels, garnering major attention. Duanna went public, talking about her assault and became “the public face of our community’s campaign against racism, homophobia, and transphobia.” On November 10th, Duanna was shot ‘execution style’ between Hollywood and Staten Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.
- SANESHA STEWART: Sanesha Stewart was stabbed and killed on Febuary 10th, 2008, by an ex-convict who was enraged after finding out she wasn’t cisgender. Sanesha was 25yrs old.
- DANA LARKIN: Dana Larkin was murdered while working as a prostitute in Milwaukee, Winsconsin. She was 26.
- CHANELLE PICKETT: Chanelle Pickett was strangled in November 1995 at the home of William C Palmer after he realized she wasn’t cisgender. Palmer was quitted of murder and only served 2yrs in prison on assault and battery charges. Chanelle was 23.
- VENUS EXTRAVAGANZA: Venus Extravaganza was strangled and stuffed under a bed in a New York City hotel. Her body was found 4 days after her death.
- BRANDY MARTELL: Brandy Martell was fataly shot in the torso and genitals in a street corner in Oakland. Brandy was 37yrs old.
- LATEISHA GREEN: LaTeisha Green was fatally shot on November 14, 2008. Her killer, Dwight DeLee, was found guilty of first degree murder as a hate crime against gays.
- PAIGE CLAY: Paige Clay was found murdered in an alley in West Garfield park, Chicago. She was 32 and well known in the Chicago ball scene.
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Muchacha Issue #8
"Nuestros Cuerpos/Our Bodies"
"We are Texans, we are proud, and we’re here to fucking stay!"
As Texas residents, we, along with millions of others across this country and the world, are negatively affected as our bodies become a battleground for conservatives to dictate. Released at Denton TX’s second annual Femme Fest Benefit, this 30 pg edition is themed around reproductive justice. Topics include the birth of Cicada Collective (a group that provides access to reproductive resources in North TX), reproductive activism in Mexico, reproductive health 101, abortion chronicles, powerful poetry, visual art, photography, satirical lyrics destroying Rick Perry & promoting Wendy Davis, plus more!
Buy a copy here for only $2.00
Hello lovely community! <3 I’m selling items in my etsy shop benefit trans*-specific scholarship, Trans* Gear Community Scholarship.
I will be selling loads of queer radical, trans feminist home-made accessories and zines to benefit my annual Trans* Gear Community Scholarship (TGCS) here:
TGCS grants brand new gender-affirming accessories (binders, STPs, breast forms, gaffs, menstrual aids/cups, wigs, packers/straps etc) valued up $100 to individuals who face significant barriers to accessing these items (such as financial hardship, social/cultural climate etc). Once our temporary webpage is finished, we will be advertising the application so stay tuned! Here is a sampling some of the pinback buttons I’m selling right now, just in time for pride season (no matter if you celebrate or break-pride this year). Check out the fantastic buttons, zines, and fridge magnets made by moi. ;-) Last year, we raised $150 and awarded gear to three fantastic applicants. We want to double our fundraising goals to meet the needs of many individuals as well as make our scholarship more accessible to trans/women and transfeminine individuals as some of the items commonly used by these members of our community tend to be more expensive.
You can help TGCS meet our fundraising goals buy purchasing items in my shop or donating to our GoFundMe page:
I’m also partnering with my friend, Daisy, over at #muchachafanzine and giving away FREE copies of the mini-zine on Transgender Tropes in the Media (featured above) with the purchase of Muchacha Issue #9 (summer ‘14) ”Body Positivity.”
Check out her tumblr page for more information about submissions, release date, and theme of hew newest zine:
HEY CHECK OUT THIS BADASS SCHOLARSHIP MY FRIEND PUT TOGETHER. SIGNAL BOOST!
TRANS* GEAR ANNUAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
Trans* Gear Annual Community Scholarship was founded in 2012 by trans-identified students, community members, and their allies in response to the struggles and needs of transgender communities. Many trans* individuals have difficulty accessing gear that helps them move through the world more accurately. We connect applicants in need with new gender-affirming accessories, clothing, and gear such as Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs), binders, trans-specific undergarments (i.e.: gaffs, packing straps), breast forms, packers and other prosthetics. Our mission is simple: to link trans*, genderqueer, gender-questioning/gender-exploring and gender-diverse individuals with the gear needed to feel self-affirmed and/or explore their gender identities.
The Trans* Gear team grants scholarships for trans* gear valued at a maximum of $100 US (including the cost of shipping).1 To be considered, applicants should be prepared to submit some information to the Trans* Gear team. Please note that any information you share will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the fund, all application materials will be deleted and destroyed.) You must be a US resident, be able to receive mail, and loosely identify as a trans/gender, genderqueer, multigendered/bigendered gender-questioning, gender-variant individual (no requirement to be out or visible, or prove/need to be “certain” that you are trans*, use the language of trans-ness to describe yourself etc).2 Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship and other social/cultural barriers to accessibility. Please note that committee members may like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of the Trans* Gear scholarship with your permission.
