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30th April, 2011. 2:15 pm. Melbourne: Still Fierce! x-posted(imyerjoeyramone)

Hi folks,

Just spreading the word re the newly formed Still Fierce Melbourne crew.

Cheers,

Ash

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This is an introductory letter from Still Fierce! Melbourne, a newly formed collective of intersex, sex and/or gender diverse people and our allies and supporters. We are writing to you to say hi, and to let you know what projects and events we are working on and to invite you to participate in our collective or in our events, or both, or to voice our interest in networking with your organization!



Still Fierce Melbourne was formed a month or so ago, inspired by the work of Still Fierce Sydney, a similar collective. While we haven't fully established our manifesto we have established that we are an open collective, and that we are interested in working on political lobbing for ISGD rights at a national level, in creating stronger social and political networks for ISGD people and in doing consciousness raising work in the community about ISGD people and our experiences and issues. We have yet to establish the details of our relationship to Still fierce! Sydney, right now all that is in concrete is that we are using the same name and are supporting their list of demands for the rally in Canberra.

What is ISGD?

If you haven’t heard this acronym before, don’t worry, neither had most of us up to a year ago. It stands for Intersex, Sex and/or Gender Diverse. We decided as a group to use this new term instead
of transgender, transsexual, intersex, cross dressers etc etc because we are interested in moving away from the border wars that we have seen happen between different sex/gender diverse identity groups in the past, and to overcome the generational differences in what language people use
to describe themselves, and basically just to encompass all sex and gender diverse people when we are lobbying for rights, when we are talking about discrimination and when we are talking about our peers.

Here is a brief rundown of what we are working on right now:

The first major project we are working on is getting a 45 seater bus to take to a rally for ISGD rights in Canberra on the 11th of May. The tickets are on a sliding scale basis (starting from $20 to as much as each individual can afford). The bus will be leaving approximately around 1 am
on Friday morning and departing that evening after the rally and driving through the night to arrive back in Melbourne late that night. We will make the bus times public as soon as we know!

To confirm a seat on the bus or find out more information about the rally please email: stillfiercemelbourne@gmail.com

We have been meeting fortnightly but have yet to find a regular venue, so if you are interested in coming to our meetings (all welcome!) Email us at still-fierce-melbourne@googlegroups.com and we'll met you know the details!

We are very excited about networking with other trans/ ISGD groups in Melbourne and Victoria and learning more about what other groups are doing and exploring the possibilities of how we can work together!

We look forward to meeting you soon,

Much love,

Still Fierce Melbourne

To find out what’s going on and to stay in touch about events join the Facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_195648087132139

Or to get involved in some of the behind the scenes stuff join the Still Fierce! Melbourne Google group:

http://groups.google.com/group/still-fierce-melbourne?hl=en

Details about the national Intersex, Sex and/or Gender Diverse Rally:

This is a video about the rally in Canberra on May 4th 2011:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BitN38AuKMc

The rally is supported by Still Fierce Sydney, Still Fierce Melbourne, and Sex And Gender Education Australia, Australian Health and Education Centre, Australian Federal Greens Party, Australian Socialists Alliance, Femme Guild Sydney, Scarlet Alliance, Equal Love Canberra, Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee (NSW), CRAVE Metropolitan Community Church (Sydney), Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Student Union Queer Department [RUSU Queer Department], The University of Melbourne Student Union Queer Department [UMSU Queer],
WA Gender Project, The Seahorse Society of NSW, University of Sydney Queer Students, National Union of Students [NUS]

Still Fierce and Allied Organizations are calling on the federal and state Governments to implement the recommendations of the 2009 Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Files Report, review inequalities in the law for ISGD people and to outlaw unethical medical practices forced on intersex
Children. We invite other groups to join us in rallying for the rights of ISGD groups of people and we are open to suggestions for further addition to our demands.

We are calling for equal rights for ISGD People; our Memorandum of Demands
follows:

1/ Implementation of the AHRC Sex Files (2009) recommendations

2/ Legal protection against enforced medical treatment of ISGD children

3/ Federal antidiscrimination laws protecting all ISGD people

4/ Full Medicare funding for medical and psychological procedures needed by any ISGD people

5/ Full Marriage rights for ISGD People.

6/ Enshrinement of the right to establish ones’ own sex and/or gender identity in federal law.

For more info on the Sex Files Report:

http://www.hreoc.gov.au/genderdiversity/sex_files2009.html

<3 Stay Fierce! <3

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23rd February, 2009. 11:11 am. looking for a housemate (MELBOURNE)..... (this is x-posted)(imyerjoeyramone)

hi folks,

if this isnt ok for me to post here then please let me know and ill delete it!

im a queer trans dude from melbourne, alcohol and drug free vegan, into rockabilly and punk. just wanted to put the word out there that me and holden (my 6 year old sweet lil black dog) are looking for a housemate to share our three bedroom home (its a pretty nice place with a shared study, separate kitchen and lounge, front yard and medium sized coutyard with a vege patch) in seddon/yarraville (rent $130 pw plus shared bills) - we're 10mins walk to seddon and west footscray train stations (so two train lines), 14mins train ride to flinders street, 5km to the city, close to both seddon and yarraville shops and cafes etc.

i am looking for someone queer/trans friendly, easy going, house trained, stable, veg*n or mainly veg*n, someone into communal food and shopping etc, someone who's life isnt only about getting boozy etc but still knows how to have fun.

so if you or anyone you know is interested, lets chat some!

cheers,
ash

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2nd February, 2009. 1:06 pm. upstart alley VIII - Sat Feb 7th 09 - x-posted widely(imyerjoeyramone)

Upstart Alley VIII - Pervy performance, rocking music, seedy side show entertainment and debauchery for all you misfits, queers and trans folk!

Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park
Corner Graham and Pickles Streets, Albert Park

Sat, February 7th, Bar opens 8.30pm, Show start 9pm

Tickets $13 concession or group bookings/full $20
Bookings: t: 9699 3253 or www. gasworks. org. au

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12th January, 2009. 11:35 am. Melbourne (Australia): Upstart Alley VIII - Sat Feb 7th 09 - x-posted widely(imyerjoeyramone)

Hi folks,
Just spreading the word, its shaping up to be a good one!
cheers,
ash

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Upstart Alley VIII Sat Feburary 7th 2009 - www.myspace.com/upstartalley

Pervy performance, rocking music, seedy side show entertainment and debauchery for all you misfits, queers and trans folk!

Topping off Gasworks’ Midsumma season the Upstart Alley troupe brings you another raucous performance party, teeming with dazzling displays of bent pervy performance, gender piracy and rocking tunes. Step right up for an action packed show from performers from near and far including Kelli Jean Drinkwater (Syd), Yumi Umiumare, Wes Snelling, Kaboobie (Adel), The Bad Father (Adel) and music from psychobilly rockers The Vaudevillains, DJ Linx and more!

Upstart Alley VIII boasts a grimy vaudeville style show featuring seedy side show entertainment and rocking live music. Belt yourselves into your seats to witness spectacular feats of gender defiance and glamorous rebellion by our outstanding and outlandish performers. Upstart Alley has been rockin Melbourne audiences for the last two years, jump starting thoughts and libidos. We refuse to force people into ill-fitting gender (or other) categories and create spaces where the whole range of identities bump and grind against each other and redefine and mess with the binaries that box us all in.

Upstart Alley VIII
Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park
Corner Graham and Pickles Streets, Albert Park
Sat, February 7th, Bar opens 8.30pm, Show start 9pm
Tickets $13 concession or group bookings/full $20
Bookings: t: 9699 3253 or www.gasworks.org.au

Media Contact: Liz Alexander t: 0403 699 810: email address: upstartalley@yahoo.com.au

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11th May, 2008. 12:41 pm. SPUNK MAG!!! - x-posted(imyerjoeyramone)

SPUNK is a new magazine exploring masculinities and male genders.

We want to make a space were we can create our own visions of sexiness, fluid and diverse, reflecting, celebrating and reinventing our cultures and communities.

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3rd May, 2008. 12:52 pm. TONIGHT in MELBOURNE. x-posted(imyerjoeyramone)



upstart VI green front

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1st May, 2008. 10:17 pm. MELBOURNE: looking for rehersal space for bands in inner north or inner west??(imyerjoeyramone)

hi folks,

just wondering if anyone knows of any good band rehersal studios/space in the inner north (collingwood/carlton/fitzroy/brunswick) or inner west (footscray/yarraville/seddon)?

it doesnt need to be fancy but just somewhere where you cant hear the band jamming in the room next to you perfectly!

any warehouse space (preferably with a pa) or something like that would be even more awesome than a "proper" studio.

thanks,

ash

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27th April, 2008. 12:14 pm. upstart alley VI is coming... saturday may 3rd!!(imyerjoeyramone)

Upstart Alley brings you their numero 6 show! Once again mixing it up cabaret style with a range of performances including dirty shenanigans from superhost Wife (Syd), racey rhymes form Melbourne’s very own femcee, emcee pash and readings and words from bryan Andy, Juan Lamas (Syd), and Maria Zajkowski who will be reading pieces based around scarring moments, choices, experiences, encounters, loves…cos some wounds leave their mark. Next, hold onto your socks as the Transylvanian Gypsy Kings rock em off with the latest horas from Bucharest, traditional boys dances where they slap themselves, and hit pop songs from non-stop Romanian bars, and a whole lotta leather & macho jewelry to boot! Then party til yr pants fall off as the Evelyn has a 3am license and we have two of Melb’s finest DJs Toupee and Kapitolina for your enjoyment.

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10th April, 2008. 10:56 am. upstart alley saturday may 3rd - x-posted(imyerjoeyramone)

Upstart Alley brings you their numero 6 show! Once again mixing it up cabaret style with a range of performances including dirty shenanigans from superhost Wife (Syd), racey rhymes form Melbourne’s very own femcee, emcee pash and readings and words from bryan Andy, Juan Lamas (Syd), and Maria Zajkowski who will be reading pieces based around scarring moments, choices, experiences, encounters, loves…cos some wounds leave their mark. Next, hold onto your socks as the Transylvanian Gypsy Kings rock em off with the latest horas from Bucharest, traditional boys dances where they slap themselves, and hit pop songs from non-stop Romanian bars, and a whole lotta leather & macho jewelry to boot! Then party til yr pants fall off as the Evelyn has a 3am license and we have two of Melb’s finest DJs Toupee and Kapitolina for your enjoyment.

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