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condo owners waging war on trans women sex pros

Posted on 2008.08.10 at 12:35
it appears that yuppie condo dwellers in downtown toronto are waging war against working women who have long called their neighbourhood home. euphemistic groups call for euphemistic meetings: as per their craigslist ad below, weekly 'meetings' - ostensibly a euphemism for transphobic vigilante mob - will be wandering through the streets loaded with flashlights and their unchecked cis, class, (and likely racial) privilege.

there have been no incidents, no safety concerns, nothing that could ever justify this as anything but a moralistic crusade against sex workers, particularly trans women sex workers. the only people who have been killed in the neighbourhood as a direct result of 'prostitution' (sic) have been sex workers themselves, most notably the triple murder of three sex workers (two trans and one cis) on homewood avenue in 1997.

these (presumably cis) condo dwellers, armed with their granite counter and bank-supported real estate are taking on a harshly marginilized group of people and only further entrenching the social exclusion they experience. through their actions, these cis men and women are clearly putting it out there that trans women are certainly less deserving of a safe and stable place to live and work.

here's the aforementioned ad....
The Homewood-Maitland Safety Association is meeting on the corner of Maitland Place and Homewood Avenue - near Wellesley and Jarvis intersections - every Fridays and Saturdays at 11 PM to fight prostitution and crime in our neighbourhood. We are asking every concerned and/or victims of crimes and prostitution to join us for a meeting and an evening of community action to fight this plague that is Prostitution in this neighbourhood. JOIN US !!! Come Friday evening at 11 PM - Bring a Flashlight! Thank you for helping your community! HomewoodMaitlandSafety@gmail.com

this friday there will be a significant number of activists and allies making certain we join this meeting. please consider coming as well.

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trans health conference 2008

Posted on 2008.06.02 at 00:09
i just returned to toronto from the 2008 trans health conference in philly. after 2 nights of parties, 3 days of conferences, 1 presentation on providers day, and one workshop on the community days, after countless brilliant conversations, after meeting many amazing people, after being and after 6 hours of sleep in two days i can do nothing but a list of things that i feel now that i didn't feel 4 days ago...

i feel much less alone
i feel stronger and more confident in this world
i feel so excited to have met some amazing people
i know that i need to travel a lot more as it makes me feel so alive
i know that i need to leave toronto, for good; it's toxic for me
i know how destructive routines are for me
i know i am much more independent than i really realized
i know that i have the potential to be a really good educator

i know there's so much more. i am left exhausted and processing though it's mostly going in circles right now.

as a final note... one particularly moving highlight was eli clare's keynote resisting shame which is available for download off of his website. i highly recommend reading it though hearing eli speak, being able to articulate how certainly he moves everyone in the room, is something that can't be described adequately.

xox

~becca

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she's a boy i knew

Posted on 2008.05.25 at 12:29
she's a boy i knew is an autiobiographical documentary by B.C. filmmaker gwen haworth, who interviews her family, partner, and friends about their perspective on her transition. her incisive yet inviting narration pilots the film, engaging in both conversations with those in her life but also everyone watching the film. she offers up a measured and meditative first-hand reflection on the profound cocaphony of emotions and fears that accompany transition and bravely splices a wealth of pre (and early) transition archival footage into her film. animated sequences are used effectively to disarm the audience and bring them into haworth's world which she has invited us to witness.

while haworth is a film prof at a community college and not a newcomer to making docs she is first and foremost an activist. by eliciting empathy and not sypathy, by bringing the humanity and the realness into an experience and an identity that is so fundamentally alien or unintelligible to most, this film is not just captivating and watchable, but is accessible and relevant and meaningful to everyone - cis or trans. particularly because haworth recognizes the need for realistic and humanizing portrayals of trans women (and especially trans dykes such as her and i), what is *most* remarkable about she's a boy i knew is that it holds together in a sweet, coherent, satisfying and accessible way. gwen was able to distill years of footage, insert a very clear agenda, toss in the personal motivation to tell such a story - all of these could have easily caused the film to drag on or dissolve into self-referential incoherence.

yet, one leaves the theatre feeling that this was all so simple to make. and such a story - one that's never been told before - is not a simple story to tell. not when it's your life, not when it's your agenda, not when you're writing and creating - in a cultural sense - your own existential niche.


for me, seeing this film was a life-changing experience. i many respects i feel more real now that something that speaks to my experience so closely has been created - it's there, it's permanant, it... exists.

after its screening this weekend at inside/out in toronto, she's a boy i knew (with director haworth in tow) will be screening at the other 2 large north american queer & trans film fests:

Wednesday, June 11, 5:30 PM, New York (newfest)

AND

Tuesday, June 24, 9:30 PM, San Francisco (frameline)

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it's going to be funded.

Posted on 2008.05.15 at 12:46
watch the news.

now. next comes all the mucky next steps as people are starting to talk about in my previous post....

