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Trans* Self-Defense Workshop by SQS & CoH March 18th

By , March 1, 2012 8:32 pm

Looks so cool! I’ll be in Cali visiting family (and at a surgeon consult – eek!) but anyone in Chicago should check it out.

On behalf of SQS we are immeasurably pleased and excited to announce a joint event with the Center on Halsted called SEED: Self Education Empowerment and Defense. This wonderful workshop will take place in the John Baran Senior Center, at 5:30pm, on March 18th, 2012.

SEED is an empowering forty-five program designed for individuals of all ability, specifically for those who are trans*, queer, and/or female-identified. These communities are often the targets of physical and emotional harassment and violence. We will teach participants the skills to avoid these situations and stay safe and in control. A member from the Center’s Anti-Violence Project will speak about developing less violent and more affirming environments and relationships.

Our instructors are trans* identified individuals of color and this program will be offered in English and Spanish. Participants are encouraged to attend in comfortable clothes and be ready to transform! We are grateful for the opportunity to educate, empower, and advocate for these communities, which are too often underserved and underrepresented.

This workshop is free and open to all who wish to attend—allies included.

SQS is a fierce grassroots collective of trans* individuals and their allies from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. We are here to serve as a force of strength and empowerment to all—and to connect individuals to community resources. Meeting in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, we are dedicated to advocacy and celebrating the simple fact that we are who we are.

For more information, please contact Van Binfa at [email protected] Visit our web page at Please RSVP to June LaTrobe at [email protected] to ensure sufficient resources and materials.


By , January 24, 2012 10:42 am

Whaaaat? Rebecca is posting semi-regularly? I shall fall upon my fainting couch!

Oh hush.

These have been sitting in a draft for a while, so some are a bit dated.

Being the Visible Femme – Thoughts from Autostraddle on how to be a out, visible, lesbian femme.

How to be a fan of problematic things – Amazing! A must read for fans of Lord of the Rings, anything Robert Heinlein wrote, 99% of comics out there, Orson Scott Card, or anything else that is both awesome and really problematic. The comments are also well-worth a read.

A 13-year-old hits a slam-dunk on why slut shaming is wrong – If you have a bad taste in your mouth after Taylor and the Girl Scout transgender thing, WATCH THIS VIDEO! She’s my hero.

Stuff cis people say to trans people – Part of the “Stuff ____ people say to ____ people” trend, but still hilarious. “So what’s your real name?”

Finally, I’ll be in Indianapolis tomorrow and Thursday, performing at Butler University. More info is at their website. Hope you can check it out if you’re in the area. Let me know if you’ll be there!


Race identity

By , November 29, 2011 1:52 pm

Not the kind of race I mean

I was recently having a conversation with a number of artistic peers, discussing the impact of our personal and community histories on our art and artistic process. I don’t remember who the question was raised by, but the group consisted of a mix of racial/ethnic/gender/sexual identities, making for good conversation.

In general we all agreed that our various personal and community histories – of religion, race, ethnicity, language, geography, class, sexuality, gender, and so on and on and on and on – played a factor in how we approached creating art. While it was a great conversation, and fodder for more discussion, I’m less interested in that than in something which happened after.

During the conversation, I said, “It’s been interesting going from presenting as part of a strong, privileged group – white, heterosexual, male – to an oppressed group: queer, trans, female.  I try to both be conscious of and artistically honor that oppression while being aware of the privilege I still do posses.”

Then, while giving someone a ride home – who identifies as black, female, lesbian – she turned to me and said, “Your comment really surprised me, since I don’t think of you as white.”


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Firing update, Chicagoland gender reassignment surgery

By , September 28, 2011 1:41 pm

First, an update on my firing from last October. I had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency who makes sure employers are being all equal and such. I just got a letter from them saying that, because Neal Math and Science Academy hadn’t responded to the EEOC’s inquiry, the EEOC would be investigating the complaint themselves.

I talked to my lawyer, who said this isn’t great news – that would be if Neal decided to cooperate with the EEOC from the beginning. But it does mean that the EEOC hasn’t forgotten about my complaint, and hasn’t (yet) said it’s not under their jurrisdiction.

In other news, my dad sent me a Chicago Tribune article about Dr Schechter, a plastic surgeon in the Chicago suburbs who does gender reassignment surgery. This is very interesting to me, since the only folks I’d found doing surgery were decidedly not in the Chicago area. At the same time, the fact that I haven’t heard of this guy makes me hesitant – all the doctors I’ve been researching are well-established, with reviews online over at this site. The article also says Schecther works with the Drs Etner, who I’m not fans of.

Has anyone heard anything about him? Positive or negative?

Check this out

By , September 24, 2011 11:53 am

Promoting for a friend, who just released an album. Check it out: and

Some catching up to do

By , September 23, 2011 2:28 pm

I’ve been away for a while. I admit it. I was in Kansas City, home, Indianapolis, home for Chicago Fringe, then was hit with a bad cold, and am now finally getting myself back on my feet. In the meantime, this blog has languished, with the longest spats of no updates in…well…its entire existence. I wanted to talk about why that gap exists, and what I’m up to now.

