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|Friday, March 16th, 2012|
Be Heard Be Part of Research
My name is Rischa I’m a lesbian, doing research with our community.
I am passionate about research because professionals use studies like this one to make decisions about our health care.
I was hoping that you would want to get involved, especially by spreading the word on FB, Blogs, (real friends) Etc.
For this study, we are looking for women (trans-inclusive) 18 years of age or older, who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning (LBQ). The purpose of this study is to learn about gender presentation and substance use in LBQ women.
This study had been approved by the St. John’s University IRB. Thank you for your time.
|Tuesday, June 16th, 2009|
Tell Obama and Holder: Stop defending DOMA.
They compared same-sex marriage to a marriage between an uncle and a niece. Or between
two children. No, we're not talking about Rick Santorum. We're talking about the Obama
administration's Justice Department. The brief the DOJ presented defending the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court was not just wrong. It was offensive. The New York
Times called it "disturbing" in its lead editorial.
Back in the days of the 2008 campaign, Senator Obama promised he would work to overturn
the Defense of Marriage Act. But now that a gay couple in California is challenging DOMA
in federal court, President Obama has chosen to take action to defend a law that prevents
legally married same-sex couples from receiving any federal benefits, or from having
their marriages recognized in other states.
I just signed a petition to tell President Obama and Attorney General Holder to withdraw
this offensive brief and apologize for its contents. (The website also has a great video
of Rachel Maddow and Howard Dean discussing the importance of this issue!) Please have a
look and take action. http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/doma_brief/?r_by=4580-205476-o0Blu_x&rc=paste
|Wednesday, April 15th, 2009|
Come be a part of UMB's Drag Benefit Show on May 6th!
Compete with other schools and amateurs from across the state at UMass Boston's Second Annual Drag Benefit Show!!!
Are you a student or amateur drag king or queen that would like to compete? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 21st and let us who you are, if you are performing as part of a school group or solo, how many people are in the group and also if you know what song you are performing that would also be helpful to know at that time.
If you are a professional drag performer you can be part of the show too! We could use some impartial judges to help us and who better than the stars themselves! Its all for a good cause and it'll be a whole lot of fun. If you would like to donate your time we would love to have you so please email us so we can work out details. We may also have some spots available for you to perform during the show!
Are you an expert on kings or queens drag makeup? Do you have some time to donate to teaching students and anyone else interested the secrets of drag? Please email us and let us know when you are available in the weeks before the 6th.
Are you part of an organization interested in sponsoring this event? Tables will be available at the event as well as other forms of advertising. Contact us for more information.
Inman Oasis of Cambridge has generously donated gifts for our winners.
Our charity for this years drag benefit will be decided next week.
So come and show your stuff! Invite your friends! Support a local charity! Have some fun on a Wednesday night!
|Friday, March 20th, 2009|
I just created a community for discussions and activities. Specifically discussions about race and gender and sexual identity and how they all interact.
It's got "stamping" but just for fun. This is not a rating community. It's a way to get to know other people and have more stuff to do on livejournal. I hope it's ok that I'm posting this here. I just really want to get it off the ground!thedinnercrowd
...A discussion & activities community.
|Wednesday, January 21st, 2009|
Obama on LGBT rights!
From the Civil Rights Agenda page of the whitehouse.gov website
), which was changed at noon
on inauguration day, and includes this...Support for the LGBT Community
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we
still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is
exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is
about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to
live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens
with dignity and respect."
-- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007( moreCollapse )
|Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008|
don't vote for Sarah Palin
Here's some basic background on her, culled around the Internet:
From the Human Rights Campaign:
"Sarah Palin not only supported the 1998 Alaska constitutional amendment banning marriage equality but, in her less than two years as Governor, even expressed the extreme position of supporting stripping away domestic partner benefits for state workers. When you can't even support giving our community the rights to health insurance and pension benefits, it's a frightening window into where she stands on equality."
*She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.
*Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
*She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.
*Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
*She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.
*She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
*How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.
From the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund on Palin's "scant two years as governor"
*husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum)
*lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
*pushed for more drilling off of Alaska's coasts
*sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science.
As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.
*approved a $400,000 state-funded campaign to defeat the ballot initiative that would have banned aerial hunting (where hunters are allowed to slaughter wolves from helicopters)
From U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
*The Vice President is a heartbeat away from becoming President, so to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.
