Why It Gets Better: Smithsonian Museum Collects LGBT History

I have said to many a person that I’m keeping my own personal memorabilia for the day the Smithsonian opens the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) museum. Now, it looks like the Smithsonian may be ready to accept some of those items, though there is no plan yet for a building:

From the Washington Blade

“The pursuit of civil rights in America is woven throughout our history,” museum director John Gray said in a statement. “It is a tale of struggle and accomplishment as the nation strives to fulfill its ideals. We are grateful to our donors for assisting us to fulfill our mission to help the public understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more human future,” he said.

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Washington, D.C.’s LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline

METROWEEKLY reports on a partnership between the D.C. Office of Victim Services (OVS), Helping Individual People Survive (HIPS) and Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) to establish a 24 hour crisis hotline for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community:

Cyndee Clay, the executive director of HIPS, says the current 24-hour hotline geared toward victims of violence came about after The DC Center applied for a grant through OVS.

“The DC Center actually approached us, and let everyone know they were potentially going to apply for a grant,” Clay says. “And so we approached them and said, ‘Hey, we’ve run a hotline, we’ve run a crisis line, we’ve run crisis intervention. We’ve got the Continue reading

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The Evolving Language of LGBTs: Animal Classifications

In a previous post, I blogged about Fusion TV’s trip to Bear Week. In the short television clip, they provided definitions on the different classifications of Bears within that community subgroup: Polar Bear, the older bear type; Cub, the younger bear type; Otter, a slim guy with body hair.

Now that you are familiar those terms do you know your Marmosets from your Pekes and Afghans? Continue reading

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Fusion TV Brings You A Bear Week Review

The blog, Joe. My. God., reports that Fusion TV will be airing a program on the networks trip to Bear Week in Provincetown, Mass. Bear week is an event that takes place in Provincetown every year the week after July 4 for those burlier, hairier men of the gay community.

From the Fusion TV website:

During the second week of July, Provincetown, Massachusetts is invaded with bears. For an entire week, close to 10,000 gay, hairy and rugged men gather at the tip of Cape Cod to have some fun.

“The Bear community differs in the sense that there is this different ideal in terms of what the aesthetic is,” says Matthew J. Dempsey, a clinical counselor that specializes on helping gay men.

Bears are an established subgroup of gay men with their very own flag and distinctions among the community.

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‘Pride In the Moment’ Photography Project from Gay Games 9

Gay Games 9 is being held this week in Cleveland, Ohio and a group of photographers are bringing you the day-by-day imagery and action of the athletes.

Photographers in residence will be at cultural and sporting events capturing images from the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation. The exhibition will come alive with images representing this unique event in northeast Ohio.

View the Pride in the Moment photography exhibit

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Music Video Review: Brantley Gilbert’s ‘Small Town Throwdown’

I really love this song. I love the collaboration of the three singers on it. I love that it’s a fun-time party song. And I like that the video incorporates a confrontation between Brantley, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore and UFC’s Chuck Liddell (the look on Moore’s face after he slugs Liddell is priceless). What I don’t like about it is the cussing during that scene.

I know that’s how we’d all talk in that situation for real, and the cricket churp as a cover-up is pretty inventive, but country music is Continue reading

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Children’s Picture Books with LGBT Characters

My Two Uncles CoverJanine Schall, blogger at Word of Words, brings us a weekly series that examines the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) characters in children’s literature. In the first of the three-week series, Schall gives us a brief history of the publication of LGBT inclusive books, and how they examined the subjects:

It took longer, however, for openly lesbian or gay parents to appear in picture storybooks in the United States. While a book called Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin (Bosche) appeared in Denmark in 1981 and then in Great Britain in 1983, the first picture book with same sex parents in the United States wasn’t published until 1989. Heather Has Two Mommies (Newman) was published by the small LGBT publishing company Alyson, which established a children’s imprint, Alyson Wonderland, and quickly published 13 children’s picture books with lesbian or gay characters in the next ten years. This included Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Wilhoite in 1990, which was the first picture book with gay fathers. Continue reading

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