Hey there internet,
Are you a trans* person of color? Do you live in Chicago?
If you answered “yes” to those two questions, I could use your help.
I’m trying to cobble together a project (currently untitled) giving personal experiences that TPOC have faced in Lakeview, in addition to around the city.
What do I mean by “experience”? A verbal threat, an assault, or even someone just slinging around slurs like they meant nothing. A rebuff from a person at the bar. Not being allowed into somewhere. Bathroom policing. Policing in general. All of this would be valuable to me.
Post wheninboystown as well as Take Back Boystown horribleness, and being directly affected as a QPOC and a Black woman, I wanted to compile more stories about what issues trans* folk of color have faced in our various neighborhoods. Why trans* folk of color, and not POC in general OR trans* white people? TPOC are an intersection of two things both disgusting groups hated (trans*ness and racial difference), in addition to the slurs thrown around were often targeting trans* women of color (often Black and/or Latina).
I do want to focus on Lakeview/Boystown, as that is a hot bed, but do want to also make a point that many TPOC travel far from their homes to reach services, and face issues right on their doorstep.
So far, I have an idea of mapping the locations the experiences took place at, adding in other “human elements” (like writing or voice clips). I most likely will have everyone work as an anonymous person, as I do not wish to push anyone out or simply make them uncomfortable.
I am not making any money off of this project, and I sadly have nothing to offer otherwise besides hoping this shows the immensity of the issue in Chicago.
If you would like to contribute a piece, please send me an ask or fanmail and I will contact you as soon as possible.
What you can send me: audio, video, art, just needs an intersection or building it took place at attached to it. Don’t send me anything via ask box/fan mail, but once email communication happens, feel free to.
Thank you <3