Submit your film to the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival

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The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival is seeking films for our fifth annual film festival.  Whether you’re dealing with gender-specific issues or not, we will be screening many diverse works made by trans, genderqueer, and intersex artists, including comedy, dramedy, drama, experimental, animation, and more!  We also welcome work by allies who are showcasing trans or genderqueer themes in their work.

Submission Guidelines/Entry Form [PDF]

The LA Transgender Film Festival consists of an annual film festival, awards show, and international tour. We have traveled to UCLA, University of Texas Austin, CSU Long Beach, Culver City High School, Lifeworks queer youth program, and Pasadena City College, among many other venues. Apart from film screenings, we also have in store some tasty live performances and panel discussions with artists and activists.

 

To bring the LA Transgender Film Festival to your campus or community, please contact us at info@tgfilmfest.org

 

www.tgfilmfest.org

www.facebook.com/tgfilmfest

The resource guide Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is looking for contributors to its chapter on intersections of immigrant and transgender identities

Are you an immigrant or refugee, or do you come from a family of recent immigrants? Do you identify as transgender, or express your gender differently than is expected in your culture?

The upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is looking for contributors to its chapter on intersections of transgender / immigrant identities. We are interested to hear about your experiences with gender in your culture and as an immigrant. If you would like to share your story, please email it to kate@transbodies.com by September 1st, or mail to Laura Erickson-Schroth, 564 First Avenue, 14D, NY NY 10016 (Email is preferred if you have access).

We are looking for pieces 300-800 words in length. Please also include the name you would like to use (pseudonyms are fine) and your age. If you feel comfortable, also include where you are from originally and where you live today. (Example: Chad, 37. Originally from Burma, now living in Arizona, USA.) The book will be in English, but if you strongly prefer to write in your native language, we will do everything we can to translate for you. If your story is chosen to be included, we will email you the text we plan on using so you have the chance to approve it.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for the transgender population, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life. For more information, visit www.transbodies.com or email kate@transbodies.com or amanda@transbodies.com with any questions or comments.

transstudent:

kristinsquest:

I wish there was a law banning single-occupant restrooms from being signed with one gender or the other. There is no remotely legitimate reason to do that!
And that comment doesn’t even get into the flimsiness of the reasons why other public restrooms are gender-separated.
sunnykins:

#genderneutral #peeinpeace #trans #gender (Taken with Instagram)


Gender liberated and gender free restrooms should be in every school and accessible for all. They recognize that not everyone is either a man or a woman, and provide a safe place for those who present as neither or lack passing privileges.
Working to get gender liberated facilities in schools is a great QSA campaign that can help and educate many.

Everyone should check out this new blog, transstudent. It’s a great resource for students and teachers alike advocating for trans* and gender non-conforming students. Some of their GREAT TIPS INCLUDE KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS.

transstudent:

kristinsquest:

I wish there was a law banning single-occupant restrooms from being signed with one gender or the other. There is no remotely legitimate reason to do that!

And that comment doesn’t even get into the flimsiness of the reasons why other public restrooms are gender-separated.

sunnykins:

#genderneutral #peeinpeace #trans #gender (Taken with Instagram)

Gender liberated and gender free restrooms should be in every school and accessible for all. They recognize that not everyone is either a man or a woman, and provide a safe place for those who present as neither or lack passing privileges.

Working to get gender liberated facilities in schools is a great QSA campaign that can help and educate many.

Everyone should check out this new blog, transstudent. It’s a great resource for students and teachers alike advocating for trans* and gender non-conforming students. Some of their GREAT TIPS INCLUDE KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS.

you know what irritates the fuck out of me?

queerindigenology:

non-native people using the term two-spirit to mean trans* identified (or using the term to identify themselves). it’s not. really, i promise, it’s that simple. for the record two-spirit is an pan-indian (pan means all, yes virginia there is more than one type of indian) term that was agreed upon at a conference of native QTBLG people as a term to idenitfy one’s self as native and queer. why is this important? because modern sexuality can and often is a colonizing force (read settler homonationalism by morgensen). in addition, sexuality does not happen in isolation it is within our experiences as indigenous peoples who exists as in nations that continue their imperialistic actions, policies, and violence.

example, me as a queer native woman could use the term two spirit. i am cis, femme identified, and light-skinned; it is still appropriate for me to use the term and not be offensive. i don’t use it cause i have some issues with pan-indianism being new to it cause i’m tlingit from alaska and it’s different up there.

