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free LGBT-themed films and curriculum resources [08 May 2009|03:43pm]

Thought folks in this group might be interested in a new project from GSA Network and Frameline called Youth In Motion.  We provide *free* LGBT-themed DVDs to middle and high schools throughout California (unfortunately, our grant limits us to California at the moment), along with fierce Curriculum Guides and fabulous Action Guides.  We believe that having an LGBT-inclusive curriculum is a key component of making schools safe and welcoming to folks of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

I posted about it on our LJ here or you can register directly on our website!

If you're outside of California, you can still order the films for your GSA or school -- they're only $25 each (which is hella cheap compared to most movies).  Visit our website for more info: http://youthinmotion.frameline.org.

Here's the covers from our first 4 DVDs -- you can see they cover a broad range of topics:

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New GLBTQQIA Community [12 Aug 2008|10:46pm]

Hi All!
I just created a community at
. It's for members of the GLBTQQIA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, queer, allied and asexual) community to make friends and discuss being GLBTQQIA AND disabled in any way, be it physical, mental, learning, etc. Anyone--be they GLBTQQIA, interested in the subject, or anything in between--is welcome to check it out and join. Be sure to tell your friends!
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no OM :'[ [31 Dec 2007|10:49am]

[ mood | calm ]

Its been so long w/o Outminds I'm wondering if its ever coming back...
but in the time being theres this other really great GLBT community
they're all really nice there.

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[USA] Invitation - Academic Survey (LGBTQ) [06 Dec 2007|02:48am]

My partner and I are conducting a national LGBTQ survey and will be presenting the results at a political science conference in New Orleans this January. I was hoping that you would consider filling it out and then passing it along to any friends/family/acquaintances who also identify as LGBTQ and/or posting it to your bulletin.

Thanks in advance!

Details below.......

You are invited to participate in an academic study examining the social and political attitudes and behaviors of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. As not much is known about the LGBTQ population in the United States, it is important to capture attitudes and behaviors in order to determine if there is indeed a distinctive culture that has the ability to wield social and political influence. Unfortunately, past studies have been geared on the attitudes towards this group, and not actually of the LGBTQ population. Because there has been very little research done in this area, your participation is incredibly important.

After you have completed the survey, we strongly encourage you to forward this survey to your friends, family, and acquaintances that also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


Or paste this entire link into your Internet browser:


The researchers conducting this study are a graduate student of political science at California State University, Chico and a doctoral student of political science at the University of New Orleans.

The survey is conducted online with tools in place to ensure that your answers are completely anonymous. Your identity will not be disclosed to anyone, including the researchers. Your participation is completely voluntary and you may skip any questions that may cause you emotional distress, or end the survey at any time by simply clicking on the End Survey link. There is no material benefit for participating in this survey.

Please feel free to conduct the researchers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this survey.

Anna R. Ball
MA Candidate, Political Science
California State University , Chico

Robynn M. Kuhlmann, MA
PhD Student, Political Science
University of New Orleans

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OM is down. [02 Oct 2007|09:55pm]

Hi guys,

From looking over the page that comes up when I try to load OM it appears as though the server is down. I don't know if Dena is aware of this or not but she is the one currently taking care of everything to do with OM.

I'll try asking around to see if anyone has been in touch with her about this and I'll give you a status report asap.
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[27 Jul 2007|08:35pm]


We're Darcy and Kirsty, and we've just published a book, Them and Us:

"Well-written and beautifully executed, the first novel by new authors Darcy Lee and Kirsty Park is sure to delight readers of all ages. Easy to relate to, the trials and tribulations of the main characters of the four friends will make this a book you pick up and don't want to put down."

Vicky, Sam, Amy and Katie are four teenage girls, floundering to keep up as they make their way through their teenage years. Struggles with family, friends, school politics, sex, music, german and hair dye try the girls as they mature and grow on their journey to adulthood. Them and Us is a story of four girls as they come of age and come to terms with their individual personalities, their sexuality, and each other.

Read a preview here!

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

Mods, if this post is inappropriate, please delete with our apologies.
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[23 Jul 2007|11:32pm]

Anybody know what's going on with Outminds or why it just suddenly crashed?
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US: Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn’t Clear [02 Dec 2006|11:22am]

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Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn’t Clear
Published: 02 December 2006

A five year old Trans girl in northern California plays with a friend.  Photo by Jim Wilson for The New York Times.
A boy, 5, left, who identifies as a girl, plays with a friend in Northern California. He began emulating girls shortly after turning 3.

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 1 — Until recently, many children who did not conform to gender norms in their clothing or behavior and identified intensely with the opposite sex were steered to psychoanalysis or behaviour modification.

But as advocates gain ground for what they call gender-identity rights, evidenced most recently by New York City’s decision to let people alter the sex listed on their birth certificates, a major change is taking place among schools and families. Children as young as 5 who display predispositions to dress like the opposite sex are being supported by a growing number of young parents, educators and mental health professionals.

Doctors, some of them from the top pediatric hospitals, have begun to advise families to let these children be “who they are” to foster a sense of security and self-esteem. They are motivated, in part, by the high incidence of depression, suicidal feelings and self-mutilation that has been common in past generations of Transgender children. Legal trends suggest that schools are now required to respect parents’ decisions.

Dr Kenneth Zucker, a psychologist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, encourages children to be content with their gender.
Dr Kenneth Zucker, a psychologist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, encourages children to be content with their gender. Enlarge this image

“First we became sensitive to two mommies and two daddies,” said Reynaldo Almeida, the director of the Aurora School, a progressive private school in Oakland. “Now it’s kids who come to school who aren’t gender typical.”

The supportive attitudes are far easier to find in traditionally tolerant areas of the country like San Francisco than in other parts, but even in those places there is fierce debate over how best to handle the children.

Cassandra Reese, a first-grade teacher outside Boston, recalled that fellow teachers were unnerved when a young boy showed up in a skirt. “They said, ‘This is not normal,’ and, ‘It’s the parents’ fault,’ ” Ms Reese said. “They didn’t see children as sophisticated enough to verbalise their feelings.”

As their children head into adolescence, some parents are choosing to block puberty medically to buy time for them to figure out who they are — raising a host of ethical questions.

While these children are still relatively rare, doctors say the number of referrals is rising across the nation. Massachusetts, Minnesota, California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have laws protecting the rights of Transgender students, and some schools are engaged in a steep learning curve to dismantle gender stereotypes.

At the Park Day School in Oakland, teachers are taught a gender-neutral vocabulary and are urged to line up students by sneaker colour rather than by gender. “We are careful not to create a situation where students are being boxed in,” said Tom Little, the school’s director. “We allow them to move back and forth until something feels right.”
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My daughter, my son, myself [22 Aug 2006|11:32am]

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My daughter, my son, myself
It would seem that the daughter we'd often joked was the son we'd never had, was really the son we'd always had.

At this year's Toronto Pride Parade, I searched in vain for a young man who last year stole my heart and redirected my life.

A year ago, I marched in the parade with the St Catharines, Ont., chapter of PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the first time I had participated in or even attended this empowering international festival of sexual and gender diversity. We members of PFLAG, easy to spot with our sensible footwear and clothing, wearing sun-hats, provided an amusing contrast to many of the parade onlookers and participants, especially the spirited delegates from TNT (Totally Nude Toronto) dangling their participles a few units behind us.

The life path that took me to this in-your-face street party was one that I never would have imagined almost three years earlier. But at that time, our firstborn child, whom we had loved as a daughter for 18 years, gathered up astonishing courage to disclose that he'd believed since pre-school that he was male.

It would seem that this daughter, whom we'd often joked was the son we'd never had, was really the son we'd always had.

Our son's exit from his closet changed nothing. And it changed everything.
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US: Son of a preacher man [22 Aug 2006|08:36am]

Please cross-post wherever you like, particularly if you're a member of any Christian communities/lists/whatever.


Son of a preacher man
Kevin Jennings grew up gay in a strict Baptist household, taunted for being a "faggot" at his own father's funeral. So why does he still believe Christianity and gay rights can coexist?
By Priya Jain

21 Aug. 2006 | The Southern Baptist Church that Kevin Jennings grew up in taught him that his very thoughts would ensure him a place in hell. The son of a fundamentalist preacher, Jennings struggled with his attraction to men from an early age. It's not surprising, then, that he has few happy memories of his childhood. When he lived in Lewisville, N.C., in the 1970s, Jennings' classmates tortured him, and he endured games like "smear the queer" in gym class. His teachers picked on him or, at best, ignored him. Even when Jennings found himself, at 8 years old, crying at his father's funeral, instead of consoling him, his brother just growled, "Don't be a faggot." Rather than closet himself into adulthood, though, Jennings grew up to found the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) -- a national organisation working to stop harassment in schools.

"Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son" is Jennings' memoir of coming of age, coming out and moving on, told without self-pity. Despite his woeful childhood, his story is a victorious one. Jennings describes abandoning Lewisville for a scholarship to Harvard; becoming a high school history teacher; and establishing, with his students, the first Gay-Straight Alliance student club (there are now over 3,000 around the country) before developing GLSEN. Along the way, he finds out that his family is not as close-minded as he expected: After Jennings comes out to his mother, she quietly starts a PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter in her small town.

Jennings, 43, now runs GLSEN full time in New York. Salon talked to him by phone about his crusade to stop bullying in schools, and how fundamentalist Christianity and gay rights can happily coexist.
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[18 Aug 2006|09:13am]

"I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe." --Richard Gere
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US, MA: Speaker's Training in Boston! [15 Aug 2006|08:22am]

Dear friends,

Greater Boston PFLAG invites you to participate in SpeakOut's Speaker Training on Saturday & Sunday, 16 & 17 September 2006 in Jamaica Plain (a neighbourhood of Boston). Please contact info@speakoutboston.org to receive the flyer and registration form. Forward your registration information directly to SpeakOut and tell them PFLAG sent you!

If you train at the SpeakOut training, you will qualify to speak for PFLAG as well. We are in need of new speakers! Particularly, parents of GLBT children.

Whether you are a new or veteran speaker, we are sure you will find the SpeakOut Speaker Training a rewarding and memorable experience.

Greater Boston PFLAG's Statewide Safe Schools & Communities Project began in 1993 with funding from the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. In the beginning, PFLAG parents met with high school administrators and faculty to share stories about their gay and lesbian children. Over the years, the project expanded and today includes anti-gay name-calling and bullying training for administrators, teachers and students in middle and high schools. We are developing an elementary resource guide in collaboration with GLSEN that has lessons inclusive of LGBT families.

Along with our school training, we've broadened our outreach to include religious, civic and professional organisations and corporations. We collaborate with community leaders to design forums that focus on LGBT safety. Typically, our volunteer speakers conduct about 175 speaking engagements per year with the majority of them in schools.

We hope you enjoy the training!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Greater Boston PFLAG
Pam Garramone, Executive Director
1781 891 5966
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LGBTQQI BOOK DRIVE! [06 Aug 2006|02:20pm]

Waltham House, an LGBT group home for youth ages 14-18 in Waltham, MA, is in desperate need of books.

We are looking specifically for books by, about, and/or for intersex, Transgender, and LGB folks.
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(You may also mail or drop off books to toniamato in Boston. E-mail toni@writeherewritenow.org for instructions.)
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US, CA: Prosecutors call for end to 'gay panic' legal defenses [22 Jul 2006|08:27am]

From The Advocate, 21 July 2006

Prosecutors call for end to 'gay panic' legal defenses

Prosecutors in San Francisco on Thursday called for limiting the use of "gay panic" defenses in criminal trials. On the second day of a two-day national conference devoted to debate of the legal strategy, in which defense attorneys claim their clients' crimes are justified because of fear or anger over their victims' sexual orientation, prosecutors said such a rationale is no longer acceptable, the Associated Press reports.

"The suggestion that criminal conduct is mitigated by bias or prejudice is inappropriate," San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris, who organised the conference, told the AP. "We can't outlaw it, but we can combat it."

Bills designed to counter "gay panic" defenses are currently pending in both California and New York's legislatures. They would require judges to instruct juries that a defendant's prejudice against his victim cannot affect their deliberations. The California measure, inspired by the 2002 murder of transgender teen Gwen Araujo, would also include the instruction that considering such prejudice violates state laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

But one conference participant — Angela Harris, a professor at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley — said that while laws against "gay panic" defenses would be helpful, the legal strategy will eventually lose its effectiveness over time as gays become more accepted into mainstream society.
(The Advocate)
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The original FTM Campout, Massachusetts style! [14 May 2006|03:49pm]

Raven Kaldera has set the dates for the FTM campout. It will be held 14-16 July at Cauldron Farm, in mid-MA. ( http://www.cauldronfarm.com/ ) Cauldron Farm is an organic working farm, which also has a lot of campsites in the woods arranged around a large field. Accessible to public transportation, with arrangement for pickup from the train station. Site is rustic, and not wheelchair accessible.

According to Raven at last year's campout, people under 18 are welcome, but must bring a signed note from a parent or guardian indicating that the parent/guardian knows where you are and is okay with that. (As annoying as this is, it is VERY IMPORTANT for reasons of legal liability. The campout is on private property and if your parents don't know where you are, Raven could get into legal trouble.) Contact Raven through the website if you have questions or for more info on what such a letter should have in it.

Inexpensive -- has been $15 in past years, with volunteer labour exchange arrangements for those who cannot pay that.

FTM-only -- of whatever embodiment, no gender policing.

Some workshops -- being arranged - got an idea for one? a desire for something you have always wanted to learn about?

Lots of free time -- make new friends, go swimming at the local pond (a crowd of Trans guys means no one will notice scars, or rash guard shirts, or whathaveyou) ... hang out in the woods, take time to design a transition ritual...or just sit around the campfire.

Great for new guys, and also great for long-term and/or stealth guys.

For a list of suggested things to bring, see http://tommytesto.livejournal.com/2682.html
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Calls for Submission: Distant Horizons [13 Apr 2006|08:32am]

Please cross-post as appropriate.

20 March 2006

Greg Herren is looking for new and established writers to submit work to his queer themed science fiction anthology Distant Horizons, to be published by the Haworth Positronic Press in the summer of 2007.

Stories must focus on either queer characters or queer themes. Think future worlds, this world's future, or alien visitation. Be creative, be original, and dazzle me with your imagination. Erotic content will not mean automatic rejection, but as this is not an erotic themed anthology, erotic content must be integral to the story and the characters, not the focus of the story. I'm looking for originality, strongly developed characters, and strong writing. Think Azimov, Heinlein, and Ellison.

Novel excerpts and previously published work are acceptable.

Payment will be $100, on publication.

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[09 Apr 2006|10:52pm]

Join it

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Phil Bildner's New Gay-Themed Teen Novel, "Playing the Field" (and it's a comedy!) [26 Feb 2006|08:48am]


I know I’ve contacted a number of you individually so if you’ve received an e-mail from me directly, or if I’ve contacted you through Myspace I apologize in advance.

I’m trying to get the word out about my new gay-themed, teen novel “Playing the Field” that just came out this week.

I’m reaching out to Gay-Straight Alliances, young adult reading clubs, teen pride groups and other such organizations because I think the novel will be of interest to you. “Playing the Field” is an over the top look at high school life, and the main storylines are focused around the school’s GSA.

Without question, the novel is already rubbing some people the wrong way. Because of the subject matter, some reviewers have refused to review it and some schools have refused to include it in their collections. Whatever.

To be quite honest, the language and sexual content is rather tame (comparatively speaking), but what adult readers are not quite able to grasp is how frank and evolved the characters are.

My intent was never to create the next great piece of teen literature. I wanted to create a fun read with a cool message of tolerance, and I think I did.

“Playing the Field” is available in stores (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, etc.) and on-line (Amazon and Barnes & Noble). I’ve also included a synopsis of the book below, lifted from the inside flap copy. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the book, please spread the word. In the world of teen novels and young adult literature, nothing beats word of mouth and Myspace!

I’d love to hear from you, and if you hear of others who have read the book, please encourage them to contact me as well. I enjoy the feedback...even negative feedback because that’s when you really know you’ve struck a chord!

Increase the Peace,

Phil Bildner

www.philbildner.com (we’re rebuilding the site right now so some of the links may be a little off)

Playing the Field:

"Insightful, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny…An inside-out look at high school sports."
--Pete Hautman, National Book Award winner for Godless

"Phil Bildner's screwball comedy sings with wit and originality and a refreshingly frank and funny exploration of bias and discrimination against gays. Like Darcy Miller's magical pitching arm, it sinks a fastball straight into your heart."
-- Tracy Mack, author of Birdland

All Darcy wants is to play on the baseball team, to hear her name announced, "Now batting, Darcy Miller," to play the field. Is that so much to ask?

Unfortunately, it might be. In a few short months, Darcy Miller goes from typical senior in high school to candidate for Jerry Springer. Her mom has started dating Darcy's principal, the very principal whose son Darcy happened to have started a huge flirt-fest with, now brought to a screeching halt. When she decides to let her mom go to bat (so to speak) for her to play on the baseball team, Darcy thinks things are starting to look up. After all, Principal Basset caves and decides to let her play. But he has two conditions that shake up her entire game: She must pretend to be a lesbian (WHAT?) and she must join the GSA, the Gay-Straight Alliance (WHAT? WHAT?), the president of which happens to be her best friend -- make that her ex-best friend, Josh. Okay, Darcy's senior year might seem complicated at first. It's not. It's insurmountably, unforgettably, and -- most of the time -- hilariously complicated.

But if anyone can handle it, it's Darcy. She'll do anything just to play the field.
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[20 Jan 2006|11:57pm]


Hey people, it's Serkan. I just found out about this Outminds LJ group thing and decided joining would be most excellent :-D I miss you guys! Feel free to add me to your friend's lists.

Serkan the Journaler
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US: Out LGBT Youth Needed for Documentary [08 Jan 2006|11:44am]

**Cross posted quite a bit - please forward along to youth that you know**

Out LGBT Youth Needed for Documentary

World of Wonder is seeking out LGBT youth, ages 16 and younger, and their families for a new documentary about their lives and experiences.

The documentary is being developed by World of Wonder Productions which is an award-winning, gay-owned production company which has a long history of producing acclaimed gay themed documentaries including School’s Out, an MTV True Life documentary on a gay high school in Dallas, Texas, Gay Republicans, The Eyes of Tammy Faye and TransGeneration which focuses on transgender college students and recently aired on the Sundance Channel.

For more information, please contact:
Chris McKim
World of Wonder Productions
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