Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Letters For My Sisters: Call for submissions


Deanne Thornton and Andrea James are seeking submissions for a collection of letters from trans women to trans women. This is a companion piece inspired by Letters For My Brothers, the collection of wisdom from trans men edited by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig.

Specifically, we are interested in letters that are:

• Written to yourself or others at the start of your transition.
• Discussions of why transition was the best choice.
• Things you found out about yourself through transition.

Other relevant topics on transitional wisdom in retrospect will be considered. Just follow these guidelines:

• Letters should be 1,000 words or fewer.
• Be searching and fearless.
• Be honest about your mistakes and heartaches as well as your surprises and joys. 
• Consider writing about things you did right as well as things you could have done differently. 
• Do not specifically name service providers, good or bad. 
• If you include people in your life make sure that they approve (in writing) or use aliases not real names.
• Humor is greatly appreciated, but we are not seeking vulgar or sexually explicit material.
• Include your name and title for your letter. If you do not wish to be identified, we may publish your work under a pen name, but we will require that you verify your identity.

The ideal letter will be about you, but it should be something to which others in the community can relate.

For more information, or to make a submission, please contact:
Deanne Thornton
Email: sister_letters at (change “at” to @, no spaces)
Phone: 620-332-6638

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Posted by Andrea James on 07/30 at 01:46 PM
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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Seeking 20-something trans woman for Gender Spectrum Conference panel


Zander Keig notes:

Seeking a 20 something year old trans female for Gender Spectrum Conference panel (July 14)
The theme of this years Gender Spectrum Family Conference is “Gender: Just One Piece of the Puzzle.”
Another piece of the puzzle, for trans* individuals, is employment. The Making it Work! panel, happening
on Sunday, July 14th, will feature 6-9 Bay Area trans* individuals with a variety of full time and part time
work experiences: freelance, corporate, nonprofit, government, healthcare and techie. We need one more
panelist to complete our panel. If you are planning on being at the conference and/or reside in the SF Bay
Area, and you’d like to be on the panel, please contact the panel coordinator, Zander Keig.

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Posted by Andrea James on 06/06 at 06:54 AM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men


Zander Keig notes:

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.  They provide an in depth, understanding of the surgical, social, sexual, somatic, spiritual, and
psychological aspects.

Hung Jury appeals to readers from all walks of life. For those considering genitoplasty the book is a valuable resource of information for dealing with the ins/outs and ups/downs of surgery, how to decide which surgery is best for your needs, what to expect in the journey, and how to take care of yourself and optimize surgical results. For others who are curious, including the general public, you will be educated and enlightened about one of the most transformative experiences of female-to-male transitioning. Clinicians, therapists, and partners of trans men seeking genitoplasty will also gain tremendous insight and understanding of the emotional, psychological, and somatic factors underlying and motivating our journey down this path.

Author Bio:
Trystan Cotten is a long-time activist in the LGBT movement and Associate Professor of Gender and African American Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. His researches and teaches on gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, sexuality in the geopolitics of transnational capitalism. Trystan is also the Founder and Managing Editor of Transgress Press, a social entrepreneurial publishing firm devoted to empowering communities of trans and queer experience. His most recent publications are: Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men and Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition.

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Posted by Andrea James on 02/12 at 11:12 AM

Monday, December 10, 2012

TransYouth Family Allies’ Jo Olson on Ricki Lake Show Dec. 11


Be sure to check out TransYouth Family Allies’ board member Jo Olson on the Ricki Lake Show on Tuesday, December 11. LA Wellness therapist Casey Weitzman is also appearing. The episode is on transgender youth & adults:

Transitioning early in life:

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Posted by Andrea James on 12/10 at 02:52 PM

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another transgender woman hoaxed by Denise Magner/Kiira Triea comes forward


In the wake of Denise Magner’s recent death, several more trans women have come forward with stories of how they were manipulated by her. I have dealt with a lot of scam artists and fraudsters in my work as a consumer activist, and Magner was one of the worst. She was embraced by people with similar ethical sensibilities as some sort of great truth-teller. I’ll have more to say on this next year, but for now, I will present these as the truth emerges:

Kiira played some role when i first peered out of the closet in the early 00s…i had not suspected she was perpetrating a hoax until much later when i was presented with clear and complete evidence that this woman, along with her many sock puppets, lied to me along with other people i consider dear. Kiira was the kind of silver-tongued liar who had a story that constantly changed as her life went on, and though i sympathize with what probably led her to do this, her choice to use sock puppets and her willingness to use other people led to her much-deserved undoing. Ms. Magner often advanced theories toxic to trans women, from intersex primacy to the most fervent transfundamentalism i’ve ever seen.

Read the full report:

Background on the hoax:

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Posted by Andrea James on 11/18 at 03:12 PM
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