To support the upcoming tour of two trans women writers, Sybil Lamb and Casey Plett, Topside Press has put together a collection of short stories, speeches, and excerpts from eight trans women writers - Ryka Aoki, Imogen Binnie, Lady Dane Figeuroa Edidi, Jeanne Thornton, merritt kopas, Emma Caterine, Bahar Akyurlu, and Red Durkin.
The short 35 pages span a wide variety of genres - dystopic sci-fi, inspiring TWOC plenary speech, erotic literary fiction, body horror, sweeping epic, and metaphorical vampire fiction. It does exactly what it says on the tin: gives you a sampling, a taster, of what contemporary trans women are writing about today in the United States.
Ryka Aoki’s speech opens the collection up with a discussion about why it matters who it is that writes that things that are important to us. She sets the stage for the rest of the zine by reminding us that the writers’ identities as trans women actually can and do have an impact on the work and, further, on the readers of the work.
The collection is full from start to finish of brilliance but I believe in picking favourites, so here are mine. Stand out stories in the collection, for me, included Jeanne Thornton’s hilarious and oddly moving Vampire Book Tour — perhaps the only interesting thing anyone has done with vampires for the past twenty years — as well as Imogen Binnie’s Riddick/Robocop post-apocalyptic political metafanfiction, merritt kopas’ erotic bathroom angst, and Bahar Akyurlu’s sci-fi religio-political body comedy.
Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads is priced to sell at pay what you can (suggested donation $8), and not to be missed! Not only do you get to read smart and funny writing by the cream of the crop of today’s trans women writers, you also help support a massive 42 day tour for authors Casey Plett and Sybil Lamb. Highly recommended!
Hi! My name is Loren and I’m a 31 year old trans woman. I’ve been on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for two years. It’s done amazing things for my body and my self-confidence. Unfortunately, there are issues that prevent the medications I take from working as effectively as they can. Why I’m…
Just a reminder that my friend Loren is fundraising to get her orchi! Donate if you can! Please signal boost!
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!