Erika Moen’s “Queer”

This week on the Queer Ontario Think Tank, we have Erika Moen’s “Queer”, a comic strip articulating Moen’s experiences with biphobia in the LGBT community. The original comic strip can be found on Erika Moen’s website (erikamoen.com/comics/queer) and is also available in French. A Spanish version is currently in the works.

According to Erika Moen:

Projet 17 mai contacted me about creating a comic on the theme of homophobia, and though it is definitely something I’ve experienced (being denied service, having people throw garbage, being followed by howling gangs of men, etc. just for holding my girlfriend’s hand), I actually have been more hurt and upset by the biphobia I’ve experienced from the LGBT “community” for falling in love with and marrying a cisgender man. Even bisexuals have been needlessly mean because I feel the term “queer” is a better fit for me instead of “bi” (it’s totally cool if “bisexual” is the term that works for you!! It’s just not the one for me).

As I say in the comic, it’s been disappointing to learn that being intolerant is a trait shared by both straights and gays. Meeting so many other people who are attracted to multiple genders or are homosexual-with-an-exception who have also experienced this rejection and bullying from the queer community has been really helpful to me. We’re not alone, but damn if it doesn’t hurt like a bitch.

About Erika Moen:

Erika is a freelance cartoonist born June 25, 1983 with a self-designed degree from Pitzer College in Illustrated Storytelling. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is a member of Periscope Studio. Having created comics for well over a decade, her work has been published by Dark Horse, Image, Villard and Scholastic, among others. She has been happily married to Matthew Nolan since October 2008.

Note: this project depicts naked bodies and contains biphobic / homophobic language.

 

Kyrahm & Julius Kaiser’s “Human Installation I: Gender Obsolescence”

This week on the Queer Ontario Think Tank, we have Kyrahm & Julius Kaiser’s “Human Installation I: Gender Obsolescence”, a video performance work originally published on Vimeo.com, which has been graciously lent to us by the artists for republication on the Think Tank.

[Note: this work features nude bodies]


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According to the artists:

This solemn ritual presents variety of genders and describes FtM (Female to Male) transition.

It’s a gynandroid performance where the transition process is intermingled with poetry. Sex is represented as skin, female, male. Gender is represented in the sense of self, of man, and of woman. A journey, a crossing, a transition. Naked bodies lined up slowly coming closer. Each individual has a story. They are holding hands. Changing sex is painful like birth. The golden masks on their faces are not to hide their identities: In fact as they come closer it is possible to distinguish their genders: a biological man, a trans man, a trans woman, a biological woman. From the bottom of the stage, a female creature unfolds from behind a black towel and goes to stand behind them: she walks across touching the bodies, one after the other. The pain is tiring, the flesh a substance to be shaped. The solemn rite of dressing up – in trousers, jacket and tie: it’s the return to the opposite. For a transsexual changing sex is not becoming a man but a return to being a man. There is no need to wear the masks anymore: the self is revealed.

About the Artists:

[Excerpted and translated from the artists' Human Installations website]

KYRAHM is one of the key figures of live art in Italy. A conceptual artist, a video artist, a body artist, and an  international performer,  Kyrahm’s performances are built upon the powerful emotional impact that comes from knowing that everything that has been represented within her work is real. Kyrahm creates innovative concepts and works within the fields of media communications and contemporary art.

JULIUS KAISER is an Italian video maker, performance artist, and Drag King performer. Kaiser’s artistic research starts with experiments and performances that explore gendered social roles, putting forth a fluid vision of gendered embodiment(s) that is coherent with contemporary queer theory. Kaiser’s collaboration with Kyrahm has contributed an artistic element to Kaiser’s explorations, giving rise to the experimental Human Installations that have garnered them their international recognition.

Together, they perform both in the underground and mainstream Italian art scenes, which include museums, art galleries, and international art festivals.

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If you, yourself, are interested in submitting a work to the Queer Ontario Think Tank, feel free to review our submission guidelines here, or simply email your work and a short description to info@queerontario.org. We will let you know if we need any additional material or information.

All the best,

The Queer Ontario Think Tank Editorial Committee
info@queerontario.org

Margaret Robinson’s “Two-Spirited Sexuality and White Universality”

This week on the Queer Ontario Think Tank, we have Margaret Robinson’s “Two-Spirited Sexuality and White Universality,” an essay that frames two-spirited identity not as a First Nations term for LGBTQ, but rather as a series of distinct sexual systems that challenge the universal truth claims of White sexual identity systems. It was originally published in the Journal of Postcolonial Networks, at http://postcolonialnetworks.com/2012/06/02/two-spirited.