*If John McCain thought that choosing Sarah Palin would attract Hillary Clinton voters, he is badly mistaken.The only similarity between her and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women. On the issues, they could not be further apart. Senator McCain had so many other options if he wanted to put a woman on his ticket, such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison or Senator Olympia Snowe -- they would have been an appropriate choice compared to this dangerous choice.
*In addition, Sarah Palin is under investigation by the Alaska state legislature which makes this more incomprehensible
|Tuesday, August 12th, 2008|
|Thursday, June 26th, 2008|
Hi there all!
I was browsing glbt groups, and saw this and I figured I'd try it out. I don't really have any gay/lesbian friends... or at least any that my gf likes lol. So, I wanted to meet some people.
Hit me up, I'm on a lot.
BTW, the names Amanda.
Oh, and I don't want to flirt, I already got the best girl I could ever ask for.
|Friday, June 20th, 2008|
Melissa Ferrick in Ogunquit, ME
MELISSA FERRICK IS PLAYING AT JONATHAN’S RESTAURANT IN OGUNQUIT, ME JULY 19!!!
This show WILL sell out quick… so get your tickets NOW!!!
Tickets are $32.50 each... which includes a $10 drink and/or dessert credit.
Tickets can be purchased through the website below:http://www.jonathansrestaurant.com/concerts.cfm
Show starts at 9pm…. doors open around 8:30pm.
For more information, please visit Melissa's website at:
To listen to some samples of Melissa's music, please visit her myspace page:
|Tuesday, June 17th, 2008|
Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to the area...I'm living in Quincy. I moved here for a promotion and was able to convince my partner of 2yrs that MA...especially the Boston area is where we wanted to live. I must say it wasn't hard...but you never know.
Best part of this move is I'm a HUGE RED SOX fan so I'm glad to finally get to see all their games even if it is on TV.
Again...just saying hi. Any tips of places to go and things to do are appreciated.
|Friday, June 13th, 2008|
Travel Info for Massachusetts
Hello. I am traveling around Massachusetts this wek exploring the state with my girlfriend this week including Norhampton and outside Boston. Any suggestions on good places to stay, eat, and see museum, nature, and artwise. Also any resources for lesbian and bi women and places to go would you can recommend be great. Thank you!
|Wednesday, June 4th, 2008|
ROCK THE VOTE!
The general election is here, and we have two nominees: Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. We need to let both of them know what we expect of the next President of the United States. Rock the Vote is speaking out on behalf of young voters by delivering a Young Voter Platform to both candidates. I just signed on. Will you?
Click here to add your name: http://rockthevote.com/act-out/letter2008
|Monday, June 2nd, 2008|
Help Us Win A Wedding!
We're Getting Married!!!
With your help, that is...
Please log onto www.lavendermagazine.com/wedding and with one easy click you can give us your vote.
Monica and Carol are finalists in the WIN a WEDDING contest from Lavendar Magazine in Minnesota. Read the essays that earned us the finalist spot below, or visit our website at http://carolandmonica.googlepages.com/home.
Over the last ten years this current MBA grad student and her “non-profit sugar mama” have worked hard to support marriage equality and now they themselves have the chance to take the plunge, but they need your help. Vote here: www.lavendermagazine.com/wedding . Through Thursday, June 19 they need as many votes as possible to win this contest. Please help to spread the word to others who will support our stand for marriage equality! Thank you!
Please log onto www.lavendermagazine.com/wedding to vote for Carol and Monica.
Please read our story below and vote for us to win
the wedding contest at Lavender Magazine.
These are the questions Carol and I answered in Lavender Magazine’s 2008 Win a Wedding Contest. Our responses caused us to be chosen as one of three finalist couples. We are the only women. Now the contest is in the hands of fair minded people all over the world who will log on to www.lavendermagazine.com/wedding and vote for us by Thursday, June 19. We hope you will support us as we stand for marriage equality and ask for your vote! VOTE VOTE VOTE! Thanks!
