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Genderqueer is a word that points to infinite possibilities for playing with, sabotaging, cutting up, reinventing and/or reclaiming gender. However, there is a frequent perception that genderqueer is most often claimed by people who were assigned female at birth. This zine aims to address this by creating a space for genderqueer people who were assigned male at birth to tell their stories, examine and explore their identities and experiences, and offer their perspectives and visions on gender, queerness, and beyond.
There is no one path from M to Q; there are as many routes as there are genderqueers. Even the metaphor of a route is too limited; there may not be movement at all, but rather a slicing open or a flowering forth. Tell us about your journey, your process, the intricate or plain pattern of your gender history. Tell us the name of your gender, and how it feels when other people sing it back to you (or refuse to do so). Tell us your struggles, tell us your dreams, tell us the shapes of pain and liberation that swim through your blood.
Here are some questions to consider:
* How did you come to discover/create/embrace being genderqueer? What does being genderqueer look like for you, in terms of identity and expression?
* What has coming out as genderqueer been like? With your family? With your friends? With strangers on the bus? Or, why have you not come out?
* What have your experiences of the genderqueer community been like? Positive, negative, mixed or uncategorizable.
* How does being genderqueer intersect with your other identities and experiences? People of color, working-class people, people with disabilities are especially encouraged to submit.
* Have you had experiences as a genderqueer person that you consider to be directly linked to having been assigned male at birth? Either because of the assumptions that others make about your identity, or because of the internal effects of being socialized to be a “boy”.
* What would the world look like if it were a safe and welcoming place for your gender? How might we get from here to there? Political analysis, critiques and visions or liberation are welcome as long as they are rooted in your experiences.
* How have structures of domination (such as heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, capitalism, classism, ableism, and and and…) shaped, distorted or suppressed your gender identity, expression, and experiences?
* What possibilities for resistance, liberation, and new forms of community do you see in and around genderqueer lives and identities? How do you respond to the notion that identifying as genderqueer is a political act?
*Feel free to add anything else that comes to you!
Please send us your poems, stories, essays, comics, photographs, drawings, one-act plays, and sheet music–anything that can be reproduced in two dimensions and black and white. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also feel free to ask any questions you might have. The deadline to send in submissions is the Fall Equinox: September 22nd, 2012.
This zine will be co-edited by River Willow Fagan, Fauster Kitchens and Josiah Seng.