March 31, 2004 | more marriage | dean

Click here too see an article I just received on email connecting the current gay push for marriage to the broader debates about the $1.5 billion Bush is putting toward "marriage promotion" for people on welfare, and the history of the regulation of poor women through marriage. If you are fascinated by this topic like I am, join me at a panel I'm moderating at the NYC LGBT Center on April 20. For more info check out the website of Queers for Economic Justice. here's the article:

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March 16, 2004 | Nasty hobbitses | Craig

Make's pal in SF, Andrea, sent along our new favorite site: Lord of the Rings queer slash art. All your unanswered questions put to rest.

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March 10, 2004 | Race politics of gay marriage | Craig

Just a quickie. Probably lots of you have seen this, but if not, do check out an article by Kenyon Farrow called Is Gay Marriage Anti-Black? It adds a lot to the conversations going on about this topic, and does a brilliant job of setting the current gay marriage brouhaha in the political context of both Bush's administration and white gay politics. Thank you Allison for first pointing me towards this.

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March 8, 2004 | Ban marriage! | Craig

I'm totally a One Track Wanda these days. I can't think of anything to talk about except gay marriage.

The SAW flyer (see below) caused a small stir at CUNY, with the straights coming out in full force to explain to the queers why marriage was the important movement of the moment. I feel confused at the most basic level of what has happened to feminism. Do people feel not at all accountable to those critiques?

On Saturday, I did a talk at Sarah Lawrence College that left me feeling like I was blowing air into a vast vacuum. I was left at the end, fumbling with my bag (after talking to one student, with whom I had a good, interesting chat) while everyone lined up to get HRC pro-marriage petitions.

You can read the text of my talk here. Better yet, visit this site that gathers resources to fight coercive marriage-promotion disguised as public assistance.

Write with ideas of how to talk about this stuff!

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March 3, 2004 | humid and easy | dean

Look! It's so exciting! Craig has revolutionized makezine and i'm actually contributing a dispatch, it's a miracle. i'm in new orleans soaking the delicious warm humidity deep into my winter-choked lungs. i came to screen Toilet Training at the LGBT film festival here. i flew here from vermont where i was speaking at the Translating Identity Conference. It was a really well-organized very inspiring free conference where i saw two absolutely unforgettable presentations that i need to tell you about. First, I attended Eli Clare's workshop, Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies: Telling Our Stories. Eli provided a moving analysis of the ways that oppression can alter and damage our relationships with our bodies, and used slides of images that provided examples of reclaiming the beauty and sexiness of marked bodies. I'm planning to ask him if he will let me publish his talk on Make, so look for it soon. I can't do it justice, except to say that he got at the heart of something so difficult to talk about, bravely sharing his own stories and helping people in the workshop think about our own. i was particularly struck with his discussion of struggling as he was approaching chest surgery with concerns about the meaning of gender-related body alteration in a context of having been raised in a sexist society. his analysis was very nuanced, and i felt the entire presentation was an act of generosity toward everyone present. the other amazing presentation i got to see was from tara mateik, whose interwove video clips, slides, and speaking in an hour-long presentation entitled The Art of Bioterrorism. I was awestruck by his recent video, Operation Invert, which you should immediately contact him to request that he come to where you are and screen it. The hour was a whirlwind of genius connections between the technologies of war and gender regulation, culminating in a full-length dance video of tara, wearing a peter pan costume, dancing all Michael Jackson's moves to PYT. I was so excited that i forgot to be nervous about my talk for 2 hours.

So now I'm in new orleans, getting a preview of spring, enjoying how much people here talk to each other (I helped a woman get a lizard off her steering wheel just before i came inside), and getting ready to go to the trans social/support group here to mingle with my generous hosts and their trans friends. In my new york life, SRLP is getting ready to move to our new offices on April 1st, taking the big leap to becoming a totally independent organization. We've got a room to rent, too, so if you know someone looking for a windowy, pretty one-room, large office in chelsea, send them my way.

i'm delighted to be back on make (thanks craig!) and i hope you will all keep reading and writing us and sending us new stuff to post here.

