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"We must be able to grasp the world and reality, so we may complain of their monotony with a clear conscience." - Ingmar Bergman
"We must be able to grasp the world and reality, so we may complain of their monotony with a clear conscience." - Ingmar Bergman

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Update on Lambda Legal campaign
It is my pleasure to announce, albeit with entirely too much delay, that we have made a donation of $84 to Lambda Legal. With that, I am drawing the campaign to a close. Thank you to everyone who bought a BWP book and helped make this possible.
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Useful thing for all my H&H fans and SF RPG nerds. http://store.steampowered.com/app/617360/Station_Generator/
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Update on BWP charitable donations
I am happy to report that thanks to your generosity, BWP has just paid another $50 dollar donation to CAIR! With that, I am concluding the CAIR campaign, and announcing a new one. Effective immediately, all future profits from BWP book sales will be donated...
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On Monday I was dead-named by Zak Sabbath aka Zak Smith, who also linked to old conversations that had my dead name and pronouns all over them for me to see. Dead naming transgender people is an act of transphobia and cissexism, whether it is done intentionally or otherwise. Trans people should not have to explain why this is wrong and they don't need the approval of cis men to feel this way. Spending a lifetime hearing the wrong name and pronouns inflicts lifelong trauma on trans people. Every time we see and hear those reminders of that trauma, we relive it. Cisgender people who inflict this trauma on trans people are committing a transphobic and cissexist act. That is not up for debate. However, Zak Sabbath and Christopher Mennell, who rose to his defense, were arguing that dead-naming me is not transphobic if I reveal myself what it was. A trans person who shares their dead name is doing so with the expectation that it will not be used by cis people, or shown to the trans person. This is an act of oppression. I will not tolerate cis men telling me that trauma inflicted on me is not transphobic or oppressive. They do not have the right to take away trans people's agency and voice to name our own oppression. That is not only a transphobic act as well, but also an attempt at erasure. This attempt became overt when Mr. Mennell decided to delete my confronting and naming of this transphobia. I messaged Mr. Mennell to explain this to him, and he could not accept responsibility. He has positioned himself as an "ally", but he refused to do the work. He refused to center marginalized voices and take them seriously. This is not the behavior of an ally, it is using our pain for his own agenda.

I can barely express how hurt and disappointed by Mr. Mennel I am. I thought he was not only an ally, but a friend. I tried to speak to him about this privately but he did not acknowledge what he did to defend transphobia and emotional abuse. This is an example of one person's failings, but he is not alone in this behavior. There are plenty of people, mostly cis men, who are willing to defend people like Zak and their continued abuse of marginalized people, and there is an entire hobby of people willing to ignore it or hand wave it away.

At this point, I am holding all of you responsible for letting hatred and abuse perpetuate. For accepting emotional abuse tactics like shifting blame, projection, gaslighting, and ridiculous claims that marginalized people are somehow equally guilty of harassing a cis white man who is defended by a cis hetero white supremacist apparatus that we have no access too. The willingness of this collective hobby to ignore these consistent and insistent claims of abuse from multiple marginalized individuals reveals this apparatus in all of it's ugly truth. Every single person in this hobby who benefits from this apparatus is complicit in it, and the abuse of marginalized people. It is up to you, not marginalized people, to educate yourself and other people of your complicity, and give everything you have to eradicating marginalization and abuse from our hobby. If you are not willing to put your fun, your privilege, your personal success on the line for us, you are not an ally, you are another oppressor. We don't need “allies” anymore, we need accomplices. We need people who actually fight. I'm not wasting anymore time and emotional energy trying to convince cis people that I'm worth fighting for. I'm done trying to fit into what cis people expect of me in order to avoid harassment from them. I'm done seeing and hearing this hate and indifference. Silence is violence.

I am leaving the G+ platform and social media almost completely. I am taking back my time and power. I am no longer giving away anything for free. I am moving on to create my own platform and space for trans and marginalized people and their accomplices. We have so much more to offer than what this community offers us. We are too talented for our success to rely on the approval and charity of cis men. We are too precious to be continually marginalized by this hobby. Trans is beautiful and I am no longer ashamed. I'm no longer afraid. I will own my own power and I hope other people in this hobby will do the same, in spite of being shown that we don't deserve it. Because we do deserve that, and so much more.

I know that there will be plenty of resistance to this. My credibility as a person will be questioned. My words and feelings scrutinized and refuted, even by “allies”. Plenty of people will continue to ignore this. I will be called a harasser for standing up against my own oppression. My transness will be called into question. Other trans people may be referenced to try to invalidate my pain. I will lose friends, “allies”, business, and more. And I will do nothing to stop it. I am done justifying my feelings, my life, to cis people. It's up to all of you to confront your own privilege now, I'm taking my beautiful and extraordinary self to a place where I can let those parts shine, not remain hidden. To my trans friends and our true accomplices, You know who you are and you know where to find me. To everyone else, put your privilege on the line and fight for us, because it's clear that nothing we try is working. It's up to you to change.

I will be back only to share links to a new blog and publishing company, made for and by trans people. This platform will not separate trans activism and voices from RPG content.

See you down the road, everyone. Hopefully it's a better place than where we are now.

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Crocobear. 4d12 HD. 25 HP. +4 To-hit. AC 6. Init 11. Save 12. Attacks: Bite 2d12(M), Claws 1d12(M). # Appearing: 1. Behavior: Stalker (-1).
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Let it not be said I'm not a man of my word. It may not be much, but it's all thanks to everyone who bought +Bedroom Wall Press books in the past months since the first Muslim Ban.
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Effective immediately, all of my books are now pay what you want, with proceeds going to support CAIR. Please, if you've been waiting to buy us in print, now is a better time than ever to do so, and help people in the process.

http://www.bedroomwallpress.com/2017/01/bedroom-wall-press-to-donate-sales-to.html
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Hey friends. Long time, no chat. I came here to ask you all a favor, and it's to take a few minutes to donate to CODE2040. I just made a donation of $100. Here's the link if you don't feel like reading the rest of this post: 

https://code2040.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/code2040

The specific reason I'm asking is to counter this request from ESR to donate to an Indiegogo campaign run by a racist ("neoreactionary") blog: https://plus.google.com/+EricRaymond/posts/PGrPphhSRNE

Now, I'll spare you a big rehashing of the events leading up to this - and ESR's subsequent "victory lap" blog post. The TL;DR is that one of the speakers at LambdaConf this year is an infamous pro-slavery, pro-racism "activist." As a result, many folks in the tech industry who care about fostering a safe, inclusive community in which all have an equal chance to succeed, have decided to drop out of participation at the conference. ESR, racist that he is, decided to "support" LambdaConf, and encouraged his followers here on G+ to donate to an Indiegogo campaign run by a racist blog called Status 451 (go look them up if you think "racist" is an exaggeration). In his "victory over the SJWs!" blog post, he took partial credit for this "victory" because he asked his 20k G+ followers to donate.

In return, I'm asking you, my just-short-of-99k followers, to consider donating to an organization whose mission is to create pathways to success for Black and Latino/a engineers. I think we can out-donate his followers, because love and inclusivity is stronger than hate. (And because I have more followers than he does.)

So, don't let hate win. Donate to CODE2040, help underrepresented minorities succeed in tech, and make racists mad. And please re-share. <3

(If you do donate, feel free to comment here with the donation amount. Unlike with the Indiegogo campaign, there's no way to tell how many people donate to CODE2040 as a result of this message.)
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