Call for Submissions: Traveling While _____
On you are (queer) here (
), I've written regularly about my experiences traveling as a gender non-conforming person--from getting hassled in bathrooms to having long, philosophical conversations with hotel staff who also don't "fit in." What I've learned is that having a non-normative identity can be tough while traveling, but it can also bring conversations and enriching experiences that I'd never imagined. However, I recognize that my experiences as a queer, gender non-conforming traveler are also impacted by my other identities--race, class, education level, ethnicity, nationality, ability, etc.
In an effort to broaden the scope and intersectionality of you are (queer) here, I'd like to hear from others about their experiences "traveling while ____." What identity categories have the biggest impact on you when you travel? What would you like others to know about how those identities affect your travel, whether it's having to think about more things in advance or having to make distinct decisions about where (and where not) to visit? In what ways have your assumptions about "traveling while ____" been proven wrong?
I'd love to collect some of your stories and put them together in a piece or two--time and space permitting. And I'd also be interested in offering guest blog spots to those who have longer stories to tell (and are, perhaps, more experienced writers/storytellers). You'll have options for either submitting a brief story or a pitch for a guest post below. And though I don't have the funds to pay contributors right now, I'd be happy to feature your website/blog/etc. in promotional materials!
I'd love to hear your stories and amplify the voices of diverse travelers--so let me know what you think!
DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
Your travel story (250 words max.)
Tell me a story about your experiences traveling while _______--in other words, a story about how a particular identity (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.) has had an impact on your travel (positive and/or negative--all are welcome). For example, on Twitter, trans people often write about #travelingwhiletrans and the difficulties they might have navigating US airports (among other issues). Other friends I know have written about their experiences teaching as a person of color in South Korea, where blackface is an all-too-common a trope on comedy TV and non-white teachers from the U.S. are often asked, "But no, where are you REALLY from?" So what's your story? Give me your best in 250 words or less. (You'll have the option to pitch a full blog post below.)
If I include your story on the blog, can I use your name?
Check "no" below if you don't want me to include your name with your story.
Yes, please include my name with my story.
No, please do not include my name with my story (i.e., make it anonymous).
Do you have any photos or media I could include with your story?
Would you be interested in writing a guest blog post for you are (queer) here about identity and travel?
If your pitch for a blog post is different from the story you included above, please include your pitch here.
I would also be willing to republish a blog post you've already published, if it seems to fit you are (queer) here's editorial vision and/or this theme of "traveling while ___."
Where are you from? (City, State, and Country)
Add any links to Facebook, Twitter, etc., that you might like me to include with your story.
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