BLOG: Minnesota and the World

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Please support black youth and black voices in this urgent time by donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

In this time of great upheaval, following the grave injustice that resulted in the death of George Floyd, police are targeting any and all protesters who resist their unchecked authority.

Those protesters need our help in terms of resources, so that they can keep fighting in the name of the black lives which are undervalued and oft considered disposable in our society.

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BLOG: Transgender Day of Visibility

Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses and closeupToday is March 31 in Australia and, if you’re not one for keeping up with dates, Transgender Day of Visibility – the day for us trans folk who have the luxury of being out and proud to be known. We do this in the interest of making normal our oft scandalised, but ultimately mundane, humanity.

This year’s a tricky one, what with the world being shut down and all; if you look on the streets only one or two people are visible, and in the interest of public safety I recommend you don’t go near them. (They also appreciate it, I’m sure.)

That aside, I have an odd relationship with TDOV for a number of reasons.

  1. Being visible in a way that’s comfortable is a luxury that many of my brothers, sisters, and non-binary siblings cannot afford. A lot of us would rather not make a big song and dance about being trans, and prefer the comforts of blending with society at large; whether that be in the name of survival or just being sick of people staring.
  2. I’m a trans person who is visible 365 days a year, whether I want to be or not.

There’s a thing called ‘passing’ in our community, which means to appear indistinguishable from our cisgender (non-trans) cohorts. Some people think being able to pass lends legitimacy to our individual identities, I don’t.

Either way, it’s a thing.

The point is, I don’t pass, and for me that’s okay. Not passing doesn’t mean I’m any less the soft butch dream dyke I know myself to be, even though it leaves me open to misgendering, discrimination, and verbal (and sometimes physical) abuse.

It’s a sad state of affairs that the cost of wearing a skirt and some lipstick, making myself a bit pretty, seems to be the scorn of the world around me; because it doesn’t have to be that way.

I’ve yet to hear any sort of cogent argument for this status quo that doesn’t boil down to “I think you’re icky.”

I’m fortunate that I’m able to brush those sorts of people off, and that in my present day life, outside of governments and similar bodies, those views have no impact on me as an individual. (That wasn’t always the case, though – being born into a fundementalist religious household I was taught that people like me were destined for Hell, but that’s a story for another day.)

Others aren’t able to do that. There are so many trans people who don’t have the physical, let alone emotional, distance from those who would do them harm. Many of those harmful people are co-workers, peers, even family, from which the dream of escape can be impossible.

So this TDOV, and every other day, I beseech you all; spare a thought for the trans people in your lives, whether you’re aware of them or not. The world need not be a hostile place, if we’re allies to our fellow humans, and decent to each other.

You can do this by acknowledging our dignity, our humanity, and open yourself to learning about or lives and needs. It can be as simple as using our names.

That’s it.

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BLOG: Supernatural Sexuality with Dr. Seabrooke

Hi friends, and a huge shout out to the lovely folks at Passer Vulpes, who were lovely enough to include my contribution to their fictional advice podcast for monsters and those who love them – Supernatural Sexuality with Dr Seabrooke.

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In episode six, Dr. Seabrooke receives an honest-to-god letter, helps with housemate romance, talks through relationship transitions (from alive to dead), and helps one man with some Unspeakable Horrors.

Click here for the Supernatural Sexuality website!

Created by Lee Davis-Thalbourne
Produced by Passer Vulpes Productions

Doctor Olivia Seabrooke voiced by Mama Boho
The Late Alex’s letter written by Hannah Aroni.
Riley voiced by Rae White, with the call written by Rae White.
Greta voiced by Farz Edraki, with the call written by Cassandra Alexis Cho.
Vincent voiced by Nikesh Murali, with the call written by Miranda Sparks (myself).
The Voice of the AusEtherial Network is Lee Davis-Thalbourne.

Tune in! Have fun!

