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Coming Soon - "8: The Mormon Proposition"

8:The Mormon Proposition follows the story of many LGBT citizens seeking marriage equality and never-before revealed Mormon efforts to stop them. The stories of Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones, two gay Mormon men, are the marquis players in 8:TMP.  Barrick is the direct descendant of Mormon polygamist Fredrick G. Williams, known historically as the right hand man to church founder Joseph Smith.

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Trans/Giving's 6 Year Birthday Bash

Trans/Giving's Sixth Year Birthday Bash- Trans & Gender Queer Bands & Musicians


Saturday, November 21, 2009 6:00 PM


Join our beautiful and talented Trans/Giving community to celebrate six years of bringing you the best of transgender, gender queer and intersex artists in Los Angeles and the country!

Let us come together for one giant fabulous party!

Live musicicians, bands and DJ Nova Jade spinning an awesome set!

Alex Davis

Jara Matthews


DJ Nova Jade

Shitting Glitter

* Hooping Performances by Movers and Shakers
* Chair massage and healing by Pati Garcia (aka the Chula Doula)
* Zines/Chapbooks for sale
* Original Artwork For Sale
* CD's and Band Merchandise For Sale
* Screen Printed Apparel by Chinchilla
* Sex Toys by Cucci
* A raffle with prizes from Chinchilla, Cucci, Pati Garcia and other amazing prizes!

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Global South LGBTQI Sign-on Statement of Rights

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In view of the recently-concluded Twelfth Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the October 10-11 National Equality March in the United States, October 10 World Mental Health Day, October 11 International Coming Out Day, October 16 United Nations World Food Day, October 17 United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17 Global Action to Stop Trans Pathologization, October 24 United Nations Day, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on 1-18 December 2009, and December 10 United Nations Human Rights Day, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, transsexuals, intersex, and other sexual and gender minorities from the Global South through the Global South LGBTIQ Activists’ Forum drafted and are releasing the attached sign-on statement inviting the support of LGBTIQs from the Global South and the Global North.

Translations of this statement in various languages will be available soon.

To have your individual and organizational names listed in this statement you may email us at

Global South LGBTIQ Activists’ Forum

Equality and Justice for the People of the Global South!

Equality and Justice for All LGBTIQ People in the World!

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

And today, we, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, transsexuals, intersex, queers (LGBTIQs) and other ’sexual and gender minorities’ (SGMs) from the Global South and the Global North commemorate that message of Martin Luther King Jr. as we join our sisters and brothers in the United States and all over the world in marching for justice and equality in civil and political rights.  But more than marching for these rights, we LGBTIs and other SGMs from the Global South and the Global North are today also marching for our economic, social, cultural, and collective rights.  We believe that there can never be a genuine and more meaningful justice and equality for ALL lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex  and other ’sexual and gender minorities’  in the world if there is economic, social,  cultural and collective injustice, oppression and violence committed against the people of the Global South by International Financial Institutions (IFIs), States, governments, corporations and multinational-transnational companies from and based in the Global North.

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"Within The Body" Art Show & Benefit for GenderJUST


"in or into the interior or inner part; inside" / "in the mind, heart, or soul; inwardly"

"Within the Body " art show takes place on November 6th, at the Artist of East Bank building at the edge of the Bridgeport art community.  Performance art, installation, music, and 2d pieces from several emerging artists will be showcased. Pieces will be available for auction from each visual artist. Proceeds will benefit Gender JUST Campaigns.

"Within the Body" hopes to shed geographic and visual expectations from traditional gallery shows.  The show features emerging artists working closely with Gender Just and several local outreach organizations dealing with issues of gender and discrimination.

Opening Reception

November 6 from 6-11PM

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SIPD Uganda contests III World Congress in Toronto

As an intersex African and a rights activist for intersex children and people in Uganda, it concerns me greatly that convenings aimed at discussing intersex issues never have intersex representation - except of infants, who are paraded as specimens rather than human beings.

