Help Yourself and Help Someone Else

I wanted to post a couple important things.

The trans female body and post-surgical female body don’t come with owner’s manuals.  Worse, sometimes we get so wrapped up in explaining that our transition wasn’t motivated by sex that we become sex-negative, and it becomes a barrier to who we are, how we form relationships, and whether we even can enjoy those relationships.  To that end, Mira Bellweather’s Fucking Trans Women (FTW) project is very promising.  It’s a $5 zine, there will probably be more, and she’s accepting submissions.  Thanks to… well, I’m not sure how she’d like to be credited, a good friend for posting the link on her Facebook.

And on a completely opposite note, one of the most vital voices to trans activism, theory, understanding and narrative discussion is Questioning Transphobia.  Emily and Lisa have put a call out for help, saying:

Lisa and I are both struggling to survive.  Both of us are unemployed.  I don’t have money for food this next fortnight–let alone internet or hormone treatments.  Lisa has a staph infection she can’t afford to see a doctor for, and no money for hormones either.

Our community tends not to have a lot of expendable income, and it’s hard to highlight any one plea for help, because often, we all need it.  This isn’t a case of anyone being more worthy than anyone else for help just because they blog, but for those who can help, please consider doing so.

    • dentedbluemercedes
    • November 7th, 2010

    I should add re: the zine that the Issue #0 is primarily about pre- or non-surgical parts, if that makes a difference for any readers. Hopefully, future issues can also get into those post-surgical things that won’t be found in regular womens’ health publications?

    It’s 80 pages and pretty cool, and if paper is a cost concern for those printing it out, you can set Acrobat Reader to print multiples per page (if you have good eyesight, 4 pages per sheet works well). But it might be NSFW (not safe for work).

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