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October 27th, 2007

06:47 am - CFS: Gay Lifestyle Monthly
Hi, I'm the new editor for the online magazine, GayLifestyleMonthly.com, and I am working hard to make it open to the whole LGBT community. For December, I am looking for a couple of articles about queers at the holidays, such as Pagan, Jewish, Christian, etc. Even though the calls include fiction, I prefer nonfiction, such as news items, essays, interviews, articles, etc.

Thank you for your time,


Fiction: Queries welcome, but not required. Your piece should be about 1000 words. Often, shorter is better. Vignettes are always welcome.

Features: Instruct, enlighten or motivate your reader in about 500 to 800 words. More are okay, if the subject and quality warrants it. The piece must be topical. Commentaries welcome. Articles about events must be dated. We encourage art in support of these pieces!

News: 250 to 500 words. The story should consist of your original copy, not submissions from news outlets. All news must be dated.

Art: Photos, drawings, etc., are highly encouraged. Please submit as .jpg files. Include information about the piece, such as subject, commentary, etc.

-By making a submission, you are certifying you own the rights to the material and are authorized to submit it for publication.

-The editors reserve the right to make necessary changes for punctuation, spelling and grammar, and insertion of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) key words.

-Language appropriate to the topic is required. Since we have so many titles, it’s difficult to set any strict rules, but keep your readership in mind when you write. We believe in free speech, but reasonable limits should be considered. Additionally, we encourage you to use SEO key words that will attract hits to your submission.

-All submissions will be via email. No paper, “hard copy” submissions will not be considered. Email stories formatted as discussed to ellen@gaylifestylemonthly.com or Ellen_gaylifestylemonthly@yahoo.com.

-Copy will be in either 10- or 12-point Times New Roman with standard formatting. Extravagant formatting, colors, art within the body of the copy, etc. is not acceptable.

-Submit only as .doc or .txt files.

-IMPORTANT: At the top of the first page, place your name, address, phone number, email address and, if you are submitting work for pay, your Tax ID number (see below). No work will be accepted without this.

-Author retains rights. We pay upon acceptance. Payment will be based on published word count. Depending on the article, we will pay $.01 - $.015 per word, with a $5.00 minimum. For US residents, you will need to provide an IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN), which is available at http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98350,00.html. It is easy and free to get an EIN online (or via fax or mail). Please follow the link and click “How to Apply for an EIN”. We do not employ IRS W-9 forms.

Wondering if an EIN is the right choice for you? Michelle L. Devon writes in her article “Tips for Freelance Contractors”: “Go to this IRS website and apply for an employer identification number (EIN). This will prevent you from having to provide the freelance employer your social security number. After you have this number, you need not provide the employer with any other information besides your business name and EIN.”

You can find this article at: http://selfemployment.suite101.com/article.cfm/tips_for_freelance_contractors

We will let you know if we have accepted your piece for publication in less than 60 days.

Parent company: 10th Power Media: http://10thpowermedia.com/
Current Mood: productive

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September 27th, 2007

07:20 pm - US: Non-trans-inclusive ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)

A non-transgender-inclusive ENDA? No way!

September 27, 2007

Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
(Office) 646.358.1465
(Cell) 917.704.6358

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 —

What follows is a statement related to reported developments involving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

“If media reports from the last 24 hours are accurate, it is unconscionable that congressional leaders would rush to a decision to strip protections for transgender people at the same time as states across the nation are adding these protections at an unprecedented pace.

“Over the last few days, we have heard rumors swirling around Capitol Hill about last-minute jitters some Democrats are having about the gender identity language in ENDA. These were expected, as the language was new to the bill this year. Rather than immediately abandoning gender identity at the first sign of nervousness among a few members, House leadership should have worked with the community to shore up the needed support, just as they did when they voted to pass transgender-inclusive hate crimes legislation in the spring.

“Gender identity language has twice passed through the House in the hate crimes bill, and earlier this year there were similar last-minute concerns among new members. We were able to overcome them then, and should be given the chance to do so now. It is incredibly ironic that today, the same day news is breaking about the House removing gender identity protections from ENDA, the Senate just voted 60–39 to allow a voice vote on a transgender-inclusive hate crimes bill. The bill then immediately passed.

“States as diverse as Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Iowa have all made discriminating against transgender people in the workplace against the law. Thirty-seven percent of Americans now live in jurisdictions that have workplace protections based on gender identity — just 14 percent fewer than the overall number (51 percent) who are protected on the basis of sexual orientation. These victories are a direct result of statewide LGBT rights organizations and state legislative leaders holding firm against last-minute concerns and not giving up at the first sign of trouble.

