LGBTQ* Opportunities for Publication You May Have Missed:
The KNOWhomo family is excited to share an opportunity with you from our friend Ryan Sallans over at Scout Publishing, LLC. Got a story you want to share? The Outrider Review is looking for writing addressing issues of gender, sexuality, and identity to fill out its inaugural issue, due out in January 2014. They’ll be accepting creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, artwork, etc. For more information, see the link below. Good luck, and as always,
Keep On, Keeping on.
Call for submissions: All artists and writers who explore either gender, sexuality or identity The Outrider Review wants to see your work for the first volume, first issue, New Beginnings to be released January 1, 2014. To learn more visit the link! http://www.scoutpublishingllc.com/the-outrider-review/
Moments of Activism in LGBTQ* History You May Have Missed:
Activist group the Lesbian Avengers honor iconic couple Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein in a now-famous Valentine’s Day stunt, proclaiming it would help
"…make visible the fact of lesbian existence, and lesbian love in all its forms and expressions — including romantic love, cruising, one-night stands, singles, couples, threesomes, butches, femmes, and those of us who no one has bothered to categorize, the writers, the teachers, the secretaries, the housekeepers, the nurses and the truck drivers, and to make visible the love we have for ourselves and each other when we organize and take direct action together on our own behalf."
(Photo found in The Lesbian Almanac)
LGBTQ* Reading List: Butch/Femme 101
Evolving in the 1940s, Butch and Femme are words with a lot of weight and power in queer culture. Ever wonder why some LGBTQ*-identified people get upset if straight women claim “Femme” as part of their identity? Want to join the (years-long) debate about whether a Butch/Femme relationship conforms to or subverts heteronormative gender roles? Not sure what the words really mean or where they came from in the first place? Brush up on your reading with these texts—and if they whet your appetite for knowledge, don’t forget to keep digging over at the Lesbrary or the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
1. Butch is a Noun, by S. Bear Bergman.
2. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.
3. Dagger: On Butch Women, edited by Lily Burana and Roxxie Linea Due.
4. The Persistent Desire, A Femme-Butch Reader, edited by Joan Nestle.
5. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman.
6. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lillian Faderman
7. Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, edited by Chloe Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri.
8. Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities, edited by Del Lagrace Volcano and Ulrika Dahl
LGBTQ* Artists and Photographers You Should Keep On Your Radar
Photographer REBECCA SWAN
Queer artist Rebecca Swan from Aotearoa, New Zealand reexamines gender and the way the body is captured through a photography. Many of the individuals who share their bodies with Swan’s camera identify outside of the gender binary, including many members of the trans* community. Swan’s book ASSUME NOTHING follows twenty five people as they pose, expose, and share their most intimate truths with the camera.
1. Source — “Dred”
3. Source — Rebecca Swan, Photographer
4. Source — “Reshma Valliappan”
5. Source — “Mark”
6. Source — “Shane”
7. Source — “Merge”
KNOWhomo Past Posts and their Relevance Today
Pride Flags You (Might?) See and What They Mean
Flags of Our Family
With flags being flown across the country, accompanied by dedicated voices, strength, and compassion, we provide a helpful history of some of the colors waving above our heads.
(for more information, check out #Flag)
LGBTQ* Pride Flags You Should Know
#1: LGBTQ* Pride (**first flag in 1978 with 8 colors represented Lesbian/Gay culture)
#2: Bisexual Pride
#3: Pansexual Pride
#4: Asexual/Ace Pride
#6: Intersex Pride
#7: Trans* Pride
#8: Lipstick Lesbian Pride
#10: Leather Pride
Know Your LGBTQ* Rights!
The thing about living in the United States is: not everything is mandated by the federal government. Some laws are left up to individual states and their constituents. Unfortunately, this means that not all states provide legal protection for you as an LGBTQ*-identified employee. In fact, in several US states, workplace rights and protections vary by county, or even by city. How frustrating and confusing is that? Have you checked on your rights lately?
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation:
Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, parts of Wisconsin.
