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

thegentleprice asked: 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.

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Three rings were given to white feminism, nine rings to the G and the L, who above all else desire fabulousness. But they were all of them deceived… Kyriarchy Through the Lens of Fantasy
Thursday, May 30, 2013
With allies like this, who needs Kenneth Zucker?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I got linked on Autostraddle in their call for submissions for trans*scribe. And while I do have a text version of the piece they linked to, you don’t have time for that. So here’s a video.

The text version has once again spread across Facebook like a bad rash. I can only imagine the interpersonal drama being stirred up right now by passive-aggressive tagging.

Monday, January 14, 2013
I don’t want them teaching it’s ok to be gay in school. I mean, kids aren’t ready to hear about that sort of thing. They can learn about sexual perversion when they get older and leave my house and/or by discovering my vast collection of porn that’s contradictory to my stated beliefs.