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crickets.... is anyone still here? [20 Apr 2014|12:12am]

lostcrumpet
Hey all. Not sure if this community is still active, but figured I'd try!

My grad students and I are starting a major research project aimed at improving knowledge and awareness regarding stressful experiences faced by folks who identify as trans. It's an anonymous online survey with a 1/25 chance to win a $25 gift card.

Our team includes both trans- and cis-identified folks and we garnered extensive feedback from the trans community on our materials prior to beginning recruitment. We are having a *very* hard time reaching potential participants (probably due to psychology's messy history with gender... don't get me started).

I'm not sure what the protocol for sharing research links is (e.g., on listserves, twitter or facebook, tumblr, wordpress) -- but if it's possible, would you be willing to repost the following for us to your contacts? We'd really appreciate it and need help getting the word out!

Thanks so much for your time :)

HERE'S OUR AD:
* * *
Are you a person of trans experience? Let your voice be heard (and enter to win one of several $25 amazon gift cards)!!

We are a group of researchers from the Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Team and Columbia University. Our team is made up of LGBTQ folks and allies.

We're interested in learning more about your experiences of marginalization and empowerment as a trans individual.

Click this link or copy/paste into your browser to participate: http://snurl.com/cutrans
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CAA CFP due May 6 - Obsessive Occularity: Visualizing Queerness, Bodies, and Disability [21 Apr 2013|03:30pm]

mermeydele
College Art Association Annual Conference

February 12-15, 2014 Chicago, IL

Queer Caucus for Art Panel CFP


Obsessive Occularity: Visualizing Queerness, Bodies, and Disability

Panel Chair - Stefanie Snider, PhD: Snider.Stefanie@gmail.com

The body has been taken up by both people with disabilities and queer people (and of course, queers with disabilities) as a contentious site of identity, empowerment, desire, and community. The rhetoric of embodiment has been considered both in terms of its limitations and its possibilities for numerous marginalized communities. In light of recent scholarship on disability, vision, and visuality by Rosemarie Garland Thomson in Staring: How We Look (Oxford University Press, USA, 2009) and queerness, sexuality, and disability by Robert McRuer in Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU Press, 2006) and Anna Mollow and Robert McCruer in Sex and Disability (Duke University Press, 2012), an increasingly concentrated effort to think about the ways in which visual representations by, for, and/or about how queer and disabled subjects intersect and inform one another seems worthwhile. In particular, how can visual representations of disability and queerness enrich our understandings of the intersections of race, class, gender, and citizenship status over the course of history in local, national, and international arenas?

This panel seeks to contemplate the ways in which visual representations can accentuate the connections between queer and disabled subjects. This panel calls for analyses of queer and/or disabled subjects in fine art, visual culture, and art historical texts in order to ask questions such as: How are embodied queer and disabled sexualities represented in our visual field? How might queer studies, disability studies, and visual studies productively inform each other as methods of research or approaches to pedagogy? How might representations of disability be queered and/or representations of queerness be “disabled”? How do we make the work of visual art production and art history ethical and socially just when they privilege visual information that is not available to a substantial part of the population? Perspectives that concentrate on specific artworks, artists, and/or texts from a variety of cultures and time periods are especially welcomed.

For more information on how to submit your abstract for consideration, please see the College Art Association website at http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2014callforparticipation

Thank you for your interest!
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South Asian Queer, Bi, and Gay men! [06 Mar 2012|02:57pm]

lostcrumpet
Hello! We are part of a diverse research team composed of graduate students and faculty members at Teachers College, Columbia University. We are looking for individuals who would like to participate in a research study exploring the life experiences of South Asian sexual minority men (men whose sexual orientations are gay, bisexual, or queer). This survey should only take about 20 minutes of your time.

After reading below, if you are willing and eligible, please click on the link provided below. Thank you in advance for your time and input. We would really appreciate it if you could pass this message along to anyone else that you think may be eligible and willing to participate, it would be greatly appreciated!

Eligibility Criteria:
* Must be at least 18 years old
*Must identify as a sexual minority man (for example: gay, bisexual, or queer)
*Must identify as South Asian or of South Asian Descent
*Must reside in the United States

If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested in participating, please click on the below link to take you to the survey:

https://columbia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6S8VlLgV3A1lYEI

***This study has been approved by the Teachers College, Columbia University Institutional Review Board: Protocol #12-170. If you have any complaints, questions, concerns, or would like to know the results of the study, please feel free to contact Dr. Riddhi Sandil at sandil@tc.columbia.edu
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Help Out with My Brief Online Study [23 Nov 2011|10:37am]

malanrobinson
My name is Matthew Robinson and I am a doctoral student in the
Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
I am looking for individuals who would like to participate in my
research study exploring gay and bisexual men's attitudes about
parenting. This survey should only take about 20 minutes of your time.

