Saturday, September 27, 2014
Allyship, and more than one kind of TV. Latest performance at the SF Queer Open Mic!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ever get sick of people talking about “THE SURGERY”? Me too.

My latest comedy performance at the SF Queer Open Mic!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

churchrat:

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2014

Trans and Queer Activists Beaten and Arrested During SF Pride

San Francisco’s Mission District – At least six people were arrested on Saturday night after a protest against a prison-themed Kink.com party.

The six included a National Lawyers’ Guild Legal Observer; several protesters were clubbed and beaten to the ground after a protest numbering several hundred marched to the Armory at 14th and Mission Streets in the Mission District, from a 10 p.m. gathering at the 16th Street BART Station. Two of the arrestees have been released; four are still in custody as of 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

The promoters of the Kink.com party mockingly invited people to “get arrested” and enjoy “solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement.” The protesters argued that the party was a crude event that profited off of the brutality suffered by trans women and gender nonconforming people of color, who are so often funneled into the prison industrial complex.

“This is a travesty—on the anniversary of the famed Stonewall Rebellion, where trans and queer people rose up against police brutality, that six people would be arrested for protesting an SF Pride-sanctioned party that celebrated state violence and prison rape,” said Mary Lou Ratchet, a Gay Shame (www.gayshamesf.org) representative. The march was organized by Gay Shame and LAGAI (www.lagai.org).

This is the face of assimilation. Happy now, Gay Inc?

Check out Gay Shame’s call to action:

take action:

Please join us in continuing and advancing the struggle for liberation from the prision industrial complex by calling in to the SF DA’s office to demand that the charges against Rebecca, Prisca, and Sarai are dropped.

Please call in to either
(415) 553-1751
(415) 553-1754

basic ask:

"We demand that the DA’s office Drop the Charges against Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai Robles-Mendez."

Please feel free to add any additional comments and spread the word.


Petitioning Office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Drop the Charges against Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai Robles-Mendez

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I like the people side of Pride, but not the organizations, sponsors, or pretty much anything else.

Can we do a Pride apart from Pride? Personal Pride parties? Local Pride marches? Something that doesn’t involve Budweiser and a number of large banks that turned a profit by destroying the global economy?

I sit here in a really comfy suburban home with wonderful roommates and I think, is comfort always good? When does comfort work against my beliefs? When does it encourage me to compromise my ideals? When does it stop being comfort and become domestication of the worst connotation? I know comfortable living space/radical politics is a false dichotomy. But sometimes it gets really easy to pretend that the outside world is ok when everything within your sphere is nice and cozy.

I wish we all had neural internet connections to the parts of the world that are suffering. I wish politicians physically couldn’t ignore the pain of their constituents. I wish those privileged over others couldn’t barricade themselves from poverty and violence others face. I wish imperialistic countries like the US, from leaders to civilians, couldn’t physically ignore the pain of countries our government controls with arms sales, orchestrated regime changes, and a lack of concern for human rights.

Whether it’s through some future technology or in the present, I wish we were all connected, instead of dissociated away into threads of existence that individually can’t see the whole system without putting massive effort into unlearning the dogma we’re raised with.

I wish Pride could continue its success without distancing itself from its riotous roots. I wish the wealthy GL could step outside their galas and gay cruises for one fucking minute and see what the rest of “their” community is suffering through. I wish wealthy white trans women would stop hoarding their earnings and give back, not even to “their” community of stable white trans women, but to people who don’t have the luxury of money or connections to people with money.

I don’t even necessarily know how to do that myself. It seems the higher up the ladder of kyriarchy you go, the more impoverished people’s sense of community and meaningful action becomes. The harder it gets to step outside that comfy little bubble.

But I feel the edge of it, and I have plenty of pins to pop it.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Today is National Coming Out Day in the US.

Alternately, Oops You Assumed Wrong Day. "Hey everybody, did you assume I was straight and cis? Oops you got it wrong!"

Tomorrow we begin the steamier event, Going In Day.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment

Look at how close they are! Help out my OCD, get that progress meter filled up all the way!

Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment

They are sooooo close to their goal! Help them reach 100%!

Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.

Friday, June 14, 2013
Question by cocksucking-accent:
This! Not only are nonbinaries absolutely not represented when you pick a gender for your character, but many features are exaggerated. Some trans women don’t have wasp waists, and that’s okay and should be okay and their character should be able to look like that. Some trans dudes do have wasp waists and don’t mind said waists and having a male character with a teeny waist would help them normalize their body and feel more at ease with themselves. Gender isn’t just boobs v. not boobs!
Also there is a problem very similar to an already known RPG story fault. Most RPGs are written for male characters, and use the same script when you play as a woman, which results in awkward and/or nonsensical situations.
This is why you can’t just flip a switch and keep everything else the same. Women characters are not male characters with tits. Trans characters are not cis characters with a superficially different backstory. We are different people who interact with the world differently and are treated by others differently. The same goes for race, which faces similar problems but I’ll leave to someone more qualified to comment on in detail.
These traits matter. We can’t design meaningful characters with a colorblind/genderblind/anythingblind mentality. Otherwise we’re just writing cis white men with a different character model.

Made rebloggable by request.
Question by cocksucking-accent:
This! Not only are nonbinaries absolutely not represented when you pick a gender for your character, but many features are exaggerated. Some trans women don’t have wasp waists, and that’s okay and should be okay and their character should be able to look like that. Some trans dudes do have wasp waists and don’t mind said waists and having a male character with a teeny waist would help them normalize their body and feel more at ease with themselves. Gender isn’t just boobs v. not boobs!

Also there is a problem very similar to an already known RPG story fault. Most RPGs are written for male characters, and use the same script when you play as a woman, which results in awkward and/or nonsensical situations.

This is why you can’t just flip a switch and keep everything else the same. Women characters are not male characters with tits. Trans characters are not cis characters with a superficially different backstory. We are different people who interact with the world differently and are treated by others differently. The same goes for race, which faces similar problems but I’ll leave to someone more qualified to comment on in detail.

These traits matter. We can’t design meaningful characters with a colorblind/genderblind/anythingblind mentality. Otherwise we’re just writing cis white men with a different character model.

Made rebloggable by request.


Question from thegentleprice:

I’ve been reading your blogs responding to Gaider this morning, and I’m curious to know which games feature glbt characters that you would recommend. I’d like to check them out! I’ve certainly been looking games featuring such characters, but aside from mainstream markets I’m not sure where to look. And as you know that market can be lacking. Googling hasn’t offered much help either.

Thanks for asking! This is definitely one of those instances where Google can be a bit lacking.
Here are three sites I can recommend right off the top of my head:
Auntie Pixelante
Porpentine
Merritt Kopas
They each have several games that feature queer characters and/or queer themes.

Made rebloggable by request.

Question from thegentleprice:

I’ve been reading your blogs responding to Gaider this morning, and I’m curious to know which games feature glbt characters that you would recommend. I’d like to check them out! I’ve certainly been looking games featuring such characters, but aside from mainstream markets I’m not sure where to look. And as you know that market can be lacking. Googling hasn’t offered much help either.

Thanks for asking! This is definitely one of those instances where Google can be a bit lacking.

Here are three sites I can recommend right off the top of my head:

Auntie Pixelante

Porpentine

Merritt Kopas

They each have several games that feature queer characters and/or queer themes.

Made rebloggable by request.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

apreciousbabbu said: I've been reading your blogs responding to Gaider this morning, and I'm curious to know which games feature glbt characters that you would recommend. I'd like to check them out! I've certainly been looking games featuring such characters, but aside from mainstream markets I'm not sure where to look. And as you know that market can be lacking. Googling hasn't offered much help either.

Thanks for asking! This is definitely one of those instances where Google can be a bit lacking.

Here are three sites I can recommend right off the top of my head:

Auntie Pixelante

Porpentine

Merritt Kopas

They each have several games that feature queer characters and/or queer themes.