Please email your (brief) answers to the following questions to email@example.com on or before NOVEMBER 1st, 2014:
1. Preferred name(s) and pronoun(s).
3. Mailing address to a location where you may safely receive mail.
Please note that some companies do not mail to P.O. Boxes.
4. If selected as a recipient, what name should we use on the package?
For your safety, please let us know in your application how we can discreetly mail gear to you if are selected as a recipient. (i.e.: “use my legal name ‘Susan’ instead of ‘Sam’ on the packaging)
5. Email address and/or phone number where it is safe to receive verbal or written notification.
Let us know if you have a preference, by email, by phone, or either. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond via snail mail at this time.
5b.(if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, may we leave voicemail or message stating that we are the Trans* Gear Team calling about your application? Y / N?
If you select phone as your preferred mode of communication and do not want us to leave a voicemail or message, we will only make one (1) additional attempt to contact you beyond the first call.
5c. (if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, what are the best days/times to call?
6. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is the requested item? What size do you need? Please provide:
a. The specificlink to the item (not the general site link).
b. Name or SKUs/model numbers of the item.
c. Size and/or color requested.
Make sure you have the appropriate size/color by carefully researching the item you need and measuring your body appropriately. We are not able to return gear or exchange items for another size. If you need help selecting the appropriate size or item, many companies will correspond with you by email or over the phone about their products and services.
EXAMPLE: If you were requesting a chest binder from Underworks you would tell us the price, name/model number, size, and color you want, cost of shipping, and the internet link to the item: Ultimate Chest Binder Tank, #997100105, $29.99, white, size XL, shipping is $5.99. http://www.underworks.com/men/compression-shirts/ultimate-chest-binder-tank
7. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities and life experiences that you feel provide context for your application.
8. Have you applied for the Trans* Gear fund before? Were you selected as a recipient?
If yes, tell us when (what year) and what gear item you received. If you received gear from us in the past, please briefly explain why you are applying for funding again.
9. Tell us a little about yourself and address the following questions: Why are you applying? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response. How would a Trans* Gear Scholarship help you feel more affirmed in your gender(s) and/or facilitate your gender exploration?
Feel free to write as little or as much as you feel comfortable with; however, please try to limit your response to one page as several lengthy applications can quickly overwhelm our small staff.
Writing Tip: Be specific in your answer because the more information we know about you and your situation, the better able we will be to understand how the fund can assist you.
10. May the trans* gear committee anonymously use your response to question #9 for the purposes of raising-awareness (i.e.: newsletter, website, letters to donors)?Y / N ?
We never distribute, share, or disclose any information regarding applicants/recipients in our advertising, fundraising, or consciousness-raising efforts. Your response would be featured anonymously (no name or other identifying information would be attached to the featured response).
*Scholarship funds are used to purchase gear on behalf of selected applicants. Number of scholarship recipients depends on number of applications and total cost of requested gear.
*We honor multiple definitions and embodiments under or beyond the trans* umbrella.
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Haha no worries! Finally just posted my call out flyer. You can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Muchacha fanzine Issue #9 “Body Positivity” CALLS OUT TO POC, trans* folks, disabled badasses, women, curvy/voluptuous/fat/thick Goddesses/Gods/Genderqueers, and lesbians/gays/bis/queers to submit poetry, prose, art, comics, photography, quotes, scripts, musical lyrics, ramblings, etc. concerning body positivity. Submissions are very open to interpretation and can include but are not limited to discussions/art related to how race, gender, size, sexuality, able-bodiedness, age, and class intersect with ideas related to body positivity and/or embodiment.
Contact Riotgrrrl56@yahoo.com with submissions. The deadline is Tuesday, July 1st and all contributors will receive a free copy when this edition is released in mid-July.
Note: *This edition of Muchacha aims to challenge the mainstream white/heterosexual/able-bodied/cisgender-centric feminist movement of “body positivity” that has and continues to exclude/ignore the fact that many marginalized people have distinct experiences with their bodies that are often underrepresented in our society. Another goal of this summer issue is to reclaim the term “body positivity” in a way that is inclusive of diverse voices and encourages reflectivity on how bodies can also be cause for pain, conflict, and/or healing.
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Thanks! Yes the summer issue will be themed “Body Positivity” I will have a call for submissions flyer out by the end of May but you are more than welcome to send anything now at email@example.com. It should be out by July! :)
Revolution is not a one-time event.
— Audre Lorde
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