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Monday, May 25th, 2009
1:12 am
Come along with us on «Pride Parade» to Israel (from June, 6 till June, 14th)!
Friends! We invite guys and girls to take part in «Pride Parade» in Israel. It will take place on June, 12-th in Tel Aviv. If you have a desire to swing during procession by an iridescent flag of LGBT-community, partying on beach, join our company! «Pride Parade» in Tel Aviv is a grandiose and unprecedented gay parade on the originality. This event is accompanied with carnival show and performance of the Israeli superstars. Such as, for example, Dana International!
About 300 thousand gays, lesbians and bisexuals from different countries of the world will take part in parade! Participants will move on a beach disco after procession following on Tel Aviv. It will be a grandiose party on the bank of Mediterranean sea. And at night of gay parade it is planned and at all about 100 various thematic actions.
We have already invited the group of travelers from different countries – boys and girls. We wish to go to Israel the amicable and cheerful company. We will live in the big apartment of my friends. If you have a desire to join our company, write on constantine_23@rambler.ru
I will send all information on a trip – about where we will live as we will have a good time and how many it is necessary to take money.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
12:40 pm
Diversity Lesson 101: LGBT/Queer Little People
Little People like LGBT people are considered "freaks of nature", they get stares and people misunderstand them. In looking for resources for Little LGBT People, I found virtually nothing. I decided, to make an entry to educate people about little people as well as provide as much info as I can for LGBT Little People. It is my sincere hope that LGBT Little People can find solace, comfort and community and that they can begin to network and build a foundation and support system for their own sub-section of the community.

For more info and resources on LGBT Little People, check out:
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
12:25 pm
Might the "Bradley Effect" Also Hold True for Queer Issues?
Today's open forum is set to examine whether we may see something similar to the "Bradley effect" on queer issues in the upcoming election.
"The Bradley effect, less commonly called the Wilder effect, is a proposed explanation for observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some American political campaigns when a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other. Named for Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor's race despite being ahead in some voter polls, the Bradley effect refers to an alleged tendency on the part of some voters to tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, and yet, on election day, vote for his/her white opponent." (Wikipedia)
The "Bradley Effect" was a shocking dose of reality about the inconsistency of polls to determine how truthful people are about their voting decisions. It also went on to show the racial implications of the governor's race.

While it is now 26 years later, the notion of a "Bradley Effect" has resurfaced because Barack Obama, a bi-racial candidate is running for president of the United States of America. It is interesting to ponder whether people are indicating they will vote for the democratic ticket while in private will vote against it because of the racial implications.

I also wonder whether this can be applied to certain LGBT issues up on the ballot this Nov. 4th. There are marriage amendments in California, Arizona, and Florida this year. There is also the question of a constitutional convention in Connecticut and a ban on adoption by unmarried co-habitating couples in Arkansas. All of these referendums hold major implications for Americans straight and gay.

People opposed to gay rights often argue that they "have gay friends" or are "not bigoted against gays." It has become increasingly unpopular to be associated with "homophobia." Is it possible there is a segment of the population that claims they will vote against these marriage amendments and in favor of LGBT rights while secretly espousing another point of view to hide their own fear of being labeled a bigot?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008
1:57 pm
John McCain's Chief of Staff Being Outed Today!
Sources have confirmed to me that Mark Buse John McCain's chief of staff is being outed today! Stay tuned for more info!

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
9:30 am
Great New Community
I'm sorry if this isn't allowed. Feel free to delete.

Come join this great new community!

We are just getting started but we hope to make this into an active community that members can share all their discoveries about this city. We want this to be a place that you can come to find out whats going on, where the fun places to go are, and even meet some friends along the way.

Membership is open!

Sunday, June 8th, 2008
10:20 am
Things to do in Cincinnati

If you live in or near Cincinnati, and like going out, then this is the community for you! Come here and share local findings with us, and maybe even find a new hangout of your own!

It's a brand new community so help us get it off the ground!

If this isn't allowed I'm really sorry, feel free to delete!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
10:35 am
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
1:37 pm
petition on behalf of UC lgbt students
as a concerned alumna, i'm trying to make sure this is making its way around...

Monday, May 19th, 2008
9:34 am
Queer Liberationist or Gay Assimilationist?
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?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
9:39 am
Free Speech Where do We Draw the Line?
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?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
11:09 am
Introducing Queers United
The activist blog with action alerts for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, and Intersexual community!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
1:37 pm
hey . my name's michelle. i'm 15. whats up?
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
2:06 pm

Any gift you want...
You got it...

Click on smile !  :)
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
8:47 am
Support Coming Out
For any interest...
To Know Theatre supporters,

We have received very few submissions this year for OUT True Coming Out Stories.

If a story of an experience or can please encourage friends, family, etc to submit we could really use the support.

This is the fourth annual production of this intimate evening of storytelling.

Please help it continue.

Thanks so much,

Jay B. Kalagayan
Executive Director
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Support Coming Out

Pride is all year long

Celebrate National Coming Out Day in October

"And yet another closet door lies in shatters at the base of our family tree."

Submit your coming out experience

Forward this to friends and loved ones

Know Theatre of Cincinnati presents
The Fourth Annual
OUT! True Coming Out Experiences.