Margaret Robinson holds a PhD in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College and is a researcher with the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental health in Toronto. She is a General Editor with the Journal of Postcolonial Networks

Note:

If you, yourself, are interested in submitting a work to the Queer Ontario Think Tank, feel free to review our submission guidelines here, or simply email your work and a short description to info@queerontario.org. We will let you know if we need any additional material or information.

All the best,

The Queer Ontario Think Tank Editorial Committee
info@queerontario.org

anna anthropy’s “Dys4ia”

This week on the Queer Ontario Think Tank, we have anna anthropy’s “Dys4ia”.
(Note: this item contains articulations of gender dysphoria, and flashing colours. Ignore the advertisement in the centre square).
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Says anna about the project:

Dys4ia is an autobiographical game about the period in my life when i started hormone replacement therapy. It’s a story about me, and is certainly not meant to represent the experience of every trans person.

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Anne Tagonist’s “Fuck You and Your Fucking Thesis”

We are thrilled to launch the Queer Ontario Think Tank with Anne Tagonist’s 2009 essay, “Fuck You and Your Fucking Thesis” — a note to non-trans researchers who are considering doing research on trans people, trans lives, trans identities, and/or trans communities (including the lives and identities of the sexual and romantic partners of trans people).
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The original essay can be found on Anne Tagonist’s LiveJournal blog, here, and has been posted below via a free-use Creative Commons license issued by Anne on December 10, 2009.
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If you, yourself, are interested in submitting a work to the Queer Ontario Think Tank, feel free to review our submission guidelines here, or simply email your work and a short description to info@queerontario.org. We will let you know if we need any additional material or information.

All the best,

The Queer Ontario Think Tank Editorial Committee
info@queerontario.org

A Call for Submissions to the Queer Ontario Think Tank

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Queer Ontario Think Tank!
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What is it?

The Think Tank is an online publication space dedicated to the promotion of works that (a) articulate the needs and experiences of LGBTQ* individuals in Ontario and abroad; and/or (b) challenge the laws, the institutional practices, and the social norms that regulate them/us.
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What kind of works are we looking for?

We are looking for works in any medium that attempt to achieve one or both of the ‘articulating’ / ‘challenging’ goals above. These can be articles, essays, poetry, or music, dance, photography, film, etc.

The works need not be aligned with Queer Ontario’s official positions or policies, but they should reflect our anti-oppressive, sex-positive, and/or liberationist principles.

Indeed, the more illuminating, thought-provoking, radical, and/or controversial work, the better! Though keep in mind that people tend to underestimate the illuminating, thought-provoking, and/or radical quality of their works; so when in doubt, submit anyway!
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Who can submit a work?

Anyone who thinks they might have work that fits the descriptions above. Anonymous or pseudonymed submissions are very much welcome.
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When is the deadline to submit?

The 25th day of any month. (This is an ongoing project).

Works will be reviewed and selected by the Think Tank Editorial Committee, which is made up of Queer Ontario volunteers.
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For More Information…

For instructions on how to submit work,
please visit thinktank.queerontario.org/submissions

To read the Think Tank’s editorial guidelines,
please visit thinktank.queerontario.org/editorial

For a list of our issues of interest,
please visit queerontario.org/issues

To return to the Think Tank hompage,
please visit thinktank.queerontario.org

For all other questions or comments,
please email us at info@queerontario.org
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Sincerely,

The Queer Ontario Steering Committee
www.queerontario.org

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Notes:
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* “LGBTQ” is used here to refer to individuals who are marginalized because of their sex, gender, sexuality, relationships, and/or way of life. This includes, but is not limited to: individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, agender, two-spirited, cross-dressing, intersexed, neutrois, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous, and/or kinky.
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We know that forms of oppression based on sex, gender, sexuality, relationships, and/or way of life cannot be seen in isolation from other forms of oppression, so we encourage their joint articulation as well.
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If you are interested in participating in the Think Tank Editorial Committee, then please email us at info@queerontario.org with your name, a brief introduction, and the subject line “Think Tank Editorial Committee.”