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The We Got Your Back Project

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at The We Got Your Back Project
The lovely ladies [info]tanyad and [info]whereisjoy  are spearheading an amazing campaign entitled The We Got Your Back Project.

In light of recent events, it's clear these projects are needed more than ever. Case in point:



So… Joy E. came up with a nifty idea. A project where LGBTQIA youth, straight allies, adults and others could share their stories to encourage and strengthen youth who may be getting bullied, harassed and otherwise mistreated for being who they are. This project will make sure that lgbtqia of color, bisexual and transgendered folks will not be left out of the work of telling their stories and having their voices heard.

Yes, I know some of you are thinking… but there’s already a similar project out there! Well, yes there is but whereisjoy and I wanted to be sure everyone’s voice is heard, that everyone is able to share their story in the hopes it would give strength to others who are dealing with coming out, being out and bullied as well just for being who they are.

This idea is just a wee idea, barely out of the box and we need your help to make sure it thrives. What we need help with is:

Contributors; anyone who falls within the LGTBTQI & A spectrum, allies, anyone who has been touched by the injustice of having their voices silenced or drowned out by the masses.

A couple people to be editors; to help with reviewing content, posting and maintaining the site (which is now a WordPress site). Please note that the site is pretty bare at the moment, and we are adding content, submission guidelines and such over the next couple of weeks.

As the project grows, we hope to have someone who is media savvy, who can talk to the local LGBTQIA media, and deal with the issues that will arise from creating a project similar to one that already exists. Please note that we are not doing this to be in direct competition with the It Gets Better Project, but rather to supplement and give everyone a voice who may not feel as if they will be heard otherwise.

For now, please spread the word about this project, what we hope to do and most importantly the soft launch date of mid-October 2010. In the interim, please leave questions here, if you want your question discussed off site want to have a longer chat, email us at: wegotyourbackproject@gmail.com

So there’s the great idea, let’s make sure it not only learns to crawl but learns to soar.

Do you think having children is a fundamental human right? Should there should be any restrictions?

Oh, what the hell, Livejournal? What kind of inane, misogynist question is this? Were you wistfully wondering why there wasn't enough eugenicist talk lately? Did you think that women needed to be reminded that our bodies are never considered to actually belong to us? Did you just feel that it was a good time to have a rip roaring classist, misogynist, ableist party?

You're not even trying. Just throwing out questions wrapped in fake edginess and inviting your readers to show the worst of themselves to the world.

Seriously, stick to the fluffy questions. Don't bring anyone's human rights under debate. It's sickening.

Questioning Transphobia Moved

But the new QT doesn't have an LJ feed. gender_euphoric made the original feed way back in the mists of time (2007), but it needs a new one.

Is there anyone with a paid account who can help with this?

Writer's Block: Cinco de Mayo

Do you celebrate your country's independence? If so, how?

I heard a rumor that Grito de Dolores is an entirely different holiday.
sparkymonster lays down the facts on Amanda's latest fail. Between this and the response to criticism of Evelyn/Evelyn? No limits on the fail.

Some of the pictures at Sparkymonsters post are potentially triggering images of racist violence. Be warned.

h/t karnythia

The 4400, a bit ragey

So I went through the entire series on DVD over the past few weeks. I'm a big fan of fiction about people with superpowers - not just comic books, but specifically stories that try to cover the ramifications of people having these powers, so The 4400 seemed to be a good fit.

And to a large extent, it was. Until the fourth season episode, Fear Itself.

In this episode, people start coming down with massive phobias with hallucinatory components - the first guy gets a massive fear of clowns (coulrophobia!) and imagines everyone he sees are clowns. This happens to other people as well, as the main characters (NTAC - heh - agents) try to track down the person with the power causing all this trouble. As it turns out, the person was a young autistic boy. His father hoped that injecting him with promicin* (the fictional neurotransmitter that causes powers in The 4400) would turn him neurotypical. In an emotional scene, he confesses that all he wanted was for his son to hug him and call him dad. This was a really bad moment, I think, because he's presented as sympathetic and his desire understandable, even with the potentially lethal outcome of a promicin injection.

But it gets worse - one of the NTAC's agents' nephews is one of the original 4400, and has a healing power. They bring him in to heal Brandon (the autistic boy), and it works. Not only does it work, but once he's done, Brandon immediately hugs his dad and tells him that he loves him. As if the autism were really a prison locking the real Brandon away from the world. As if autism is something that can or should be "healed."

Anyway, this was really disturbing (and I'll admit it, enraging) to me, because of this idea that autism steals children away, leaving this autistic doppelganger, or that there really is a neurotypical child waiting inside. And showing a parent who would rather see his child die than live on as autistic, and presenting him as sympathetic and understandable, while the victim - the boy who was nearly killed and given a nigh-uncontrollable power - is not really discussed as such.

At least they sent Brandon's father to prison, but it looked like for using promicin (which is illegal) and not, say, attempted murder.

* Promicin has a 50% chance to kill and a 50% chance to give a power. This guy was gambling with his son's life because it'd be better for him to be dead than autistic... ugh.

