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Help NYC shelter for homeless Trans teens [Dec. 27th, 2006|12:58 pm]
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From formulaicnormal's post to transgender a few minutes ago.

Before I proceed with the update, I must say that until the last 7 days, I never really personally felt in the awesome power of the internet. Starting from 7 days ago, I'm now humbled and amazed at what things are possible.

Credit MUST be given particularly to the transgender community and the moderators. I'm back here to post an update, but also to give this community my resounding personal thanks for coming forward and responding. I started to volunteer with them on December 11th even though I didn't have many skills beyond going on the internet. Father Braxton of Carmen's Place told me that he had received a few donations and e-mails from individuals that pointedly mentioned hearing about their plight via posts and comments via LiveJournal. He was thunderstruck and grateful for these responses as he didn't know about LiveJournal prior to this. Among other donors who made a reference to LJ, he received PayPal donations even from as far away as New Zealand. In addition to actual donations, he's received emails from others who asked how they could help, via volunteering services, time, or other. :)

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About Carmen's Place
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How you can help:
We have four days left until 31st December for Father Braxton to actually show he can sustain the shelter for at least when Father Braxton says the shelter will be closed. Ways to help:

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Again, even if you have neither time, nor money, you can help by spreading the word! Strike up a conversation with your friends and allies, share the information. If any of you know of people in the media or fund-raising organisations, that can also great, but plain word of mouth truly, truly helps. I've learnt this in the last seven days and I know that each of us can truly make a difference. Remember: there is tremendous power in this community.

Please spread the word! Please give the residents of Carmen's Place something to believe in as we ring in 2007.

Thank you all so much!
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US: Ugly Ducklings: scary fairy tale with a happy ending [Dec. 17th, 2006|05:03 pm]
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From http://katebornstein.typepad.com/kate_bornsteins_blog/2006/12/ugly_ducklings_.html

Okay, here are some sobering statistics for ya. They may not be surprising, but the numbers sure scare me.

According to Sexual Information Council of the United States:
41.7% of LGBTQ youth do not feel safe in their school.
28% of queer teens drop out of school annually. That's three times the national average.

And according to 2005 report from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
95% of school counselling services have few or no gay, lesbian or bisexual resources. And ...
99% of school counselling services have little or no Transgender resources.

Thank goodness there are national campaigns like Ugly Ducklings, run by Hardy Girls Healthy Women, out there actually doing something about this quiet horror.

A great number of educators and activists agree that the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, queer and questioning students is a systemic issue. It seems to be built right into our schools, because it's the rare school that welcomes queer students and deals effectively with students, faculty and administration who bully or harass them. I recently received in the mail an Ugly Ducklings Community Action Kit. The kit contains not only a frightening effective collection of statistics, gathered from reliable sources; but there are also recommended solutions, gathered from an equal number of trustworthy sources as varied as The National Mental Health Association; The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network; and ReligiousTolerance.org.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is an organisation based in the town of Waterville, Maine. But they're reaching out across the United States with their Ugly Ducklings program. The name of the program comes from the title of a play by Carolyn Gage. The play is set in a summer camp in Maine, where a group of young girls, their older counsellors, and the camp director deal with homophobia, bullying and harassment.

I've not seen the full production of Ugly Ducklings, but the DVD packaged with the Ugly Ducklings Community Action Kit, contains a documentary about the making of the play. There are scenes from the play, and interviews with the cast and crew. This is good political theatre, way beyond politically correct diatribe. It's emotionally charged, unrelenting, and smart, smart, smart. The young multi-racial cast is excellent. You can see a trailer of the documentary online.

The campaign Ugly Ducklings, according to their mission statement, is "a national campaign to reduce bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, and questioning youth." And there's something for everyone in the Community Action Kit. To mention just a few of the many helpful resources:

* A Safe Schools Check List
* An excellent list of definitions
* Ten easy-to-implement practical things educators can do
* Discussion questions for students, educators, and parents
* Advice on coming out
* An in-depth section on youth suicide: causes and ways to help those who are considering suicide
* Youth and adult workshops, as well as workshops for actors
* A satisfyingly rich resource guide
* An interactive DVD with the complete documentary

None of us has enough information on the subject of bullying and harassment, and most of us feel helpless when confronted with the reality of doing something about it. Please contact the fine folks of Hardy Girls Healthy Women. These folks are on the front line, they know what they're talking about, and they deserve our support. Contribute what you can to their great good work. Buy yourself a copy of the Community Action Kit, and get copies into the hands of schools near you. The Ugly Duckling Community Action Kit belongs in the hands of every educator and parent in this country. I can't think of a more appropriate action to take for the holiday season, or for any season you feel like saving lives.
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US, NYC: Trans Week for Youth ages 12-21 [Dec. 6th, 2006|09:17 am]
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[Please Forward Widely!]

From an e-mail.

I am very pleased to announce that The Hetrick-Martin Institute is celebrating its second annual Trans Week! This year’s theme is “Trans*Forming Our World” and it will be held 11 -15 December. We are featuring a series of events to celebrate and increase awareness about gender diverse identities within the LGBTTSQI communities, as well as providing a safe and positive educational space about and for youth of gender diverse identities.

