Monday, February 28, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wheelock College's Winter Policy Talk is "Working Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equality". And my mentor (Grace) and my Executive Director (Gunner) are two of the four panelists. It's next Monday, February 28th.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentines Day!!!
SAVE THE DATE - Transgender Faith Action Week
Good day, ICTE supporters.
We want to thank you for your support, and invite you to be part of our exciting faith campaign this year. And if you’re local, we want to offer you our sympathies and best wishes for this Winter’s weather. It was good to see some of you at Transgender Equal Rights Action Day and its reception (hosted by The Crossing, ICTE, Keshet and Cambridge Welcoming Ministries) last month; we’re sorry that the snow made travel challenging for many.
We have all been saddened and frustrated by the Transgender Equal Rights Bill (formerly An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes) not passing by the end of the last legislative session in July. But your support made a tremendous difference, and did much to help further understanding and social justice for transgender people.
The bill was refiled last month, and has been gathering legislative co-sponsors. We have every hope of passing it into law this legislative session. And your support and action remains a vital part of that work. We are continuing the An Act Of Faith journey we began a few years ago, and we hope that you will continue with us.
ICTE and Keshet, in partnership with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and MassEquality, are organizing a very exciting faith campaign for the bill. The centerpiece is a Transgender Faith Action Week -- Sunday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 10th. Later in the Spring, we’ll be organizing a faith-themed press conference, as well as clergy speakers at the bill’s hearings and Lobby Days at the Statehouse. There will be many opportunities for action – especially calls, emails and letters to legislators, as well as written testimony for hearings.
Please save the date now for Transgender Faith Action Week, and think about how your faith community can participate! There are many ways to participate, and we welcome your ideas. Our primary focus is helping congregations and other faith communities organize “postcard parties”. Green postcards (orange last year) that support the bill are signed by voters and delivered to both of their legislators. We intend to distribute, collect and deliver large amounts of postcards from congregations, clergy, lay leaders and other people of faith – to show the Statehouse just how much the Massachusetts faith community supports transgender equality.
Participating communities will receive a packet of materials and instructions, as well as “tech” support from the faith campaign team. They will also have the option of being listed (for free) in all of the week’s publicity – including newspaper ads in Bay Windows and Rainbow Times.
The ICTE leadership and MassEquality staff will be contacting congregations over the next few weeks. We will also be offering some live and video educational presentations about transgender people and the bill.
Thank you again for your support! We look forward to partnering with you to further transgender equality this year and beyond.
Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Adipositivity Project is photographer Substantia Jones’ wonderful fat-positive art photography.
WARNING – most photos are NSFW (not safe for work).
Usually each photo is of an individual fat woman.
But every February 1st through 14th, there’s a new photo every day, and each is of a couple (where at least one person is fat). “Pucker up, Peeps. It's time for the Adipositivity Project's Valentine series. Every day through Valentine's Day you'll see another Adiposer couple gettin' at least semi for ya. But remember, most of 'em are in pre-, mid-, or post-canoodle, so some photographs may be even more NSFW than usual. (Racier this year than in previous years.) Hope they make you smile as much as they do me. Happy Valentine's Day!”
Today (Tuesday, February 8th, 2011) the couple is my partner Julia and I! We were photographed in New York City last May (2010). We’re so happy and proud to be Adiposers. Thank you, Substantia!
Here we are – NSFW (not safe for work):
Happy early Valentines Day 2011 / 5711!
: - )) Mycroft
More about Adipositivity, from the website:
“Adipose: Of or relating to fat.
Positivity: Characterized by or displaying acceptance or affirmation.
The Adipositivity Project aims to promote size acceptance, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather, through a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that's normally unseen.
The hope is to widen definitions of physical beauty. Literally.
The photographs here are close details of the fat female form, without the inclusion of faces. One reason for this is to coax observers into imagining they're looking at the fat women in their own lives, ideally then accepting them as having aesthetic appeal which, for better or worse, often translates into more complete forms of acceptance.
The women you see in these images are educators, executives, mothers, musicians, professionals, performers, artists, activists, clerks, and writers. They are perhaps even the women you've clucked at on the subway, rolled your eyes at in the market, or joked about with your friends.
This is what they look like with their clothes off.
Some are showing you their bodies proudly. Others timidly. And some quite reluctantly. But they all share a determination in altering commonly accepted notions of a narrow and specific beauty ideal.
Bookmark adipositivity.com and check back often, as new photographs are added regularly (ish). And please help spread the message. The Adipositivity Project: Changing attitudes about the aesthetic validity of big women, one fat fanny at a time.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Substantia Jones’ photography has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the
US East Coast, and has appeared in The New York Times, Time Out New York, and some other
publications she can’t recall at this time, but you probably haven’t heard of them anyway. She is biographied in the 2006 Who’s Who in America (though under the name her momma gave her), and back in the day, she won some photography awards which would sound somewhat Mayberry if listed here, but at the time, they damn near made her cry. Still kinda do.
She lives in Manhattan, where she also sometimes steps out (more like lays around) in front of the camera, and on some of those occasions, the snapping is done by her trusty sidekick, Dr. H, who also fetches her banana popsicles and maintains her muse, a certain pancake colored dog who’s asked that his name not be mentioned on the Internet.
Ms. Jones likes crispy calamari, Squidbillies, and the ika okonomiyaki from Otafuku in the East Village, if only the lines weren’t so long.
Thou shalt not reproduce without permission.
Except for babies. Make all o' them you want.
© The Adipositivity Project 2007-2011”