You are required to check this out:

Much creativity and many good posts from fans of color in the foc_u community.

Dreamwidth Question

So, people keep talking about getting invite codes via Dreamwidth, something I haven't yet experienced (beyond my first).

Are those of you who get them subscribing with money at this point?

(asking because I wouldn't mind having a couple invite codes to hand out, and if I need to subscribe to get them, that's okay...just need to know).

From Maevele

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a completely made up, fictional memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - but it has to be fake.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with!

Every year, on November 20, many people - cis people as well as trans people - observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Trans people are 16 times more likely to be murdered than the general population, and 1-2 trans people are murdered every month. So far, the TDOR website lists 18 names: Read more...Collapse )

I don't mean the one at Alas, A Blog... but an actually comprehensive one that's at least as good as Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.

So I found a zergling in my bathroom

And now I can't find it to kill it.

Not for the entemephobic or faint of heart.Collapse )

Update: It's dead now.

I'm not really afraid of most bugs, but one of the people here is allergic to stings, and a few are afraid of bugs themselves.

Plus, I have a grudge.

X-Men and Civil Rights

So I was thinking, earlier:

The X-Men comic book series started in 1963, featuring Professor Xavier and his five students, trying to show the world that mutants were just like everyone else by training them to be superheroes so they could fight other mutants. Specifically, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, led by Erik Magnus Lensherr, aka Magneto (although I don't think he got a real name until much later). When humans spotted mutants, as seen in the first issue, they'd almost immediately form a mob and start attacking the mutant with whatever came to hand. I can only imagine how many times Stan Lee imagined that scene playing out and ending with a dead mutant, since most mutants at the time weren't really all that powerful - and most only had one or two powers, otherwise being fairly normal people.

The X-Men debuted the same year that Martin Luther King led a peaceful protest against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, where he wrote the famous letter from a Birmingham Jail. The next year, three black civil rights workers were murdered by Klansmen in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

So this is the political environment that the X-Men are born in - the black civil rights movement and violence directed at it. As they mature, the gay rights movement and second wave feminism get started.

So: Why, during all this actual activism, do mutants spend so much of their time kicking each other's asses? Why does the militant, violent faction call itself the "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants?" Why does Professor Xavier feel that the best way to win acceptance for mutants is to train them to fight other mutants? Why don't mutants have a Stonewall?

This isn't really intended to be a criticism - comic books weren't really all that great at social relevance at the time. It's more, "what social forces would drive mutants in the midst of being massively persecuted to turn on each other and not take any cues from the civil rights struggles going on around them?"

Yes, I am a geek. I wear that label with pride.

Edit to clarify: I'm not criticizing the comic books or asserting they should have been written differently. I'm just asking: "Look at the history of civil rights. What would it look like to put the X-Men into that context on a political level?"

Also, read this page for an article highly relevant to this post.
Really long post about trans-exclusion from women-only spaces and no, it's not about MWMF - it's about domestic violence and rape shelters.

Also, q_transphobia, and thanks again to gender_euphoric for setting it up so long ago.

Finally, real icons.

While I do like the international symbol for transgender, seeing it pop up every time I commented was driving me up the wall.

Now I'm just showing my fandom roots.


First part of a two-part article. These transphobes can sure be long-winded!

Anyway, it's a response to Charlotte Croson's protests that there ain't no oppression going on. It's MWMF-specific, but the MWMF policy has wider-reaching influence than just that one week on that one piece of land.

A Transphobe in Trans Woman's Clothing

Yeah, yeah, so I'm playing off Alix Dobkin's title from yesterday.

Today's screed is in response to an extremely transmisogynistic letter written by a self-proclaimed trans woman. She's trying to justify the exclusion of trans women from women-only spaces, but only manages to make her contempt for other trans women clear.

Alix Dobkin's New Clothes

I posted a response to The Emperor's New Gender" this morning.

If nothing else, this is very therapeutic.

MichFest? OH NOEZ.

Removed post. I was dumb and didn't do enough research. I will repost something MWMF-related later on, once I've done all my homework.

I'll get back to the Rape Relief and/or Questioning Transgender documents later tonight or tomorrow. Or news. Anything. Transphobic material writes itself. D:

That is not even wrong!

New post here, dealing with "Men in Ewes' Clothing" from Questioning Transgender Politics as well as Vancouver Rape Relief's "Smear Kimberly Nixon" page.

Part two of above post.

Questioning Transphobia

I'm not sure what my first post should be. I don't necessarily want to repeat what I've posted to my blog, but I should at least cover it:

I'm tired of transphobia. I'm tired of transphobes making uninformed, ignorant assertions about trans people's lives. I'm tired of them imposing their politics and political aims on my body and my life. I am a feminist lesbian woman, and all I ask from anyone is to listen to me when I tell my story or explain how what you said or did harms me and people like me. Basic human respect.

I'm not your metaphor. I'm not a convenient target for your anger at men. I didn't transition to transgress gender or make any kind of political statement. I live my life so I can live with myself, and I do not wish to have fictional motives imposed upon me because others don't want to understand or believe that.