Got dirt?

Small communities can be fertile for drama. And the ethics of privacy and disclosure around relationships is complicated – further complicated by the politicised context of marginalised communities.

A few partners of trans guys have voiced concerns about submitting to DUDE when they know that the magazine will be circulated among their community. But sometimes the stories that are hardest to tell are the ones we most need to hear.

So for DUDE 3 we’re welcoming submissions of anonymous fragments – for little snapshots that would be difficult to develop into a whole article or story without giving too much away.

Some topics you might want to explore:

  • subcultural hierarchies
  • awkward sex stories
  • scene drama
  • political controversy
  • trans guys being jerks

Put “DUDE #3 SUBMISSION: FRAGMENT” into the subject line and email to DUDEmag.special(at)gmail.com

Remember you can send any type of submission anonymously or under a pseudonym, and we also take fiction submissions. Full submission guidelines here.

x Lia

Dudes who look like YOU!

Don’t see yourself in this picture?

We’d really like to see a diversity of bodies, aesthetics, identities and opinions in DUDE.

We’d especially love to get more submissions from those who are often marginalised and underrepresented in trans media, such as people of colour, older people and people with disabilities. Submissions from Australia and New Zealand will be highly regarded, but submissions are open to everyone world wide.

Also we’re doing photo shoots in Melbourne this Saturday and in Sydney up to May 20. Get in contact asap if you’re interested in taking part:

Melbourne: James - james(at)junglejim(dot)com.au
Sydney: Teddy ateddycook(at)gmail.com

Submissions for DUDE.3 are open until 30 May 2012. Full submission guidelines here.

x Lia

Lovers. Submission. Please.

Heya, this is Lia Incognita! I’m one of the three guest editors for DUDE 3: Lovers. DUDE is usually made by trans guys but for this issue we also welcome work produced by their lovers or others about sex and relationships. Submissions close at the end of May and we need more!

Who are you?

Well, I’m part of the anti-racist, anti-sexist queer performance trio, the Ladies of Colour Agency, so there’s my credentials for being a third of something. I also write for Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine, Peril, and (with Max Attitude) at queer hanky code blog flagging opinicus rampant, and I’ve been an associate editor at The Scavenger.

More generally, I’m stubborn, ambivalent, greedy and righteous as you might expect from a pansexual polyamorous agnostic switch type, mega lazy, mega ambitious (like finger in every pie but delivered to bed please) and a little bit bossy. Also I’m a cissexual woman but in print I prefer gender-neutral pronouns such as ey/em/eir.

What do you want?

Your submission! And I want it to be pithy, intimate, detailed and unique. I think the strongest submissions I’ve read so far have been the ones that have a small focus, fleshed out to fullness. Don’t try to represent all trans guys or lovers because the magazine gets repetitive quickly if the submissions are all general and abstract. I mean, you can go abstract, go deep into thoughts and feelings and ideologies, but anchor it in your experiences. You don’t need to be a writer. Just tell your own story – and not your whole life story but the meatiest parts. A remark that you mulled over for days. A glance that made your heartbeat boom. The aftershocks through your sense of self. Yeah?

Can you be more specific? 

Sure. I’ve been mostly looking at the text submissions, maybe Nyx can talk later about what we’d like to see in image submissions. We’d be interested in advice columns & how to guides, eg how to come out to your family about your partner transitioning. We’re taking letters to the editor on the previous issue too, and we might even take personals ads! (I’ll talk about that more later.) We’ll take fiction and erotica, as long as it also touches on some ideas and issues too. And of course you can submit anonymously or under a pseudonym.

Some suggested topics:

  • sex, especially in relation to changing bodies/identity, ‘gender dysphoria’
  • how transitioning affects or affected your relationship (positive/negative)
  • anxieties around a lover’s hormone use, surgery, body
  • peer and cultural pressures: passing, not passing, visibility
  • disclosure – yours / managing a partner’s
  • scene politics, whether queer, gay, lesbian, straight – hierarchies of who belongs, who’s the coolest
  • parenting / pregnancy
  • marriage
  • have you left a transitioning lover? We would really like to hear stories of transition break ups – what went wrong?
But we’re open to all submissions, not just on these topics. Feel free to run ideas by us, we’re happy to talk about your submission even if you haven’t yet written a draft. Email dudemag.special[at]gmail.com or chat to us on the Facebook event here. I’ll post more ideas and topics next week. Submission guidelines are here.

x Lia Incognita

Projects – Fingerprint

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Why not make a zine to celebrate?