“The Task Force is very proud of our history in being the first national organization to oppose a non-transgender-inclusive ENDA. We have worked very hard to add transgender protections to this bill and now it is time for the final push, not to give up before a fight. We implore Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Miller and Representative Frank to abandon pursuit of a sexual orientation-only bill and return instead to the real work needed to pass a fully-inclusive ENDA that will protect all members of our community.”

Earlier today, the executive directors of nine national LGBT organizations sent a statement opposing the removal of protections for transgender people from ENDA. Read the statement here: http://www.thetaskforce.org/press/releases/prENDA_092707


Please take a moment to call these members of Congress and let them know you want transgender workers protected in ENDA:

Representative Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, 202-225-4965

Representative Barney Frank, chief House sponsor of ENDA, 202-225-5931

Representative George Miller, Chairman, House Education and Labor Committee, 202-225-2095.

If you can take the time, call your Representative as well.

Find your elected officials: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/officials/congress/

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July 22nd, 2007

01:09 am
my address if anyone would like to read some poems, spirit seeking, self seeing, about my reflections on my experience as a changingwoman being all my life and current mirrors, my poems and thoughts about woman becoming
and some scribble poems about being at all. and of course how that shows my sexuality as desire and joy, my address http://keyacika.livejournal.com keyacikala

this living thing is always on
and I am only what I've always
been spirit woman now into the
day a walkabout a poem the earth

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March 22nd, 2007

02:48 pm

The Savage Nation reaches more than 8 million listeners each week. It the third-most-listened-to talk radio show in the nation.


From the March 20 edition of Talk Radio Network’s The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: “San Francisco police are trying to determine whether the slaying of a transgender victim found naked near the Interstate 280 freeway is somehow linked to reports of a nude woman seen walking on the same freeway two hours later, authorities said. … [San Francisco police inspector Karen] Lynch said it appeared the victim had been in the process of becoming a woman.” Yeah, process of becoming a woman — psychopath, should have been in a back ward in a straitjacket for years, howling on major medication.


SAVAGE: And then they go into “she said transgender victims” going on and on “extremely violent” going on and on “are frequently left partially clothed or completely nude, it’s making a statement and humiliating the victim,” blah-blah-blah. I am so beyond fed up with freaks. I live in freak city. You know, I don’t mind freaks. I used to go to Ringling Brothers when I was a little kid, and the freak show was my favorite part of the circus. I didn’t go there to mock them. I liked to see the one-breasted man. I liked to see the mustached woman.

But when I wake up as an adult and I find out that they’re actually all Democrats today, passing themselves off as normal, I’m sorry, someone’s gotta say this is a freak show, time out. And what’s this sympathy, constant sympathy for sexually confused people? Why should we have constant sympathy for people who are freaks in every society? I didn’t say hurt the freaks. I didn’t say do anything to the freaks.

But you know what? You’re never gonna make me respect the freak. I don’t want to respect the freak. The freak ought to be glad that they’re allowed to walk around without begging for something. You know, I’m sick and tired of the whole country begging, bending over backwards for the junkie, the freak, the pervert, the illegal immigrant. All of them are better than everybody else. Sick. Everything is upside down.


If "Savage Nation" plays on any of your local radio stations, write the station and tell them your mind.  Let's get him kicked off the air.

A list of the stations that broadcast his program is listed here:


Post this link and message everywhere you can.  Copy and paste anything I've written anywhere you like. Let's get this guy fired for his irresponsible comments. 

If you would like assistance in editing your letter, I'm available to help.  Just let me know.

Cindi Jones
Author of Squirrel Cage

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November 26th, 2006

09:34 pm
Changing Colors Everwhere 9/29/06 11:08 PM

nothing gets close to the deep feeling I have now of being and becoming this
particular woman I am now more and more I would be so happy being a woman and it seems to be happening and either I can’t stop it/her or I
don’t want to, I just can’t get over it this being a woman here and now and
how absolutely happy it makes me feel to be more and more like a woman
and what it shows me when it shows me my desire I just want you to know what I feel on this subject so close to my deepest being the source of dreams and images for poets all artists all kinds and music but mostly lately for me I am being expressed more and more as a woman and I just love it
as in being possessed beyond any choice I was to always be a woman from
the beginning and I didn’t want to but I found out I had to from the very beginning slowly against heavy resistance I was being turned into a more
female woman me I prayed all thru jr. hi and senior hi to be turned into a girl and to hurry the process along I discovered how wonderful girls clothes were how they made me look and feel more feminine so believe me I got dressed up and went out every chance I could from 11-17 at home and the night streets I loved it I wanted it so badly how could I become a real girl

