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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

What You’ll Find in Issue Two of Just a Bit Radical!

What You’ll Find in Issue Two of Just a Bit Radical

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 here 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!

Want to help us out? Donate to our Kickstarter, it’s down to the wire with 15 days left! If 450 people donated $10.00 we’d reach our goal! http://kck.st/zstOcs

We’re looking forward to being a voice for not only trans* people but everyone under the umbrella and our allies, too! ❤

xoxo—Kiran

Just a Bit Radical on Kickstarter

19 days, yes I said NINETEEN–to get Just a Bit Radical funded. Please donate if you can, or reblog this post to help us spread awareness. We have a long way to go, but we’ve seen some Kickstarter miracles and we’d like to be one of them.

Help us give queer youth a much needed voice! Donate and spread the word today!

 

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

Thank you for all the support!

–Team JABR

I’ll Make a Man Out of You–Now on HuffPo!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/catherine-oliver/ill-make-a-man-out-of-you_b_1391623.html

The rubber hits the road

I don’t want to break anyone’s bank. I’m broke, and so are a lot of other people. I know it’s tough for everyone. That being said, Just a Bit Radical is going to be available in every digital format I can get my hands on—And print issues will be available on demand. 

The ‘zine is going to be $2.00 USD per issue, digital. $7.00 USD for a subscription gets you all four of this year’s ‘zines. Two bucks. You can’t buy a coffee for $2.00 these days. I know people think I’m crazy. The fact is…I’m not doing this to get rich. I’m doing it because there is a basic, fundamental need to get this content to as many people as possible. Selling the ‘zine for $2.00 ensures that just about anyone can afford it. If someone wants a printed copy because they don’t have access to a computer—I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now I stand by digital download.

People need and want this kind of publication. I’m not going to lie to you guys, we got our first Q&A article back yesterday—And it’s amazing. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it is. We have some quality, top-notch things that I can’t wait to show you all.

Stick with us. We’re just getting started.

—Everyone at Just a Bit Radical

Get ready to rock and roll.

Why does the binary gender system seek to enforce stereotypes? What good can come out of forcing people into societal boxes that govern how they should feel, act, dress, and more? Is there ever a good reason for this? Are people just too scared of the unknown to accept anything that goes outside the two checkboxes on a job application or a census form? Parents have tried to raise their kids without gender stereotypes, only to get accused of being hippies at best and downright abusive at worst.

Tell me what’s abusive about not shoving your kid into a box that says, “This is how you’re supposed to act given your genitalia. You’ll spend the rest of your life trying to conform to those stereotypes, because society says you should. Have fun.” There’s nothing even remotely abusive about wanting to spare your child the forced gender socialization that comes with gendered toys, clothes, etc. “Boys have to be tough!” or “Girls wear pink and like flowers!” is still so very prevalent even today. The amount of gender-neutral baby clothes is still nowhere near as high as the gendered counterparts, and once your child is older? Forget it. Society will demand your child not wear clothes of the, “opposite sex” and act in a certain way. We are vastly a society based on fear. The unknown, the things which are different and do not conform scare people—or makes them feel uncomfortable.

I want to make people think. I want to make them question their own ideals about what gender is, about what sexuality is. I want people to understand that your physical sex does not equal what your gender is. That you can be a boy, a girl, a transman, a transwoman, a boi, a grrl, a riot…You can be anything you want to be. I want to live in a society where we are all embraced, instead of shoved into acting and looking the same. I want to be able to walk into a bathroom and not get dirty looks. I want to not be told what I should like in the bedroom, because of what’s between my legs. I want to cause a revolution. A genderless, non-conforming, trans* and everything in between rallying cry. I might be alone in this, I’d like to hope I’m not…But…I want people to know who I am. I think that’s what everybody wants in the end. How can we all be seen as individuals if we’re all forced to act the same from the moment we’re born? We can’t.

I want to change that. Change it with me? Let’s do this thing, together. One day at a time.

Make a wish

I always knew I wasn’t like the others. I didn’t want a boyfriend, and I wore clothes that the other girls called. “Boy’s clothes.” all the time. I played in the mud, ran after soccer balls, and climbed trees. Tomboy, they said. I knew I liked girls, and I swore if I did enough wishing I’d wake up and just be a boy already. I knew I preferred boy’s clothes, and I kissed my first girl that Summer. Why did I always wake up wishing I had a different body? Why didn’t I like what I saw in the mirror?

Luckily for me, I soon got my answer. My school had a group of amazing people come speak to us about gender and sexuality. They told us about things like being genderqueer (I almost fell out of my chair. They were talking about me!!) and transgender, and that it was okay to be these things. That it was okay to feel confused, and that no matter what—We were still loved and accepted. It was the best I’d felt in years.

I still dress in masculine clothes. However, sometimes—I feel like putting on a dress, and I do. The best part about identifying as genderqueer, is that there is no right or wrong. There is a lack of labels, and you aren’t pressured to be anything but yourself. I’m not saying it’s right for everyone—But for some of us, it’s perfect. For me, it’s perfect. Never doubt that you will find your way, even if you decide that genderqueer isn’t what suits you.

Someday, you are going to fall in love. Hopefully, the person you love will accept you regardless of how you identify. Never settle for anything less. I am lucky in that the person I love respects me, genderqueer and all. She doesn’t mind if I wear my boxers, or bind my breasts. If I go by a different name, or different pronouns. She doesn’t mind at all if the next day, I’m in a dress and heels. (Although she has been known to laugh at my sad attempts to walk in them.)

Being transgender or genderqueer is amazing, and you should never be ashamed of who you identify as. I am blessed to be who I am today, and I promise you that there are other people out there just like you that are happy, successful, and are looking forward to meeting you! Never give up hope, and never stop wishing.

Speaking of wishes, I’m still waiting on that pony and the monster truck…

Now go out there and change something. You have the power to do amazing things, just the way you are.

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?