so end story, if you’re white and talking about how you want to use/identify with the term two-spirit, it is wrong and offensive. Additionally, it’s even worse if you start spewing romanticized bullshit about two genders in one body, opposite gender in another body, more than one gender, etc… why? because although some tribes and nations (oh yeah, btw, there’s a lot of us and we’re different. we’re not just all indians) did have different ways of conceptualizing genders and models that could reflect current trans* narratives and discourses that could reflect that line of thinking; that’s just it, it was a different way of conceptualizing gender. so by continuing to impose colonial sexuality conceptions upon it, you’re continuing to erase indigenous identities, our varied and different cultures, and the fact that we are different people and nations.

to my indigneous peeps, let’s have fun with the term and continue to enrich it with our own amazing and different experiences of being queer/LBGT/fabulous/non-heterosexual/gender fucking/basically being our sweet native selves. 

(oh, and DO NOT even think that admiring us and saying how it’s all sunshine and fucking daises with native communities in regards to queerness and how you like the term so much because of the above logic.) if you like it cause it’s awesome to not have a term that is not occurring in isolation or upholds a single identity politic, go for it, cause it is pretty fucking awesome.

/finally putting my degree to use.

An Open Letter to The CAFAB Trans* Community.

mygayshoes:

[Trigger warning for rape, rape denial, sexual abuse, Transmisogyny, Victim Erasure, rape apologism, misgendering and abuse.]

I think it should be pretty fucking obvious by now, that the CAFAB Trans* community needs to change. 

With the bullshit coming from Ira Gray (A contributor to The Self Made Men) and Asher Bauer (The Owner of Transanachism), you really should be thinking about the type of people you want representing your, and our community.

The silence that’s been coming from all the blogs that “represent” the Trans* community, or even claim to provide information is quite frankly disturbing. The fact that this is a matter that doesn’t seem to be circulating very easily is even more disturbing.

WHO DO YOU WANT REPRESENTING YOU?

If the answer are rapists, and sexual abusers, then you have absolutely no right to so much as show your face.

If your answer is “give me proof” you have no right to even so much as weigh in.

If your answer is “Not people like this”, then I do suggest that you stop this silence, and speak the fuck up. It is the CAFAB community that is the majority supporting these people, your people, regardless of whether you want to deny it. They operate in your spaces, they created your spaces. It was your support, and assistance that built them up to a state of semi-celebrity

These are MY spaces just as much. And it is absolutely NOT OKAY that these spaces work like this.

Whenever anything like this happens to a member of our community, we speak up, and we show our communities capacity for support, and we rally in support around the victims, and survivors. It is completely shitty behaviour to ignore the problems within our own communities, and pretend that our “role models”, our “celebrities” are incapable of anything even slightly negative.

WHO DO YOU WANT REPRESENTING YOUR COMMUNITY?

If anyone has missed everything relating to Ira Gray;

  1. http://queerandpheasantstranger.tumblr.com/post/24672455525/re-the-ira-gray-rape-accusation-s
  2. http://bloodmouthprince.tumblr.com/post/24725816339/reasons-why-i-dont-give-a-fuck-about-a-word-that-comes
  3. http://bloodmouthprince.tumblr.com/post/24614861657/queerandpheasantstranger-acekwright-just
  4. http://bloodmouthprince.tumblr.com/post/24693752481/tw-rape-ableism-also-when-ira-called-his-ex-a
  5. http://sassyandrogynefriend.tumblr.com/post/24736664622/these-images-are-labeled-ig1-ig6-from
and Ira’s rape denial response here;
  1. http://www.iradaltongray.com/post/24671437049/on-rape-allegations

Or Asher Bauer;

  1. http://dragony-little-scamp.tumblr.com/post/17835825827/abuse-from-a-figure-head-in-the-trans-and-queer-radical

I’m completely sure that there IS and will be a dozen other stories and reports and things such as this.

THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED PROBLEM.

STAND THE FUCK UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.

I regret to say that I have ignored addressing this issue until now. After [finally] sifting through all the information out there, I realize my utterly and glaringly huge mistake for not addressing this the moment I had access to the information. I absolutely agree with Maddy, I do not want these people representing or speaking for me, or the CAFAB trans* community.

I no longer support Ira Gray, and I do not support Asher Bauer. You will no longer find any content on this blog from now on that is from either of these people.

If you still don’t know what has happened, or you are choosing to ignore such happenings, I implore you to find all sides of these issues. To members of the CAFAB trans* community, remember what Maddy said,

Whenever anything like this happens to a member of our community, we speak up, and we show our communities capacity for support, and we rally in support around the victims, and survivors.


