CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Our 3-year anniversary is January 20 + we need your help!
On January 20, 2010, I created the @poczineproject Twitter account and organized a couple of events. That was the start of an experiment in activism and community through materiality that grew into last year’s 14-city Race Riot! tour and the developing Legacy Series.
POCZP is still a 100% DIY, volunteer operation. We are finally at a stage where we can begin collaborating with interns. We are evaluating funding models aligned with our core values and discussing what sustainability for the project will look like after 2013.
It’s pretty incredible how quickly time can fly when you’re pouring your heart and soul into something you believe in. It doesn’t feel like three years — more like the blink of an eye. And there’s still so much more to be done.
So here’s what we’re asking:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BE INCLUDED IN OUR 2012 RACE RIOT! TOUR ZINE
We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about the POC Zine Project (Submit here or to email@example.com).
What about the project speaks to you?
What would you like to see us do in the future?
If you attended one of our events, describe your experience.
If any of the touring members inspire you in some way, share your experience.
These are just some topics you can write about, but we want to leave it open.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2013
MORE WAYS TO HELP
1) Support the 2013 Race Riot! tour by contacting us here (or at firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know if you’re interested in helping us organize a tour date in your town. We will be traveling through the Southwest (starting in Atlanta) and up the West Coast (ending in Seattle). Final dates TBA soon.
2) Be an intern and/or volunteer. We can offer school credit and accept applications from people who aren’t presently in school. Telecommuting options are available.
3) Make a donation and support our efforts. All funds go toward upcoming event costs and our original zine series. DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
Thank you, to all of you who have messaged us in different ways over the years with your zine submissions, questions and offers of support.
A huge thank you to those who have donated their time and resources in both digital and physical realms. You know who you are.
Love and Solidarity,
Founder, POC Zine Project
California restaurant kicks out trans women, eats humble pie
By Matt Wood
Transgender Law Center assisted two transgender women in Los Angeles who were wrongfully asked to leave a restaurant in Burbank in October. While eating dinner, the two women, Jennifer Reid and Victoria Rose were approached by the restaurant’s manager and asked to leave, allegedly because their clothing was not appropriate for a “family restaurant.” The women rightly believed that they were being targeted because of their gender identity and contacted TLC for information about the law and their rights.
Transgender Law Center explained to Jenny and Victoria that the Unruh Civil Rights Act, California’s public accommodations law, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in business establishments – including transgender and gender nonconforming folks alike.
(Any place that provides goods and services to the general public is considered a public accommodation – this includes restaurants, grocery stores, health clinics, hospitals, health clubs, homeless shelters and most social services).
Armed with this information, Jenny called the restaurant’s Regional Manager and demanded a public apology from the restaurant manager, a refund for the meal she and Victoria were unable to finish, and a promise that the restaurant would do remedial training with all of their managers and staff so that no transgender person would face this kind of discrimination.
Less than 24 hours after that conversation, Jenny was contacted by the Regional Manager who made a personal apology and arranged for the Burbank manager to apologize to Jenny and Victoria in the restaurant in front of the Burbank restaurant staff. Jenny and Victoria were also given a refund and extra gift coupons. Even more impressively, Jenny was then contacted by the restaurant’s Regional Human Resources Manager who was impressed with how informed Jenny was, and had decided to use some of the information from Jenny’s conversation with the Regional Manager to institute sensitivity training for all management and staff at the restaurant chain, effective immediately. As a result of Jenny and Victoria’s courageous self-advocacy, this restaurant chain is now on notice that transgender customers must be treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to all other customers.
Jenny and Victoria’s experience is an example of how transgender and gender nonconforming people often experience discrimination in their communities when accessing public accommodations, including being refused service, being treated differently than their non-transgender peers, or being victims to harmful verbal and physical violence when simply trying to carry out their daily activities.
If you need legal assistance, please call the TLC legal hotline at (415) 865-0176 x306, or via the online intake form at: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/help
Matt Wood is a staff attorney at Transgender Law Center
Help POC Zine Project find a publishing partner for the poverty zine series
Folks who actively support us finding a publisher will be credited on a special “thank you” page within the zine on on the upcoming resource website.
We want to print an initial release of 500 copies of a 30 page zine (equivalent of 8-10 piece of letter sized paper folded to 30 pages, double sided).
