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call for submissions: tumblr community art project

Want to be part of a collaborative community art project about gender, sexuality and identity?  Check out the new Transpoststatement tumblr by cartoonist Sam Orchard and his partner Joe.  There’s no super strict submission policies; they’re just looking for art and input from members of the queer community.  Read Sam’s blog post about Transpoststatement to learn more.

notable queers: an interview with sam orchard

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Sam Orchard is a cartoonist and activist from New Zealand who runs the comic blog “Roostertails.”  He has had work published in in blogs and books such as the webcomic Riot Nrrd, DUD: Vol 1 from the Dunedin Comic Collective, and the latest anthology by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.  “Roostertails” covers issues ranging from the challenges of defining one’s gender to dealing with homophobia and personal fears, and it is totally worth checking out.  It’s also really neat to see how Sam’s art has evolved over the past year, from fairly simple cartoon drawings to rather complex pieces.

I can’t remember at all how I got first got linked to the “Roostertails” comic, but I’ve reading it since shortly after its inception last year.  I am, to be honest, not usually an avid comic reader and typically prefer photo or editorial blogs.  This is not because I don’t appreciate comics as an art form, but simply because most web comics …

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the “fad” of being trans

This is a first – typically we write for genderpanic, then cross post to our tumblr.  However, I wrote a response to submission at Queersecrets that I wanted to share.  It is a letter in response to this secret:

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My letter:

“I’ve never understood the perception that being trans could be a ‘fad’.  Wearing skinny jeans is a fad. Gourmet cupcake shops are a fad.  Reasserting one’s personal and social identity as that of a different gender is not a fad – it is a life altering choice.

Being trans has a lot of costs, both literally and figuratively.  Embarking on a gender change involves (for many) permanently altering not only one’s body but also the way one will be perceived in society for the rest of your life.  Many trans people also end up spending quite a bit of personal money, time and other resources in order to achieve a physique and social status that match their choice of gender.

Even if a person’s way of asserting their trans identity doesn’t involved the literal …

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this week in gender bending: queer art coming your way!

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Some of my favorite gender benders and queer activists have been quite prolific lately, and I just wanted to share news about some exciting ongoing tours, recently published books, and more.

Kate Bornstein – Kate and S. Bear Bergman collaborated this past year to create the anthology Gender Outlaws:  The Next Generation, which contains stories, comics and art by young trans and genderqueer contributors.  Kate’s original book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us opened up a lot of needed dialogue about the complexities and diversity of gender, and this new collection takes a look at how perceptions of gender have changed in the fifteen years since it was published.

S. Bear Bergman – Bear is on tour this fall/winter with the most excellent Ivan Coyote.  Their Dangerous Mammals: Please Don’t Feed or Tease the Animals tour is mainly focused on the East Coast (alas no Seattle stops planned), but promises to deliver an amazing night of clever dialogue and masterful storytelling.  This tour in part celebrates …

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call for submissions: trans-genre zine

Trans-Genre, an “entertainment-based, trans-exclusive resource,” is seeking submissions for an upcoming zine entitled “Change is Beautiful.”  The deadline is December 1st, and they are accepting both artwork and written pieces.  Just wanted to pass on this opportunity to you all.  Check out Trans-Genre’s official call for submissions for more details.

(We heard about this opportunity by following’s twitter btw.  Check out their site!)