Ira Gray needs to check himself; just because he doesn’t think he raped anyone does not make it so. He doesn’t get to determine that because he was not the one raped in these situations.

roseandtrilby:

sengis:

cheatthis:

stitchmedown:

psylum:

youcouldfuckingkissme:

nolanslifeisaverage:

YES
YESYESYESYES
GSM COMMUNITY THANK YOU
GSM FTW

idgi, are these the colors associated with our ~groups?

Pardon my Ignorance, but what does GSM stand for?

Gender and Sexual Minority.
I’m also ridiculously “Ehn” about these flags, but I only feel qualified to talk about the bi and pan stuff, so shutting up now.
ETA: Also it’s pretty arguable whether the rainbow one is actually for GSM overall or if it’s just gay pride/queer pride. I dunno, I’m not interested in having that argument, just want to point out that there’s a debate.

Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with saying that the pride flag is representative of all GSMs, since it is a specifically queer symbol and a lot of people who fall under GSM do not fall under queer.

I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the spreading use of Gender and Sexual Minority to mean LGBTQ people on tumblr. it’s a term used in research, not an identity, and it includes a lot of unrelated groups- swingers, fetishists, circumcised women, etc.- not just queer people. I really dislike being lumped in with straight people during discussions of LGBTQ issues, and that’s what using the term GSM does.

I support using GSM because although I don’t class myself as being ‘queer’, asexuality could do with the help and support of community. As I’m sure other minority groups could. Why do I not like using the term LGBTQA?, because you have to include A on the end to include us. But it’s not just us is it? There are other groups that need this support network. But sticking more words onto the end of LGBTQ is going to make it ridiculously long (I’m pretty sure there is a VERY long version that tries to cover all the ‘minorities’) and the term is going to lose it’s meaning.
I’m not overly thrilled with the term GSM because it’s used in scientific (and negative) ways, but at least it allows for minority groups to feel included.
I’ve heard people who are bisexual, pansexual, asexual etc. complaining they don’t feel like they have a place in the LGBTQ, perhaps because it doesn’t solely focus on sexuality. I’ve also heard transgendered and genderqueer people saying they feel they don’t fit in because it focuses too much on sexuality…. both statements are contradictory. I think they’re contradictory because the LGBTQ doesn’t have a central meaning or ideology outside of ‘we’re different from the norm’. I personally think it would be better to separate sexuality from gender, giving both groups a central ideology instead of ‘we don’t fit into society’s expectations’ (which is what will happen if anymore letters get stuck on the end of LGBTQ$%£&”!!).
Obviously I’m not saying we destroy the LGBTQ community and build separate camps (it’s served an amazing service to so many people), but perhaps alternative ideas could be thought up to allow everyone to feel part of a community.

I did not know a fair amount of the points that have been brought up. They are quite valid, and it is clear to me now that I need to do more research on the term ‘GSM.’
The updated version of this banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community, can be found here.

I’ll make a post about the term ‘GSM’ after I’ve done more research. Keep watch on my blog, transgenderstudentlife, for updates!

roseandtrilby:

sengis:

cheatthis:

stitchmedown:

psylum:

youcouldfuckingkissme:

nolanslifeisaverage:

YES

YESYESYESYES

GSM COMMUNITY THANK YOU

GSM FTW

idgi, are these the colors associated with our ~groups?

Pardon my Ignorance, but what does GSM stand for?

Gender and Sexual Minority.

I’m also ridiculously “Ehn” about these flags, but I only feel qualified to talk about the bi and pan stuff, so shutting up now.

ETA: Also it’s pretty arguable whether the rainbow one is actually for GSM overall or if it’s just gay pride/queer pride. I dunno, I’m not interested in having that argument, just want to point out that there’s a debate.

Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with saying that the pride flag is representative of all GSMs, since it is a specifically queer symbol and a lot of people who fall under GSM do not fall under queer.

I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the spreading use of Gender and Sexual Minority to mean LGBTQ people on tumblr. it’s a term used in research, not an identity, and it includes a lot of unrelated groups- swingers, fetishists, circumcised women, etc.- not just queer people. I really dislike being lumped in with straight people during discussions of LGBTQ issues, and that’s what using the term GSM does.

I support using GSM because although I don’t class myself as being ‘queer’, asexuality could do with the help and support of community. As I’m sure other minority groups could. Why do I not like using the term LGBTQA?, because you have to include A on the end to include us. But it’s not just us is it? There are other groups that need this support network. But sticking more words onto the end of LGBTQ is going to make it ridiculously long (I’m pretty sure there is a VERY long version that tries to cover all the ‘minorities’) and the term is going to lose it’s meaning.