1 Tell us a bit about you (age, occupation, interests, etc.)
Carol is 31 and be proud to be both from the northern suburbs and a grad student working on her MBA. This is quite a shift from her BA in Outdoor Education. She still enjoys the outdoors quite a bit as a marathoner, backpacker, and referee for high school athletics. Monica is 29 and prior to coordinating volunteers for The Aliveness Project (her job of the last 5 years) she also worked for OutFront MN and several electoral campaigns. She loves to volunteer and does so frequently including Rainbow Families, the Red Ribbon Ride, and St. Stephen’s Loaves and Fishes program. She also loves to be outdoors. Carol says “Monica is a smart, beautiful woman with a fun loving attitude that attracts more people than I could ever handle. I am a fiercely independent woman and Monica is the one person who knows how to handle my need for the feeling of freedom. Our relationship is built on trust and open communication. I totally trust her with my heart and I know she trust me with hers.”
2 How and when did you first meet?
Monica writes: We first met ten years ago in college. In an effort to meet other GLBT people in Duluth, Monica (a College of Saint Scholastica student) thought she’d try out for the women’s rugby team at UMD. One of the first drills at practice involved learning how to tackle. Although Carol was about three inches shorter and a good twenty pounds lighter she was an experienced rugger. Athletically and deftly she threw the less than graceful Monica flat on her back. Talk about sweeping her off her feet! It must have done the trick!
3 How long have you been together?
While in college and shortly thereafter our friendship grew but we were never in the same location together for very long. We both dated other people and Carol traveled and studied abroad. It was about five years ago that our friendship began to deepen into who we are today. As friends we had spent a great deal of time discussing our other girlfriends and experiences before we both began to realize, albeit rather shyly, that our true attractions were to each other. When we finally came together the summer of 2003 all of our friends were glad we had successfully realized this for ourselves. It is so much fun to be in love with such a dear and true friend.
4 How and when did you first know you were in love?
Monica writes: I first realized I was in love when it occurred to me that our families had very much become each others. We our both quite close to our very Catholic families. For both of our mothers our coming out periods in the late nineties was very difficult. In our first year together Carol’s mom, Pat, became terminally ill. Our families met, and gained solace in seeing how genuinely Carol and I cared not only for each other, but for each other’s families. Before Pat’s passing, she recognized how deeply and authentically I held Carol in my heart. She validated and said she supported our reality letting me know she trusted me to care for her daughter and the rest of her family. This validation, soon echoed by my own mom, is one of the greatest gifts I’ll ever receive. To me it signifies when I realized our love was truly real and quite likely to last.
5 Tell us how you got engaged, or decided to get married?
We’ve had several less-than-romantic events that have helped to solidify our relationship, or as Carol puts it “make a paper trail”. We have a joint checking account and our cell phones are a “family plan”. We’ve confounded HR departments into creating affidavits so we can file for each other’s insurance plans (but we’re glad they did it)! But one year on our favorite island in the Apostles I dipped two simple silver rings into Lake Superior of course presenting it to her as a sign of my love. We wear them on our ring fingers. Also, last November we finally went with a small group of family down to Minneapolis City Hall to file for our Domestic Partnership which despite the genteel and truly excited clerks it felt rather anti-climatic: “a bit like paying a parking ticket” as Carol puts it. Everyone now keeps asking when we’ll have a real ceremony. My brothers want to be able to hire bagpipers and throw rice!
6 What is your favorite memory from your relationship thus far?
Monica writes: Most of my favorite memories of us have to do with Lake Superior. For our first anniversary we kayaked to a beautiful beach in the Apostle Islands to which we now return for each anniversary. That first year I brought a bottle of wine (yes, in the kayak) which I attempted to “chill” in Lake Superior (trickier than you might think!). Problem was I forgot a corkscrew, so I had to approach other campers on the island pleading to borrow theirs explaining it was our honeymoon! One cheery couple loaned us theirs provided I promised to recycle the bottle- a no brainer- but boy did that wine taste especially good. We love Lake Superior so much that last year we circumnavigated it!
7 Describe your ideal wedding:
Carol writes: My ideal wedding would consist of LOTS of people. I have a very big family and most, if not all, have met Monica. I have never made a formal proclamation “I suppose you are wondering why I brought you here today. I’m gay, and Monica’s my girlfriend.” This has never happened, but everyone, especially Grandma, gets it. Monica has been at every family event from Christmas to births and birthdays, my Mom’s funeral to Swarm games. Ideally our ceremony would be rather formal. We’d like to have it in a church and preferably a Catholic church even though we know that may not be possible. I would like the ceremony to be sincere, thought- provoking, and joyous. But I also think weddings should be a great reason to party it up with all of your circles of family and friends. We would want everyone to have a great time!
