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First non-medical transgender journal launches
Transgender Studies Quarterly, published by Duke University Press,
pledges to ‘change the way the world thinks about transgender issues’
when it launches in 2014
[Photo: The University of Arizona's Professor Susan Stryker, who will
co-edit Transgender Studies Quarterly]
The first non-medical journal examining academic research into
transgender issues is hoping to launch in April 2014, if it can secure
Transgender Studies Quarterly pledges to ‘change the way the world
thinks about transgender issues’.
The interdisciplinary journal, edited by University of Arizona
professor Susan Stryker and City University of New York’s Paisley
Currah, has already secured publishing with Duke University Press, a
prestigious academic publishers.
But the editors are seeking to raise $20,000 (€15,500) via
crowd-funding to subsidize printing before subscriptions will, they
hope, cover the costs once the journal launches. The Kickstarter
has already raised over $15,000 (€11,600).
‘Transgender Studies has far-reaching implications across many
academic disciplines, including not only gender and women’s studies,
sexuality studies, and LGBT Studies, but also social sciences, health,
art, cultural studies, and many other broadly defined fields,’ write
Stryker and Currah on the campaign page.
‘The development of transgender studies also makes a politically
significant intervention into the lives of trans community members
with tremendous unmet needs, by changing what and how we know about
Stryker and Currah said the idea for the project began in 2008 when
they co-edited a trandsgender special edition of Women’s Studies
‘We received more than two hundred submissions for publication, yet we
could only publish twelve of them,’ they said.
‘We knew then that it was time for transgender studies to have its own
high-profile publications venue. Five years later, there is still no
place to accommodate the kind of conversation we want to foster on
Watch a video about the project here:
The civil rights issue of our time is gay marriage, and the key players in our country’s most significant civil rights movement are on the wrong side of it. The black church has taken on a new role: oppressor.–Monique Ruffin in ―”It’s Official: Gay Is the New Black” (Huffington Post Gay Voices)
The ruminations of popular Huffington Post blogger Monique Ruffin are grounded in a set of complex racial and sexual logics often conflated within current streams of sociopolitical discourse. The black struggle for liberation occurring in the 50s and 60s—or what some name the Civil Rights Movement of our yesteryears—is subsumed in the rhetoric of the queer struggle for civil rights or the fight for marriage equality. The “black church” is imagined as the monolithic institution in this formulation as both emancipator and oppressor.
Such binary formulations fail to make clear the multifaceted intersections and convergences between race, sexuality, and religiosity and the complicated placement of African-American denominational churches within this matrix of social realities. Thus, examinations of sexuality and the black church often lack polyvalent analyses of the black church, its ensuing theologies, doctrines, and practices in relation to its constructions of sexuality and gender and the ways in which the black religious acquiesce, critique, and/or respond to the aforementioned. Perhaps we might consider, then, if the transformation of the black church as Ruffin desires will come as a result of contextualized approaches that offer a way forward.
This special edition of the Journal of Homosexuality, “To Be Black, Queer, and Christian: Critical Essays on the Black Church and Sexuality,” invites nuanced analyses of the black church, race, sexuality, gender, and class. The special edition seeks articles from scholars and practitioners that engage interdisciplinary frameworks and who work at the intersections of critical race theory, queer theory, black liberation theology, queer theology and feminist thought. This special edition seeks to intervene in ongoing conversations on sexuality, queer subjectivities, and black Christianity within the academy and public sphere.
We invite contributions that respond to the following queries: 1). How might black religiosity (i.e. its theologies, practices, hermeneutics, etc.) be queered? 2). How do the black struggle for liberation and queer struggle for civil liberties traverse and depart from, complement and frustrate, the deconstruction of dominant, heteropatriarchal theologies of sexuality within the black church? 3). What types of counterhegemonic pastoral tools and practices can be developed and employed that are responsive to the specific cultural and religious needs of black churches?
Completed articles of 6000-8000 words should be submitted to Darnell L. Moore, guest editor of this special issue, at email@example.com by August 15, 2013. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Please consult the journal’s style guidelines for more information. Inquiries about this special edition should be directed to the guest editor, Darnell L. Moore.
Imagine a life in which even the simplest tasks are rendered impossible. A life in which going to a public restroom is dangerous because you could be harassed, beaten, even arrested. Perhaps in this existence you are afraid to go to class, to the library, or to work, because the idea of “having to go” is just too daunting.
This existence is a reality for many transgender people, and folks who don’t look “traditionally” male or female. Masculine women, feminine men, gender-queer, transsexual and transgender people often face obstacles in accessing the public facilities that many people take for granted, like restrooms.
The Student Life Multicultural Center, and our student organization partners, Trans*Mission, strongly believe that gender inclusive bathrooms are an important aspect of creating safe spaces for all students, staff and faculty. Trans people, queer people, LGBTQ people, gender non-conforming people, and just plain everyone has the right to use restrooms without fear of harassment or violence.
In an effort to better support all students, staff and faculty on campus, the Multicultural Center is committed to ensuring that a comprehensive listing of gender-inclusive restrooms is made easily accessible to the entire campus community so that everyone, regardless of how they identify or present their genders, may more easily locate restrooms they feel comfortable using.
BAM! (Bathroom Avengers Mobilizing) is a summer project being coordinated in conjunction with the student organization Trans*Mission to identify all of the single stall/gender inclusive/gender neutral restrooms on The Ohio State University campus.
Yes-ALL buildings! There are 457 buildings!! BAM! This is a big job! Lots of volunteers are needed to ensure that this resource is ready, accurate, and available at the beginning of Fall semester.
BAM! is organizing teams of people who will visit campus buildings to identify and document gender inclusive/single stall/gender neutral restrooms.
We will then create a comprehensive document that lists building names, the status of restrooms in those buildings, a description of where the inclusive restrooms are located, and what label the restroom has on it.
Interested in assisting with this initiative?
Please click below to register to be a part of this community-wide effort.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office (541-737-8008)
This is a request for your participation in a dissertation research study led by Dr. Daniel Stroud, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Oregon State University. The purpose of this study (titled: Transpeople: An Assessment of Internal and External Resilience Factors) is to gain understanding of the internal and external experiences of transpeople. Eligible participants for this study are those age 18 or older, who identify as Transgender. Procedures entail anonymously completing a thirty-three-item resiliency survey and demographic questions. Participation will take approximately 20 minutes.
Extensive research has been conducted on resiliency. However few have explored how resilience is experienced among diverse populations. To date, the lived-experience of strength and resilience of those identifying as Transgender has received very little attention. Findings from this study may benefit transpeople and organizations that provide advocacy, support or counseling services. A potential risk of participating in this study could involve psychological discomfort resulting from reading and responding to questions assessing resiliency factors. If you experience discomfort and are in need of assistance, resources to help exist. The GLBT National Help Center can be reached by phone (1-888-843-4564) and on line (www.glnh.org ).
The decision to participate in this study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. Your responses will be completely anonymous. If findings from this study are published, no individual answers will be reported; and any information you provide will have no link to your identity. There is no financial compensation for your participation in this un-funded study.
Your completion of the question items will constitute your informed consent to participate in this study.
If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Daniel Stroud (firstname.lastname@example.org ). If you have any questions about your rights or welfare as a participant, please contact the Oregon State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office (541-737-8008) or by email (IRB@oregonstate.edu ).
Daniel Stroud, Ph.D. Liesl Farnsworth, L.P.C., Ph.D. Candidate
Oregon State University Oregon State University