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HIV Law Project: Sex Education in the City

Tuesday, October 13th
6:30-8:30 pm
National Council of Jewish Women offices
830 Second Avenue, between 43rd and 44th in NYC

Please join HIV Law Project's Center for Women and HIV Advocacy and The Sex Ed Alliance of New York City at “Sex Education in the City”, a community forum and panel discussion to address the lack of comprehensive sexuality education in New York City. Presenters will share their experiences as advocates and offer ways that you can take action today!

Speakers

Myra Batchelder: Director of the Low Income Access Program, National Institute for Reproductive Health
Jodi Kaltner: Social Worker, Performance Conservatory High School in the Bronx
Justin Toro: Youth Speaker, Love Heals Speakers Bureau
Reverend Matthew West Fox: NE Regional Field Organizer, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Moderator:

Hadiyah Charles: Community Organizer, HIV Law Project

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"Queerly Speaking" provides safe space for Dallas gay poets

By JW Richard (Examiner.com)

Gay wordsmiths will be given an opportunity to speak their truths in poetry via the new monthly event, “Queerly Speaking”. This month's program will be Friday, September 25, at the Backbeat Cafe & Listening Room (formerly Opening Bell Coffee @ Mosaic) at the corner of Pearl and Akard streets in Downtown Dallas. The show starts at 8pm and will be held every fourth Friday of the month.

“Queerly Speaking” is a program of the newly formed collective, Fahari Arts Institute (“Fahari” means “pride” in Swahili). Fahari Arts Institute exists to celebrate and chronicle the contributions of LGBT writers, artists, and musicians throughout the African diaspora. Fahari's inaugural event was co-hosting a memorial for E. Lynn Harris in August 2009 with The View of Dallas, an African-American gay book club.

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Groundbreaking Think Tank to Address Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student-Athletes

(San Francisco, California, September 22, 2009) — A groundbreaking think tank sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation Initiative: It Takes a Team! Education Campaign for LGBT Issues in Sport will gather national sports leaders, legal experts, and policymakers to address equal opportunity for transgender student-athletes. As increasing numbers of young people identify as transgender in high school or college, the convening will provide an opportunity to identify best practices and develop model policies for high school and collegiate athletic leaders to ensure the full inclusion of transgender student-athletes.

“NCLR is pleased to join the Women’s Sports Foundation in our second national think tank addressing the equitable treatment of LGBT student-athletes,” said NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll. “By bringing together leaders in athletics and the legal field, we can develop effective strategies to ensure transgender athletes are treated fairly. Our goal is for individuals to be judged on their skills and abilities on the playing field, not on irrelevant factors such as gender identity and sexual orientation.”

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Call for H+ art for Re-public exhibition

Following the publication of the special issue on Transhumanism?, the online journal Re-public calls for submission of work for an online exhibition website. The artworks may be any media so long as they can be displayed on web.

The theme is “Transhumanism” in the widest sense.

Participants, amateurs and professionals, are invited to illustrate, comment, think and make people think about this theme with total liberty.

Proposed artworks would ideally be original, created for this exhibition, but it’s possible to propose old ones.

The texts which accompany the artworks must be either in English, in Greek, or in French.

Artworks must be sent via the transhumanism.gr site before the end of November 2009.

An international selection committee including artists, art professionals, and H+ thinkers will choose the artworks and will propose the structure of their online presentation.

This exhibition might become an ongoing website, which would become an international H+ art gallery.

Everyone is welcome!

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Call for Applications: Pacific Feminist Legal Theory and Practice (FLTP) Training

November 9-13, 2009 Nadi, Fiji Islands

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) in collaboration with Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) is conducting a Pacific Feminist Legal Theory and Practice (FLTP) Training.

The FLTP training has been a significant activity of APWLD and has grown into a dynamic program that offers a unique model in the region in so far as it attempts to bring feminist insights and perspectives into legal practice. The FLTP framework has feminism as its core and human rights as its foundation.

Deadline for applications: October 4, 2009.

The trainings seeks to challenge the traditional notion that law is a neutral, objective and rational set of rules, unaffected by the perspective of those who wield power in societies. It seeks to address the social, cultural and political contexts that shape the legal system. Given that law (as a culture, system and as an institution) is a reality that women face and engage with, it is essential for women’s rights activists to explore how it can be utilised to transform women’s situations.

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Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality: 2009 Annual Congress

 
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
2009 Annual Congress
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


 
Nov 05, 2009 4:30pm - Nov 08, 2009 2:00pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

SEXUAL LITERACY: HEALTH AND RIGHTS IN CULTURAL CONTEXT

November 5-8, 2009

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

The Westin Resort and Spa

The Preliminary Program can be viewed at:  http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/ssss_2009_preliminary_program.pdf# 

For additional program information email: sexscience2009@gmail.com

Early registration ends on 10/01/2009

Regular registration starts on 10/02/2009 and ends on 10/27/2009.

