Gender and sexuality can be complicated subjects, especially within the difficult social context of this world, but understanding them is critical to understanding each other and making that world an equal and safe place for us all. Women, men, and non-binary persons of all flavors face enormous pressures regarding these issues, both conscious and subconscious - and the unprivileged face enormous discrimination.
It's no secret that this discrimination exists on BZPower as well, as has been shown time and again. Indeed, many feel particularly unsafe and unsupported on BZPower, which is a very sobering reality about a community that is supposed to be safe, welcoming, and family-friendly. We can't call this a safe community when members are attacked and degraded for expressing or even merely mentioning a gender identity that doesn't conform to cissexual heteronormity.
We want to do something about that.
Our main goal is to provide a support network for LGTBQA+ and women members on BZPower, a community of solidarity and support. We want to make sure that no-one has to feel alone and no-one has to feel unsafe. Whether you're casually mentioning something about your gender identity, or being hurt by bigots someone is here for you. We know how you feel; we've been there too - and we've got your back.
Do you need a support network to listen or help concerning your gender/sexuality issues? Do you need to talk about something and have no-one to go to, onsite or off? That's what we're here for. Is someone spouting hateful things to you and you're too hurt or stressed to reply? Talk to us. No matter the situation, you are not alone and we care. This support network is the most valuable thing we wish to provide. We all want to feel safe and supported.
While support for LGBTQA+, women, and questioning members will be a mostly private affair, a more public application of the Gender Squad will be education. As said, gender and sexuality are complex, multifaceted issues with lots of social context to examine. We'd like to provide a resource for education about these issues here on BZPower - a visible, proactive presence in the community rather than just a reactive one. We'll be posting essays and articles in the blogs as well as running a Gender Q&A where we'll do our best to answer any questions and clear up any confusion you may have. We'll also be running an offsite blog as a headquarters for this operation, destroythepatriarchy.tumblr.com. My blog, Camp Equality, will be the onsite HQ.
We want to be a positive presence in this community. We want all members to feel safe, supported, and equal; and we firmly believe that the first step to erasing ignorance and bigotry is education and example. We're here for all of you, with glitter and kisses.
I'm proud to be a part of this and looking forward to engaging positively with you all!
Now it's time for me to introduce you to Team FEMME, the elite action committee of the BZP Gender Squad:
Andi is a punk princess who spends most of her free time playing guitar or reading feminist literary criticism. She's also an accomplished cook whose banana bread is famous throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Focus area: Feminism (incl. transwomen issues)
Becca is a gorgeous pansexual who only figured it out after entering a heterosexual marriage. She is a Sailor Senshi who will punish you in the name of animu. Focus areas: Feminism; LGBTQA+ and Christianity
Bryan dies a little inside every time he hears "straight pride". Focus area: Teaching the 12 steps of Oppression Anonymous
Canama is a agendered or genderfluid - he's not 100% sure, because gender can be confusing sometimes! He also suffers from Chron's disease and depression and may have a history of hositle hospital takeovers. Focus area: Non-binary identities
Jessica is the proud mother of BAC. She is the force of LIBERNTY GUIDING THE POEPLE. Focus area: Transgenderism and people being shmucks
Ran is an angry transgirl who has absolutely zero time for your offal. She's also adorable but won't admit it. Focus area: LGBT issues and being steamed about all this stuff all the time
Rob is a useless piece of smut who has a thing for butts. But he used to be known as the "BZP Staff Therapist" and that's because he's a wonderful listener. Focus area: being cishet scum
Ryuujin likes music, science, and everybody being equal everywhere forever. Focus area: sympathy and support for those facing the pressures of life in the closet
Shane is NOT Windrider's gay lover no matter how much he claims to be, because Andi has filled that role since 2004. Shane, instead, is a lovable screwup. Focus area: Gay and Bisexual issues
Destroy the patriarchy!