Signal Boost: Staged reading in Brooklyn

By , January 20, 2015 11:56 am

Hey all! Here’s a signal boost for a staged reading going on in Brooklyn. Disclaimer: I don’t have any connection with this project – or knowledge of its content – so hopefully it’s a good one.

CASTING NOTICE

Seeking one Transgendered Male (mid-late 20s) and one Transgendered Female (early-mid 30s) for a New York City reading of a play which premiered in Shanghai in June 2014 as part of the 6th Annual Pride Week in conjunction with Shanghai LGBT.

The staged reading will take place February 6th at the Brooklyn LGBT community enter. Payment will be donation-based and will be split between the creative team. Continue reading 'Signal Boost: Staged reading in Brooklyn'»

Signal Boost: Waterloo Arts calls for trans artist submissions

By , January 16, 2015 1:26 pm

The Waterloo Arts Center in Cleveland, OH is looking for trans artists to submit work for an upcoming show:

Waterloo Arts invites artists who identify as trans* individuals to submit artwork for inclusion in a group exhibition showcasing work which express compelling narratives regarding gender identity in contemporary society. Depictions of triumphs, struggles and hopes for the future are all welcomed perspectives. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and how well their work contributes to a cohesive group exhibition.  The purpose of the exhibition is to advance social equality through increased awareness and empathy for the trans* community.

More info is at http://waterlooarts.org/transgender-art-exhibit/ or by emailing [email protected]

Review: Selma

By , January 4, 2015 5:28 pm

You should see Selma, the fictionalized telling of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s involvement in the march from Selma to Montgomery in March, 1965, to push for voting rights for black Americans. The movie is definitely entertainment and not an accurate representation of history, although it appears to do pretty well at getting the broad strokes – and many of the minor details – right. Even when it falls short in getting every detail correct, it does a masterful job of capturing the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of the civil rights movement. Simplicity, because the stated goals – full and complete legal and civil equality for black Americans – could be easily encapsulated and fit on a protest sign. Complexity, because the many organizations, leaders, politicians, and individuals involved in the movement had different – and often mutually exclusive – ideas on how to get there. Continue reading 'Review: Selma'»

One Year Post-Op

By , January 2, 2015 4:21 pm

I was back in Philadelphia for my one year followup appointment on Monday, December 15, 2014. I’ve been back to Philly, and to Dr McGinn’s office, a few times since my surgery, but this time felt different. The drive up was uneventful, the appointment was quick and easy (McGinn said everything is healing well), but everything seemed to catch up with me on the drive back. “It’s been one whole year,” I kept thinking.

I drove alone from New Hope to Philadelphia, passing through the town where I’d spent my initial recovery in late 2013. The Potomac River peeked in and out from between bare trees, and the landscape was gray and quiet. I started to cry shortly after getting on the highway, awkwardly trying to suppress  tears so I could focus on the road. I blasted Laura Jane Grace and tried to figure out what the emotions bubbling up through me meant. Continue reading 'One Year Post-Op'»

Finding justice for Leelah Alcorn

By , December 30, 2014 1:59 pm

There’s no right way to talk about suicide. No proper sequence of words that will make sense of the grief and loss. Rather, there exist a million wrong ways to discuss it, an endless stream of inadequate thoughts and feelings to try and piece it all together into a comprehensive narrative.

As is now all over the news, a 17 year old trans girl, Leelah Alcorn, was struck by a tractor-trailer and died early Sunday morning. This death may have gone unreported were it not for the suicide note Leelah left on her Tumblr. That post made the rounds Sunday evening and throughout Monday, and was today picked up by news outlets in the US, MexicoEngland, Italy, and elsewhere around the world. #JusticeForLeelahAlcorn is trending on Twitter, and Leelah’s suicide note on Tumblr has been favorited and shared almost 30,000 times.

