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July 2005

RAW MEN: Finest Voices in Gay Erotica (Caroll & Graf).
RAW MEN is the erotic accompaniment to Lambda Award winning anthology series, FRESH MEN: NEW VOICES IN GAY FICTION, for more info on FRESH MEN or Caroll & Graf, go to this link (Title Search). RAW MEN Editor Joel B. Tan is looking for original & unpublished queer men's (with "Queer" and "Men" defined in the broadest sense) literary erotica that is complex, adventurous, thought provoking, devoid of moralizing, soulful, and most importantly, titillating. Stories must be submitted as a WORD document AND/OR pasted on the body of the email to RAWMENSUBMIT@AOL.COM by OCTOBER 15, 2005.
Stories will not exceed 5,000 words and submitted in the following format: 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, paginated. RAW MEN is slated for a spring 2006 release. Also, on the upper right corner, please include Your Name Email address Most Accessible phone number Please direct all inquiries to RAWMENSUBMIT@AOL.COM.

MAY 2005

Call For Abstracts: Anthology on Sex and Disability

Disability and sex come together in multiple ways. In the popular imagination, however, the terms "sex" and "disability" are, if not antithetical, then certainly incongruous. To many, the idea of people with disabilities as sexual or sexy remains largely unthinkable. We are soliciting proposals for a cultural studies anthology of essays that will challenge such conceptions, examining, revising, and extending the myriad ways that disability and sex intersect. We seek submissions that build on existing scholarship on sex and disability but take this work in new directions, attending to the sexiness of sex; to the specificity of disabled bodily enactments, sensations, and experiences; and to the relation between disabled sex and social, cultural, and representational structures.

While disability scholars in the social sciences have made important initial steps in formulating conceptual models of sexual access for people with disabilities, complementary work in the humanities or across disciplinary boundaries remains largely undone. In the social sciences and in activist communities, discussions about sex and disability have focused primarily upon local, practical issues: for example, controversies about "sex surrogates," arguments about the meaning of "consent" for people with severe cognitive disabilities, and analyses of strategies disabled people have used to access sexual experience.

In the humanities, in contrast, conversations about sex and disability have emphasized the formation of positive disabled identities: critiques of negative or stereotypical representations of disabled people's sexuality and analyses of disabled writers' and artists' responses to these representations have predominated. As such, this latter body of work has arguably been more concerned with "sexuality" than with "sex."

We envision an interdisciplinary collection of essays that extends all of this work, that talks about sex, theorizing it as an embodied phenomenon and engaging in critical analysis of its social and cultural representations. This analysis, we hope, will challenge, redefine, and rework constructions of either "sex" or "disability" as stable categories. The apparent stability of either of these categories has historically been linked to their containment within private or personal spheres.

By forcing a recognition of disability as a political process rather than a private problem, the disability rights movement has achieved significant success in securing disabled people's access to public spaces. But if wheelchair ramps and ASL interpretation are increasingly coming to be understood as appropriate public accommodations, the conjunction of sex and disability continues to be seen as an improper or unseemly private matter. We therefore seek essays that analyze enactments of "sex" in multiple locations and thus undo the public-private distinction as it pertains to both sex and disability. Moreover, we are interested in work that conceives of disability not as a discrete and stable identity category, but rather as a shifting and contingent set of bodily practices and experiences, which always come into being within a broader political context.

In particular, we seek writing that investigates the ways in which the politics of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation shape both enactments and representations of sex and disability.

Possible topics include: *Historical constructions of disabled people's sexuality; *Eugenics and the sterilization of disabled people; *Analyses of sex and disability in literature and culture; *Queer theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, psychoanalytic and other theoretical approaches to sex and disability; *Amputee devoteeism and other forms of disability fetishism; *Transgender and intersex identities; *Obscenity controversies; sex and disability in pornography, erotica, and performance art; *Disability and cybersex or online personals; *Impotence, erectile dysfunction, and "frigidity" as disabilities; *"Sex addiction" as medical and social category; *Legal cases regarding disabled people's rights to access sex; *Sexual surrogates; *Disability as a barrier to, or enhancement of, sexual experience; *Sex in institutions, nursing homes, and group homes; *Attendants, privacy, isolation, and the use of assistive technology to access sex; *Sex and mental illness; *The sexuality of cognitively disabled people; *Deaf studies and blind studies perspectives on sex; *Chronic illness and sex.

