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Trans Bashing on Fox News Channel Over Isis [17 Aug 2008|09:21am]

Fox News (the gay & trans bashing network) can't seem to go a week without making provocative comments about the LGBT community. Click below to watch a video of Greg Jarrett anchor of Fox News discusses the upcoming show with Ian Drew of Us Weekly. Please contact fox and tell them to stop their trans-misogyny.

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Obama Pride - Video Collage [20 Jul 2008|04:52pm]

Collage of videos demonstrating Obama's commitment to the Queer community!
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[22 Jun 2008|03:48pm]

Hi there. I don't know if anyone still really checks this community, but it seemed like a fun place, and I thought I'd join and say hello. Plus, it's a lazy Sunday afternoon and what else do I have to do?

I go by a few different names, and since I'm pretty new to coming out as trans, a lot of people still call me by my birth name. Personally, I'm fond of either being known as Nik or Ghost. I'm 19 and currently living in Pittsburgh, PA. I go to college, and am hoping to make some sort of living doing photography. I read a lot, though I think I should read more. I've just started getting into comics like Sandman and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Music is my other love. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but mostly old school punk/goth and deathrock.

I am not on T, nor have I had any surgery. I'm not sure about either of those at the moment. What I do know is that I best identify as a gay male.

I dress in a curious mix of Victorian and deathrock styles, which seems to be extremely rare, but it suits me and I don't wish to change it.

There's a lot to me, and right now I'm feeling a bit conflicted in many areas of life. I'd just like to meet some friends who are like me, more or less.
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New to the Group [05 Jun 2008|02:09pm]

My name is Jakk, I am 17, and have been out for almost 4 years now. I used to bind everyday and I jumped through hoop after hoop just to pass to at least one persona day. About a two years in I just said screw it, I just need to be me. Binder are to restricting and I felt like I was trying to come off as someone I wasn't.

Now-a-days I just dress in what feels comfortable: a large shirt, shorts, and a dress shirt. My hair isn't a typical boys cut (not a good look for me) and is currently a 7" mohawk with a peach sign shaved into the left side of my head. But I am growing my hair out back to it's shaggy/curly goodness. I NEVER bind and actually gave them all to my boyfriend (who is also trans) so I couldn't if I wanted to. I still correct people on pronouns but my entire school (a whopping 414 people including teachers) has pronouns down to a tee and I introduced myself as Jakk, the yearbook says Jakk, and even my school ID says Jakk.

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Global Queer Rights - Take Action!!! [03 Jun 2008|10:24am]

TAKE ACTION: Tell United Nations to Support LGBT Rights Worldwide!Collapse )
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Queer music! [26 May 2008|10:21am]

[ mood | excited ]

Mods, if this is not allowed please feel free to take it down.

My band, Fruit Punch, will be on tour with Queer Control Records (a record label for queer indie/punk bands) from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA May 30- June 6. If any of these dates are near you PLEASE come out and see us and support queer music! We've never played the west coast before and probably won't get to again for quite some time.

I'm sorry for how large this flier is, I have no idea to resize it.
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More info available at www.queercontrol.com, click the link for "shows".

Hope to see you there!

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Autonomous Mutant Fest, Camp Trans, other fun summer thingies [20 May 2008|07:54pm]

Hey, are any of you going to Autonomous Mutant Fest and know how you're getting there?? (i think the URL is www.mutantfest.org) It's in Oregon in the woods somewhere i think. Wanna be super nice and take me with you? That'd be rad, and I'll give snacks or makeout with you or something.

Also.... Who's going to Camp Trans this August?!? I'm super excited to go to that too. (i think their site is camp-trans.org but i'm not sure. but they have an LJ community too)

What else is going on this summer that's fun? Especially in July and June I guess. I need stuff to do.

x-posted this will be, probably to queer_punks and i dunno where else
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Queer Liberationist or Gay Assimilationist? [19 May 2008|09:29am]

There are two opposing political viewpoints when it comes to advocacy and than of course there are a variety of more moderate middleground opinions that fall in between the Queer Liberationists and Gay Assimilationist camps.

