arvan's picture

International Workshop on “Gender Equality and Progress in Societies”

(h/t wikigender)


Organised jointly by the OECD Development Centre and UNESCO

Friday, 12 March 2010
Room (tbc), OECD Headquarters,
2 rue André Pascal,
75016, Paris (FRANCE)

The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to improve our understanding of the linkages between gender, culture and progress in societies, as well as to take concrete next steps in this regard. It will be attended by high-level policy makers and government representatives from around the world as well as leading academics, gender equality experts and development practitioners. This should allow for a very rich exchange of experiences and viewpoints.

A preliminary programme is available at Should you wish to attend, please register by filling in the registration form that you will find on the website and by returning it to Mrs. Pamela Marqueyrol (tel: 01 45 24 82 86,

As places are limited, we will confirm your registration as soon as possible.

arvan's picture

2010 US/Costa Rica: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability Rights Leadership Exchange Program

MIUSA is excited to offer a 16-day exchange program to Costa Rica with a focus on youth leadership and cultural perspectives on disability rights. Young adults with disabilities of diverse backgrounds from New York City, especially those who are first-time international travelers, are encouraged to apply.  

Download the Application - Deadline March 21, 2010

Download the Costa Rica Flyer Here!
Program Details
When: June 16 – July 1, 2010       

Where: San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Cost:   

Sliding scale $220 - $1,100, which includes all: round-trip international airfare from Newark International Airport (EWR) to San Jose, Costa Rica; one-day pre-departure orientation near EWR; accessible ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities in Costa Rica; disability related costs, including sign language interpreters, materials in alternative formats, and funding for personal assistants.  

arvan's picture

Gay Games VIII: Cologne 2010, Call for Volunteers

Pack Your Bags and Book Your Trip to Germany – Be A Part of It!

Cologne, Germany – Even if you can’t spike a volleyball, play the trumpet, or get a “perfect 10” off the high dive, the 2010 Gay Games has a way for you to “Be A Part Of It!” Gay Games VIII, 31 July to 7 August 2010 in Cologne, Germany, is recruiting volunteers from around the world to be part of the globe’s largest LGBT sports & cultural event.

“At the heart of the Gay Games are the approximately three thousand volunteers who make the Gay Games run like clockwork,” said Emy Ritt, Co-President of the Federation of Gay Games. “Volunteers are the ones who are ‘backstage’ organizing, managing, supporting and assisting at the sports and cultural events all week long. Gay Games volunteers get to meet people from all over the world, and gain valuable experience at this week-long festival. It’s truly a great cultural experience!”

Volunteers are needed in all areas, including:

  • Medical care for athletes
  • Supervising facilities
  • Ushering spectators and guests
  • Officials and referees
  • Hospitality services for VIPs
  • Support cultural events
  • Official photographers
  • Language interpretation
  • Accreditation staff
  • Support for the Opening Ceremony
Buck Angel's picture

Buck Angel's Public Cervix Announcement

Welcome to another edition of my new series sharing perspective on gender and sexuality.  Each week, I discuss a topic on sex, gender & identity from topics sent to me by viewers like you.  If you have a question that you would like to see answered, please email


Check out more of Buck Angel Entertainment at

arvan's picture

"Spratz - a feminist kidzine"

A brand new feminist 'zine is out, aimed at kids.  It is called Spratz and you can download it here for free.

spratz_readable.pdf2.11 MB

spratz_printable.pdf1.95 MB

It is published by the CRAP! (Child Rearing Against Patriarchy) Collective over at their blog - Feminist Childrearing.

It includes contributions from kids and adults.  It is free (as in free beer).  This issue includes a nice send-off of Barbie, some musings on Cinderella, defining sexism & feminism and a crossword.  I definitely suggest you look it over.  We don't get much in the way of child-ready study or workbook material, based on feminislm and even less in the new media formats.  My favorite women & children / lesbian bookstore has much to offer, but it's still the old school printed formats of paperback and hardcover.  This zine gets the conversation out into the spaces that a great many, if not most young people are spending most of their time.  Plus, it's fun.

