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It is national coming out day. You all know I am gay, y/y?

There is a march in Bloomington today, in solidarity with March for Equality in Washington that is also today. I am not going, because I feel like crap and it is really freaking cold out.

So, have a fun fact about coming out instead: The first person to come out in public was Karl Ulrichs, who outed himself in front of the Congress of German Jurists*, the day after his 42nd birthday, August 29th, 1867. His speech was about the need for homosexual rights, though he was not able to complete his speech as half the chamber wanted him to STFU and the other half was urging him to continue. The moderator asked him to complete his speech in Latin, which Ulrichs was fluent in, but he stopped anyway.

Karl Ulrichs is still considered the father of the GLBT rights movement. And, you know, actually worked hard to include women and transgendered people in his campaign.

*From my understanding, the Congress is/was convention for those in the legal professions. So in attendance would have been judges, lawyers, legal scholars, and law professors.
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I'm reading some of the prompts for the [ profile] lgbtfest prompts, and one of the prompts made me giggle a bit.

.806. Torchwood: Jack Harkness. Jack hanging out in any gay scene of the past century and a half [writer's choice], as he waits to find the Doctor again, and maybe meeting someone romantically. Historical accuracy is always awesome.

It's not the prompt itself, but because of Between the Acts, there was included a story of a man from Cardiff, and I keep thinking that he and Jack would get along excellently. It would also be very much in tune with Jack's ( infamous? ) long line of literary lovers. Though all the parts were from an oral history project, so there are some technicallites for his inclusion on the list.

I'm also reading The Intermediate Sex by Edward Carpenter. This is probably my favorite quote in the book, from the appendix:

"The truth is that we can no more explain the inverted sex-feeling than we can the normal impulse; all attempts at explanation of these things, and of Love, are defective." .
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Wow. Iowa and Vermont now allow same-sex marriages, AND DC now recognizes same-sex marriages preformed in other states. All in a week.

Now, I have to mosey on down to the bank so I have monetary tokens to swap for alcohol tonight to toast to democracy and love and all other things that makes life good.
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I just got an email from the campus GLBT office about the one of the coolest study abroad opportunity. A summer session called "Gay Paris."

full information behind cut )

I just find it's really neat, and refreshing, that someone's thought to put together a summer session that bundles GLBT studies with something else besides politics. And gives me another reason to work on my transcription other than doing well in class: chase up on one of the ideas in my socio-linguistic texts on a feature that was shared by heterosexual men in a language community vs. the women and gay men who did not share this language feature. Because your language reflects on what social grouping you belong to, I could chart a large grouping of people and see how one census group ( homosexuals ) are either mixed into other social groups or mostly in their own.

I would guess mixed because Bloomington is Really, Really Gay. Bloomington has the fifth highest homosexual to heterosexual ratio in the US, behind San Fransisco, Santa Fe, Portland ( Maine version), and Miami.

Which is one of the reasons why when General Pace has to meet with the Diversity and Affirmative Action Committee when he visits in April since he accepted a position at the Kelly Business School giving a series of lectures. = D

And when I opened the window to write this entry, I was totally going to write about how much I liked DC's "The New Frontier." I shall post about it - and my local comic shop - another time because I just remembered I need my strong/weak classes in English still to type.
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As a "Sodom is for Lovers" shirt reminded me, I've yet to talk about the third and last day of Pride. Tally ho! )
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Paginas de Menina - Portugal - Alex and I were of two minds of this movie. I thought it was crap, as it was choppy and werid and I think I laughed at the wrong places. Alex thought it was full of symbolic imagery and wonderful.

The Bond - A father talks about his lovely transgender daughter, and answers the basic questions one has to ask the families of transgender people, such as "how could you miss that your son was really your daughter?" I liked it because the movie showed how much Michael loves Maycala very much.

I Never had Sex - Short based on the game "I never." The film was only three minutes long so it was good.

Just Me? - A lesbian who thought she was the only gay one in her very, very large family finds out about her great-grandmother's other life before she came to help with the kids. I sympathized with the film maker, because I ofter wonder what my great-uncle Frank was like.

La Nouvea Monde - France - Lesbian babyfic. No, seriously, it's lesbian babyfic - lesbian wants baby, convices partner to want a baby, and wackiness ensues.

