Contest: win a signed copy of I Am J

I am J book coverI Am J is the story of a Latino teenager coming out as a trans guy in New York City. I’m definitely a fan of young adult fiction, and this book’s a great example of how the genre can be used to raise awareness or offer young people an example of someone else like them, all while telling a good story. Miriam reviewed the book a few months ago.

I’m excited to announce a Feministing contest to win a copy of I am J signed by author Cris Beam. I want to acknowledge the book was originally signed for the dearly departed National Youth Advocacy Coalition – Beam generously let it be passed on to us.

In the book, J is a photographer who uses his art to explore and express gender identity. I’m an artist who’s done a lot of gender processing through my work myself, and I’m increasingly interested in the power of different art forms to express ideas when our words fail (more in a later post). So I figured a photo contest would be a great fit for this book.

To enter, send me a photo taken by you that expresses something about gender identity. It’s that simple – I like an open art prompt.

I’ll accept submissions until midnight EST on Friday, July 15. I’ll post some of my favorites on the blog next week, and one winner will get the book.

Send your photo to jos AT feministing DOT com. I’m good with a range of file formats, though jpeg is ideal (as that’s how they’ll be posted). Please do keep the image under 1 MB – I may have to resize it if it goes up in the post. Also please include how you should be credited, permission to publish the image, and your mailing address. Sorry, we can only ship the book within the US.

Thanks to T$ for passing the book on to us!

Boston, MA

Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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