desmond dekker - keep a cool head
desmond dekker - keep a cool head
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This past winter, ASTT(e)Q launched an emergency media campaign alerting the public to the fact that trans people were being systemically turned away from shelters. This is by no means a new issue, but in the week-long cold-spell that hit montreal last winter, we felt compelled to react. As we have dialogued with many shelter workers since this media campaign, we saw this as an opportunity to be proactive. Drawing on years of community activism and advocacy, ASTT(e)Q has put together a resource called TransForm Your Services: A Trans Inclusion Guide for Shelters for shelter workers, in order to increase their capacity to include trans women and their experiences in the work that they do.
Trans people face disproportionate experiences of extreme poverty, violence, and are at increased risk of precarious housing and homelessness. At the same time, efforts to address poverty, homelessness, and violence- ranging from government programs to social services and community organizations — often ignore or are insensitive to trans people’s experiences of violence. While some services may have anti-discrimination policies, rarely do these guidelines address issues of transphobia and gender-based discrimination. And even if issues of transphobia are mentioned in policy, what are ways of transforming these policies into concrete practices?
A particular site of exclusion that has a dangerous affect on trans people are sex-segregated spaces and services, such as shelters, alcohol and drug detox facilities, and some crisis-centres. TransForm Your Services: A Trans Inclusion Guide for Shelters, is a guide that is desperately needed in the Montreal’s shelter system. This resource will be geared at service providers in order to support shelters in filling some of those policy gaps, answer some of the questions that most frequently come up regarding to trans access to shelters, and provide frontline workers with some tangible tools and suggestions for moving forward. It will also include insightful testimonials from trans people and advocates detailing their experiences accessing shelters or supporting someone in the process of accessing sex-segregated essential services.
This guidebook will be distributed to shelters and other sex-segregated services throughout Quebec, as part of ASTT(e)Q’s anti-violence project, TransSolidaire Contre la Violence.
ASTT(e)Q is seeking your support in making this guide a reality! We would like to raise at least 2,000 dollars to go towards professional editing, translation and printing costs. At the moment, we have limited funding to go towards this, but we do not want to have to dip too much into our emergency fund - which is set up specifically to support trans people who have been refused from shelters. If you are able, any kind of donation would help! If you would prefer, you can also make a donation via our website at http://www.astteq.org/donate.html, or by cheque (mailed to 1300 rue Sanguinet, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3E7) make out to CACTUS-Montreal with ASTT(e)Q in the memo-line.
Untitled (Armoire), 1992
Wood furniture, steel, and cement 45 x 73 1/2 x 20 in. (114.3 x 186.7 x 50.8 cm)
Untitled (Armoire) is part of a series in which Salcedo buried domestic furniture and other personal objects in cement, stripping these utilitarian pieces of their functions and turning them into humble monuments to their lost, silenced, or forgotten owners. The artist explained, “There was one widow … who told me how difficult it was to continue living with objects that are reminders of her husband… . Every day you sit at the dining table and the empty chair is there, screaming the absence of that person. It can become a very difficult object to live with. So I tried to make those objects silent, encasing them in cement.”
Not all women in the 1920s were flappers. This California-based Chicana gunslinger in pants, button down shirt, and tie is Maria Alatorre (ca. 1925). I love photos like this because they’re visual evidence of the wide range of femininities that have always existed.
Credit: Los Angeles Public Library