October 26th, 2007


Center Women: Ditch the Written Questions! (an email campaign)

When filmmaker Catherine Crouch last summer made several statements that equated gender transition with political apathy, cowardice, and violence, she said she hoped to have a community discussion about these issues.

But Crouch's film "The Gendercator"--which depicted trans people as coercive, violent, conformists aligned with the religious right--mostly played in venues without inclusive dialogue built in to the programs. And when the Los Angeles film fest pulled the film from its regular program in favor of screening it along with a community discussion panel, Crouch complained that being publicly challenged on her ideas made her feel "unsafe."

Now, a "Gendercator" screening scheduled for the SF LGBT Center this Friday, Oct 26 at 6:30 p.m. that was supposed to foster community discussion and build bridges is being heavily monitored to prevent any challenging exchanges from taking place. Audience members who wish to challenge Crouch's ideas or speak to panelists or each other will be required to submit written questions that will be randomly selected. This is a longtime method of avoiding actual dialogue, often employed by presidential candidates and others who wish to be shielded from difficult questions.

It appears that Crouch would not participate in any event that asked her to deal with complex challenging conversations or see the faces attached to the people who feel harmed. Read more...Collapse )
If you want Friday's event to be an organic community dialogue, rather than a pre-scripted presentation, please voice your concerns to event organizers before the event begins.

Email: centerwomenpresent@yahoo.com
spring buzz

CFS: Second Person Queer

Call for submissions:

How We Lived Our Lives – and How You Can Live Yours
edited by Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel

For an anthology of life advice from the GLBT community to the GLBT community, we're looking for short, informed essays – preferably between 1,000-2,000 words – written in the second person (addressed to a "you").

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