‘Health’ is a broad category – an interpretation could stretch to mean almost any part of someone’s life: physical, psychological, economic, social – but we’ve made no attempt to delimit the boundaries of what trans health might mean for our purposes. Instead we’re interested in developing what healthcare means to us as trans people, in this day and age, beyond the official discourses that populate the medical literature and the parliament enquiries. Our collective is embryonic at this stage, and so are our conversations. All we know now is the sickness of our situation, and of how the language given to us continues to fail when we seek to describe our injuries. We are grateful to the trans people – working class, migrant, of colour – who have struggled before us, and who continue to struggle now, to claim a territory, real and discursive. It’s by their efforts that we have come to know ourselves. But we need more. We need a map of our wounds, to more effectively navigate ourselves, our bodies, and each other.
2. Cunt by North
3. Don’t Leave Breeding to the Breeders by Gabriel Balfe
5. To my Father, With Love by Camel Gupta
6. Self Hatred and Dysphoria by Hanouska Banaal
7. Squatting Whilst Trans by Felicity Wood
8. #Enough by Jack Etches
9. Pre-Political by Jules Gleeson
10. Poems by Elli Fairweather
11. Fabric By Natasha Lall
12. My Gender is Tranny by Jacken Waters
13. Blue Monday by Roz Kaveney
Cis s.c.u.m. manifesto is a new take on the scum manifesto by Valerie solanas. Through the perspective of a vil cis hetero we explore the transphobia in solanas’ work. (It’s also quite funny as its a little self mocking).
With over 30 contributors and 50 pages of writings, stories, poems, comics and images, this zine explores the multiple lived truths of trans and non binary people who feel, in some way or another, the pressure to ‘conform’ to dominate narratives of what it means and looks like to be trans. This zine explores the notion of trans authenticity created by cissexist ideas of gender ‘normalcy’ and breaks them down; tears them apart. This zine asks us if we can envision something new and broaden our ideas surrounding identity and gender. This zine is printed in colour and can be ordered with lavender, blue, green, yellow, or pink cover pages.
“Can we envision something new? Where femininity is celebrated; where violent masculinity isn’t acceptable; where intersectional experiences of violence and oppression are not removed from our gender identities? Where self-determination is seen as truth? My hope with this zine is that it becomes a stepping-stone on the path to growth and understanding, and while I know that it could never represent all experiences, I hope that it demonstrates that a wide range of truths exists, and that there is no such thing as not being trans enough.”
Trans Inclusion Policy Manual for Women’s Organizations (June 13, 2001)
This manual was written to assist women’s services, including transition houses, sexual assault centres, and women’s centres, in developing trans inclusive policies. It is designed for services with a desire to begin the process of creating inclusive and accessible organizations.
The manual was produced for the Trans/Women Dialogue Planning Committee, of which EVA BC was a member.
The contents and design of this manual are the copyright of the Trans Alliance Society and the authors. All rights reserved.You are welcome to reproduce this manual for educational purposes, in whole or in part, but please acknowledge the source.
I am often asked to explain trans-misogyny to people. While I’ve written extensively about trans-misogyny in Whipping Girl and other places, I sometimes find it difficult to sum up the concept in a few short words. This is especially true when explaining the concept to people who are relatively unaware about trans issues and experiences. Such people are often stuck in the mindset of viewing trans women as “men”, and as a result, they have a hard time wrapping their brains around how misogyny might impact trans women’s lives.
So these days, when people ask me about trans-misogyny, I often forward them a primer on the subject that I wrote for the 2009 Women, Action, & the Media (WAM) conference (specifically for a panel called “In/Out of Focus, Broadening a Feminist Lens: Gender, Non-Conformity and the Media”). It is a one-page handout that provides a brief introduction to trans-misogyny. It is far from complete, mind you – while it highlights the ways misogyny exacerbates transphobia, it does not delve into how transphobia can exacerbate misogyny, nor does it discuss how transphobia and misogyny also intersect with other forms of oppression. But, it is decent intro to the topic.
Since I have found this primer to be useful for novice audiences and individuals, I have decided to make it publicly available for others who may be interested
If others wish to use this primer for their workshops/classes/activism/etc., I am fine with that, provided that they do not alter it in any way, and that I am properly credited.
For those who are interested in this trans-misogyny primer, but do not wish to download the PDF, the text of the primer can be found below.
Hope people find this helpful! -julia
This is a free zine about gender Identities – femininity and masculinity – stories, poetry, images and all those things that dont get discussed, all those gender minorities that do not get enough recognition, visibility or representation. It comprises of people of colour, trans femme boys, faggy butches, masculine females, feminine males, trans male drag queens, gender variants, andogynes, masculine people and femmes of all genders and then some!
It is put together by Misster Raju Rage, formally Misster Scratch, a trans- undefined person of colour
please send me your submissions for future issues to email@example.com
Dedicated to all those who have submitted and all who can relate to it.
p.s just click on the pages to enlarge and please feel free to print out and spread the word
by Kris (editor) and Dr Red Chidgey (a Lecturer in Gender and Media in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London). Published by the Feminist Activist Forum (FAF). July 2008
“Below are some photos from the Trans Learning Exchange day at the Lambeth Women’s Project that I co-organised with members of the Feminist Activist Forum. We also published a collective zine called Trans-Feminism: exploring the connections between feminism and transgender, which you can read here.”
