Jellyfish. They may appear to be delicate as well as beautiful, but they are deadly hunters.
We have just finished working on the promos for our forthcoming series Auto Italia LIVE. Each week will see our space transformed into a live TV studio, working with ideas such as ‘edutainment’, permacultures and ecology and the expanded notion of the televised live performance. Here are some photos from the promo shoot we did earlier this week, with artists Leslie Kulesh, Rob Carter, Lorenzo Tebano, working with Theo Cook and special guest appearances from Cibelle.
Ok, seriously Tumblr. This is why I refused to join you for so many years. You creep me the hell out. This photo of me was originally stolen from my online journal and posted back in the day to fuckyeahftms, a group I still boycott to this day because I did not appreciate their carelessness. I had requested that my photo be removed, as did many many other people whom also had their photos stolen. Fuckyeahftms as far as I know, took down their tumblr (with a bit of a fight I might add) and then remade it with images and videos that people voluntarily wanted posted.
I know that by posting images of myself online, that they can be taken and used by anyone else however they see fit. That is the risk you run by putting something online. But me being the person that I am, I still like to think I can trust people, no matter how many times I get burned. When I post my photo in one focused online community, I’m not actually consenting to my photo being used everywhere else. Because of images like this one that has been floating around on Tumblr since 2009 without my knowledge, I have clearly been identified to the whole world as FTM/transgender/etc. Does no one see how this is outing me without my permission and potentially dangerous to my safety if the wrong person saw it? I’m not a celebrity, I’m just a regular person trying to live their life out of the spotlight. If your tumblr name is transftmboifuckyeah (I doubled checked to make sure there wasn’t actually a user with that name) or something along those lines, when you post or reblog an image, your tumblr name is also hinting what the image is about. I know it’s a ‘faux pas to be stealth’ and that everyone should be out, proud, and loud or whatever. But not everyone is out just because you are or you think everyone else should be too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stealth but I’m also out, where I choose to be. I like to be in control of that information, you know, about my identity and my privacy.
I guess all I’m trying to say is, please stop being so creepy! Yes, it’s flattering to see people sharing my photo and saying nice things about my appearance. But if I’m not aware that that’s actually happening, it’s kind of weird, don’t you think? Thanks for the compliments, but just remember that every time you post my image in a trans-related Tumblr, make a trans-related comment on photo, or simply even reblog or like an image with an obviously trans username, you are outing me little by little without first checking with me if I might be ok with that or not.
I realize I must sound so ashamed of my trans identity or a big stealth whiny jerk, but I assure you that that’s far from the truth. But I’ve been transitioning for six years and I’ve really grown out of the whole FTMFUCKYEAH thing to be honest. I want to move on with my life, and in order to do that I need to be in control of my life and feel safe. When I feel like outing myself now and then, I’ll do it - with pride. But unless it’s me doing it, please respect that it’s my right to not be out to if that is what I’m most comfortable with.
(And yes I realize that posting this response is outing me in the process, as well as previous posts I’ve made on my Tumblr also outs me. But that was of my own doing and I expect I will now come to regret it and will remove my Tumblr eventually)
read what he has to say.. it’s important