After reading below, if you are willing and eligible, please click on the link provided below....
Thank you in advance for your time and input. Also, I would really
appreciate it if you could pass this message along to anyone else that
you think may be eligible and willing to participate, it would be
greatly appreciated!

Eligibility Criteria:
* Must be at least 18 years old
* Must be biologically male
*Must identify as gay or bisexual
*Must not currently have children


If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested in
participating, please click here to take you to the survey or follow the
link below:

https://columbia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6RnWLKTscUIX140



***This study has been approved by the Teachers College, Columbia
University Institutional Review Board: Protocol 11-355. If you have any
complaints, questions, concerns, or would like to know the results,
please feel free to contact me via e-mail at matthewarobinson@gmail.com
.


Thank you!


Matt



--
Matthew A. Robinson, M.S.
Doctoral Student - Counseling Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
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My new FTM YOUTUBE Channel! [19 Apr 2011|09:09pm]

ryryrendon
hello!

im ryan, and im ftm! yah

i just wanted to post about my new youtube channel, where im trying to set up a place for people to talk about ftm everyday issues. Ive set up a few videos already and am open to ideas to make new videos. one of the more important reasons for doing this was because i felt that the lgbt community has a way of excluding queer people of color, and being hispanic myself, i identify with this feeling. i havent seen much out there based on these issues and thought maybe this could be a place for some of that to be spoken about.

well heres the channel check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ryanrendon1?feature=mhum
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[22 Oct 2010|02:03pm]

lostcrumpet
http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2010-21335-002

Hi there,

Many months ago I recruited participants from this community for a study about bisexuality. The publication from that study is now available (see link above). Thanks so much to all who participated.

- Results suggested that some forms of "anti-bisexual" stigma and prejudice were related to psychological distress for bisexual people. This is similar to findings about minority stress theory (by Ilan Meyer and others) with LG people.
- Importantly, the first measure of bisexual prejudice resulted from this study.

If you would like a pdf copy, just leave me your email address.
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Looking for Interviews with Polyamorous Women [03 Oct 2010|09:21pm]
swheeler11
Have you been or are you currently in a consensual relationship with more than one partner, where all partners know about each other? Would you describe yourself or your relationship as polyamorous?

I am looking to interview women between the ages of 18-35 about their experiences in polyamorous relationships. I am especially interested in women from diverse race/ethnicities, social class backgrounds, and sexual identities. Participants must be currently living in the U.S. Interviews can be conducted in-person (if local to San Diego, California) or via e-mail.

All in-person interviewees will receive a $15 gift certificate to either Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. E-mail participants will be entered into a lottery to win one of five $15 gift certificates to either Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

This is a research study being conducted as part of a Master's thesis through San Diego State University. Your participation would be voluntary. You will be asked questions about your experiences with polyamory and its role in your life.

If interested, please contact Sarah Wheeler at swheeler@rohan.sdsu.edu with a short description about yourself (age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.) and your current or most recent polyamorous relationship. Please also indicate whether you would like to participate via e-mail or in-person interview. Thank you for your interest!

__

(Mods, please let me know if this type of posting isn't allowed--I read the community rules and didn't see anything about research inquiries, but I certainly don't want to annoy anyone!)

Cross-posted to poly_grrls
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SUNY New Paltz Fake Orgasm Survey [22 Sep 2010|11:47pm]

decirle_al_oido
I am inviting you to participate in a survey that I am conducting on faking orgasm. I am a student at SUNY New Paltz. The survey is for a research project on faking orgasm. It has been approved by the Institutional Review Board. In the survey you will be asked a few questions on your own experiences and feelings on orgasm and faking orgasm as well as some general questions on the topic. It is not necessary to have faked, not faked, or even to have had any type of sexual interaction before. This survey is aimed to get the opinions of everyone. It is open to the public only requiring that those who take it are 18 years of age or older. Participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If you feel uncomfortable, you may stop at any time. All responses will be very appreciated. Thank you
for your time!

