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11th Annual Matthew Shepard March is now Saturday, October 17th

This year's Matthew Shepard March for LGBT Freedom was originally moved to downtown Chicago and slated as a protest against the Chicago concert of "Kill Gays" performer Buju Banton on October 1st.

Since we have been successful in canceling this concert, we have moved the march back to its traditional location in Boystown and Wrigleyville, with a new date of October 17th. Here are the details:

7 PM
Saturday, October 17
Halsted & Roscoe 7 - 11
3407 N Halsted

The annual Shepard March memorializes the 1998 lynching of the gay Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who came to symbolize the vicious hatred and violence that many Americans still harbor against LGBT people.

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Call for Papers - SEWSA: Cultural Productions, Gender and Activism

Call for Papers
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
March 25-27, 2010

Keynote Speakers: Judith Halberstrom, Marjorie J. Spruill, and
Bernice Johnson Reagon

Cultural Productions, Gender, and Resistance Theme Includes:

Culture, Globalization, and Transnational Activism

Art, Culture, and Empowerment

Cultural Work as Intellectual Work

Cultural Work as Political Work

Guerrilla Art and Guerilla Activism

Art and Social Resistance

Activist Art

Grassroots Organizing Through Arts and Culture

Pedagogies of the Oppressed

Theater of the Oppressed

Performance, Slam Poetry, and Politics

Thematic papers are encouraged, but we welcome paper proposals on all women’s studies topics.

Submit Papers Here

December 1, 2009

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Black Manhood, Same Gender Love & Civil Rights

Social architect Cleo Manago participated in a candid debate on homosexuality in Black communities, civil rights and attitudes behind Black resistance to affirming homosexuals at Al Sharpton's National Action Network's 2009 Summer Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Manago was joined by author/activist Kevin Alexander Gray and the National Action Network's Director of Health & Wellness, Tony Wafford.

This is pretty honest.  The panel asks people to be honest and to speak up, noting that there are a lot of strong judgments about homosexuality that do not get voiced.  Without being at all dismissive, the panel addresses the emphasis on fertility or 'natural law' as justification for treating homosexuals as different or 'wrong'. 

There's a lot of compassion and decency in this conversation.  Watch it and I guarantee it will get you thinking.


Part One:

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ACE Hosts LGBTI Dialogue With Human Rights Consultation

ACE Media Release, 10 September 2009

The Australian Coalition for Equality (ACE) today hosted a meeting between members of the National Human Rights Consultation (NHRC) Committee and representatives of LGBTI organisations. The meeting provided the first opportunity for the committee to engage directly with the LGBTI* organisations before finalising its report on 30 September 2009.

Spokesperson Corey Irlam said ACE was pleased to provide the opportunity for a dialogue between the committee and community representatives.

“This consultation has the unique opportunity to strengthen the human rights of LGBTI Australians.”

“For example, after 14 years of discussion Australia still has very limited federal protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and no protections on the basis of gender identity or intersex. This committee’s recommendations will influence change in this area.”

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We Are Everywhere: A Fiveway Review of A History of Bisexuality, Bisexual Spaces, Look Both Ways, Open, and Becoming Visible (Pt. 5)

By Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Jonathan Alexander

Will appear in Bisexuality and Queer Theory, a special-topics issue of The Journal of Bisexuality. Pre-published with permission of Routledge, New York.

Book Five: Beth Firestein’s Becoming Visible: Counseling Bisexuals Across the Lifespan (Columbia University Press, 2007.)

Last but not least, this review will consider the collection Becoming Visible (2007), which was put together for the purpose of empowering the counseling profession to provide health services to people like Jenny, Christopher, Jemma, and others, such that would help them actualize their ideal amorous configurations rather than make them feel guilty for desiring them.

The collection takes the lead from what manifests as the urge that most clients bring to a counselor’s table, rather than what the counseling profession at large might consider appropriate. As editor Beth Firestein announces at the onset of her introduction, “our clients are no longer coming to us because they want to be ‘normal.’ They are coming to us because they want to be whole” (xiii, original emphasis).

As a person who, in principle, does believe in psychotherapy, and who, out of a desire for integrity with her own chosen communities and identities, has practiced individual forms of individual therapy only in the context of co-counseling with members of queer, bi, and poly communities, co-editor Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio could not be more supportive of this kind of endeavor, and hopeful that the very serious studies and research contained in this volume make a significant impact in the profession of psychotherapy, so that more counselors are available to help people like her.

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Transform Arizona: October 16 - 18 2009

Uniting the T and the LBG

A weekend filled with entertainment, educational workshops and the opportunity to connect  and enhance the entire LGBT community and beyond!

