Look out for GUTS’s next issue, “Watch Yourself”, this week! In the meantime, here are some good reads:
Trans Day of Remembrance was this week. Here’s Morgan M Page’s article on the alarming situation for trans people in Brazil.
Jake Pyne tweeted an important thread about trans mental health issues this week.
In this study, suicidality was predicted by whether trans youth were able to use their chosen name. Adding even one new context in which they could use their chosen name, predicted a 56% decrease suicidal behaviour https://t.co/x6hgcEdUi3
— Jake Pyne (@JakePyne) November 21, 2018
“No matter what we write, white people can turn our stories into weapons, an excuse to be paternalistic. If we depict ourselves as educated and self-sufficient, they might advance the narrative that our tragedies are long past, that we should dust ourselves off and move on. If we are portrayed as poor or dysfunctional or prone to alcoholism, they can use that to take away services or argue that we game the system. No matter what we do, we’re still Indian, and often we don’t get to speak for ourselves”, writes Terese Mailhot.
“The apocalypse will happen during my lifetime, if I can figure out how to live long enough.” Elissa Washuta’s “The Sun Disappears”, in Canadian Art.
The queer cult of Carly Rae Jepsen: “After all, what’s queerer than a crush you can’t act on? Than having to hold in your desire? Than longing for someone you can’t have? There’s an absolute sincerity in the way that Jepsen sings every line of her music, which makes it easy to make fun of…, but it’s hard not to find oneself enamoured with that level of earnestness.”
“I’d always thought the secret to winning Two Truths and a Lie was in keeping your lies small. But really, it has nothing to do with the magnitude of the lies you tell—it’s about what you can convince other people to believe.” Alicia Elliott writes on truth.