9 minutes | Jun 16th 2020

DISPATCHES FROM OUR QUEER BODIES IN PANDEMIC TIMES (Trans Folks Fighting Eating Disorders @transfolxfightingeds)

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This episode features voices from the organization TRANS FOLKS FIGHTING EATING DISORDERS (@transfolxfightingeds) Deep gratitude to: Kacey, Kian, OJ (@thirdwheeled), Scout (@wickedlittletown) and Ethan (@heartshapedhickies). This episode features non-black voices, in part, because food/nourishment and dysphoria are things that take time and energy to talk about.  These topics are particularly vulnerable to talk about publicly.  White trans people have privilege and, in this episode, they are using this privilege to draw attention to the depth of pain and struggle that is housed in trans bodies.  There is so much more to say about the impact of a culture that devalues specifically black trans bodies and how this traumatic impact lives in trans bodies, how it troubles one's relationship to nourishment and safety.  There are many trans, non-binary and gender queer BIPOC people who struggle with dysphoria, disordered eating and other challenges to nourishment.  There are SO MANY additional barriers, challenges and systems of oppression (white supremacy, transphobia, heterosexism, diet culture, fat phobia, toxic masculinity, settler colonial late stage capitalism) that these communities must contend with when trying to come to terms with, attend to, and find support around nourishing trans and BIPOC marginalized bodies and communities. There is righteous rebellion happening right now.  We are in a time of great and sometimes emotionally overwhelming change and pain.  And, our black, trans, femme leaders MUST be nourished.  Food, rest, hydration, deserving.  It is time to center nourishment in our discourses about radical systemic transformation.  Diet culture disguised as "wellness" or "spiritual" coaching has NO PLACE in this revolutionary moment. A few Health at Every Size, trauma informed resources include: @sonyareneetaylor, @the_bodylib_advocate, @blackandembodied, @chr1styharrison, @fit.flexible.fluid, @covid19eatingsupport, @heydrsand, Dr. Sabrina Strings (author of "Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia), @lamplight.space, @decolonizing_fitness, @iamtianadodson, @badbadprettygood and of course, @transfolxfightingeds. As much as possible I aim to center the voices and experiences of BIPOC queer folks. That being said, I know that participation can involve significant emotional labor, both in generating a dispatch as well as opening up publicly and sharing often marginalized and discarded voices. I will be collecting stories all summer so please, if and when you feel moved and spacious, send along a 1-5 minute long dispatch via email (livinginthisqueerbody@gmail.com) or text (email or DM me for my cell). --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message
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