So this is coming up pretty soon! I’ve got lots of announcements. 
1. Join the facebook event
2. PDF flyers to post around town
3. Sign up for the waiting list. It’s very likely there will be openings on Nov. 30! 4-6 ft. tables $15, LGBTQ youth (<22) get a free spot and priority. Otherwise, first to pay are first served. Email elliottdeline@gmail.com if interested. 
4. Looking for donation of either coffee or money to cover the cost of coffee! Email elliottdeline@gmail.com if interested. 
5. We still need more volunteers to help set up for the event at 6:30 PM and help us clean up from 10-10:30 PM on the 6th. Let us know if you want to help! Email blake1863@gmail.com.
6. We are having 2 meetings for volunteers and vendors who have questions, concerns, or just want to chill. Saturday 6PM and Tuesday 7:30. Message or email for locations. 
7. There is still room to place your products on the table of miscellany for free! Email aila76@gmail.com. 
Please share this post as well! We want a great turnout for our vendors and if all goes well, this will be a reoccurring event in Syracuse. Thank you! 

So this is coming up pretty soon! I’ve got lots of announcements. 

1. Join the facebook event

2. PDF flyers to post around town

3. Sign up for the waiting list. It’s very likely there will be openings on Nov. 30! 4-6 ft. tables $15, LGBTQ youth (<22) get a free spot and priority. Otherwise, first to pay are first served. Email elliottdeline@gmail.com if interested. 

4. Looking for donation of either coffee or money to cover the cost of coffee! Email elliottdeline@gmail.com if interested. 

5. We still need more volunteers to help set up for the event at 6:30 PM and help us clean up from 10-10:30 PM on the 6th. Let us know if you want to help! Email blake1863@gmail.com.

6. We are having 2 meetings for volunteers and vendors who have questions, concerns, or just want to chill. Saturday 6PM and Tuesday 7:30. Message or email for locations. 

7. There is still room to place your products on the table of miscellany for free! Email aila76@gmail.com. 

Please share this post as well! We want a great turnout for our vendors and if all goes well, this will be a reoccurring event in Syracuse. Thank you! 

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IMPORTANT

Syracuse people in particular, please read this letter from Dr. Chase Catalano at the LGBT Resource Center and read my brief note at the end.

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November 15, 2013 

Dear Syracuse University Communities:

On Friday morning, November 15, 2013, we arrived to campus to witness a clear act of symbolic violence and we are dealing with the emotional repercussions in response. Our passive educational effort to raise awareness that trans* (transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and gender fluidity) lives matter at Syracuse University, that was situated on one of the grassy knolls between Schine and Newhouse, was vandalized. The destruction of the lawn signs (metal bent, tossed signs, stolen signs, spit on and stepped on signs) was not due to an act of wind; this was an intentional action to silence, intimidate, disrespect, and disregard the message of the LGBT Resource Center. In an effort to resist such tactics, the remaining signs were repaired and put back in the ground, attempting to reflect the original message that Trans* Lives Matter.

We speak of valuing diversity, inclusion, and social justice at Syracuse University, and today, I believe, we find ourselves lacking any embodiment of those values – aside from our enduring spirit and persistence by replanting and recovering the original signs.

To those who vandalized our signs and tried to literally throw away our message, we say, “You will not succeed in your attempts to disempower us.” Your actions will be considered a challenge to develop stronger solidarity across Syracuse University amongst all marginalized people. Your tactics will not deter us from being a part of a larger strategy of inclusion, respect and acknowledgement that all lives matter at SU. This did not happen to just the LGBT Resource Center, our staff, or any affiliated students – this happened to all of Syracuse University.

We are thankful that, as far as we know, direct violence on any individuals did not occur, and we want to be clear that violence against bodies is not the only way to enact violence against people. The responsibility to resist, to name disappointment and outrage, does not rest solely on those who are trans* or part of LGBTQ communities at SU. Silence in response to this act of vandalism is complicit agreement. Speak up. Work to make SU safer. All lives should matter.

