Reposted from alicexz.
Posted by Freiya on June 11th, 2015 at 08:00 am
Reposted from alicexz.
PFLAG National is looking for your journey with gender identity and/or gender expression. These stories are for possible use in PFLAG National’s most popular publication for the parents, family, and friends of people who are transgender and gender nonconforming, and will be re-released later this year in a brand-new, updated edition.
Quotes will be run anonymously!
JR Baldwin recommends…
This is an important first step to mainstream recognition of non-binary gender identity, not necessarily about changing policy outright.
It’s about creating knowledge for the average person around this issue. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the White House must respond. Even if their response is not constructive, it is still news and will be reported in the news.
This is a first step to creating a common language and awareness around non-binary identity, and the narratives that emerge from the news reporting around the issue will be powerful.
When the issue is better known by the average person (especially mainstream LGBTQ*), directly contacting lawmakers to change policy will be effective and more heavily addressed, leading to actual change.
Editor’s note: This petition is still running till April 20, and so far has obtained ninety percent of the signatures needed!
Have you ever felt alone? Like you are the only one who will ever understand how you’re feeling? Well, you aren’t. And True Colors can show you that. The annual True Colors conference takes place in the University of Connecticut, Storrs, this year March 21 & 22. It is a truly amazing experience for anyone of any age, and any gender (or lack thereof). Four years ago, it helped me realize I was queer, and find a label for what I was feeling. Now it is helping me realize my feelings on gender. It is a wonderful educational resource, not only for young people, but for families. There are workshops on everything from safe sex and gender neutral sex education, to understanding LGBTQQIAA terminology, to salsa dancing. The conference experience can be whatever you want it to be, but one thing I promise you is that it will be fun, life-changing, and liberating.
James Fowler recommends…
10×10 is an annual photography exhibition celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ Canadians to the Arts. Each year ten queer Canadian photographers are selected to each take ten portraits of ten different Canadians who have in some way made a contribution to the arts, either as a creative, or as an arts worker, administrator or philanthropist. All 100 photos are exhibited at the Gladstone hotel during Toronto Pride week and sold as a book with proceeds going towards an arts initiative for queer and trans youth.
2013 marks the third edition of 10×10. It is planned as a ten year project, which, with the 10th exhibition in 2021, will have included the work of 100 photographers and documented 1000 queer Canadians in the arts.
Queer Oriented Rap/Rock Day School recommends…
When you were age 12-17, the last place you probably wanted to go over the summer was to a camp, right?
Well, what if there had been a camp for queers and gender-benders? You could have left your small town for a week and gone into the woods with other rad youth and adults that you could relate to and do badass things like self-defense for queers, play instruments and deejay, do drag performance, stencil and screen-print and make comics, go to queer rock and hip hop shows, talk about gender identity, talk about consent and sexual health, archery, study queer superhero history, and more. Duh, of course you would have gone!
This camp has been created for youth in the South and is currently registering campers and taking volunteer applications.
Check it out and spread the word!
We are committed to promoting the creativity, confidence, leadership, and prosperity of southern queer and trans* youth (and will accept youth campers from other regions).
We aim to nurture intersectional spaces and claim music as a vehicle of queer empowerment.
Submitted by genderWHAT?! and ExpressionGSM.
“genderWHAT?! and ExpressionGSM are two new organizations at Arizona State University. There is no age restriction to attend any event, and you do not have to be a student to attend.”
( Submit A Photo, seriously! )
The Butch Voices conference begins August 20th in Oakland, CA. S. Bear Bergman will be one of the keynote speakers, and there will be workshops, performances “and bonding for butches, aggressives, studs and allies.”
Lots of lovely photos of trans/bi/gay/lesbian people holding hands, to express the right to hold hands with anyone you love without being harassed.