Calls for Papers
Requests for Information
Good news, bad news
& everything you think we should hear about:
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B. Tan is looking for original & unpublished queer men's (with "Queer"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.
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Robert McRuer (email@example.com);
preferred format is Microsoft Word attachment.
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com.
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/
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.
BENT: A Journal of CripGay Voices