Friday, February 19, 2010

Stuff and events you should know about

I debated for a few seconds about catchy titles for this type of post. Maybe I could come up with something. "Bi-gest" briefly crossed my mind, but then I realized that it was terrible. Y'all know I am not the best at coming up with that sort of thing.

A few things I'd like to point out that are happening this weekend:
**February Guerrilla Queer Bar Columbus event at Circus for Funkdefy (Fri. Feb 19 - that's today!, 10 pm):
Our events so far have been more focused on socializing and finding good dive-y bars. This will be our first try at infiltrating a dance floor. I am really excited!
**Columbus Bi Network Social Meetup (Sun. Feb 21, 2 pm, Travonna Coffee House)
This is our first social meetup since starting the group in January. Should be great! I heart Travonna.
**Girlspot Columbus Social Meetup (Sun. Feb 21, 5 pm, Travonna Coffee House)
I have not been to a Girlspot event yet, but I figured I should get out more, and also this is right after and in the same exact room as the Columbus Bi Network meetup. I think it's funny that we unintentionally made back-to-back reservations.

Now on to the stuff to share!

Kinksters work to stay out of public eye (The Other Paper)
It's cool that TOP wrote this article. The article makes me kind of sad, though. It's 2010, we should all be able to be out.

Columbus Could Soon Offer Domestic Partner Benefits (10TV)
H/T Columbus Underground. Don't read the comments, they'll just piss you off. My favorite part: someone actually said "cheese and rice."

Big bill for county domestic partners (The Other Paper)
Franklin County employees receive domestic partner benefits. But because the government does not recognize domestic partner benefits, those benefits - paid for by the county - are considered taxable income by the IRS. Also, couples who want these benefits have to sign an affidavit saying they are a couple. So if people want to withdraw from the benefit program because of its cost, they have to sign an affidavit saying they are no longer in a relationship. Read the article for more details on this messed-up situation.

Saperstein to McConnell: Denounce Pogrom Analogies (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)
Ken Blackwell, Ohio's least favorite conservative a-hole and losing candidate for governor, is at it again! “[Mr. Blackwell’s] likening of Ms. Johnsen and Ms. Feldblum’s confirmations to the persistent and violent killing of Jews in Cossack-controlled Russia desecrates the memory of those who died in the pogroms."

Jamaican man fears persecution for his bisexuality if deported from Canada (Bisexuality Examiner)
"Originally, immigration officials didn't accept Smith's claims of potential discrimination, saying he 'doesn’t fit the profile of a gay man.' The officer refused to believe that Smith would face danger or torture if sent back." I hate to use lolspeak, but... FAIL.

Bisexuals: putting the B back in LGBT (Guardian)
This article summarizes a lot of the crap that bisexuals have to deal with. Also, it's from the Guardian, which is cool. Furthermore, its initial points are especially important to bring up in light of articles like...

...Betraying the Cause? (Advocate)
"Author Chandler Burr accuses gay rights leaders of sabotaging marriage equality by refusing to use one potent political weapon: the fact that being gay is not a choice." There are a lot of things wrong with this article. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit them all in the 1000 character limit for comments. Ha, ha.

Are Any Olympic Athletes Going to Win a Gold Medal and a Fun Gender Test? (Queerty)
"With the 2010 Winter Olympics underway and gold medals being handed out, the question of whether 'suspicious' athletes will need to have their genitals and blood examined arises. And so too does one glaring fact: gender testing is completely biased against women."

"God Hates Gaga"
The WBC has gone after Gaga. This is a little old, but also hilarious, so in case you missed it, I'm posting it here. Check out the Megan Phelps parody of "Poker Face."

Up Glenn Beck's Nose
What do Glenn Beck and Barack Obama have in common? H/T Joe. My. God.

Testosterone and the Trans Male Singing Voice (TransGuys)
I was very interested in reading this post. As a singer, this is something I've wondered about.

Why DADT repeal gets more attention than ENDA (Bilerico Project)
Good post.

Mass. Says Federal Marriage Law Unconstitutional (Washington Post)
Massachusetts AG Coakley is taking this all the way to the feds: "[she] says a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman interferes with her state's right to regulate the institution." H/T Empowering Spirits Foundation

Cupcakes for Men. No, Seriously, Cupcakes for Men. (Sociological Images)
I hope this business is meant to be kind of tongue-in-cheek.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A little bit more information about Chandler Burr...

http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Bailey/Bisexuality/Bisexuality-NYT%20Letters%207-12-05.htm

The Bi Avenger said...

Wow! So basically, he doesn't understand how science works. Also, I had no idea about his connection to Bailey. Gross.

thanks for sharing!