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Men's Group Champions "Diverse Masculinities"

By Dalia Acosta

HAVANA, Sep 22, 2010 (IPS) - Men representing an array of sexual identifications have organised in Cuba to defend sexual rights and promote respect for "other masculinities," with the belief that greater visibility is needed to achieve true social change and acceptance.

Hombres por la Diversidad (HxD, Men for Diversity), a group "for the right to free sexual identity," promotes social transformation and "works along the lines of education and advocacy for sexual and reproductive rights," coordinator Alberto Roque told IPS.

HxD stands out in this socialist-run Caribbean nation for spreading the human rights focus to other associations and groups dealing with related issues.

The group tries to maintain a balance between the institutional world and autonomy, which can be a challenge for citizen initiatives in Cuba.

Although it has offices at the government's National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), making the most of "organisational support and space provided by the institution," HxD maintains its own objectives, said Roque.

The immediate goals, he went on, are to consolidate as an organisation, become a presence on Internet-based social networks, participate in the annual events of International Day Against Homophobia (May 17), and organise a national symposium on sexual rights, which would involve individuals and groups with similar aims.

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The ethos of the erodome

For those confused by the narrative structure of this series, currently I’m alternating between describing some of what I experienced in Black Rock City, also called Burning Man, and a story that I heard there. The story was so rich as to be an experience, and a woman named Lucille was involved in both. One does not meet that many young women who are authentically open rather than reckless about their sexuality, so she was something of a true example. As one of her peers familiar with the occult described her, she was the living incarnation of Venus on the playa.

As for myself: the existence of the erodome offered me opportunities to explore; that’s where these photos (such as the one above) were taken, though I only did one photo session there. The erodome was a large, white geodesic dome, with several air mattresses, a thing called the Monkey Rocker (a mechanical selfucking device – google it, it’s very cool), a safer sex station with condoms, lube, wipes and so forth, and a magnificent oval mirror I brought from Reno.

And there were some beanbag chairs placed randomly in the space. The ethos of the erodome was, anything goes, at any time; be cool with people; have fun. Our camp, Poly Paradise, had an erotic theme, and I think that we all assumed that basic group sex boundaries were part of what most people brought in with them. Basically, those boundaries are: mind your distance until you’re invited; if you feel an opening, ask. Group sex requires both surrender and restraint.

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UNC 2010 symposium: Sexually Explicit Speech and the First Amendment

FIRST AMENDMENT LAW REVIEW presents its eighth annual symposium

Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Keynote: Larry Flynt, Publisher of Hustler magazine and founder of Larry Flynt Publications

Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.*

Location: Great Hall, UNC Student Union

Moderators: Clay Calvert, Professor and Brechner Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida, and Robert Richards, John and Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies at Penn State University.

*Tickets are required for this session only

Free tickets available beginning Feb. 1 at the Student Union Box Office

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Call for Writers: AQSAzine Issue #3: My Islam

Dear friends, lovers, sisters, allies, revolutionaries

Submit and spread the word about the AQSAzine Issue #3 MY ISLAM "because Allah gave you the right to figure it out"


Because you’ve asked the question “what is my Islam and what does it mean to me?” Because you constantly explore it, navigate it, confront it, take it apart, or reject it. Because you’ve been excluded from it. Because you hold it close, embrace it, own it. Because you’ve been attacked for believing in it. Because you are tired of defending and defining it.
Because you feel Islam has been used misused and abused, helping some gain illegitimate power and others rationalize oppression. Because you feel that despite this, it is a quest for humanity and peace of mind, body, soul that is at its core.
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Axis Dance Company 2009 Performance

November 6-8th Home Season. Buy your tickets today!

“The artistry is stunning: lines and imagery that push the boundaries of dance.” – Best of the East Bay Dance Troupe 2009. Diablo Magazine

World premiere by choreographer David Dorfman, composers Albert Matthias & Michael Wall, Vessel by Alex Ketley/poet Carol Snow, Terre Brune by Sonya Delwaide/composer Joan Jeanrenaud and Air Mail Dances by Remy Charlip / AXIS Dance Company / composer Caroline Penwarden.


Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street (between 14th and 17th streets) Oakland, CA
Close to BART and plenty of parking

November 6th – 7th, Fri –Sat at 8pm
November 8th Sun at 2pm
Tickets Fri - Sat: $22 general, $20 students, seniors and disabled, $14 youth 17 years and under. Sun, November 8h is Target Family Performance and Gala! Same show, tickets are $10

Box Office 1 (800) 838-3006.
Purchase online at
When purchasing tickets please indicate if you will be in need of wheelchair seating so that we can properly accommodate everyone.

Visit the AXIS Dance Company on facebook.

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QUE(E)RY - a radical/queer/arts convergence Oct. 10 / Chicago

oct. 10th - THIS SATURDAY
10:30 a.m. to midnight
ida noyes hall, 1212 e 59th st.

a FREE one-day convergence of artists, activists, students, kinksters, queers, and awesome kids to discuss, dress up, explore intersectionality, make art, share skills, and dance hard.

there will be FREE vegan-friendly lunch & dinner for participants!

Choose among 20 workshops led by students, faculty, kinksters, artists, and more. Some titles include:

Trans Inclusion within Gay/Lesbian/Feminist communities
Do Cylons Have Rights?
Criminal (In)Justice and the Prison System
Radical Collaboration: Photography, Political Resistance, and Genderplay
BDSM As Bio-Political Resistance
Erotica Writing

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SUBMIT TO CINEKINK! (NYC: February 16–21, 2010)

Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, CineKink NYC is seeking films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate the wide diversity of sexuality. We’re looking to blur some boundaries and will be considering offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, with works ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildly spicy to quite explicit — and everything in between.

Cutting across orientations, topics covered at CineKink have included — but are by no means limited to — BDSM, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, roleplay and gender bending, sex work and sex geekery. Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything celebrating sex as a right of self expression is fair game. (Far be it from us to define “kink” — if you think your work might make sense in this context, please send it along!)

Scheduled for its seventh annual appearance February 16-21, 2010, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will also feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, an adult industry showcase, presentations, parties and a gala kick-off, with a national screening tour to follow.

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Travel Queeries - What does it mean to be "queer"?

Travel Queeries is a feature documentary film that explores the life, culture, art and activism of queer individuals and groups throughout a selected group of European cities. 

Radical queer identity and community within contemporary Europe.

Travel Queeries focuses on exploring queer as a political identity in 21st century urban Europe, looking at how language and identities translate over cultural and physical borders. The term queer, sometimes used in the United States as a unifying umbrella term for people who are LGBTQI, is also used by a progressive youth movement and academia and has many varied interpretations when brought into cross cultural context. While once a derogatory term, queer as a self-identity has become a significant political moniker in the international context for those living outside sexuality and gender norms.

The film has an amazing collection of COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS working with photography, drawing, painting, video art, animation and additional event footage, mostly based in Europe.

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