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Chicago Dyke March Open Planning Meeting: January 21, 2010

chicago dyke march is taking place on the south side this year!!

start your year queer: a chicago dyke march collective "meet and greet"

January 21st at 6:30 pm
STOP / Backstory Cafe, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave*
please RSVP to dykemarchchicago@gmail.com.
*Look for signs for Backstory Cafe; it is between 61st St and 61st Place; behind Carnegie School
call 773-273-9732 if you are lost or for more info

This is an invite for all people and orgs. interested in learning more about the 2010 Chicago Dyke March, and talking about where it will take place this summer and the next.

About the location: We don't know yet!  But we know that the 2010 Chicago Dyke March is taking place on the south side of Chicago, and that we need your help to choose a specific neighborhood.

AT THIS MEET AND GREET participate in an open conversation about what the march is, how we organize, the process of picking a location, how you can participate, and meet past and current organizers!  Whether you are interested in helping organize the march march or just want to join the conversation and show your support, please come!

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Call for Entries: 5th Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards

The Fifth Annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards

April 8th & 9th 2010

Toronto, Canada


Good for Her is thrilled to present the Fifth Annual Feminist Porn Awards. The Feminist Porn Awards honor pornographers whose groundbreaking work offers a fresh perspective on the sexual expression of women and everyone who finds themselves under-represented in mainstream pornography.

The official nomination period for consideration for the Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards opens on October 5, 2009 and will close on January 31, 2010.

In order to be considered for a Feminist Porn Award, submissions must meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

1)      A woman had a hand in the production, writing, direction etc. of the work.

2)      The work depicts genuine female pleasure

3)      The work expands the boundaries of sexual representation on film, challenges stereotypes and presents a vision that sets the content apart from most mainstream pornography

Categories for awards may include, but are not limited to: Canadian Content, Diverse Cast/Representation, Emerging Filmmaker, Independent, International, Kink/Fetish, Lesbian/Dyke, Short Film, Straight, Trans, and Web-Based.

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Reaching the handicapped with HIV prevention in Mozambique

TETE, 11 January 2010 (PlusNews) - Stefania*, 17, who has been wheelchair-bound since being involved in a traffic accident as a child, likes to go to Celso's, a popular bar in Matundo, a suburb of Tete city in northwestern Mozambique.

From her vantage point at Celso's she can see the long line of trucks waiting to cross the Zambezi River on one of the few bridges in the region, making Matundo a busy hub for people and merchandise travelling between the port of Beira and Malawi.

Adult HIV prevalence in Mozambique is 16 percent, but what Stefania knows about the disease she has had to learn through her own observations.

"I come here to relax, and I see lots of girls getting into the trucks," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "Some of them have become pregnant, and two of my neighbours have fallen very ill, so having a lot of lovers can end in disgrace."

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10 percent of Mozambique's 20 million inhabitants have some form of disability, but HIV prevention campaigns have so far ignored the fact that young disabled people are also at risk of infection. The Ministry of Health has put the number of HIV-positive handicapped Mozambicans at around 324,000.

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GritTV discusses gender in wake of Amanda Simpson appointment.

Naomi Clark, Julia Serrano & Jules Rosskam join Laura Flanders discuss the impact of gender identity in the public discourse. 

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Straight for Equality: Advice column contest

I received an email from a Facebook group that I follow.  The group, Straight for Equality is focused on building understanding and advocacy among "straight" identified persons in their relations with LGBT communities and individuals.

One of their staff received an advice column type of request.  She posted it to their facebook community.  Many folks have posted their responses on Straight for Equality's fb page.  I replied by email and I don't know if anyone else did.  The instructions state that responses should be posted at their discussion board, so I suggest you do that at the very least.

Here is the letter from Straight for Equality, including the request from their reader:

Dear Straight for Equality supporters,

The Straight for Equality Facebook group is a forum where people can come to get support, exchange ideas, and connect with other allies, and it’s been a great success thanks to all of you.

To kick off the New Year, we have a special Straight for Equality challenge for you. As you know, it’s not always easy being an ally; many people have questions and need to overcome some barriers when it comes to being an out and proud ally to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

We recently received a question from a budding straight ally who wrote to us looking for help, and we thought that you all would be the perfect people to respond to him. So here is your challenge: the person with the best response to the question below will have their message featured on the Straight for Equality Facebook page and they will receive a special Straight for Equality Gift Pack, as well as the respect and admiration of your fellow allies.

To submit a response, go to the discussion boards and post your response under the topic “Ask an Ally January 2010” before January 20. If your response is selected as the best answer to the question, we’ll e-mail you and ask for your mailing address so you can receive your prize!

