Call for Papers: TWOC Anthology
Call for Papers: Trans Women of Color Anthology [Official Title TBD]
"Too often, people with resources who already have a platform become the ones to tell the stories of those at the margins." - Tourmaline
“There’s girls in prison that need to hear from us, who need to know that somebody out here gives a damn whether they live or die.” - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
“She loves, unconditionally and without judgement. She is the blueprint for our liberation and has ensured that the path I walk on, that we all walk on is less rocky because she exists.” - Janet Mock on Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
“We are not ashamed and we are not afraid.” - Isa Noyola
“I am tired of seeing my children—I call everybody including yous in this room, you are all my children—I am tired of seeing homeless transgender children” - Sylvia Rivera
My Dream: I want to put together an anthology by transgender women of color and trans femmes of color discussing our resistance, resilience, and worldmaking that has meant the creation of social justice movements, community institutions, the ensured survival of femmes and women of color, and the dismantling of patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and more.
Deadline for Chapters: July 1, 2021
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How do transgender women and femmes of color (TWOC/TFOC) dismantle the systems of oppression and build a world that is worth living in? How, in our praxis, do we further the work of social justice and civil rights movements, decolonization, and the push for liberation? How have we become mothers to community and liberation?
How do we fight racism, trans misogyny, anti-blackness, classism, and other forms of oppression that impact our daily lives?
What battles have we fought for basic human treatment, services, and survival needs? What brings us joy, hope, and inspires dreams? What is the world we are building towards in 10, 20, and 50 years? Where have we invested our time and energy? What do words and actions like sisterhood, feminism, solidarity, and others mean to us? Who are we to the world and what are we doing to change that?
I want to know your story, inspirations, hopes, dreams, loves, and everything in between.
Who Are We Talking About: Here’s our operational definition of transgender women of color and trans femmes of color: In the spirit of decolonization of gender and inclusion of folks who may not identify exclusively as transgender women, we believe that folks who experience trans misogyny are welcome to play a role in the formation of this much-needed anthology. This also includes BUTCH trans women of color!
This also includes more Indigenous and non-traditional gender identifications including but not limited to: bakla, hijra, fa’fafine, third gender, genderqueer, nonbinary and any other gender that feels aligned with our goal.
We are not in the business of policing people’s identities so we respectfully ask that if you don’t experience trans misogyny to please look for other avenues to publish your work.
Who I Am: My name is Lexi Adsit, I am a translatina born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I am turning 30 in 2021 and have spent the past ten years of my life being out socially as trans and working to empower trans women of color and queer and trans people of color broadly. I was born into a privileged home as a brown adoptee and have for the better part of my life, had stable employment, health care, and my basic needs met. I have worked as a frontline health care worker, an Executive Director, held countless internships, and most recently as a fundraiser. I also have organized multiple community-led projects such as founding the Queer Yo’ Mind Conference, co-coordinating the International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering, produced countless events and shows with Peacock Rebellion, and most recently dropped out of a doctorate program at the University of Minnesota.
I am published on Salon, Autostraddle, the 2nd Edition of Colonize This!, and Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production, and the Politics of Visibility. I have been invited to keynote and be on panels for conferences, universities, nonprofits, and arts centers across the United States.
My intention: Is, has, and never will be to utilize this anthology and others that may come from it to benefit financially.
It is my hope that this will help meet a clear need as a public education tool in humanizing transgender women of color in various diasporas, as well as a political strategizing tool for social movements to center and prioritize mutual aid and help ensure the survival and thriving of trans women of color within the reader’s community.
It is my hope that I will be able to pay everyone who contributes and assists in the creation of this book, whether it is from my own pocket, revenue generated by sales, donations from community members, book readings or other speaking opportunities, grants, or a combination of the above.
It is my intention to provide professional development, writing opportunities, and feedback to trans women of color, especially Black trans women, as desired and as I am able. I intend to ask others to volunteer their time and energy to support our writers as well. It is my intention to follow the leadership and wisdom of those whose liberation I support: Black, Indigenous, disabled, undocumented, fat, neuroatypical, sex workers, formerly incarcerated people and any combination therein.
Why now: I’ve been blessed to witness the power, creativity, joy, hopefulness, love, vision, strategy, and brilliance of countless TWOC across the world. Yet, trans women of color, and Black trans women especially, continue to suffer and experience incredibly high rates of violence, murder, and dehumanizing neglect by our governments and communities. Inspired over the past decade by social movements and organizing for Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, Occupy, #MeToo and countless others, I believe it is time to bring this project to fruition.
We are seeking: Chapters in any format with any number of words. This can include poetry, collages, music videos, lyrics, essays, speeches, art, and any other platform you can think of. Since this is the early conception of this project, I am committed to publishing any and all submissions we receive, as we are able. If we cannot publish your submission in the paper anthology we will publish a separate online anthology. If we are overwhelmed with submissions we will separate them by topic and publish numerous anthologies. If we receive responses from our writers that we need to adapt or evolve into something else, I am committed to doing that to support them.
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