Toolbox Discussion: June 23rd, 2016

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Hey peeps! Time for another discussion!

This week’s topic:

Unpacking desirability politics.

We initially wanted to talk about dating and relationships but we realized we needed to take a step back. So many of us have either been told or shown that we are somehow undesirable; that people wouldn’t love our trans bodies. So let’s disrupt that narrative and take steps toward reclaiming our own desirability.

If you can’t make it to the discussion, you can google hangout with us toolboxtransla@gmail.com.

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

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IN LIEU OF SEX TALK THIS SAT, MAY 14TH

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Hey folks,

As some of you may know, there has been a movement brewing to boycott LA PRIDE. APAIT, along with other agencies, organized a community meeting on Monday to discuss the changes this year and the communities concerns about them. It was voted that there would be a community boycott because CSW LA Pride is ‪#‎NotOurPride‬! Bamby Salcedo is organizing a meeting this Saturday at the same time and place as our scheduled sex talk. This meeting is to discuss what kind of actions we can take as a community to ‪#‎ShutItDown‬! We (Destin, BUCK ANGEL, and I) felt that it is important to support and bring transmasculine voices to the conversation. So we won’t be having our usual sex talk until a later date this month. We would love for our newly formed group to participate in community action!

Check out the boycott page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1593346347623668/

#NotOurPride #ShutItDown

Toolbox Discussion: Tonight, Thurs, May 12th 6:00 – 7:30

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Hey peeps! Time for another discussion!

This week’s topic:
The history of our silenced voices. As a person assigned female at birth. As a person of color. As a transmasculine person. How have we been silenced because of our identities?

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

Tran/GNC Movement Space.

APAIT HEART Program’s holistic trans/gnc movement space led by Jazzmun Crayton, with drumming by Destin Cortez and Jaden Fields.

This is a holistic healing and movement space that honors all bodies and abilities. We incorporate tai chi, meditation, and african-based movements combined with live drumming. Our mission is create and foster a safe space for freedom of expression, to be touch with one’s body without policing it. We hope you can join us! 🙂

Accessibility Info –
No stairs. 3 different restrooms to choose from (gender neutral (single stall), women, men).

Trans Men and Competent Care

Having a child shouldn’t be arduous and humiliating for transgender men, writes one who went through the process.

“When the nurse on duty came out of the ultrasound room to call the next patient in, she glanced over at me and stopped. I’ll never forget the look of shock on her face. As she walked away, she turned her head to look back at me, not once, not twice, but three times, almost as though to make sure that what she was seeing was actually real. This, of course, caught the attention of the other patients, who now started staring at me as well. I tried to distract myself by locking my eyes on the ironic “trans inclusivity” poster on the wall in front of me, realizing with a sinking heart that the trans-competent care I had been led to expect was not going to materialize at all.”

Reflections from Tiq Milan on His Journey Into Manhood

For Transgender Men, Clothing Can Be Self-Determination

“For a lot of trans men, having to grow up in girls clothes is a traumatic misgendering every single day. But the process of coming into masculinity is as varied as masculine expression itself. Queer masculinity makes room for men to define their bodies and manhood by what feels right to them. One element of that can be physically changing the body — and thus changing one’s clothes.”

Toolbox Sex Talk with Buck Angel

 

Let’s talk about sex! Let’s talk about what we like. Let’s talk about what we don’t like. Let’s talk about power. Let’s about privilege. Let’s talk about ability. Let’s talk about pleasure. Let’s talk about toys! Let’s talk!

 

This is an intentional closed space for:
-transmen
-transmasculine individuals
-transbois
-trans-identified masculine-of-center folks
-trans-identified AFAB folks

About Buck Angel:
As an icon of popular culture, Buck Angel’s message of empowerment through self-acceptance and being sexually comfortable in your own skin has struck a passionate chord with folks all over the world.

As he demonstrated in his appearances at YALE, Cornell and many other Universities around the world, Buck is not only inspiring people to think outside the box, he is re-defining gender and educating an entire generation on the fluidity of sexuality and identity politics. Since Buck coined the phrase ” it’s not what’s between your legs that defines you!”, the term has become an anthem for men and women everywhere who have been inspired by this message of self acceptance.

Buck has been featured in nearly every imaginable international media outlet: television, radio, web, and print. He has appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, Spike TV, The Women’s Entertainment Network, Howard Stern Show, Much Music, Sirius Radio, Dan Savage,VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network and many others. He’s been written about in The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Maxim, New York Times, and other publications around the world. Armistead Maupin included Buck Angel in his latest book Michael Tolliver Lives.

As a visionary filmmaker,advocate, educator and motivational speaker, Buck Angel launched Buck Angel Entertainment as a vehicle to produce multimedia projects that will motivate viewers to think outside the box.

Buck has finished work on his groundbreaking documentary Sexing The Transman which has been shown worldwide. You can see more about that on http://sexingthetransman.com/

In 2012 Buck was appointed to the board of directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.

British artist Marc Quinn created a life-size sculpture of Buck Angel, that will be included in the sculptor’s global tour.

Buck Angel made history when he received the prestigious award from Adult Video News (AVN) for Transsexual Performer of the Year in 2007 for his groundbreaking work in the adult entertainment industry. As the pioneer of an entirely new genre, Buck has received international recognition and continues to be a huge box office hit in numerous markets.

His innovative live performances in New Zealand, Greece, Scotland, London, Madrid, New York City, Toronto, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and many other destinations have attracted thousands of adoring fans and the respect of critics everywhere.

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

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Welcome!

Hi,

My name is Jaden and I’m a black, femme-evolving transboi. So Destin (my bro, coworker, and fellow transguy of color) and I have been talking about needing a space for transguys, transbois, AFAB trans folx to talk and share the tools we have to navigate life. Let’s go beyond hormones and surgeries. How do we check our privilege? How do we embody masculinity (whatever it might mean to us) without being a misogynist asshole? How do we explore and uplift femmeness and/or femininity? How do we handle the violence of being a masculine persn of color? How do we hold space without taking up space? As our identities shift, how has our sense of pleasure shifted? How do we like to fuck? So we are starting this thing called Toolbox to have these conversations.

Every second Thursday, we’ll hang out and chat. Every second Saturday, we’ll hang out and chat about sex.

This blog will be a place to reflect on our journey in masculinity (whatever that means to us.)

Let’s share some tools!