As most of you know, I am working on a short documentary on the experience’s of Queer and Trans* Youth of Color. If you haven’t already seen the first “teaser” video you can watch it here.
In September, I got the opportunity to go to Atalanta and shoot at Ignite’s Southern Youth of Color Summit. I got some AMAZING interviews, and learned so much about how to correctly shoot a documentary (and have fun doing it).
I have two more opportunities to shoot over the next month, one in NYC and the other in Atlanta at Creating Change. This is where I need your help. I am running low on funds (I haven’t gotten paid in about 2 weekends) and I might not be able to pay for the tickets/hotel room.
The Break Down
- Jan 6th-13th: Roundtrip train ticket to NYC (About $162)
- Jan 22nd-27th: Roundtrip train ticket to ATL + Hotel room for 4 nights. (About $250 for the train ticket and $324 for the hotel room)
- Vello ActionPan Professional Grade Stabilizing Action Grip/Handle ($25)
I have some money set aside, but it is not going to be enough to hold my Atlanta train ticket. This project means alot to me, not just because it is my Senior Thesis, but because this is a project I’ve been dreaming about since I was in High School.
Anything you can give will help. If you are not in a place to give financially reblogging and sharing the videos helps. If you know anyone in NYC, DC, or Atlanta that you think would enjoy being interviewed for this project, feel free to have them email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
*PS: Anyone that donates get a peek at the second teaser video I’ve created!*And a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! <3
There is a new donate link in @NerdScarf description!
Media campaign launched to find missing Ga. lesbian
Henry County resident Lisa Lawson has been reported missing and her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, launched a campaign to help find her at www.findlisalawson.com.
Lawson, who is 40, was last seen Nov. 19 in Clayton County, according to the website. Her description states that she is 5’10” and 175 pounds. She is an African-American woman, last seen wearing a red Atlanta Falcons sweatshirt and black sweatpants. She was driving a green 2001 Chevrolet Suburban (tag PAN 6028) after taking her daughter to work.
Alexander told GA Voice she and Lawson have been together for about five months. They have known each other for four years, she added.
“I really don’t know. The family and I have tried to ponder,” Alexander said. “There were some text messages sent to me and some family members telling us that she loved us very much and then she disappeared. We don’t know if she ran away. We don’t know if she’s in a ditch somewhere. We just don’t know.”
A report was filed with the Clayton County Police Department, but limitations in the case exist because Lawson is an adult and no suspicious activity is suspected, said Sgt. Kevin Hughes, the department’s public information officer.
Anyone who has seen or had contact with Lawson is urged to contact the website administrators by phone at 678-480-0147 or email email@example.com.
5’10, 175 Pounds
She was last seen wearing a red Atlanta Falcons sweatshirt, black sweat pants, and shoes to match. Her brown, blondish/reddish hair is worn in a variety of styles. Sometimes in an afro style, braided, and twisted.
She drives a Dark Green 2001 Chevy Suburban with Tags from Henry County, PAN6028.
She has a tattoo of an exploding heart on her right upper arm and a colorful Ying/Yang on her right calf. Her cell phone has been dead since 11/21 and is currently untraceable.
Lisa has a large family and many friends in the Atlanta area that are worried sick and want to know she is okay. If you have seen her, anywhere in the country, please reach out to us. We will investigate any lead you can provide.
Please take a look at this video and share it with all of your social media outlets.
Also, please click the Media button to send an email to national and local news outlets asking them to run her story.
Because Lisa is an adult, local law enforcement is not placing her disappearance as a priority. News Outlets won’t run her story unless they get a priority directive from the Clayton County Investigator. We need the support of the community to help find Lisa.
“It can seem like ancient history to the millenial generation, but many remember the all-too-harrowing realities of the AIDS crisis and the subsequent social movement that arose out of the desperation and fear of imminent death faced by young, vibrant individuals with a fierce will to live. This movement has been inscribed in history by the new documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” from first-time filmmaker David France, an award-winning journalist who covered the crisis from a fly on the wall standpoint from the beginning. The film is skillfully crafted from hours of archival footage shot on the front lines — on the streets at protests, at ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) meetings, in the halls of international health conferences, on the lawn of the White House — and from eyewitness accounts of key members of the movement. The result is an emotionally searing, awe-inspiring and ultimately empowering film that should be shown as Social Justice 101. France’s film is the definitive ACT UP New York documentation that audiences in our Occupied world need to see.