If you would like to join the collective or contribute to their blog or their zines "Raise Some Hell! a feminist childrearing zine for everyone" and "Spratz! a feminist kidzine", please email them at


arvan's picture

Call for Artists: SexGenderBody Banner Project

Hi all.  It's time to replace the banner on the top of this website. 

arvan's picture

24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The BFI press launch presented the 24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, set to take place on 17 - 31 March 2010 with the world premiere of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister at the Odeon West End.

The Closing Night Gala screening on 31 Mar is Children of God, Kareem J Mortimer's gorgeously photographed first feature, which tells the classic tale of love, unfolding against a backdrop of violent homophobia and social unease in the Bahamas.

The first of the Centrepiece screenings is I Killed My Mother. Written, produced, directed by and starring 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, this witty and articulate film cleverly exposes the vulnerabilities and self-doubts of being a teenager.

The festival's second Centrepiece screening is Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Leanne Pooley's award-winning documentary about Jools and Lynda Topp, folk-singing lesbian twins and national celebrities in New Zealand.

Festival calendar (PDF)

Booking form PDF

Facebook Page

arvan's picture

2010 Dallas Suspension Practitioner Convention

The 2010 Dallas Suspension Practitioners Convention will take place from Friday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 4th, 2010 in Dallas Texas.  The three day event will feature expert speakers, classes in technique and safety, advanced suspensions and entertainment geared toward suspension practitioners.

This event is not for people wanting to attempt their first suspension. If you are new to the art of suspension and would like more information, please contact a group in your area.

Mission Statement:

Our estimated attendance will be 150+ suspension practitioners and body modification professionals.  This event is for our suspension community to come together and share knowledge and skills with each other in a socially constructive and beneficial way. 

arvan's picture

Sex Industry Workers on BlogTalk Internet Radio

Who: Host Maxine Doogan of the Erotic Service Providers Union will be joined by Douglas Fox of the International Sex Workers Union who will be updating listeners on the Crime Bill which criminalize clients of prostitutes. Susan Davis of Canada’s West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals will be speaking about the legal challenge to over turn anti prostitution laws and Sienna Baskin, staff attorney of Sex Workers Project in New York will be updating us on a legislative effort to stop using condoms as evidence of prostitution.

What: International Checkin and Community Building by and for Sex Industry Workers on BlogTalk Internet Radio


When: Sunday, January, 31st 2010 3pm PT (West Coast), 6pm ET (East Coast), 11pm-UK (Britain)

Call in and Discussion (347) 826-9733 for inside the USA and 001 347 826
9733 for outside the USA.

This internet radio show will be followed by a very special phone conference to help organize endorsements for the New York State Assembly Bill A03856 "No Condom as Evidence Bill"

arvan's picture

Exclusive Premiere: "ISHQIYA" NYC, January 29, 2010


Produced & CoWritten by Vishal Bhardwaj (Director of Maqbool, Omkara)
Directed By: Abhishek Chaubey
Starring : Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi
Language: Hindi/Urdu
Subtitles: NA
Duration: 2 Hours

Accompanied by a Post Screening Conversation on 'The Changing face of Women's Sexuality in South Asian Cinema' with Sabrina Dhawan (Co-Writer Ishiqiya)


Friday, January 29, 2010

7 P.M @ Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St, New York, NY
Tickets $15 @ Door, $12 with Confirmed RSVPs to
For More Info or Press Inquiries : 917-971-8722

Engendered Film Salons are a series of screenings & conversations on the changing visual landscape of South Asian intimacies and sexualities in film, media, image & contemporary art.  They are accompanied by panels that explore the new visual vocabulary that transform words like home, diaspora, urban and rural into images that reveal and provoke newer ways of seeing and understanding.  Conversations span urban & rural studies, sexuality, the body, gender tropes and contradictions, cinema, contemporary art and popular culture, and new perspectives in history.

Engendered is an annual, New York-based transnational arts and human rights festival that brings together the best in contemporary South Asian cinema, visual arts and performance to explore the complex realities of gender and sexuality in modern South Asia, especially at the intersection of ritual and religion.  The festival is designed not only to raise awareness, but also act as a fulcrum to enter public dialogue, break silences and impact perceptions around issues of gendered identities, stereotyping, bias and sexual choice and further, how those issues relate to affirmation or violations of human rights, health rights and women's rights.

Event page on Facebook

Syndicate content
Powered by Drupal, an open source content management system