*The reason I am specifically posting here is because I have received over around 1000 responses, and in my work I would like to have a decent amount of representation of people from various sexualities. I currently have responses from 749 self identified heterosexuals, 29 homosexuals, 62 bisexuals, 21 pansexuals, 16 who are unsure and 16 who claimed another sexuality. As you can see the number drops very drastically. My aim here is to obtain more responses and hopefully more sexual representation within my study. However, this is just a side note. Thanks for your time and enjoy !

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact me at: NPorgasmresearch@gmail.com

Below is a link to the survey:

SUNY New Paltz Orgasm Survey
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Musings on sexuality [01 Aug 2010|04:32pm]

10th_letter
Hope this is OK to post here. All apologies if it isn't.

So, i've identified as bisexual since I was about 13 (barring some monosexual confusion in college. Hey, we all experimented). But, I've always felt more gay than straight, to be honest.

Until a few days ago!Collapse )
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gender_fluid [19 Jul 2010|02:33pm]

kasuchans_v2


This comm is here for everyone, from all labels, terms, and phrases to those that choose none at all. So if you'd find this interesting, please check us out!

gender_fluid — because labels are for soup cans.
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Hell Yeah! [15 Jul 2010|02:53pm]

outdoortoys
Courts rule in favor of gay marriage, sort of.

http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2010/07/breaking-dc-court-rules-against-foes-of-marriage-equality/?utm_source=Convio&utm_medium=email&utm_term=DCmarriage-title&utm_campaign=HRCnews-July-2010
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the Vancouver Trans Forum [17 May 2010|12:34am]

danibearess
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***PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS FAR AND WIDE***

To the various transsexual, transgender, and genderqueer communities of the Greater Vancouver area:

On the week before Pride (July19th-July 25th), a trans community forum is going to be taking place @ Rhodes Wellness College - 1125 Howe Street Vancouver, BC.

The organizers of this sliding scale (no one turned away) community-centered event envision a bringing together of diverse trans communities, both individuals and service providers, to establish a cohesive vision of what the specific needs of our trans communities are at this exact moment in time---through a focus on health and coalition building.

We see this is an opportunity for trans people, their allies and the health professionals that work with them to create community, hear the needs and concerns of the communities, and to share the skills and knowledge that we all have.

At present we are looking for volunteers and leaders to help out with committees:

- Audio/Video
- Accessibility & Logistics
- Advertising/ Promotion
- Dance/Welcoming/Entertainment
- Funding
- Fund-raising
- Food
- General Volunteer
- March
- Print
- Programming

If you feel you as though you can contribute to any or all, of these committees we encourage you to please join us at one of our next meetings.

May 29, June 12, June 27, and July 11th.
@ the Generations Office.
Suite 610 - 1033 Davie Street.
Buzz 620 at the door to get up.

We look forward to folks of all genders getting involved in this wonderful, community building event!

In Solidarity,
The Vancouver Trans Forum organizing committee
vancouvertransforum@gmail.com

*the Generations Office is wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible washroom on the main floor*

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
About the Forum: Tentative Structure

Monday night (July 19th) through till Thursday night (July 22nd) there will be a mini trans film fest, to be held at different venues across town.

Friday night will be the official opening of the forum, with a film, keynote speaker, and social events (ie: dance party, board games)

Saturday's panels, workshops, and facilitated discussions will be geared more towards individual trans/gender queer community members. Examples of proposed workshops include: a know your rights workshop, a self defense workshop, and a facilitated discussion on substance use in the trans community.

Saturday night will close with an "all bodies swim night" wherein an accessible pool is rented for all to go swimming.

Sunday's panels, workshops, and facilitated discussions will be geared more towards service providers, health professionals, and individual community members interested in building broad-based coalitions. Examples of proposed workshops include: how to better support trans people working in the sex trade, a panel discussion on the changing policies of university women's centres, and a political strategical session on public bathroom safety.

As the week will be taking place the week before Pride, the collective organizers thought that it would be a nice fit to end the forum with a trans pride march, similar to the ones that happen in Toronto and San Francisco.

***While this community forum seeks to centre trans people, The Greater Vancouver Trans Forum organizing committee recognizes that for most trans people, "trans" is only one aspect of their day-to-day world.

The Vancouver Trans Forum also understands that many trans folk belong to numerous marginalized communities simultaneously.

***Thus Vancouver Trans Forum encourages participation and feedback from persons who experience, combat, wish to speak about: sexism, racism, abelism, poverty and relative topics that involve intersecting forms of oppression.***
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Bisexual (or just queer) discussions [11 Mar 2010|04:34pm]

outdoortoys
Along the heels of request for academic pointers re: bisexuality and its place among the larger queer community, I started thinking about my own situation.

