CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN FOUR NEW VOLUMES PLANNED FOR 2021-22
TRANScestors: Navigating LGBTQ+ Aging, Illness, and End of Life Decisions
Studies indicate that LGBT+ people are still discriminated against in most health care settings and in long term care facilities despite advances made in the past few years in gaining more rights.
Evaluating physical and mental health care needs, facilitating access to health care providers and advocating for clients’ rights as well as end of life decisions, and planning for personal legacy options are important aspects of navigating LGBTQ+ aging. Having served as a health navigator for clients with chronic illness and offering end of life doula services to LGBTQ+community members, Jude Patton collaborates with and advocates for his clients to successfully manage their health care needs. Jude is a proud, open and out, elder trans man, who has worked with underserved populations for most of his career, including LGBTQ+ folks, geriatric clients, developmentally disabled adults, homeless/chronically mentally ill, and drug-addicted clients.
If you are interested in contributing your story, article, essay, poetry, art, and/or photographs for inclusion in our next volume of TRANScestors, please contact Jude Patton at email@example.com or Margot Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on the Contact Form provided here. Please provide your name, contact information, and tell us to which volume you would like to contribute, and we’ll send you a copy of the Submission Guidelines.
Join a growing list of chapter authors, including: Jamie F. Amos, Marcus Arana (Holy Old Man Bull), Rupert Raj, Jamison Green, Charley Burton, Mia Frances Yamamoto, Dallas Denny, Ms. Bob Davis, Tarynn Madysyn Witten, Jasmine Jubillee Gee, Kord and Kody Baker, Rosalyne Blumenstein, Michael/Cristine Hochberg, Erica Elizabeth Anderson, Tandy Bowen and Cathy Perry, Paulette de Coriolis, M.C. Hunter, Erin Swenson, Drake Bear Stephen, Mike Hernandez, Arthur Durkee, Michelle Dennis, Joanna Clark, Er. Andrea V. Boisseau, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Loree Cook-Daniels, Michael Munson, Donica Fox, Megan Alexis Lambert, Reid Vanderburgh, Emery Walters, Robyn Walters, Erica Elizabeth Anderson, Josef Wolf Burwell, Shirley Lynn Corning, Katherine Cummings, Anne Koch. Rabbah Rona Matlow, Sandra (Sandy) Mesics, Nae Whitman, and Donna B. Riley.
Unconditional Love: Stories of LGBTQ+ People and Our Emotional Bonds with Companion Animals
Our experiences with marginalization often affect our feelings of self-worth. While many people in our lives are unable (or unwilling) to provide the emotional support we need before, during, and post-coming out, or transition, our companion animals never fail to see us as we truly are and never fail to express their unconditional love for us. No wonder we love them and derive multiple benefits from our relationships with them. They are woven into the fabric of our lives. Unconditional Love is planned as an edited reader that tells the stories of how the unconditional love of (and for) our companion animals has supported, encouraged, confirmed, validated, endorsed, and sanctioned our authentic selves. Our reading audience includes those in the LGBTQ+ community who have found sanctuary and validation in the love shared with our animal companions as well as those in the broader community who revel in the company of our non-human loved ones.
Jude Patton and Margot Wilson are co-editing Unconditional Love to be published by TransGender Publishing. If you are interested in contributing your story, article, essay, poetry, art, and/or photographs for inclusion in Unconditional Love, please contact Jude Patton at email@example.com or Margot Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on the Contact Form provided here. Please provide your name, contact information, and tell us to which volume you would like to contribute and we’ll send you a copy of the Submission Guidelines.
We’re Non-Binary: And So are You…No Really!!
For almost two thousand years, misconceptions regarding sex and gender identity have abounded. Be it from the limitations of the ancient languages of Scripture, the apparent binary of sex in nature and human biology, societal roles established in Scripture and maintained in Western Culture, or for many other reasons, a binary perspective persists.
During the 20th century, some of these notions have started to break down. With scholarship surrounding the Stonewall era, more barriers have been broken. As transsexual, and later transgender, identity became more widely known, the binary of sex and gender was transgressed and transcended. Still, the binary continued to persist.
And scholars are beginning to take note. What was originally perceived as two opposite forms, one male and one female, shifted to a line segment model, with male at one end, female at the other, and a distribution of androgyny in between. Then, as time progressed and as this model was found to be flawed and limited, a new model emerged, one that recognizes both sex and gender as distributed in multi-dimensional space, with male and female each occupying only single points in that space.
Today, even people in elder LGBTQ circles are beginning to accept the notion of a non-binary identity and are adopting it for themselves.
This perspective is consistent with Scripture, history, nature, culture, human nature, human biology, medicine, and every other area of research that one might consider. Of course, there are many holdouts in the straight world, and in the queer world too, who do not accept this definition of LGBTQ identity. Still, it is here. This new edited volume, to be published by TransGender Publishing, is planned as an anthology that reflects the nature of non-binary identity through original works of scholarship, fiction, poetry, prose, and personal reflections, stories, and anecdotes by and about non-binary people.
Rabbah Rona Matlow and Margot Wilson are co-editing We’re Non-Binary to be published by TransGender Publishing. If you would like to contribute to this volume, please contact Rabbah Rona Matlow at email@example.com or Margot Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on the Contact Form provided here. Please provide your name, contact information, and tell us to which volume you would like to contribute and we’ll send you a copy of the Submission Guidelines.