Posts tagged activism
Posts tagged activism
Our current project Reteaching Gender & Sexuality is a message about queer youth action and resilience. The video was generated to contribute additional queer/trans youth voices to the national conversations about queer/trans youth lives. Reteaching Gender & Sexuality intends to steer the conversation beyond the symptom of bullying, to consider systemic issues and deeper beliefs about gender and sexuality that impact queer youth. We invite you to share the video with your friends, family and networks…
for more about the project, the full length documentary, or to check out their resources, go to putthisonthemap.org!
You rock, kids!
I’m not interested in my community just surviving. I want us to be thriving!
I was asked by a friend to participate in her women’s culture & society class project. The project is rooted from/based on the “A Series of Questions” project by L. Wiengarten. I also needed to provide a response to the question so here it is:
The easy way out of queer oppression would be to do nothing about it—staying burdened and continuing to be the governed body that is treated like a single grain of sand in the Sahara desert. Living, breathing, speaking with an angry heart against the unjust, heterosexist society would be the only way I’d want it even if there are “easier” alternatives. While the world expects us to be muzzled and trained: I’ll keep making it harder on myself, I’ll keep barking.
Stop trans pathologization / Contra la patologización de las identidades trans
(Spanish with English subtitles)
Great speech from Harvey Milk Day rally in Boston - I love how Nancy articulates that transgender rights are not “special rights”. Trans activists are leading the way and we all stand to benefit.
The transgender community and the transgender movement is the bleeding edge of gender reform in our culture. We are the lightning rods who catch hell for other peoples’ gender discomfort.
And that’s why more and more people who do not identify as transgender themselves are taking up our cause, because they recognize that this is about the gender discomfort that average people in our culture suffer every day.
Yes this is about transgender rights, absolutely, but it’s about everybody’s gender rights.
Well said Nancy.
An Interview with transgender Setagaya Assembly member Aya Kamikawa
In this video interview with TokyoWrestling.com, Aya Kamikawa discusses her experience negotiating LGBT rights in Japanese politics. She touches on the relationship between LGBT “tolerance” and economic trends in the country, and highlights her efforts to make changes in such areas as school bullying and mis-education about queer sexualities. Finally, she addresses a divide that continues to permeate Japanese lesbian communities: the divide between those who want to find a way to live their identities privately and affirmatively, and those who see their identity as a political stepping stone. Aya Kamikawa’s response is that, as LGBT people, Japanese queers need to speak out about their rights in order for society to “catch up with us.”
Aya Kamikawa speaks in a way different from many of today’s politicians: she reminds us to thank our representatives from our hearts when they make the right decision. From the above link:
“In 2003, after announcing her candidacy for the Setagaya Ward Assembly, Aya Kamikawa became the first openly transgender person to ever run for public office in Japan. Though new to politics, Kamikawa’s bold, positive approach and personal experience led her to a successful win in the election, where she placed sixth among 72 candidates vying to fill several Assembly seats.”
The advocates and groups who sign this document, and are part of the International Network for Trans’ Identities’ Despathologization, publicly denounce once again the psychiatrization of our identities and the serious consequences of the so called “Gender or Sex Identity Disorder” (GID). In the same way, we want to make visible the violence done to intersex people throughout the current medical procedures.
With “psychiatrization” we name the practice of defining and treating transexuality under a mentally disordered label. We are also speaking about the mistaking of non normative bodies and identities (those out of the cultural dominant order) for pathological bodies and identities.
Psychiatrization gives the medical-psychiatric institutions the control over gender identities. The official practice of these institutions, motivated through state, religious, economical and political interests, reflects and reproduces the male/female binomial on people’s bodies. Making believe this exclusive position is a “true” and natural one.
This binomial [binary], supposes the solely existence of two bodies (male or female), and associates a determined behavior to each one of them (male or female). At the same time it has traditionally taken into consideration heterosexuality as the only possible relationship between them. Today, as we denounce this paradigm, which has justified the current social order with nature and biological arguments, we evidence its social effects so as to put and end to its political pretentions.
South African activists protest the arrest, in Malawi, of a couple that was arrested under charges of “male homosexuality”. One of the partners -assigned male at birth- actually identifies as a woman.
"The group of activists urged the SA government to negotiate the release of the couple and to offer them asylum in South Africa. The group also demanded that the SA government end the continued silence about human rights abuses against sexual minorities on the rest of the continent." (more here)
Beautiful protest. Fight on!
Scores of Kenya homosexuals celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia in style Monday and demanded for more recognition.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBIT) persons wined, sung and danced and for the first time allowed media coverage of their function to fight stigma and victimisation associated with their sexual orientation.
“Ten years ago there was no public place that could have hosted such a function,” Kenya Human Rights Commission director Muthoni Wanyeki, whose lobby organised the event at the National Museums of Kenya, said.
“Although the Committee of Experts did not allow same sex marriage in Kenya. The Proposed Constitution would enable all Kenyans access health and are free from discrimination and violence. The basic rights are for all Kenyans including people from the gay community.”
Ms Wanyeki, however, said despite the government allowing the gay community to meet the battle against harassment of and violence against sexual minorities is still on. (read more)