I've been getting a bit of press in the last month or so, so here it all is in one handy list. Articles and Interviews: Go Magazine GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class of 2020 Eurogamer Pride Week: LGBT+ Streamers and the Importance of Communities TechCrunch Confronting Racial Bias in Video Games ComicBook Rivals of Waterdeep … Continue reading Some recent press for me
COMMENCE PRE-GDC FLAILING ABOUT HOW I'M NOT READY YET I'm actually getting into town a little early for the Bay Area Womxn in Games Conference where I'll be talking about being safe online and dealing with harassment as a broadcaster. Here's what I'm speaking about at GDC Diversity Advocates Roundtable Day 1: Maintaining Community Initiatives, … Continue reading This week’s travel is for @Official_GDC and the @Bawgames Conference!
Twitch’s Inclusivity guild is hosting a Twitch Talk with Tanya DePass, who will be discussing the challenges and best tools for streaming safely as a woman, person of color, or LGBT creator on Twitch. Tanya is the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation that is dedicated to better diversification of … Continue reading ICYMI – My Talk at Twitch HQ “How To Keep Safe in the Land of Twitch”
Folks are always asking me if panels will be streamed when I go to conventions and conferences. Well luck is with you, as Queerness and Games Conference has you covered! They have two twitch channels: twitch.tv/qgcon twitch.tv/qgcon2 If you want to catch a specific speaker over the weekend, the schedule is below. Remember all times … Continue reading Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!
I'm doing sooo much stuff in April, but it's cool and I'm excited even if I'm a little tired just thinking about it. That means streams will be sporadic and not on the usual Tues/Thurs/Saturday schedule. Here's what I'm up to starting next Friday: April 1 & 2: Queerness and Games Conference Los Angeles, CA … Continue reading Next weekend kicks off a super busy month for me!
https://youtu.be/61nmjdwfIBk Raks Geek: Ready Player Two Friday, March 24 at 8pm (Doors at 7:30pm) Uptown Underground 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL Ages 21+ TONIGHT: Join firespinning Mortal Kombat fighters, bellydancing Wookiees, and a sword-wielding Sephiroth! Raks Geek presents an unforgettable night of nerdiness and dancing paying homage to The Last Starfighter, Final Fantasy, Super Mario … Continue reading TONIGHT: Fight Hate. Drink Geek Cocktails with Bellydancing Super Mario
The 2017 C2E2 schedule is finally live! So here's an updated and accurate schedule of panels I'll be on with links. You Have Died From Exposure: The Importance Of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators Jennifer Cross [M], Michi Trota, Suzanne Walker, Charlie Hawkins April 21, 6:45 - 7:45 pm S405a “Do It for the Exposure!” “Aren’t … Continue reading My updated @C2E2 schedule!
Today is the 1 year anniversary of getting canned from my day job. At 1 pm this day last year, I was in tears, unsure about everything. I'd not been back one day from GX3, before I got that call to come into a conference room. Where I was given a bullshit reason & let go. … Continue reading Marking a year of…changes.
So yesterday I couldn't sleep and twitterpated all over about the Safetypin box and the reactions to it. Notably that some dude bro who didn't know anything about the creators (Leslie Mac and Marissa Johnson) I collated those over on Medium for anyone who wants to peep that first. On paying black women for the work … Continue reading On the value of black women’s work
This weekend, the fine folks behind the Spawn on Me are doing another charity stream, this time focusing on reproductive rights. WHAT IS #SPAWN4GOOD? #SPAWN4GOOD is a platform that we hope to expand to give gamers ways and initiative to do good in the world. A platform with which to talk about social issues that … Continue reading I’m streaming for Spawn4Good V2 this weekend!
