Update: Here are a few updated links to my blog post, and my freebies, over at Queertown Abbey.
Between May 18th and 24th LGBTI web site and information center Queertownabbey.com is celebrating a one year anniversary. There will be online swag and commentary posts to celebrate, which is MOST important in this age of all things cyber and digital for those of you who can't afford get away to conferences and events...or just don't want to get away for those things because you have lives, kids, jobs, an active social life, or whatever the case may be. It's really the kind of event of the future and I think sometimes we fail to realize we're actually making cyber history right now, today, with events like the one being held at Queertown Abbey.
In any event, this is from the main web site.
Today marks Queer Town Abbey’s one year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been one year already since I started up Queer Town Abbey
I want to thank each and every one of you who have helped, encouraged, praised and supported me through this last year !
I have learned so much and am learning more and more everyday.
I have met some amazing people and for that I am so thankful.
I am offering a giveaway to celebrate.
To enter all you need to do is leave a comment, and if you want a second chance, you can like Queer Town Abbey on Facebook.
Last week an author I know asked me if I thought things like this were worth while. Without hesitation, I said they were not only worth while, but I love doing them. I'm still kicking myself for missing the Hop for Homophobia and Transphobia last week.
I'll update with links about this more as I get them. There's a time difference and the 19th post is not up yet. But right now all you need to know is at the link above to keep looking for more.
Fighter Supports Gays
A well known fighting champion, Joseph Benavidez, recently said he not only supports gays but wants to see a gay guy beat the shit out of someone.
Benavidez said he would welcome a gay athlete into the sport, as it would be a way of breaking down barriers.
‘It would be cool to see a gay guy just beat the shit out of somebody’ he said. ‘I think that would be that much cooler. Busting a stereotype.’
Without commenting in detail, there are a few people I would love to see a gay guy beat the shit out of, too.
There's a photo of Benavidez.
Andrew Garfield Trans Woman "We Exist"
Andrew Garfield from Spiderman fame did a music video, We Exist, as a trans woman.
Hollywood actor Garfield stars as the troubled trans woman in the emotionally-charged video released 16 May.
The song We Exist, which will be the third single from the Canadian rock group’s album Reflektor, has been championed as a new LGBT anthem.
In the video, Garfield’s character starts by shaving his head and agonizing over his clothes before heading out in full drag.
There's a photo of him as a trans woman and more information at the link below.
I'm finding myself drawn to articles and videos like this more and more these days, and a good deal of this is has to do with the discussion about the word "tranny." As I've stated in previous posts, I've never used the word myself and never cared for use of that word. But at the time I wrote those posts I think I was acting more politically correct than fully understanding why I don't use it. I don't know if this makes sense, but I think I'm really starting to get why words like that offend and hurt trans people...and not just because I'm trying to be politically correct. It really is all about equality, and dignity for everyone in the LGBTI community, not just a select few with loud voices.
I've heard the argument that the word tranny is part of gay culture in some LGBTI circles and they see nothing wrong with it. But it's not a strong argument, especially as gay culture evolves. I doubt that if we stop using that word anyone in those circles will be hurt. If we continue to use that word there's no doubt that some people will get hurt. That's not a difficult decision for me to make.
You can read more here.
It's a highly compelling video, and I think far more important than the what actors like Seth Rogen and James Franco have been doing with campy drag. What they did was funny at first, but it's tired now. And videos like this make the real statements.
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