An AMAZING Opportunity!

Hey all!

To everyone who is going to be in New York City this summer and don't really have plans, come join Chinatown Youth Initiatives! It's a for-youth-by-youth program, meaning the participants are generally high schoolers, and the curriculum is led by high school seniors and college students. It's a really amazing program, learn more about it and consider joining!

Chinatown Youth Initiatives is a youth-led organization based in Manhattan's Chinatown.  Our motto is "Exploration. Education. Empowerment."  The goal of CYI is to get high school students across the city involved with community issues, specifically Chinatown and the Asian-American community.  Programs affiliated with CYI include: Chinatown Literacy Project, Chinatown Beautification Day, and Summer Leadership Institute.

Summer Leadership Institute is a weekly program starting from the end of June until August.  Participants meet for workshops every Saturday for the duration of the program.  These workshops are centered around social issues, ranging from the gentrification of Chinatown to gender and sex identity.  We expose our participants to aspects of Asian-American history that are not usually covered in academic curriculums and current events that are not widely publicized.  In doing so, we encourage our members to think critically of the social and political implications, and how they may have still have effects on present culture today.  We also encourage our participants to brainstorm how, as young students, they can tackle these issues and become effective members of the community.

It may seem as if it sounds like it's all work and no fun, but in fact, it's a great chance to meet new friends, get free food, and enjoy games. The summer goes by really fast, and before you know it, you won't want to leave!

If you or anyone else have any questions, please feel free to visit our website is www.cyinyc.org. For more information about the Summer Leadership Institute, visit http://cyinyc.org/news/?p=104. The application is already attached as a PDF or Word.

Looking forward to meeting you guys!

Operation DOMA Flip Flop

The government was served with a lawsuit the week of April 27th regarding the Defense of Marriage Act which bars federal recognition of same-sex couples. Now the Department of Justice, under President Obama's authority, has till the week of June 22nd to respond. They can either carry out on with the lawsuit defending DOMA, or choose not to defend an unconstitutional law.

Take action now at http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/05/operation-doma-flip-flop.html
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Queer Hong Kong


A new online forum community created for English-speaking people in or from Hong Kong who identify as queer or consider themselves supportive straight allies. We especially welcome queer youths and we hope to provide support and advice, and we are also looking to organise meet-ups and other activities in Hong Kong for the community once it gets big enough. Please join if you are interested, and pimp it out to other people!

We need more members to get going. It's a bit empty at the moment (I'm the only member so far), but I'm sure with more members we'll soon become a friendly, fun, supportive, and safe community.

IN OTHER WORDS PRESENTS: A benefit for Gender (Free) For All! - Friday, June 26, 2009



IN OTHER WORDS PRESENTS: A benefit for Gender (Free) For All!

WHEN: Friday, June 26, 2009. Door at 7, Show at 8
WHERE: In Other Words Bookstore, 8 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
COST: $5-20 sliding scale, costumes encouraged

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free LGBT-themed films and curriculum resources

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:


Sunday of Solidarity

Between May 17 and June 28, 2009, groups of LGBT and allied people around the country will attend worship services at a church of their choice - a church that is not welcoming and affirming of openly LGBT members and guests. Each group will wear a lapel button that reads "gay? fine by me." For less formal churches we also have a t-shirt with this message. The lapel button (or t-shirt) serves as a conversation starter - opening dialogue with people in the church about faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

When that visible act of courage is paired with adequate training, then transforming hearts and minds becomes a bona fide possibility. That's why we've designed a three-part teleconference course and a resource webpage that covers the essentials of Nonviolent communication, Media talking points, and What both the Bible and science really say about homosexuality. Training teleconferences will be held on April 19, April 26, and May 3 at 4pm CST. To register for the trainings go to http://www.soulforce.org/moodle/login/index.php and enter your information.

We hope you will consider organizing a Sundays of Solidarity project in your area. It simply involves choosing a church in your area that could benefit from an SOS visit, using your contact list to recruit others to join you, attending the teleconference training sessions, and then organizing your group to take action on one of the Sundays between May 17 and June 28, 2009. To purchase a lapel button or t-shirt, please visit http://finebyme.org/sos.html.


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Hey everyone,

A very happy new year to you all!

My name is Imogen, I live in Cambridge UK. I was born female and am happy with my body but consider my self Gender Queer. I came out as gay at 14 (nearly wrote 144!!) and have been with my partner for a number of years now.

I am a photography student in Cambridge and I am just about to go into the final term of my 3rd year. I have covered quite a few topics over the last three years including self harm, mental health, eating disorders and physical disability. You can see some of my work here: Flickr or my own web site here: Indigo Clouds Photography

This term I want to do a project surrounding 'Gender Queer' and 'Transsexuality'. So I am looking for people who might want to be involved in the project. I will be hoping to photograph a few aspects of the topic including things like: following someone through aspects of their transition, photographing people with their families, following people to Dr's appointments, visiting and photographing both home & work, doing some studio shots (including partners, with/with out make up, in underwear etc) .. For helping me out you would get a copy of your images on a disk, a copy of your favorite 5 printed up to A2 and many many thank yous from me!

Having dealt with subjects that are often unknown to family members or friends I am more than happy for people to remain anonymous. As you can see from my self harm images most participants don't have their face in the images. I would like for some of those who wish to take part to be able to have their face in the images, purely due to the nature of the project.

I don't have any money to pay those who take part but I could help with travel costs if people are on a low income and I am more than happy to provide accommodation in the form of the sofa in my front room!

Please feel free to contact me with questions, anything you might like to know. Also, feel free to pass this post onto friends who might not see it on LJ or even to other communities. I would also like people to take part in a survey that will be part of the final project so if you would like to receive that you can get in touch.

Finally, during previous projects people have contacted me suggesting that aspects of the project might be highlighting the 'wrong' parts of the issues. I warmly welcome this contact and can only understand the subject to a point with out this source of information.

My contact details:

E mail - Imogen.Jo@Gmail.com
Mobile - 0754 99 33 030
LJ - New_Kinda_Freak

Thank you for reading,
Kind Regards,

Imogen May
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