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Invisible is a powerful anthology edited by Jim C. Hines on sexism, disability rights, gender and sexual orientation. All of the articles are thought provoking, eloquent and intelligent. They're all moving - sometimes funny and uplifting - sometimes sad and heartbreaking. My personal favourites were the ones by Ada Hoffman ( on autism) and Michi Trota (on race). You can buy Invisible on Amazon and on Kindle. Highly recommended!
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-19/act-to-introduce-marriage-equality-bill-into-legislative-assemb/4967000
HELL YES. :D Go, ACT! Go, go, go , go, go!!

Basically the Australian Capital Territory's Marriage Equality Bill supports same sex marriage. The current Prime Minister Tony Abbott is opposed to this legislation, but here's to hoping that it'll pass!
I heard about this on Triple J radio station and I am VERY happy about this. There was a standing ovation when the bill was passed! And so there should be. Damn it, Australians have fought hard for this!

From the article:
Read more... ) I'm a Christian, and I support gay marriage. There are Christians and other people from different religions / non religious beliefs that support gay marriage too. I am SICK and tired of people saying that gay couples shouldn't get married because children they won't have a female and male role models. Chidren can have male and female role models in their families if they have gay parents! Through their cousins, uncles, grandparents, aunts, godparents, and siblings.

On a different tangent, I am sick of people online and on the radio sending out the message that gay people can't be good parents. Many orphans need loving, responsible families to raise them. And there are plenty of caring and mature gay couples willing to care for children too.
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Hi everyone,

Please sign  the petition to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law! Sign here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/385/186/095

Thanks so much for signing or spreading the word!

Read below for more info: (text in italics is from The Petition Site):

The U.S. has never had this much momentum to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- the discriminatory law that forces gays and lesbians to live a lie if they want to serve their country.

McCain's anti-gay vendetta is so desperate that he's announced he will help block the Senate from repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the right-wing Family Research Council is making outlandish and bogus claims that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will increase sexual assault in the military and "undermine the religious liberties" of military chaplains.

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Good evening there everyone,

Take a peek at this article. Five easy ways to fight homophobia (GLBT rights concern everyone. Many people are GLBT. But not everyone is out and proud about being a GLBT person. So everybody, listen up!!! The article is aimed at people in US, UK and the rest of Europe. If you're not from US/UK, Europe, you can use similar ideas to combat homophobia and make your society safer for GLBT people, too.)

http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/5-dynamic-ways-to-fight-homophobia-in-your-community/

Contact your local PFLAG chapter and stay in touch, by clicking on the above link. Get involved and learn more on GLSEN's projects - please click http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2342.html?state=what

Read more... )Thank you so much  if you do get involved! We need all the help we can get!

Medical Search article on hearing aids (the myths, AND the facts). In a nutshell: if you need hearing aids, go get 'em! What are you waiting for? :)  http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Features/Workplace-hearing-myths-and-facts-5364

 

Read more... )

 

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Hi everyone,

Please read below. The Zoe Belle Gender Center is based in Melbourne, Australia. But all GLBT organisations (including interstate ones) are needed in the directory! The tect in italics is from imyerjoeyramone's post in the lj community socialwork_au:

Health, activism, law and much more... Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC) is creating an online Resources Directory!

Now live at ZBGC's website, this searchable, Australia-wide directory will include local practitioners, groups and organisations that are of interest to the sex and gender diverse community.

We are now calling for listings from practitioners, groups and organisations for the directory... Community groups, medical services, activist groups, gyms, housing services, legal services, counsellors, clubs, etc... if your group/service is of interest to trans* and gender variant people, we need it in our directory!

To get listed in the directory, simply take a few minutes to fill in the form at:

http://gendercentre.com/?page_id=393

Zoe Belle Gender Centre
contact@gendercentre.com
03 9660 3990 (voicemail)

 You know what's great? Listing yourself is free!!! If you're an Aussie organisation or agency that helps GLBT people in some way, please consider getting listed in the directory. It'll make a world of difference to GLBT people's lives out there. Thanks so much, everyone!
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Save GLBT activist from execution

