Stories Beyond Gender: Social Media Storytelling as Creative Activism
Sharing stories of difference online and in person can erode long established bigotry and resentment, building ripples of social change. However, the vast majority of trans media representations are produced and distributed by cis people who, intentionally or not, perpetuate gender stereotypes with blunt over-simplifications and misunderstanding. Social media storytelling, or creative digital self-representation, offers gender-diverse people an opportunity to speak back, on their own terms. In this workshop, we’ll think through privacy and publicness together and learn some strategies for selective disclosure. By workshop end you’ll have started curating a complex exhibition of self and/or selves across multiple platforms (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter) in multiple forms (selfies, photo-montage, haiku, prose, and old-school pen & paper illustration). This is not only a creative buzz, but an opportunity to make sustainable connections with fellow workshop participants.