Gay Assimilationists - This ideology is to make gay/lesbian people seem like average, normal everyday citizens in the eyes of the general public. They want to make the case that gay families deserve equal rights and recognition and they want what everyone else wants: a house with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids. Some Gay Assimilationists are not inclusive of Bisexuals or Transgender people because they feel these groups hurt the gay rights movement. This is not the case for all Assimilationists and many seek to include all LGBT people and create a sense of assimilation into the general society. Gay Assimilationists often seek to advance their agenda through corporate sponsorships and see getting big business and government on their side as a way to advance equality. The assimilationists strive to paint the LGBT community as being no different than the heterosexual world and just want to fit in. They want the rights to marriage, the rights to adoption, to serve freely and openly in the military. Part of achieving these means, Gay Assimilationists seek to tone down the sexual aspect of gay pride, they feel that sexuality is one component of gay relationships and seek to emphasize much more the loving, financial, community, and faith based aspects of LGBT relationships.

Queer Liberationists - This camp of political theory views gender and sexuality in non-conformist ways. They do not apologize for the differences of Queer individuals and do not seek to "fit in". They embrace the idea of "We're Here, We're Queer, Get Used to it!" and believe society must change to accept them rather than they change to mold into hetero-normative society. Queer Liberationists are often but not always concerned with Queer issues as they relate not only to LGBT people but also to capitalism, anti-militarism, sexism, racism and other aspects of social justice. They are less concerned with same-sex marriage, adoption, and don't ask don't tell. Many times but not always they are against the institution of marriage altogether, feel gays are liberated from the idea of raising kids, and are against gays serving in the military because they are anti-military to begin with. Queer Liberationists often disagree with the idea of corporate partnerships and having big business and government intervene in LGBT issues. Queer Liberationists do not seek to hide their sexuality and gender expression, they seek to embrace it and encourage what has conventionally been frowned upon as inappropriate.

These are two diametrically opposed political camps. Most people have various opinions that don't fall so heavily into one party or the other. Where do you lie and what are your thoughts?

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Free Speech Where do We Draw the Line? [13 May 2008|09:35am]

A few interesting and controversial headlines have popped up in the news and the gay blogosphere that raise some important questions. At what point is gay activism intruding upon free speech and freedom of expression rights? Freedom of speech and expression must be protected even for anti-gay forces, because if we don't have these basic freedoms it becomes a slippery slope and eventually we will not have the right to express our opinions.

I write this in light of some stories recently, such as a student who wore a t-shirt to school saying "Be Happy - Not Gay!" at a diversity event, who got in trouble. The courts have since ruled she is entitled to wear the shirt.

What about Crystal Dixon's case with the University of Toledo V.P. of Human Resources who outside the university wrote an opinion column denouncing homosexuality, claiming it is a choice. She has been fired under grounds that she mentioned she was a worker at the school and is now suing the school.

Finally there was the case at Smith College, where the College Republicans brought in Ryan Sorba who created a book called "The Born Gay Hoax" who spoke about bogus research regarding LGBT people. Students interrupted his anti-gay speech by screaming "We're Here, We're Queer, get used to it" the student protesters overwhelmed the room forcing Mr. Sorba to leave the campus and cancel his speech.

Youtube clip of the Smith protest:

What do you think about GLBT activism and where do we draw the line to ensure free speech rights, or is it okay to intrude upon the free speech of others when they seek to intrude on our civil liberties and spread falsehoods about our community?

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Voices against "377" Human Rights for Singapore! [11 May 2008|02:13am]

‘Voices Against 377 is a coalition of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) and progressive groups based in Delhi. It is a point of intersection and dialogue between various social movements that these groups represent, where a united voice is being articulated against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes private consensual sexual acts deemed to be against the order of nature.

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is cited below:

“377. Unnatural Offences.
Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

The law penalizes certain sexual acts equally. For example oral sex, regardless of whether it is heterosexual or homosexual; even penile-masturbation of one person by another – is considered criminal. Although facially neutral, the law has effectively stigmatized and criminalized a section more than others, namely same-sex desiring people, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), hijra, kothi and other Queer people. The law has been used by the police to intimidate same sex desiring people and has been a source of serious human rights violations."

