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Transgender Day Of Remembrance

November 20, 2014

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NEW BOOKS in our Lending Library!

November 18, 2014

BOOKS ARE AWESOME!  Our super committed passionate lending library volunteers have just procured and added amazing new texts to our lending library, including lots of BELL HOOKS!

Please stop by anytime during our open store hours to browse our shelves and check out books.  Here are just a few of the exciting latest additions to our feminist lending library:

  • Pink Sari Revolution: a Tale of Women and Power in India” by Amana Fontanella-Khan
  • I Still Believe in Anita Hill: Three Generations Discuss the Legacies of Speaking Truth to Power” edited by Amy Richards and Cynthia Greenberg
  • Female Chauvenist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture” by Ariel Levy
  • All About Love: New Visions” by bell hooks
  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism” by bell hooks
  • Salvation: Black People and Love” by bell hooks
  • Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics” by bell hooks
  • Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black” by bell hooks
  • Rock my Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem” by bell hooks
  • Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations” by bell hooks
  • Changing Sex: Transexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender” by Bernice L. Hausman
  • Valerie Solanas: the Defiant Life of the Woman who Wrote Scum (and Shot Andy Warhol)” by Breanne Fahs
  • Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection” by Debora L. Spar
  • Gender Talk: the Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities” by Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall
  • Get out of my Crotch! Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health” edited by Kim Wyatt & Sari Botton
  • Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman” by Leslie Feinberg
  • Feminism & the Body” by Londa Scheiebinger
  • Sex Changes: the Politics of Transgender” by Pat Califia
  • Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion” edited by Virgie Tovar (our Library Volunteers had a friendly debate about the lack of the Oxford Comma in this title…)

The lending library at In Other Words is a free resource that allows folks to access radical books and zines, and enables us to further our mission of supporting, enriching, and empower feminist communities through literature, art, and educational and cultural events.

In times of economic hardship, free libraries are crucial institutions to ensuring access to knowledge, and a feminist lending library is even more of an asset because it ensures that those materials include work from and for underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Some of these books we obtained in an effort to replace books that were checked out and never returned.  Please demonstrate your love and respect for our feminist communities by returning the lending library materials back to In Other Words after you had a chance to enjoy them.


Board of Directors meetings: November & December 2014

November 18, 2014

In Other Words Feminist Community Center has been a flurry of activity recently, as we come together as a feminist community to grow In Other Words in to the brave compassionate feminist community organizing space we all want and desire.  We’ve been engaging in an ongoing reflective community-building and peacebuilding process that includes increasing the capacity of our board of directors.

As with all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, In Other Words Feminist Community Center has a board of directors.  Typically, the board of directors holds a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month, which is open for public comment.

However, this month, November 2014, there will be a pre-planned private board retreat on November 24th, rather than the usually-scheduled public board meeting.  There is a growing list of agenda items that the board will be working on during the retreat, but if you would like to suggest possible agenda items, please email your suggestion to board[at]inotherwords[dot]org with the subject line “suggestion for board retreat”.  The purpose of the board retreat is to continue our critical capacity-building work with our board of directors, in order to more fully embody our mission to support, enrich, and empower feminist communities through literature, art, and educational and cultural events.  Thank you so much for your continued support of our feminist communities; looking forward to seeing you all at the December board meeting.

The board of directors at In Other Words Feminist Community Center consists entirely of volunteers.  To inquire about open positions on the board, please send an email to humanresources[at]inotherwords[dot]org.

P.S. Want a chance to informally meet and network with the In Other Words board of directors, volunteers, and other members of our feminist communities? Save the date for our fourth annual Holiday Open House!

Remembering Leslie Feinberg

November 17, 2014

Leslie Feinberg advanced the Marxist theoretical concept of “transgender liberation,” and hir work had–and continues to have–a significant impact on popular culture, LGBTQ cultures, academic research, community organizing, and political organizing.

Leslie was the national leader of the Workers World Party, and managing editor of the Workers World newspaper.  Leslie was a trade unionist, socialist, feminist, anti-racist, internationalist, community organizer who worked for decades in intersectional community organizing across faultlines to unite people of different abilities, women, oppressed nationalities, and working class people.

“Gender is the poetry each of us makes

out of the language we are taught.”  

–Leslie Feinberg, in the book Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue

With regard to pronouns, according to The Advocate, Leslie Feinberg said: “I care which pronoun is used, but people have been disrespectful to me with the wrong pronoun and respectful with the right one. It matters whether someone is using the pronoun as a bigot, or if they are trying to demonstrate respect.”  In a statement at the end of hir life, Leslie said “never been in search of a common umbrella identity, or even an umbrella term, that brings together people of oppressed sexes, gender expressions, and sexualities” and added that ze believed in the right of self-determination of oppressed individuals, communities, groups, and nations.