I got back to work from GX3 today to unpack my office, get everything settled and then was let go. I had no sense this was coming. After all who would be that low-down and dirty right? Well apparently my now former supervisor would be that's who. So I come to y'all humbly asking for … Continue reading Forced change is happening…
So my GX3 schedule has changed a little bit, so here it is in it's final form. Changes noted in bold below GaymerX – San Jose, CA December 11 – 13, 2015 “We Need More Diverse Games: How to Get There” with Gil Almolgi, Katherine Cross, DJ Kirkland, Rachel Keslenski, and Arthur Chu Friday December 11th, … Continue reading My Updated @GaymerX Schedule
In response to mainstream prides everywhere, including both the racism and sexism that pervades the larger gay community, Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) hosts OPTIONZ — in its fifth year — tonight, a highly anticipated annual pride party specifically created to provide a space for lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender and queer women of … Continue reading Queer Women of Color Still Face Racism During Pride, Among Other Things (Repost from Spectra Speaks)
We Got Your Back Project is still alive and still seeking submissions! I had a chance to talk the project up at Gay Is the New Black? Event hosted by JF tonight. Hopefully this will generate some interest and new submissions. Can I ask a favor? Can anyone who comes across this post please signal … Continue reading WGYB Project is still alive, and we’re still taking your stories
Black is beautiful, just so we are motherfucking CLEAR. Black ain't "less desirable than other races", "inherently less attractive than other races" So... we are in the throes of yet ANOTHER online storm about black folks. Black women's looks, black women's bodies, black fathers and the old ass trope of omfg black folks are on … Continue reading Black is… black ain’t…
*waves from the ThinkGalacticon 3 ConCom* Hi all, here is my hey, you should come to the nifty local con post, better yet, you should be on panels and volunteer post! So ThinkGalacticon 3 is happening July 8-10 at Roosevelt University. We have the fabulous Hugo and Nebula nominated Nora K. Jemisin as our SFF … Continue reading ThinkGalacticon 3 Needs you, yes you!
Keep in mind this author is not making wide brush strokes over all Americans, nor are they assuming we're all idiots, racists, and never have gone further than our own back yards. They raise the points below after reading the stupid shit posted on the internet by people who think they KNOW THINGS. If you … Continue reading A Guide: How Not To Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt
In honor of today's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, I'm sharing the winning essay in the American's for Democratic Action's contest: What Would Luther Do? I'm pleased that the winning essay is by my good friend Joy E. Remember, that even though Dr. King is immortalized for his "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. King's … Continue reading In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day… “What Would Martin Do?”
After reading some of the articles outlining the actions, words and implied threat in the words bandied about since Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States, and culminating in the shooting deaths of six people, and critical injury to Congresswoman Giffords the fear I have about President Obama living … Continue reading Violence…and loathing
The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Far Right Monday 10 January 2011 by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Far Right (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t) To: Palin-lovers, Fox … Continue reading Repost-The Wrath of Fools: An open letter to the far right
Like the rest of the country, I've been watching the coverage of the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords at a local Safeway in Arizona. Like others I've watched pundits, the local blogger and everyone in between postulate on what motivated the shooter(s)*. I'm horrified at the loss of life, of a nine year old girl who … Continue reading Words have power and meaning
This will be brief and entirely ineloquent because I am sick and cannot brain well. In short, disinviting E Moon as GOH is NOT FUCKING SILENCING HER! Reposting her own words for the world to see is NOT BULLYING HER! All these people whinging about how evil the mean brown people are, how they wheedled … Continue reading A brief thinky post on the Wiscon situation and disinviting EMoon as GOH
So there's plenty more going around the web on the lack of response from Wiscon's concom, especially after the governing body SF3 has suggested that E Moon's (link goes to the post that kicked this off) GOH invitation be rescinded. There are others who have spoken far more eloquently than I ever could, those that … Continue reading More on Moonfail… and how Wiscon has disappointed me
So... Joy E. came up with a nifty idea. A project where LGBTQIA youth, straight allies, adults and others could share their stories to encourage and strengthen youth who may be getting bullied, harassed and otherwise mistreated for being who they are. This project will make sure that lgbtqia of color, bisexual and transgendered folks … Continue reading Introducing… The We Got Your Back Project
So, it's not news about the whole emoon Islamaphobia post that is now shut down by the author. It isn't news that many fantastic people have written their piece about her idiocy Link Roundup @ karnythia's LJ and some great posts on this by Asim are here, here, here and response to the Wiscon concom … Continue reading Wiscon 2011 and how the emoon situation is making me rethink attending
Just got linked to this post about a new film on trans-racial adoptions. It's called Neither Here nor There, How far she's come. It's chilling to read the bits about how the adoptive mother grills her new "daughter" on English to the point where the girl is exhausted and asks to go home in Chinese. … Continue reading Neither Here or Nor there, how far she’s come
On a happier note, here's a kick ass post from the awesome Karnythia. Linking you to the ABW post. So, there's this thing happening in the black American community (and outside it) where women who look like me are supposed to be grateful for any crumbs that happen to fall into our bleak little lives. … Continue reading repost of Being a Black Woman and Happy with it.