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the ontario government may relist srs

Posted on 2008.05.15 at 00:20
the ontario health minister spoke today and dropped hints at the ctv, a pretty major new broadcaster (like... the biggest).

now, what's extra promising is there is a special news conference tomorrow - the international day against homophobia - and many key people have been invited.

of course, what the honourable minister *didn't* say is key. these are inferences and hints at best. no concrete promises, no plan or even aspirations.

that said.... wow. just wow.


another year, yet another flurry of gayness. it's always amusing how the films are typically so clearly divided between boys and girls, each bucket having its own bog of cliche's and formulas that one can see night in night out. this year, there's a helluva lot more lady content, especially with the shorts, where there are count them 6! short screenings devoted just to dyke stuff in all its flat-ironed complexity.

overall though, the actual roster of films looks quite decent this year, no joke. there are several films that I've eagerly anticipated and other surprises that look enticing. now, and i've filtered by bias when making these picks, but it just may be that the *3 best* films at this year's inside/out have trans or intersex subjects (ironic for a 'lesbian and gay' film festival) but in keeping with the other trans films that have brought audiences to their feet in the last two years: namely 20 centimetres and red without blue.

there's also some interesting stuff happening on the sidelines, and, of course, the hottest stuff happens after the credits roll, when you cruise the crowd outside the cinema - really, that's what we're all here for, right? and, if you're like me and you need a good 3 hours to strike up a conversation well, you can always volunteer. the volunteer info session is on tuesday night at x-space at 58 ossington.

so, i present you with 7 things to see (and do) at this year's inside/out...Collapse )

cry baby
Posted on 2008.05.04 at 19:37
maybe i'm entering my after having a bunch of bad panic attacks during the week i decided to seriously take it easy this weekend. rented the entire series (but so utterly tragic - as angela chase would say - it was cancelled after the first season) of my-so called life and holed myself up in my house with tammy. refrained from going out, which is really difficult to do for me. but i feel better for it.

my room is coming together. i have my bike hanging over my bead - which just seems so cool, i don't know why. i'm hoping the hooks, screwed into the ceiling hold otherwise... i'm going to go pick up some seeds and soil next weekend and get a container garden going on my deck. considering tomatoes and zucchini in larger corner planters, with some basil, rosemary, and cilantro growing in the ledge planters. that'll make some yum pasta sauces/salsa/pesto come september. :)

nesting is lovely. i have lived here for 20 months here. from 16 till 26 i moved 14 times. i am maybe, just maybe starting to feel secure in this messy world.

~becca

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working class queers love...

Posted on 2008.04.27 at 12:39
public libraries.

we are of course, notoriously cheap. and, having found refuge in books as a way to make it through high school with our sanity intact, the concept of 'free books' is about as synonymous with working class queer as you can possible get. in toronto, since the toronto public library also will deliver almost *any* book in its collection to your local library, it gives us the perfect excuse to longingly stalk the mysterious hottie who works the weekend shift at the local branch. those little scotch-taped barcodes, as well, are also beacons of cool. they infinitely *adds* to the sexyness quotient when you see a cutie in a cafe engrossed in its pages.

of course, while libraries are a great public institution, they seem to get the short shrift when you have to stack them up against hospitals, schools, or even police stations and the supposedly *more* essential services they provide. it's infathomable to think of a life without libraries. what, we wonder, will we read as we're being tazered at a rally for queer reproductive rights? or going in for an MRI because of the air pollution i've breathed in cause of the poor industrial neighbourhood i've been ghettoized to? (although that we secretly love that industrial chic)

now, contrary to what we talk about health care and education, libraries are much more true to being a true socialist institution - no tuition barriers to keep the poor out, no queue jumping for the wealthy here either. libraries are, in fact, the vacation getaway for us, the working class queers.

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sex and bikes

Posted on 2008.04.27 at 11:06
BIKES!

there's a transit strike in toronto and i'm not even bothered by it at all. on my paddy wagon i'm able to dive in and out of traffic and outpace cars on most streets. i'm also loving outracing anyone who tries to jump me at an intersection - see, my bike has a steep gear to start with so it looks like i'm slow but that's just for a few seconds till i get up to speed, then she's ridiculously fast! who knew i was so competititve! i also love observing how the boys at the bike shop get so dumb and flirty when a girl comes in with any knowledge about and interest in bikes. jennlegs, i totally understand your secrets now!


SEX!

this summer is shaping up be one hott sexy parade of sex talk and sex fun.

more pleaseCollapse )

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stalker?

Posted on 2008.04.20 at 21:12
feeling optimistic, i will chalk it up to random chance that the big 6'6" over-friendly guy smiling creepily at me on the subway last week was standing in front of my neighbour's house (smiling again) and talking to no one in particular when i came home from the grocery store.

meow.


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