Calling Queer Artists Queertech.io 2018

Calling Queer Artists Queertech.io 2018

Art
Queertech.io 2018: Artist Call Out Queertech.io and Midsumma Festival are calling for digital and new media works from queer identifying artists. Be part of the ongoing conversation about #QueerTech. Curated by the Queertech.io artist collective and Midsumma Festival works selected will be premiered online and offline across multiple sites at Midsumma Festival 2018, including RMIT SPARE ROOM & LIGHTSCAPES. Now more than ever, queer voices are vital to a continued socio-political discourse surrounding representation in a digital landscape. Queertech.io showcases a broad cross-section of the innovative, poignant and queer-as-hell works emerging from diverse queer communities. Queertech.io 2017 included works from artists in ten countries and spanned video works, games, gifs, 3D models, animations and interactive works. After premiering at Midsumma Festival 2017, the Queertech.io collection toured nationally and internationally. Artists at…
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Anti-LGBT Schools Should See Financial Consequences

Anti-LGBT Schools Should See Financial Consequences

Opinion
It’s 2017. The fact that equality is still debated and the fact that it’s still an issue is unfortunate, to say the least. The secretary of education seemed to imply in May that she would leave the issue of discrimination up to the decision of the states. She didn’t improve much on her response when the issue was brought up again in June. Current federal laws protect students from discrimination of various types, though they’re slightly murky when it comes to LGBT protections. However, based on the other protections it provides, it’s a no-brainer that LGBT students should be included. The courts haven’t made it official, but the fact that LGBT marriage is legal across the country and, well, the fact that your sexual orientation/gender identity isn’t something you choose,…
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From Canada With Love: An Interview on Gay Marriage & Life

From Canada With Love: An Interview on Gay Marriage & Life

Opinion
On April 4th, 2009, Mary Heid tied the knot with her now-wife Karen Mapstone at a Victorian bed and breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada - right across the border from New York, where they resided at the time. Five years before gay marriage was made legal across the U.S. (and before most states too for that matter), they made the leap into blissful matrimony. It took a literal leap across the border to make it happen.   Mary and Karen currently live in Reno, Nevada, where they enjoy the comforts of a dry climate and a strong network of family and friends. Life hasn’t always been smooth sailing though. I recently had the chance to sit down with Mary, who is a close family friend and personal confidant of mine, and…
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Coming Out Pink Season Hong Kong

Coming Out Pink Season Hong Kong

Youth
Hosted by Pink Season 粉紅天 Pink Season is collaborating with The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong and Queer Straight Alliance with support from Goldman Sachs to discuss what it means to come out as LGBT+ in Hong Kong. Spoken in Cantonese we have got a panel full of experience from coming out at home, in education, and at work. 粉紅天與香港小童群益會及同直聯盟合作,並獲得高盛支持,與參加者一起探討同志在香港出櫃的意義。本活動以粵語進行,多位講者分享其在家庭、校園和工作場所出櫃的經驗。 Asia’s premier LGBTI festival, celebrating self-­acceptance, inclusion, and awareness through an exciting programme of arts, education, entertainment, sports, and adventure. We are non-profit making and the organizing team consists of all volunteers. Pink Season is brought to you by Hong Kong-registered charity Pink Alliance (pinkalliance.hk). 亞洲首屈一指的同志節,提倡對不同性傾向及性別身份人士的接受、容納及認知,活動性質包括藝術、教育、娛樂,以及體育和挑戰。 我們這個活動是非牟利性質,所有製作隊員都是義工。 「粉紅天」由香港政府認可慈善團體「粉紅同盟」(pinkalliance.hk) 舉辦。 Welcome to the Pink Alliance The Pink Alliance is a charitable institution exempt from tax under section 88 of…
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NGLCC Certifies 1,000+ LGBTBEs

