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Offer: Call for Participation: IRN Latin America: "Does your mother know? Collection of Latin American LGBT Stories"

IRN Latin America is seeking submissions for “Does your mother know? IRN Latin American Collection of LGBT Stories. “The project will document the stories of Latin Americans that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer from the Latin American continent and in Diaspora communities. The project will add to the current Latin American LGBTI literature.

Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2011.

The Latin American region of the International Resource Network (IRN), seeks to link up academic and community-based researchers, artists, and activists in Latin America and in the Diaspora in areas related to diverse sexualities and genders. The IRN is based at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and funded by the Ford Foundation and present on the web at www.irnweb.org. IRN's online initiatives, resources, workshops and meetings help LGBTI communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. The IRN supports projects that eliminate oppression based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Latin America has seen stunning developments in terms of changes in current LGBT legislation and the topic has received a lot of international attention. For example Argentina’s recent turbulent past and brutal oppression and persecution of gays and lesbians was replaced by a historic vote allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children. However, in spite of dramatic developments, little has been published about individual expressions and the historical and contemporary experience of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people in Latin America. How have Latin Americans experienced societal changes and how has this affected the coming out process?

IRN invites you to submit original, unpublished essays, poems, short stories, plays, creative non-fiction,related to your experience of being LGBTI and growing up in Latin America or Diaspora. IRN accepts both text and audio format material.

IRN welcomes submissions including:
The social construction and lived experience of Latin American sexualities and transgender identities, queer readings of literary or other Latin American artistic texts, lesbian motherhood, LGBTI adoption, being LGBTI and growing old in Latin America, coming out short stories, interviews, creative non-fiction related to your experience of being LGBTI, the significance of gender, class, racial and ethnic differences, the prior and continuing importance of cross-gender behaviors and identities.

The accepted stories are featured prominently on the site, accessible to scholars and activists around the world and downloadable free of charge. Text will be accepted in Word or Digital Audio, (MP3) double spaced. Submissions can be in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

The submissions will be evaluated and edited by the IRN Latin American editorial board, a committee of well known lgbt activists and academics.

To submit, email Jasmin Blessing
irnlatinamerica@googlemail.com

Maximum word limit: 10 000 Words
Deadline: May 31st, 2011

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