Projects – Fingerprint by dotdotdash magazine

dotdotdash is a tri-annual publication that calls Perth, Australia home. Staffed by volunteers, dotdotdash Magazine exists to bring artists and writers to the fore. We publish all genres of poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction, comics, illustrations, drawings, and photos.

You could be here. Submit! Participate! Get involved! We want you.

DUDE 3: Lovers; Sex/Relationships

DUDE 3
LOVERS; SEX/RELATIONSHIPS

Trans guys are hot! And we know you love us, so why not give us some detail – because we love you just as much!!

… DUDE is usually produced by transdudes and friends, however this special issue is dedicated to work produced by lovers of people who identify with transmasculinity.

We would LOVE to get submissions from a variety of people in a diversity of relationships. Send us your dirtiest secret desires, persistent fears or relationship wonderings.

Especially, but not limited to:

*sex, especially in relation to changing bodies/identity, ‘gender dysphoria’
*how transitioning affects/ed your relationship (positive/negative)
*anxieties around a lover’s hormone use, surgery, body
*peer/cultural pressures: passing, not passing
*disclosure – yours / managing a partner’s
*in/visibility
*scene bitchiness of various scenes: straight, queer, gay, lesbian…
*parenting / pregnancy
*marriage
**have you left a transitioning lover? We would really like to hear stories of transition break ups – what went wrong? when did it all become too much?

*stories from straight guys, bi guys, gay guys, cis guys
*stories from trans men, trans women, gender queers
*stories from queer girls, bi girls, straight girls, cis women
*stories from butches, femmes, bois, bears, sex workers

maxattitude/designsonfragility

Also, inappropriate questions you’ve been asked – think back to the comics in DUDE 1 – we want your questions as well! What is ok and not ok?

PICTURES OF YOU WITH YOUR DUDE!

Deadline: Extended to 31 May 2012.

see the Submission Guidelines.

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print it here: Call Out 3.pdf

on facebook: here

DUDEs! DUDE 2 is coming…

Got a printer?

Why not stick this up around your ‘hood: 

Catch ya at the Wesley Anne…

Call Out: DUDE 2

Deadline: October 31st, 2011

Theme: Body Image

Be brave, bold and beautiful. Value everyone.

Is the trans movement celebrating body type diversity in positive ways? Does it further impose mainstream pressures on our body image? How can we celebrate all body types in healthy and constructive ways? And how do we do this without adding to the fetishisation of the sex and gender diverse community?

We want to hear what your thoughts are on body image. What do we need to share with each other? What assumptions are often made and why?

Including but not limited to, body image in relation to:
• expectations of uber masculinity: both in the mainstream, such as media, magazines, movies; and on youtube and ftm forums
• various subcultures such as bears, lesbian, sporting clubs and codes, gyms, punks, S/M, leather, anarchist, activist, men-only spaces, SOP
• not being on T/natural transitioning
• butch-not-trans / butch-and-trans
• genderqueers or dykes who bind or have had top surgery
• people with (dis)abilities or people who are differently abled.
• sex
• genitals
• body size diversity and positivity
• substance use
• people with eating disorders
• scars
• femme ftms
• binding
• surviving sexual assault
• gender dysphoria
• dealing with health professionals
• strategic essentialism

Submissions from Australia and New Zealand will be highly regarded, but the call out is open to everyone world wide.

About Dude
Dude is a not for profit, creative resource on transmasculinity; a zine combining short articles, stories and imagery. To download Dude 1 go to: DUDE is LIVE.

We encourage photo submissions from a diverse range of people who identify as male / trans /genderqueer / transmasculine / butch / femme ftm / ftm / m2m / especially people of colour / people who are chubby / people with disabilities / freaks / people not on T.

Also, we love cock pictures.

TO SUBMIT

Length: No submission is too short: brief articles are preferred (less than 500 words) but longer text will be considered if relevant and well crafted.
Payment: At this time we are unable to offer payment for submissions. Each contributor will receive a copy of Dude 2.

All submissions in electronic format to dudetranszine@gmail.com
Include with subject line SUBMISSION DUDE 2: PHOTO/TEXT (as appropriate).
Text in .doc format
Images: JPG format, higher quality the better. Please note that colour images will be converted to greyscale.
If you have further enquiries, email with subject line “ENQUIRY DUDE 2”

This call out is on facebook.

Thank you.

DUDE, where’s my zine?

DUDE is a free and not for profit, creative resource designed to celebrate positive representation of trans guys and to share skills and knowledge within our wider community.

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.

Email: coltbaxter81@gmail.com
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.

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