NGLCC Certifies 1,000+ LGBTBEs

Business
After 15 years of NGLCC advocating for LGBT business owners and guiding the largest companies in the world towards more inclusive supplier diversity, they've hit one of their biggest milestones yet: 1000 certified LGBT Business Enterprises® (LGBTBEs). When we started on this journey, we hoped to make a difference in the LGBT business community and to stand up for the often overlooked LGBT business owner. With over 1000 LGBT businesses certified as LGBTBEs, we have incontrovertible proof that we are not the only ones committed to this vision. Our businesses are essential to the economic health of this country - adding over $1.7 trillion dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. We are thriving in every sector and in every corner of the nation because of your commitment, innovation,…
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Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute LGBT Leadership Conference

Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute LGBT Leadership Conference

Calendar, Politics
LGBT Leadership Conference – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is the national voice on issues pertaining to openly LGBT leadership, including elected and appointed officials.  Senior members of the Victory team are available for on-the-record comment about LGBT leadership and related LGBT news, trends, and developments. Washington, DC; Dec 6-9, 2017 The International LGBTQ Leaders Conference brings together hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. Attendees experience three days of training, skills building, and networking, and discuss key issues facing openly LGBTQ leaders and their communities. The 2017 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference will be held in Washington, DC from Wednesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 9, 2017. Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay…
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Trans Activist Buck Angel

Trans Activist Buck Angel

Trans
Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Buck Angel – porn star, trans activist, health educator and entrepreneur are just a few hats he wears.  He candidly shared with us his background and thoughts on everything from trannies to entrepreneurship to lube.  It was great fun and I hope we get to do more projects together in the future. When did you feel things were different? I had a great childhood.  I guess I was a tomboy, which my parents had no problem with and I was just Buck.  Occasionally, there were social events where I was supposed to “dress like a girl” but they were rare, and for the most part my parents just let me be who I was. Of course, this all changed with the…
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Support the Lavender Pen Tour

Support the Lavender Pen Tour

Community
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus  San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will kick off our 40th Season by embarking on a soul-affirming, life-changing journey! The Lavender Pen Tour will share SFGMC's mission of community, activism and compassion throughout the South, supporting our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and promoting acceptance and love through music. It is our hope that the music will encourage LGBTQ+ people and our allies to come together, provoke conversations and action around civil liberties for all, while raising funds for local LGBT organizations. Learn more: http://www.sfgmc.org/lavender-pen-tour/ The Lavender Pen Tour 10/08/2017 | Jackson, MS - Thalia Mara Hall 10/10/2017 | Birmingham, AL - Alys Stephens Center 10/11/2017 | Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Auditorium 10/13/2017 | Greenville, SC - First Baptist Church 10/14/2017 | Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium…
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Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference 2017

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference 2017

Youth
Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference – We invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and concerned civic activists to the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania to explore the possibilities of queering our world. This theme encourages participants to consider what can be done to make our worlds more livable for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQQIAA+ communities wherever they exist. Bloomsburg, PA; Nov 3-5, 2017 LGBTQA Community at Bloomsburg University  Through Student Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students, the LGBTQA Resource Center is committed to making Bloomsburg University a safe and welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied students. This is done through education, programming, advocacy, and public policy. The Office for LGBT Interests at Bloomsburg University opened in the spring of 2006 and became the…
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IVYQ 2017 Creating Queer Futures

IVYQ 2017 Creating Queer Futures

Youth
IVYQ - IvyQ dares to imagine a radically inclusive and explorative queer community beyond binaries and the LGB. We want to create interactive, educational, and individual-centered spaces where members can engage with speakers, activists, and each other to explore under-analyzed pieces of the self, others, and unrepresented queer communities. IvyQ is intent on making this conference an immersive social experience, full of hype, that is accessible to everyone. Financial aid for fees and transportation is available upon request. Yale University, New Haven, CT; Nov 2-5, 2017 In the midst of national political turmoil and direct attacks on all marginalized groups across the country, the goal of the IvyQ Yale conference is to resist through the act of community-building and education. The theme of the conference is “Creating Queer Futures,” and it…
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