Sublimefemme Tells All, No. 29

It may be the perfect shade of lipstick, but not if it’s on your teeth.

(Turns out, this is true even if you are Mamie Van Doren.)

Femme Means Attack (Call for Submissions)

“Femme Means Attack” call for submissions. “Femme Means Attack” is a collaborative zine of submissions by people who identify as femme and as radical, anarchist, and/or anti-authoritarian. Femmes are often seen as non-radical or counterrevolutionary in many radical communities, despite the fact that we can take to the streets just as well as anyone else, in heels or steel-toed boots, and are FIERCE while doing it. As radical femmes, we often find ourselves alienated from mainstream femme discourse that focuses on standards of femme/femininity which are white, homonormative, aspire to be bourgeoisie, and rely on conspicious consumption. Thus, we radical femmes often find ourselves alienated from both our radical communities and femme communities.

“Femme Means Attack” aims to change that by giving us, radical femmes, a voice. We welcome submissions from femmes of all genders, trans and cis, binary gendered and genderqueer, of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, both urban and rural, of all dis/ability statuses, etc. While submissions should touch on both femme identity and radical politics/communities, we leave it up to each contributor to determine what that looks like. We welcome all types of submissions – essays, personal accounts, poetry, artwork, etc.

Along with your submissions, we ask that you submit a one hundred word bio. This is merely to let us know who you are and where you are coming from on the femme spectrum. That said, there will be a bio section in the zine, so if you do wish to have your bio included, let us know.

Likewise, if you wish to tell us (the editors) your name, but would not like it published in the finished zine, just let us know. However, we do request that you use a pen name or nom de queer so that half of the zine is not attributed to “anonymous.”

Criteria for submissions are:

Absolutely nothing oppressive.

You may submit as many pieces as you would like.

Submissions must be in an easily accessable computer format.

Additionally, written works must be submitted in a format that will allow for editing.

That is- editing of format, not content.

PDF files will not be accepted.

Artwork must be submitted in jpeg format.

If any other issues arise with submissions, they will be handled on an individual basis. You will receive notice as to whether or not your submission has been accepted. If you wish to challenge our rejection of your submission, we welcome your feedback. We only ask that you are as respectful to us as we will be to you. We both identify as anarchists and do not wish to hold any sort of power over anyone else. This zine’s purpose, and our purpose in publishing it, is to bring unity and strength to femmes around the world.

Submissions are due by April 15, 2010 Please send submissions to: femmemeansattack@gmail.com

Your co-editors,

naydeehn pearl messier and gayge sparkly purple unicorn freyjasbarn

Friends of Dorothy Zine (Call for Submissions)

Friends of Dorothy (FOD) calls for submissions for a new radical queer zine focusing on gentrification tentatively titled “Hey Girl Get Out, or Why Housing is a Queer Issue”.  FOD is an autonomous group of radical queers in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to fighting the consequences of global capitalism and imperialism by working in solidarity with low/no income multi-racial communities struggling for collective liberation. Currently we are joining up with Columbus Housing Justice to challenge the ongoing gentrification happening in our city – creating this zine is our first step in providing our community (locally and more broadly) a tangible resource for building our collective Resilience, Resistance, and ability to Re-imagine.

It’s no surprise to us that the assimilationist, consumer-driven mainstream gay community has played and continues to play a large role in the displacement of low-income and working class communities and communities of color – including members of the LGBT community. This is certainly the case here in Columbus as highlighted in the 2003 documentary “Flag Wars”.

We’re currently looking for essays, articles, news, poems, art, stories, and interviews that highlight our major themes for this zine which include: The history of gay-driven gentrification in the U.S., queer struggles for economic / housing justice, community centered alternatives to gentrification, and success stories highlighting queer & multi-racial working class organizing efforts. That said, If you have other ideas for topics, please don’t let this hold you back!!! Ultimately we want to create a zine that uses the issue of gentrification as a means to support the queer community in developing a deeper anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and queer liberationist praxis for economic and housing justice. Our submission deadline is February 28th – the zine is scheduled to be out in by April. Submissions my be sent to organizeCBUS@gmail.com

Fierce Femininity

Happy birthday, Janis.  If you’ve been reading for a while you may already know about my abiding appreciation and affection for Janis Joplin.  If you’re new to SF Unbound, surprise!  Don’t let the pin-up girls fool you, kids.  I’m all about kicking down the white picket fences around femme.  God knows I’m trying! 😉

Lots of us are out there kicking ass, I know, but I still encounter so many small-minded people who persist in seeing femmes as superficial fluff.  Still, that’s all the more reason I think it’s important to unhinge femme from idealized notions of airbrushed beauty while, at the same time, resisting the temptation to attach ourselves to any one idea of what femme is.

