During that panel I asked the audience what it would be like if along with the Global Village and the Media Center there was a sex cruising zone, where we engaged in negotiations of desire and risk corporally. There were a lot of cautious laughter which I interpreted as discomfort – or rather dissonance from what that would be like in juxtaposition to the reality of the conference. I wanted to bring up cruising because, in my experience, there is a depersonalization with how sex and drugs are talked about within the HIV industrial complex. The ability to understand the virus as something contracted during the pursuit of pleasure by a unique individual has been replaced by looking at populations to manage instead of people.

The last day of the conference I went to the David McDiarmid exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria gallery. David was an early gay liberation activist and artist in Australia who died from AIDS related complications in 1995. Walking into his art exhibition the sounds from his mixtape “Funeral Hits of the 90’s” surrounded the space while his posters, paintings, sculptures and ephemera drew me in: Headlines— ‘POSITIVE QUEEN FEELS NEGATIVE Goes Shopping” and ‘’Plagueboy” magazine, huge glittering mosaics with figures spreading their rectums open, the names of boys tattooed on the bodies and a head with the word AIDS spelled in a swastika. I felt as if I was at a talented friend’s house party instead of in an enshrined art institution. In the work the experience of HIV/AIDS is complex, painful but also human and therefore funny, sexual, dynamic.


— From Cyd Nova's latest piece over at the VisualAIDS blog. (I am very lucky to know you, dear comrade.)


"What right did I have to describe all of this [Muzil’s agony]? What right did I have to wound our friendship like that? And to someone I adored with all my heart? I then felt, it was incredible, a kind of vision, or of vertigo, that gave me total power, that assigned me these ignoble transcriptions and legitimated them by announcing, it was what we call a premonition, a powerful foreboding feeling, that I was fully allowed to do this because it wasn’t the agony of my friend that I was describing as much as the agony that was waiting for me, and that would be identical, it is now a certitude that in addition to friendship we were linked by a common thanatological end."

"De quel droit écrivais-je tout cela [l’agonie de Muzil]? De quel droit faisais-je de telles entailles à l’amitié? Et vis-à-vis de quelqu’un que j’adorais de tout mon coeur? Je ressentis alors, c’était inouï, une sorte de vision, ou de vertige, qui m’en donnait les pleins pouvoirs, qui me déléguait à ces transcriptions ignobles et qui les légitimait en m’annonçant, c’était donc ce qu’on appelle une prémonition, un pressentiment puissant, que j’y étais pleinement habilité car ce n’était pas tant l’agonie de mon ami que j’étais en train de décrire que l’agonie qui m’attendait, et qui serait identique, c’était désormais une certitude qu’en plus de l’amitié nous étions liés par un sort thanatologique commun."

Hervé Guibert, on Muzil’s [Michel Foucault’s] death, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life.

Michel Foucault passed away 30 years ago, on June 25th, 1984. I realize that it’s a little bit odd, or in poor taste, to commemorate by posting Guibert’s writing on his death. I do think it’s important. What little commemoration* I have seen, in FrenchCultureLandia, seems to push aside entirely Foucault’s death, how he died. I guess that the focus on his work is laudable, but in the context of post-Manif pour Tous France, not talking about AIDS, his homosexuality … is anything but benign. It’s also part of a pattern of eliding Foucault’s very real, very specific political commitments in mainstream discourse (from Vincennes to the GIP). I guess that when Useless Capitalist Asshole in Chief François Ewald is one of the supposed guardians of your legacy or w/e, things are bound to go awry. (I’m not kidding about the Capitalist part — dude worked for the MEDEF, the french ‘union of employers).

*you might say, “Mounia, it’s just the 30th anniversary of his death! it’s not exactly a very significant date!”. Fair enough. Except, it’s France. They commemorate EVERYTHING. So it’s usually worth noting what falls by the wayside.

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$20 will buy one chair which we can paint, with your name on it!

The Intersections Cafe is a peer support group that was established by CNY for Solidarity in the spring of 2014 in Syracuse, NY. It is a space for LGBTQ people to come together for community support, both emotional and material. Currently, we rent chairs each meeting, on top of the fees to rent the space by the hour. We would like your help to purchase our own chairs. $20 will sponsor one chair. We will be painting and decorating them as a group and if you would like, we can add your name and a dedication on the chair you sponsor. Once we raise enough money, the rest of the funds we raise will go towards rental space.

There are several things that make the Intersections Cafe unique.

  1. LGBTQ people of all ages. We have organizations in Syracuse for LGBTQ youth and seniors, but many of us do not fit those categories. This is a space for all ages, and because of this, we have a lot to offer one another.
  2. The values of intersectionality. Or in other words, we try to emphasize the way that homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, and other forms of oppression are all interrelated. We realize people are more than just their sexual orientation and gender identity and try to avoid discrimination within our own community.
  3. Transgender leadership. Most groups are gay/lesbian run, and some attempt to be inclusive of trans* and gender nonconforming people. At Intersections, the main demographic we serve is transgender people, but all are welcome to learn, share, and discuss how gender and sexuality affect their lives. We have a diverse group of attendees.
  4. Free food. Coffee plus meals or snacks are provided each time. Volunteers prepare and transport the food. In addition, we make sure there are groceries from our pantry for attendees to take home with them. We realize that the LGBTQ and trans* communitie are much more likely to live in povery.  Mainstream food pantries are often uncomfortable or even unsafe for us. Having food available in safe spaces like Intersections is very important!
  5. Beyond being a support group where people can talk, Intersections provides a point of contact for other supportive resources and services. These include assitance with employment, healthcare, food, and other needs in the LGBTQ and trans* communities.