I am a hetero-priviledged bi male (married with children) so I tend to be along the fringes of the queer community. That doesn't, however, make me feel any less queer and I tend to overcompensate for it by making sure the world I do exist in recognizes that we're not all the same.

I was in my early-mid twenties when I came to terms with my sexuality, and it's been a long road of integrating my queer tendencies with the rest of my life so that it isn't a separate definition of me but just part of who I am. I've been very fortunate that most of the "hate" I've received has been very mild (probably helps that I don't look like a minority in any other ways either) and limited to frat-boy types calling me fag as they drove down the street and a few gay guys and lesbians insisting that I was gay but just didn't want to "come out completely". (After 37 years of life and nearly 15 years as an "active" bisexual, I'm pretty sure they're wrong.) The biggest issue I have is people asking inappropriate questions that they wouldn't ask of hetero people they barely know. I tend to be open and honest about things though, so I usually shock them by answering as truthfully as possible. It's made for some very interesting conversations.

One thing I've noticed often reading the various discussion groups I read is the in-fighting. The idea of why we insist on subdividing our communit(ies) and furthering the antagonism amongst ourselves always bothers me. I try to fight that undercurrent as much as possible, especially the in-fighting amongst the queer community, and I guess I'm looking for good discussion about how others go about doing that. I generally try to provide statistics (that people don't believe unless they are already "on my side") and as calm and rational discussion as possible (no point in making the whole community look bad by being an asshole) but I'm open to other suggestions.

So what brought you to your personal version of your identification as a queer (whatever that identity is) and how do you educate those around you (if you bother) to try and be inclusive of/included within the larger queer community and society as a whole? How do you try to keep from being one of the many "bringing down" the other subgroups?
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bisexuality in queer theory [10 Mar 2010|10:28am]

lostcrumpet
Hi all,

I am in the middle of a research paper which examines bisexuality discourse(s) within the queer theory paradigm. I've found several journal articles (and a whole issue of Journal of Bisexuality) related to this topic. I've also requested these texts:

"Bisexual Spaces: A Geography of Sexuality and Gender" - Clare Hemmings
"Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology" - Michele Eliason

My background is psychology, not gender studies, so my knowledge of queer theory is extremely limited. Are there any articles, chapters, or texts that you would recommend that focus on bisexuality? How do you interpret the "lack of focus" on bisexuality within most queer theories?
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Writing About Invented Gender-Neutral Pronouns [04 Mar 2010|06:40pm]

amanomakoto
A little while ago, I wrote up a blog piece about invented gender-neutral pronouns, comparing some of the ones that seemed most capable of being adopted in the English language (ze/hir, ze/zir, xe/xem/xyr, ey/em/eir, ve/ver/vis and ne/nem/nir), and converting Alice's pronouns in a passage of Alice in Wonderland to each of these so that readers can compare for themselves how each pronoun flows in the language. I want to say right away that my comparison isn't meant to judge or belittle anyone who personally uses the pronouns I criticized or ones I didn't mention: I completely believe in your right to use these pronouns, and I think people should be able to use whatever pronouns for themselves that they're comfortable with. My goal is just to find which one would be easiest for people to adopt generally on a universal scale. I realize that this is very difficult and unlikely, but I like to think that it's possible - especially since with the rise of the internet and semi-anonymity, even people unconnected to the genderqueer community run into the dilemma of how to pronounize someone whose gender is unknown.

I also compiled a list of comprehensive links on this blog, listing every (non-redundant) resource I could find relating to gender-neutral pronouns, since the only comprehensive link-lists I found haven't been revised since 2004, and I thought some updating might be due.

I hope this is helpful as a resource, but more importantly, I'd love to hear feedback from the community. Although I researched the topic beforehand, I've written this on my own so far and it'd be great to hear new perspectives from others with experience on this topic. Everyone has personal preferences when it comes to pronouns, but has anyone done any experiments comparing the different pronouns and seeing which ones are easiest to get used to? I've tried rewriting passages with various pronouns and then seeing how easy it is to read on paper/say aloud, but I haven't done any serious experimenting, and I'd love to see if anyone else has.

The blog in question can be found here: http://genderneutralpronoun.wordpress.com/

(Crossposted to _hmm, androgynes, bigender, genderqueer, postqueer)
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[22 Feb 2010|12:31am]

meetingplace
Hey all. I am going to be doing independent studies at my college next quarter on the following topic. This is what I have so far. If any of you have any advice for reading or just advice in general, I would love to hear what you have to say. Thanks!

