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August 2016 Newsletter, Volume 105


Elections: It’s the final stretch! The Election is so close we can taste it! As it approaches, you may have some questions. Well buddy, we’ve got some answers! The Elections Committee website has seen the relaunch of our FAQ – back and more informative than ever. And from our lovely candidates come their Q&As, all answered, posted, and available for public viewing.

At this point in time the Membership deadline has passed. Anyone who became a member between August 24, 2015 and August 23, 2016, inclusive of both dates will be eligible to vote in the 2016 Election.

Voting instructions are up for this year. We will be sending out an email linking to the voting instructions within the next week. We will post to the website once that has been sent; please watch for that post. Also, we’ll be removing addresses that bounce, opt out, or mark that email as spam from our voter rolls, so those addresses will not be sent a ballot this year. Make sure you have whitelisted emails from and to ensure you can receive a ballot this year!

The next candidate chat will be on September 10 from 22:00 UTC to 23:30 UTC. The format and platform have changed! We’ve talked a little more in depth about that at our shiny new Elections Tumblr account. For more updates, follow us there! Did we mention how shiny and new it is? We’re quite proud.

It’s not just the Elections committee that’s busy; this month, Communications collaborated with Development and Membership on a mini voter drive ahead of the elections.

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The OTW is Recruiting for Communications, Strategic Planning, and Volunteers & Recruitment!

Are you interested in volunteering for the Organization for Transformative Works with Communications, Strategic Planning, or Volunteers & Recruiting?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Finance Committee Staff. Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Committee Staff – Posting Specialist – closing 7 September 2016 UTC
  • Strategic Planning Staff – closing 7 September 2016 UTC
  • Volunteers & Recruiting staff – closing 7 September 2016 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 23

Rubin Richardson wrote an article for New York Amsterdam News about Flame Com 2, the LGBT+ comic and fan convention held in New York on August 19th and 20th. The article celebrated the humour and positivity found in contemporary LGBT+ media. “Growing up, many, if not all, LGBT stories I heard were those of tragedies,” says Richardson. Amidst a 2016 rife with media producers burying their gays, Flame Con 2 panelists talked about “the question as to the need for humor in LGBTQ comics,” saying “[for some] it was simply their writing style, whereas others drew a deeper connection. For many people, life can be hard, especially for those growing up in the LGBTQ community, and humor is something many of us as people use as a coping mechanism to deal with hardships.”

In other news, it’s time for some surveys! Two academics studying fandom are soliciting responses for their research.

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