Facebook deleted my primary account without warning yesterday and has rejected my submission of my government-issued state ID/explanation of extenuating context. They have also disabled every effort I have made to make a new account.
This is silencing. I am not the only trans person this has happened to. Facebook is targeting—either directly or indirectly, through the easily abused “report” functionality—at-risk users, including trans people, sex workers, survivors, and activists/advocates. Evidently, Facebook doesn’t think these identities are “authentic.”
Are we not all entitled to the same rights to privacy and identity? If Facebook wants to brand itself as a “positive force,” should it not emphasize the protection of at-risk users? This cannot be tolerated.
Announcing COLORS OUT OF SPACE, a new journal of weird and speculative fiction!
COLORS OUT OF SPACE is a magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction completely written by authors of color. It’s a place to be positive about both our racial identities and our genre fiction. COLORS’s first issue will be officially released in 2015.
Submissions for stories are not yet open. Presently, we need editors more than writers, people who are willing to volunteer their time and talents into helping shape the first issue and selecting the stories for our launch. We’re looking for people who believe in our goal of providing a new place for authors of color to get their imagined worlds out into the world we share.
Feel free to check out our About page, which goes into more detail about the magazine we’re hoping to become. If you’re interested in being an editor (or finding out any more information at all!) drop us a line at colorspacejournal [at] gmail [dot] com.
they didn’t take it back from you; you hung on, like some survivor of trauma, regaining footing and resounding balance.
i only sound sorry when i’m in contrast; they took mine, but they also took so much more.
but i wake up, and i think to myself, brushing a stroke across the…
A fine sight they are too, the believers in nonviolence, saying that they are neither executioners nor victims. Very well then; if you’re not victims when the government which you’ve voted for, when the army in which your younger brothers are serving without hesitation or remorse have undertaken race murder, you are, without a shadow of doubt, executioners. […] Try to understand this at any rate: if violence began this very evening and if exploitation and oppression had never existed on the earth, perhaps the slogans of non-violence might end the quarrel. But if the whole regime, even your non-violent ideas, are conditioned by a thousand-year-old oppression, your passivity serves only to place you in the ranks of the oppressors.