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International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering
@ Allied Media Conference 2014, Detroit, MI, June 19th, 2014
Call for Participation/Submissions
We know that trans women of color are magical, powerful, skilled and wise, yet there is still no international network joining us together to address the struggles we face. This network gathering seeks to change that. We are looking for people and organizations willing to…
- lead workshops and skillshares
- give short talks
- facilitate discussions
- lead visionary exercises
…to work towards building an international network of trans women of color! This will include discussions online and in your home town in the months leading up to the gathering where people can work towards a shared vision and goals statement for the network for participants to agree on.
We encourage submissions that are media-focused such as:
- Blogging Against Borders
- Social Media to Connect Us
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- Fashion Politics and Wearable Electronics
- Community Building through Performance
…although we welcome submissions of any topic relating to Trans Women of Color!
The format and content is being left purposefully open, since we want the content to be driven by the people who can attend. More than anything, this network gathering is about creating space for us to build bridges and make connections. The organizers do not want it to be just about what we are interested in. However, we do think that having a day to centre the people who need it the most is a great way to start. This means, we want proposals about ways of using media and technology in campaigns about sex work, violence, incarceration / prison abolition, health services, employment, immigration, rural experiences, disability, decolonization and more. The organizers of this network gathering are committed to creating accessible space by fundraising for travel costs, ASL interpretation and language translations as people indicate they are needed. This network gathering will have a safety team and safety plan to demonstrate, in a visionary way, the world we want to see. The emotional and physical safety of participants will be a central concern in our organizing.
Ways to submit: Apply through this Google form by Sunday, April 13th.
Please indicate if you need support for travel funding or if you work with an organization that can fund your travel. We will be fundraising and will be able to provide some travel support, but we are not sure how much yet. We are also looking for people interested in joining the coordinator team and helping to raise funds.
"Often, it seems my choices as a trans woman are to go stealth, to be a revolutionary, to hang out in tranny bars or to always be sort of on the fringe, nominally accepted by my queer friends, but always being at yellow alert to justify my existence."
OK, so I may have been a little predisposed to enjoy this book: when I bought it at Syracuse University’s Trans Day of Liberation, Ryka told me I had the nicest smile in the room.
I want to note that the book was created, designed, and manufactured completely by trans people. Pretty awesome. You can get it here at Trans-Genre.net.
If you liked my story in The Collection—or just want to read a Christmas story from me, here’s a Millie Wong Christmas, my gift (under a creative commons license) to y’all for the holidays. Love each other, value each other—gosh—just have a great holiday! Ryka
I believe that a trans woman of color can write a book about people of color, publish it through a trans press, and still get the readership she hopes for.
When The Collection, Tom Leger and Riley MacLeod’s anthology of trans fiction, was published last fall, I blogged it, writing brief descriptions of each story as I read it and posting them on Facebook. Now I’m reprinting them here, more or less as they originally appeared — though revised and,…
Are you someone whose skills or interests don’t fit neatly under the rainbow? Have you ever thought you and your work might make a great reality show? Do you live your life doing everyday sh*t in creative ways?!?
If you’ve felt like you’re the only Trans person doing what you’re doing in the world, we want you!!!
After all, we are the community that makes the everyday extraordinary.
Queering Reality seeks anecdotes, tales, and stories about your work outside the traditional literary, performing, and academic disciplines.
Submissions should be between 2000-5000 words and be accompanied by a short, 300-word bio. Deadline is Nov. 1st, 2013
Please send submissions to Trans-GenrePress@live.com, and include “Queering Reality – Your Name” in the subject line.
Queering Reality (Trans-Genre Press) is edited by Ryka Aoki and A.J. Bryce. Each published author receives two copies of the anthology and $50 for their contribution.
Ever have a day where you discover evil spirits have taken your nice clothes and replaced them with a pile of dirty laundry?