Monday, November 1, 2010

Trans Day of Action and Igniting the Kindred S.O.N.G.

The two articles, unlike previous ones, are directed for both individuals outside and within the academy. Both address problems and changes that need to be made within the queer community but are in different parts of the country; the North and South.

Trans Day of Action 2009
This piece of work was posted on the website for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in attempt to raise awareness of a march taking place in New York City for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color and allies to take the streets and demand justice. However, the focus of this article is not solely on the TGNC community but also reaches to the Queer community as a whole and in doing so demonstrates our in class working definition of the word "queer". Some of the other queer communities commented on in the article include women, the poor, prisoners, and immigrants. All of the communities addressed receive unequal treatment and as a result are forced into harsh living environments, lacking proper health care, etc. Some aspects of the article to focus on is the use of the phrase "we demand" when addressing certain problems within the queer community, accessibility of this information to those outside of the queer community and the references made to those individuals within the queer community as a whole but outside of the TGNC community.

Igniting The Kindred S.O.N.G.

This second work is a report conducted by S.O.N.G on Southern Trans people. Part of this campaign is to prioritize listening to oppressed communities to honor them with hearing and dignity; analyze conditions; find patters; and take action based on that information. This report was based on responses given by 127 individuals who identified as Transwomen, Transmen,and Gender Queer, as well as Two-Spirit, Cross Dresser, passable, Autogynephile, Non-op Transsexual, women and men and were currently living in the South or had in the past. There were two main focuses within this article. The first included the 3 most pressing Issues to you and your community which was narrowed down to employment/money, violence/safety and access to healthcare. The second was the top 4 steps towards solving these problems which consisted of policy change, organizing, public education and creating and accessing resources. Some aspects to focus on for this article include the people who answered the survey, why focus on the South, your own set of pressing issues, and different steps you think could be taken to produce positive change.

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