The zines need to be printed on waterproof material so that they are durable and withstand being exposed to the elements (we want to be realistic about community needs - a paper zine won’t work).We received an initial quote of over 10k. This is unrealistic for us, at around $20 per zine. We are hoping to get in-kind donations or a significant discount, which we would use in conjunction with funds raised through a publishing partner network.HOW YOU CAN HELP1. Recommend and connect us with potential publishers! We’re especially eager to partner with independent publishers with a history of supporting community-based movements addressing poverty.2. If you are an individual, or part of a university/collective/etc. who can support fundraising efforts for publishing the poverty zine series, contact Daniela at email@example.com.She will explain the process and detail the mutually beneficial outcomes of collaborating as part of this publishing partner network.
The zines will be given away for free through distribution partners nationwide. It will also be available as paper-based zines that anyone can reproduce and share, and available as an e-zine and (coming soon) website.
Please share! #signalboost ♥ Thank you.- POC Zine ProjectP.S. We are still looking for submissions from people who have experience living at or below the poverty line. Click here for submission criteria. We are especially eager to include stories from folks affected by Hurricane Sandy.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POC Zine Project + Carey Fuller’s zine addressing poverty
COMMUNITY: We still need 30 more people to contribute to our zine by/for people living at/below the poverty line.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2012 (printing and distributing in late December)
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: POCZPpublishing@gmail.com
You can submit on behalf of a person who doesn’t have access to email but we will need to document that you were the conduit.
ANYONE of ANY background can submit — you just need to have experience living at or below the poverty line (for any length of time).
ANONYMOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE JUST AS WELCOME AS PUBLIC
We’re looking for information on, but not limited to, the following:
- Revolving door policies that keep people homeless
- How to navigate free and low-cost healthcare services in your area/anywhere
- Ways to heal yourself (herbal remedies/natural)
- Options for accessing free food in your area/anywhere
- Finding safe places to sleep in your area/anywhere
- How to pick your friends/allies in stressful circumstances
- Stories from people who are newly homeless and how they are coping
- Stories from people who are close to homelessness and how they are coping
- Stories from young people who were kicked out and their advice on surviving and thriving
- Mental Health: tips and practices from ANYONE on how to practice self-care/love yourself/find light in the darkness
ABOUT THE ZINE (NAME IS IN PROGRESS)
The goal of this zine series is to share relevant and timely information about how to survive and thrive with little or no money. It will also be a resource for those who are newly homeless or in danger of facing homelessness.
The publication will connect people, share resources and provide real stories from people who have learned how to navigate various facets of red tape when dealing with community services (there will also be a digital version + website).
Carey Fuller, a homeless activist and mother near Seattle, WA, is our lead editor for the series. Click here to learn more about her amazing work.
1. This zine will be free for anyone living at or below the poverty line (honor system). Any individual can access the zine at any POC Zine Project and zine partner events in the US and abroad, online as an e-zine/website, and through our DIY distribution network. Details coming soon.
2. Any agencies, collectives, nonprofits, individuals, etc. interested in offering the zine to their clients and members living at or below the poverty line will receive a bulk rate to cover the cost of printing and distribution.
3. This is a not-for-profit venture through POC Zine Project.
CALL FOR ALLIES
If you are an individual, nonprofit, academic space or agency that serves people living at or below the poverty line and want to collaborate with us on this zine series as a publishing or distribution partner, contact Daniela Capistrano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for support identifying and applying for grants/relevant funding bodies.
Please help signal boost this call for submissions <3
The above link is to a pdf of the ACS LGBTQ Youth Community Resource Guide.
From the ACS website:
ACS is looking for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning) affirming families to provide welcoming homes to LGBTQ youth in care. Affirming families are those who will welcome LGBTQ youth into their home, treat them with dignity and respect and work to meet their unique needs. You do not need to identify as LGBT yourself to become an affirming family for an LGBTQ youth!
If you are interested in being matched with an LGBTQ youth, please call the ACS Parent Recruitment Hotline at 212.676.9474.
Improving Care for LGBTQ Youth
ACS takes very seriously our commitment to ensuring that all children in our care are safe, supported, and being cared for in environments where they can succeed. For youth who identify as LGBTQ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning – the challenges of facing discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity often compound the significant needs of young people who are involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.
Children’s Services has made it a priority to improve the quality of services for LGBTQ youth and families. Our efforts include the following:
- A collaborative effort among Children’s Services, LGBTQ advocates and contract providers to develop the ACS LGBTQ Strategic Plan which included the hiring of an LGBTQ Coordinator and focuses on training, access to community resources, policies/procedures, program evaluation, and staffing. Click on this link to read the ACS LGBTQ Strategic Plan.
- Children’s Services worked with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on the Foster Care Project, which provided foster care agencies training and technical assistance to become culturally competent in working with LGBTQ youth, their families, as well as LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
- ACS has hired a researcher to create a Transgender Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) Best Practice Guide. This is a unique approach because it is New York City specific and youth-informed. The empirical research and the staff focus groups have been completed. We are looking forward to hearing from youth soon and the guide will be completed by June 2012.
