Archive for May, 2010
Not sure why anyone would need these…well, okay. I could see some form of scenario that included a Lite Fetische theme, maybe a dabbler’s IML pre-party, and they didn’t want to go and get flogged they just wanted to hang out in a new outfit. Not SO out there that people wouldn’t laugh but also no attention to your actual interests. Although, I DO flag hot pink on the right, maybe this product is for me. Purchase over at Self Ridges.
Summer is here and it’s time to bust out your short shorts! For everyone interested in an outdoor safe space, here is the FB invite to the Gender queer Field Day happening this Saturday in Humboldt Park.
Queers and allies of all shapes and sizes are cordially invited to come out and play! GenderQueer Chicago is hosting a FIELD DAY. That’s right, break out your ball caps and picnic baskets because we are going to have an afternoon of games and other fun activities in Humboldt Park. We want this to be huge, so invite your friends and family.
This event lasts from 12-5 with kickball will beginning sharply at 2pm. More information will be forthcoming about the specific events you can expect, but the goal is fun, sun, grass, and a potluck picnic to usher in the summer on Saturday, May 29th.
If you are have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. Also, if you are interested in volunteering to help organize any events, then we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Somehow, I got on the press release list for Details Magazine, and mostly they send me “salacious” headlines for upcoming issues with shirtless pictorials. I used to read Details Magazine in my teens, actually. I had subscriptions to Details, Sassy, and Bop. Details has been through many reincarnations since then (they even had a horrid Maxim-style revamp that lasted 1o minutes) and the latest is back to where it was: gay without saying so. Last week, I got an email from them with this in the subject line: Hollywood’s Secret Weapon for Losing the “Gay” Accent. Pretty barfy to start, only got barfier. The article is about an accent coach named Bob Corff that everyone uses, and for just a few K, he can whip that gay accent right outcho mouf!! GROSS!! Some quotes?
“Somebody said I sound gay.” And sometimes they are married and straight but they sound gay, and that’s not gonna work for being a leading man in Hollywood at this time.
So they say, “Hi. How are you?” It’s simple, and the lines are very straight, instead of “Hi, how are yOOuu?” You know, women are much more melodic—their voices go up and they go down, and they even move their mouths more.
Q: There’s a narrow bandwidth of notes in a straight accent?
A: Right. Even in the face—the mouth is very simple, the lips stay close to the teeth, and the jaw just drops down.
So pretty much, there is a guy who people pay to teach them how to confrom on camera and retain our society’s expectations for gender. If gay’s just an accent, then why are we talking about it? Because erasing our nuanced inflections, the many, many varieties of them is a detriment to our community. If we are not visible, we aren’t even an afterthought.
It was earlier this year that a tweet from Tania Unzueta let me know something big was happening. “My name is Tania Unzueta, and I am undocumented. #comingout #fb” is pretty much how it went. As one of the organizers of Chicago’s Dyke March and a major force in Chicago’s place in immigration reform, I knew that this wasn’t an empty post, and soon enough the momentum coincided with Arizona’s hateful, backtracking law. Fast forward to May 17th and I read from Tania’s twitter, “Just watched four courageous dreamers get arrested #cantstopwontstop. My job just began.” Tania and other students had travelled to Arizona and were engaged in a sit-in at Senator McCain’s office; The Dream Act was now going to be national news. The New York Times ran this unfortunately titled article about the protest, the students were eventually released, and TPR got a pingback from Conservative Hideout, a blog dedicated to intellectualized Tea Party ideals for those that don’t care to do any research or think about ideas in a realistic way. In the post, Conservative Hideout questions the status of the protestors as actual students, assumes some liberal corporation has funded their trip and also paid someone to make the Dream Act’s website. It also attempts to “uncover” information about Tania as investigative journalism. Dummies.
A fundamental oversight by CH is that Tania is out of the closet. Being “out,” in the traditional sense for queer people is telling your friends, family and c0-workers about your identity. Outness is a polical act – it forces dialogue through awareness, and has always been the primary impetus for progress. To apply this principle to your undocumented status is not only remarkable in its simplicity, it’s also brilliant in it effectiveness. Latinos, being the largest growing (and frequently cited to be the largest by percentage) ethnic minority in the United States are potentially a powerful force. To be out as undocumented means that most everyone could know someone who is on the path towards citizenship, and will unavoidably bring support to individuals and the larger movement. Up until now, someone getting deported was hushed up. Or unnoticed. Or part of a headline grabbing, anonymous raid. Outness as part of immigration reform this the largest step towards awareness and change that I have seen in my lifetime.
Another blatantly ignorant generalization that Conservative Hideout makes is that since these protestors are undocumented, they have no skills, education, individual drive or, in a nutshell, humanity. CH questions ”who their funders are,” “who made their website” and challenges the validity of their student status using quotation marks and mocking their caps and gowns. Perhaps the only thing CH gets right is calling this a emotional plea. Indeed, if you have a heart, you can see how fucking emotional this is. However, if you are racist and misguided, you would ONLY see this as an emotional ploy.
*Video by Mohammed, one of the sit-in protestors. See more videos about The Dream Act at his youtube page, Dream Activist Dot Org
So, after I got the alert that CH has linked to Tania’s 2009 Top Ten list on TPR, I sent her an email. I just wanted to let her know about the online momentum that her actions had caused, and if she wanted me to change the post or take anything down, I would. She responded with what could be described as satisfied, and commented on the post herself. This is what she wrote at CH:
Hey this is Tania Unzueta, as you can see, I’m the person in the pictures above. Just to clarify, I am indeed a student, and will be starting my masters degree in Chicago next fall. Yay! Also, just a clarification: none of us participating in this organizing are getting paid. We are all doing this by being volunteers and fund-raising from our own families and friends. This is as real as organizing gets. Thanks for promoting our website! Aren’t we undocumented immigrants talented web designers and organizers?
Not only was she unafraid of this “uncovering” (SHE HAS A WEBSITE!!), she thanked them. I would also like to thank them. Thank you CH, for furthering immigration reform by covering the beginning steps of La Revolucion. Not only did you participate in Tania’s outness effort, not only did you plainly expose your fundie ”journalism,” you also helped document the fact that change is coming by the hands of one of the fiercest women I have ever had the pleasure of working with! Tania Unzueta: Chicana. Chicagoan. Warrior.
Click to keep up with the DREAM Act and the Immigrant Youth Justice League. Or make a donation here. You can request to follow Tania’s tweets at http://twitter.com/ilehlainat . If you want to know up to the minute news on what’s happening in Arizona, keep up with http://altoarizona.com/. Another good read is a recent post by Carlos in DC about the sit-in at McCain’s office.
From the email I just got:
As part of Northwestern’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association’s annual Queertopia! academic festival, we present a fabulous cabaret of Chicago-based queer performers: QUEERGASM! We are purposely hosting this event at a cafe so that those under 21 are able to attend. Our cast of performers comes from various walks of life, as well as a variety of performance traditions; we are so excited to invite you to such a spectacular night!
Featuring performances by: Andrew Brown, Rae Langes, White Rainbows, DAAN, the Puterbaugh Sisters, Rebecca Kling, Dion Walton, Sapna Kumar, and more! RSVP on facebook