What is ‘Other Selves’?
It’s a collection of short stories involving concepts and interpretations of gender, identity, expression, sex, and self. The person you are at work, home, with friends, online, or in virtual spaces. Where we are going as a society and how will we get there, especially when science gathers data far faster than society can accept it? Each story builds from the last, with advances in technology and society coinciding with each. But the bigger question is: As society and science advance… will we?
I invite you to watch the two video available for ‘Other Selves’. The Introduction by the author, and the main video on this page where I used some low budget effects to try and convey a better sense of the story.
Intro Video: http://youtu.be/gkH15HRPBbg
Why should this exist?
This type of fiction is not exactly what the world considers ‘normal’. These stories will explore the self, society, emotion, depression, anger, truth, science, and thoughts of those who don’t fit into the classic ‘gender binary’ line of thought. How these characters view the world, as well as how they interact with a social dynamic and a world that is not our own. In the past, science fiction has had gender variant, transgender, and intersex characters in the backgrounds of many grand works, yet they have almost never been the emotional center of any. This work will change that. It will give some a brand new perspective on what it is to try and be yourself in a constantly changing world where, regardless of advancements, technologically or socially… questions still remain.
As an indie writer and artist, I take my work very seriously. I am working hard to make sure this work can be pointed at as an uncompromising piece, and maybe even something that can change a few minds. I’d say that the biggest challenge is going to be to produce a work with characters that do not fit into the binary gender, yet still manage to entertain any reader of fiction and science fiction.
One day, it is my hope that the world will simply look at this as fiction.
Author Introduction: http://youtu.be/igDbEIfnIrE
Thank you for a moment of consideration.
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5 Simple Rules For Understanding Trans People
5 Simple Rules For Understanding Trans People - Getting all 101 on you. Back to basics!
1. Every trans person is different.
I really, really cannot stress this enough. Every trans person is going to have their own experiences, opinions and feelings. There’s no universal experience and I can’t speak for everyone. I can’t really even speak for…
KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS is a documentary on drag queens, kings, transgender performers, and the issue of gender expression.
Only 50 hours to go!! Please share widely and help us get this great project going!!
D.C. shelter accused of rejecting trans women
A shelter for homeless women located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol is violating the D.C. Human Rights Act by refusing to admit transgender women unless they provide “documentation” of a legal name change or gender reassignment surgery, according to separate complaints against the facility by two transgender women.
In a lawsuit filed April 5 in D.C. Superior Court and a complaint filed with the D.C. Office of Human Rights on March 22, the two women charge that employees at the John L. Young Women’s Shelter at 119 D Street, N.W. said they could not be admitted because of their status as transgender women.
An attorney with the D.C. Trans Coalition filed the lawsuit on behalf of Lakiesha Washington against New Hope Ministries, Inc. of Woodbridge, Va., which operates the John L. Young Women’s Shelter under a city funded contract.
The lawsuit says Washington, who was homeless, attempted to gain admission to the shelter on April 3, when the lawsuit says the alleged discriminatory action took place.
An unidentified female employee at the shelter asked Washington, “Are you a woman or a man,” the lawsuit says. “Ms. Washington replied, ‘I’m a transgender woman.’ The employee then asked Ms. Washington if she had any documentation, to which Ms. Washington replied that she did not.”
The lawsuit says the employee then told Washington, “We don’t do transgenders here. You have to leave.”
In a separate discrimination complaint filed with the Office of Human Rights, D.C. Trans Coalition member Andy Bowen says a shelter employee provided more details when Bowen asked about the facility’s policy regarding transgender women in a Feb. 5 phone conversation.
“The respondent stated that I would need to provide proof of a sex change,” Bowen said in her complaint with the OHR. “When I asked what would constitute proof, respondent answered that I would need to furnish documents of a name change or proof of surgery.”
Bowen told the Blade on Monday that she initiated her phone call to the shelter after learning that the John Young Shelter “has a history of refusing service to transgender women.”
John Shetterly, executive director of New Hope Ministries, told the Blade on Monday that he was looking into the allegations in the lawsuit and the OHR complaint and would be able to provide the shelter’s assessment of what happened within days.
The lawsuit states that Sterling Washington, director of the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, contacted Shetterly by phone on March 18, more than two weeks before Lakiesha Washington was refused entry to the Young Shelter. It says Sterling Washington informed Shetterly of reports he received that the shelter was refusing services to transgender women.
The lawsuit says Sterling Washington told Shetterly that the shelter’s action violated the D.C. Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based, among other things, on gender identity and expression.
“Nevertheless, Mr. Shetterly did not take action to bring John L. Young into compliance with the law, and Ms. Washington suffered injury as a result,” the suit says.
The lawsuit calls on the court to “[t]emporarily, preliminarily, and permanently enjoin defendant…from continuing to discriminate against transgender women.” It also calls for the court to order New Hope Ministries to pay a civil penalty to the city’s general fund and to grant the plaintiff an award of attorney’s fees and other expenses associated with the litigation.
Court records show the court has scheduled a hearing on April 12 to consider a motion filed on Washington’s behalf by attorney Jeffrey Light for a temporary restraining order to force the Young Shelter to stop refusing admission to transgender women while the lawsuit is pending.
