Friday, March 20, 2009
The first afternoon features queer writers reading their works and ends with Judith Halberstam on queer negativities.The final day includes queer histories, and analysis of poets such as Emily Dickinson and performers including Ethel Waters. Most intriguing to me is a paper that features the queerness of Hip Hop.
"[They] used three different population-based (meaning findings can be generalized to the population) and publicly-funded data sources: the 2000 Census, the 2002 National Survey on Family Growth (NSFG), and the 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). Analyses from all three surveys confirm that large numbers of LGB men and women are living in poverty, perhaps as many as a quarter of lesbian/bisexual women and one in seven gay/bisexual men. We also find that lesbian/bisexual women are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to receive public assistance."
"As each day seems to bring more glum news about home foreclosures, job losses, and recession, our findings suggest that LGBT people might be particularly vulnerable in this economic downturn. Policy initiatives designed to help struggling homeowners, enhance unemployment and public assistance benefits, and create new jobs should all be understood as an important part of the gay political agenda. Broadening engagement on these issues may be very important for the short-term needs of the LGBT community."
See the entire study and read more at Bilerico Project
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I think I will celebrate by buying a new pair of sunglasses :)
Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are engaged. The designer and his ad executive boyfriend, who have been together for about a year, will go public with the news beginning Thursday, when they arrive in Brazil wearing
rings. The couple is headed to Martone’s native Sao Paolo for a fete celebrating the Marc Jacobs multibrand store there, which opened in January. They have not set a wedding date.
The move was the administration's latest in reversing Bush-era decisions that have been heavily criticized by human rights and other groups. The United States was the only western nation not to sign onto the declaration when it came up at the U.N. General Assembly in December.
Read full article at Associated Press
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The organization that organizes and puts on the nationals largest St. Patty's day parade in New York is extremely Catholic and has refused to allow gay Irish groups to join in the parade. "For 18 years the Ancient Order of Hibernians which organizes the parade has barred Irish gay groups from marching. "
Some of the LGBT community find this completely disrespectful and did not join in on the festivities. "The city’s highest ranking gay politician, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, boycotted the parade again this year. As she did before last year’s parade, Quinn attempted to set up a meeting between the Hibernians and gay representatives and again this year the conservative Catholic men’s group ignored the invitation.The Hibernians claim the parade is a private, religious procession in order to to justify keeping LGBT groups out."
So are religious processions normally followed by Irish car-bombs and green beers till you can't see straight? Because if that is the case then sign me up!
An openly gay high school student has been forbidden to wear his "Rainbows are Gay" wristband to school anymore, because some TEACHERS found it OFFENSIVE!?!
Are you F#*&ING KIDDING ME!!
You have to read this story on Joe.My.God
Same Gender Loving: or SGL for short is a term coined within the African-American LGBT community. The term is preferred because it is seen as separate and distinct from queer slang that is seen as white dominated. The term is also popular among people of color because it emphasizes emotional relationships and not just relationships purely based on sexuality.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Police are investigating after a gay couple from Kearny complained they were beaten by a crowd a few blocks from the Prudential Center in Newark after attending a Britney Spears' concert there Saturday night.
Joshua Kehoe, 25, said he and his partner, Bobby Daniel Caldwell, 36, were returning to their car near Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street when a group of 15 to 20 youths surrounded the couple and began beating them.
Kaplan has worked as senior deputy general counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union in Washington since 2004. She began working as an attorney for the NTEU in 1984 and became known as an expert in federal workforce issues. The NTEU represents federal workers at the Department of the Treasury as well as workers in other federal agencies.
Significant Other: is an individual who is regarded as special in anothers life, it could be their romantic and/or sexual partner or a close friend. The term is ambiguous which makes it applicable for all all orientations and gender identities.
Queers United reports:
Grandfield High School's Debra Taylor the school’s Ethics and Street Law class teacher has been fired over controversy surrounding the showing of gay-themed film The Laramie Project. The movie is about Matthew Shepard's murder and the teacher wanted to facilitate discussion and promote tolerance after initial approval by the schools principal.
After the school principal reneged on his decision and Superintendent Ed Turlington told Ms. Taylor she could no longer show the film due to its subject matter, the teacher held a mock funeral in a nearby park where students could write down their thoughts and release them into balloons to develop a sense of closure on the topic.
The district says she was suspended and then fired by the board for her actions in the park, but others believe it is due to the nature of the play.
Superintendent Ed Turlington can be contacted at:
"In a lot of ways, I was kind of crossing lines of what I thought I was comfortable doing," he said about his new movie "Little Ashes," in which he plays surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. "I had to do all this naked stuff.
"I thought I'd never get another acting job again," Pattinson continued. "So I was like, 'Yeah — why not try to do something weird?' There's all these gay-sex scenes. And, you know, I haven't even done a sex scene with a girl in my whole career."
Pattinson said it wasn't so much having to play gay that was hard, but having an audience there for it. "Here I am, with Javier [Beltrán], who plays [Federico Garcí] Lorca, doing an extremely hard-core sex scene, where I have a nervous breakdown afterward," he said. "And because we're both straight, what we were doing seemed kind of ridiculous. ... And it wasn't even a closed set. There were all these Spanish electricians giggling to themselves."
Monday, March 16, 2009
Take the poll based on one the Center for American Progress employed to gauge the political leanings of our nation. Read more from the Center for American Progress at: <http://www.americanprogress.
Trans phobia is apparently not only found outside the LGBT community but within it as well and this is not acceptable. How can an Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual person fight and argue to stop hatecrime against them and then turn around and do the exact thing they are fighting against to someone else??
Well that is exactly what happen on Friday, March 13 outside of Fab Lounge in Dupont Circle to two transgender men according to the D.C. Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. After being verbally harrassed by three bar patrons, two women and one man, inside the club the two men left. As they were walking away from the bar the harrassers followed them out and physically assulted the transmen.
How do we as a community expect others to treat us with respect and create safe spaces when we can not even do that for each other??
Next week is the National Transgender Lobby Day and if you have a chance I strongly encourage you to attend. Even if you can't attend show your support in other ways by showing respect and being an active ally to the T within our community, because they have ever right to it as anyone else. It sound cliche but it's true: UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.
Now during the time that I was living there I was not "out" and did not know what the gay scene was like. However, it's been about five years since I have been there and even after Prop. 8 and the still recurring events following it there are still anti-gay events occurring.
This is the latest one.
There was a "gay night" event at the Lucky Strike, a block of Orange bowling alley, that is a recurring event. Apparently, the event was getting "out of control" and police had to come and break it up. By out of control they meant "too well attended." They accused the promoters of turning the bowling alley into a suedo-nightclub. Well DUH! We turn every place we go to into a night club. Seriously though, for underage LGBT youth there is no other place to go to find community and not the police have taken this place away from them. The event planners claimed discrimination, and the police claimed "safety."
Read for yourself. What do you think?
Despite confirmation of the leave, Gher has not received an answer to his request for reimbursement of NIS 10,000 in hospitalization costs (Gher and his partner also stayed in the hospital prior to the delivery) from the NII.
Read the rest at Haaretz.com
Miguel Antonio Galán is running on the Social Democratic Party, or PSD ticket in Guadalajara for Mayor, making him the first openly gay candidate to run for a mayoral seat in Mexico, according to gay rights groups in the country. That's the good news. The bad news is that he doesn't have a shot in hell of winning– the most optimistic projections give the PSD, a super-liberal party that supports decriminalizing drugs, among other things, a 3% chance of winning.