Field Notes

CHARITY

Transition funds

A new charity is collecting money to help local transgender youth with their transitions.

It’s started when a friend of Julian Parker, a 19-year-old female-to-male transgender person, decided that fundraising events would be a good way to get cash for his surgery. But it didn’t stop there.

“I took it a step forward and said, ‘there’s going to be a lot of people in your situation who need help, and I said, let’s start the Julian Parker Project,” said Jennifer Keough.

The goal of its first fundraiser, a dance and auction on Nov. 6 at 5:00 pm at the Shea Heights Community Centre, is $7,000 — enough to send Julian (or JP) to to Toronto for an assessment, followed by chest surgery three months later.

Parker and Keough say it has been difficult to get donations of prizes for the event, and it’s mostly individuals as opposed to businesses that want to help out. They feel as though it would be easier to get support if there was more awareness and understanding about transgender issues.

“A lot of people when you say the word ‘trans,’ they’re like ‘oh great, a dude in a dress or a butch lesbian,’” she says. “They don’t take the time to fully understand it.”

Parker says both his parents are really supportive of his transition, but it wasn’t always easy.

“It’s hard for anybody’s family to accept at first. They’re much, much, better now,” he says. “They’re never going to not support me.”

The Julian Parker project is not a registered charity yet but it is incorporated as a non-profit.

Eventually, Keough hopes the project can act as a resource to the city and province’s transgender individuals, which little dedicated resources exist for.

“We’re one of the provinces that doesn’t have any transgender committees or doctors. Surgeries aren’t covered,” JP says. “ And that’s what we’re trying to do here, trying to make improvement for…people in Newfoundland to be able to receive treatment in Newfoundland.”

For more information or to make a donation, e-mail thejulianparkerproject@hotmail.com or visit thejulianparkerproject.webs.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

Where was this taken?

Darrell Edwards says he gaffed the concept of the Guess Where St. John’s/metro Flickr group from a pool of New York photography he contributed to.

“It was awesome seeing how many people guess all of the shots in that group so easily,” he says. “In a city like that you’d think it would be a challenge.”

Members of photo sharing website Flickr can now post their pictures of St. John’s to a similar pool for visitors to try to tell where in the city they were taken.

“Our fair city is quite a bit smaller than NYC but there’s a lot of really cool nooks and crannies and architecture from 100 years ago that people just don’t pay attention to,” says Edwards, who works as creative director of a marketing company in St. John’s.

You can find the pool at flickr.com/groups/guesswherestjohnsmetro/pool/

FACIAL HAIR

Beard competition

Dudes with beards are going head to head—beard to beard?—at the Levee on October 23.

Beardapalooza, a band show and beard competition, is being organized by Tim Dodge of Dodgeband, who got the idea from members of some of the bands that are playing at the show.

This is a War, Dodgeband, One Day in February, and Sacrosanct are performing. Dodge says participants are growing some sick beards as we speak.

“I’m after seeing some crazy ones. I’m surprised at how long people can grow their beards in such a short period of time.”

The categories for beard awards are still up in the air, but right now Dodge says there will be awards for the Best Pedophile Mustache, Thickest Beard, and more.

“We’re thinking about having a best Mr. T, just to see if anyone will do it.”

Although there will also be a ladies category (where fake beards will be permitted) according to Dodge the grand prize will go to the participant whose beard is the most ‘mantastic’.

“This is going to be the hairiest night ever,” Dodge says.