Thank you for slowing me down. And for encouraging me to put down what does not work and play with what I am unsure of. Thank you for the confidence to say no. When I realized that I wanted to change my body, I began to sink into a tank of trans expectations. Thankfully, I made friends with a group of gender queer, glitter butch, trans fags that held me up, while I reimagined myself with more creativity and integrity. This is a love letter to all of you. Thank you for slowing me down. Thank you for unveiling the gag of gender! I love every one of you gender fucking, non binary, trans and GNC bb’s -you reimagine life for all of us.
Letter to my siblings,
I am writing this letter to you during the time of a global pandemic. As I write I know at least one of you who is sitting at home in self-isolation with a family who does not, will not see you. I know what it’s like to be unseen and to live a life that is fractured. And I know that you are trying to find any way you can to survive. Maybe you’re coming the internet trying to find people like you. Maybe you’re scouring the pages of any book you can find or a movie or tv show that tells a story…a face…. a body….skin…a love like yours.Continue reading...
The Brown Boi Project is 10 years old! We are celebrating with conversations about affirming masculinity, love, friendship and mentorship.Is there a friend, mentor, partner, or family member who embodies what healthy and affirming masculinity means to you?We are asking for letters! Your letter can be addressed to an individual, group, or community. Please submit your letter to: [email protected] Please include your first and last name, pronouns, a picture and contact info if you want it published with your letter. Letters can also be submitted anonymously.
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The Brown Boi Project holds our leadership retreats twice a year (in March and October). Each year, we open the application for these retreats in January. We are looking for leaders that come from all walks of life. Some are clothing designers, in the military, social justice leaders, culinary wizards, or social entrepreneurs. They each demonstrate leadership potential and have a strong commitment to becoming their best selves.
Launched in 2010, the Brown Boi Project (BBP) leadership retreats offer a space to rising leaders of color (35 and under) to build their skills in leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health. We work across race and gender with young masculine-of-center* womyn and trans, queer, and straight men—pipelining them into the social justice movement and field of social enterprise.
*Masculine of center (MoC) is a term coined by Cole that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale. It includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, trans, aggressive/AG, dom, etc.
During the 5-day cohort, you will have the opportunity to work across issues and communities; talk about race, class, culture, gender and sexuality; and explore what a commitment to social justice looks like for you and how you want to help your community. These retreats bring participants from across the country to experience an intensive introduction to community organizing while doing important personal leadership development.
We are looking for people who are interested in a life path or career that builds power for communities of color. You will receive training in understanding power, communications, cross-culture coalition building, personal finance, community organizing, self-care, fundraising, relationship building, gender justice, and personal life planning.
If you are accepted into the program, the BBP will cover your travel, food, and lodging expenses so that you can join us. We look forward to hearing from you! - The Brown Boi Project Team The application opens up each year in January.
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