Take action on the issue sign the petition:
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WTFTM [21 Apr 2008|02:01am]

WTFTM - FTM News + Culture + Commentary

this is awesome. check it out, and pass it on! :)
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Petition the British Government to recognise *all* gender identities. [31 Jan 2008|10:04am]

On January 15th I did a post on Genderqueer mentioning how I'd created a petition on the No.10 website, -So that all the British genderqueers and their allies can lobby their government to legally recognise the fact that *not everybody* fits perfectly into the currently available gender categories of male and female.

I've just recieved an e-mail from the number 10 petition team It said that my petition has been approved by the Number 10 web team, and is now available on the Number 10 website at the following address:


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LJ seems to be getting sketchier and sketchier [08 Dec 2007|02:19am]

x-posted: faggosaurus; queer_punks; alternatrans

So...Livejournal has been bought by a Russian company called SUP that allegedly(?) has ties to former KGB people.
LJ has banned some interests by removing the ability to search themCollapse )

More LJ sketchiness: Advisory Board plans, rules, etc.
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What do you all think about all this stuff?
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Art for Change [04 Dec 2007|04:54pm]

I've decided that I want to get my name change done officially, for once and all -- so:

During the month of December, buy an 8x10 print of any of my photos for $20, and help me get my name changed! All proceeds past the cost of my name change will be donated to the Identity Project, which provides funding and assistance for gender variant people in the Portland area to get their name and gender marker changed.

I'll be printing locally, so contact me directly with what picture you want (don't purchase through my DeviantArt page), and I'll get it to you well in time for your winter holiday celebration of choice.

You can view my photography at the following sites:

Give the gift of art (or keep it for yourself) and support the Identity Project!

The Identity Project is a project of Outside In. For more information on the services Outside In provides, please check out their website at outsidein.org.

(...and my apologies if you see this multiple times.)
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Melbourne: Upstart Alley IV - Saturday 24th November - with Ikochi (Japan) - cross posted [16 Nov 2007|04:17pm]

Come on down to the Northcote Social Club to witness the (not so) straight out punk and rockabilly antics of Ikochi all the way from Tokyo. This three piece outfit-with the gender defying stage singer/guitarist Chikako and death defying bass player Minato Kota-are ready to shake things up. With support from Melbourne's The Minority delivering their unashamedly daring, queer electro rock! More tunes from DJ Linx and DJ Aztek with the fabulous Roxy Bullwinkle playing host!

Upstart Alley is a not for profit crew putting on a range of events that welcome all you misfits who punch and leak outta the boxes and beyond. At Upstart Alley freaks and queers lurk in the dark corners doing dirty beautiful things and all the gender fuckers are dancing on the pavement, making their own meanings and building their own communities.

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Agitprop! Records isn't dead after all [23 Oct 2007|01:16pm]

Hey, Agitprop! Records is coming back to life!
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identities, labels, and communities [13 Oct 2007|11:54pm]

I have been wondering for a while but is there a term and community for men who consider themselves more feminine and are bottoms in a relationship?  I know femme/butch relationships are prominent but I dunno if there is an equivalent for men.  If not I would suggest femmen.  But seriously I know there is a visibility for twink and bear communities but I do not feel they are the same as f/b.  Also would androgynous men be andromen, or is there too much masculine energy in that term (andophilia is the love of men and polyandrous is a woman's marriage to multiple men)?   Would a male to masculine be  a wereman?:)
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Protest in DC on October 6th against ENDA betrayal [04 Oct 2007|08:58am]

x-posted a bunch
Protest on October 6th in DC over Employment Non-Discrimination Act betrayalCollapse )
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LJ Data Mining [21 Sep 2007|12:10am]

http://community.livejournal.com/lj_biz/242602.html <--- So, Livejournal's doing some data mining thing. I think it's sketchy, so I'll probably opt-out of it for this group.

What do you all think about it?

x-posted to alternatrans, queer_punks, punk_personals
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Places to crash in/near NYC, Boston??? [15 Jul 2007|01:00pm]

Anybody in (or very near) NYC got a place where I could crash on July 23 to 25? Or know somewhere free or really cheap where I could stay?

Any free / cheap place(s) in or near Boston?

If so, drop me a line please. ledd_bullet(at)hotmail(dot)com

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