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March 2, 2004 | Stuck in class | Craig

Just came from my existentialism course. My ability to focus somewhat hampered by a series of distracting physical sensations, a kind of achey-itchiness and the feeling like my spine was contracting. Like I was shrinking into myself. It took a few minutes for the obvious to register: caffeine withdrawal. I thought if I snuck out to grab coffee downstairs and returned with a cup, it would be a bit too obvious. How did this come to be?

But anyhow, did you know that I have a secret life making (er, approximating) music? Also classmates, my bandmates must suffer my constant pleas to drop out and buy a van. We started when Greg said he wanted to be in a band with people who didn't know how to play instruments, and I said, "I don't know how to play keyboards" and Emily said, "I don't know how to play drums." The rest is musical herstory.

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February 27, 2004 | Singles unite!| Craig

In lieu of the promised dispatch on the biopolitics of gay marriage which, given my slightly sloppy drunk state at the moment seems way too complex, I offer for NYers info on an event coming up next week:

One Year Later...
Singles Against War (SAW) asks:
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? and
WHO DO WE GO WITH?

The news media have shown us that
WAR DOESN'T MATTER, GAY MARRIAGE DOES!

After an unsuccessful attempt at stopping the war, SAW has vowed to shift its attention to domestic priorities. Commit yourself to the movement – get gay married! Fight for your right to wear white!

Following in San Francisco's footsteps down the aisle, SAW will be gay marrying singles at the
Boiler Room, 86 E. 4th St
at 2nd Ave in NYC, from
8:30 to 11:30 pm on Thursday, March 4, 2004.
Meet someone...at the altar!

Drink specials and bride giveaways

Bring $$$!

Endorsers:
Crate and Barrel * Pottery Barn * Bed Bath & Beyond * 1-800-FLOWERS * Tavern On The Green * Harry Winston * Tiffany & Co. * Williams-Sonoma * Travel Industry Association of America
--list in formation--

Who wants to be part of the most fundamental institution of civilization? I do!

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February 25, 2004 | Wham! Bam! Trans! | Craig

Make recently caught word of a great event being planned in one of our favorite tiny states, Rhode Island, this upcoming April. Please read the call below and wander by their website.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

WhamBamTrans Arts Fest

The WhamBamTrans Arts Fest is a hott & sexy, one-day, multimedia extravaganza for trans/ genderqueer/IS/gendervariant artists to strut their stuff and bust some binaries. Featuring boundary breaking music, spoken word, film screenings, visual art and a radical trans fashion show— not to mention a roof-raising party to finish off the night— WhamBamTrans will knock your trannypants off!

When: Saturday, April 17, 2004
Where: The Dirt Palace, Providence RI
Mission: Our mission is to build a multiracial, multi-gender, multi issue movement through activism and the arts.

I want more: www.whambamtrans.org

Next up: thoughts on gay marriage and biopolitics. Also, anybody know something about the grain debates of the 18th century? It's my new favorite topic and I'm looking for stuff to read!

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February 21, 2004 | Turn the camera off | Craig

After seeing a hot rock-n-roll show with J____ the other night, we were on our way to the subway and this man on a cell phone jumped into our paths screaming about how he was from Boston and something about the Mets. It was sort of like he was listening to a baseball game and narrating it, ("The Mets score!!"") sort of like he was talking to the person on the phone about us. I'm not exactly sure what directed him and his baseball needs towards us. I usually do okay with bizarre NYC street encounters, but I was completely flabbergasted and thinking about an article I'd just read in the Village Voice, wondering if we were on a reality TV prank show and if there were hidden cameras near by. (Not like these, but I wish). J___ told the man he was being rude to his friend on the line and should talk to him instead of screaming at us.

The best part: as we extricated ourselves and wandered off, the man's parting words (as spoken into the phone): "These guys are gonna blog about this tomorrow."

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