Sunday, January 31, 2010

Reminder: Columbus Bi Network Meeting Feb. 2nd

Columbus Bi Network will be meeting Feb. 2nd at 7 pm. Our meetings are held at the Stonewall Columbus Center on High. You can read more about the group here. At this meeting, we'll spend a little time getting to know each other. We'll work on planning our first social event. We also need to do some publicity, so we will talk about some ways to publicize, and possibly split up the tasks. We'll soon be starting a reading group, where we'll be reading articles and books of interest to people who are attracted to more than one gender. Bring some ideas for articles/books to the meeting if you've got them.
Hope to see you there!
If you can't make it to this meeting, don't worry. We will probably be moving soon to a biweekly (ha, ha) schedule. Also, our social nights and potentially our support group will be held on different nights. I'll let you know about these events as soon as we decide the dates.
Lastly, we now have a Facebook page. Become a fan of this page to get updates about the group on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Call(s) for Submission(s)

I should be studying, so of course this is a good time to blog. Here are three things to which you might be interested in submitting your writing and/or art:

Bi Women Spring 2010 Issue Call for Submissions (H/T BiNet USA)
ATTENTION Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid + Queer-identified Youth: Robyn Ochs says "I am writing to invite you to write for the next issue of Bi Women", which is a quarterly newsletter produced in Boston for women everywhere.

The theme for the Spring 2010 issue of Bi Women will be "BI YOUTH". If you are a young bi-identified LGBT person, 25 or under, tell us your story.

What is it like to be you?

How did you come to identify as bisexual? Or, if you have a non-binary identity but use a different word than bisexual to describe yourself — tell us what, and why.

Where did you learn about bisexuality? Is/was there a Gay-Straight Alliance in your Junior High/High School?

Are your friends accepting of your bisexuality/pansexuality? What about your family?

Do you have any pansexual/bisexual role models? Where do you get support? What advice would you give to other young people who think they might be bisexual/pansexual?

o Deadline: February 5th 2010 -- Let me know right away if you're planning on writing
o Interested in being published in Bi Women? Here are the Submission guidelines
o Send your submissions to BiWomenEditor(at) gmail (dot) com

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TransOhio is always accepting contributions for our monthly newsletter.

To have work included in a specific issue, please keep the following
deadlines in mind:

* February 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., January 20, 2010
* March 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., February 24, 2010
* April 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., March 24, 2010
* May 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., April 22, 2010
* June 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., May 26, 2010
* July 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., June 23, 2010
* August 2010 - Need submissions by Wed., July 21, 2010

We're interested in the following:

* poetry & short stories (fiction & non-fiction)
* reviews and narratives about workshops & conferences
* opinion essays
* coming out letters to family & friends
* photos & artwork (drawings, paintings, etc.)
* local and national workshops and events
* book and movie reviews or recommendations
* online resources
* trans-friendly doctors, services, support groups, counselors, etc
* GLBTQI identities in the Trans-world
* Partner/SO/SOFFA/Family/Ally experiences and observations

Send your contributions by email to TransOhio at: TransOhio at gmail dot com .

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Something on the Inside is a creative project that seeks to inspire advocacy and raise awareness regarding the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of women and girls.

Female artists are needed to submit original works of art that speak to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of women and girls.

Artwork will be on display at the Center on High (Columbus, Ohio) for the month of March, in recognition of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 along with a performance by Tracy Walker (www.tracywalker.com). The purpose of the event will be to increase awareness, and raise funds for the Ohio AIDS Coalition.

Please submit your work to Erin at somethingontheinside at gmail dot com

Deadline for submissions is February 20, 2010.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Language About Marriage (Again).

In response to http://issuu.com/outlookcolumbus/docs/web-reduced/20?mode=a_p:

Dear Dr. Weems,

I've often enjoyed your columns in outlook monthly, but there was something in your latest column that bothered me. While I agree with your overall sentiment that we should not have to "clean up" our movement to make it more palatable to the mainstream, I take issue with your perception of the term "marriage equality." Doubtless it is true that some feel the phrase is better to use when talking about marriage rights because it leaves out "the offensive word 'gay,'" as you said. There are, however, a growing number of people who say "marriage equality" instead of "gay marriage" or even "same-sex marriage" because marriage equality is simply the most inclusive term. The people who say "marriage equality" because it is a good, inclusive phrase are actually the people who are most likely to be those least palatable to mainstream straight America - bisexuals, trans people, queers, and their allies.

Our movement is not just about gays. It's not just about gays and lesbians. We are fighting (or, at least, I hope we are fighting) on behalf of a whole lovely queer rainbow of people. Many bisexuals and trans people don't feel that "gay marriage" best describes their unions/potential unions. There are a number of reasons we feel this way. We're not gay. We're not lesbians. Our relationships aren't gay or lesbian relationships. When we are in a relationship with a same-sex partner, we don't automatically become gay or lesbian. We want our identities to be acknowledged. We're tired of being "gaywashed" (see: http://biwriters.livejournal.com/52491.html ) We find "gay marriage" offensive because we don't want our unions described as "gay marriages," needing that qualifier "gay," implying something outside of, something not as real as, a bona-fide man-and-woman state-recognized hetero Marriage (TM). We want our marriages called marriages, because that is what they are. Just marriages. I personally know several gay men and lesbians who also feel this way and who say "marriage equality" alongside us. For them and for us, it has nothing to do with trying to "sugar-coat the issue."

If you pay more attention to the language surrounding the gay marriage/marriage equality discussion, you will find that "gay marriage" is everywhere. I personally became aware of the wording issue a few years back, and I can tell you, it is not disappearing from the fight. It's most often the term that the press uses, and it is frequently used by our major activists and organizations (including the notorious HRC). I can't tell you the number of times I've gotten an e-mail from HRC generally or Joe Solmonese specifically talking about the fight for "gay marriage" or the victories for "gay and lesbian couples." GLAAD's Media Guide even states that "'marriage' or "marriage for gay and lesbian couples" are preferred terms and that "print editors may need the term 'gay marriage' when space does not permit use of the more accurate 'marriage for gay and lesbian couples.'" I see nary a mention of "marriage equality" there. I know that members of BiNet USA, a national organization for bisexuals, have made it a point to contact people who use "gay marriage" and ask for use of more inclusive language. But how far are we going to get when even GLAAD's Media Guide is outdated?

Bisexuals, trans people, and other queer folk who don't fit the gay and lesbian mold continue to struggle to be heard both outside and within the mainstream LGBT rights movement. As a distinguished academic, I'm sure you are aware of the power of language. For all unions to be recognized, all unions need to be included. I hope you'll take some time to think more about this important issue.

Sincerely,
The Bi Avenger

Monday, January 4, 2010

Reminder: First Columbus Bi Network Meeting Tuesday

Just a friendly reminder that the Columbus Bi Network will have its first meeting on January 5th at 7 pm at Stonewall Columbus's Center on High (1160 North High Street).

for more info, see here and here


More content on other stuff later... Last month sucked majorly and was also really busy. Now I have a cold, and am also starting full-time classes.