The original idea behind DUDE was to create a guide on ‘how to play with trans guys’ and this may be the only published issue to materialise or it could become the 1st edition of a series. Depends on how much steam it gets and how much ink it costs.
DUDE has received a splendid number of submissions for the 1st issue and I am excited to be near completion.
Stay tuned for more details to come and I expect that DUDE will be released late February 2011.
There will be an official launch in Melbourne and I’ll announce more details shortly.
To read the call out and more background, please see below. Cheers.
call for submissions for trans male zine.
I’m Jez, I live in Melbourne, Australia and I’m a queer transman.
I’m making a little zine based on trans masculine information. The purpose of the zine is to provide a little guide on how to negotiate trans male relationships. It is going to be really simple and basic and hopefully provides a bit more understanding for people who are interested in playing with trans masculine folk or for people that are curious in general or just lack knowledge and awareness.
I know there is plenty of information and resources out there already but still to this day people can ask me the most random, uncomfortable and sometimes rudely offensive questions. I don’t think these people intend harm, but I’d like the majority of people to pre-empt their interactions with trans guys with some forethought, respect, care and understanding.
And I don’t want to ridicule or frighten people away from wanting to engage so I thought a zine might be a good way to approach this.
Also, another reason I want to create this zine is because for many years I have cruised male only venues under a certain level of anonymity and danger, which of course is very exciting, but largely hard work and unsafe. I would like to see a little more visibility and inclusiveness in gay male venues because I feel there is more fun to be had if people just knew a little more about it.
The idea of this zine is to provide everyone and anyone with a little trans male 101 and isn’t targeted specifically to one type of play nor will it necessarily represent all trans masculine identified people.
Which brings me to my invitation to submit something relevant to this topic so I can ensure there is some diversity in the zine. If you have something relevant and would like to have it included, please feel free to contact me.
It could be writing, poems, personal experience, photography, drawings, random shit, sexual fantasy, erotic fiction or any material that can be printed – in black and white.
You could also submit a question which you have been asked that made you feel uncomfortable and frozen and/or a response that might be appropriate and empowering.
If interested, please email me personally or message me privately on facebook.
Facebook: Jez Pez
Deadline for submissions is January 10th 2011.
I will try to include as much content as possible in addition to what I will be writing as the main part of the zine.
Thanks very much and feel free to circulate this on any relevant lists or blogs.