I’m not overly thrilled with the term GSM because it’s used in scientific (and negative) ways, but at least it allows for minority groups to feel included.

I’ve heard people who are bisexual, pansexual, asexual etc. complaining they don’t feel like they have a place in the LGBTQ, perhaps because it doesn’t solely focus on sexuality. I’ve also heard transgendered and genderqueer people saying they feel they don’t fit in because it focuses too much on sexuality…. both statements are contradictory. I think they’re contradictory because the LGBTQ doesn’t have a central meaning or ideology outside of ‘we’re different from the norm’. I personally think it would be better to separate sexuality from gender, giving both groups a central ideology instead of ‘we don’t fit into society’s expectations’ (which is what will happen if anymore letters get stuck on the end of LGBTQ$%£&”!!).

Obviously I’m not saying we destroy the LGBTQ community and build separate camps (it’s served an amazing service to so many people), but perhaps alternative ideas could be thought up to allow everyone to feel part of a community.

I did not know a fair amount of the points that have been brought up. They are quite valid, and it is clear to me now that I need to do more research on the term ‘GSM.’

The updated version of this banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community, can be found here.

I’ll make a post about the term ‘GSM’ after I’ve done more research. Keep watch on my blog, transgenderstudentlife, for updates!

My updated banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community.

My updated banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community.

Tell the Executive Director at the Beverly, Massachussetts YMCA to STOP Discriminating Against Transgendered People

dinobearthemighty:

Why is this relevant to me, personally? Well, I’m going to be living in Beverly for school for at least the next four years. And this is where I would be working out, because my school doesn’t have a gym. If I can’t work out, that’s a major no no.

Anywho, please. Guys. Sign this. 

This is really important to me.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Makes Major Policy Update

freedominwickedness:

The U.S. Customs and Immigrations Service recently issued an official Policy Memorandum stating that USCIS will no longer require proof of sexual reassignment surgery to update an individual’s legal gender on all customs and immigration paperwork. Instead, USCIS will accept either an updated birth certificate, passport, or court order or a letter from any licensed physician stating that the individual has had “appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition”. Furthermore, the new USCIS policy explicitly states that USCIS will issue corrected documents for transgender people regardless of any state, local, or foreign requirements to the contrary.

The new USCIS policy also establishes specific guidelines for marriages in which a partner is transgender. Basically, USCIS will fully recognize any heterosexual marriage which was valid in the jurisdiction where it took place. USCIS will presume all marriages involving a transgender person to be valid unless the originating jurisdiction has a specific law or precedent to the contrary, including both heterosexual marriages performed after a legal change of gender and heterosexual marriages performed before a legal change of gender.

Yet another hugely important pro-transgender policy change by the Obama Administration which is going largely unheralded by the white-centric, cis-centric, marriage-obsessed LGb(t) movement. Obama has done more for us in less than four years than the entire LGb(t) nonprofit complex has done in its entire history.

Please note: ”USCIS will presume all marriages involving a transgender person to be valid unless the originating jurisdiction has a specific law or precedent to the contrary,” means that if marriage involving a transgender person is illegal in the originating jurisdiction, USCIS does not recognize the marriage as valid. 

On my absence of late

I sincerely apologize for the recent lack of updates. I have been taking time off of my life for while to deal with some mental & emotional health issues. Content should be back up sometime next week. 

While I’m gone (or any time really), I highly recommend checking out the following blogs for some great LGBTQ* content: 

christopherhart22:

Hey everyone! I just want to give a new blog some publicity. It’s called welovetransbodies!!! It’s a safe space dedicated to empowering all trans* people to feel empowered and comfortable in their bodies. You can submit photos or text. Things that you love about yourself, your insecurities, your experiences. Trans* people of color are especially encouraged to submit! This blog is dedicated to making sure everyone’s voice is heard and that those people who usually are spoken over are heard. So please! Please submit!!!!!!! :) 

Thanks

Signal boost- rebloggable this time! :]

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christopherhart22:

I am tired of endless resources, blogs, etc…. for transmen. There are literally next to no resources that are current and focused on transwomen. Is masculinity the only identity that deserves any sort of respect?

If you have any tips for me to find things please let me know?

Masculinity is NOT the only identity that deserves respect! All identities definitely deserve respect.

