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2016 Stories to Tell - first workshop of the year this Saturday

Hi all... Can you help let others know about this weekend's workshop - via direct e:mail, phone call, f2f or via your social media networks?

I'm thinking we should move along in workshopping the following:

- themes (currently health, employment, education, safety)

- dramatic form (currently an A4 booklet or book, several short films, possibly some posters)

- scripts or plans for each 'project'

- teams who are committed to working…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on January 18, 2016 at 12:39 — No Comments

Getting creative?

What's news? Who is thinking about who they're going to bring to the Trans World Cafe on the 15th November? Family members or work colleagues that just don't quite get it? Gender-questioning friends with too many questions? We'll be exploring 3 issues/ideas put forth by community members... along the lines of 'when have you felt at home with yourself?'. Please let us know you have any ideas for questions?

And come along to the next workshop on the 7th November when we'll be polishing…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on October 27, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Our October workshop and website unveil...

We had a lovely Sunday arvo workshop last week, stirred by a challenge to write a couple of sentences on a turning point, a weird/funny experience/memory of gender, a mentor or an antagonist who you ended up learning something from. The homework task was to distill this story into a couple of 'locked off sentences with an accompanying image in order to upload to our new webspace at www.storiesbeyondgender.com We set everybody up with…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on October 14, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Q&A poetry - 2

Transphobic hormonic nycturia
Assailed a boy named Victoria
Her doctor said ‘Look, it says in the book
Your problem’s medical dysphoria

Added by Stephanie Charlotte Russell on September 17, 2015 at 22:38 — 1 Comment

Q&A poetry

I’m queen of sun and flowers

Each in its place glowers

In the union of the two

The sunflower towers

Added by Stephanie Charlotte Russell on September 16, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

The First Time – Part 1

‘Hello, I’m Stephanie,’ I said by way of introduction, in my best attempt at a husky feminine voice. This was my first time at the Carrousel Club, and indeed my first venture out of doors dressed as my preferred gender. How did it come to this, when just two weeks before it was furthest from my mind?

Looking back I remember dressing as a girl at the age of eight, if not before. I had been in a school play and my role had been that of a girl. I wore my big sister’s tennis skirt, and…


Added by Stephanie Charlotte Russell on September 16, 2015 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Mount Gambier Adventure

So group members Sam, Evelyn, Hayley and I did a road trip down to Mt. Gambier last weekend to meet the community. A trans/queer/gender-questioning group gather at the excellent Metro Cafe (more of a bar/restaurant/gourmet bakery IMHO) every Monday night. Quite a few were keen to hear more about sharing stories #beyondgender. Give them a shout on their Facebook group here.

On Sunday we spread out our creativity…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on September 16, 2015 at 16:46 — No Comments

Where we're at so far...

So here's an update on the 'Sharing Stories Beyond Gender' workshops...

We've had 3 sessions so far with 6 and 15 participants, ranging from around 14 to 50, identifying in many different ways...

We've experimented with pencil, paper, collages, face-paint, song, video, photo and poetry.

We've explored blog spaces here, on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo.

We're not quite sure who we're 'speaking' to, about what or why yet... but muddling through the…


Added by Son Vivienne on August 25, 2015 at 12:16 — No Comments

Sharing Stories - Beyond Gender - Session 1

I joined Sonja's Sharing Stories - Beyond Gender session on Saturday (8/8). I'd missed the first one so I was on catch up mode!

Was a great experience in attempted creativity. I found it very difficult to find a creative outlet and trawled through media suggestions looking for something that appealed to me. But even harder was reaching down inside and pulling something forth that I thought I could recognize as me. (or understanding that was the aim of the exercise :P )…


Added by Tasha Eve on August 13, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

More incomplete experiments...

So following Sam's recommendation of some free Adobe apps last session, I found 'Slate'... Here is some info: Slate

I thought it might be good for doing a kind of brief life story or a series of loosely connected reflections... it's quite elegeant! I'm going to come back to it later but here's my brief experiment - Slate test

Even less attractive is this…


Added by Son Vivienne on August 13, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Some Art

Added by Joslyn Renfrey on August 11, 2015 at 21:20 — 1 Comment

Finding Community

Hello Everyone!

    This is my first blog post, and I have to say I'm happy to have stumbled across this community.  I am working on my Master of Education, and within that my focus is on Social and Cultural Contexts.  It has really been a long, sometimes wonderful, sometimes painful process that has helped me to learn a lot about myself.  During my Master of Education was the first time I encountered thinking about queer theory and sexuality as a spectrum.  I had always felt…


Added by G C. on August 11, 2015 at 11:18 — 2 Comments

'Being Present' and on to 'Being Preserved'

A link to our Tumblr blog and my reflections on epigrams and epiphanies:


Added by Son Vivienne on August 5, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

#phototaichi #beyondgender

I took this last weekend on a beach walk with the kids. I like it because it represents a feeling and a process of disassembly and reconstruction. When I adjust my eyes and ears and body to the rhythm of waves and wind and birds... all the parts of me that I normally hold so tightly together become fragmented. Insignificant. The parts become part of something bigger. Less…


Added by Son Vivienne on August 5, 2015 at 11:07 — No Comments

What's a good poem?

This is my #nothaiku poem of just now, spontaneous effort to express my gender now... Might try and make it into a visual poem next...

She leaches it out of me

My mum, my daughter, my soul-mate

The constant being there-ness

Call maternity forth

Whatever that is – moral guidance?

Expressed gently…

Hey, Mum? Hey, Sweetheart?’


Re-membering the past

When my dad called ‘Hey, Son?’

Added by Son Vivienne on July 30, 2015 at 21:51 — No Comments

Creative experiment in sharing...

So I think I figured out how to use drop down options to share experiments from Tumblr to my blog page here - just cut and paste embed code... reason being I want my OWN space to curate experiments and I'm finding Tumblr a little too chaotic and Facebook - too much stuff lost in the stream...

Regarding the 'why?' of this experiment - part of it is tech focussed, that is 'what does time lapse do with low…


Added by Son Vivienne on July 30, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Some art featuring significant moments in my life...

Added by Son Vivienne on July 27, 2015 at 11:48 — No Comments

#beyondgender workshop inspiration

Digital Storytelling workshops often start with a kind of warm and fuzzy story circle… despite mutual awkwardness it’s an important step in building trust.

We often look at some sample stories, like ‘Blue for Boys? Pink for Girls?’ and…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on July 15, 2015 at 15:05 — No Comments

Sharing Stories Beyond Gender

Sharing Stories Beyond Gender


#beyondgender  #trans*stories #everydayactivism


Are you interested in using social media for social change?



Added by Rainbow Family Tree on June 23, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Social Media Lessons from Russia

A link to my latest public writing on privacy... over on my blog

on Incite Stories!

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on April 17, 2014 at 17:20 — No Comments

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