In a publicity stunt that I assumed could not go further in its transphobic and misogynistic race-to-the-bottom than it already had, Berlin's public transport enterprise, BVG — has managed to dig itself even deeper. For those who don't have the context, be sure to read the original post on BVG's Women's Tickets, where I go … Continue reading More on BVG’s transmisogyny
BVG is Berlin's main public transport corporation, the one that runs buses, trams and the U-Bahn. They have been known for edgy advertising and I've been a fan of their campaigns in the past. The organisation took the plunge during International Women's day and decided it would be a good idea to introduce what they call Frauentickets or Women's tickets the coming Monday, 18 March It is a very obvious publicity stunt and is only sold as a day ticket with a € 1.50 discount from a regular one, which symbolises the wage gap. This is still something that could have been used for good and I am sure that was their original intention, while the reality of the matter is in fact the opposite.
While I have been evaluating my volunteering projects in the past half a year and stepping away from some so I can concentrate on my full-time job, my relationships and friendships, my work with the group that has submitted technical proposals for the Transgender Flag Emoji is something that has generally laid still for long periods of time and has in fact not taken much time away from me, aside from the initial work of writing the technical bits of the proposal
Earlier this year, a group I am lucky enough to belong to submitted an official proposal to the Unicode Consortium regarding the inclusion of a transgender flag emoji. Aside from yours truly; a software development consultant based in Berlin, the group includes among others Ted Eytan MD of Washington DC, Tea Uglow; creative director at … Continue reading Transgender flag emoji — brief info and current status