Queer Notes, July-August 2017

June 30, 2017

Queer notes on rejection of the Darlington Statement in Australia; first Pride celebration in Beirut, Lebanon, and one year mark of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

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Disappearing L

‘The Disappearing L’

March 17, 2017

Adele’s review of Bonnie Morris’ “The Disappearing L,” which takes up why the Lesbian culture of the 1970s through the 1990s is disappearing and what was worthwhile in it.

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Queer Notes: March-April 2016

March 12, 2016

The Pride Parade celebration in Mumbai, India; Transgender Girl Scout Stormi’s victorious sales of Girl Scout cookies despite those who would discriminate against her; and human rights group Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y Legislacion inspiring the Chilean Ministry of Health to grant healthcare autonomy to Intersex and Transgender children

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Blood-and-Visions cover color

To transition or not to transition?

December 10, 2015

A review of an anthology on the pros and cons of transitioning including intense, painful, personal stories of young butch and “gender non-conforming” (GNC) Lesbians who experienced great pressure from society, their own LGBTQ communities, and medical and therapy professions to identify as Transgender men.

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Contingent of Women's Liberation--News & Letters marches in demonstration for the ERA in 1977 in Detroit

Review of ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’

April 30, 2015

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a documentary of the women’s liberation movement (WLM) in the U.S., from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. Filmmaker Mary Dore used a wealth of historical news coverage to give a sense of the breadth of organizations and depth of demands in the explosive growth of the WLM. Activists, identified within archival footage—including women like Fran Beal of the Civil Rights Movement’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lesbian rights activist Karla Jay, and Judith Arcana of the abortion underground organization Jane—gave contemporary interviews interspersed in the film.

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Queer Notes, November-December 2012

December 13, 2012

From the November-December 2012 issue of News & Letters

Queer Notes

by Elise

On National Coming Out Day this year, youth in particular showed the way. Texas Tech University’s Gay-Straight Alliance members told coming out stories. People wrote their sexual orientation or gender identity on a door provided by the University of Florida’s Pride Student Union. Virginia’s [=>]

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Queer Notes, July-August 2012

August 8, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes, July-August 2012

by Elise

Brave were the marchers in this year’s Pride Parades in Warsaw, Poland; Riga, Latvia; and Split, Croatia. Heavy police protection was required at each march. While the Roman Catholic Church’s anti-Queer stand remains strong, an openly Gay man and a Transsexual person were voted [=>]

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Queer Notes, January-February 2012

February 27, 2012

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes

by Suzanne Rose

After six days of 24-hour-a-day activism, LGBT occupiers, activists, and human rights groups in Seoul, South Korea, won the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance, with all clauses in the original draft included. The draft that calls for non-discrimination against LGBT students as well as [=>]

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Pariah and Brother to Brother fire up Queer film

February 26, 2012

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Pariah and Brother to Brother fire up Queer film

Wherever the bird with no feet flew she found trees with no limbs.             —Audre Lorde

Pariah

It is audacious for Dee Rees to begin Pariah with an image of Black women that today’s film is all too comfortable with, a [=>]

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Expose demonization of Black Gay youth

September 25, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Expose demonization of Black Gay youth

From left: Benjamin Perry, Ed Negron, Darrell Gordon, Betty Akins.

Chicago—Editor’s note: News and Letters Committees hosted a forum in our Chicago office on Aug. 8 on the response within the Gay community to the Facebook page Take Back Boystown posting videos [=>]

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July-August 2011 Queer Notes

August 21, 2011

From the July-August 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes
by Elise

Students at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Mich., won gender-neutral proms. After Oak Reed, a Transgender boy, was nominated prom King and school administrators threw out the ballots saying Reed is technically a girl, students protested by creating a Facebook page, “Oak is my [=>]

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News and Letters panel on “Boystown: Class, Race and Public Space”

August 20, 2011

Here are links to some local news coverage of a recent meeting of the Chicago Local of News and Letters Committees:

Windy City Times: Community groups continue to focus on Lakeview

Gay Chicago: Panel addresses Lake View’s summer turmoil

Here’s the flyer for the meeting:
News and Letters Committees invites you to a forum on:

The panel of speakers. [=>]

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Queer Notes, March-April 2011

April 17, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes
by Elise

Transphobia is alive and well. Transgender woman Chrissie Bates was found stabbed to death Jan. 10 in her apartment in Minneapolis, Minn. She’s identified as Christopher P. Bates by the police investigating the crime. A vigil was held for her Jan. 21 by Queer rights [=>]

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Queer Notes, Jan.-Feb. 2011

March 4, 2011

From the Jan.-Feb. 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes
by Elise

The Bisexual Queer Alliance of Chicago (BQAC) was formed in autumn 2010, to raise visibility of the Bisexual community there—where we’re virtually unknown—to erase Bi-phobia and to work towards Bi civil rights. BQAC applauds the Center on Halsted, a Chicago LGBT resource center, for holding a [=>]

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Queer Notes, Nov.-Dec. 2010

December 5, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes
by Elise

Marco Melgoza, seventh-grade student, protested anti-Gay bullies. With his dad Jerry Watson at his side, Melgoza carried the sign “Bullying Is a Weapon” outside his Middle School, Desmond, in Madera, California. He has been called names and been physically attacked. Melgoza joins people from San [=>]

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