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Transgender & Personal Identity: Call for Participants

Transgender & Personal Identity

A research project sponsored by the
Canada Social Sciences And Humanities Research Council

Prof. M. A. Gilbert, PhD.
Principal Investigator
Department of philosophy
York University
Toronto, Canada

This is the site for the research project Transgender & Personal Identity.

This investigation is concerned with the relationship between the movement from one gender and/or sex to another. What sort of experiences does an individual who begins life birth-designated as a female, but becomes a male have? If a natal male (someone born a boy) becomes a cross-dresser, what psychological, if any, changes occur when he “crosses over”? What can trans folks, those people born into one sex but who sometimes or all the time live in the other, tell us about life on the other side?

These are just a few of the questions this project will address. The project will seek out trans people who have changed gender at some point in their lives after reaching maturity. If you think you are one of those people and are interested in being interviewed, please click on our Interview Me! page. (It has not been activated yet.) If you think you are not the right person for an interview or it is not convenient, you can still fill out our Tell a Story page. There you can share one or more experiences you have had in your current gender.

The web site has number of distinct parts. Here is a brief guide to them

    * Brief Overview describes, in lay terms, the goals and outline of the project. If you are interested in our work, might be a good candidate for an interview, or are just curious, this page will help you.
    * Full Overview is, as the name implies, a thorough presentation of the project, complete with background, motivation, goals, and bibliography.
    * Interview Me! This page is the preamble to the questionnaire, and will help you decide if you can, ought, or want to be interviewed.
    * Questionnaire is the instrument created for this project. It is through the questionnaire that we ultimately decide who will be most useful for our purposes.
    * Tell a Story allows all trans persons and those connected to them to tell a tale about a cross-gender experience they have had. These are anecdotes that show how one can experience life from the other side, thereby gaining insight and understanding. All stories, serious and funny, are invited.
    * Links contains just a few web sites that are relevant to the project.

We need to find interview candidates for this project. The results will shed light on what it means to be trans, and how some people have experienced it. So, if you’re transsexual or a crossdresser, fill out our questionnaire and send it along. If we find you’re right for us and we can connect, then you get to talk about yourself for as long as you like! (OK. more like an hour.)

The questionnaire is short, and you might be right for TPI. If you click here you’ll open or download it. Then just fill it out and email it to us as an attachment at, tpi@yorku.ca.

If that doesn’t work, copy it into an email and send that along. if that doesn’t work, print it out and send it to,

TPI Project c/o Miqqi Alicia Gilbert
South 428 Ross
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M4K 1C9
CANADA

We want it anyway you can give it.

Problems? Questions? Send them to us at tpi@yorku.ca.

(h/t Jack Molay)

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UN officials urge countries to remove criminal sanctions based on sexual orientation

17 September 2010Top United Nations officials today appealed to all countries that criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity to reform such laws and to ensure the protection of basic human rights for all.

“No doubt deeply-rooted cultural sensitivities can be aroused when we talk about sexual orientation. Social attitudes run deep and take time to change. But cultural considerations should not stand in the way of basic human rights,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In a message to a panel discussion in Geneva on ending violence and criminal sanctions based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which was delivered by UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay, Mr. Ban noted that the responsibilities of the UN and the obligations of States are clear.

“No one, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. No one should be prosecuted for their ideas or beliefs. No one should be punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

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Moments

I found this beautiful reflection as I was pouring a bowl of cereal.  It's a great way to start this day. 

Moments from Everynone on Vimeo.

The image that struck me sharpest was the footprint on the sand, washed away.  Isn't that what we all are?  In our vanity and bluster we try to ignore that or pretend that it is not so, but is it not the very essence of life?  Is the temporary impact of what we are and who we are - not in fact, the very engine that makes this life of each of us the special thing that it is?

What strikes you about this film?

(h/t @nnepton)

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Anti-LGBT Hatred from the Pulpit in "Faith of the Abomination"

This looks great! (h/t Calpernia Addams) -arvan

Faith of the Abomination is an independent documentary film created in Austin, TX about the experiences of a lesbian couple who went undercover as a heterosexual couple inside an Evangelical Organization.

Sometimes opportunities in life present themselves in strange ways. Sometimes these opportunities reveal truths unknown, courage unexplored, and betrayals unexpected.

Faith of the Abomination is the story of two Evangelical lesbian women who were promised inclusion in the church, only to be thwarted at every turn. Feeling lonely and frustrated, they decided to change their outside package and joined the Evangelical Organization as man and woman. They were accepted immediately and soon became members of the church's inner circle. However, what they found there strayed far from the teachings of Jesus...

http://www.faithoftheabomination.com

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A Day in Karamah

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    Re-Making While Break-ing Bodies And Meanings

    The past few days have been emotionally as well as physically taxing, as I prepared for a seminar, re-wrote, re-edited and then wrote again my paper. Then deleted it and started all over again. A few years ago I had the nasty habit of never saving any of my writing, so I went along and got me an auto-saving program. Now all I need is a program that will swat my hand away every time I try to delete my writing. So you can understand, dear reader why I didn't want to open or even read any of my TrollMail. Turns out, had I opened it earlier I wouldn't be comatose in front of the computer screen, losing the battle against writer's block. Some days, the universe just provides you fodder, while on other days it spews slander all over you and your virtual space.

