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Saturday, September 20th, 2008
3:34 pm
[sailingcub]
Tristan Taormino coming to Boston
Please pass the word

October 11, 4:00 pm
Boston, MA
OPENING UP READING & DISCUSSION
Bestselling author, Village Voice columnist Tristan Taormino will read from her new book, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships and share what she learned from all the people she interviewed in open relationships around the country. Plus, she'll take questions and facilitate a discussion on the benefits and challenges of venturing beyond monogamy. This event is sponsored by Astroglide.
Location: Symposium Books, 526 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
Admission: Free
Info: (617) 585-6559
Email: Colten (at) puckerup.com
URL: www.symposiumbooks.com

October 13, 8:00 pm
Boston, MA
Making Open Relationships work
Do open relationships really work? How do people create nontraditional partnerships that are loving and lasting? Tristan Taormino, relationship expert and author of Opening Up, shares some of the key principles that can help your open relationship(s) succeed. She'll discuss common issues and problems—from "new relationship energy" and time management to jealousy and agreement violations—and ways to address and resolve them. Tristan will offer tips on communication, negotiation, and boundary setting, as well as how to cope with change. Learn how to get to the root of jealous feelings and transform them by embracing the concept of compersion. Whether you're a newcomer or veteran to the world beyond monogamy, come discover strategies to help you nurture and grow your open relationship(s).
Location: Good Vibrations, 308-A Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Admission: $20 if pre-registered, $25 for drop-ins
Info: 617-264-4400
Email: colten (at) puckerup.com


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Monday, August 11th, 2008
5:24 pm
[amor_demi_alma]
New GLBTQQIA Community
FEEL FREE TO DELETE IF INAPPROPRIATE.
Hi All!
I just created a community at
glbtq_disabled
. It's for members of the GLBTQQIA community to make friends and discuss being gay AND disabled in any way, be it physical, mental, learning, etc. Anyone, gay or straight or anything in between, is welcome to check it out and join. Be sure to tell your friends!
Thanks,
Caitlin
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
1:17 pm
[beyondbliss]
Call for Sumissions: Getting Bi
Publication: Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World
Type of sumission: Essays of 200-1000 words
Topic: bisexuality
Deadline: June 30, 2008

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Monday, October 22nd, 2007
9:09 pm
[gendertrash]
"Kicked Out" call for submissions
“Kicked Out” Call for Submissions:
Edited by: Sassafras Lowrey*
Publisher: Homofactus Press
Deadline: March 1, 2008

Kicked Out is a new anthology, which uniquely seeks to tell the tales of former queer youth and current queer youth who were forced to leave home because of their sexuality and/or gender identity. This anthology will tell our collective stories of survival, weaving together descriptions of abuse, and homelessness with poignant accounts of the ways in which queer community centers offered sanctuary, and the power and importance of creating our own chosen families in the face of losing everything we have ever known. Kicked Out offers advice and wisdom to the queer youth of today from those who have been in their shoes. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for readers to get a glimpse into the world of those queer youth who as a result of circumstance have to leave home, while simultaneously shattering the stereotypes of who queer youth are, and what they have the potential to become.

Kicked Out is a collection of stories of those of us who have survived the experiences of having to leave home as minors as a result of our gender and/or sexual identities; and it tells the tales of our queer survival. These are the stories of overcoming obstacles, not simply surviving but thriving in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. Kicked Out will explore the diversity of our experiences across lines race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and geographic region celebrating our differences, and showcases the ways in which they have contributed to our unique experiences.

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Friday, May 25th, 2007
9:54 am
[beyondbliss]
Call for submissions: Concrete (journal)

con•crete
1: naming a real thing or class of things
2: formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass
3 a: characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events b: specific, particular c: real, tangible


Announcing the first open call for submissions to Concrete, a literary print journal through Sideshow Press, a publishing house for the rest of us.

