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Call for Submissions from Lebanese LGBT Monitor: Homosexual Love "Habibi Mithli"

Dear supporters,

In celebration of our one year anniversary we would like to invite you to participate in our "Habibi Mithli" contest.

In June 21st 2009, the Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor was launched by Raynbow to keep you updated on the latest news of the Lebanese gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community.

1. Submit your art work that reflects the theme of the contest: HOMOSEXUAL LOVE.
Your art work can be:

  • Original or edited photo

  • Drawing, comic, cartoon

  • Graphic Design

2. Post your submission on our page by the deadline of June 21, 2010.

3. Your submission will be judged in two methods:

   # Number of "likes" your submission receives on our page

   # Voting by the 3 active admins of this page

4. Your prize will be any item of your choice from

Raynbow Fund-raising Online Store

delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

First prize: up to $50 USD

Second prize: up to $25 USD

If you have any questions, post them on our wall and we will respond in a timely manner.

The Monitor team

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Smalltown Girl

‘You leave in the morning with everything you own in a little black case.          Alone on a platform t

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Hack Gender: Call for Digital Works

(h/t @quietriotgirl)

Act quickly!  This is a new media / social media project on gender conversation and artistic expression called HackGender.  I just found out about it, read the call and am in love with it.  Visit the blog and subscribe to the RSS feed, like I did.  Love it, love it, love it. -arvan

A week ago, some people would have told you it was impossible to write a book in a week—or, if such a thing were possible, it wouldn’t be a book worth reading.  But this last week, May 21-28, Hacking the Academy happened and with it rose exciting possibilities for urgent and collaborative online discourse.  Hack Gender is a response to that potential but with a different framework: while a few submissions to Hacking the Academy touched on the questions of gender in academia, they didn't address the topic head-on.  With questions of gender and sexuality a "hot topic" and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy on the political forefront this week, it seems to be a perfect time to have a discussion. How do we reconsider gender in a digital age, where identities of all kinds are moving into open space--and, at times, being pushed back into the closet?  In a age of new media with so many forums for expression, what is the state of gender identity and where are we transitioning to?  Possible topics include but are certainly not limited to: gender identity, gender in the workplace, transgender, cisgender, pangender, bigender, gender and art, gender and the body (virtual, physical, race), and gender in the classroom.

Here's how to contribute:

To submit, either:
Post your work and then put the title and link up on Twitter with the hash tag #hackgender by June 5th at midnight.
Send your work to hackgender (at) and we'll add it to the blog space with your name and announce your work from the hackgender Twitter account.
We'll link all submissions from the newly created domain and build the site throughout the week.  When the first version of the site goes live, it will be posted to Twitter.
This project is co-moderated by J.J. Pionke and Anastasia Salter.  We are in no way affiliated with Hacking the Academy.  We do not at this time have any print publishers for this project: however, we hope it will emerge into a valuable conversation and online resource.

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Call for submissions: /Slant/Sex/ at Drunken Boat Online Mag

Drunken Boat, Online Art & Literature Magazine is placing a call for written work from all aspects of transgpersons' lives.  It sounds great.  -arvan

Decades after Women’s Lib and Stonewall, in the time of queer theory, gurlesque and “girls gone wild,” there are still aspects of women and transgender people’s sexuality that are taboo or discounted (the sexuality of older women and women with disabilities, for example, or a joyful transgender sexual self).  We are looking for poems, prose, and multimedia/interactive art that address these topics.

This is a call for bold, honest investigations of the sexual female/trans self that polite society has yet to fully embrace.

We particularly encourage submissions from women of color, older women, queer women, women with disabilities, and transgender/two-spirit/intersex/gender nonconforming folks.

Please submit through our online submissions manager.

Submission accepted May 15 – September 15, 2010

*By “women” we include both cisgender and transgender women, and by “transgender people” we include both transmen and transwomen as well as genderqueer and gendernonconforming people.  We reject the gender binary, acknowledge that people have multiple ways of identifying their gender, and seek to be fully inclusive of all women-identified and trans-identified people in this call.

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Do I Owe Everything I am to The Internet?

 When I attempt to reflect upon my relationship with the Internet and the way it seems to seize me, my intellect is occluded by a profound and impenetrable shame.

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The Singularity and the Methuselarity: Similarities and Difference

Biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey, CSO of the SENS Foundation, on the similarities and differences between the Singularity and the concept of longevity escape velocity.