o my goodness what kind of paltry offering to the goddess this half hearty taking care of hair come on girl lets get those knots out of there and tame that last little toot be all woman in your self to the goddess night spirit day
flowers everywhere open up and dance your madness in gratitude to Her

at times It comes over me so strong this wanting to be a woman, feel like a woman, dress act inhabit identify both sexually and part psyche as a deep
female being becoming o tonight out back in the early autumn past midnight
danced and I danced to She the Night She the Stars She the Dark Chill Wind that bit my cheek with her love and I danced and smootched back in gratitude to grandma Turtle to guide my changing showing me what I must do to fulfill my destiny my own very personal destiny this whole part of me cut off and hidden from everyone because I was ashamed that I never had the courage to admit this woman side of my nature to anyone but trish and with her its second nature she doesn’t blink an eyelid no matter what I look like unless some one else threatens to witness me as this woman being so no one knows or sees me its too bad I’ve been thinking it could be a good thing all around to be out in the open to seek spirit guidance to see where and how I land with style and dignity a better woman being for all of it So
this is my wild unimaginable truth I am to be a woman in some form partial
or otherwise who knows I just know some things moving quite along or
taking place and maybe just maybe let someone know

not only do I have feminine sensibility I have a girl’s face not masculine
a small feminine nose and small feet and by the way no penis I’ve not cut my hair since that crazy southern fag poof hair cut, for my sister’s wedding, fuck that I was going main line and let hair my grow long winkte style woman style I hated short hair because I hated being a boy or masculine even though I pretended to try in crazy ways to prove I was a boy and if I tried hard enough I wouldn’t have to be a girl forever sans precious penis silly silly me guess what I don’t have a penis, and I am trying to get bigger titties I love mine so much they make me feel wonderful just what I’ve always wanted I just want them a little bigger so look no matter how hard I tried to delay this moment its here I am going to become a woman and live as a woman in public I am going way down the path changing way way down but even so can I remember my most essence being

keyacika from transwrite across borders

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February 6th, 2006

05:12 am
God this community is so dead it's stupid, but I'll cross post this here just to give it something posted recently. Oh and moderator, you're welcome for me doing your job.

I've gotten a couple of new atories posted to a website where I frequently host my work. Thought I would let everyone here know, check out some of the other stories while you're at it if you want, post reviews, let me know what you think.

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October 4th, 2005

05:52 pm - LBT Takeover
Well, as many of you know, this past weekend was Gay Days at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. While I couldn't go to the evnt, I did work both days and walked the park a bit before and after work, and I've gotta say, I could not be more disappointed. This was for a variety of reasons, but here's my number-one issue: rather than a park full of my "family," I saw a park full of middle aged gay men. Where were the lesbians? The bisexuals? The transpeaople? Granted, I work at Hungry Bear, home of the "bear lover" meet-up, but still. I literally saw less than 5 red-shirt-clad women the entire weekend. Those I did were in their 40s. I began to realize that, despite having one meet-up a day specifically for women and a couple for youth, these men are the people Gay Days really target. And, for a 19-year-old dyke hoping to meet others like herself, this is damned disappointing.

So I'm proposing that we stage an LBT takeover. Either at next years' Gay Days or (this is my preference, especially because I don't feel like waiting another whole year after spending the whole last year looking forward to this), on our own day. Which is not to say your average, everyday gay man can't come, but this is not targeted at them. Just like we can come to Gay Days, but it's not targeted at us. Hell, we could even give the guys a little meet-up.

So, who's with me?

Official site for Anaheim Gay Days is here.

X-posted like crazy.

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July 5th, 2005

10:07 am - Transwriters fiction contest.
In light of a recent post in my main journal having great success at generating traffic I have decided to try it here and see if a contest can get things moving. The contest would be as such, post a trans themed story here, fiction or not. I will set a deadline of the end of this month. If by that time we have had a minimum of 4 entrants posted the contest will be on, and I will even supply a prize. If we get sufficient interest to spark the contest I will then put up a poll To determine the winner, and the aforementioned prize shall be a 6 month paid LJ Account. What do people think?

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May 7th, 2005

10:22 am
This group is seriously dead. Since I joined I've been the only commenter on every post. Our moderator didn't even post a comment on some of the posts, isn't that part of running a group is at least seeing what is going on in the group? I was tempted to post one of my new stories before posting it onto some of the other archive sites I use, but if I'm not going to get any comments to work with what is the point? Seriously there are twelve members here, I will be the fifth person to post something. A little more activity would be nice.

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April 19th, 2005

02:30 am
Hey, what do you know an update. I recently finished writing a new story, my first in a while. Unforunately it is a furry story, which I understand may put some people off, but if you are interested pop over to http://www.livejournal.com/community/transfurry/12130.html and take a look. It is trans themed at least.

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