So there is an article out there called Why are Black women so Big!? The author of this little gem wrote a piss poor piece, basically saying all black women are fat asses that simply eat too much. She does not take into account the various factors of weight gain, and the struggle to lose … Continue reading Fat shaming and concern trolling in Why are black women so big?
...and thus I will say what has been brewing in the back of my head for months. The vitriol against President Obama shows that this country was not ready for a black president. Yeah, I said it. The fact that these whackjobs are coming out of the woodwork with no fear of reprimand for threatening … Continue reading This country was not ready for a black president
I've been watching the utter lunacy unfold around the health care reform bill, debates in DC and both those who support and oppose the changes. I've seen the teabaggers accost a man with Parkinson's disease, conservative nutjobs say that Obama is using an 11 year old boys tragedy for sympathy and as a ploy? We've … Continue reading My two cents on the utter idiocy being displayed around health care reform
I've been watching and reading about the "debate" on national health care that's going on in the US as someone who's waiting for it to boil out of control or for someone to actually have a debate and stop screeching at the top of their lungs at every opportunity. I've seen the folks who are … Continue reading The privilege of having health insurance
After discussions, upon discussions where sometimes I feel like the person I'm talking with genuinely "gets it" and many other times where people just can't/won't/refuse to understand their privilege, I've decided to spell it out for people and hope they actually read, comprehend and think about what's coming in this post. What's about to be … Continue reading My $2.00 worth on White Privilege
Stolen off LJ from kittie_kattie I have a new level of non existance: Apparantly PoC didn't start getting into sci-fi/fantasy until the interent showed us the way. Seriously? What the fuck is that shit? *~*~* wild unicorn herd check in: "If you identify as a POC/nonwhite person and you read or watch scifi or fantasy, … Continue reading For all the people who think POC Fans of Sci Fi didn’t exist until the internet? GTFO of my sci fi you dumbasses
Did I mention how much I love Kate Harding? Well I do, because I got this link to Feministing's article on just how creepy that new show I want to save your life is. I keep seeing the ads for this show everywhere, and frankly it disgusts and creeps me out. This guy is following … Continue reading New show, I want to save your life is utter tripe and creepy
The profile of national politics has changed dramatically over the past 8 months. These changing times has added a certain “tint” to politics, a brand new “hue” if you will. Okay, enough beating around the bush, where did all these colored people come from? There was a time that Representatives Harold Ford, JC Watts and Jesse Jackson represented the height of electoral politics for black people and the future of the race politically. There was also a light smattering of Latinos and other minority on the national political scene, most notably Richardson. Let’s not mention, Powell, Gonzalez and Condoleezza Rice. Though they had high office, neither were politicians, just bureaucrats and soldiers put in a highly politicized public service role. But now, in 2009, people of color have become the representative face of both parties! With “That One” Barack Obama and MC Michael Steele, not to mention Bobby Jindal, men of color publicly front both parties. How did we get here, and what does that mean for politics over the next 4 years?
So folks have had enough of the SF communities epic fail at depicting CoC (characters of color). There has been massive wank, fail and omgwtf is wrong with you fuckers all over the internets. Well LJ'er Karnythia has spoken up about Race Fail 09'. She has encouraged folks to link away so I'm doing that. … Continue reading Karnythia speaks up about the Great SF Race Fail of 09′
For the edification of the few dumbasses who still want to claim.. but I didn't know (insert phrase/imagery/well known historical fact) had a racist connotation! Really!!!! Here's some facts for you: 1. Watermelons + black folks = RACIST IMAGERY Saying you had no idea? Makes you out to be a dumbass racist, or at the … Continue reading A note to those who want to claim.. but I didn’t know it was racist!