Leslie Feinberg left this earth on November 15th, 2014. Ze leaves behind hir partner Minnie Bruce Pratt, a large chosen family, and a myriad of influential literature. While Leslie preferred to use the pronouns ze/hir for hirself, the obituary uses she/her pronouns and was composed by hir longterm partner, Minnie Bruce Pratt (with Feinberg’s assistance).

Literature by Leslie Feinberg available at the In Other Words lending library for short-term check-out includes:

  • “Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman”
    • “Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul” is a non-fiction text.  This book is the first analysis of the historical roots of transgender oppression. Transgender Warriors won the 1996 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Non-Fiction. In Spring 1996, Beacon released the paperback edition, newly subtitled: “Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman”.  The paperback edition is available for check-out at the In Other Words lending library.
  • “Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue”
    • This is a non-fiction text, which contains a compilation of speeches by Leslie Feinberg on the historical contexts of trans oppression(s).  The book includes written portraits by other trans activists, and questions why there is so much violence against trans people, who decides the ‘norms’ of gender expression, and why some people are punished for their identities and self-expression.
  • “Stone Butch Blues: A Novel”
    • This book won the American Library Association Award for Gay and Lesbian Literature, the Stonewall Book Award, and a LAMBDA Literary Award. The novel offers a look into butch and femme cultures in the late 1960s and provides a coming-of-age story about a Jewish working-class butch who runs from home as a teenager and becomes a part of queer subcultures.
  • “Drag King Dreams” 
    • “Drag King Dreams” is a novel about a butch lesbian bartender who overcomes a mid-life crisis in the midst of a hate crime tragedy suffered by a close friend.  The main character re-discovers their activist bone amidst a chosen family as they come together to stand up in the face of xenophobia.


Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, and the support of our donors, In Other Words Feminist Community Center is proud to cultivate a feminist bookstore and a free feminist lending library that is home to a variety of feminist texts, including many of those by Leslie Feinberg.

Come by during our open business hours and browse these literary resources to remember, engage, heal, learn, grow, enjoy, and cherish!

P.S. There are some Leslie Feinberg texts that are still on our Wish List! If you would like to help us expand our lending library, we are seeking donations of the following Leslie Feinberg texts:  Lavender & Red articles compilations, Defense of Cuba.  Email us at library[at]inotherwords[dot]org or drop off the texts at In Other Words any time during our open hours.  In Other Words is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

2014 Holiday Open House at In Other Words

November 15, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, In Other Words has so much to celebrate and be thankful for.

COME CELEBRATE! Please join us on December 4th from 5:00PM – 8:00PM for our 4th Annual Holiday Open House!

  • Meet and mingle with new and old friends!
  • Browse our bookstore, local artisan crafts and jewelry, cards, and magazines, to get an early jump on your holiday shopping for all of the wonderful feminists in your life!
  • Enjoy some snack and drinks!

We look forward to seeing you!

happy holidays

Inclusivity Meeting Notes

November 14, 2014

As part of our November 8th General Assembly meeting, we held a meeting to specifically discuss inclusivity and address our community-building needs.

Please see the attached notes from this Inclusivity Meeting that was held at In Other Words on Saturday October 8th, 2014:

Inclusivity Meeting Notes

We Are Staying Open!

November 14, 2014

Feminists! Please read this message from our newly-elected Board of Directors at In Other Words:

“At the November 8, 2014 General Assembly meeting, the newly elected Board of Directors announced that we’re committed to keeping In Other Words open through December 2015.

As a new board, our first priority has been to make that decision in good faith—both in terms of financial sustainability and also social responsibility. As a volunteer-run organization, your commitment is what keeps the doors open.  And your commitment has been visible: you packed the house at our first General Assembly, we have over 45 new volunteers, and our Indiegogo campaign and other financial donations have helped us raise almost $15,000 in the last few weeks.

However, we have a lot of work to do to ensure the space is still what our community wants and needs.  It must evolve as feminism evolves, and it’s going to take a lot of open conversation and work with different groups within the community.  One of the biggest areas we’ll be working on is to make sure the space is safer for all.  As a new board, we’ve received a lot of feedback from women of color, trans women, and the transgender and non-binary community saying that In Other Words hasn’t done a good job of making them feel welcome and safe.  We are committed to transectionality and inclusiveness, and creating an environment free from oppression.  If you have advice, ideas or just want to share your experiences, so that we can work to that goal, email

We have a lot of energy from new volunteers, and a lot of wisdom and commitment from long-term volunteers, and we’re very hopeful about the future.  Thank you for your time, your passion, and your voices.  Remember that this space is yours, and let’s work together to make it worthy of us all.”

–Board of Directors
In Other Words Feminist Community Center
14 NE Killingsworth St Portland OR 97211


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