Brooklyn Queer Support is a volunteer-run, non-professional, free, peer-support group with rotating pairs of queer moderators. Support meetings are open to all queer-identified (or LGBTQ — with actual understanding of the “TQ”) or queer-questioning people. This is a completely grassroots effort that began in early July of 2012 in response to two suicides in the local queer/trans community. Their next support group is taking place on Wed, July 25th at the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, at 27 Smith Street (click for facebook event page).
BQS will be holding a series of organizing meetings in early August to figure out the logistics of this group. To help with planning, please fill out this short survey before July 26th: http://
In the meantime, they (and perhaps you!) are working on organizing weekly informal drop-in support groups. Follow the BQS page to find out where/when!
Be well and take good care of one another.
The term “transability” refers to the desire of able-bodied people to become disabled, or to enact/perform disability, through medical or other means. Whilst, the prefix “trans” carries loaded social and cultural connotations, what are the implications of the prefix “trans” in the context of a dominant culture that asserts that able-bodiedness and cisgenderedness are the normative and most desirable states of being? How does this relate to the ‘cult of ability’ and the supposition that “ability” and “disability” are binary states? Does likening “transability” to “transgender” further a problematic medicalization of transgender experiences? And/or, is the resistance to the association between transability and transgender identity & the argument that “transgender is not a disability” itself ableist?
BACKGROUND ON TRANSABILITY:
These are general background articles on transability & some of the controversies over it within disabled and/or queer communities.
Wannabe Gaga, By Josie Byzek; New Mobility: October 2011. Sometimes, Lady Gaga uses a wheelchair for show. Some disability activists hate her. Others ask, what’s the big deal?
“Ain’t Born Typical.” January 2012. A response from a “fat, brown, queer, socially inept, chick” on the subject of transability.