    Questions like, "Must you use such harsh language, when you talk of your body or anyone else's body?" or another states "It's not proper for Indian women to talk of the body in such terms. You sound Western when you do write like this. Indian women don't and shouldn't talk of their private organs so blatantly. This isn't our culture". And I edited this one, because I distinctly remember my LadyBrain slammed itself shut after these lines. Forgive me for not reading any of her remaining eight e-mails for my eyes blurred over as soon as she started defining what "Indian women" should do or rather shouldn't do. And just as I start to write this, another e-mail scurries forward bearing the words, "What is the point of breaking up your body to show what you mean? Aren't you mutilating yourself, under the name of using poetic devices? Also, isn't this an extremely Western method of articulating ? Doesn't this stand against everything you supposedly believe in?". As I mentioned before, the Interwebes can smack any semblance of the Writer's Block right out of you, on a day like this.

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    Laura Agustín on Sex Work Facts v. Fiction

    Laura Agustín, author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry is seen here discussing sex work in reality and the impact of misconceptions and misinformation on sex workers.  She discusses migrant sex workers, trafficking and the conflicts caused by both.

    Laura Agustín writes as a lifelong migrant and sometime worker in both nongovernmental and academic projects about sex, travel and work.  You can contact her here.

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    International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women

    Between Past & Future

    8.-17. oktober 2010

    This year's edition of the City of Women Festival will address the topic Between Past & Future.

    The conceptual background relates to the eponymous book by Hannah Arendt who, back in the 1960's, argued that the condition of human existence, robbed of the traditional, transcendental, religious and moral standards employed to bridge the abyss between past and future, lost direction.  Artists and theoreticians with various views, experiences, approaches, backgrounds and cultural milieu will challenge audiences between 8th and 17th October with their reflections and responses to the relationship between past and future that we confront today. 

    The events will be held at most various venues, such as Cankarjev Dom, the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, the Old Power StationElektro Ljubljana, Škuc Gallery, Kinodovr, Glej Theatre, Ljubljana Dance Theatre, Grubar Palace, Tromostovje etc.

    The following artists are participating in City of Women 2010:

    Ditka Haberl, Marcella and The Forget me Nots, Hana Makhmalbaf, Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik, Lauren Newton & Joëlle Léandre, Helena Hunter, Eleanor Bauer, DakhaBrakha, Oreet Ashery, Perry Bard, Stefania Bonatelli, Katharina Hesse & Lara Day, Jessica Lagunas, Vesna Miličević, Nandipha Mntambo, Katarina Mootich, Maflohé Passedouet, Kira O'Reilly, Petra Reimann, Yvonne De Rosa, Judith Witteman, Meta Grgurevič, Miya Masaoka, Antonia Baehr, Nicole Beutler, Tanja Ostojić, Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Ana Hoffner, Isa Rosenberger, Sophie Déraspe, Sonja Heiss, Mia Engberg, Shalimar Preuss, Charlotte Ginsborg, Birgitte Staermose, Manon de Boer, Stereo Total, HK 119, Guerrilla Girls on Tour, Nataša Živković, Katarina Stegnar

    Contact:

    City of Women – Association for the promotion of women in culture
    Kersnikova 4, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Office: Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Telephone: +386 (0)1 438 15 80
    Mobile: +386 (0) 40 816 448
    E-mail: info(at)cityofwomen.org

    Artistic Director:
    Mara Vujić
    mara(at)cityofwomen.org
    Tel: +386 (0)1 438 1580
    Mob: +386 (0) 40 816 447

    Finances, organization:
    Sandra Đorem
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    Tel: +386 (0)1 1 438 15 80
    Mob: +386 (0) 40 816 448

    Public relations:
    pr(at)cityofwomen.org
    Tel: +386 (0)11 438 15 80
    Mob: +386 (0) 40 816 448

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    Call for Evidence: Disability Harassment

    We have extended the deadline for providing evidence to Friday 17 September 2010

    We want to hear from anyone who has been bullied or harassed for disability related reasons, and from organisations that work for/with disabled people, including voluntary and community sector organisations, public authorities (such as local councils, police, housing, social services and education) and public transport operators.

    Secure Survey: You can now give us your evidence using our secure portal - with options to complete an online questionnaire or upload files to the Inquiry

    In this section:

    Individuals who have experienced harassment

    If you have been harassed because of your disability, or someone close to you has been affected, we want to hear about your experience. We want to hear from people who are Deaf or disabled, including those with mental health conditions and long term health conditions, as well as their family, friends or associates. We want to know what happened and what public authorities and public transport operators did – or didn’t do – to help.

    Your experiences – positive or negative – will help the Commission to show what police, social services, schools, bus companies and other agencies can do to put an end to the harassment of disabled people in public places and behind closed doors. If you’re not sure what to tell us, we have a questionnaire to help get you started.

    You can give your evidence anonymously but providing a name and contact details will help us if we need to contact you to find out more about what happened. Your personal information will be treated as confidential.

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    Meeting my Dad as his Daughter (trans woman) - Personal Vlog by ladyVixion

    ladyVixion is one of the most touching, open and honest people I've come across.  In this personal vlog entry, she describes her experience in meeting her father for the first time in person, since she came out as trans to him. 

    With all the crap going on in this world, the beauty of human relatedness and the example of how we can profoundly impact each other - is cause for hope, strength and courage.

    -arvan

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