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Cotton Ceiling Experiences [Mar. 26th, 2012|07:12 pm]

For those who do not know, the Cotton Ceiling is a term developed by Drew DeVeaux to talk about the experience trans* women encounter in various queer and sexual liberation communities – while our participation in progressive communities as social and activist members is accepted (sometimes tentatively so), trans* women participation as romantic and sexual members of the community is often fraught with systematic, individual, and cultural challenges and oppressions.  As an effort to start a dialog about our experiences, Morgan M Page is hosting a conversation at an upcoming Planned Parenthood Confrence in Toronto about the Cotton Ceiling and how trans women can overcome some of the challenges facing our sexual empowerment and sexual liberation.  Of course, this desire by trans* women to engage in dialog about the cultural influences which impact our sexual agency has been taken by the anti-trans radfems to mean trans women are wanting to engage in non-consensual sex acts with their dear, precious, vulnerable cis lesbians.  But then, radfems try to equate anything trans women do to rape.

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Selenelion [Dec. 10th, 2011|08:30 am]
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Today there was a once in a life time experience visible along western North America, eastern and central Europe, and north eastern Africa. People in those areas would have been able to step out their homes and witness a selenelion.

A selenelion is when both the Sun and the eclipsed Moon can be observed in the sky at the same time. It can only happen near Moonrise/Sunset or Moonset/Sunrise. While this event occurs with every Lunar eclipse, it can be rare to be a personal witness to one.

This morning, in the cold of a Colorado winter, I stood at a crossroads. I watched an eclipsing Moon set behind the Rocky Mountains while the sun rose behind me. One does not have to be religious to still find personal, psycho-symbolic meaning in the events of our lives. The art is learning how to share these personal meanings without forcing them on others – a problem far too common with religion.

Witnessing an event such as a selenelion can carry a very special meaning for some people. For myself, I see it as a time of letting go the things I no longer need in my life. Releasing the mental and emotional burdens which weigh me down – apprehension, fear, hopelessness – and turning and embracing the things which bring wonder, joy and warmth into my life.

What are the mental and emotional things are holding you back from playing the sort of game or having the sort of lifestyle *you* want to enjoy? Do they continue to have a healthy, constructive purpose in your life? Or is it time to let those things go? Is it instead time to turn and clasp the star of your hopes, dreams, and wishes, bringing to you its warmth and joy into your life?
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Nonviolent Palestinian resistance [Aug. 31st, 2011|11:36 am]
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Yes, I am still alive [Feb. 10th, 2011|10:41 am]
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But sort of barely.

This semester is sort of being a culmination of everything going on in my life. I am taking five classes, and the reading level is intense. And this year’s Creating Change conference has left me way behind.

I need a better way to keep in touch with of the people I care for here.
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Writer's Block: Sticks and stones [Oct. 28th, 2010|01:54 pm]

What is the worst insult you've ever received from someone? Were you able to forgive them?

When a person has grown up with daily harassment and verbal abuse from peers and family members, how do they pick just one incident or one insult? Do I pick the word my grandfather called me which may have caused me to ignore and suppress thoughts or questions about my own gender identity for so much of my life? Do I pick the word my peers decided to use against me which caused me shame and guilt about aspects of sexuality? Do I pick the terms and phrases which continue cause me to question my own self worth and doubt my ability to accomplish?

A word, slur or comment that was used one day, which might not have been a big issue, can steamroll and become so much better when used en masse.

Reading through many of the comments to this question, I found my self thinking,"If that is the worst you've ever been called, consider yourself fortunate."
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blog post for The Center [Sep. 22nd, 2010|08:39 pm]
as part of my internship at The Center I have been writing blog posts for their blog over on Wordpress.

The one I wrote today about Brittany Novotny and the importance of voting in the midterm elections. It can be viewed at Who says the culture wars are over?
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missing persons update [Sep. 9th, 2010|12:33 pm]
Safe, in Carbondale, wants to come home. Thank you internets, you were a major help!!
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signal boosting [Sep. 8th, 2010|01:46 pm]
liminalia's daughter has run away from home. She is traveling between states on her own. I am re-posting this here. The original post is here. Please pass this on:

This is my daughter Morgan. She's 16 and she ran away from home yesterday. Friends say she hopped a Megabus to the Carbondale, IL area to attend the upcoming Rainbow Gathering Oct. 1. She may change her destination if she knows she is being looked for. She's supposedly traveling with 2 guys named Tim and Josh, both Caucasian, early 20s or late teens, one with a "cholo tear" tattoo near his eye. She's 5'5", 120#, reddish-blonde hair, long bangs and sidelocks, short in back, always wears her jean vest with studs and patches on it. She may be begging for spare change. If you see her, *please* contact me ( ) and the police! 16 is too young to be running around the country on her own. I'm very worried for her safety. Thanks in advance.

ETA: her dad says she left her pack with him, so all she has is what she was wearing: the vest in the pic, a Cannibal Corpse hoodie, a black lace-trimmed cami, jeans and ankle-length black leather boots.
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Queer Magic - Call for Submissions [Jul. 28th, 2010|12:41 pm]
From a few people on my friend's list.

Call for Papers/Writers: Queer Magic Anthology…(title to be determined…)

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We all write like white people... [Jul. 15th, 2010|07:39 am]
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...and most of us write like white men.

Have you noticed this?

I've noticed that this "I write like..." meme has been sweeping through my friend's page again. While I briefly entertained myself briefly with comparing some of my own differing writing styles, I really was not inspired with commenting about it until this morning.

It seems that all the results people are coming up with are white writers. And most of them are men.


Isn't it time our lists of "great writers" be expanded to include more women and people of color?

I would like to thank sophiaserpentia for bringing this to my attention this morning. In addition, I would like to point out to the posts by Tea Berry-Blue - We All Write Like White Men and Rhetorically Constructed, or: We All Write Like White Men, Part 2 - as my sources for further information on this.
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