Exciting news, safe2pee was selected to be a part of the upcoming MoMA exhibit “Design and the Elastic Mind.” If you are in New York between Febuary and May you should check it out! We are extremely thrilled about this and think it will be great exposure for the issue. More details will follow very soon.
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OK, this more or less satisfies a deep down nerdy fantasy of mine, and despite serious criticisms and reservations I have about the mainstream media, it’s somewhat of a guilty pleasure: we’ve been mentioned in WIRED magazine, and safe2pee is getting a huge amount of exposure because of it!
Many in queer and radical communities have embraced the site, and for that we are very thankful …. but I am also pleasantly surprised by how much credit and support nerd/geek communities have given the project. Certainly those communities can overlap, but it makes me smile a little extra. Perhaps these are forward thinking people who see connections between the cyborg and queering gender? Okay, well, maybe that’s asking a lot? Often time the language used in these tech venues does not fully express the breadth of the project but I think it is a good and important start!
I just talked with a friend in Oregon who said safe2pee had been mentioned at BRO meetings, a co-worker who visited Canada and the said someone up there mentioned the site in conversation (an early morning interview for RedEye, on Vancouver Co-op radio) which makes me think either a lot of people know about the project or the world is a very, very small place.
If you see the magazine, you can check it out on about page 40, or online in “The Best Google Maps Mashups.” If you want to know more, read this kick-ass article by the ever-so-cool Annalee Newitz, I think it captures us well, or check out some of the fantastic and amazing bloggers who wrote about us. This is only a few of the many people online who are responsible for the project being where it is, if you’d like to see more posts check out this page
It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for me personally, though I think things may be beginning to settles down and there will be more time available to start some more advocacy / action campaigns locally in SF, with the hope to grow.
Bathroom Liberation Front
After an interview on the radio program RedEye (Co-op Radio Vancouver) , we’ve hastily added support for Canadian cities to our site. Initially we had intended to delay expansion of the site until we completed a site move and backend overhaul, but we felt that using a few shortcuts to get this up quickly would be beneficial to the community, and would help us give our users what they have been asking for.
most of the safe2pee team really busy with non-web site projects at the moment, so you may have to hang in there for a week see new changes. I just moved yesterday and everything is still boxed up. Saying that, we’re upgrading our hosting— and this should give us the tools to add international support and clean up our code.
I added us to programmable web (a dynamic list of mashups / apis / etc) and we were their mashup of the day!
You may have also noticed that recent images are now on the front page. That is all.
Getting the word out about our site is going well … we’ve been written up in Portland’s queer paper, Just Out! Yay Portland … again.
So, a couple of folks have suggested that we should make flyers, t-shirts, stickers and things like that, to promote the site itself and for the “liberating” of traditionally gendered bathrooms.
If you have any ideas or catchy phrases or designs please let us know. I put together the two flyers to promote the site below (basically inverted copies) , but then again I’m not really a graphics person, so if some of you out there want to share beautiful things with us we’d be happy to post them and give you tons of credit. I have screen-printing supplies and live in close proximity to thirft stores, but if anyone has mad-connections in the print or t-shirt making world we’d love to hear from you too
These are CC sharealike, so do anything you want with them. Hi-res, print quality versions are here (white background) and over here (black background). They should fit on a 8.5×11 piece of paper with room to spare.
San Francisco, CA
Friday January 26, 2007
For Immediate Release
GROUP LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOM MASHUP
Several ambitious genderqueers are working to create a “mashup” style gender neutral bathroom directory.
Fed up violence and harassment faced by gender variant people in public bathrooms, a group based in the San Francisco Bay Area (with contributors/members elsewhere), has launched a nationwide web directory known as safe2pee (safe2pee.org). Having been online for a little over two weeks, the site has received over 300 bathroom submissions in 70 cities.
The project features map plots of bathrooms, a tag cloud, information about accessibility and community features including the ability to comment and add pictures. At a time when similar projects have disappeared, safe2pee hopes to maintain a legacy by mirroring bathroom data elsewhere, and when stable, licensing their web site code as open-source. A project organizer, Bailey X, says that data is available under creative commons, and that the group encourages others to incorporate it into research and other projects. Ze says the project directs development based upon community feedback, “because it is the best way to serve the needs of those who use our site.”
The group, known as Safe2pee.org, promises more features, and resources, including a bathroom action guide and support for international locations, un the near future. They are open to dialogue, feedback and suggestions at safe2pee at thecoocoup dot com