June 19, 2013

Sex change change change

Man is woman woman is man

Even your brain is not your brain

Your heart is a plastic thing which can be bought

There are no more diseases which can be caught

Wedding wedding wedding wedding

No a wedding ain’t the thing

Don’t want no preacher

Don’t want no preacher man preachin

Give me your hand and take my hand

This is better than anybody’s preacher man

-Nina Simone 22nd Century

Nina Simone on gender self determination and moving beyond marriage!

December 6, 2012
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Thanks to cis feminists, GID was never a valid case for disability, you see, cis feminists (not just white) colluded with Jesse Helms to make certain GID transness, etc were NEVER treated as medically legitimate by CMS and virtually all federal entitlement programs, eg SSI, Medicaid, etc. Damage: total.

so, while it may carry some small weight in institutional settings (every lil bit matters!) it has none outside of those. as an aside, the SSI “presumptive disability” list nearly doubled in size recently. It is *well* worth review. :-)

…everything you said still matters, since local DHS still can and do vary from CMS rules to ALLOW our access. BUT they all do it by…wait for it…referencing the ICD-9 or ICD-10 for GID related conditions lmao. Slick, yes?

the bad news is, this shitpile gives locals unlimited power to screw things up too, to wit: Wisconsin’s total treatment ban http://www.intheiropinion.com/2011/08/articles/constitutional-law/wisconsins-ban-on-effective-treatment-for-gender-identity-disorder-is-unconstitutional/

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— Thanks to voz's brilliant twitter analysis for adding this really deep insight on the history of collusion between cis feminists with conservative legislators resulting in the Americans with Disabilities Act not covering Gender Identity Disorder.  This isn’t the first time feminists and lawmakers collaborated to exclude trans health coverage but its important to remember or learn how these relationships have undermined health coverage and diminished care (see Health and Human Services’ National Center for Healthcare Technology hiring Janice Raymond to develop policies around trans healthcare).

September 30, 2012
Randy Magazine at New York Art Book Fair

SOME WOMEN HAVE PENISES, DEAL WITH IT

That’s what I’ve taken to calling the interview that Tuesday Smillie & I have in the newest issue of Randy Magazine, which is at being shown at the New York Art Book Fair at MOMA’S PS1 Museum. It includes gorgeous photographs by Julia Gillard (the photographer, not the prime minister).

Today is the last day to go to the fair so if you’re NYC based and looking for something to do today that incorporates gender self determination and art (which are inextricably linked) then I encourage you to check the fair out at PS1!

September 30, 2012

i was finally able to upload this beautifully shot video of SRLP’s teach in at Zucotti Park.  it starts at the 50 second mark with Kazembe Balagun, followed by Carlos Motta (who did translation), Pooja Gehi, myself, Naomi Clark & Jeannine Tang.

this was one of the first moments i felt part of trans & gender non conforming people taking up space at the park with our bodies and our legacies.  right now i’m wondering about how these creative tensions are held within different movement, artistic and personal relationships one year later. 

thanks to Jonah Groeneboer for filming and MPA for recording the audio!  thanks to everyone who came and held signs and translated and human microphoned, and filled wall street with the some of the best light its had since the Dutch came and built the wall.

July 19, 2012
Gender fabulous sunglasses modeling at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project!

Gender fabulous sunglasses modeling at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project!

June 18, 2012
Preparing for my role as “Officer T. FOBIC” for the 8th Annual Trans Day Of Action Legal Observer Training! Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
 Join us at the TRANS DAY OF ACTION PREP PARTY this Thursday 
ALP Manhattan Office - 147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, Manhattan, NY
and the TRANS DAY OF ACTION MARCH this Friday! in Washington Square Park Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Preparing for my role as “Officer T. FOBIC” for the 8th Annual Trans Day Of Action Legal Observer Training! Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

Join us at the TRANS DAY OF ACTION PREP PARTY this Thursday

ALP Manhattan Office - 147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, Manhattan, NY

and the TRANS DAY OF ACTION MARCH this Friday!

in Washington Square Park Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

June 2, 2012

LIberation Is A Collective (Dance) Process with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project!  

At the retreat we created SRLP’s future dance/movement which we’ll use to celebrate future victories! i predict dancing every day!

LIberation Is A Collective (Dance) Process with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project!  


At the retreat we created SRLP’s future dance/movement which we’ll use to celebrate future victories! i predict dancing every day!

April 30, 2012
Tomorrow on May Day i’m going to remember that mass incarceration is forced migration. That i cannot talk about low wage workers without talking about incarcerated people’s labor or the haunting & on going effects of slavery, ableism & colonialism. But mostly i’m just excited to experience a bunch of queer, trans, gender non conforming people take up space in deviant, troublemaking ways.
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When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 3:00pm - 8:00pmWhere:
Where: Meet at Regal Movie Theater, 850 Broadway (at 13th St.) at 3pm.  Look for these banners: The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.  Together as a contingent we will join the Rally at Union Square, New York, New York!


MAY DAY 2012: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!

May Day March and Rally: Tuesday, May 1st meet at 3pm, Rally at 4pm at Union Square, March starts at 5:30-6:00pm

Union Square  Subways: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St. Union Square

Tomorrow on May Day i’m going to remember that mass incarceration is forced migration. That i cannot talk about low wage workers without talking about incarcerated people’s labor or the haunting & on going effects of slavery, ableism & colonialism. But mostly i’m just excited to experience a bunch of queer, trans, gender non conforming people take up space in deviant, troublemaking ways.

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When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Where:

Where: Meet at Regal Movie Theater, 850 Broadway (at 13th St.) at 3pm.  Look for these banners: The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.  Together as a contingent we will join the Rally at Union Square, New York, New York!

MAY DAY 2012: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!


May Day March and Rally: Tuesday, May 1st meet at 3pm, Rally at 4pm at Union Square, March starts at 5:30-6:00pm


Union Square  Subways: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St. Union Square

April 26, 2012
Dear Michael Freemen,
We Cannot Live Without Our Lives! Free CeCe!
ps We Will Fight Back!
sincerely,
The Committee for Self Determination & Self Defense 

Dear Michael Freemen,

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives! Free CeCe!

ps We Will Fight Back!

sincerely,

The Committee for Self Determination & Self Defense 

March 14, 2012

Did the RJ movement forget that some women use Viagra just like some men access abortions?  Because when it comes to Ohio’s Viagra bill the ongoing excitement and celebration casually endorses a genitals = gender analysis as well as more regulations for women accessing healthcare, not less. 

It happens to be that those women are trans women, which its taken a really long time for the RJ movements to acknowledge in the first place.

I would love to witness  a full stop when it comes to equating genitals with gender.  Can we have a more complex understanding of how misogynist regulations like access to birth control regulate a lot of people’s lives of various genders? Can we understand that legislation like the Ohio Viagra bill would actually introduce more restrictions into women’s lives that are already really regulated?  Come on Reproductive Justice Movement, we can do better.

some suggested reading:

Prisons as a Tool for Reproductive Oppression: Cross-Movement Strategies for Gender Justice