It’s easy to see why this particular trans suicide has been reported on so widely: Leelah left behind a perfect, news-ready photo. Her suicide note was public and eloquent, and highlighted how ignorant parenting can mean the difference between life and death for trans youth. And, not to put too fine a point on it, Leelah was white and photogenic. A perfect combination for a media storm.

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Signal Boost: Trans 100 nomination form is up!

By , December 22, 2014 12:38 pm

You should all head over to The Trans 100 nomination form to nominate folks to the 2015 Trans 100 list, celebrating excellence in the trans community. Go! Now!

The Night Before Christmas (a trans poem)

By , December 20, 2014 12:35 pm

This past week I performed at a fundraiser for TransTech, an awesome Chicago-based nonprofit supporting trans folks. Here’s the piece I performed.

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through Chicago
Everyone tried to stay warm, and to avoid the snow
Facebook and Tumblr were updated with care
In hopes that chosen family would stay close and near

Trans folk were decked out in mighty fine threads
While visions of rainbows danced in their heads
This one wore sparkles, that one was quite fab
We knew that no one would be looking drab

But out on the street there arose such a sound
I hit pause on Netflix to see what was around
Away to the window I peered out at night’s glory
Wondering how did this Jew end up in a Christmas story? Continue reading 'The Night Before Christmas (a trans poem)'»

Updates on life on the road

By , December 11, 2014 2:29 pm

It’s been a while since my last update on life as a touring artist, so I figured I’d take some time and share some thoughts. The 2014-15 school year has been going well! Since September I’ve been to Iowa, Boston, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oregon for work. I’ve also been to Portland and Santa Fe for weddings and to Colorado to visit my brother, sister in law, and their new baby. After all this travel, I’ve updated my touring map:

Red are school gigs, yellow are festivals or conferences

Red are school gigs, yellow are festivals or conferences

Most of my work is still in the Midwest and Northeast, but I’m starting to see more in the South and a little bit on the West Coast. Still no Mountain States, but I have a few conversations going that will hopefully turn into gigs in the coming months or next school year.

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Ten reasons ‘Mister Sister’ is awful

By , December 5, 2014 1:50 pm

Get ready to groan. Kate Pierson, a founding member of the B-52s, just released a single titled ‘Mister Sister,’ and she’s hoping that it’ll become “a trans anthem.” Are you worried? You should be.

Here’s the video:

And here are ten reasons why it’s awful:

  1. ‘Mister Sister’ sounds really close to ‘she-male.’ It really sounds like something that would be yelled as an insult out of a car window.
  2. As far as I can tell, there are no trans people involved in the music video. (Please correct me if I’m wrong!)
  3. The lyric “you raid her closet for fish-nets.” Because that’s the height of trans feminine presentation.
  4. Why is Fred Armisen in this music video? Why is he playing dress up? Why is he reinforcing the idea that all trans women are men in dresses with shitty fashion sense?
  5. I’m gonna give Fred an extra hard time because Portlandia does some fun things with gender. Appearing in this music video feels like a big step back for his presence as a potential ally.
  6. Only trans women exist. Trans men aren’t worth singing about.
  7. Lyrical foul: “Nothing hurts when you are a beautiful girl.” Another trans woman was killed, yesterdayBeing trans isn’t just about being pretty.
  8. This may seem kind of petty, but the production quality is just sub-par.
  9. “Debbie Delicious” – the new name of the trans woman – sounds like a drag queen.
  10. Lyrical foul: “Now you’re on everyone’s party wish list.” Because I transitioned so I would get invited to parties!
  11. Bonus eleventh reason! Arbitrary and capricious costume changes and shitty acting!

 

David Bowie’s Throwback Thursday

By , December 4, 2014 2:24 pm

Earlier this week I caught the David Bowie Is exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit was totally worth going to, although at $25 was a little pricey. Still, I’d recommend it. That’s not what this post is about, though.

One of the (many) awesome songs from Bowie’s discography is Rebel Rebel:

Hearing the opening guitar on that song immediately takes me back to the late ’90s and to Boys Don’t Cry.

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