I’d love to see femmes of all stripes really empower our inner (or outer) badass, the fierce femme who has no truck with conventional ideas about who she should be or how she should look or act.   So today I’m celebrating all you courageous femmes who take pride in pushing limits, speaking your mind, and living your truth.

Cheers!


Helping Haiti

I have a friend in Haiti now. I’ve heard from her family that she’s OK, which is a tremendous relief, but I keep thinking about all the other people who were not as lucky as she.  As the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, Haiti needs our help now more than ever.

If you haven’t yet donated to the relief effort in Haiti (or even if you have), I want to encourage you to consider contributing $10–or whatever you can afford–to one of these 3 organizations.  All have been awarded the highest rating (4 stars) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities:

  • The International Rescue Committee goes to crisis zones to rescue and rebuild.  It’s now deploying its Emergency Response Team to Haiti to deliver help to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince. They will be working with local aid groups to provide vital medical care, clean water and sanitation to the quake’s survivors.  The IRC’s specialists are veteran first-responders who have quickly set up effective emergency programs around the world during violent conflicts and natural disasters, including last year’s cyclone in Myanmar and the South Asian tsunami in 2005.  Click here to support the IRC’s emergency work in Haiti.
  • Partners In Health, which has been fighting poverty and disease in Haiti for close to 25 years, is already on the ground with facilities strategically placed just outside Port-au-Prince.  They are now mobilizing resources and making plans to bring medical assistance and supplies to communities that have been hardest hit. Your contribution will be quickly routed to these relief efforts. Go here to help Partners in Health deliver much-needed care to Haiti’s earthquake survivors.
  • The international women’s group MADRE has also worked in Haiti for many years, supporting community-based organizations in times of disaster.  MADRE has already activated an emergency response through its partner organization, Zanmi Lasante Clinic. Right now, 100% of your donation to their Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help doctors, nurses, and community health workers meet the urgent needs facing Haitian women and families.  Click here to contribute to MADRE’s important work.

Of course, there are lots of other great organizations and ways to help.  One of the fastest ways to send relief is to text “Haiti” to 90999, which sends a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

If you aren’t in a position to make a financial contribution, you can help raise awareness of the earthquake tragedy. Talk to your family and friends and direct them to these websites for updates and ways to help.

Gay Sex Punishable by Death (Yes, Really)

A proposed bill storming through Uganda’s parliament is one of the most severe pieces of anti-gay legislation in the entire world! If passed, it would establish an alarming precedent that would virtually annihilate the human rights of Uganda’s LGBT people.

In October 2009, Parliamentarian David Bahati introduced draconian legislation in Uganda that would make “any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex” punishable by prison or even death. The bill even takes aim at allies by instituting prison sentences of up to 7 years for those offering protect or support to LGBT individuals.

• Gays and lesbians convicted of having gay sex would be sentenced, at minimum, to life in prison

• People who test positive for HIV may be executed

• Homosexuals who have sex with a minor, or engage in homosexual sex more than once, may also receive the death penalty

• The bill forbids the “promotion of homosexuality,” which in effect bans organizations working in HIV and AIDS prevention

• Anyone who knows of homosexual activity taking place but does not report it would risk up to three years in prison

The vote on this bill could happen as soon as the end of this month, so we’ve got to act fast.   Tell your Representative to condemn the proposed legislation that would deal a blow to human rights in Uganda and across the world.

Fortunately, momentum to fight Uganda’s egregious bill has already started building in Washington. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is spearheading a joint Congressional letter that will be sent to Uganda’s President urging him to put an end to this discrimination.We need all U.S. Representatives to unite in opposition to codify persecution and discrimination in Uganda.

Go to Amnesty International’s website and take action now!   Stop this witch hunt against LGBT people!

Sublimefemme Tells All, No. 28

There’s a reason I’m smiling even though it’s 9 degrees.  It’s called bourbon.