‘Are you trans-identified? Do you identify as someone with a disability or have you been labelled with a disability? Do you experience chronic health conditions that affect how you interact with the world? Do you identify as someone who is Deaf?
You may be interested in an upcoming project focusing on gender identity, disability and Deaf identities. There is going to be a chapter on dis/ability and Deaf identities in the upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves book project is for trans people and by trans people. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for trans people, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. Each chapter will be written by separate transgender and/or genderqueer author(s). This chapter is specifically for and by trans people with disabilities and trans people who are Deaf.
How can I get involved? There are many ways to get involved, depending on what interests you and the amount of time and energy you have. This could include writing a piece yourself, including arts-based work, being interviewed about your own experience, or reviewing the materials for the chapter. We are interested in hearing your voices and including your perspectives.
What do you mean by dis/ability? There are many people who identify proudly as disabled people, or people with dis/abilities. There are also others who have been labelled with disabilities but who may or may not identify with this label. You may have claimed or reclaimed other terms or labels that have meaning for you. You may also have intersecting identities. If you identify as having a disability, or if you have lived experience of being labelled with a disability, it would be great to communicate with you. And if you’re not sure if this is a project for you, just ask, we’re happy to connect!
What can I submit? This is not an academic project. The book will include information that trans people find helpful in a range of formats including essays, poetry, interviews, and art.
Accessibility/ Ways of Working/ Involvement. Our goal is to welcome and include cross-disability perspectives in this chapter, and to make this project as accessible as possible. If you know someone who might be interested in this project, please share this information. Let’s work together to create something that really reflects the diversity of our trans experience as people with disabilities and people who are Deaf.
We are open to finding ways to make contributing to this chapter open and accessible to you. Please let us know how to best to facilitate this and we will try to make it work! (Some options include: having someone interview you instead of you writing something, two or more people working on pieces together, we can also try to find support for you to produce art or writing that tells your story etc.)
Timelines. To find out more about this project, please contact us with your ideas or questions by September 1, 2011. Final submissions will be due by October 15, 2011.
Syrus Marcus Ware — firstname.lastname@example.org
Zack Marshall –email@example.com’