Today in LGBT History: The Lesbian Avengers

From The Huffington Post:

Back in 1992, a radical activist group called the Lesbian Avengers staged a demonstration in front of a schoolyard in Queens, N.Y., handing kids balloons instructing them to “ask about lesbian lives.” The flyers that they posted around the neighborhood carried a far less anodyne message than Freedom to Marry’s: “The lesbian avengers are coming to make the world safe for baby dykes everywhere.”

The Lesbian Avengers are the focus of a new memoir by one of the group’s founding members, Kelly Cogswell. She waxes nostalgic for the radicalism of the era, and like many of her contemporaries, laments the gay rights movement’s embrace of conservative mainstream ideals.

Her book, “Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger,” begins in 1992, the year a group of artists and activists in New York formed the Avengers. In the summer of that year, at the Republican National Convention in Texas, Pat Buchanan declared a “cultural war” against liberals, atheists, feminists and “the homosexual rights movement.”

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Is PDA AOK for Gay Men

In a Huffington Post article, Amelia, mother of a gay son, comments on the carefulness that gay men take when showing public displays of affection (PDA) around kids:

We live in the Midwest, and it’s been my experience that gay men outside an urban area’s gay grotto are very careful about showing affection — and even more careful around children. The incredibly hurtful and dangerous myth that gay men are a danger to children is well known. The gay men we have known have always been careful to avoid even the merest hint of impropriety. When around our kids, our friends who are gay rarely even hold hands, much less kiss one another.

This is a phenomenon that isn’t limited to the Midwest. For myself and friends of mine, we have discussed this very issue. While we may be more comfortable around family friends, we are still Continue reading

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Why It Gets Better: HIV Positive Men Becoming Biological Fathers

Stuart Bell, co-owner of Growing Generations, a organization that helps match up people who want to become parents with surrogates, writes of his wonder at having gone from watching HIV-positive men go from dying to becoming biological parents. This change came about through medical advances that allowed for testing of sperm to ensure that it was free of HIV and, also, finding willing surrogates.

From The Huffington Post:

Within a few months we had located a clinic in Boston that had been testing and processing sperm for heterosexual married couples where the husband was HIV-positive. We convinced them to offer the same process to our couple, who would be working with an egg donor and a surrogate. We also found an in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic in Boston that would complete the process using sperm from our client, eggs from a donor, and a surrogate to carry the baby.

Everything was in place except perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle: the surrogate. Would we be able to find a surrogate willing to do something far beyond what we had ever asked before?

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Kenny Chesney Back On Stage at Sold Out Flora-Bama Jama Show

photo by Jill Trunell/EB Media via Country Weekly website

‘Addicted to the music'; that should be the title of Kenny Chesney’s autobiography…if he ever rests long enough from making music to write one. At the end of 2013 Chesney announced that he would not be touring for 2014 so that he could focus on just making music for a new album. Well, you just can’t keep this man off stage; Country Weekly reports that Kenny will be playing at the Flora-Bama Jama on August 16 in a sold out show:

[Aug. 16 will be] the day he hits the beach at the legendary Flora-Bama for his first show in a year. Located on the Redneck Riviera right at the intersection of Orange Beach, Ala., and Perdido Key, Fla., the Flora-Bama is one of the South’s great coastal landmarks. (source)

Can’t even make it a year before he’s back playing in front of a crowd. Just goes to show ya the drive and passion that this Tennessee guy has to the music.

For those of you, like me, who are weepin’ that you can’t get tickets or even on a wait list for the show, take heart; Kenny’s new album The Big Revival will be coming out on September 23.

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Ark. City Re-affirms Support for Marriage Equality via Resolution

Eureka Springs, Ark., a city located up in the northwest corner of the state re-affirmed it’s commitment to marriage equality by City Council resolution in a 5-1 vote July 2014. This was the second time that the city had endorsed marriage equality. The first coming at the end of 2012.



WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Eureka Springs, Arkansas was the first and only City Council in Arkansas:

— To officially endorse universal civil marriage for all otherwise qualified adult Arkansans and all Americans by adopting Resolution No. 608 (2012); and

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Ark. City Celebrates Same-Sex Married Couple with a Wedding Reception

From an Out In Eureka press release:

Eureka Springs, AR plans ‘Married To Equality’ wedding reception for LGBT newlyweds.

The first city in Arkansas to officially endorse marriage equality and the first in which same-sex couples obtained marriage licenses in May will be the first in the state to hold an open-to-the-public wedding reception for LGBT newlyweds on August 2.

The town is bringing back the first same-sex couple married there May 10 for a free weekend vacation and a reception in their honor. The event is also intended to send a message to local, county and state officials who continue oppose marriage equality.

Jennifer Rambo and Kristen Seaton of Fort Smith, AR made history at the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs when they were granted the first marriage license issued to an Arkansas same-sex couple the day after the state’s gay marriage ban was declared unconstitutional by a state court. That ruling was later stayed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Continue reading

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CAN Garth Brooks Make a Comeback in Today’s World of Country Music?

Country Weekly is reporting that 90s superstar Garth Brooks will be coming out with a new music in the coming months and a new album for later this fall. Brooks gained mind-boggling popularity in the last decade of the 20th century with his brand of rocking, over-the-top, show-stopping music and concerts to bring country music to a whole new legion of fans. In the early 2000s, Garth took his leave from making music and performing to focus on raising his family. He had said at that time that he would return to music in the future and now that time has arrived.

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