Regards,

D. Chase J. Catalano

Director

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I have started a post I am asking people to reblog on tumblr. It includes the photos I took earlier that week of the installation. In addition, feel free to post the photos around facebook and wherever else. Don’t worry about crediting me. This way, the vandals will have inadvertently caused even more people to see these important messages. Thank you to everybody at the center who worked on this installation. I appreciate all your hard work and recognize that this must be a hard time for you. I hope the larger SU community responds to this and that it doesn’t all fall on the trans community’s back to stand up for ourselves, as usual. I won’t hold my breath.

http://elliottdeline.tumblr.com/post/67332798515

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I noticed that some people already reposted these photos I took of the Transgender Day of Remembrance installation on the Syracuse University campus. I know all the people involved with putting it together and designing it and they all worked very hard.

On Friday November 15th these signs were vandalized- ripped out of the ground, stomped, and spit on. I, and many others, were shocked…though sadly I probably shouldn’t be at this point. But I thought people would at least respect a memorial.

Please reblog this so that people will still see these two signs- and there’s nothing vandals can do about that. If you are local, please come to the Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil this Wednesday, 6 PM, at city hall to show that the good people of Syracuse support trans people, despite what haters try to make us believe. 

Thank you.

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Get Involved! 
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More info on the Facebook event page

Another option, for those of you who are far away or have a few things to sell but not enough to fill a table: We are having an extra table where there will be products from various people being sold. All we ask is that your products not take up a lot of space so that there be room for others. It is free, but we will take 20% commission on the sales. You do not have to be there to sell your items either, as long as you can manage to get them to us before the event and arrange your own way to pick up products that don&#8217;t sell or pay to have them shipped back. You also must have PayPal or come to one of our meetings to get paid in person. If you are interested, contact me. 

Please share as much as possible! 

Get Involved! 

More info on the Facebook event page
Another option, for those of you who are far away or have a few things to sell but not enough to fill a table: We are having an extra table where there will be products from various people being sold. All we ask is that your products not take up a lot of space so that there be room for others. It is free, but we will take 20% commission on the sales. You do not have to be there to sell your items either, as long as you can manage to get them to us before the event and arrange your own way to pick up products that don’t sell or pay to have them shipped back. You also must have PayPal or come to one of our meetings to get paid in person. If you are interested, contact me
Please share as much as possible! 

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Books!

All in good condition- some minimal cosmetic damage on a few but all are readable. Inquire for more info and pics if interested.

—-$5 each, 5 for $20—-

Pokemon Handbook
Telling it Like it is: Young Asian Women Talk.
A Boy’s Own Life, Edmund White (hardcover)
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Men and Feminism, Seal Studies, Shira Tarrant
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (acceptable condition)
Push (“Precious”), Sapphire
Saint Joan, Bernard Shaw
Reclaiming Aphrodite: The Journey to Sexual Wholeness
Sexual Positions (small, hardcover)
Frankenstein, Mary Shelly, Hardcover
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
Sexist Language: A Modern Philosophical Analysis 1981
Sons & Lovers, DH Lawrence 1970s
Short Stories, DH Lawrence 1970s
Jailbird, Kurt Vonnegut
On the Road, Jack Kerouac (acceptable condition)
Oscar Wilde, Plays
Sexual Deviance, John H. Gagnon
Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness
A Restricted Country, Joan Nestle
Lesbian Feminism in Turn of the Century Germany

—-$7 each, 3 for $15—-

What Becomes You, Aaron Link & Hilda Raz (hardcover, missing sleeve)
The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
My Awesome Place, Cheryl Burke
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
Intimacies, Adam Phillips & Leo Bersani
Gay Spirituality: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised a Girl, John Colaptino, Hardcover
Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendships & Love Between Women
Legal Guide for Gay & Lesbian Couples (comes with a CD, perfect condition)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Resolving Sexual Abuse
Men & Masculinity, Joseph Pleck & Jack Sawyer 1974
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde 1989

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A Conversation with Novelist Elliott DeLine on Self-Publishing and Transgender Writing

Hello, Elliott! I would like to thank you for taking the time with me today to answer a few questions, and I look forward to your visit to SUNY
Fredonia in November.

