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Look closely at this photo of Faggotgirl heralding a small sign near the exit from the NYC subway. She is heralding it with a Damning ARM DOWN. Say you heard of “The Oculus” at the World Trade Center in New York City, and would like to visit it. NYC is one of the richest building-boom cities on the planet. Surely new memorial buildings with billion-dollar budgets will be fully accessible, right? WRONG.

After traveling godknowshowfar and arriving on the E train at the World Trade Center, this tiny MTA sign (if you can find it, also no announcements or Braille) directs people who don’t use stairs to:
Take the E train to 14th street.
Then to “Take Bus Service” whatever that means.
Say you decide to fight through this ABLEIST BULLCRAP AS USUAL, and decide to try again to get back to EXACTLY WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE, just 20 ft higher.

Here are the google directions for this 30 minute journey to get back to the place you were standing:

Take the E (you just got out of) to 14th Street.
Proceed east 0.2 miles to 7th Ave
The directions on Google Maps say “walk” which could be insulting to some but let’s continue:
Then find a bus map (lol lol LMFAO) and figure out which bus you’ll need to take to World Trade Center.
Board an M20 bus(hopefully the lift is working).
Ride the M20 for 21 minutes if there’s no traffic.
Exit the bus and proceed 0.4 miles (8 minutes)

And here’s what you’ll find: A high-end MALL. Also, people who don’t use stairs will have a wildly different experience of the space. This is Unexcusable. Universal Design must be mandatory and enforced. Universal Design means that THE WAY YOU MOVE IN THE WORLD DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE A BETTER OR WORSE EXPERIENCE OF IT. Period.
Federal ADA standards just say “disabled people” (hate that term) have to be “accommodated.” That is FAR TOO LOW a standard. We need to insist that any public money, and also private money, used to build anything respects all kinds of bodies and techniques for experiencing the world. Let’s make it so.

It is NOT that deep — Accessibility is a design and management issue, for COLLECTIVE SOLUTIONS, not for individual isolation, exclusion or pity.

FINALLY 2 lawsuits against the MTA are filed!!
http://dralegal.org/press/unprecedented-dual-class-action-suits-filed-today-challenging-new-york-city-subway-systems-illegal-discrimination-wheelchair-users-others/
(that’s the NYC subways and bus system)
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Don’t even DRAW ME ON about what anyone could possibly want to buy there. Maybe they have Twin Tower salt and pepper shakers there. Sad!

OH MY GOD IT GETS WORSE!
Two days after I posted this rant, the roof of the Oculus LEAKED LIKE A SIEVE. You can’t make this up, folks. IMG_2753 IMG_2754

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Twin Cities Pride Transgender Film Series

WHEN:
April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE:
Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
COST: Free
CONTACT:
Amy Brockman
612-255-3260

Twin Cities Pride and Gender Reel Minnesota present three amazing nights of free film screenings and Q&A’s – 4/5, 4/12 and 4/26. All films will be shown at Sateren Auditorium on the Augsburg College campus in Minneapolis.

4/26/17: Film Shorts.

7:00 PM -8:00 PM — From dating calamities and bathroom mishaps, join us for a fun filled hour of film shorts featuring some of the funniest flicks to premiere at Gender Reel in the past 6 years. Films include: Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (12 min), Crazy Hot (10 min), The Heartbreak of VD (13 min), Cover Up (11 min) and Faggotgirl Gets Busy In the Bathroom (4 min).

8:15 PM to 8:45 PM — Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Transgender Korean Adoptee (29 min).

Other screening nights:

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My movie “Like A Riot” (subtitled) will be leading off the Leeds Queer Film Festival next week. I am super proud to be part of a this festival and appreciate their commitment to accessibility. I was just at the New York Feminist Film Week and so many of us talked about the value of collaboration as filmmakers. It’s so exciting to see curators joining forces, too! Well done. I wish I could be there.