Late registration starts on 10/28/2009.

All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time  (US & Canada).

Click here to register online.

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Call for Papers - SEWSA: Cultural Productions, Gender and Activism

Call for Papers
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
March 25-27, 2010

Keynote Speakers: Judith Halberstrom, Marjorie J. Spruill, and
Bernice Johnson Reagon

Cultural Productions, Gender, and Resistance Theme Includes:

Culture, Globalization, and Transnational Activism

Art, Culture, and Empowerment

Cultural Work as Intellectual Work

Cultural Work as Political Work

Guerrilla Art and Guerilla Activism

Art and Social Resistance

Activist Art

Grassroots Organizing Through Arts and Culture

Pedagogies of the Oppressed

Theater of the Oppressed

Performance, Slam Poetry, and Politics

Thematic papers are encouraged, but we welcome paper proposals on all women’s studies topics.

Submit Papers Here

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS and SESSIONS of 3-5 PAPERS:
December 1, 2009

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Terrific PSA exposing bias and vanity

Holy crap!  This is freakin' brilliant!  It is about prejudice and conceit.  The example is in how Africa is viewed, labeled and manipulated to assuage vanities and other self-serving aims.  However, the same process exists around gender, sex and body identities.  The free-for-all clamor for camera time and print publications that Lady Ga-Ga and Caster Semenya have produced are but two more recent and grotesque examples of people foisting their vanities upon someone else...for an allegedly 'good cause'.

When Bono edited the Africa issue of Vanity Fair, it included an essay written by Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina. Through that, he became aware of another piece he'd written for Granta a number of years ago called "How (Not) to Write About Africa."

Director Jesse Dylan and his company FreeForm worked with Binyavanga and the Beninois actor Djimon Hounsou to create this filmed performance of the essay.

 

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Transform Arizona: October 16 - 18 2009

Uniting the T and the LBG

A weekend filled with entertainment, educational workshops and the opportunity to connect  and enhance the entire LGBT community and beyond!

An event to bring awareness to the specific needs and special circumstances within the Trans community, and educate all those open to gaining new insights and knowledge of this special group within the LGBT.

The conference weekend kicks off Friday night with our keynote speaker, Luis Garcia, followed by a fun-filled Variety show performed by Peterson Toscano, including hilarious excepts from Queer 101-Now I know my gA,B,C's and Ho Mo No Mo Halfway House.

Saturday you'll have the opportunity to enjoy hearing and learning from well-known speakers on issues within the Trans community, as well as attend educational workshops to enlighten you on the day-to-day lives of Trans men, women and youth. Speakers on Saturday include Donna Rose (Activist & Blogger) Dr. Rebecca Allison (DrBecky.com), Allyson Robinson (HRC), and Kim Pearson (TransYouth Family Allies).

Speaker for the Saturday Dinner will be Arizona's own Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Saturday night brings another great performance by Peterson, this time with his play " Transfigurations- Transgressing Gender in the Bible".

Sunday morning, wake up to a inclusive and welcome service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, followed by an Outdoor All-Ages Trans & Allies Community Picnic at Papago Park, complete with an MC and Entertainment, games for the kids and adults, and the chance to interact with the many people within our diverse community.

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Call for Papers: Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State

Call for Papers
Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies
Special Issue 2010
Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State
Edited by Tonia St.Germain, J.D.
Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Gender Studies Program
Eastern Oregon University

Wagadu (www.wagadu.org) invites papers for a special issue on gender and law and have selected sexual violence and armed conflict as the topic.  Sexual violence has been a part of conflict since warfare began but research and scholarship have only recently begun to uncover its extent and complexity. Over the last twenty years, there is growing recognition in international human rights law and international criminal law scholarship of the state’s role in responding to wartime sexual violence. Legal scholarship joined ranks with the humanities and social sciences from around the world to interrogate how sexual violence has been executed, acknowledged, and addressed during armed conflict, genocides, massacres, and complex emergencies.

While studies of sexual violence in conflict have largely focused on women and children as victims, sexual abuse of men and its effects are important, especially their roles as soldiers, prisoners, significant others, and family members of those who have been directly violated. In addition, children born as a result of wartime rape have been overlooked in the research.

We seek submissions addressing wartime sexual violence during and after conflict situation directed toward:

  • women and/or men
  • children, including those born as a result of wartime rape
  • heterosexual relationships/family groups
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered relationships/family groups

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