The time is ripe that a human rights approach is applied when addressing intersex people and issues and that we - as intersex people - are involved in these discussions and intervention strategies.

Intersex may not be the typical but how 'disorderly' it is, is a debatable subject. SIPD Uganda challenges the 3rd World Congress on Hypospadias scheduled for November 12-15 2009, to consider intersex in its entirety and to desist from painting a medically biased and stigmatising picture of the body politics involved in intersexuality. 

We strongly contest the live non-consensual surgical demonstrations of intersex infants as part of the congress activities.

Julius .K. Kaggwa
Program Director
Support Initiative for People with atypical sex Development (SIPD) Uganda

Physical Address: Plot 1, Block 342 Albert Cook Rd. Rubaga-Wakaliga.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 31762, Namirembe Rd, Kampala. Uganda.
Tel: +256 757386740.

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IFGE Announces Call For 2010 Trinity Award Nominations

Oct 11, 2009 – Washington, D.C., - The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being sought for the Trinity Awards – to be presented at the 2010 IFGE Annual Conference – The Capital Conference, to be held at the Hilton Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia April 22-25, 2010.

“The Trinity Awards honor our heroes: living transgender persons who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and love in service to the transgender community,” noted Yvonne Cook-Riley, Awards Committee Chair. 

“Participation across the entire transgender community, its allies and friends, is essential to the awards-nominating process, and we hope to see everyone at the awards ceremony at the Capital Conference next April, “ Cook-Riley continued.

 Video from IFGE 2008...

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"Two Spirits" World Premier, Nov. 21

Two Spirits, the documentary directed by Lydia Nibley and produced by Say Yes Quickly Productions, will have its world premiere on Saturday, November 21 at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

The film will screen at 12:30 p.m. in the 520-seat King Center Concert Hall on the University of Colorado at Denver’s downtown Auraria campus. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and reception, and the event will be hosted by the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Fred Martinez was nádleehí—someone who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits—a special gift according to his traditional Navajo culture. But his determination to express his truest identity tragically cost him his life.  At age sixteen, he was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was murdered in Cortez, Colorado.

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Taking Stock

Do homosexual couples in Malaysia live in fear?  We talk to Pang Khee Teik and Jerome Kugan, co-organisers of Seksualiti Merdeka 2009: Our bodies, our rights.

If you ask me who I’m really afraid of, I am most afraid of gay men,” says Pang Khee Teik.  It’s a startling confession coming from the 36-year-old arts programme director of the Annexe Gallery, who had just days before organised the second annual Seksualiti Merdeka, an event aimed at affirming sexuality rights that first started in 2008.

Pang is not afraid of all gay men, however; just those who have given up exercising their rights to express their sexuality, and urging others to do the same.

“Some gay men feel that by being visible and out there, we are being crass.  Others believe that being gay is a test of God and those who give in to their desires have failed.  Some gay men said life is unfair anyway, so we should just put up and shut up.”

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Natural disasters from a gender perspective

By Indraswari,  Kuala Lumpur

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Sumatra, leading to massive destruction in the provincial capital Padang and surrounding areas. More than 800 people are confirmed dead and thousands missing.

Earlier, on Thursday, Sept. 3, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck West Java. At least 57 people were killed, 116 severely injured and 422 left with minor injuries from the powerful quake centered off the coast of Tasikmalaya that was also felt in Jakarta, Lampung and Bali (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 4, 2009).

The above earthquakes are neither the first nor the last ones in Indonesia, as scientists warn that Indonesians must prepare for strong earthquakes in the future.

In fact, human beings have been at the mercy of natural disasters since the beginning of time.

The last two earthquakes as well as other natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, droughts and famine remind us of how vulnerable we are.

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Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change - 19-October / Channel 4

Bodyshock: Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change

19 October 2009, 9pm (Belfast)

[Broadcasting in Ireland and then viewable online]

As experts consider a review of UK guidelines for treating transgender children, this film follows a number of children in the US who told their parents they were born in the wrong body.

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