The sheer scope of the continuing AIDS crisis is daunting to even consider, and France shapes his film around the story of the key figures of ACT UP New York from 1987 to 1996. This is not to argue that the crisis was contained only in these years, but to showcase the incredible accomplishments achieved during this time. The ideological through line that France highlights throughout the film is the way in which these activists — young professionals, artists, writers, etc.— educated, and thus empowered themselves about this disease that felled so many loved ones around them and left a target on all of their backs. When the FDA didn’t quickly approve drugs for treatment, they set out learning about these drugs, set up networks to provide them and wrote proposals for clinical trials, and when that wasn’t enough, showed up in droves to nail their demands to the door.”
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Love seeing this around my hometown.
[Image: Photo from a pride event of a grinning, dark-skinned woman in a rainbow Africa/Soweto Pride t-shirt and a skirt, expressive with one hand in the air, in front of a rainbow flag.]
Soweto Pride Sept 2011 19 (by Lauren Barkume)
gqid:Genderqueer Links and Books
The following are link and book recommendations, all evaluated myself, as helpful resources for learning and/or places of connection that relate to genderqueer concepts and identities. If there is a resource you would like to suggest, please use the GQID ask box or submit form (select Submit a Link from the drop-down). If you are instead looking for the bibliography for the Genderqueer History and Identities project, click here.
Genderqueer-friendly Tumblrs: Androgynites Unite, Anything But Binary, Ask a Non-Binary, Break the Binary, LGBTQ Advice, Fuck Yeah Androgyny!, Fuck Yeah Bigender!, Fuck Yeah Genderless, Fuck Yeah Gender Studies!, Fuck Yeah, Genderqueers!, Fuck Yeah Non-Binary Seahorse, The Gender Book, Genderforkr,Gender Queeries, Genderqueer, GQ Moments, KNOW Homo, Neutrois, Nonbinary Autistics!, Non Binary Confessions, Non-Binary Folk, no gender rules, Practical Androgyny, Queer Dictionary, STFU Binarists, Trans Parrotfish, Trans* Transgressions, Trans* Tumblr Directory, TRANSPRIDE
Websites and FAQS: Androgyny Rarely Asked Questions, Chroanagram, Genderfork, Genderology, Genderpedia, Genderqueer in the UK, GenderQueer Revolution, Gender Sphere, The Midwest Trans & Queer Wellness Initiative, pipisafoat: FAQ on Genderqueers, Gender Expression, and Gender Variance, Practical Androgyny, Questioning Transphobia, T-Vox
Organizations and Events: Click here for a list.
Articles: Click here for a list.
Fun, Videos, Podcasts, & Performance: Genderqueer Chat, Gendercast: Our Transmasculine Genderqueery, Gender Queeries, Kreative Korporation: Yay genderform! (a comprehensive and fun to play with list of gender, sex, orientation, and more identities), Midwest Genderqueer, regender: A Different Kind of Translator
The Trevor Project: “The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services” to LGBT youth: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) Also available for matters of less urgency, Dear Trevor is “an online non-time sensitive, Question & Answer resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.” A directory of previous questions in the category of Transgender/Genderqueer is available as well.
Note: Try Worldcat.org to see if the book you’re seeking is available at a library near you!
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us - Kate Bornstein
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation - Kate Bornstein
Books and essays by Ivan Coyote
GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary - Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell
Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality - Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
Queer Theory, Gender Theory - Riki Anne Wilchins
Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender - Riki Anne Wilchins
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (in-progress) - Laura Erickson-Schroth
That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men - Lori B. Girshick and Jamison Green
Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity - Reid Vanderburgh
I’m amazed and proud that the Genderqueer Identities resource list has been reblogged 800+ times! Now updated with links newly added since this was originally posted. Let’s keep passing it on.
I haven’t read through all of these yet, but boy do I love a resource list!