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It's the 20th today (here in Australia) and this is the TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, when we remember those persons who died because of transphobia.

The Official website for this at doesn't recognize deaths from suicide or domestic violence, but I DO. Transphobia shows its presence not just in violent attacks by strangers, but by instilling a sense of shame and and guilt in people about themselves and others. And the victims of that can be trans persons, and their friends and loved ones.

So let us remember the fallen, and while we mourn their passing, rejoice in the fact of their lives, and their efforts to be who they were.

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Believe it of not, I've been swamped with studies, and today I shall take the opportunity to finish and post my contribution to the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project! Then there's a trip to the university and more food shopping. Doesn't look like much but believe me, it'll be a busy day.

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Who's going to contribute to this year's TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE WEBCOMIC PROJECT?

Just what is the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomic Project (TDOR WCP)? As you probably know, TDOR is heald annually on 20th November. As the "About page" of The INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE WEBSITE puts it...

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who
were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.

Participating contributors of the WEBCOMIC PROJECT draw and publish a relevant webcomic or image for the day (or equivalent date, depending on schedule). The main thing is to educate the readership of each person's webcomic or blog about the issues listed above. You don't have to be transgendered to join, just appreciating the tragedy of the lives lost that are memorialised here is enough. What you do need is a suitable visual artwork that appears on a site (webcomic, blog, Deviant Art type site, Facebook, Live Journal et cetera) read by others. What matters is sharing your concerns in an artistic fashion, so that others can hear of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

It is a fact that webcomics are often a more transient medium than their paper equivalents. There are numerous reasons why a webcomic may no longer be available on the web: websites and authors disappear; urls change and domains get deleted; the creator themselves might lose interest, move on, or just be unable to access or update their webcomic. Circumstances change, and with them sometimes the ability to view older works. Because this is the case, it makes sense to have an archive of each year's entries to the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project.

If you're doing something for this year (or have done a comic or image for previous years and it it isn't in the archive) we'd like a copy of it for the Archive. If that's too complex, then a reply to this email with a URL of the submission's fine (but if you include details that'll make sure I'll get them right).

Because it takes time to process each submission, I usually don't upload the current year's submissions to the archive until November 30th.



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November the 20th is also THE TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, and annual event in which those transgendered persons either murdered or driven to suicide in the last 12 months are remembered. Events are organised around the globe to commemorate this. One of those events is the Transgender Day of Remembrance Web Comic Project.

Participating contributors draw and publish a relevant webcomic or image for the day (or equivalent date, depending on schedule) with links to other contributors and/or the archive. The main thing is to educate the readership of each person's webcomic or blog about the issues listed above. In the past these have come from webcomics, submissions on DeviantArt, Blogs and forums, and elsewhere as the participants determine appropriate.

This year is a bit different from previous years because a number of social networks, such as Facebook, Google+ and DeviantArt, have added tagging to posts in their network, bringing them into line with networks such as Twitter. This is usually a hash symbol (#) followed by some text (withoutspaces) as a tag. For example, #transgender.  This means that if you're posting (without or without an image) about the Day of Remembrance, you can now add tags to make finding that post easier for people who are looking for it.

Here are my suggestions for tags relating to the Transgender Day of Remembrance:
   #tdor[year]  (e.g. #tdor2014)

Adding each of these to a post will help others find it, whether they're looking for a particular year, or in general.
Just a suggestion.
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This year's batch of webcomic pages, images and poetry related to TDOR are now up at the Archives. Just follow the link. If you have any further suggestions, contributions or corrections, please leave a comment.

TDOR 2013

Nov. 20th, 2013 10:05 am
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It's that day again, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), when we remember those Transgender people (and friends) either murdered or driven to suicide. For a list of events today see Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013. For statistics on this, see TRANS MURDER MONITORING. Have you done a image to commemorate this day? Then the TDOR Webcomic Project would like a copy of it for the archive.


Nov. 13th, 2011 12:51 am
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did five webcomic pages including one for TDOR. Also, earlier in the week I restarted "Return to Second Life" as well with part 9. Long way to go though.

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Just a reminder about this year's  Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomic Project. And just what is that?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialise those who were killed (or forced to suicide) due to anti-Transgender hatred or prejudice., and  is held annually on 20 November. The Webcomic Project is where participating contributors draw and publish a relevant webcomic or image for the day (or equivalent date, depending on schedule) with links to other contributors and/or the archive. The main thing is to educate the readership of each person's webcomic or blog about the issues listed above.

You don't have to be transgendered to join, just appreciating the tragedy of the lives lost that are memorialised is enough. What you do need is a suitable image or comic that appears on a site (webcomic, blog, Live Journal et cetera) read by others. If you do a webcomic yourself it could be included in that, or in a related blog if such would be out of context for the webcomic. 

If you do participate, be sure to send a copy  of your contribution to the Archive where they will be uploaded later for posterity (details of how to do this are at the site). This year's theme is "Open" - You may do whatever subject you like, related to the day.

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Last year I took on running the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project. Or rather, I took on the archive, because as was shown the previous year in 2009, even when there is no one actually organising the project, people still independently do it!

This year around I've been caught up in my own drams a bit, and haven't been terribly organised in a lot of things, Webcomic Project included.  In a few days - a month before the day, I intend to advertise it in various ways. Hopefully people will still participate, doing a comic or cartoon in their webcomic or their blog to commemorate the day, to increase awareness on why we have such a day. And that's the important thing, because trans people are still people, and we shouldn't be murdered out of hand or diven to suicide for who we are.