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Note: Yikes! I meant to post this ages ago. Deadline for the first issue is May 30th.
Friday, April 13th, 2007
10:25 am
[beyondbliss]
Monday, December 11th, 2006
9:14 am
[beyondbliss]
Call for Submission
Call for submissions to "The Mamas and the Papas and Then Some"

An Anthology by and for Genderqueer, Transsexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Partners

Maybe you're a transsexual father, a Transgender mother, a genderqueer papa, or maybe you're something more, something else, or some combination of any of the above, but odds are you haven't had the privilege of getting sick of hearing stories about families like yours.

I'm seeking essays for "The Mamas and the Papas and Then Some," an anthology that will bring together the writing of TS/TG/GQ families on as many aspects of our lives as can be crammed into one volume.

Please pass this call for submissions around and post it anywhere you deem appropriate!

Editor: Katie Kaput has had essays published in several anthologies, including Mamaphonic (Soft Skull Press) and It's a Boy! (Seal Press), as well as several magazines.

Deadline: July 26, 2007

Length: 2,000-8,000 words

Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page.

Submitting: Send essay electronically as a Document or Rich Text Format file to themamasandthepapasandthensome@gmail.com.
Sunday, September 24th, 2006
7:04 pm
[womble_bat]
Queer Shorts - On Sale Now!
Here's the most recent book update:

Publishing took more time than expected, but the books are finished and for sale now. They're available here. And, thru September, you can snag it for 35% off the cover price when you enter the voucher code HUSH before checkout!







Love. Loss. Memory. Choice. Friendship. Identity. Gender. Sexuality.

In a new collection of literary shorts, eleven new and experienced writers serve up queer in eleven different ways. Their accounts explore the queer world nearly four decades after Stonewall through unique, deeply personal perspectives.

The writers' diverse viewpoints take readers on a journey that spans four generations. Their stories explore, among other themes, the way that attraction can change identity and that new love can uncover the memory of a love lost. The pieces cover moments in time across the range of human experience, including the need to separate, wanderlust, and an extramarital affair.

Intense, often meditative, and embroiled in the power of recollection, this anthology explores many slices of queer culture through themes that will universally resonate with readers.

Queer Shorts features work from: Gayle Lloyd, Jeff Mann, William Reichard, Nairne Holtz, Ethereal, Alan Witchey, S.G. Reichen, Monica Dulberg, F.I. Goldhaber, Jen Burke and Sally Bellerose.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
9:50 am
[sacchig]
I've been asked to spread this around, so here goes. Feel free to repost as appropriate.

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Monday, September 11th, 2006
11:43 am
[beyondbliss]
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
11:43 am
[beyondbliss]
Purple Lightning (poem)
Just something I would like feedback on. This is pretty new, but I feel like I'm past feeling like it's too new to take apart.

Comments and suggestions appreciated.

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Friday, July 7th, 2006
3:17 pm
[beyondbliss]
Prompt: The Swimsuit Issue
I recently heard an older woman talking to a group of women about the familiar topic of swimsuit angst. Her point was that the belief that one has to be in perfect shape to put on a swimsuit is flawed, and that body image issues are common across a spectrum of sizes and ages. She wanted to get across the message that everyone would do better to get out there and be active, plunge into the pool or the ocean, enjoy summer and enjoy life, rather than thinking so much about how we look. I agreed with that sentiment very strongly. Yet...

For people who feel deeply uncomfortable with the skin they're in, that's not such an easy proposition. Whether body consciousness stems from body dysphoria or from the plethora of unrealistic images propogated by the media, our feelings about our bodies are real and deeply entrenched. In the summer, when the heat compells us to strip off the concealing layers and get as close as we can to bare skin, all our body issues can bubble up to the surface and demand we listen.

Write on one or more of these mini-topics:

• The first time you remember buying/trying on a swimsuit

• A memory of a summer day spent outside (where were you, what were you wearing, what were you doing, what do you remember feeling about your body)

• Go with whatever this phrase brings to mind: "Slick with sweat"

• Bodies at the beach

Please post responses in the comments. You do not have to be a member of this community to post comments.
3:00 pm
[beyondbliss]
Topic: Summertime and the living is easy...
Most of us are far from the time of life when summer meant long stretches of time outside the routine of school. Even for those of us whose lives are affected by the academic calendar, summer is no longer (if it ever was) one long blissful day in a hammock in the back yard spent with an icy glass and a book. Yet we often carry the illusion that summer means taking a break, getting back to doing what we love, what fulfills us.