Chueca Town - Spain - Chueca Town is the equivalent of Boystown in Madrid. It's about a gay relater who kills little old ladies to sell their apartments. I walked out. In addition to being hungry and tired and the technical difficulties that made the screen go to a very appropriate lavender-pink, I could have sworn I had seen it before. If one of the main character's was cast as a woman, with the same lines, the crowd would have not have liked it as much for the gay bashing. It also failed the Bedchel test hard, and only one female character was not portrayed as crazy. In other words, I found it fail that night, and left, and so I missed the three shorts following that feature.

This afternoon I went to the "Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall" exhibit at the Kinsey Institute. I have never seen more cock on display in my life, and I live on a campus that cock is a favorite graffiti sign.

My three favorite pieces was a hermaphrodite with a man's head on a distaff, a rather darling picture of two men in bed where one is flopped over the other reading the newspaper on the floor, and somewhat ying/yang set up of a black man and a white man cuddling. Other interesting items included nude portrits done in the style of famous greek statues, a small comic book with Donald Duck, and some fanart of Batman cuffed to a pole while watching Catwoman top Robin who's tied up. And some early brochures and zines of the homophile movement.

And if you guessed that there would be less than ten pieces that were of other queer flavors than gay, you'd be right. And two of those were lesbian porn made for male consumption, two pulp books, and picture of Gertrude Stein.

I skipped the afternoon showing of "Gay, So What?" showing and panel discussion because I still kind of bleh, and my already short focus is shot and in no mood for subtitles and academic discussions.
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First day of Pride:

Ready Okay! - The feature presentation, was an American film about a family. Most of the action is centered around the young boy who wants to be a cheerleader, his mother Andrea, and a group of wacky family members, neighbors, and Catholic priests and nuns. Ends happily!

More and spoliery information about the film )

Krudas - a short from Cuba about a couple who does hip hop to educate, mostly on the topics of women, race, the environment, and vegetarianism. Most of their intersection message about the intersections of exploitation makes sense, though I don't think carnivoreism is the first step down the road that leads to all kinds of exploitation.

Cut - a short animated film about a woman who gets a buzzcut, gets fired, and finds love. I didn't care for it, but mostly because I didn't like the style of animation. Especially of the main character, as she looked like she walked out of a cubist painting.

Unca Trans - A short set in an agrarian future of Canada, where a man gives a telling of his involvement in various activist organizations throughout his life. Though when I say man, it's a stop animated doll where many shots contains the hand and arm of the poser in the shot. This was my least favorite film of the night, though I can't put my finger on exactly what it was. I'm a little bitch, please about the speed of which the land claims of native americans went, as the whole thing was said to be wrapped up 2015, or eighteen years after the short was made, and the agrarian society of 2045 with global warming and adding at least another billion to the planet's population and all.

Kali Ma - A Indian-American mother takes revenge teenager that was bullying her son. Partly hilarious, and partly "OMG, this is horrible!" until you remind yourself that the teenager had just beaten her son and left him dazed on the bathroom floor, and it's hilarious again. On the way home I batted around the film and whether it had any race/gender issues, but since it was a standard mama lioness story, the thing that could be said was all the different -phobes and -ists that the teenager had in addition to just being a jackass.

Love Bite - A three minute Australian short. After school, two boys smoke weed and one has an confession to make.

The films were the only thing of note. I didn't see anyone I knew, so it was a solo fun night out. Spilled coke all over myself and the floor, so now my coat smells of vanilla flavoring. Though I did check out the books on display, with two standing out. One is a rec for my sister called "Working Sex" by Annie Oakly about the sex industry ( if your still looking for books, that is) and a book for myself called "The Lavender Scare" by David K. Johnson. "The Lavender Scare" combines two of my favorite historical topics: McCarthyism and pre-Stonewall GLBT history.

EDIT: Changed some wordings to make this post less logic fail. Mostly "vegetarianism is the gateway drug of exploitation" should be "carnivoreism is the first step down the road that leads to all kinds of exploitation."
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Winter)
Campus is closed until noon. This hasn't happened since freshman year! I may have done a one woman congo line down the hallway in celebration.

We didn't have a GLU meeting last Monday due to the holiday, so this week we were 300x crazier. We did a five minute activity in about an hour! But we resolved to have meetings in another location on the next federal holiday that takes our day.

And Bible Study with Sophie and others is being moved to Tuesday as one of the other girls can't make Mondays. This is awesome, because Bible study ended at the same time that GUL began.

Though I do have to buy my ticket for the Pride Film Festival - but since the box office isn't even open until noon, I think it should work. I just hope the weather starts clearing up for tomorrow so the all of the out-of-towners can come. It looks like it should, but I'm crossing my fingers anyway.


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