For people who are cisgendered, it may not be obvious the sorts of discrimination and pressure one gets when one is trans. At the very least it is an annoyance; at worst it is dangerous or fatal. A few weeks ago I was walking up my street when a voice apparently from nowhere (but I guess by someone hiding behind a window or door) shouts "You, you're that tranny, a man that dresses as a woman!" Well, no, I'm not, they got it wrong. I'm a post-operative trans woman who underwent and concluded her gender transition. In what way am I a man? You might consider me male based on chromosomes but there's more to gender than just that.

And the thing is, that is all based on gossip. I could have been a cisgendered women who had a hysterectomy when I was 13, or a femal human with any number of conditions that affect how hormones operate on the body. Or, I could be anybody at all. But here's someone who hides themselves calling out in public something about someone else, something that they obviously feel entitled to do because they are cisgendered (even though cowardly) and feel priveiledged in being so.And that's not the first time I've had crap like that.

When I first moved into my street I was "sprung" by someone who lived a couple houses down, but had also worked at the Markets where I'd done Tarot readings.  Someone who ought to have known better but obviously didn't. So right from the start I had to deal with folk who were reacting to the label they thought I might be, rather than who I am. I have been harassed more than once, had my dog stolen (I got him back) and even had rocks thrown at me. But I dealt with this stuff as best I could, and I'm still living here after all these years.

Yesterday I heard about a hermit who used to live around the corner in Bendigo St. Used to - he moved after someone threw a fire-bomb into his ramshackle house! Tough area? Maybe, though things settle down. And here I am still here because if I moved, it might be no better or worse elsewhere. Is it any wonder that so many of us choose "stealth" over being open about who we are, dealing with other people's shit on top of our own problems. At the very least it is an annoyance; at worst it is dangerous or fatal.

And that's why we need the Day of Remembrance.  And with webcomics being a quick and popular form of entertainment, a medium that can reach a wide audience, that's why we need the Webcomic Project. I hope to see new entries this year, carrying on the message.

Moving on

Nov. 24th, 2010 10:12 am
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Things have settled down a lot since last fortnight. The deadline came and went for STILL FIERCE and I attended the event and displayed the video I was working on (here's the revised version re-done after the event) plus others that I've done in the past.

I was so exhausted afterwards, and took a couple of days to recover. And for the moment I seem to be at peace. Even the pups aren't giving me much hassle at the moment. I let them sleep with me, and the other day drew Stripe as he lay on the bed while I wrote.

Of late, the morning pages have been filled much less with mad rants about boarders, and with more contemplation about immediate issues and plans, including creative ones. It was via the morning pages that I realised I'd taken on too much before the event. It was in the morning pages that I plotted thre pages of comics for the TDOR Web Comic Project.

But I wrote of Chapter 7 last fortnight, and decided to "do it again" this fortnight instead. Chapter 7 is all about connecting to creativity. Might seem redundant, but perhaps not. The Artist's date was definitely STILL FIERCE - it was a great night and one that I really needed. The day after however I didn't do my morning pages, but instead chatted with a friend whose house I was staying at, and petting his cat and dog. Two days off in 3 or 4 months is not bad.

And the synchronisity is still happening. I wanted a replacement gas chair for the defective one I had - there was a leak in the base cylinder somewhere and every time I sat on it it would slowly but surely collapse! I had my eye of a cheap one from a discount shop. It was about $70 but they had a display model in the shop and that one didn't collapse. I went to the shop yesterday and the display model was the only one left, so they sold it to me "as is" for $50! Very Happy


I'm off to visit my mother in Perth on the 30th, and it's been two years since I was last there. Looking forward to the trip and am taking the pages with me.
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I replaced the crappy microphone I'd used and reset my sound settings to make a new version of the video I did for STILL FIERCE:


Back again

Nov. 21st, 2010 10:26 pm
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Yesterday (the 20th) was a good day. I travelled down to Sydney, went to a gathering at the Gender Centre in the afternoon, and later was involved with STILL FIERCE performance night. I didn't actively perform as such, but about half a dozen of my videos were shown.

Crashed at Connor's overnight. Chatted like mad in the morning and petted the cat and dog (lovely animals). Came back via Hornsby and did some shopping at Westfields there. Replaced a backpack (the old one broke on the way down and was being held together by nappy pins) and bought a power supply for my pocket camera (filmed a number of the performances as well, and these will soon be up on Youtube).

Did some more shopping after I got to Glendale because I had an hour's wait until the bus home. Bella is back from the vet's and it's hard to see where she was cut. Bobby was very happy to see me home. Was a good w/e. I will be staying home tomorrow

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Out of my plans to do artwork, two webcomics and from 1 to 3 videos for the day, I got one video done, one webcomic based on that video, and another drawn and posted yesterday. The last two weeks have been hectic and draining, and in the end I overestimated my own ability and underestimated (partly because of previous videos I'd made that only took a day) the amount of time it would take to create the videos (as well as a discovered bug in the software i was using).

But today I'll be leaving about 9am to go go to a service at the Gender Centre in Sydney at 2pm. Tonight I'll be attending Still Fierce (if only as part of the audience) and staying at a friend's overnight. When I awoke this morning I even had ideas of "quickly doing another video". But the reality is, if it's done right, it takes time to do, and I only have enough to get ready and go.

Think I'm learning a lesson here - one about planning and scheduling. Even creative things like art and comics need to be planned sometimes, and truth is I didn't plan it much at all. There'll be time to do the other videos after the event, to do what I want to do, instead of what I can do when I rush.

Time to get ready.

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Got three webcomic pages done today. The first two lead into tomorrows page, which is for the Day of Remembrance. It all came together.

Mind you, I still have two videos to do, and a bit of housekeeping for the Webcomic Project Archive.


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