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation AND your gender identity:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
States where it is currently legal to discriminate based on an LGBTQ*-identity:
Alabama , Alaska , Arizona , Arkansas , Florida , Georgia , Idaho , Indiana , Kansas , Kentucky , Louisiana , Michigan , Mississippi , Missouri , Montana , Nebraska , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio, Oklahoma , Pennsylvania , South Carolina , South Dakota , Tennessee , Texas , Utah , Virginia , West Virginia , Wyoming.
Note From Ruth Elizabeth: Feeling as sick to your stomach as I am? Send a letter to your congress-person and tell them you want them to pass ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act). This would provide federal protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, so you can stop googling your workplace rights every time you move cities, counties, or states.
"…when we excuse homophobia as a matter of opinion instead of treating it as a destructive social illness, we invite fear to explode into violence…If we are ever to scrape the black rot of prejudice from the heart of our nation, we must stop excusing those who give it expression and even excuse. The next time someone dares to say, "Just because I don’t approve of homosexuality doesn’t make me a bigot," we must all answer back, "Yes, it does. Not only does it make you a bigot, it makes you a criminal, a danger to me, my family, my community, my city, and my country."’
—Harvey Fierstein for HuffPost
LGBTQ* Studies You Might Have Missed
(following reported by the Phoenix Business Journal)
The study from the Williams Institute examined 33 research studies and concluded that policies that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals lead to greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction and better health outcomes among LGBT employees.
“We now have a strong body of evidence that LGBT-supportive policies have a variety of benefits for companies that extend beyond the employees those policies impact directly,” said M.V. Lee Badgett, one of the study’s authors and research director and professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts. “As our nation’s workplaces become more diverse, businesses that respond to that trend will benefit.”
LGBTQ* 2013 World Pride Events
List from NightTours
Nobody told us: The path divides, and divides again, in many directions…How many ways can gender expression multiply—between home and work, at the computer and when you kiss someone, in your dreams and when you walk down the street? No one asked us: What is your dream of who you want to be?
- Minnie Bruce Prat, “Gender Quiz” in S/He (via queerbetweenthelines)
LGBTQ* News You Might Have Missed
(following from the Washington Post)
A French film about a girl who falls in love with an older woman won the highest honor at the Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Sunday. As the Associated Press reports, the festival jury gave the award, the coveted Palme d’Or, to director Abdellatif Kechiche and actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux for the film, called “Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele.”
Fun Fact from Ruth Elizabeth: According to Mark Harris, the film is also the first Palme D’Or winner based on a graphic novel—and its author, Julie Maroh, is not entirely pleased with the direction that was taken in the film regarding the ever-delicate imbalance that occurs when a man is responsible for filming lesbian sex scenes.
KNOWhomo would like to take a moment today to remember the fallen soldiers and members of the military (anywhere at anytime for any country).
No matter what your stance on the military (anywhere at anytime for any country), we know many individuals of the LGBTQ* community lost their lives and we’d like to take a moment to reflect on that history.
If you’d like to know more about LGBTQ* military history, check out our hashtag #Military.
Gay Insurgent: A Gay Left Journal, Issue #6
Currently on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
For more information, see Daniel C. Tsang’s blog post here.
LGBTQ*-Friendly Wedding Cards
Found in Georgetown’s Paper Source.
LGBTQ* People and Artifacts in Historical Archives
Franklin Kameny’s Protest Signs (now scattered throughout the American History Museum in Washington, D.C.)
Following from the Smithsonian Institution
Frank Kameny, who died on Oct. 11, was one of those Americans of whom few may have heard but who devoted his life to furthering civil rights, most especially for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people. He instigated or participated in many of the important gay rights actions of the 20th century.
This display shows a selection of the protest posters that Kameny and the Kameny Papers Project donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2006. Three of the most resonant picket signs are now on display in Flag Hall, just off the entrance from the National Mall and near the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem, and the civil rights-eraWoolworth Lunch counter. Another poster is currently on view in The American Presidency exhibition among a number of protest signs. The Kameny collection is part of the Museum’s long-standing commitment to preserve the history of American democracy and the struggles for individual and civil rights in the United States.
Kameny Political Cartoon Pulled from QSyndicate.com