We are particularly excited to announce that we will be holding a Trans Service Providers Outreach Fair on Monday 11 December from 3-5 PM. The goal of this event is to provide a safe space where gender diverse youth can access and learn about the trans positive youth services available in NYC all in one place. This day will be open to all guests, and we encourage other organisations to bring their youth members to these events. Also on 11th December, we will be featuring workshops about safely accessing hormones (featuring Dr. Anthony Vavasis from HoTT,) and silicone pumping safety (featuring Elizabeth Rivera from GMHC). Both of these workshops are open to all youth guests and as an added bonus, there will be free shirts for all youth, as well as opportunities to win fabulous prizes such as an Ipod and gift cards!

Some of the other events that will be included in Trans Week are:
- Trans Surgery Workshop (12 December)
- Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw & My Gender Workbook is performing (12 December)
- Self-Defense Class (12 December)
- Leslie Feinberg will be speaking (13 December)
- Trans Experiences Panel featuring Community Members (13 December)
- TransFormation Day Dance Party & Drag Show, an all drag, all day event featuring Milan (14 December)
- Focus Groups about the experiences of Trans Youth – Get a $10 gift card for coming! (15 December)
- Vogue Femme Trans* Ball featuring Candis Cayne and makeovers! (15 December)

All youth between the ages of 12-21 are welcome to attend any of these events! HMI is located at 2 Astor Place (R/W train to 8th Street, or the 6 to Astor Place), between Barnes & Noble and Coldstone. Our programs run from 3 PM to 6.30 PM Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these events, or any HMI services, please contact Eli Green at 1212 674 2600 ext 252 or egreen@hmi.org.

Eli Green & The Trans Week Planning Committee
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(no subject) [Aug. 18th, 2006|09:13 am]
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"I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe." --Richard Gere
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LGBTQQI BOOK DRIVE! [Aug. 6th, 2006|02:20 pm]
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Waltham House, an LGBT group home for youth ages 14-18 in Waltham, MA, is in desperate need of books.

We are looking specifically for books by, about, and/or for intersex, Transgender, and LGB folks.
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(You may also mail or drop off books to toniamato in Boston. E-mail toni@writeherewritenow.org for instructions.)
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questions [Jul. 27th, 2006|07:49 pm]
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My name's Mike and I'm pre-everything. I'm 18 and out to 98% of my friends who are pretty cool about me being transgendered although they still call me by my birth name for the most part. I used to rarely bind, but am begining to do it more often, hopefully daily althought its with ACE bandages. I do not pack, use a STP device, or go into the male restrooms. My father knows, but completly ignores the fact and the rest of my family has no idea.

Here's my questions:

I'm a senior in high school, and in JROTC (I love the program and Idk if me being out would create an issue). Would it be a good move to come out to the highschool so I could graduate under my prefered name? I'm worried about the Staff and Administration reaction, not as much the students.

Also, what can I start under the radar living in my house without my parents knowing this year to get a jump on transistioning??

Does anyone know of some good colleges in TX that are friendly with Transistioning??

Anything else that you all know that could help me out???
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The original FTM Campout, Massachusetts style! [May. 14th, 2006|03:49 pm]
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Raven Kaldera has set the dates for the FTM campout. It will be held 14-16 July at Cauldron Farm, in mid-MA. ( http://www.cauldronfarm.com/ ) Cauldron Farm is an organic working farm, which also has a lot of campsites in the woods arranged around a large field. Accessible to public transportation, with arrangement for pickup from the train station. Site is rustic, and not wheelchair accessible.

According to Raven at last year's campout, people under 18 are welcome, but must bring a signed note from a parent or guardian indicating that the parent/guardian knows where you are and is okay with that. (As annoying as this is, it is VERY IMPORTANT for reasons of legal liability. The campout is on private property and if your parents don't know where you are, Raven could get into legal trouble.) Contact Raven through the website if you have questions or for more info on what such a letter should have in it.

Inexpensive -- has been $15 in past years, with volunteer labour exchange arrangements for those who cannot pay that.

FTM-only -- of whatever embodiment, no gender policing.

Some workshops -- being arranged - got an idea for one? a desire for something you have always wanted to learn about?

Lots of free time -- make new friends, go swimming at the local pond (a crowd of Trans guys means no one will notice scars, or rash guard shirts, or whathaveyou) ... hang out in the woods, take time to design a transition ritual...or just sit around the campfire.

Great for new guys, and also great for long-term and/or stealth guys.

For a list of suggested things to bring, see http://tommytesto.livejournal.com/2682.html
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Transforming Schools network [Oct. 27th, 2005|02:14 pm]
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Transforming Schools is a network for people doing education and advocacy on trans/gender topics in academic settings. Its purpose is to allow educators and activists around the world to share resources and strategies.

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Queernet/Y-G [Sep. 9th, 2005|07:25 pm]
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Queernet is down in a big way, fyi. Some, if not all, listmail isn't getting through.
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