Do you find that you write or read more in the summer? Or at a different time of year? Why do you think that is?

(I'm especially interested in hearing answers that push past the "I don't have 5 classes I'm taking now, that's why..." pat responses to the "What messages are you telling yourself about the fact that you don't have 5 classes..." deeper truths.)

Please post responses in the comments. You do not have to be a member of this community to post comments.
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
12:24 pm
[beyondbliss]
Prompt: The first time you saw a TG/GQ image
I remember very vividly the first time I saw an image of an FTM. It was a tremendous turning point in my life. The image itself is burned into my memory. I remember being both drawn to and repulsed by it, because as I looked at the image I could see myself and yet feared to see myself in that person's embodiment.

There may be a day in the future when genderqueer and trans youth can't remember the first time they saw a genderqueer or trans person's image because they have always been around them. For most of us, though, that's definitely not the case. We come into contact with genderqueer and trans images as adults, or near-adults. We may experience those images as looking into a mirror with relief for the first time, as looking through a door we don't *want* to pass through, or as a sudden attraction.

Write about the first image of a TG/GQ person* you ever encountered.

• What was the image?
• Where did you find it?
• Who was in it?
• What was your immediate reaction to it?
• What is your reaction to the image now, when you see it, or when you remember it?

*For the purpose of this prompt, "image" can mean the first sighting --or encounter with--a live TG/GQ person. You may also want to write about the first image you saw of a person with a particular identity, such as FTM vs. MTF or genderqueer vs. transitioned.
10:39 am
[beyondbliss]
Topic: Writing to Deadlines
I've heard a lot of people struggle with the idea of writing to deadlines. For some people, it really works. For some people it doesn't. Some people feel like it inhibits true "wild mind" creativity, while others feel like it gives them a space in which to find that creativity.

What's your experience of writing to deadlines, whether self-imposed or due to a submission deadline?

(Discuss in the comments)
10:35 am
[beyondbliss]
Summer is a time of renewal...
For some of us anyway. I think a lot of us have that "summer vacation" mentality deeply entrenched in our brains. It seems like a lot of people are reinspired to write during the summer because of that illusion of being "on vacation" (even when we're not).

I've also been really enjoying following the LJ community embodiment which focuses on paper journaling, and has weekly prompts.

So I got to thinking. It would be great to do some of that here.

Here's my idea:

I'm going to try to post a topic of discussion *and* a prompt every week this summer.

If anyone has any suggestions, send them to me via my LJ or email.

I'd love to see what everyone is writing, whether related to the prompts or not. I'd also love to just hear if everyone is writing.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
11:35 am
[rexlezard]
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
11:29 pm
[sacchig]
Call for Submissions
Call for Submissions: Suspect Thoughts, "Stormy Weather" Issue

I'm guest-editing the next edition of the Suspect Thoughts online journal (www.suspectthoughts.com), and looking for stories/essays/poetry/what-have-you on the very general theme of "Stormy Weather". This can be broadly interpreted to include turmoil of various kinds, meteorological, emotional, psychological, political, metaphorical, and some I haven't thought of but will recognize when I see them. A noir slant and/or erotic overtones are welcome, as are the crossing and bending of genres and genders. No payment is offered, but you get wide exposure, and many stories from this journal have been chosen for best-of anthologies in the past. I'd appreciate being notified ahead of time if you're seriously working on a submission; I'll only be using about 15 pieces, and can tell you whether I've already got something close to what you propose.