Kiana Firouz is courageous Iranian LGBT activist, film maker and actress. She has spoken out about GLBT rights in Iran, risking her safety and life in doing so. Recently, Kiana has starred in a documentary about lesbians in Iran. She is now at risk of being deported from the UK to Iran to "answer for it". The punishment for homosexuality there is 100 lashes for the first three times. If someone ‘commits homosexual acts’ the 4th time, they are executed by the state.  Sign here to back Kiana and save her life:

http://www.petitiononline.com/kianaf/petition.html

Fight for African Americans' rights: say No to Lincoln

Senator Blanche Lincoln played a major role in erasing the public option from the health care bill.2  She also opposed President Obama's plans to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure3 and to increase funding for college scholarships.4

The election is likely to be very close. Lincoln's opponent in the primary, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, is facing millions of dollars in racially charged attack ads from big business groups that want Lincoln staying in office. We're trying to help Halter fight those ads with small donations from our members.

Can you give $5 or more today to help?



 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/239?akid=1450.43392.7Hh7dL&t=2

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Trayce Shaw's helpful youtube videos to straight people and GLBTIQ people (on having GLBTIQ friends, coming out, dealing with bullying and homophobia):

http://www.youtube.com/user/TrayceShaw

The Tyra Banks show has many invaluable episodes on important issues people from all walks of life face (teen dating abuse (domestic violence), homophobia, advice from doctors, racism, harm caused by prostitution)
http://www.youtube.com/my_favorites?feature=mhw4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx3SrhmqOtQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10fJ1h5xDaA

Anti Pornography blog: Youtube account with loads of videos. These onlione videos reveal the ugly truth about how pornography creates demand for prostitution and sex trafficking: http://www.youtube.com/user/AntiPornographyBlog
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BiNSW (an organisation in NSW Australia)

http://www.bi-nsw.org.au/info.html#aims

Goals:

- To promote and celebrate bisexual pride, bisexual visibility, and diversity;

 

- To promote better understanding and acceptance of bisexuals, bisexuality, and sexuality that is not limited by gender;

 

- To campaign for, and work towards, removal of discrimination against people on the basis of their sexuality;

 
 You can also meet up with other bisexual people by sending a blank email to the BiNSW emailing list
sby-list-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

GLBTIQ friendly churches that don't condemn people's sexuality:

http://www.mccgoodshepherd.com/homo.htm

http://www.gaychurch.org/Find_a_Church/foriegn_nations/australia.htm

 

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Hi there everyone,

Leaarn more about different religions here:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/aboutus.htm

One of the best ways to fight ignorance, hate and fear is to learn more. So learn more about different religions, if you can. Religion is a major part of many people's lives and who they are. And I've often found that it's a person's political/cultural views that can affect how they treat people and understand their religion. The great news is that there *are* progressive allies in religion, as well as feminist, anti racist and GLBTIQ religious people out there. I'm not religious, but knowing about different religions has helped me understand other people more (and has helped reduce my ignorance and fear of people from other religions too).

Below are some parts from the above website that I found interesting:

ISLAM

List of sites for GLBTIQ Muslims: http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_isla3.htm

Status of women in Muslim countries (webpage is unfinished) : http://www.religioustolerance.org/islfem.htm

A msut read excerpt on Female Genital Mutilation:
 
Many people link FGM with the religion of Islam. Actually, it is a social custom that is practiced by Animists, Christians, and Muslims in those countries where FGM is common. There are many Muslim countries in which the mutilation is essentially unknown, including Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. 

JUDAISM

On abortion: Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform Judaism are formally opposed to government regulation of abortion. They feel that the decision should rest with the woman, her husband, doctor and clergyperson. Some Orthodox authorities agree with this stance. 

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Hi there everyone,

Learn about how much GLBTIQ rights are respected or ignored in different parts of the world. The link below has a chart about which rights are protected, to what extent.

From wikipedia:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) related laws vary greatly by country or territory – everything from legal recognition of same-sex marriage or other types of partnerships, to the death penalty as punishment for same-sex sexual activity or identity.

LGBT-related laws include but are not limited to: government recognition of same-sex relationships, LGBT adoption, sexual orientation and military service, immigration equality, anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws regarding violence against LGBT people, sodomy laws, anti-lesbianism laws, and higher ages of consent for same-sex activity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_Rights

A must read.
 