Elliot Imse, a spokesperson for the D.C. Office of Human Rights, said the office would have to make a legal determination on whether New Hope Ministries is exempt from the Human Rights Act based on its religious status before the office can begin to review the case on the merits.
The Human Rights Act provides an exemption, under certain circumstances, to religious organizations that allows them to limit “employment, or admission to” the organization based on religious beliefs.
In its most recent IRS 990 report released to the public, which covers the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, New Hope Ministries says it generated $1.25 million in revenue and incurred $918,015 in expenses. The report shows that $817,509 of its revenue came from “government grants.”
The report doesn’t say from which government entity the grant money came. The Blade has made inquiries with New Hope Ministries, the Office of Mayor Vincent Gray, and the D.C. Office of Partnerships and Grants Services to determine if any of the grants came from the D.C. government. Officials with those offices couldn’t immediately be reached.
[D]rag queens can move freely within gay male settings as long as they abide by the implicit rules of such circulation. What would happen if a drag queen was not on the stage but rather cruised one of the many dark corridors of K.O.X. in search of a sexual partner? That gay men can accommodate the presence of drag queens on stage does not mean that gender liberation has arrived. Indeed, relegating gender performances to the stage implies that gay men do not “perform” their identities: they are just are. This containment of gender transgressions can, in turn, work against transgender people in a variety of ways. Drag queens are reduced to entertainment, coifed personalities whose only purpose is to titilate the gay male viewer. Framed as pure spectacle, this negates a variety of reasons why people might choose to cross-dress in a club: an exploration of one’s gender identity, a gesture of political intervention, a creative solution to border, and/or a way to the pay the rent.
A restriction of drag queens to the stage also suggests that drag is something you do; it is not something you are.
Vivane K. Namaste in “Tragic Misreadings: Queer Theory’s Erasure of Transgender Subjectivity” from Invisible LIves: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgender People (via queerandpresentdanger)
GUUUUHH this is so important. love to everyone who has to leave their identity at home in order to get laid.
I think its also really important to note that this distinction is made in primarily white gay male settings. In queer communities of color, the difference between a butch queen, a femme queen and a drag queen are much more blurred. It was only until the rise of cis white gays and Gay Inc that the distinction between trans* and cis was so ridged.
^^^ important commentary
All of the above.
This legit makes me want to cry because I have *never* seen a picture of an older trans man naked. It’s always young guys, usually much younger than me. It’s like we don’t have a future, an adulthood, a middle age, an old age. It’s like we just stop.
As a trans man who’s well past the age (and transition status) of ~sexxay tranz boiz~, pictures like this give me some kind of hope. We’re not just one image stuck in time, snapshot of a skinny white andro urban-queer young trans dude with perfect top surgery scars, poster boys for young radical queerdom. We’re not all Youth. We live in more than two dimensions, and one of them is time.
Older queers tend to fall off the map full stop. Trans people, even more so. But we don’t disappear once we stop being, basically, fashionable. Supporting our young people is important, but we need to show them we have a future, too.
I literally cannot envision my own future. There are no images of older men like me.
One image obviously can’t address all the lacks in representation, much less one image of a hot skinny (apparently?) white man. But just to have that one extra factor in there, of age, it’s - it’s important.
- Are you trans or do you have a trans history?
- Have you ever had to disclose your trans history or identity to a romantic or sexual partner?
- If yes, Gendered Intelligence needs your help!
We thought it’d be a great idea to create a zine anonymously outlining peoples experiences of disclosure. We want to create a platform for trans people to share their disclosure stories, strategies and tips, and create a useful resource for young trans people.
Many of our young people have discussed feeling apprehensive and nervous about the prospect of sex and relationships as a trans person, with disclosure often seeming like a daunting task. Many young trans people have stated they would find it easier if they could hear stories of when other trans people have disclosed and what happened as a result.
Whether you’re binary, non-binary, on hormones, pre hormones, post-surgery, pre-surgery, no surgery - we want to hear from you with your experiences.
We’d like people send us a disclosure story explaining any details you think are important(such as - what happened, how you disclosed, whether it went well, what you might do differently next time [if applicable], etc). We request that stories are not unnecessarily sexually explicit.
You can submit as many times as you like, but please keep it to one experience per submission.
All stories will remain anonymous. Click here to submit your experiences.
Thanks for your help!
We’ve been forwarded this petition by Scottish Transgender Alliance, which is to the Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Office. The petition is in regards to the recent case where a trans man was jailed for ‘obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud’, for not disclosing his past to a partner.
The case raises serious concerns that trans people in the UK, particularly those in Scotland, could face convictions for not disclosing their trans history.
The petition states that it is “unacceptable to criminalise trans people for simply living in accordance with their gender identity and not revealing their gender history to a sexual partner”.
We are bringing back the KNOWhomo History blogs/vlogs next month.
If you have something you’ve always wondered about, send Rebecca a message / fanmail via KNOWhomo’s ASK page.
LGBTQ* KNOWhomo History Posts You May Have Missed
Trans* Individuals in History
(all posts can be found under the #history hashtag on the right side — click name to link to past post)
- Murray Hall — Politician, Socialite, Voter