The first question that comes to mind is related to your research and experience as a transgender writer. It’s clear that this genre has been underrepresented in the media and in the canon. I’m curious to know if you believe this might be changing, for the better, and if you would recommend self-publishing as a means for other transgender authors who wish to get their work out there?

A: I do believe this is changing and rather rapidly. There have been a number of innovative literary works by transgender authors in the past few years. Typically, writing on transgender people has been written by non-transgender people, or it has been restricted to a narrow autobiography format. There were trans writers in academia writing more complex things, but for the first time I think we are seeing a number of transgender people making a name for themselves as artists.Particularly novelists and poets. 

I do recommend self-publishing. If you have the time, energy, and access to the internet, I strongly recommend transgender authors do it all themselves, and perhaps work with other transgender people when they need to. It isn’t easy, but I think it’s important that we take the reins over our representation. For too long, people have been projecting all kind of baggage onto us as a group. We’re revolutionaries, we’re sexist, we’re metaphors, we’re tragic, we’re fascinating, we’re medical anomalies… It’s important to me at least that I have the control over my representation. Otherwise it’s going to be twisted by someone to make it sell. I think it’s suitable for a transgender author to self-publish. People doubt me as a “real author” much like they doubt me as a “real man.” It’s typically believed that you need to go through this long process before you’re a writer. You need to pay thousands to get an MFA, slowly work your way up by publishing in journals, send your manuscript to a million agents, until maybe one day your book is published. Until then, you’re “aspiring.” I say screw that. Just put it out there. You aren’t going to get rich or famous, but you probably wouldn’t have anyway.

Q: I noticed a connection between the title of your latest book, I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, and the title of a song from pop-icon Morrissey. In an interview from 1987, Morrissey was quoted as saying “I refuse to recognize the terms hetero-, bi- and homo-sexual. Everybody has exactly the same sexual needs. People are just -sexual, the prefix is immaterial.” … I’m wondering how you feel about such labels, and if you were inspired at all by this singer/songwriter?

A: I think the media often wants to pin down artists with labels and dumb them down, for marketing purposes. It’s like how Barnes & Noble has the “Gay and Lesbian” section. The press really wanted to reduce Morrissey to a “gay icon” and I think he pissed a lot of people off by evading and complicating that notion. That’s one of the reasons I always found him more accessible than male artists who were very clearly “gay” or “straight.” He was sort of queer before his time. Of course I imagine he’d want nothing to do with that word. But he’s always meant a lot more to me than just that. I’ve played around with different labels. Sometimes I’ll say I’m a gay, though that never feels quite right. I mean, I pretty exclusively pursue relations with men at this point, but I don’t really identify with gay men. Then again, neither do most gay men. “Queer trans men” just seem like a very specific group of people. It evokes a very particular subculture that I’ve never quite felt a part of. It seems too precise and limiting. Maybe it’s because when I’m home, I don’t spend a lot of time with people who went to college. “Queer” always carried a element of class, for me. But it’s also useful and inclusive. Even “transgender” has been a struggle. I’ve used it for convenience, but I think it’s a tiresome word. It probably has to do with being a writer. Similarly, Morrissey is a lyricist. When you analyze the meaning of words, it’s hard to just carelessly state “I am _____.” Particularly since sexuality seems to override everything. For whatever reason, we’re really attached to this idea that our entire being is like 90% defined by our genitals and the genitals we find sexually arousing. It’s really bizarre.

Q: We look forward to you coming to Fredonia in November. Can you give us any details about any upcoming projects you are working on, or where your research may be leading? Rumor has it you may be coming out with yet another book? I don’t want to give anything away, but what does thefuture look like for Elliott DeLine? 

