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The International Asexuality conference, 28 June 2014

awp2014:

This is the official announcement for the International Asexuality conference on 28 June 2014 at Ryerson University. Our conference is a now a WorldPride affiliate event, and details can be found on their website.

You can now register for the conference here!

WHERE?
It will take place in the heart of Downtown Toronto, at the Rogers Communications centre, which is part of Ryerson university.

WHEN?
The conference is a one day event on 28 June, and registration will open at 9am. We expect the first talks and panels to start at about 10am, and the conference will close at 7pm, after which we will hopefully all go for a meal!

HOW MUCH?
It is entirely free!

WHO IS INVITED?
The conference is open to all groups: asexuals, gray-As, demisexuals and our friends and allies - as well as interested members of the public and press. All we ask is that everyone behave respectfully and appropriately.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?
This one day conference will include:
- talks by leading asexual activists and educators such as David Jay
- panel discussions
- participant led workshops
- (possible) a screening of the (A)sexual movie if there’s demand.

Further we will be holding our very first full press conference with questions answered by leading asexual activists and by community members in the audience. Participants will also have the chance to talk to members of the press if they wish and share their stories with a wider audience.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Please make a post here, or send an email to wp2014@asexuality.org. If you register for the conference, we will send you updates by email.

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We’ve extended our search for a transgender contributer

bisexual-books:

We’re looking for another contributer to join us here at Bisexual Books! 

When Ellie and Sarah started this blog a year ago we had no idea if anyone would even care about bisexuality in literature.  Well, besides us.  We were grateful to bring on Evan last fall but we still want to expand!

Sadly we can’t pay you.  This is a labor of love.   However, you’ll be joining three kick-ass bisexuals who are passionate about the power of stories and information to improve the lives of real people.

Now down to business.   

We feel like we’ve got this cis thing covered, so we’re looking for a transgender bisexual to join our motley crew.   We’re using transgender as an umbrella term here so as long as you identify as trans in some way, that is good enough for us.  

 What else are we looking for? You must:

  • Be a reader, i.e. you must read a lot.  You self-define what this means.
  • Have the time to put up one review or analysis of at least 3 paragraphs once a week or more
  • Have time to add cool things of interest to the queue a couple times a week
  • Speak and write in fluent English
  • Be over 18 (since we review erotica here)

Some things would be neat but not required:

  • If you regularly read adult fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction)
  • If you read in another language than English
  • Members of historically disadvantaged communities encouraged

Interested parties should email us at bisexualbooks@gmail.com  Tell us a little bit about yourself including your age, location, and preferred pronouns along with a writing sample.   This could be a review of a book, or an analysis of something relating to bisexuality.  Anything you’d like.  We want something that tells us who you are and why you are awesome :)

New deadline is April 30th.  

Please help us share this as widely as you can

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So somehow, the trans YA lit bibliography I posted on tumblr over a year ago suddenly has gotten about a billion notes and a billion new followers in the last day or so. On that note, I thought I’d share that I have a newer version of the list that is a bit more…

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Some might argue that the procedures used to lower T levels are simply part of the price athletes must pay to compete at the elite level. But these choices aren’t temporary hardships like training far from home or following a rigorous diet. The required drug and surgical treatments are irreversible and medically unjustifiable. Clitoral surgery impairs sexual function and sensation; gonadectomy causes sterility; and hormone-suppressive drugs have side effects with potentially lifelong health risks.

Produced with the support of Pacific Islanders in Communications and ITVS, the film traces Kumu Hinaʻs evolution from Collin Wong, a timid high-school boy, to her present position as a married woman and cultural director of a Hawaiian charter school in one of Honoluluʻs grittier neighborhoods.

Do you disclose, or do you lie?

I got another version of this question today.

The short answer is: whether you come out to that particular medical practitioner or not depends on you and your circumstances.

For the longer answer, see my writing on the matter of disclosing a non-binary identity for medical transition, where I also outline my personal experiences with doctors. 

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queerbookclub:

Queer books out in April 2014. Know any others?

[Image description: ten book covers, including Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote, Floating Brilliant Gone by Franny Choi, The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi, Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion edited by Ryan Conrad, MxT by Sina Queyras, Far From You by Tess Sharpe, Haiti Glass by Lenelle Moise, Transgender Persons and the Law by Ally Windsor Howell, Rednecks, Queers, & Country Music by Nadine Hubbs, and Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis.]