The Queen City’s best actors will perform the pieces on National Coming Out Day in October 2007.

"We cared for him in our parent’s home the last five months of his life."

Your true stories, essays, recollections, memories, poems, anecdotes, etc. about you or a loved one coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and the challenges faced.

"My relationship with Ron continued to grow and I finally decided it was time to tell my parents."

Authors receive credit (or may remain unknown), no pay; producers reserve the right to edit for length.

Most submissions (that are not poems) run 500 – 2500 words.

Please mail submissions to Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or email info@knowtheatre.com.

Performances in October dates and place TBA.
Monday, July 9th, 2007
5:09 pm
Who, what, where?
I have just moved to the city and was wondering where to meet people in the LGBT community. Any resources or ideas would be greatly appreciated! I would love to make some friends here my age (I'm 19) over the summer! Thank you~

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
5:59 pm
**WANTED: Wedding Photographer for Cincinnati, OHIO***

Ladies and gents: My partner and I are having our wedding/commitment ceromony on October 6, 2007 at noon with about 50-75 guests. We are having this ceromony on a modest budget and cannot afford the thousands of dollars it would cost to hire a 'professional' photographer. However:

Do you fancy yourself a photographer? Do you know an art student? I am looking to HIRE an amueteur/hobby photographer. I can pay you around 200 bucks for about 4-5 hours of your time on the wedding date. I do not need prints or frames or frills or photoshopped stuff. Just really good pictures. Portfolio or examples of your work is preferred.

Please email me at: jessicaandamyjoseph@yahoo.com
8:42 am
Animal Lovers Please Help
Hello everyone! This is a last desperate effort to save a VERY sweet puppy.

Yesterday while canoing I found an abandoned puppy. She appears to be a few months old and in good health. As much as I want to keep her, I unfortunately cannot because of my older dog.

But, this baby has been through enough and she deserves a loving home and owner. So, if anyone can adopt her, foster her, or knows anyone that would like to have her, please let me know!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
12:40 pm
Weekly D.I.Y. workshops this summer
Join the Dandelion Health Collective
For a Summer of D.I.Y.Fun!

Eight weeks of practical and enjoyable women's health discussions and
community gatherings!

Monday Evenings
6:00 pm

Village Green
1415 Knowlton Street
(Three Blocks East of Hamilton Ave in Northside)

Bring yourself and a dish to share!

Monday, June 25 ~ Meet women who are excited about taking health into
our own hands! Share your own ideas, skills, resources, books, videos
and zines! There will be zines available for purchase and trade.
Monday, July 2 ~ DIY massage discussion and demonstration. Learn how
to make your own massage oil! Learn a little anatomy and physiology
along the way.
Monday, July 9 ~ Discussion and resources on how to get the most out
of a visit to a doctor. Be bullied no more! Ask all the right
questions! Go with confidence and get what you need!
Monday, July 16 ~ DIY herbal discussion. Learn how other women prepare
formulas and herbs for many women's health issues.
Monday, July 23 ~ Discussion and resources on menopausing naturally.
Discuss herbs, essential oils, nutrition and other ways to approach
the issues faced by women in all stages of menopause.
(Even if you are not near menopause, you can still learn a lot about
hormones and how they work through all stages of life!)
Monday, July 30 ~ Discuss breast health and learn all the wonderful
reasons for parents to breastfeed!
Monday, August 6 ~ Introduction to the Alexander Technique. The
Alexander Technique is a form of education that is applied to
recognize and overcome reactive, habitual limitations in movement and
thinking. Those who practice Alexander technique can experience
improved awareness and descriptive ability, as well as improved ease
of movement, improved balance, stamina and less muscular tension.
Monday, August 13 ~ Yoga! Learn basic yoga stretches and breathing
exercises. Wear loose clothing and bring a towel or mat.

Let's support each other, learn from each other and build strong communities!

Call Jane with any questions! 513.886.5575

A donation of $5-$10 will help us offset the cost of supplies,
childcare and food. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

This series is open to women and transgender people. Childcare
available if requested a week in advance. The space is on ground level
although the bathroom is down a narrow flight of stairs. If weather
permits, events will be held outdoors.
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
8:24 pm
hey all,

I'm looking at u of Cincinnati for grad school (fall 2008). How's the area for transgender people? I'm FTM and would like to know about resources for transpeople and how the atmosphere for is for trans and queer people.

Thanks for any info!
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
10:42 am
Benefit Concert for AVOC Next Weekend!
This Is Our Country - Friday June 1 / Saturday June 2
Benefiting AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati

The final concert of our sixteenth season is just over one week away. "This Is Our Country: American Music Our Way" is the second annual Pride concert to benefit a local GLBT-community organization.

"This music is about the real spirit of patriotism: a commitment to freedom and equality that embraces all of us as citizens," said Dr. Patrick O. Coyle, CMC’s artistic director. "And it's perfect that we're at the Freedom Center, singing American spirituals and songs of freedom."

The show is Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, 8:07 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati. All seats are $20.

Special offer! 20% off your food before OR after the concerts at the Federal Reserve Piano Lounge (www.federalreservepiano.com) -- 101 W. 4th Street (at Vine)  -- if you mention CMC. Includes 5-7pm Happy Hour and "Nightly Lite Menu"

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