Here are some blogs I know of focused on trans* women:

The following are great blogs run by fabulous people (I will put how each person IDs according to their tumblr next to each link):

  • autumn-and-eve (Autumn, a radical lesbian anarcha-transfeminist)
  • gendertruckery (Chloe, transgender)
  • genderbitch (Kinsey Hope, a polyamorous, mentally ill, neurodiverse, quite likely mildly autistic, currently homeless and poor, etherist, white [Irish/Scottish/Italian/German ethnicity], USonian, queer, skinny, geeky trans woman with disabilities
  • freakytransgirl (Lily, to her loving partner: her freaky trans girl)
  • lestrans (No name given on blog, lesbian and male to female)
  • ellierantsforever (Ellie, a pansexual trans woman)
  • transgriot (Monica, a proud African-American transwoman)
  • planetransgender on blogspot & on tumblr (Kelli, a radical transgender woman of faith [according to Kelli’s twitter])

This post contains Transgender Information Pamphlets (really good resources).

I am by no means an expert on trans* women, nor do I have a ton of resources for/about/by trans* women (though I am working on finding more).

If you know of other blogs or resources for/about/by trans* women, please reblog this & add to the list!

Eighth Grade

This all takes place in NW Georgia, USA during the year 2005-2006

I went to a regular, public middle school. I was a regular teenager. Acne ridden, confused, emotionally unstable, etc. But while other teenagers were experiencing their first kisses, and some were experiencing so much more, I was just trying to grasp who I was. In fourth grade, I had come out as gay to my mom. I had no other word for anything that wasn’t completely cis and hetero-normative. In the fashion of my mom as I remember her to have been at the time. She rolled over, told me it was probably just a phase, and promptly tried to get back to sleep.

Now I was in eighth grade, my mom and my sister had moved away and my dad and I were at ends. I went to school everyday and I tried to understand who I was and what I was. Was I a crossdresser, was I bisexual? I didn’t know, I was trying to grasp for some form of self - identity, and the ways I did it gave plenty of ammunition to the bullies in my school.

I ‘went out’ with this guy that year, it was the most stereotypical of trivial middle school relationships. He was constantly ‘cheating’ on me and dumping me. And still, because we went out at all, (let me say that I don’t regret it, especially not for the reasons I’m about to talk about) people became rude and crude.

I imagine the baby blue eyeliner running down my cheeks and the purple lip gloss on my lips didn’t help.

But I couldn’t walk from class to class without hearing faggot yelled half a million times. And back before I’d even had my first kiss, people were asking me if I was the ‘pitcher’ or the ‘catcher’.

And they’d walk away from me with binders and books covering their asses, like because I wasn’t heterosexual I was automatically some feral creature that wanted to and would fuck anything and everything.

Then, as now, I just want to be loved.

The worst part was the kid who was like my next door neighbor. I have a quarter-mile long drive way, and at the time I had to walk it to get from my bus stop to my house. This kid would get off the bus after me and get on his 4-wheeler to catch me on the way down the drive way.

And he’d tell me we wouldn’t have any problems if I just wouldn’t say anything.

If I wouldn’t act so weird.

If I’d just keep my faggot mouth shut and act like a ‘normal’ fucking person.

And when that didn’t work, he’d bring his cousins out, all bigger then me, except for the one that was younger then me. And, standing in a half circle around me, they’d tried to entice me, a pacifist, into a fight.

Because I was queer and they didn’t like it.

My name is Jessica, I’m now a first year freshman at a local community college. Then I identified as a bisexual crossdresser. Now I identify as a Transgender Lesbian.

(Source: longhairedpoet)

Call for Submissions!

I’m looking to gather personal stories of transgender* student life wherever you go/went to school!

Please submit your experience(s) in any format you’d like.  If comfortable, please include the following information:

  • Your gender identity at the time of your experience(s)- Please do clarify how you identify now if it has changed since your experience(s).
  • The year(s) during which your experience(s) take place.
  • The country and state/region/province in which your experience(s) take place.
  • The general type of school (i.e. private, public, charter, etc.) at which your experience(s) take place.
  • The level of school (i.e. elementary, primary, grammar, high school, college, university, graduate school, etc.) at which your experience(s) take place.

Please direct any questions here. You can submit your experience(s) here.

I will tag all submissions with the user name of the person submitting (if you would like to submit something anonymously, you have to log out of tumblr and submit), as well as with the tags: “transgender* student life”& “LGBTQ* personal stories”

- Noah Eitan, Admin. of transgenderstudentlife