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Interview: Nancy Schwartzman, Director of "The Line"

Have you ever been coerced into sex with someone?  Have you ever coerced someone for sex? 

If so, you may have had your line crossed or crossed someone else's.

For those unaware of the film, "The Line" is about a woman (in this case, the filmmaker herself) who is raped and her efforts to confront her attacker.  The film also examines our cultural prejudices against rapists and those who are raped.

The expectations and judgments we place on others and ultimately ourselves are examined and questioned as Nancy views the impact of cultural projections arising from gender, power, language and identity. 

Running through all this is the ideas of consent and communication.  Where, when, what & how a person speaks to indicate their line of consent / no consent and this place is "The Line" that the film addresses. 

We all know what we are comfortable with and have some idea of what we'll experiment with and we probably know the things we're not comfortable with.  These things can alter over time, but the issue in this film is when a person feels like saying "No", do they have the language and the ability to say so?.  Social stereotypes may inform a person that they don't have the right to say no.  Or, they may feel that they "owe " compliance to someone because they said "yes" before or some other reason.  Many of us will have different answers to the same situation at different points in our lives.  But, for many people their line gets crossed and they are left with no idea of what happened or how to deal with it.

This film is a great tool for individuals of any sex, gender, age or class to view as a means to understanding their participation in the rape elements of our shared cultures.  I recommend it highly. 

The target audience is people wishing to understand boundaries and consent.  It is also being appled as a tool for educators, sex educators, activists and organizations or people working with gender based violence.

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What will be the next violation of human rights in Indonesia?

First there was the Aceh Legislative Council that passed the Qanun Jinayat punishing adultery and homosexual conduct with stoning to death and caning. Then there was the Constitutional Court decision upholding the Anti-Pornograhy law that criminalizes homosexuality, and leaves room to criminalize sensuality violating especially cultural minorities’ freedom of expression. Finally there came the mobs attacking the ILGA Asia Conference participants in broad daylight of Surabaya.

On March 23rd the Indonesian police cancelled the regional Asia Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA) that was to be held in Surabaya through 26 – 28 March and was to be attended by more than 150 activists representing 100 organizations from 16 Asian countries. It is claimed that the police cancelled the conference due to pressures and threat of attacks from conservative Muslim groups, though in fact the duty of the police was to deter such attacks. As theinability of a state and its law enforcement units to protect the freedom of expression and association can only reflect institutional discrimination and systematic intimidation against human rights advocates.

On March 26th these groups did indeed attack the Conference participants in the Oval Hotel where they were trapped, having arrived in Surabaya unaware of the last minute cancelation, and unable to leave the city.

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The New Mythos Project: "tk" & Mia Mingus

"tk" Karakashian Tunchez sits down in a fun looking diner with Mia Mingus on the New Mythos Tour. 

If you like the sound of the New Mythos Projet, visit their blog.  You can find Mia Mingus' blog here.

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Call for Submissions: "21st Century Queer" (new 'zine)

Call for participants – please pass this on to other queer artists

Darin Klein & Friends Present:

Suzanne Wright
at Amy Adler’s Echo Park studio
March 27-April 24

Details at www.darinkleinandfriends.blogspot.com

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves

‘Zine submissions must be received by April 15

Queer Pile-up!

A one-night exhibition of queer LA artists on April 17

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves

A ‘zine by and about queer artists living and working in the 21st Century.  A resource for sharing information and educating ourselves and our peers. A guide to identifying, contacting and inspiring each other.   Not a visual artist?  Queer artists work in many ways, and all are welcome – I’m sure you can think of a way to contribute!

Mail me 100 standard 8 1/2×11” copies (black ‘n white or color) of text(s) and/or image(s) documenting or representing your work.  Limit one page per artist, please.  On the backside, print info about yourself and your work.  I need everything by April 15!

Darin Klein

1529 1/2 Rosalia Road

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Your work is done!  I’ll collate and staple it all together.  The result will be 100 ‘zines including all the submissions, released to the public on April 17 at the Queer Pile-up!

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"Transgender and Transgender-Like Veterans"

From Monica Helms

Friends,

This is my most ambitious video project yet.  It’s called: “Transgender and Transgender-Like Veterans – Part 1.”  Besides doing it in widescreen, I used several techniques I have only experimented with in the past.

This is a documentary of those individuals who crossed gender lines to serve their country, from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish American War. The video has stories of interesting people, like Deborah Sampson, Albert Cashier and Cathy Williams. It didn’t turn out too bad for what I had to work with.

I wanted to do a tribute to all of those transgender and transgender -like people who served this country proudly.  It was amazing what I found when researching the information for this video.  I hope you like it.

Monica Helms
 

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"We Give A Damn" - Powerful New PSA Advocating LGBTQI Teens / Runaways

Equality. Get Informed. Get Involved. Give a Damn!

That's the message from the new website: http://www.WEGIVEADAMN.org.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Cyndi Lauper, Anna Paquin, Elton John, Jason Mraz, Cynthia Nixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes, Sharon Osbourne, Clay Aiken and Kevin Alejandro all give a damn about equality! 