A: Thank you! I’m looking forward to visiting. I don’t go about researching in a typical fashion. When I feel blocked in my writing, I figure I have to 1.) read some more 2.) live some more. I’m working on
a third book but there isn’t much I can say about it with certainty. So far it’s about the same old things - Being a trans man in his 20’s. Isolation. Unrequited love. Introspective rants. Anger. Subtle and overt oppression. But there’s a lot more sex and the first half takes place in California. I have a lot of problems with the world, and I hope that I can demonstrate them through scenes in my writing. That’s my main drive.
As far as what my future looks like, I have no clue. I want to find a way to have financial security while I continue writing and traveling. I want to make my home, Syracuse, a better place for marginalized people to live. I want recognition. I want to fall in love. Mostly, I want to befriend a lot of cats.

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From Shifting Standards, Issue 4 Vol VX. Fall 2013. SUNY Fredonia’s Women and Gender Studies Program.

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"That moment of trauma, the proverbial wound that Dean must walk his way out of, is not left to standard clichés. Instead, a Morrissey song is evoked to counteract this whole moment. The lyric of “I know very well how I got my name” seems to spit in the face of most traumatic renderings of a transgender experience. The book seems to say that, “yeah, I know things got kind of fucked up for a while. We’re all really haunted by something in one way or another. But I’m going to take from it what I think is valuable and then write my story differently.” …We are not watching someone become reborn or rise up from the Phoenix flame as so many transgender narratives have described. Instead, we watch someone who has been silent, haunted, and abused, suddenly say “okay, yeah. That’s enough. I’m done.” and walk away. This is not the ending of a false life and the beginning of something true. This is someone getting fed up of other people defining them - and finding a voice, no matter what that voice is."
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Evelyn Deshane, “The Smart Nostalgia of I Know Very Well How I Got My Name. Prosaic.

Available free here: http://bit.ly/1b74CGY

*Evelyn’s site: http://keyboardsmash.wordpress.com


Thank you to Evelyn for once again clarifying what I’m saying in my work, because the hell if I know ;-) Beautiful and kind words.

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Calling all artists, vendors, volunteers, and youth sponsors for the first Queer Mart! | Facebook

An arts and crafts fair for LGBTQ people and allies
and a fundraiser for CNY 4 Solidarity

@ the Westcott Community Center. 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse
December 6, 2013. 7-10 PM.
Application deadline Nov.30th 2013. 

Featuring book readings and performances TBA
Plus free coffee and snacks!
Suggested donation $2-5

Calling all….

ARTISTS: If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally who creates something you want to sell or give away, we want you!! It can be most anything- it doesn’t have to be LGBTQ related (See RULES). So far we have people interested in selling prints, paintings, bowties, books, jewelry, knit products, and baked goods. Help CNY 4 Solidarity raise $ for our future projects and pocket some for yourself as well. A large rectangular table is $30, half a table or a small table (depending on availability) is $15. You keep all the proceeds of your sales. VENDOR APPLICATION FORM: http://cnyforsolidarity.wordpress.com/queer-mart-2013/vendor-application/

VOLUNTEERS: We need people to help us put up flyers in the coming weeks, share the event online, help us in the planning process, and help us to set up and tear down at the event. We are all very friendly, enthusiastic people and would love to meet you at one of our next meetings. VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM: http://cnyforsolidarity.wordpress.com/volunteer-application/

YOUTH SPONSORS: Sponsor an LGBTQ Youth Artist. We have a handful of tables available for local LGBTQ youth who attend the Q Center (ages 13-22). For a donation of $15, you can sponsor a table for one of them to sell their art. SPONSOR FORM: http://cnyforsolidarity.wordpress.com/youth-sponsor-form/

-General donations to the CNY For Solidarity organization to cover the costs of the venue and future events and projects. DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=F9ZPHANYNZ8KS

PERFORMERS: Preferably acoustic acts, poetry/prose readings, or comedy. Must be LGBTQ related material. PERFORMER APPLICATION FORM: http://cnyforsolidarity.wordpress.com/performer-application/

And of course, we are looking for SHOPPERS! This is a great alternative to Black Friday and a way to support your local artists, small businesses, and local youth. Come do some holiday shopping and enjoy some good company, food, and entertainment!