Yes... I heard about the NY Post editorial cartoon. Not posting at length since I've said what I've got to say all over the internets yesterday. I also don't want to even conceive of what kind of arguments could be had over it here. Instead I give you what I sent the Post: To whom … Continue reading The first and last bit on that NYPost cartoon that’s causing an uproar
Via LJ User slit I find it curious that African-American women are all lazy unwed welfare-cheating baby-making machines and African-American men are all violent drug-abusing absentee fathers RIGHT UNTIL they are standing in the way of gay rights, at which point they become socially conservative homophobes who can't see past their religious family values. If … Continue reading An open letter to white activists, re: Proposition 8
Why doesn't someone stop his idiocy? He's making IL a laughing stock and making himself out to be a total nuisance to the City and State. I don't understand the point of protesting the Cubs game, or any other sporting event because I'm missing the tie between the local sports teams and his dog and … Continue reading Meeks is totally missing the fucking point… AGAIN
Has this been on a news blackout? How is it that no-one has heard of this until now?? On Friday, September 26, the end of a week in which thousands of copies of Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West -- the fear-mongering, anti-Muslim documentary being distributed by the millions in swing states via DVDs … Continue reading Muslim Children Gassed at Dayton Mosque After “Obsession” DVD Hits Ohio
...and it's re-posted here with her permission. A thoughtful piece on bi-prejudice. Common misconceptions regarding bisexuality which anger me greatly: (Homosexual - gay and lesbian; "you" - a general "you" and not anyone in particular.) You're really homosexual but afraid to admit it. No. If you're saying this, you're effectively saying that bisexuality isn't real. … Continue reading Something to think about… a thoughtful piece on bi prejudice
Washington U. Set to Honor Anti-Gay Activist Washington University in St. Louis is giving an honorary degree to anti-gay activist Ms. Phylis Schlafly founder of the Eagle Forum a right wing group opposed to LGBT equality and feminism. This woman has fought tirelessly against marriage equality even though her own son is gay, and she … Continue reading Washington Uni of St. Louis to honor hate monger Phyllis Schafly
I havent had a chance to watch his speech yet, but I am impressed by the text that I've read. I'm saddened by those who would demean his great words and twist them into a parody of hatred and classicism that isnt even mentioned in this speech. I think no matter the results of this … Continue reading “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Sen. Obama’s speech
Objects of Suspicion Love a man, love a woman, either way they distrust you. What is it about bisexual women that lesbians hate so much? By Jennifer Baumgardner After Look Both Ways, my rah-rah book about having a love life with men and women, was published last year, I was pummeled by dating rejection from … Continue reading Advocate article on Bi-hatred by lesbians
Skin, bits, issues and voting at Angry Black Woman. By the most awesome Karnythia Karnythia is guest blogging at ABW. She has summed up my feelings on the election madness much better than I ever could. full text of the piece under the cut. So I have to confess that I was really hoping a … Continue reading Thus wisdom is spread to the masses…
Anti-Gay marriage petitioners come up short on the signatures they need. Marriage Opponents Scramble for Petition Signatures Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Florida must gather 27,000 more petition signatures by February 1 to submit to the state's election supervisors. The measure also seeks to ban polygamy and group marriage … Continue reading Ha! Take that you bigots…
So Wednesday we had Jen Marlowe speak on her both her works in Sudan and Darfur and her new film, Rebuilding Hope, a documentary film about South Sudan She is the co-author of The Darfur Diaries which was actually a film first then worked into a print format. Ms. Marlowe is a wonderful woman who … Continue reading Dinner with Jen Marlowe
Obama issues 3-page memo defending gay-basher spokesman, explaining that McClurkin has no problem with "happy" gays by makeprofilelink("John Aravosis (DC)"); John Aravosis (DC) · 10/29/2007 02:12:00 PM ET Discuss this post here: CommentmyCount('8176134378288689317');s (275) · digg it · reddit · FARK · · Link Obama's campaign now says that McClurkin only wants to cure the unhappy gays. (The rest of … Continue reading *sigh* Obama is trying to kill his chances isn’t he?
Ok... I get "Diverse News in Higher Education" daily. Most of the articles are good and make sense for academia. But the article below made my brain itch. The gist of it is this: Dealing with and avoiding racism makes black folks crazy (sorry meant to say-creates "mental health issues"). I pulled a whut? O_o!?! … Continue reading I can’t believe this article…