Please help us maintain this exciting new program! Again, $20 will sponsor a chair, but we are grateful for any donation, no matter how small. Please spread the word and feel free to come to our next meeting!

About Intersections Cafe: “Transgender, genderqueer, gay, queer, crossdresser, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, pansexual, whatever: As long as you are open-minded you belong at the Intersections Cafe! Come vent, share, or just listen… and have a FREE MEAL & COFFEE or TEA! Location is right across from the Centro Transit Hub.”

Seriously, it seems like as soon as I left Syracuse awesome stuff started happening. But for real, CNY For Solidarity is so cool and run by truly wonderful people, and they are doing real, concrete things to help the LGBTQ community in Central New York. This is just one of many, so if you can donate, please do, I know I will be once I get paid again.

These descriptions really warmed my heart. Throw some love & money their way, yeah?

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Y’all, we have LESS THAN 45 MINUTES to go with Give OUT Day over at Center for Sex & Culture! We are pulling out ALL the cuteness stops! Consider throwing us some  love & money, yeah? On behalf of Development Kitteh: I thank you.<3

Y’all, we have LESS THAN 45 MINUTES to go with Give OUT Day over at Center for Sex & Culture! We are pulling out ALL the cuteness stops! Consider throwing us some love & money, yeah?

On behalf of Development Kitteh: I thank you.<3


Holy wow! Give OUT Day has been extended to 11:59pm EST 5/16 (that’s TOMORROW!) due to Razoo being down for a couple of hours today. Razoo is back up now, so this means LOTS more time to support Center for Sex and Culture. Let’s keep those donations rolling, and get to #1 in the Bay Area and National Leader Boards!: http://giveout.razoo.com/story/Center-For-Sex-And-Culture


Ahem, any way: If you’ve been wanting to throw some money our way, but were worried about the 11:59PM EST deadline, well — now you’ve got a whole extra day to donate! Use it wisely & generously, peoples!

The only thing more joyous than listening to Toni sing along to David Bowie, Queen, Elton John, Kate Bush, & Elvis Costello are his Celine Dion Tribute Hour Stories about his dear and departed friend Thomas.





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They only have like 30 votes so far!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE FOR MAJOR!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Mid-20th century propaganda (via)

partly true in my case, and honestly one of the best things my mother ever gave me

Bless you, bless this post. &lt;3



Mid-20th century propaganda (via)

partly true in my case, and honestly one of the best things my mother ever gave me

Bless you, bless this post. <3




30% Of San Fransisco’s Homeless Identify As LGBTQ

San Francisco is often viewed as a Mecca for gay people. But the warmth of the city’s welcome can quickly vanish for those who are poor.

City leaders were startled this year when a survey revealed that 29 percent of the homeless population —about 2,100 of the 7,350 people counted — identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Bevan Dufty, the director of the city’s homelessness initiatives, said he was surprised the percentage held true for all age groups, even adults and the elderly. “What was really staggering was to see that it didn’t change as you got older,” he said.

The survey found that gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people who are homeless had higher rates of disability than homeless heterosexuals and were more likely to be homeless when they arrived in the city. Some of them were older gay men with AIDS who had been evicted from their apartments or people who had been cast out by their families in other states. Others, like Mr. Bolvito, a native of Guatemala who graduated from college in Hayward, Calif., with a degree in political science and once worked as a real estate agent, had good jobs that disappeared during the recession.

In response to the findings, Mr. Dufty and Kara Zordel, a coordinator of Homeless Connect, organized an event in October that offered medical and dental services and other assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless. And in August, the city’s planning commission approved permits for a 24-bed shelter with a focus on helping them. The shelter is expected to open in the coming months. Other cities have shown interest in San Francisco’s efforts, Mr. Dufty said. Officials from Santa Clara and Phoenix attended the Homeless Connect event.

Brian Basinger, a co-founder of the AIDS Housing Alliance in San Francisco, said the harassment of gays is common in the city’s shelters.

People there “do not have a lot of status in society to begin with, and so the way they protect or generate status in these social environments is to step on the queers,” Mr. Basinger said.

Gay and transgender residents have their shoes stolen, he said. They are robbed or beaten up in line.

Supervisor David Campos, who held hearings on the shelter problem, said that even though the homeless population may not have grown, homelessness has become more visible in San Francisco recently, perhaps because of an increase in evictions. Mr. Basinger and other advocates held a “sleep in” in Dolores Park in October to protest a proposed ordinance that would close city parks, where many homeless people sleep, between midnight and 5 a.m. The proposal narrowly passed on Nov. 5.

Disclosure: Only the facts and statistics were published in this post. Check out the article by the New York Times to read about the life and experiences of the homeless queer people who were interviewed.

Let’s not forget the stats that demonstrate that a lot of queer people that are homeless are also of color.


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