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Hi there all and sundry,

Fantastic link on passing and transphobia (I strongly recommend that people read this. Yes, even LGBTIQ people):

http://questioningtransphobia.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/passing/

Best parts:

Passing is a system used by cissexist cultures to control trans people, to ostracize, and to justify violence perpetrated against them.
  1. Don’t bring it up first. It’s up to the trans person, and you should never expect that eventually having that conversation is a guarantee, no matter how well you know the person you think is trans. 
  2. If a trans person outs themselves to you, don’t assume that means the conversation is about whether or not you knew. When I tell someone about my trans-ness, I do so because I want to make it clear I consider them someone I trust to know me in a more significant way.   
  3. Your perspective is not universal. Gender perception varies with individuals, cultures, and any number of factors.  While some might be 100% certain the world must see a trans person’s gender the way they do, this is cis chauvinism.  In the process of making my own gender less clear I have grown used to being confidently sir-ed or ma’am-ed, often within seconds.
  4. Defer to the trans person’s wishes as to how open they want to be...Outing someone can get them killed!  Combined with a strong sense of entitlement to ignore point #3 because they’re queer, this behavior is infuriating and dangerous.
The Straight Person's Guide to Gay Etiquette (what to do (and NOT do)  if someone comes out to you):

http://chronos-tachyon.net/mirror/io.com/

It's a guide that's very easy to understand (and hilarious!).
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Hey there strangers,

There is an outrageous bill in Uganda that is threatening to jail GLBTIQ people for having sex or being married in gay or lesbian relationships. This bill threatens to even jail people for not reporting gay/lesbian sex within 24 hours.

Sign here to protest this bill. Human rights violations should never be made legal:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/862034347?z00m=19814578

Ask world leaders for a *real* deal that will fight climate change and protect vulnerable nations from natural disasters here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_copenhagen/?cl=411591691&v=5034

To any Americans out there,

Your help is much needed - help keep the internet neutral! Everyone has the right to real facts out there. Help small websites and blogs continue to succeed. Big companies should *not* have the right to control what you see and do on the internet:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/fcc_nn_coc/

From the above link:

Net neutrality means that the smallest websites and blogs can compete on equal footing with the biggest companies, and it’s the reason the Internet is so diverse. ColorOfChange.org would never have succeeded without a free and open Internet, and neither would the thousands of Black blogs, online businesses, and news sites that have flourished in recent years. But big Internet service providers like Comcast are fighting hard against net neutrality so they can make millions by acting as a gatekeeper over what you see and do on the Internet.

Thanks so much if you do sign or spread the message!
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Best books

'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo. It's melodramatic, yes, but so incredibly moving. An unforgettable story of redemption of a criminal who tries to evade a police officer. A story that tells how the very outcasts of society struggle to survive. Basically tells how if we want to reduce crime, we must eliminate to conditions that lead to people committing crime (poverty, ignorance). Hugo had revolutionary ideas (and was lighyears ahead of his peers) for a person of his time.

'Looking for Alibrandi' by Melina Marchetta. A bildungsroman novel on an illegitimate born teen who comes to accept her Italian heritage. She deals with first love, death and finally meeting her father for the first time.

A tie between 'First Test' and 'Page' by Tamora Pierce. These first two books are part of a Fantasy quartet about Kel, the first girl to train as a knight in the European medieval world of Tortall. Simply written and for young teens, but told so well. The first book deals with hazing and bullying, and how to deal with bullies. The second one covers violence against women, self defense, bullying. These books have their flaws (Kel overcomes her fear of heights too quickly), but I love them all the same.

Worst books

Left Behind books, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. Read hilarious and insightful summaries by slacktivist (Fred Clark, a liberal Christian) here:

http://exharpazo.blogspot.com/2007/01/index-to-slactivists-left-behind.html

Awful far right wing Christian propaganda. Sexist, racist, homophobic, prejudiced against other religions, with flat characters, awful Gary Stus who are more hateful than the villain...Fred Clark describes these books as having anti-Christian values, and I couldn't agree more.

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There was someone who came up with the great quote that bad morals make for bad writing(I think it was baeraad) . All in all, I can only agree.
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A must read on how long we've got to go in achieving equal rights for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender and Intersex People:

http://www.pinkboard.com.au/graffiti/equality/ch8

So why is the nuclear family so important to them? Well it serves the purpose of putting more burden upon the family unit and of government and big business. You see by making the family (and this is how sexism ties in too and it is usually the mother) looks after, feds, clothes and displinces the children who the big bossess need as labor in the future. Otherwise the state would have to take a more active role in doing this, costing them millions of dollars.