Abstracts of 250-500 words by July 1, 2005 to Anna Mollow (amollow@berkeley.edu) and Robert McRuer (rmcruer@gwu.edu); preferred format is Microsoft Word attachment.

MARCH 2005

Casting Notice

Carmelo Gonzalez and Diana Naftal producers of the award winning documentary short "One Night Sit" which explores disability, sexuality, and queerness are on to their new project: Disabled Porn. That's right folks! HOMO ATTENDANT has been green lighted by a major NYC porn production company. The video explores a sexual liaison between a client and his home attendant. Participants will be financially compensated.

Seeking the following:

Dimitri, a man in his 20's - 30's who uses a wheelchair and needs a home attendant to assist with bathing. All ethnicities and disabilities welcome. No acting experience necessary but actor should be comfortable performing sex acts (safe) for the camera.

Christopher, a man in his 20's- 30's who is muscular and physically fit. Must be able to lift and carry another person. All ethnicities and disabilities welcome. No acting experience necessary but actor should be comfortable performing sex acts (safe) for the camera.

Please contact Carmelo Gonzalez at carmelo@carmelogonzalez.com if interested.

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San Francisco Support Group for People with Chronic Pain
I am a San Francisco gay man trying to spread the word about a self-help support group for people living with chronic pain. I had a back injury a few years ago and after a few years of surgeries and a few other nasty procedures I'm not much better. I had to give up a career I enjoyed and learn to cope living with chronic low back and leg pain. After discovering the American Chronic Pain Association I started a local support group under their guidelines. Many of the stories in BENT sound like the stories I hear from people living with chronic pain. Although our group is in SF the ACPA has self-help support groups all over the country. Thank you for making this forum available to the gay men and lesbians. Sincerely, Peter Quain.

Social Support for adults with paralysis
The University of Nevada, Reno is conducting a study sponsored by CDC to examine social support in adults with paralysis. People with paralysis report lower levels of support compared to the general population. For this study, we are interested in exploring factors that might explain this difference and how we can improve support. In order to do this we need to hear from you! Participation in the study is completely voluntary and all information is strictly confidential. If you are interested, please visit our website at www.supportandparalysis.org or call us toll-free at 1-866-317-8431.

Talk Back to the Government? How can you Resist?
NEW WEB SITE GATHERS COMMENTS ABOUT DISABILITY RESEARCH NEEDS
The US Department of Education has announced a new Web site by the government's Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) to gather comments and recommendations on research needs for Americans with disabilities: http://www.icdr.us/. The committee, chaired by Steven James Tingus, director of the Education Department's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR), produced the site to help ensure that federal research efforts meet the needs of the disability community. Upon opening the home page, the reader sees in bold letters, "Send your comments to the ICDR." Clicking that link takes you to a comment form where you may offer ideas about access to technology, education, employment, community life, health care and other needs.

NEWS and SERVICES for VISUALLY IMPAIRED READERS
BFLAG is Blind Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. If you are interested in learning more about us or joining this organization, please check out our web site: http://www.bflag.org. Feel free to join our e-mail list by sending a blank e-mail to bflag-subscribe@topica.com. If you have questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me at lgard@together.net. Leah Gardner, BFLAG Vice President

Freedom Box Network lets the blind navigate the Web by voice commands while text-to-speech software reads pages to them. They don't point and click. They speak and listen. The service, which costs $21.95 a month, including dial-up Internet access, is not for sophisticated, blind computer jocks. It is for most blind people, just as AOL and MSN are for most sighted surfers. More about Freedom Box Information about Freedom Box is available online at www.freedombox.info . Call 877-661-3785 for information packets in Braille and demonstration tapes.

MORE ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
On the Web, the Trace Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is working on ways to make the Internet and other communications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Go to: http://trace.wisc.edu/world/web/

~ARTIST LISTINGS www.DisabilityArtists.50megs.com
This a free professional listings service disabled artists of all kinds: painters, sculptors, actors, actress, comedians, writers, singers, musicians, photographers, cartoonist and probably some artists we haven't thought to mention.


 

 

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