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Here’s something for a good laugh… Some scholar wrote a fancy academic text about how I proffer (?) hope by being the archetype of a hot butch dyke!

And when I’m not embodying a sexual ideal, I’m saving kids’ lives by giving peculiar pep talks like on page 91 of this scholarly article.

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Wow! I had quite the UK run at the end of February. My parody of the Todd Haynes’ film “Carol” found a loving home on screens with the Women Over 50 Film Festival ON PARADE! It was shown at LesbianLives2017 and at the “OlderWomenRock” program, at the Quarterhouse_UK of CQ_folkestone
Here are some screenshots from the lovely and talented and hard working curator, Nuala O’Sullivan.
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Every time i get hate mail, I remember how richly I’ve been blessed with joy and acceptance.

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WDIYFF

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SQIFF selection

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Poster for NYFFW
New York Feminist Film Week 2017 From 5 to 7 link
New York Feminist Film Week 2017 Anthology Film Archives link

Wotever DIY Film Fest unleashed a mighty force when they encouraged me to keep making Faggotgirl movies. I am humbled and thrilled to be part of the inaugural NY Feminist Film Week, and all the programs look amazing. My movie “…Until Justice Rolls” will be shown as part of the BODIES program on March 8, 2017 at 6:30 at Anthology Film Archives in the East Village in NYC. I will also be part of the Feminist Genealogies Roundtable discussion on Saturday, March 11 at 5:00pm.

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imageThis will be shown as part of the Women Over 50 Film Festival in Brighton, UK October 1, 2016.

I didn’t like the Haynes’ film at all. No matter how many rain-splattered windows there are, and no matter how beautifully filmed with a surging cello score, the story being told is a schmalty snoozefest about white rich people behaving badly, that even it’s author was embarrassed to claim (Highsmith published it under a pen name). If it was about a straight white couple, it would be both boring amd offensive in its class politics. Like every other movie, no? I saw Haynes’ “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” 15 years ago, and maybe it influenced my movie-making. So I am disappointed that he chose to make this earnest melodrama.

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The IPF on 2016 Wotever Film Festival

Celebrating and prioritizing real accessibility at 2016 Wotever DIY Film Fest

Shoddy sensationalist press trying to discredit Scottish Queer International Film Festival for the festival’s porn workshop
http://www.theskinny.co.uk/sexuality/lgbt/sqiff-porn-tabloid-outrage

Nuala O’Sullivan on BBC for the Women Over Fifty Film Festival to be held on 1 October 2016 in Brighton, UK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047d2m6#play
(about 37 minutes in)

“Faggot Girl Gets Busy in The Bathroom”
Dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2016, 03:39
World premiere: Specially commissioned for WDIYFF 2016
We’ve been showing Krissy Mahan’s work since 2012 when Faggot Girl, Mahan’s disability-rights campaigning, alter-ego superhero, first burst on to our screens. Since then, Faggot Girl has crusaded relentlessly for greater accessibility for all body types, arguing that access is a queer issue. We’re delighted to commission Faggot Girl Gets Busy in the Bathroom for this year’s festival, in which our fearless hero/ine demonstrates why public bathrooms are a crucial frontier in the fight for equality (and can also be great spots to hook up in, too).

“Like A Riot”
Dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2016, 02.00
Krissy Mahan is back again this year with this wonderful short in which puppet Sophie Mayer hangs out with Campbell X’s puppet self. The two super heroes embark on a campaign to deal with the white, male overkill prevalent in the film industry. And what better way to incite a riot to the soundtrack of London-based punk band Big Joanie?”
( WWDIYFF 2016 program notes )

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Dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2016
“Like anyone who grew up with the Muppets and Fraggle Rock, I have always wanted to have a puppet self. And of course I want my puppet self to hang out with Campbell X’s puppet self. Krissy Mahan has made it happen!” Dr. Sophie Mayer
( SQIFF 2016 program notes )

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