New Narratives 2014 is a space for all trans women – because there is no one type of trans woman, and certainly no such thing as a “true” transsexual. So we welcome all trans women, wherever they are at in their process – trans women who are currently transitioning, former trans women who have retransitioned to living as men, trans women who are assimilated as women, and future trans women who are considering or planning to transition.
New Narratives 2014 is just as much for trans women who don’t pass, and trans women who don’t want to pass, as it is for trans women who aim to pass, or further to assimilate. We welcome butch-identified trans women alongside femme-identified trans women. We welcome equally trans women who partner with females, with each other, with men, or with no one, and we welcome trans women who are autogynephilic.
We welcome trans women of color, and we welcome trans women from minority religious and cultural backgrounds. We welcome drag queens, fem queens, traps, baeddels, transsexuals, non-ops, part-timers, gender queers, bigenders, agenders, women of transsexual experience – you name it, you can come. If you are ready to have an open and honest conversation about where trans activism is at, and where you are at, we want you!
Contrary to the accusations of elitism and separatism frequently aimed at gender-critical trans women, New Narratives was specifically conceived as a radically inclusive conversation, for all people born male* who have taken, or have considered taking, steps to modify the sexed characteristics of their bodies. We eschew hierarchies, and instead focus on the commonalities we share – that we were all born male, but we have eschewed our male sex, and have rebelled against society’s attempts to gender us as boys and men.
The ground rules for the conversation are simple, and few:
- accept that humans are sexually dimorphic
- accept that we are male
- accept that sex-based socialization begins at birth
- accept that while our lives may overlap with those of women born female, they are also different in key ways
- affirm that death and rape threats directed at lesbians and feminists are never acceptable under any circumstances
In addition, we will have the safe space policies of using people’s preferred pronouns during the workshop, and no cameras or recording devices. Pseudonyms and nicknames are totally acceptable – we respect your right to privacy! Please respect ours!
We will not agree with each other on everything – and that’s ok! We were all dealt different hands in the world. Our physicality, our upbringing, our social networks, and our life goals will all influence the decisions we make relating to transition. Likewise, our priorities for activism may be different. That’s also ok! This is a first step in trying to re-direct this conversation in a way where we can still find ways to live comfortably in the world, but at the same time lessen the harm that trans activism is doing to women born female, and to ourselves as trans women.
So again, we are calling all trans women – current, former, and future – to join us in Portland, and help move this conversation forward! Email us at newnarratives2014 at hotmail to register, or to send us a message.
*Note: we also welcome intersex individuals who were raised as boys and/or lived as men, but are considering transition or actively transitioning to living as women. However, we have a strict no-COINing policy (co-opting intersex narratives). That means, if you are a trans woman who “suspects” or wishes you were intersex, but have not been diagnosed, please either see a doctor or cut it with the appropriation.