- All foster care agencies are required to designate LGBTQ point persons available for youth in care to express concerns regarding their care and treatment. Point persons have received LGBTQ training, technical assistance and serve as a resource for parents and other staff in their agency.
- ACS and foster care providers are increasing efforts to identify and recruit LGBTQ-affirming and LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The NYC LGBT Foster Care Coalition meets on a monthly basis and organizes recruitment events for the LGBTQ and LGBTQ–affirming communities. Children’s Services has contracted with You Gotta Believe! and the Council for Adoptable Children(COAC) to enhance our recruitment efforts.
- ACS is involved with the LGBTQ NYC Family Court Advisory Committee to the Family Court Administrative Judge. During 2011, this group met and created recommendations to the courts that will hopefully create an inclusive and gender-neutral environment.
- In addition, ACS is requiring LGBTQ-specific training through the James Satterwhite Academy for all staff that have direct contact with youth and families including those at foster care and preventive contract agencies.
- Through the ACS Division of Youth and Family Justice, Lambda Legal is conducting trainings with staff in ACS detention facilities on LGBT cultural competency.
The Children’s Services LGBTQ Coordinator is responsible for assessing and addressing LGBTQ needs within the child welfare system. If you have any questions or concerns with LGBTQ issues, email LGBTQ@dfa.state.ny.us
Links to ACS LGBT Policies and Procedures (in PDF)
- Policy Guidelines for Family Planning and Pregnancy Related Information and Services
- Non-discrimination Policy, Youth and Families
- Provision of Non-Medicaid Reimbursable Treatment or Services for Youth in Foster CareRecognition of Legal Same Sex Marriages
Links to LGBT Resources (in PDF)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Directory of Services & Resoruces – Office of the New York City Comptroller, John C. Liu
NEW YORK CITY PRIDE CENTERS
Pride Centers operate in all five boroughs, and offer a range of support services for LGBT youth, adults, and families.
Bronx Community Pride Center
448 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10455
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
209 Joralemon Street #320
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
The Staten Island LGBT Community Center
25 Victory Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Avenue, Suite 206
Queens, NY 11372
Source: Improving Care for LGBTQ Youth
Stephen Colbert Doubles Down on Transphobic Joke
If you haven’t been watching The Colbert Report the past few nights, you probably missed Mr. Colbert’s random potshot transgender people. In a segment on controversial meat additive known as pink slime, Colbert remarked on the alternative name for pink slime, LFTB, saying “LFTB, because our beef now has so many hormones in it that it’s a part of the transgender community.”
Shockingly, some transgender people were offended compared to hormone-laden slime in a story that had absolutely nothing to do with the transgender community. Just like every other mention of trans* people by Colbert, we were only brought in as a punchline.
Now, I certainly didn’t like the joke, but it’s not even close to worst thing Colbert has ever said about trans folk. In January of this year , Colbert invoked the sh-word (rhymes with female, nowhere near as nice) at his Carolina rally to make lame pun on Herman Cain’s first name.
I didn’t expect anything more to come from Colbert’s comment — For some reason he always seems to get a free pass for these kinds of comments. — but the next night, Colbert did issue an apology for the joke. Unfortunately he decided to issue that appology to “any of [his] transgender bovine viewers that may have been offended.” He goes on to mock the argument against forcing strict gender roles on children, which is not strictly even a transgender issue.
So Colbert makes the “mistake” (his word) of calling transgender people hormone-filled slime and “apologizes” for it by calling us cattle. We’ll I’m satisfied, aren’t you?
This comment wouldn’t stick out if Colbert did not already have such a strong history of making disparaging comments about transgender people or if even once on his program he ever covered a story relevant to the transgender community. A search for the tag “transgender” on ColbertNation.com yields 3 results: the two videos mentioned above and an interview with George Stephanopoulos where Colbert jokes about Joe Biden getting sexual reassignment surgery so he could become the first female vice president. Classy.
And do I even have to point out that while Colbert has never had an openly transgender guest on his show, Dan Savage has personally been a guest five times!
Handbasket Productions has an incomplete list of the use of transphobic and trans-insensitive jokes on The Colbert Report and its sister-program The Daily Show. The only goes up to 2007, and there have been plenty since, so if you have any jokes from The Colbert Report or The Daily Show against transgender people that particularly hurt or offended you, please share them in the comments below and your reaction to them. I plan on compiling the worst of them into a single video so links to the actual clips would be appreciated.