Posts Tagged ‘LGBT’

News at 11: reporting on trans issues still of patchy quality; water still wet.(crossposted from BOP)

March 16, 2011

(crosspost from BOP):

News at 11: reporting on trans issues still of patchy quality; water still wet.

 

There’s a post which has recently been reappearing in my Tumblr dashboard on a regular basis. It’s a quote from an article in Guernica magazine (Trans-Formative Change) which in its opening sentence asserts that “The average life span of a transgendered person is twenty-three years“. The Tumblr quote is usually simply ‘liked’ and the few comments on it seem to be along the lines of “OMG teh poor trans ppl this is shocking“. While I’m broadly in agreement with the sentiment of the commenters, the authoritative tone of the assertion didn’t sit at all comfortably with me. Twenty-three years? Really?

www.birdofparadox.net/blog/

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Here is one of the versions of the article in question:

FEMINISTE

Transformative Change

by Jill on 3.16.2011

Guernica interviews Dean Spade, the first openly trans law professor, about his activism and work with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. It’s a must-read, but the lead particularly caught my eye: The average life span of a transgendered person is twenty-three years….feministe.us/blog/archives/2011/03/16/transformative-change/

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Video Spotlight LGBT Film: “Liquid Sky” “Stevie”

March 11, 2011

Video Spotlight will highlight LGBT,Feminist,and Trans film and themes.

(Possible trigger:video contains violence and drug use)

LIQUID SKY (1983) is the story of an androgynous, self destructive fashion model who is addicted to narcotics, and who gets her drugs from her female lover Adrian. She dresses as both a man and a woman.An avant garde fashion show is to be held in a New Wave nightclub in Manhattan. Among the models are bisexual Margaret (Anne Carlisle) and Jimmy (also played by Carlisle)…”

NYTimes Review
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Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971) was an English poet and novelist. (Apart from death, common subjects include loneliness; myth and legend; absurd vignettes, usually drawn from middle-class British life, war, human cruelty and religion. Though her poems were remarkably consistent in tone and quality throughout her life, their subject matter changed over time, with less of the outrageous wit of her youth and more reflection on suffering, faith and the end of life.She was bisexual.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Smith

Poem:Not Waving But Drowning

Jannice Thaddeus suggests that the speaker of the poem, like other figures in Smith’s works, changes from male to female as part of a theme of androgyny that exists in many of the poems found in Selected Poems.

NY Times review:Glenda Jackson “Stevie” (1978)
 

(Possible trigger:video contains references to suicide)

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