1. Buy our books! Or ask your library!
This is so important! Buy our books! If you can’t afford to buy our books, ask your local library to order copies in. That way you’re helping both the writers and your local community. A simple email or five minute conversation with a librarian is all it takes!
2. Review our books!
It can be just as simple as posting reviews on GoodReads or Amazon. But, if you’re up for it, getting reviews on major websites and in magazines, etc, is really helpful! Pitch a review of trans women’s lit today! Here are some places you might want to do that: Lambda Literary, Bitch, Curve, Shameless Mag. It can also help just to post a review to your own Tumblr!
3. Support our readings! Or even help organize them!
Come on out and support a reading by trans women writers! Topside often sends trans women writers on tour, so check in with their site about what’s going on next! They’re currently doing a fundraiser to help support the tour, check it out. If you’d like to organize a reading, but aren’t sure how, here’s an idea: 1) ask some trans lady writers in your community if they’d be into doing a reading; 2) find a place to do it — community centres, theatres, café, and bookstores are great for this kind of thing!; 3) make a Facebook event for it and invite all of your friends; 4) set up chairs and whatever; 5) sit back and enjoy the readings!
4. Reblog, retweet, and share!
Did you just see something online about trans women’s literature, like a review or a new book being released? Why not share it on your social media accounts! Super easy!
5. Interview trans women writers!
Whether it’s for a magazines or a website, why not pitch an interview with a trans woman writer or multiple trans women writers? Interviews are super fun to do! And, to be honest, I’ve even done interviews for people’s personal blogs. Sometimes the pockets of readers your personal Tumblr or blog has are people who we might not be able to otherwise reach, so many of us would be thrilled to be interviewed for those, too!
Are you a trans and/or genderqueer youth in Toronto? 13 - 27 years old?
You should check out Trans Youth Toronto every Wednesday from 5 pm - 9 pm at The 519 Church Street Community Centre! I ran this group for four and a half years, and it was absolutely amazing. It’s the world’s longest-running trans youth group, and was the biggest in Toronto while I ran it. Word on the street is that hardly anyone has gone since I left a little over a month ago and it’s in danger of being shut down.
Help keep this vitally important program for trans and genderqueer youth alive by attending, if you can!
Let’s save TYT!
Dr. Kenneth Zucker is the head of CAMH’s Children’s Gender Identity Clinic. He believes in reparative therapy — the idea that you can “fix” trans and gender non-conforming children by forcing them to act like the gender commonly associated with their assigned sex (ie, make ‘boys’ play with trucks, make ‘girls’ play with dolls, and punish those who refuse).
Through my work with trans communities over the past five years, I’ve come to meet many of Zucker’s patients. Overwhelmingly, they report strongly bad experiences. Many say that Zucker’s meddling set them back by years, and in some cases, decades. Some have reported lasting mental health consequences including depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders following treatment at his hands. Trans youth also report his causing problems and conflicts with their families, making it more difficult for their families to accept and celebrate their transitions.
I do not take it lightly to say that it is my belief that he is abusing children through the use of reparative therapy. Reparative therapy is widely criticized for its damaging use on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning people — there is no reason this ineffective and damaging technique should be used on trans and gender non-conforming youth under any circumstances.
Please signal boost and sign this petition. I don’t know if it will really have an effect on his standing at CAMH, but I do hope that it will at least make more parents aware that this man is not a safe medical services provider for trans and gender non-conforming youth in Canada.
Hey folks! I’m still fundraising to cover my tuition for this year’s Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat and would love any help and support and signal boosting you could give me. I’m only the second trans woman to ever be accepted to the Lambda retreat, and it is going to be super important to my continued practice as an artist and writer. At the retreat, I’ll be working on a noir thriller about intergenerational conflict between trans women.
Help support trans women’s literature! Thanks!
Check out my very major interview with trans women writers Trish Salah and Casey Plett about trans women’s literature!
My friend and curator Alvis Parsley is launching an amazing project called the Chinatown Think-Tank and is raising funds for it. Donate to this awesome queer POC project!
Here’s what Alvis has to say:
Who am I?Hello, my name is Alvis Choi. I also go byAlvis Parsley:)
I am an artist, curator, project manager, researcher, and an aspiring clown.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, I came to Toronto two years ago. I started mingling with the Chinese-speaking community as I worked my underpaid bakery job in Chinatown and searched for my identity. In 2012, I started conceptualizing the connections between of all of the above into art/social projects!
What is Chinatown Community Think Tank?Chinatown Community Think Tank (CCTT) turns the storefront space of Whippersnapper Gallery into a social space for the Chinese-speaking community in the Chinatown of downtown Toronto. The project started with the simple question of “Can Whippersnapper’s programming be accessible for the Chinese-speaking community in Chinatown?”
I speak fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English, which allows me to facilitate dialogues with Chinese-speakers, touching on themes of home, migration, race, family, language barrier, and survival, topics that relate to everyday life in the community. I want to invite community members to envision the role of art in Chinatown. I will host regular community gatherings including: karaoke night, sharing sessions by Chinese doctors, a self-organized Chinese guided tours to the free evenings at the Art Gallery of Ontario which is also located in Chinatown! EXCITING!
RADICAL FEMINISTS ARE WORTH NONE OF YOUR TIME
a litany of prayers to the self and the Trans Ancestors
In the names of the Mothers, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha Pay-It-No-Mind Johnson,
the Daughters, Venus Xtravaganza and Greer Lankton,
and the Holy Ghosts, Mark Aguhar and Candy Darling,
I pray for the strength to not let my attention be diverted,
from the artwork and lifework of those Beautiful Queens.
Let not the terrible machinations of those False Feminists,
C.B., Dirt, et al.,
occupy my mind, body, or soul,
which I dedicate unto the divine work of #girlslikeus.
For late at night, though I may walk through the Valley of the Shadows of their hate-filled blogs,
I shall fear no evil.
For I know that I am among the chosen.
I stand on the shoulders of Ancestors spanning all of time, in every culture,
where we have been and are healers, artists, spirit-workers, and lovers.
And from these Ancestors I will have strength.
And from that strength I will remember
that it does not befit a Queen to Pay It Any Mind,
and I will remember that we are all Great Queens on this Earth.