First, the gap in writing. I’ve come to love blogging, something that is honestly surprising to me. It’s cathartic, a great source for performance material, and has allowed me to engage in a worldwide online community. Blogging is also tiring. It requires, much like the performance work I do, a public display of emotion, of experience, of self. And while I was on the road, I was surprised to find it took a little too much out of me. In retrospect, perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise: Flyering, doing interviews, staying with strangers, then doing very personal shows followed by talkbacks, being ‘on’ all the time, it’s tiring. Lots of fun, too, but tiring. And so when I got home at the end of the day, to the house I was staying at or to hang out with the friends I’d made on the road, I was reluctant to crack open my laptop and deal with all that again online. Not that it was bad stuff; as I said, I had an amazing time touring No Gender Left Behind. I’m already looking at touring opportunities for the coming year. But it also took a lot out of me.

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A lesson, and video games

By , July 6, 2011 10:49 pm

Lesson of the day: Sometimes less is less.

Of course, finding that balance between too little and too much is the real trick…

Also, Steam is having a sale and I’m allowing myself one game. Trying to decide between between Left 4 Dead 1+2, Far Cry 1+2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and GTA4…Thoughts?

The Spoon Theory

By , June 22, 2011 2:12 pm

If you haven’t come across it before, you should check out Christine Miserandino’s analogy of what it’s like to live with sickness or disability, The Spoon Theory. In it, she uses something physical – a certain number of spoons – to explain to her friend what it’s like living with a chronic illness, in her case lupus. At the start of every day, she has a certain number of ‘spoons’ (energy) and every action takes away a spoon. If she runs out of spoons before the day ends (which often happens) she’s left exhausted and potentially impacting her long-term health. From the essay:

I asked her [the friend] to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of “spoons”. But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn’t guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons. She laughed and said she wanted more. I said no, and I knew right away that this little game would work, when she looked disappointed, and we hadn’t even started yet. I’ve wanted more “spoons” for years and haven’t found a way yet to get more, why should she? I also told her to always be conscious of how many she had, and not to drop them because she can never forget she has Lupus.

Very well-written and worth reading. Check it out.

Stream of Consciousness

By , May 24, 2011 10:19 pm

From this past weekend,  when I may or may not have been in an altered state of consciousness.

There is incredible time dilation – things that subjectively must have taken mere seconds feeling like they’ve lasted forrrrrrever, even though they objectively been mere seconds (it feels like you’re thinking of a ton of different thoughts but I think it’s really thiking the same thought continuously but forgetting each moment of thinking so the single second of thought feels like one million tiny cuts of seconds) (this sentence felt like it took 3 or 4 minutes to type but it must have only bean thirty seconds cuz my typing speed continued as normal and annie and piet’s discussion was objectively only a few thoughts further)


annie’s terribly creepy frog prince

“becc’s gonna lose it”

why do i get cough-y when i’m high?

the rhymes in this song are really sub-par

too tall frog, not two toe wog

annie and the sorcerers apprentice making out with gomez

xmen, discussion of what to watch when high

boy with the striped pijamas

tinfoil ball

laughing at the holocaust

oh it’s so sad


can focus for bref moments with intense focus (but not enough to write this sentence)

can you get me water? ahhhhhhh

welcome to masterpiece theater

it’s actually a metaphor for the sentate

get out of my bar freak


So much twitching. This is only somewhat enjoyable

unreasonable sollution of the stick seatbelt

i want to be everyone in this movie

professor x is gonna SAVE LOGAN

this doesn’ really make my pains particularly less

you want salty things

i don’t wanna be a ruiner. it’s stilled with instand gratification i’ts eyrthing you could every dream it could be

i wantt some pizzaa…. and i wish i hadn’t had as much

why would his shoes not make it

riff tracks

wait when when did they kidnaprogue? oh right she ran into the woods after being tricked to leave

oh james

i want that chocolate sooo baaaaad

why do they have so many badass cars? where does prof x get his money

i forgot how cheesy some o these special effect are, but the movie is still sooooo gooooood

test of science

it’s like the room zooms in, become less high while juggling, but then zooms way back out when high

it’s like the room zooms in it’s like the room zooms out it’s like the roomzooms in it’s like the room zooms out

what convenient colors to denote evil

shoulda run up to him and punched him in the face

still unwilling to make sacrifices….that’s what makes you weak

i would read that comic. of malcom x using magic to turn someone black, and martin luther king has to stop him


Speaking of ebooks…

By , May 16, 2011 9:35 am

Walter Jon Williams is using pirated versions of his own books to try and get legit copies online for sale:

I embarked upon a Cunning Plan. I discovered that my work had been pirated, and was available for free on BitTorrent sites located in the many outlaw server dens of former Marxist countries. So I downloaded my own work from thence with the intention of saving the work of scanning my books— I figured I’d let the pirates do the work, and steal from them. While this seemed karmically sound, there proved a couple problems.

First, the scans were truly dreadful and full of errors. (Even if you’re desperate for my work, I can’t really recommend them.) A lot of time has been spent copy-editing, both by me and by Kathy— which isn’t really so bad, because this would have to be d0ne anyway.

But second, apparently a few of my books were so obscure that they flew under the radar of even the pirates! You can’t imagine how astounded I was when I discovered this.

Best of luck!

(Originally from Consumerist)

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