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Call for Submissions -- Zine!

I was born female and could not join the local Boy Scouts and the activities of the Girl Scouts didn't particularly interest me. I grew up not able to learn a lot of the things that boys learn -- I didn't know how to change a tire on my car until another transguy showed me how after an unfortunate tire-slashing incident. I never learned how to build fires. I never really had a boyhood, and now I'm trying to create a space for other people to maybe pick up skills that are "forbidden" to them because of their own gender and sex. Or maybe I'm just creating a space where something/someone can be both "rural" and "queer" or "radical" -- something that doesn't seem to happen that often.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of things should be in a queer scout handbook -- I mean, should it be wilderness survival? Urban survival? Survival as a queer person in a heterosexist world? Should it mimic -- and sort of mock -- the Scout Handbook, or should it throw all the rules away and just go for something more subversive? Should it include recipes for wheatpaste?! ;)

What do you think? What would YOU want to see in a Queer Scout handbook? Do you want to contribute?



After a day of thinking, I have come up with a few specific topics for this Zine, so you can see where I'm heading with it. Feel free to use these ideas to come up with some of your own!

-- Confronting metronormativity and the re-birth of rural queer culture (Where have all the cowboys gone?)
-- Creative *cough cough* knot tying skills!
-- Alternative communities in a Bar-centered queer world: how to survive as a straight-edge queer (how does this fit in? it will explore the creation of "queer scouts" as an attempt, in itself, to create community)
-- Wilderness skills: food, water, shelter, beginner's plant and animal identification!
-- Queer campfire songs ((EVERYBODY CAN HELP ME WRITE THESE! Yay!))

And as if I needed to add more to this post, there will probably be a Queer Scout Cookie recipe section for S&M&Ms, Transgender Snaps, Fagalongs, and Fat-positive mints.

Coss-postedddddd.
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dude! very cool idea.

p.s. evaporated milk in a spray bottle works way better (and faster, and easier) than wheat paste.
evaporated milk? Does it actually stick, or do you mean condensed milk?
condensed milk is usually sweetened and the added sugar gums up the spray nozzle.

evaporated milk (the kind that comes in a can, but without added sugar) works best and is cheaper. what you do is spray the area where you want to poster to be, slap the paper into the wet spot, smooth it down with something that will push out any bubbles without ripping the paper (i use an old rolled up hand towel). If it's not wet enough to hold to the surface, spritz it again with the milk. By the time it dries enough that moisture alone won't hold it up alone, the sugars in the milk will have bonded with the paper to form some serious glue. I've stuck flyers to cement and steel with this method (in outdoor locations, exposed to lots of extremes in weather) and had them stay up for years.

note: this method doesn't work that great for items printed on an ink jet printer (everything smears) but works fine photocopied or laser printed materials.
holy shit! How did I not see this post?
Okay, I will reply with substance in a minute.
oh dude, you're wonderful.
how about:
"Cruising: a field guide"
"how to pee standing up (when yr urethra's not in yr weenie)"
"how to tie a tie"
"binding, stuffing, tucking, packing: stuffing and stashing using common household items"
"Pragmatic sobriety- having fun in bar/club culture"
"bathroom guerillas: tips and tricks for peeing when you need to, where you can"
I know it's been a while since you posted this, but I'm really interested in what you put together for this project. I might also be interested in submitting something (perhaps for a later edition).

I happen to live in the main town of a rural county, and I'm organizing queer people out here.