General info page: http://cnyforsolidarity.wordpress.com/queer-mart-2013/

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November Events

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Reading by Author Elliott DeLine, Q&A, and Book Signing at SUNY Fredonia 

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Where: McEwan 202. SUNY Fredonia. 80 Central Ave, Fredonia, New York 14063

When: 6-8 PM. November 5th 2013

What: A reading from I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing. 

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2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance in Syracuse, NY

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Where: The Steps of City Hall, 233 East Washington St, Syracuse, NY 13202

When: 6 PM, November 20th 2013

What: Transgender and cisgender (non-transgender) people alike are invited to join us at this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil in Syracuse, NY. This candle-lit vigil will honor and memorialize those who lost their lives this year, murdered because of the way they expressed their gender. There will also be several transgender speakers and allies from our local community. See the facebook event for more details. 

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Dignity graphic by Blake Chamberlain.

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QUEER, SEXUALITY& GENDER STUDIES BOOK SALE Pt 2.

$5 each, 5 for $20 or best offer. Message me and we can talk paypal. International shipping is available but might be pricier. Ask.

SLINGSHOT- A 2013 organizer but it has awesome information for everyday of the year about radical and revolutionary type stuff. It also has a list of radical resource centers and bookstores by state/country. No reason you can’t use it for 2014, just have to ignore the day of the week.

SEXUAL POSITIONS- this is exactly what it sounds like. It doesn’t actually belong here because it’s very hetero and gender stereotypic and boring. But maybe someone will get a kick out of it. 1997

SAINT JOAN, George Bernard Shaw. A play about Joan d’Arc, famed cross-dresser. 1962.

FIVE PLAYS BY OSCAR WILDE. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windmere’s Fan, Salome. 1964.

FRANKENSTEIN, Mary Shelley. 1966.

SEXIST LANGUAGE, A modern philosophical analysis. Essays. 1981.

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: Young Asian Women Talk. Essays. 1997.

MEN AND MASCULINITY. Men’s liberation essays. Seemingly progressive and feminist at a glance? 1974.

AS NATURE MADE HIM: The Boy Who Was Raised A Girl, John Colapinto. The famous botched circumcision nature v. nurture gender debate. 2000.

WHAT BECOMES YOU, Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz. Memoir of a gay trans man and his mom. 2007.

RECLAIMING APHRODITE: The Journey to Sexual Wholeness, Amrita Grace. A high priestess on sexual healing. 2009.

GAY SPIRITUALITY: The role of gay identity in the transformation of human consciousness, Toby Johnson. 2000.

SURPASSING THE LOVE OF MEN: romantic friendships and love between women from the renaissance to present, Lilian Faderman. 1981, 1998.

COMPLAINTS AND DISORDERS: the sexual politics of sickness, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English. Feminist study of the medical system.1973.

SEXUAL DEVIANCE. Three parts: female prostitution, male homosexuality, female homosexuality. Read with caution and a grain of salt. 1967.

LESBIAN FEMINISM IN TURN OF THE CENTURY GERMANY. “Hot lesbian sex, Victorian prudery, woman-identified homophobia, a breezy butch, a dyke party, lesbian invisibility in the gay movement and homophobia in the women’s movement- 1904!” An anthology. 1980.

A RESTRICTED COUNTRY, Joan Nestle. A lesbian’s memoir. 1987.

INTIMACIES, Leo Bersani and Adam Philips. Intellectual academic stuff about the “problems and possibilities of human intimacy.” 2008.

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