I spend a lot of time looking for new things to read to expand my knowledge of the community, but lately, I have really been looking for a novel or something more positive with trans* characters. A few days ago, I found this article, describing a young adult novel written from the first-person perspective of a transman: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. After reading the article, a defense by Cronn-Mills of her decision to write from the perspective of a trans* individual despite being cis, I decided to read the book myself and see how I felt about it. Where does the line between trying to represent the community and appropriation and misrepresentation lie?
I love how we can say so much in poetry which we may otherwise not be able to articulate, and I have been looking continually at poetry focusing on trans* themes. One of my friends recently introduced me to Gabe Moses, a transman who has competed in the National Poetry Slam, as a member of both the Berkeley Poetry Slam Team and Atlanta’s Art Amok Slam Team.
Poetry can say so much we can’t quite get out, we can’t quite get on the page in any other way. Words are so powerful, and it is hard to find ways often to describe feelings. Sometimes we don’t have the vocabulary or the eloquence to relate exactly our emotions. All experiences within the trans* community differ, but some things are universal. I have found several trans* poets and poems which capture so much the feelings surrounding the experience of being a trans* individual and how we interact with the world.
We know that Sappho was the most famous woman writer of the ancient world and that many of her poems were addressed to women. Who were Sappho’s girlfriends and what did she write to them?
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Most people who come to question gender or who have loved ones who are gender-variant must educate themselves about gender. There is no definitive way to come across the knowledge needed to navigate gender respectfully. Started by a group of people in Houston, Texas who wanted to create a sort of basic textbook on gender when finding there was none, the GENDER book was created to illustrate clearly and in a creative way the gender binary, the differences between gender and sex, and different identities along the gender spectrum.
The committee charged with updating the Chinese dictionary has omitted the homosexual definition of the word "tongzhi" often used to refer gays and lesbians.
Sappho is currently visiting her friend Erinna, a fellow poet on Greek Island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea archipelago.
She hopes you will like the poems below written by Sappho and Erinna. Erinna was a fellow poet, peer and friend of Sappho’s in 4th century BC Greece. Erinna was also considered to be a Lesbian and Mytilenean because of her close association with Sappho although she hailed from the neighboring island of Tilos or Telos.
I recently heard that Sappho was once exiled from Lesbos. Why was she in exile? What are some of the political and social dynamics that influenced her life and her poetry?
If you are fan of comics, you will have surely heard of certain comics whose certain characters come out. However, as well as we can watch 100% lesbian TV shows, we have also 100% lesbian comics like Les Chroniques Mauves (The Mauve Chronicles) which I have just discovered and which I enjoyed.