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BLOG: Bent TV – Writing Trans w/ Miranda Sparks and Erin Kyan

Recently I had the very good honour to be interviewed by Erin Kyan of the Love and Luck Podcast for Melbourne’s Bent TV.

While there we talked about what it was like to create trans characters from the unique perspective of a trans author, as well as dropping some upcoming projects. (Cough, Fang Force!)

Check it out, won’t you?

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COMING SOON: Fang Force

Fang Force; a comission by Choscaa
Fang Force; a comission by Choscaa

Hello again to all you lovely lads, lasses and beautiful non-binary babes.

I write today with an exciting annoucement; a brand new serial drawing inspiration from Super Sentai/Power Rangers, etc.

Presentinging for your consideration:
FANG FORCE!

When evil emerges after centuries long hibernation, tour guide Lindsay is called upon to lead the soldiers of the Great Vampire King. With the powers of the bat, wolf, beetle, spider and mountain lion the five heroes battle injustice as Fang Force!

The story will be released in ‘episode’ format, with three parts – one released weekly – making up an episode. So far I’ve completed four episodes, and aiming to finish up to seven in the next month before release.

Are you as excited as I am? I sure hope so!

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BLOG: Shameless Self-Promotion! (Superteam Handbook)

Have you ever wanted to be a Power Ranger? If you’re like me, then probably.

Which is why you should pick up this book.

New from Green Ronin Publishing comes the SUPERTEAM HANDBOOK, featuring my own contribution, the sentai-inspired MAGNA FORCE!

There’s also a ton of great contributions in there from other authors, whom I whole-heartedly recommend.

Do yourself a favour, click the link, and nab a copy!

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BLOG: Religious Freedom, Freer than the Rest

It seems that every time I open my laptop there’s another take on Israel Folau.

“Who?” you ask, and I forgive you, because it’s an Australian story, and not all of you live in Australia.

For those of you not in the know, Israel Folau is a professional rugby union player whose 2019 contract was terminated after expressing negative comments toward same-sex attracted and gender variant communities.

Folau, in typical fashion, has taken the matter up with the Fair Work Commission, claiming that he was discriminated against on the basis of his religion.

Let’s tease that apart, shall we? Because the story is in the telling. Continue reading “BLOG: Religious Freedom, Freer than the Rest”

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BLOG: From an ‘Avengers’ Fangirl…

Some of you may not understand when I say that no matter the quality of the films that in my eyes the Avengers series is one of the greatest cinematic marvels (LOL) that I have ever experienced.

It’s not a sentiment everyone agrees with, and that’s fine. Casual work friend Matt certainly didn’t agree when he made his feelings known; that one superhero film is the same as another, and that what he considers art has been bled dry from modern film making.

Okay. Cool. Agree to disagree.

But what cannot be argued is that these films have struck a chord, and that the masses enjoy them for a reason. Part of what makes any work great is that it meets the audience halfway. It could be argued that what an audience brings to a film is equally important as what the film delivers in order to convey its message.

I can’t speak for everyone else. All I have is my own meandering experience, and my experience is that of a former fifteen year old child delving into comic books for the first time.

Continue reading “BLOG: From an ‘Avengers’ Fangirl…”

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BLOG: Transgender Day of Visibility

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV); the one day of the year when transgender people appear from behind a rainbow, and anyone who catches us is granted a wish.

Wait…

(That joke belongs to Crystal Frasier. Sorry, Crystal. It was too good not to steal.)

Kidding aside, TDoV is the one day a year where we as a community band together and celebrate the presence and contributions of transgender people.

At least, that’s the idea. A lot of trans people are visible 365 days a year, and it’s not always a blessing. Sometimes it’s a target. This is especially true for transgender women of colour who face disproportionate degrees of discrimination and violence.

If you don’t believe me, then don’t worry, I’ve done the Googling for you.

Which is why, I believe, that there is a more important conversation to be had on this day, and that those such as myself who benefit from visibility have an obligation to talk about the wider issues. Continue reading “BLOG: Transgender Day of Visibility”

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