Deadline: November 15

E-mail submissions as .doc or .rtf to sacchi@sff.net.
Monday, September 5th, 2005
4:38 pm
[gendertrash]
the community has been pretty quiet so i thought i would post a piece i hadn't remembered...
Do you remember when homo didn’t mean homogonous?
Do you remember when our community meant something?
When we cared about each other
our lives were a struggle for revolution
not a market for corporate sponsorship
I want us to get our community back
start fighting for what it means to really be queer
to stop spending our time arguing
about tax cuts and marriage certificates,
selling our souls for assimilationist goals
the American dream is a lie
right now there sits a trans women
in a sacaramento county jail
Imprisoned by our government
Because they want to
“Send her back”
Because she isn’t white enough
Won’t make her an American
She came Seeking asylum
It is illegal to be a transsexual
Where she came from
But look at her sitting behind bars
How legal we are here?
Out lives are not protected or validated
I hold my breath every time I see a cop
I am a walking crime
The mismatching of my gender
The way I fuck makes me a target.
My body is criminal
And what is our community doing?
Sponsoring pride parades
Where the theme is everyday people
I don’t even know what the fuck that means
I don’t know any queer people
Who are could be considered
Or lumped into
That runs of the mill everyday sort
Most of the queer people I know
Are still struggling to get by
Working crappy minimum wage jobs
If they are lucky enough to find a job at all
And suffering at the hands of the medical establishment
We are up against a government
Funded and controlled by a church
Whose lies are aimed at destroying our lives
We have Christian soldiers legislating
To have gay people wear “warning labels”
Like cigarettes and alcohol
Will it matter if we can marry?
When we’re labeled as toxic and hazardous?
And what’s wrong with the idea of us recruiting anyway?
At the rate we’re dying we need as much help as we can get
We need to be educating the next generation of revolutionaries
Our deaths have never dipped below epidemic proportions
But you don’t see anyone raising their fists in anger
Except those of us
whose names and bodies already appearing on the hit litsts
The community comes together to wage legal battles of legislation
about how nice it is that they’re all rich and white
and don’t worry as long as you don’t ask they’ll never tell
what goes on in their bedroom
not like those those queers in the street
who aren’t really like them
kids on their own
because their’ parents don’t give a shit
it’s those kids
who stop the pain
with lines
which build ropes
to hang their pain
in the closets
they couldn’t stay in until graduation.
marked as queer
they will never get ahead in this world,
Sunday, March 27th, 2005
9:34 pm
[rexlezard]
with apologies to those who will see this twice.

"I wonder what you look like, under your T-shirt, I wonder what you sound like when you're not wearing words.  And I wonder what we have when we're not pretending..." ~ Ani


I had brief flash of inspiration yesterday.  Well, actually, Friday night, but I put in into actualization yesterday while waiting for the bus.  And it's actually school work.  ::subdued cheering:: Well, it's not "academic" or nothin', but it's related to my independent reading/writing course.


Audio is available:  I don't usually do things this way, but it was kind of an audio sort of thing, and I did speak it more than I wrote it...have I mentioned that my newfangled Gadget (the one I love most dearly, my PDA) has a built-in digital voice recorder?  Well, it does.  I recorded this little piece at the bus stop while waiting for my ride to the mall.  As sleepingbear  says: "I guess that's why the audio kind of sucks, eh?"  In fact, no.  The audio kind of sucks because I recorded a .wav file and then I compressed the shit out of it and turned it into an .mp3, and I recorded it in mono, and I have no idea how to work the digital voice recorder thing, and I was too close to the mic, and I'm far too lazy to rerecord until I like it more.  There, the disclaimer.  Now, the sound.


For those who are not able or willing to fully appreciate the audio, shitty quality, bad 'S' sounds and all, text is also on the menu, though not quite the same:


Why is it that when I’m walking alone outside at night in my leather jacket – the one that means that nobody’s watching me, the one that means that nobody’s seeing me, the one that makes me invisible, the one that means that nobody has to care about me – why is it then that I care about the image I project?  Walking alone at night, I’m wearing my armour, wearing it just right.  Walking alone at night I trip over a crack in the sidewalk.  As I’m catching my balance, and before I can catch myself, I look around quickly, over my shoulders, behind me and to each side.  I’m checking to see if anyone saw me trip, to see if anyone saw me stumble, to see who might have watched me falter, even if I didn’t quite fall.  I want to know if anyone saw me let down my guard for a second.  I’m checking to see if anyone cares at all.


 


Formatting and stuff, TBA, revisions to follow, or not.  ::shrug::

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