An event to bring awareness to the specific needs and special circumstances within the Trans community, and educate all those open to gaining new insights and knowledge of this special group within the LGBT.

The conference weekend kicks off Friday night with our keynote speaker, Luis Garcia, followed by a fun-filled Variety show performed by Peterson Toscano, including hilarious excepts from Queer 101-Now I know my gA,B,C's and Ho Mo No Mo Halfway House.

Saturday you'll have the opportunity to enjoy hearing and learning from well-known speakers on issues within the Trans community, as well as attend educational workshops to enlighten you on the day-to-day lives of Trans men, women and youth. Speakers on Saturday include Donna Rose (Activist & Blogger) Dr. Rebecca Allison (, Allyson Robinson (HRC), and Kim Pearson (TransYouth Family Allies).

Speaker for the Saturday Dinner will be Arizona's own Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Saturday night brings another great performance by Peterson, this time with his play " Transfigurations- Transgressing Gender in the Bible".

Sunday morning, wake up to a inclusive and welcome service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, followed by an Outdoor All-Ages Trans & Allies Community Picnic at Papago Park, complete with an MC and Entertainment, games for the kids and adults, and the chance to interact with the many people within our diverse community.

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ACAS Bulletin 83: Sexual and gender based violence in Africa

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS)


This Bulletin began in response to news reports of “corrective” and “curative” gang rapes of lesbians in South Africa. These were then followed by news reports of a study in South Africa that found that one in four men in South Africa had committed rape, many of them more than once.

ACAS wanted to bring together concerned Africa scholars and committed African activists and practitioners, to help contextualize these reports. They wanted to address the ongoing situation of sexual and gender based violence on the continent, the media coverage of sexual and gender based violence in Africa, and possibilities for responses, however partial, that might offer alternatives to the discourse of the repeated profession of shock or the endless, and endlessly reiterated, cycle of lamentation.

To that end, ACAS has brought together writers of prose fiction (Megan Voysey-Braig), lawyer-advocates (Salma Maoulidi, Ann Njogu), poets (Chinwe Azubuike), trauma scholars (Sariane Leigh), human righs and women’s rights advocates (Michelle McHardy), gender and transgender advocates (Liesl Theron), activist researchers (Sasha Gear). These categories are fluid, since every writer here is involved in various activist projects, advocates in many ways. The writers do not pretend to `cover Africa’, and neither does the collection of their writings. The writings treat South Africa, Nigeria, Zanzibar, Kenya, Sierra Leone. They are meant to continue certain conversations, to initiate others.

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Introducing: LUZ Reproductive Justice Think Tank

The Luz Reproductive Justice Think Tank is a coalition of young women and transgender people of color and their allies from a variety of social justice movements who work to incorporate reproductive justice into their activism

Working across intersecting issues, the Luz Think Tank focuses on information sharing and skills building.  In its structure and approach, the Luz Think Tank strives to model equality, inclusion, and social change.  

A Different Vision for the Reproductive Justice Movement: A Documentary about LUZ Think Tank - Part One

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Call for Papers: Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State

Call for Papers
Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies
Special Issue 2010
Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State
Edited by Tonia St.Germain, J.D.
Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Gender Studies Program
Eastern Oregon University

Wagadu ( invites papers for a special issue on gender and law and have selected sexual violence and armed conflict as the topic.  Sexual violence has been a part of conflict since warfare began but research and scholarship have only recently begun to uncover its extent and complexity. Over the last twenty years, there is growing recognition in international human rights law and international criminal law scholarship of the state’s role in responding to wartime sexual violence. Legal scholarship joined ranks with the humanities and social sciences from around the world to interrogate how sexual violence has been executed, acknowledged, and addressed during armed conflict, genocides, massacres, and complex emergencies.

While studies of sexual violence in conflict have largely focused on women and children as victims, sexual abuse of men and its effects are important, especially their roles as soldiers, prisoners, significant others, and family members of those who have been directly violated. In addition, children born as a result of wartime rape have been overlooked in the research.

We seek submissions addressing wartime sexual violence during and after conflict situation directed toward:

  • women and/or men
  • children, including those born as a result of wartime rape
  • heterosexual relationships/family groups
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered relationships/family groups

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AWESOME: New, Support for Gay Marriage sign

Free for download and use. Print out BIG and post on your lawn, your car, at your church, and hold up proudly at protests. Make stickers! Let people know up front where you stand on this issue.


Let's get people to THINK -- marriage equality is in peril so long as NOM and the Mormon and Catholic churches continue to fund legislation that robs Americans of their constitutional rights.

If you take photos with this sign, please let me know. I'd love to see.

There are more wonderful signs here as well.

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