***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:
- Accessibility & Logistics
- Advertising/ Promotion
- General Volunteer
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!
The Vancouver Trans Forum organizing committee
*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.***
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?
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?
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.)