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Why Women's Reproductive Freedom Ensures Our Survival

By Kavita N. Ramdas*

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 8, 2010 (IPS) - Fifteen years ago in Beijing, then first lady, Hillary Clinton, stated firmly, "Women's rights are human rights."  Today, after eight years of non-existent U.S. support for women's reproductive rights, Secretary of State Clinton is reviving women's hopes around the globe by affirming the Obama Administration's support for the International Conference on Population and Development Action Plan.

This historic agreement, signed by 180 nations in Cairo in 1994, outlined a visionary 20-year strategy for making family planning universally available by 2015.

The Cairo declaration saw women's human rights take a quantum leap forward. For the first time, a global consensus acknowledged that the empowerment and economic independence of women and education of girls were integral to meeting global population and development goals. It was the first time that an international document clearly stated that women had the right to determine their own reproduction. Principle 4 of the Action Plan states: "ensuring women's ability to control their own fertility, is a cornerstone of population and development-related programmes."

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New Project: Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education

Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) has received a grant from the European Commission European fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals to implement a transnational project entitled “Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education – Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange”.  The project has a duration of 18 months.

Project Partners:

  1. Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities (CREA)  – University of Barcelona (Spain)
  2. Centre for Rights, Equalities and Social Justice (CRESJ)- Institute of Education, University of London (UK)
  3. Department of Sociology- Panteion University, Athens (Greece)
  4. Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER)- University of Malta, (Malta)

Aims and objectives:

The main aim of the project is to explore how the intersection of gender and ethnic stereotyping produces forms of exclusion and marginalization as experienced by young migrant women in the context of secondary education, and to identify the gaps between mainstream integration measures and young migrant women’s needs using a critical gender perspective.  The project also aims to develop policy recommendations aimed at improving the quality of existing structures and services in the educational context to reflect the different needs of young migrant women.

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How Do Transgender People Suffer from Discrimination?

This is posted at HRC's website and I think it bears repeating.

Workplace discrimination. As in all forms of employment discrimination, transgender people may experience bias during application, employment, promotion and/or termination. An employee may experience gender identity-based discrimination upon coming out as transgender, transitioning on the job, discovery of their birth sex or even mere suspicion of transgender status.

For example, suppose an individual named Mario interviews for a job. The interview goes well and he expects a call back from his prospective employer. However, upon reviewing Mario’s job history, the employer finds out that his former name was Maria and, being unfamiliar with the legal processes associated with changing one’s name and sex, the prospective employer suspects Mario of fraud. He then asks Mario invasive and illegal medical questions, says he thinks Mario is mentally ill and in the end, refuses to hire him.

Repeated instances of this kind of prejudice result in chronic unemployment and underemployment for many transgender people, especially those who do not pass well in their new gender.

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Have Women Done It?

Economist Nancy Folbre on women in the work force now that women make up over half of all workers in the United States.

We may not be able to answer that question for a while. As my fellow Economix blogger Casey Mulligan points out, payroll data show that jobs held by women have declined less than jobs held by men in the current recession, as well as in previous ones.

But there are important differences between payroll jobs, total employment and the labor force. The payroll jobs (as assessed by the Current Employment Survey) do not include many agricultural jobs or the self-employed, categories dominated by men. And the labor force includes those seeking work as well as those currently employed.

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Risky Thinking: The Implications of Sex and Gender Minority Advocacy

(My apologies for self-quoting so much here, but this article brings together some threads made before, and therefore need to be linked)

We're experiencing an interesting moment, even if it sometimes brings heavier negative $#!t than we've ever expected.  As a transsexual during the societal coming-out of transsexuality, it's kind of one of those rare glimpses within the split second of the rite of passage from obscurity to awareness.  Of course, it's longer than a split second relative to our own lives -- gays and lesbians made this transition in the early 1970s and are still not completely past the repercussive effect -- but it's still a moment on the cusp of a revolution, where we can look forward at those who trod the path toward acceptance, and then back at those who hide in the shadows, wishing to follow.

At this moment, several different subcommunities are self-defining to the point of excluding others, sometimes vilifying and refusing to associate with them, all in the name of determining their own identity.  We've seen it before, I detailed a lot of how the transsexual vs. transgender rifts forming mimic the self-defining-to-exclusion that occurred in other minority groups in "Rocky Horror and the Holy Grail" and won't reopen that here.  But one thing I've kept hearing is about how trans is the "last great unprotected minority" and that kind of thinking boggles my mind.  Because in stepping back and looking at this from a perspective of sex and gender minorities, it seems to me that we are only just starting to come out.  And if we can't learn from those previous mistakes, we risk repeating the mistakes of the past in a tragic way.

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