Globalized Queer: Postmodern Identities in France and Spain

In this Study Abroad contract I will be exploring the subject of queer identity in postmodern Western Europe, particularly in France and Spain. My studies will revolve around the state of what queer identity looks like in a globalized world, and I will be paying particular attention to these topics: How has globalization and post-industrial capitalism affected queer identities? What are the interactions between nationality, culture, and sexuality? I will also be comparing how queer identities in Western Europe relate to those here in the United States, and what cultural, sociological and capitalistic elements play into these differences and similarities. To get a clearer understanding of this idea, I am going to analyze different cultural signifiers: language, values, and identities, as well as read Denis M. Provencher's Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France and selections from French and Spanish queer activists and theorists such as Jean le Pitoux's Entretiens sur la Question Gay and Marie-Helene Bourcier's Queer Zones: Politiques des identites sexuels et des savoirs, Javier Saez's Theorie Queer et Psychanalyse, Paco Vidarte's Homografias, and Beatriz Preciado's Manifiesto Contra-sexual and Testo Yonqui.

(There's more to it that involves what I am going to physically be doing and where I'm going to be going, I just thought the questions I'm asking and the material I'm reading would be more relevant to the community.)
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Модная fashion_culture [15 Feb 2010|12:30am]

juditah
Модные тенденции 2010 года, мода, винтаж и многое другое.
Где все это можно прочитать, посмотреть? Мода и культура - очень важные вещи.
Fashion and culture - important. Все это можно найти в мода, культура журнале от fashion_culture.
Несомненно интересный журнал с новостными вещами, которые порадуют любого эстета в моде.
Винтаж 30-х годов уже давно радует всех, кто читает этот журнал.
Жаль это сообщество не русское и никто здесь не поймет, что fashion это не просто культура, это целая цивилизация, которая служит для всего жж.
Спасибо за внимание.
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"Femme Means Attack" Call for Submissions [21 Jan 2010|01:41pm]

dashingdeviant
We're looking for submissions from all self-identified femmes who identify with radical politics. If you don't identify as femme, please still pass the word along!

crossposted to anarchafeminist, anarchists, anarchoqueer, butchfemmetrans,camptrans, fiercefemmes, genderqueer, postqueer, queer_punks, trans_feminism, transgender

call for submissions under the cutCollapse )
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NOLOSE Mailing Party in Portland, OR! [20 Jan 2010|12:05am]

mermeydele
Saturday February 6, 2010; 3pm-6pm; Portland, OR.

Want to help support fat queer women and their allies? Please join us for the NOLOSE mailing party!

We will be stuffing, stamping, and labeling envelopes to be sent out to the NOLOSE mailing list for registration of the June 2010 NOLOSE conference in Oakland, CA: http://www.nolose.org/10/

Pizza and beverages will be provided!

This is a really fun event bringing people together for the most excellent cause of spreading the word about NOLOSE!

If you're interested, leave a comment and I'll PM you the address!
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NEED: resources for community justice/accountability [07 Jan 2010|01:39pm]

tupelo_lights
I'm looking for resources/guides/histories/models/etc. for building systems of community justice and community accountability, particularly in young, urban, queer spaces. There is a growing momentum of queer and gender non-conforming folks in my town who want to take action to address some serious issues within our community, including but not limited to the following:

- domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment amongst queer folks and in the BDSM/fetish/kink scene
- substance abuse and mental illness in the queer community
- racism and classism among white and college-educated queer folks
- the policing of "queer credentials" and "trans credentials" and making room for gender variance outside the cis/trans binary

I'd love anything you can throw at me relevant to rad folks stepping up and holding ourselves accountable for and engaged with violence, health and acceptance outside of conventional, mainstream or established legal systems: shadow governments, Queer Town Halls like in Portland, OR, community organizations like CARA in Seattle, the Icarus Project in NYC, Philly Dudes Collective/Philly's Pissed, community healing, public art and vision building projects, etc.

I've read a brilliant zine called The Revolution Starts At Home (linked below.) It covers a lot of important ground with regard to intimate partner violence; anything else along those lines that you can recommend would be much appreciated -- zines, books, websites, community organizations, blogs, historical periods to research, etc.

Thanks much and cheers.

The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities
http://zinelibrary.info/revolution-starts-home-confronting-partner-abuse-activist-communities
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