HotRods – A Health and Resource Guide
For Portland and Oregon for folks assigned a female sex at birth who have strayed from that path
Welcome to edition 2 of Pathologize This!: A Mental Health Zine We are very excited about the fact that this zine is a serial! We think it’s important to talk about feelings, situations, diagnoses, medication, drugs, harm reduction techniques, ability and disability, intersections with other oppressions. Hopefully, doing this can be an important challenge to the stigma around talking about our mental health. We are committed to delivering honest, sensitive, intelligent, gutsy narratives about experience, emotions, and politics.
I made these postcards because I wanted to make art about intimate moments in one person’s trans/gender experience. they are not meant to homogenize or generalize trans/gender experiences. every transitino looks different, is different.
Mad Hatters’ Tea Party
(tea, cake and discussion)
Bring your most fabulous hat and come celebrate strength in the face of adversity, masticate some tasty vegan treats and join a discussion on Queerness and Madness! The stigma attached to mental illness means that disclosing you are or have ever been unwell can be a coming out of its own. With this in mind, what can the mental health movement learn from the queer movement? How are the two related? There are limited mental health services available to people who are not affluent, and medication is cheaper than talking therapy. When accessing what mental health services are available, GLBTIQ people and/or members of radical communities frequently have their identity and/or lifestyle targeted as the source of their distress. This is none too surprising considering the history of the mental health system being used to police deviance from social norms, with homosexuality listed as a mental illness in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) until as recently as 1987, and Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism continuing to be classified. Having a supportive community is important in helping people defend their identity/ politics to themselves and to health care professionals when in a vulnerable situation. Spaces free 26 from stigma allow people to make positive decisions about their health and to fight for their rights. This workshop is about actively working to create/bolster such communities and spaces. (Food provided but bringing a plate to share much appreciated).
Trans Healthcare in Melbourne: Creative Solutions and Strategies
(A public thinkfest)
Hands up who thinks trans healthcare in Melbourne isn’t good enough? Surely the bad old days of gender variant people being labelled as having a disease are over… or are they? Why do our doctors ask us not to tell too many of our trans friends that they’re prescribing us hormones? Why are we forced to attend a 70’s-era gender dysphoria clinic, or outlay thousands of dollars for private psychiatric, surgical and endocrinological care? Why is it wrong that poor people come out the worst in this scenario? This think and talkfest starts from a premise that we need better healthcare for trans people, more community involvement in healthcare provision from transpeople rather than doctors and ‘experts’, and that this healthcare should be publicly funded. Here is a safe space for people to talk about their experiences finding treatment, what changes need to happen, and how best to work to change the system.
Everyone is welcome: transsexual, transgender, ftm, mtf, cross-dressers, genderqueer, non-trans or something else entirely.
Bring food and drink to share.
Femme, Trans, Mental illness
Project 76 #2 – The Politics of my body – in this zine i talk about my body. that means fat stuff, trans stuff, self mutilation, sexual abuse, body modification, s and m, cops, etc. some of the terms i use for my own body might offend you. but i am not talking about your body. it is mine, and my own to define how i please.
We’re a trans health collective. we commission work (art and literature) to broaden knowledge around the trans lived experience.
The Trans Oral History Project
Trans Oral History
The Transgender Oral History Project is a community-driven effort to collect, preserve and share a diversity range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities. We accomplish this by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting trans people’s experiences, and teaching media production skills.
H. Melt is a poet and artist who was born in Chicago. Their work proudly documents Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has been published by Chicago Artist Writers, Lambda Literary, and THEM, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of SIRvival in the Second City: Transqueer Chicago Poems and currently work at the Poetry Foundation.
FED UP FEST is a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. We are a collectively run group that actively opposes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, capitalism, and all other fucked up isms and phobias at macro and micro levels. FED UP FEST is inspired from the short lived direct action coalition FED UP QUEERS (FUQ) that existed in New York city from 1989-1990 that grew out of the AIDS Coalition.
Kisston blogs about female/queer/trans musicians & keeps on truckin’.
Stranger Danger Zine Distro
Dig Deep, Slander, Nashville Transit, Alex, International Girl Gang Underground, and a million more.
Stranger Danger is a zine distro based out of Chicago that carries feminist, queer, trans (& more!) zines.
Shotgun Seamstress #8
Oh yeah! Osa constructs some of the best zines out there. This issue (which is full size — 8.5″ x 11″!) has interviews with Italian horror movie star Geretta Geretta, Monika from Chicago Black and Brown Punk Shows, and a 65-year-old jazz drummer in his first punk band. Rad! There are also articles about Marsha P. Johnson, a pioneering transwoman activist, signs of punk in Nigeria, and the feelings of hope and disappointment in modern day activism amongst so many examples of police killing people of color. Get this! Get every issue! (Thanks to lb of Truckface for the review!)