Kitba Queer

Kitba Queer

One thing I’m really passionate about is anything related to the LGBTQQI+ spectrum. Link that passion with equality, and sprinkle something artsy, and you’ll have me there – eyes sparkling.

A few moons ago, I was speaking with a dear friend, and they brought up the fact that they were limited in the Queer representation in local literature. They made a list online, and asked me to contribute to it (which in reality – I couldn’t). This got us scratching our heads – how could we, in this country which so frequently comes 1st in terms of LGBT+ rights, not have that many decent, and positive, queer characters in our stories?

“If only we could change this”, I remember musing to them.

“Well… there is funding…”, they pointed out.

And that is how Kitba Queer was born!

 

 

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Look at this logo we made!

 

Kitba Queer was accepted for funding by the Malta Arts Council – Creative Communities, to run in 2018. What we will be doing is organising workshops, mingle sessions, and social events, with the aim of publishing an Anthology by the end of the year. In this Anthology, “Queer” will be celebrated. There will be positive representation, poetry, comics, short stories, illustrations!

I cannot express how excited I am about this, and to think that it all started from an abstract conversation about how we wanted to have more things to read!

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Women in History #2 – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Women in History #2 – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

And we return with another Women in History section, where the focus is on the achievements of some of the great women who graced our planet. Today we’ll be speakingelisabeth_kc3bcbler-ross_1926_-_2004 about Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

 

Elizabeth was born in Switzerland on July 8th 1926, interestingly she is one baby out of set of triplets. After the Second World War, Elizabeth started volunteering with the International Voluntary Service for Peace, and through this voluntary service started helping victims who had been in the concentration camps in Germany and Poland.

 

Upon her return to Switzerland, she started studying medicine, getting her degree in 1957. She had always had an interest in medicine, however, her father did his utmost to dissuade her from achieving this dream – instead he told her that she could become a secretary or a maid instead. Thankfully, Elizabeth did not listen to her father, however, she did have to leave home at the age of 16 and work a series of jobs. Nevertheless, she achieved her dream of studying medicine.

 

A few years later, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross at Arizona House, 2001, Editorial use only, No Tabsshe travelled to the US to practice medicine and continue specialising. She wanted to study paediatrics, however, she went into psychiatry instead. She graduated as a psychiatrist in 1963 from the University of Colorado. She had a particular interest in death and dying, and she continued to study this topic, even doing weekly seminars on death for terminally ill patients.

 

In 1967, she published her book On Death and Dying, where she outlined the 5 stages people who are dying go through. She always had an interest in the subject, and was shocked by the treatment of terminally ill patients by medical practitioners. It is reported that while she was teaching at the University of Colorado, she replaced one of her colleagues and instead of doing the curriculum, she brought in a 16 year old girl who was suffering from Leukemia. She asked the students present to ask this girl any question they want. After a few questions revolving purely around her condition, the girl erupted in anger and pointed out that she was a person as well – a person who could not have dreams or aspirations, who may not get to go to Prom. This shows clearly that Elizabeth has a deep respect for those suffering from terminally ill conditions, and did her utmost for these “patients” to be seen as “people” instead.

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Unfortunately, in 1995, after a series of strokes which left her partially paralysed, Elizabeth retired to Arizona. She died on August 24th, 2004.

Goodbye (Very) Old Friend

Goodbye (Very) Old Friend

Today is both a sad day and one of celebration and empowerment – for two different reasons.

A sad day because one of our historic gems has fallen, and while it could not be prevented due to natural detioration, I’m sure it wasn’t helped when people kept on climbing on top of it…or detonating bombs beneath.

 

For those who are not based on the Maltese Islands, the Azure Window is one of the best things on the Island of Gozo. It was used as a backdrop of various movies, including Clash of Titans:

 

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And Game of Thrones:

 

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But last night, due to the high winds and force of the sea, the Azure Window fell…

 

But on a brighter note – today is also Women’s Day and thus also a day of celebration.

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Women of all shapes and forms, from all backgrounds, should be celebrated for their achievements – which unfortunately are commonly disregarded.

So happy women’s day, and not just for our cis-ters!

And here is a photo of the azure window, which I had the pleasure to visit with one of the best women I know

 

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Thursday Wisdom #2

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You can travel the world a thousand times over, and eventually you will be seeing the same things… but if you change the WAY in which you look at the world, you will learn more about your self, and the world around you.

Today I urge you to change your perspective about what is going on around you. Are you annoyed by something someone does? Think about their intention, is it there to hurt you? No – then it shouldn’t annoy you, because they’re not out to annoy or hurt you.

 

Radical Feminism and Catholicism

Radical Feminism and Catholicism

 

Hey guys! I came across this article, what are your views on feminism which is radical, and how Catholicism can affect women?

 

Laura Goode investigates her Catholic identity—the radical, feminist, social-justice-oriented version she discovered upon encountering the mysteries of marriage and motherhood—years after her departure from the guilt-stricken, conservative Catholicism of her upbringing.

via Against Confession: On Intersectional Feminism, Radical Catholicism, and Redefining Remorse — Longreads