Part of me feels pretty scared of transitiong; knowing I have to tell important people before I start, wondering how testosterone will effect me, fretting that I’ll never actually save up for top surgery (and freak out about the pain of it if I do)…
But I heard this tale from a fellow transman and was so delighted I wanted to put it up in comic form.
Sigh – so, the National Party is looking to mine some of our most precious land.
This makes me unhappy – what’s more to say?
It’s just so stupid.
So, we’re starting up a Queer Avengers group here, as I’ve mentioned before. It’s in its very early stages so we’re just getting together to chat about what we want to do. The premise of the group is to get together queer people interested in being a political force within our community; for me it seems to be about advocacy, education, and visibility.
Homophobia and transphobia can be pretty hard to be around, and this group is about finding creative, fun, affirming, and empowering ways to combat it in the place where we live. The sorts of things I’m keen to see happen is to make our city leaders stand up against the violence and discrimination that can happen here (it’s pretty sad that the majority of high schools down here either make it very hard, or don’t allow people to take same-sex partners to schools); I want to make the Police Diversity Liaison Officers more accessible for queer people in the city; I want to make sure that queer friendly businesses and organisations are celebrated; I want I want I want.
If anyone has cool ideas, campaigns, actions, advice, energy, anything they wanna share, please let us know!
So, I used to do some political cartooning for the university magazine a few years ago. I stopped it when I got myself employed, and simply didn’t have the time for it. I have recently become less-employed, started an art course, and bought myself a lovely little tablet (which I’m still desperately trying to learn how to use). And, as our current Prime Minister, the lovely John Key (as drawn above), is a bit of a jerk, it looks like I’ll be brushing up on those old caricatures again…
I’ve been drawing superheroes all week – trying to get an image I can use for some posters I wanna draw up for a project I’m working on. Queer Avengers is a group Joe’s going to start up to connect with politically-minded queer people and queer supporters with the aim of getting active within our community. It will be rad. But more importantly, I get to draw superheroes: