Posts Tagged Queer Issues

A queer-of-color reflection on Fruitvale Station

It’s been a couple of weeks since I saw Fruitvale Station now, the acclaimed film about the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland, CA man who was murdered in cold blood and in front of many witnesses by a BART cop back in 2009. I went to see it without thinking much about that decision; I knew it was out, that it was a film that addressed the endemic police brutality that people of color – and particularly Black men and masculine-presenting Black folks – face, and that I wanted to watch it, so I just looked up the showtimes and, with my partner, made my way. At the theater ...

It’s been a couple of weeks since I saw Fruitvale Station now, the acclaimed film about the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland, CA man who was murdered ...

Dream 9 exposing horrifying conditions in immigration detention

Last week, the Dream 9 crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in broad daylight by a border patrol station in Nogales. Their intention was to infiltrate and organize the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, as well as to petition to return to their longtime homes in the United States on the grounds of humanitarian parole.

The action has grown into a hunger strike to protest the conditions at Eloy, a detention center that removes more than 1,000 people from the United States daily. The activists claim that their phone use was unfairly restricted and six were placed in solitary confinement. As of yesterday morning, two of these activists have been in complete isolation for over ...

Last week, the Dream 9 crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in broad daylight by a border patrol station in Nogales. Their intention was to infiltrate and organize the Eloy Detention Center in ...

Queering immigration

This is a great video of members of both queer and immigrant communities discussing the unique challenges facing queer immigrants, particularly as the United States works toward immigration reform. It’s a case study in intersectionality.

Queering Immigration from Southerners on New Ground (SONG) on Vimeo.

The first speaker’s line “I was faced with a question of: do I go back to Cameroon where it’s illegal to be gay, or do I stay here and become undocumented?” truly struck me, but there’s much more to it than that , so you should watch the whole thing. And if someone wouldn’t mind putting a transcript in comments, I’d love you forever.

h/t Melissa A. Fabello

*Thank you @megan for the transcript! (below in ...

This is a great video of members of both queer and immigrant communities discussing the unique challenges facing queer immigrants, particularly as the United States works toward immigration reform. It’s a case study in intersectionality.

Queering Immigration from ...

Disney Channel to Include First Same-Sex Couple

… in one episode of the final season of Good Luck Charlie. 

Yet still, the lesbian couple will be the first scripted LGBTQ characters on the Disney Channel, ever. According to reports:

“Good Luck Charlie is currently in the process of casting the lesbian couple, who will appear as the parents of one of Charlie’s playdates. According to TV Guide:

When the kid arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie’s pal has two moms. That’s fine, but the potential new friendship is put to the test as one mom chats with Amy, and the other is stuck listening to Bob’s dull stories … The episode will air in early 2014 as part of Good Luck Charlie’s final season. Because Good Luck Charlie is coming to ...

… in one episode of the final season of Good Luck Charlie. 

Yet still, the lesbian couple will be the first scripted LGBTQ characters on the Disney Channel, ever. According to reports:

“Good Luck Charlie is currently in ...

Our intersectional struggles as seen through a queer Seder

Ed. note: I’m off this week. The wonderful Tobias Rodriguez is filling in for me. Tobias originally hails from Texas and now lives in New York where he works in social media at a reproductive health organization.

Every Passover Seder I’ve been to (read: two) has been queer of sorts.  At my Seder this year, my friends and I used an LGBTQ-specific haggadah. While none of the Seder attendees were particularly religious, our Seder was touching because the haggadah accounted for our intersectional lives, whether queer-identified or not. Passover ended yesterday but there were many parts of the haggadah that I hope to keep in my mind year round.

“The seder table is the ideal place to bring multiple identities together ...

Ed. note: I’m off this week. The wonderful Tobias Rodriguez is filling in for me. Tobias originally hails from Texas and now lives in New York where he works in social media at a reproductive health organization.

Every ...

Quick Hit: ‘Queer Inquiries’ makes podcasts sexy!

 

You know, I’ve never been one for podcasts. Something about them reminds me of NPR broadcasts and I find myself either bored to death or itching to actually see what the voices are doing. Podcasts were not on my sexy list.

But then things like ‘Queer Inquiries’ exist and get me all caught up. The podcast is a complex, witty, and completely random conversation piece about what it really means to be queer, at least for the three of them. Here is what the creators say:

“Queer Inquiries is a podcast created with the goal of broadcasting real queer voices in order to help queer identified folks become a part of the pop culture dialogue about gay people.  Gay visibility in pop culture is ...

 

You know, I’ve never been one for podcasts. Something about them reminds me of NPR broadcasts and I find myself either bored to death or itching to actually see what the voices are doing. Podcasts ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Alice Nkom is Woman of the Year

While TIME did pick some pretty awesome ladies for their Person of the Year shortlist, it’s astounding that the magazine hasn’t chosen an individual woman for the grand title since the selection of President Corazon Aquino of the Phillipines in 1986. So Africa is a Country, “the media blog that is not about famine, Bono, or Barack Obama,” has gone ahead and named Alice Nkom the 2012 Woman of the Year. What an inspiring pick. AIAC writes:

Alice Nkom was the first woman to become a lawyer in Cameroon. That was in 1969, and she was 24 years old, and she’s been kicking through ever since. Over the last four decades, Nkom has been a ...

While TIME did pick some pretty awesome ladies for their Person of the Year shortlist, it’s astounding that the magazine hasn’t chosen an individual woman for the grand title since the selection of President Corazon ...

Mary Gonzalez

Mary Gonzalez will be the first out pansexual legislator in the US

There’s been a lot of talk about coming out lately, but what Mary Gonzalez did last week is a first. Gonzalez won the El Paso Democratic primary in May, and since there’s no challenger she’s set to become the representative from her district. And on Friday, she came out as pansexual in the Dallas Voice:

After coming out as bisexual at 21, Gonzalez said a few years later she started dating “gender-queer” and transgender people, and later identified as pan.

“As I started to recognize the gender spectrum and dated along the gender spectrum, I was searching for words that connected to that reality, for words that embraced the spectrum,” she said. “At the time I didn’t feel as ...

There’s been a lot of talk about coming out lately, but what Mary Gonzalez did last week is a first. Gonzalez won the El Paso Democratic primary in May, and since there’s no challenger she’s ...

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