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Street Harassment PSA

Here is a wonderful PSA from Lindsey's website.  I love what shey had to say about it:

Inspired by my bike ride home from work at 1:00 pm today. Also, by the past ten years of my life, and the past ten or so years in the lives of all my girlfriends.

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World Wide Women Conference

On October 24th 2009 Sheffield Fems in conjunction with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the National Assembly of Women are running a one day conference called World Wide Women Conference.

Speakers including….

Marie-Claire Faray-Kele UK WILPF, Common Cause UK (Platform of Congolese Women in the UK) and WDDRC (Women for the Development of the DRC)

Ann Hamilton Vice-chair End Violence Against Women Coalition, Head of Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance, Trustee Zero Tolerance Trust,Principal Policy Development Officer ( Equality ) & Lead Officer on Prostitution Glasgow City Council.

Helen Jackson Former MP for Sheffield Hillsborough, Member
Women’s National Commission, Trustee Fawcett Society

More to be confirmed
For more information contact either worldwidewomensheffield@gmail.com or sheffieldfems@gmail.com

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Homophobia Should Not Be Ruled Out in Terry's Murder

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) is concerned about the manner in which investigation into the murder of British Honorary Consul, John Terry on Wednesday, September 9 is proceeding. While J-FLAG believes that Mr. Terry’s murder is yet another sign of the general disregard that many in our society have for human life, the content of a note reportedly found at the murder scene suggests he was the victim of a violently homophobic crime.

In the Friday, September 11 edition of the U.K.-based Guardian newspaper, it was reported that the handwritten note, signed "Gay-Man", warned: "This is what will happen to ALL gays". If this report is true, it would suggest that Mr. Terry’s killing was indeed a hate crime.

Given this report and police declarations that they have no strong leads as to the motive for Mr. Terry’s murder, J-FLAG is surprised that homophobia has been ruled out as a motive. J-FLAG believes that this is a precipitous decision and calls on the Jamaica Constabulary Force to provide evidence to justify its claim this early in the investigation. Further, the Force must also deny or confirm that a note of the kind reported by the Guardian was found at the crime scene.

As detectives continue their probe into the murder, J-FLAG hopes that their declaration that the killing was not motivated by homophobia is not an expedient attempt to counter the international perception that Jamaica is a homophobic society. J-FLAG calls on the security forces to treat this case with the utmost importance not because of Mr. Terry’s status but by virtue of his humanity. It also implores them to assure that their statements about the nature of the killing are not made based on attempts to protect the image of the nation but on the evidence in the case.

Contact: Jason McFarlane
Tel: (876)978-8988
Email: admin@jflag.org

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Morgasm: Call for models.

(This call for models is posted at Morgasm.  Visit the site for more information about the artist and how you can participate.)

This is a call for models - The project is outlined below but there are no limits on who I’d like to model for me. If the project resonates with you, please get in touch! And of course send it to your friends!

If you’re interested, reply to this post with your email. (here)

I’ve been asked to create a show for the Canterbury House in Berkeley. I’ve decided to photograph people (regardless of gender) in the traditional poses of the Virgin Mary - Each subject gets to choose the background, costume, and halo that represents what they feel makes them powerful and holy.

The Canterbury House runs a program for “UC Berkeley’s Episcopal and Anglican students and their friends.” It is a welcoming space for all people (regardless of sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, ability, etc) to gather and discuss faith. I am friends with the Chaplain, Tom Poynor, and am supporting his program because I feel it’s a valuable space for people to gather safely to talk about their spirituality. Although I do not subscribe to a religion myself, I feel that this opportunity to explore religious iconography and reclaim the image of the Virgin for myself and my community is exciting and challenging.

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Darklady's Return of Pirates Dinner & Porn Social Night

AVN Award winning Digital Playground Double Feature:
”Pirates” and “Pirates II”

Saturday, September 19th

Avast, ye lubbers and piratical sorts. It’s time to swash our buckles once again, during the return of the “Pirates” double feature dinner and porn social night -- on International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In addition to viewing Digital Playground’s most awarded and award-nominated feature releases in a fully accessible, diversity-loving, clothing-optional and costume-friendly environment, the night includes an all-you-can-eat buffet from Rumpspankers, snuggle & play spaces stocked with safer sex supplies, a cash bar area for socializing, decidedly adult giveaways, and a raffle benefiting Esther’s Pantry.

Liquid inspirations await in the cash bar social area – and those who bring a donation for Esther’s Pantry receive a raffle ticket worth copies of the films, as well as wonderful things from Taboo Video and Big Teaze Toys. Wear a costume & earn a raffle ticket. Buy more tickets and earn more chances to win!

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Gender JUST: LGBTQI Call to Action for Israel

Call for Action: Tell IGLTA that Apartheid Israel is not for LGBT Leisure Tourism!

September 8th 2009

ISSUED BY:

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Toronto

Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Queer BDS activists from Israel

On October 10-16, 2009, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) is planning to hold a tourism conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, aimed at boosting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leisure tourism to Israel. The audience of this conference is expected to be made up mostly of travel agents who specialize in promoting LGBT tourism. With this conference IGLTA, in cooperation with an Israeli LGBT organization, the Aguda, will give its symbolic and financial support to a state that continually occupies, oppresses and dispossess millions of Palestinians and murders and imprisons many thousands of them.

