Open Call for Photos!! I AM: Trans People Speak COMMUNITY

I used to be part of this community many years ago... fun to be back!

Anyway,my name is Jesse and I work with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC). At MTPC I have been working on a multi-media project called I AM: Trans People Speak that highlights the lived experience of trans people in Mass.

We are launching a new phase of this project In February where anyone can create their own video to submit, much like the it gets better project.

If you do want to submit a photo, unfortunately we can only accept photos from people over 18 at this time unless you have parents permission.

Yesterday we just started our OPEN CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS from anyone in the trans community and you can find the "official" open call on our facebook page:

Hope to see some of you submit your photos!

A shy intro....

Hello everyone...

I found this community and felt compelled to join. I hope it's still active. I'm 100% femme but wanted to join to show my appreciation for all butches and to brag about my wonderful girl friend.

As for myself, I'm 32 and live in TX. She's 35 and in the same area. I met her about 4 months ago on OKcupid and we hit it off like a dream. We chatted on-line for a while, then began phone talks and texting, and eventually met for our first date at the movies.

It was so much fun! She was just as she'd described herself and we had  grand time together. She was a perfect gentleman the whole time. I felt so safe and respected. It's no wonder we quickly fell in love. She told me she loved me first and has proven it so many times in words and actions.

The first time we kissed (she asked permission to kiss me) it felt like an electric shock going up my spine. We both looked at each other in amazement and at that moment we both knew we'd found 'the one'. So not kidding, it was that intense. Ok, I'll hush now. Come by and say hi if you want.
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Question seeking feedback or confirmation:

I spend most of my life in places where there are very few butch-spectrum people. Sometimes I'm around my mostly-het friends, who i knew from before coming out. My involvement in trans-spectrum activism also sees few butches or genderqueers. And work and school are usually het/cis spaces. None of these spaces are phobic per se, but I'm usually the only one there.

I like dyke events fine, but now that coming out is behind me, I'm not sure how much i want my social life to revolve around them.

My question then is: if you function in a place where there are very few butches, do you feel your identity start to erode? Do you start wondering if you "should" try a more feminine/cis appearance? What do you do with this? How do you re-centre yourself from day to day?

Or do you have any other feedback?

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PoMo Freakshow's Traitors without (T)reason Monday July 14th at 8pm!!!!!


Kestryl and Sassafras are a queer couple that, despite their best efforts, pass as straight more often than they like to admit. Perforating privilege and complicating queerness, Traitors without (T)reason explores the betrayal, invisibility, sacrifice, subversion, and loss that are inextricably tied into public passing. Are you with us or are you against us?

Monday, July 14, 2008, at 8:00 p.m.


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So, Ms. Jacqui and I were discussing this earlier today and she suggested I write a post about it, so here goes.

The very first time I met Jacqui socially, for coffee, at the end of the evening (how many hours did we talk that night, love?), I asked if I could walk her to her car. I have had the crap beaten out of me for someone thinking I was queer. And I am big and mean looking, and Ms. J is not. She is an inch and a half taller than I, and 100 lbs. smaller, with grey hair and she carries a purse. She could be a perfect target.

Ever since then, in a public place, I have been very protective of her at night.

I have been protective of her no matter what: last year, when I was in the wheelchair and not supposed to bear weight, Ms. Jacqui had come over. I was near the kitchen, and she was in another room, and I heard her fall. I jumped up and ran 3 steps toward her, cast and all, before I realized what I was doing. Both mama and Jacqui yelled, "NO!" and brought me to awareness, and I had to wait, standing like a stork, while Ms. Jacqui retrieved my wheelchair and brought it to me.

In the last several months I have engaged in several conversations about going to play space (sorry, no link), and the first thing that sprang to my mind was that I would need to go first, without Jacqui to make sure I could keep her safe. I even had a discussion with the Back-up-Butch about going with so that she could help me make sure that Ms. Jacqui was safe and that her panties never came off, at least until after her surgery.

Last night, Ms. Jacqui and I went to the frameline event, Trained in the Ways of Men at the LGBT Community Center. After the movie and panel, we were getting into the car, and it was dark and no one was around. Ms. Jacqui was putting my wheelchair in the trunk, and I stood at the car door, creating a visible presence, until she got into the car.

We discussed this; I figured my standing like that might discourage someone from accosting her, and even if they did, I could more easily get to her if I was already standing. Silly me, I am nearly as defenseless as a kitten right now - the best I could hope for is to kneecap someone with the elevated leg rest on the wheelchair, and then throw myself on top of them and crush them.

But the Butch heart does not always know what the Butch brain does - it is not logical nor does it think things through. Funny, that.

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