(Music by Keaton Simons)

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In Armenia, Gays Live With Threats of Violence, Abuse

By Marianna Grigoryan [Eurasia.net]

Two years after Yerevan signed an international agreement to uphold the civil rights of gays, homosexuals in Armenia still face the constant threat of physical abuse and social isolation because of their sexual orientation.

"When my parents learned that I was homosexual, they first beat me and then kicked me out," Armen, a 22-year-old Yerevan resident who works as a teacher, told EurasiaNet.org. "Even now, after years have gone by, my mother doesn’t let me in, and some of my friends keep asking whether I’m really one of ’those’ people."

Armen (not his real name) says he realized he was gay at the age of 13 when he fell in love with his classmate. He met his first boyfriend in an online chat room when he was 20.

"I introduced him to my parents as just one of my friends. But one day my mother saw me kissing him, and that’s when all this started," Armen said. "My mother yelled that I’d better be dead, and my brother left the army to come home and beat me. So I went to live in the streets." Armen now lives with his grandmother.

Homosexuality has not been a criminal offense in Armenia since 2003; two years ago, the country signed the United Nations Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, which asserts the right to equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation or gender. It has also ratified a protocol to the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms that bans all forms of discrimination.

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Call for Submissions: "Stalled" A new book on non-conforming gender

Working Title: Stalled
Editors: K. Bridgeman and A. Lee Crayton
Contact: stalled.the.book [at] gmail [dot] com
Submission Deadline:
December 31, 2010

The range of gender non-conforming folks is broad.  We are men, women, genderqueers, two-spirits, trans women/transwomen, trans men/transmen, intersex, bois, grrrls, butchs, faeries, FtMs, MtFs, tomboys, drag queens, transvestites, transexuals, queers, none or maybe all of the above.*  In a society that preaches gender as rigid, fighting for gender self-determination can be challenging.  For some the process is finite, traveling from point A to point B, while others wade continuously through the mire or transcend altogether. But despite the trajectory of our own personal journey, we all experience the polarizing demands of the binary.

One way these demands are evident is in sex-segregated spaces: changing stalls, detention centers, restrooms, group homes, homeless shelters, locker rooms, and security checkpoints.* These places can be hard to avoid, and interaction with them demands we make a choice about how we will present ourselves. With this anthology, we want to explore the sometimes difficult, layered, isolating, heart breaking, frightening, awkward, frustrating, challenging, funny, and/or queer experiences people are faced with in these settings. Stalled is a space for us to share our stories.

Gender-nonconforming individuals of all ages, published and unpublished, are encouraged to contribute to Stalled. We welcome submissions of all types: stories, poems, photos, art pieces; however you feel most comfortable expressing your personal experiences around sex-segregated spaces. Submissions should be non-fiction and based on actual experience. However, we respect the author’s prerogative to maintain characters’ anonymity.

*We recognize these descriptions are not exhaustive and to acknowledge that they are not intended to be restrictive.  We encourage and hope to engage a broad range of experiences and identities.

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Sexuality talks canceled for sake of ‘security’

By Indra Harsaputra ,  The Jakarta Post

Bowing to pressure, the organizers of the conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex associations across Asia decided Thursday to call off the event to avoid “unwanted circumstances”.

The police on Wednesday stated it would not grant a permit to hold the event, fearing protests from religious groups.

Poedjiati Tan, the organizing committee head of the 4th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (ILGA) regional conference initially scheduled to be held from March 26 to 28 in the East Java capital, Surabaya, said the committee has canceled the event as well as hotel reservations to prevent unwanted circumstances.

They have also notified some 200 invited participants from 16 countries, she added.

”Actually, it’s not the permit issue, but the police are still considering the security issue,” Tan said.

Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights, Ifdhal Kasim, said banning the conference was a violation of human rights.

“Holding a conference is a form of freedom of speech, which  is guaranteed by the Constitution,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said the commission had sent a letter to East Java Police urging them to ensure the security of the ILGA conference in the province.

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6th Annual 2010 Queer Women of Color Film Festival

June 11-13, 2010
Brava Theater, San Francisco

Festival Focus
Two-Spirits: Reclaiming Remembrance
Native American, Indigenous & First Nations Queer Women

The 6th annual QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL (QWOCFF) is a 3-day Film Festival, featuring 37 films in 4 screening programs, the majority of which are brand-new QWOCMAP films!

This year's Festival includes a focus on Native American, Indigenous, First Nations Queer Women and Two-Spirits; four Q&A sessions with filmmakers after the films; and a performance with Two-Spirit artists.
Please note that Festival Focus events are drug and alcohol free.

QWOCMAP Film Festival is eco-friendly - we recycle and compost for the duration of our three-day Queer Women of Color Film Festival. Please bring your REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE with you to the Festival and help us be even more eco-friendly!

 

Admission is FREE to all film screenings.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO ENSURE SEATING!

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