Hmm...thoughts?

This however doesnt mean that we cant win the right to same-sex marriage as we have seen in califorina and other places in the states and overseas it can be won. But only if it is fought for! And lobbying groups shouldn't be the primary way to do this. The early union movement had a saying 'if you dont fight, you can only lose and it is from the unions that we should be looking for support.

So very true...I get sick of people saying, "lobbying is enough! Why do you bother fighting for rights?" Fighting for equal rights personally , whether it's for GLBTIQ people, those from diverse cultural backgounds, people in poverty etc can speed up progress. It can break down walls preventing people from getting access to rights others take for granted - such as living a life free of violence and fear, and having equal access to education, work, being allowed to vote, seeing your partner in hospital or being allowed to adopt.

Something that made my day:

The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) today welcomed the passage of the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws – General Law Reform) Bill 2008 (Cth) through the Australian Senate. Following on the heels of the superannuation and family law changes already passed, the General Law Reform Bill consolidates the omnibus same-sex reforms granting same-sex de facto couples and their children equality in all significant federal laws.

“Today is an historic day. The Australian Senate has finally and firmly given its nod to equality for our relationships and families. Our partners and our children can look forward to equality in almost all areas of federal law, from taxation to health and aged care, from immigration to family law”, said GLRL spokesperson, Peter Johnson.

“Same-sex couples and families are witnessing the tearing up and rewriting of almost all Commonwealth law to finally recognise the truth that all love is equal and nurturing all relationships, regardless of the gender of partners, is important.”

The Bill rewrites legal definitions of ‘couple’, ‘partner’, ‘parent’, ‘child’ and ‘family’ to include all couples and their children. The changes will grant equal access to entitlements and benefits in federal laws relating to taxation, superannuation, Medicare and health entitlements, social security, veterans’ and defence benefits, migration and workers’ compensation.
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Hi there all,

Fantastic articles on how homophobia and sexism in religion don't make sense:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/not-another-word-on-gay-m_b_152282.html

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/losing-my-religion-for-equality-20090714-dk0v.html?page=-1

Sexism hurts all of us. Respecting the rights of women and girls will enrich our livess so much more:

It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

Racism and cultural appropriation. Fascinating info and a gentle look on how Indians see yoga:

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/680

Some passages from the article above I found to be interesting eye openers:

India, to me, is not spiritual; it is a raucous, exhausting, intense, and yes, at times, violent experience.

Yet I was also curious about the particular form of yoga she was studying, a layer of India with which I am not familiar. I had never met an Indian who went to an ashram; most I knew thought of it as a white person's paradise that cost too much, or it just hadn't crossed their minds to go. At the same time, I knew that yoga was practiced in India, but in subtler, less obvious ways.

Yet yoga was not altogether lost or forgotten; rather it was latent in the culture, sometimes woven into daily and religious life. Yoga, to an Indian, might mean meditation and breathing as part of a morning puja, a practice done quietly at home and without a name. Nearly everyone I spoke with told me the same thing: Yoga was something unremarkable...

The problem he sees--and it's by far the most significant-- is its effect of countering hatha yoga's aim: The heart rate and breath rate are actually increased rather than reduced. All of the teachers I spoke with were concerned about the Westerners misunderstanding yoga. Geeta Iyengar, B. K. S.'s daughter, states bluntly, "Popularity becomes a curse. Popularity introduces dilution. To maintain the purity of the original science and art of yoga is a difficult task. The careful balance between orthodoxy and modernity has to be maintained. However, dilution for the sake of convenience and popularity is not pardonable." Adds Ramanand Patel: "The objection is when these Western influences completely disregard what yoga has to say."
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Hi there everyone,

Sites supporting transgendered people:

http://www.transalliancesociety.org/links.html

Transgender Law and Policy Institute (provides advocacy for transgendered people):

http://www.transgenderlaw.org/

Non-bigoted slurs and language:

http://forums.theirisnetwork.org/viewtopic.php?t=271

Hope you find this useful. Definitely worth reading, for what it's worth.
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Hi all,

Twenty10 is an organisation in NSW, Australia that assists young (under 26) gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, same-sex attracted and gender-questioning people who are having problems at home or who have recently become homeless. Their web address is:

http://www.twenty10.org.au/Serivces.section/pages/Services692d2fa0.html

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