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Fast Five: The Talk About It Campaign

January 16, 2013

Each week, The CSPH highlights information from some of our favorite sites that is relevant in the exciting world of sexuality. This week, we are focusing on the Talk About It campaign. Founded by Rocco Kayiatos and Amos Mac, the editors of Original Plumbing Magazine, this campaign is “an effort to address the issue of adult suicide in the queer community.”

Talk About It: Michelle Tea
“This world is hard for most people, and it’s really hard for queer people…. it’s intense when you get older, and you become an adult, those things don’t necessarily go away and the services that are available to you as a young queer, when everyone is sort of in love with you, can kind of vanish as you get a little bit older. I think it feels a little bit like getting kicked out of the house– again.”

Talk About It: Samuel Ace
“My friend, Alexander Goodrum, died by his own hand…over ten years ago. And I’ve watched so many others go. Beautiful, loving, radiant individuals. People who were in so much pain that they could not see their own value, their connections to others, their essential loving being. I know and have experienced that kind of pain. Queer, trans – we are often bombarded with messages of hate or lack of acceptance – from family, politicians, media, our religious communities. Or we are ignored, not heard, silenced. Even if we escape to more accepting communities, those cruel messages can get so far inside our heads, that we believe them on some deep subconscious level. Drugs, booze, sex, even other people, are ultimately impotent to quiet those voices, and may even encourage them.”

Talk About It: Mason
“I don’t want the next generation of queers to rely on LGBT-friendly marketing or being “born this way” to make their lives better, I want them to know no matter what their level of oppression or how intersectionality affects them that they can survive and find kinship in like minded people because they know their history, support/enrich their communities, and question a society that tells them they don’t belong. People need to remember that before we had “dont buy anti-gay/buy gay friendly” there was “stay the hell away from processed food and eat the vegan and gluten free cookies your gaybor baked for you and then biked 6 miles in the fog/rain to bring to you, you capitalist ingrate.” We weren’t being told to conform and assimilate to cis/hetero life just because the mainstream media –– LGB equality seekers and ftm transmisogynists included –– didn’t want to portray oppressed groups as individuals with tangible needs. I want cyborg brains and human hearts for all.”

Talk About It: Noah Tourjee
“Depression and suicidal ideation have been present in my life. They have, at times, occupied a dominating space in my psychic world, and the cost has been severe. I have struggled with these feelings my whole life. I certainly do not believe there are enough trans voices present for the community to listen to…My personal experience has given me a new outlook on life, and while this experience is all my own, and certainly does not speak for any one else’s experience of depression…It is one of my personal objectives in life to remain visible, and to be available for others. Suicide is not an option for me, but it has felt like one before.”

Talk About It: Bear Tidd
“I know how it feels to be isolated from everyone else. I know what it feels like be completely surrounded by people and still feel so alone. I also know what it feels like to lose someone who you love dearly because they couldn’t deal with their own problems anymore. So many people go through these things. So why are we going through it alone?”


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