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A few things you’ll see in issue two of JABR

Just a Bit Radical (http://www.facebook.com/justabitradicalmag) is an LGBTQ+ ‘zine by the people for the people, so to speak. We encompass every letter of the Alphabet, and here’s some things you can look forward to in our second issue:

http://www.facebook.com/MetroSam the lovely and talented Sam is going to be doing an interview for us in issue two of Just a Bit Radical. Excited? So are we! ♥ ♥ You might know Sam from his amazing Genderbread Person that went viral on Tumblr: http://bit.ly/IsnrcO

Also, an interview with April Ashley, an amazing woman and a pioneer of MtF/trans* rights. We’re so humbled to be speaking to her, we can’t even begin to tell you all. If you want to learn more about April before the ‘zine goes live, visit— http://www.april-ashley.com/

We’re also going to be talking with the founder of the Genderreel Film Festival, a trans*/gender-variant/etc. film fest in Philadelphia. http://genderreelfest.com/?page_id=32 — Know some filmmakers that have made a work about trans* issues? They’re looking for submissions, so drop it like it’s hot!

Another thing you’ll be seeing are Q&A’s from http://www.wearetheyouth.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/mytransgression …If you know someone who wants to write an article or submit artwork/photography to us, let us know! Submissions for issue two are open until August!

 

Check it out!

An interview we did with GenderReel film festival, whom you’ll be hearing from in issue two of JABR.

 

http://genderreelfest.com/?p=1785

Just a quick note!

JABR’s website goes live at the end of the month! The ‘zine will also be available for digital purchase and print-on-demand at that time! Yay!! Thank you all for the support, time, PR, shoutouts, donations, and love! We’re so excited to be bringing the ‘zine to you soon!

32 days left!

Donate to our Kickstarter today, and help us spread the word!

Thank you for all the support!

–Team JABR

Second issue underway!

Do you know of a great LGBTQ project that you think would fit in our second issue? Do you have something to say about LGBT issues that you have to get off your chest? Leave a comment here if so. We’re looking for possible features and articles for issue two of Just a Bit Radical!

As always, the Kickstarter is still running and we need your help to bring issue one (and more!) to print and help us get webspace: http://kck.st/zstOcs

Donate today if you can, or spread the word! Every little bit helps!

The Kickstarter is live! The clock is ticking!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1033936815/just-a-bit-radical-magazine

Please, help us spread the word! Donate if you can! The LGBTQ* community desperately needs this ‘zine. We fully believe in what we’re doing and can’t wait to share it with you!

Calling GLBTQ Adults! I want to hear you scream!

What can we as GLBTQ adults do to show our support of those that are fighting a struggle we may have already conquered? You’ve come out, your professional and personal life is amazing, life is good. Kiran, I don’t want to have to feel the anxiety, the sadness and the rage, that despair I felt when I was 14 or 15, the loneliness of 16 and 17…The begging and pleading that was 18 and please-oh-please let there be someone, anyone out in the world like me.
The thing is, if you don’t…If I don’t. If we all, as adults…don’t stand up and say, “I am gay, I am happy, and I am proud.” who will? If more celebrities don’t come out, like Chely Wright, Ellen, etc…Mainstream culture will continue to marginalize and dismiss us as somehow ‘less’ in society all based on who we love.

The suicides will continue, and any child dying due to feeling alone and helpless because they are gay, trans*, bisexual…Is one child too many.

When does it stop? When do we as a nation stand up and say, “No more. It ends now.” when do my fellow GLBTQ adults say, “I am out, I am successful, and you can be too.” instead of hiding behind a computer where it’s safe. Places like glbtq and straight youth centers are few and far between, and glbtq meetings at coffee shops, dances, etc. just don’t happen anymore. When does our own community stand back and say, “We have to show the kids out there that’s it’s going to be okay.” How many kids in tiny backwater towns where it’s just NOT okay to be GLBTQ are going to kill themselves? How are they going to know if the community as a whole doesn’t rise up and say, “I exist, perhaps even in your town! I survived, and so can you.” worse, if these kids have a disability they’re ALREADY being picked on. Adding being gay on top of that is like, “I am a target for bullying!! Make fun of me!” and bullies these days will miss no opportunity to harass them nonstop. They’re malicious and cruel, and with the addition of Facebook, Twitter, and social media in general–The torment can literally never end.

You can say, “Where were their parents?” but they’ve probably went to the school and they were ignored! What kind of lackluster bullshit anti-bullying policy is that?! IT’S NOT, THAT’S WHAT. That’s not a policy, it’s a “cover our asses and say the right things so we don’t get sued.” But when it comes time to enforce it?! Nope. No dice. Didn’t do it. And now those children are DEAD and they are going to stay dead and even if they rewrote the policy it won’t bring them back. I want to work in educational policy for GLBT youth so this stops happening, and no school can ever ignore this sort of thing again. I want to leave them with no course of action *but* to take action! Staying silent and not addressing these issues when they were brought directly to the schools in question by family, friends, and teachers? For shame.

That is not a policy. That is not anti-discrimination. It is the height of ignorance, and it is despicable.
The GLBTQ adult community, the college students, the working professionals–We cannot stay silent. We have to realize that for so many of today’s youth (yes, still!), there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is nowhere to go, no-one to talk to. If my writing this can help one person, it’s a start. It will never be ‘enough’ but it’s a bit of headway on a long and uphill battle.

Stand up, take action. Don’t let these children suffer alone. Make changes. Speak out. I will be.

Will you?

Call for Submissions!!

Hey all!

Are you a member of the GLBTQ spectrum, or a straight ally? Do you want to get your voice heard on topics such as advocacy, sex, gender identity, stereotypes, GLBTQ youth in mainstream media, and more? Just a Bit Radical is looking for submissions that fall into their first theme: ‘Silence’ Whether you submit a piece of artwork, an article, or a poem–It’s all welcome.

The zine will be published monthly online, and quarterly in print to the New England area.

For some ideas:

How has the media ignored GLBTQ youth today?

If we don’t come out, who will?

How non conformist gender identities are ignored and made to feel invisible by society

Why speaking out can save lives

What I wish I could say to _________

Draw an image that represents GLBTQ silence to you

The world is your oyster!!

Please email submissions to: justabitradical@ gmail dot com.

Submission Deadline: 4/15/2012