Every week I will share a roundup of blog posts, articles, and news items that have caught my eye and may be of interest to the rest of the community. If you have anything that you think I should read, please don’t hesitate to share!
- Looking to supplement your summer reading? Check out this list of more than 60 books by queer people of colour, by zarawithaz. The comment thread contains even more suggestions!
- “Oppression doesn’t require intent to thrive. In fact, the way oppression thrives best is by allowing people to marginalize people without intent, as that shows that the ideologies of sexism, racism, gender essentialism or cissexism are so ingrained in you that you don’t even notice it.”
- Gaming As Women has published a game report from a recent large-scale LARP (live-action role playing) event exploring the impact of HIV on New York’s gay community in the 1980s. The exercise included experienced LARPers, HIV activists, HIV-positive people, LGBT activists, and cultural workers from all over the world. I found the sections on safewords and the game’s efforts at trans inclusion to be particularly interesting, as well as the means the LARPers used to establish consent for implied sexual acts in the scenario.
- “The instant I say ‘diversity’ what I mean, whether I want to or not, is that I’m writing to an audience in which the default mode lies in being male, white, and mostly straight.” With a focus on fantasy fiction, Kate Elliott writes about dominant cultural narratives and how they impact our ability to conceive and interpret truly creative works.
- There is a growing group of Python developers who have pledged only to participate in conferences that publicly promote an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination code of conduct policy.
- Tiger Beatdown’s Emily Manuel wrote a great article dissecting troubling responses to famous individuals coming out, from “salacious shock” to “studied boredom”. Here’s one choice quote: “So when heterosexuals ask, ‘Why did it take so long for him to come out,’ I reply with a question of my own: ‘why did it take you so long to make him feel safe enough to do so?’”
–Chelsea Edgell, Communications and Promotions Coordinator