Aubrey de Grey at Singularity Summit 2009 -- The Singularity and the Methuselarity: Similarities and Differences from Singularity Institute on Vimeo.

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There are Just no Good Muslim Women Out There

I shouldn’t take this any further. Apart from not being true, it’s a diatribe that obfuscates something deeper (just as the parallel, but unnervingly more standard retreat, "Where are all the good Muslim men?" does). The degree of intelligent, sincere, socially conscious, and admirable Muslim women I meet is staggering, many of whom in a previous life I wouldn’t have hesitated asking out to dinner to get to know better. Yet, I find myself simply put off by Muslim women.

I need to be honest; it isn’t just Muslim women, but the whole relationship process in Muslim communities that utterly perplexes me. I can’t help but feel as though I am wandering aimlessly confused through two concurrent tempestuous storms – that of the normal bafflement that marks emotional relationships between people, and that of the Muslim relationship paradigm, the absurdities of both obscuring my ability to progress to something meaningful.

This is exacerbated by the context from which I come. As someone who converted to Islam, the difference in male-female dynamics can be astounding. More than the physical barriers that I learned to adopt, it is the emotional ones that have proven the most difficult. Charles Blow wrote an article for the New York Times last year on the demise of dating in American relationships, where he described the dissolution of traditional dating and the shift to ‘hooking up,’ where you “just hang out with friends and hope something happens.” Approaching relationships from this background, and then inverting it to fit the Muslim experience that, even when it involves dating seems to be primarily focused on practical matchmaking, is difficult. It takes what was a personal, intimate, organic process and changes it into something that feels hollow and decidedly detached. I miss how things used to be.

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DESIGIRLS! - a film about being queer across cultures

What role does the South Asian LGBT community in New York City play in the life of A, who might never tell her family that she is a lesbian?  In contrast, what do Priyanka, who lives with her girlfriend and is able to be open about her sexuality, and Ashu, a DJ who runs Sholay productions, a social events group for queer South Asians, gain from being a part of this community?

Desigirls follows A and Priyanka as they negotiate their diverse and often fraught experiences as gay Indian women in New York.  While A is not comfortable with her sexuality, how is it that Priyanka, brought up in India, is?  The documentary explores what their varying experiences tell us about the role of minority community groups in a diverse and often fractured immigrant society.

Desigirls (part one)

Desigirls (part two)

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FPI sabotages transgender workshop

By Theresia Sufa and Indah Setiawati, The Jakarta Post

Dozens of members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) stormed a human rights training program intended for transgender individuals at a hotel in Depok, West Java, on Friday.

The program, organized by the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM), had just begun when dozens of FPI members forced their way (past police) into the room.

Nancy Iskandar, a participant, said after a coffee break at around 10:30 a.m, a number of police officers had come into the room.

The committee had then asked participants to take a snack break in the training room.

“Several people then suddenly banged on the door and shouted the name of God,” she said.

Nancy, who is also the head of the Transgender Communication Forum, said the group verbally assaulted participants disgracefully.

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What to do with a cadaver: our relationship to the dead.

Have you ever seen a dead human body?  Some day, we will all become one.

What will your body look like when you are dead?  How will it feel?

Real dead bodies are all around us.  Everyone we know dies.  Everyone.  That face we see in the mirror, the hand we hold in the movies, the coworker we beat or who beats us for a promotion, the person serving your coffee as you read this - we will all die.  Our bodies will lie still and the energy systems of chemical bonds, electricity, gravity, heat, motion and momentum will no longer constitute themselves together as a person bearing our name.  It will all dissipate into other forms which themselves will be no more or less noble until they too give way to forms that follow.

Hiding from dead bodies is basically a luxury item (and a delusional one, at that).

Whether or not someone actually sees a corpse depends largely upon the society that person lives in. 

In a society where people have no health care or hospitals, people die out in the open a lot more.  On the side of the road, in their home, waiting for a bus, in a store, out in the woods.  Poorer countries are often ravaged by war and brutality, which create corpses en masse.

All in a day's work.

In affluent societies, we take great efforts to keep dying and dead bodies in the hospitals, away from public exposure.  If someone dies out in public, an emergency vehicle comes immediately to remove the body.  Any mess is cleaned up right away, leaving no trace or indication that someone - a person came to that place and died.  In our anonymous societies it is very difficult to leave any trace that we ever existed at all and our death is no exception.

Any bystanders who witness a public death in such societies are encouraged to move along, forget that we saw anything and pretend as if it never happened.  But we do not forget death.

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