8 Any nicknames for each other? What are they? Any story behind them?
Carol writes: Sweetpants. I don’t know why I started calling her that, or at least a PG story as to where it came from but I do have a story about the nickname. In my cell phone I have her parent’s number categorized as “Monica home”. On an older cell phone a few years back the screen would simply say the name of the contact and then an icon of a tiny mobile or a tiny house. One evening as my phone rang I didn’t pay enough attention to the icon and answered the phone “Hi sweet pants!” Only problem is that it wasn’t Monica, it was her Mom! She replied “It’s so nice that you called me sweetie”. I didn’t correct her on the “pants” part! Monica often calls me “Sweetpea”, which I think is just a derivation of my name for her.
9 What makes you want to spend the rest of your lives together?
We’ve lived apart long distance, and we’ve lived together. We’ve experienced both death and new life. We’ve had our disagreements and we always work hard to resolve them. We’re already living the rest of our lives together each day. We’re just so lucky to have fallen in love with someone we loved as a friend first, because it seems to make everything else just fall in line. Monica says “I know she’s the one for me because she so often makes the deepest part of me smile”.
10 In your own words, define marriage.
Importantly, the word “marriage” conveys a social understanding accepted most everywhere in the world. Most people won’t question one’s introduction to another “this is my wife…” We know we have every right to be part of that. We hope the way we live and love proves that to those who may have doubts. We believe marriage is a contract of two hearts who agree to hold each other in the beauty and the difficulty of life’s craziness, and both the certainties and the surprises of each day.
Thanks for the opportunity just to write this. We enjoyed the exercise regardless of whether you choose us as finalists or not. I truly do have the most incredible girl in the world! (a note we wrote to the panel at Lavender).
Thanks for taking a moment to read our short essays! Please help us gather votes from computers all over the world! www.lavendermagazine.com/wedding
|Monday, May 19th, 2008|
|Thursday, May 15th, 2008|
Hey so my group is having a GLBTQ etc prom this Saturday it's 23 and under (if you're older talk to me and we can most likely let you in)( flyerCollapse )
|Tuesday, May 13th, 2008|
hELLO . iM FROm BOSTOn M.A, And yes im gay,. =) Proud of it. Just wanted tomake friends and have fuN . if you have anithing to say to me send me a messag e. =)
|Wednesday, May 7th, 2008|
|Sunday, April 27th, 2008|
FREE DRAG SHOW - Benefit for The Network/La Red!
The Queer Student Center of Umass Boston will be hosting an all out DRAG SHOW on May 9th from 5-8pm on the 1st Floor Terrace outside the Caf. in the Campus Center!
The show will be open to everyone and FREE although donations are strongly encouraged and will go to The Network/La Red, a domestic violence prevention organization (http://www.thenetworklared.org/
The show will feature performances by amateurs (mostly students), TranniWreck, and the Imperial Court of MA. There will be Drag Kings & Queens a plenty!
If you are interested in performing or volunteering at the event please email email@example.com
This event is sponsored by the UMB Student Senate and MassEquality!
|Monday, April 21st, 2008|
Hello ladies! My name's Rachel. I turn 20 on friday (the 25th) and I live right in Boston. I am currently in school working towards my PharmD. I have a beautiful girlfriend who lives in upstate NY. Just wanted to introduce myself! ( what would an introductory post be without pictures?!Collapse )
Always looking for new lj friends - especially from MA!
|Friday, April 18th, 2008|
Visiting Boston April 25 - 27
Hi, all! I just joined the community because my partner and I are going to be in Boston next weekend. She's in a Scrabble tournament (no, I'm not kidding...!), and I'm being left to my own devices.
I love Boston and have been a number of times, and she is originally from Boston. I was hoping to take a day trip on the ferry to P-town, but sadness...it doesn't sail until mid-May. Big Sox fan, but they're out of town, so Fenway is out. One can only spend so much time people watching on the Commons and in Faneuil Hall. And I really don't want to spend all day in alone in the hotel room watching NESN, as appealing as that is...!
Anyone willing to meet up with a quiet, coffee-addicted, friendly, vegetarian out-of-towner who needs some queer Boston culture? Or, if you don't feel comfortable with meeting a stranger, willing to offer up ideas on things to do and places to see?