lover of beauty, words, ideas, art & flesh, in a persistent state of aporia http://smartassjen.com/

SmartAssJen

lover of beauty, words, ideas, art & flesh, in a persistent state of aporia http://smartassjen.com/

Trans Funding Project

YES.

Because very little money goes to LGBT organizations and even less goes to trans justice work. Even less than that goes to groups run by and for trans people. Even less goes to grassroots, local work. Even less goes to groups that center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. And very little if any of this money is non-restricted funding that activists can use in whatever way they deem best. By creating the Trans Justice Funding Project, we hope to help call attention to all this while moving some money right now. We also hope to help organizations build longer-term relationships with donors (and maybe even some foundations) who want to support this work but might not know about some of the more under-the-radar organizing that is happening.

Our goal is to raise at least $50,000 and then distribute it through a community-led decision-making process to small, grassroots groups doing trans justice work.

transchat: #transchat is back! (with changes)

ourtranschat:

Transchatters! We wanted to let you all know that there is going to be a change in #transchat, back to the less formal original format that we used when Avory started #transchat back in fall of 2011.

Jen, Avory, and other awesome volunteers tried to make things more formal when we switched from…

I’ve taken on too much to continue my involvement with #transchat, but it will continue in the capable hands of its founder, Avory. 

transchat: Transchat: Sunday, Nov 18, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK) Topic: TDOR

ourtranschat:

Transchat will take place on Twitter this Sunday, November 18th, 2-4pm EST (7-9pm UK). Tune in and participate by following the hashtag #transchat.

The topic is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event to commemorate those members of our community lost to violence.

“The Transgender Day…

Personally, I have serious issues with TDOR, largely informed by conversations with trans women of color and my own desire to strategically effect change. As I write this, there is a controversy in Chicago over a TDOR event, with one well known activist having stepped down from her position in protest over how the event was being handled.  It’s honestly unclear to me how either the event itself, or the resignation, would have any impact on those most in need (genuinely unclear).

Commemorating the fallen is important, but it must be done in a context of an ongoing conversation about the causes of systemic inequity and violence and dedication to working for and with those most at risk.

I look forward to this discussion.

transchat: Resources for Transchat: Sports (Oct 7, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK))

ourtranschat:

Transchat: Sunday, Oct 7, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK) Topic: Sports!

Resources

Sports Illustrated: The Transgender Athlete

Playing fields have long been segregated on the basis of sex. But what happens to the athletes whose physiology doesn’t match their gender identity? Against whom do they…

transchat: Transchat: Sunday, Oct 7, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK) Topic: Sports!

ourtranschat:

Transchat will take place this Sunday, October 7th, 2-4pm EST (7-9pm UK).

The topic is Sports!

I was at first confounded, but then thoroughly delighted by how enthusiastic people have been to discuss this. Several well known transgender athletes have indicated interest in participating.

Kayley…

transchat: Transchat: Sunday, Sep 2, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK) Topic: Trans & Non-Neurotypical Intersections

inchoaterica:

ourtranschat:

Transchat returns this Sunday, Sep 2, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK)

Our slated topic is trans & non-neurotypical intersections.

We are looking for 2-3 guest moderators to gather resources beforehand and lead the discussion. We’d very much like at least 1-2 of the moderators to identify as non-NT.

IF…

i seem to have volunteered to be one of the mods…i’m mentally disabled and neurotypical, as the intended focus is the intersection of mental disability and transness, not just NT/non-NT since there are a lot of us who don’t have autism spectrum neurodiversity (f that “disorder” crap) who are mentally disabled.

but we need more mod volunteers to help put together an awesome resource list and stuff, so…hi, please reblog and share and contact Jen or Avory (NOT ME!) if you can help out.

shameless plug, which you can delete if you reblog: if you don’t follow me on twitter, i’m ericainchoate on there (backwards to the usual, i know) so feel free to say hi. 

Thank you Erica!!!

(via ericainchoate-deactivated201307)

transchat: Transchat: Sunday, Sep 2, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK) Topic: Trans & Non-Neurotypical Intersections

ourtranschat:

Transchat returns this Sunday, Sep 2, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK)

Our slated topic is trans & non-neurotypical intersections.

We are looking for 2-3 guest moderators to gather resources beforehand and lead the discussion. We’d very much like at least 1-2 of the moderators to identify as non-NT.

IF…

transchat: Transhat: Today: 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK) Topic: Trans Men, Women & Non-Binary Working Together

ourtranschat:

#transchat is today, Sunday May 13, 2-4 pm EST (7-9 pm UK).

The topic is “Trans Men, Women & Non-Binary Working Together”.

The various identities under the trans* umbrella often get segregated, and there are sometimes tensions and misunderstandings between the communities.

How can we better…

transchat: Transchat and People of Color – Part 1

ourtranschat:

[See full post on WeHappyTrans for embedded links.]

Several weeks ago Transchat was dedicated to exploring the experiences and priorities of people of color.

This topic was chosen because at the previous session a few PoC had noted that Transchat was predominantly white. Many of the problems…