We, queer activists and groups, call on LGBTQI people and friends around the world to join us in our protest against IGLTA’s promotion of leisure tourism to apartheid Israel. We demand that IGLTA cancel its planned conference in Israel and cease any promotion of tourism to this country.

For some time now, Israeli officials and organizations such as the Aguda, who are cooperating closely with IGLTA, have been promoting LGBT tourism to Israel through false representations of visiting Tel Aviv as not taking sides, or as being on the “LGBT” side, as if LGBT lives were the only ones that mattered. It is implied that it’s okay to visit Israel as long as you “believe in peace,” as if what is taking place in Palestine/Israel is merely a conflict between equals, rather than an oppressive power relationship. Consistent with globalization’s tendency to distance the “final product” from the moral implications of the manufacturing process, LGBT tourists are encouraged to forget about politics and just have fun in a so-called gay-friendly city.

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Transcending Boundaries: Call For Presentation Proposals

Transcending Boundaries Conference
www.transcendingboundaries.org
November 20-22, 2009
Worcester, MA
Call For Presentation Proposals

*** Please forward to friends and allies as appropriate ***

Deadline: September 15, 2009

We are thrilled to announce the Transcending Boundaries Conference 2009. TBC is a conference for the bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, intersex and polyamorous communities. In an effort to create an exciting and informative event, we are searching for speakers who are passionate about their area of expertise and want to share it with the community.

Transcending Boundaries began in 2001 as a conference for those who blur the lines of sex, gender, and sexual orientation; and we need your help. We are actively seeking presentations on a variety of topics. Whether you're an experienced presenter or interested in leading a group for the first time, we'd love to receive your proposal.

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Original Plumbing Open Call for Issue 2 : the HAIR issue


Share your story with ORIGINAL PLUMBING magazine:

WRITING CALL FOR OP 2: THE HAIR ISSUE
Original Plumbing is currently accepting writing submissions for Issue 2, The Hair Issue, due out in Winter 2009/10.
For The Hair Issue we would like a range of stories and articles that revolve around HAIR from a trans male perspective. Anything from hair loss, unexpected hair growth in odd places, hairy bellies, hairy chests (pre and post operative), hair-line recessions, stories from your first trip to the barber, what your long hair means to you, excessive hair and the way it has effected the relationship you have with your partner or with yourself, stories of shaving mis-haps, tales of an early transition where each new body hair is counted and documented with anticipation and excitement, the history of your specific hair style... the list goes on.

To pitch us a personal narrative, fictional piece, editorial or product review related to hair from a trans masculine perspective, please send your pitch idea or submission to hair@originalplumbing.com.

Finished pieces should be 700 words or less.
Please include a short bio with your submission and your contact information.

The deadline for this writing call is December 1st.

Please note that we can not currently pay contributors for their work. As a community-based magazine that is designed to feature and create visibility for trans guys by trans guys, this project is completely a labor of love. Everyone involved is volunteer-based. All authors will retain full ownership of their work if it is published.

Amos Mac
ORIGINAL PLUMBING

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Call for Nominations for the 2010 Felipa de Souza Award

The 2010 Felipa Award

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) calls on the international LGBTI, human rights, and sexual rights communities to submit nominations for the 2010 Felipa de Souza Award.

Purpose of the Award and General Guidelines

The Felipa Award honors an organization or an individual whose work has made a significant contribution toward securing the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status, anywhere in the world. The award commemorates Felipa de Souza, a woman who was convicted and tortured in Brazil by the Portuguese Inquisition in 1591 for having sexual relationships with other women.

With the Felipa Award, IGLHRC seeks to publicly recognize the courage and activism of grassroots groups and individuals working under the most challenging conditions in pursuit of human rights for all people irrespective of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. We seek nominations for organizations and individuals from all regions of the world and from as wide a range of communities as possible, particularly from communities with limited access to movement-building resources and support. We welcome nominations for younger as well as more established organizations and individuals; however we consider organizational stability and a proven track record to be essential to the evaluation process.

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Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio: Reading and book signing 9/15/09

Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio @ 8pm.

Il Trapezio Cafe/Gallery on 09/15/09

120 Franklin Ave., (near Harrison St.), Nutley, NJ 07110

973-661-1580.

Gaia and the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planet by Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD

"A world where it is safe to live is a world where it is safe to love"

A Reading Hosted by Daniel P. Quinn, Producer Early-Bird Special includes book and standard order

Gaia and the New Politics of Love explains how to practice the arts of loving as a form of the arts of healing, which includes creating and sustaining amorous communities through shared amorous resources. Practicing the arts of loving activates the cycle of oxytocin in the human brain (the so-called "cuddling" hormone) that enables people to trust each other, display amorous behavior with one another, and cooperate in solving problems, thereby creating sustainability in their environments and communities. Through the practice of these new politics of loving we can transform hatred into love, fear into hope, and scarcity into abundance.

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