a lovely fanzine about queer and trans* fat activism

a few days ago i went to a beautiful fat positive queer performance art and activism show organized by the Rebel Bellies (a berlin based fat activism group – they’re also on facebook). i was happy to grab one of the lovely fanzines made and brought along by queer fat activist charlotte cooper (who btw performed a really cool song with a fellow activist friend). this zine is a product of a collaborative project by many fat activists who produced a timeline with queer & trans* fat activist events and cornerstones. it’s not meant to be an exhaustive herstory but a wonderful attempt to archive fat activism and memory. i definitely encourage you to download the digital version of the fanzine or look out for the paper version at cool fat positive events.

a queer and trans fat activist fanzine (pic via obesitytimebomb.blogspot.de)

ps: today is international no diet day! everyday is no diet day! join fat grrrl activism on facebook!

dear straight, white, christian men

Dear Straight, White, Christian Men,

It has recently come to my attention that some of you may seem to think that some portion of your identity is under attack, be it by the “lame stream media,” the liberals, the secularists, the gub’ment, or the ghost of Ted Kennedy.

I’m here to assure you that it is, in fact, not.

To paraphrase Jon Stewart, you seem to be confusing “war” with “not getting everything you want all the time.”

(by Sami Lawson, keep reading on lawsonry.com)

wem gehört die stadt und in welcher stadt wollen wir leben?

berlin: “liebig 14, schokoladen und die neuordnung der innenstadt” (gentrificationblog)

Wie so oft in städtischen Konflikten geht es um nichts weniger als die simple Fragen, wem denn die Stadt gehört und in welcher Stadt wir leben wollen? Die unterschiedlichen Interessen und Ansprüche an der Innenstadt prallen aktuell mit großer Heftigkeit aufeinander und werden ausgefochten. Die Liebig 14 oder der Schokoladen sind dabei weder Grund noch Zentrum dieser Auseinandersetzung – aber symbolisch aufgeladene Austragungsorte. Kurzum: Es geht um mehr und es wäre schade, wenn dies in der Aufregung um “Krawalle”, “Scharmützel” und “linken Terror” auf der Strecke blieb

Demo gegen die Räumung: 21.02., 17.30 Uhr, Klub der Republik (U-Bhf. Eberswalder Str.)
Stellt euch der Räumung in den Weg: 22.02., 08.00 Uhr, Ackerstrasse 169, U-Bhf. Rosenthaler Platz

how to help a friend through an abortion

jezebel has a nice article on how to support a friend in the process of deciding on or getting an abortion. here, i’ll summarize the main points and once in a while add a few things that i find important.

don’t assume!

if your friend has an unintended pregnancy, don’t assume that she’s going to keep it and/or that she’s (automatically) un/happy and/or that she’s already talked to her partner. just ask how she feels about it.

be helpful

if she chooses to terminate her pregnancy, help her with finding an abortion clinic and counseling (if needed). also, it’d be nice to offer your help as, for instance, a driver to the clinic, assistance for the doctor’s appointments, etc. you can collect potential helpful sources like websites, books & other friends who have had similar experiences. you can also think of getting her favorite foods in case she feels crappy after the abortion.

listen & talk

is she wants to talk about it, let her talk. if she doesn’t, find other topics. if she feels crappy, be supportive but don’t minimize her experience. if she’s ok, be happy with her but remain attentive. talk about your own experiences but don’t take up too much space. important: don’t act as if her situation was extraordinary or something like a secret – lots of women have abortions.