poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Saturday, March 26, 2005


‘Hate crimes are a scourge across our nation,’ said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign expressed concern over recent violent crimes against gay and transgender victims in New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, New York and California. These crimes underscore the need for laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans from bias-motivated crimes.

Women in the Workplace Just Can’t Win, Says GenderPAC

Harvard University librarian claims she was denied promotion because she is black and perceived as just a “pretty girl” whose attire was too “sexy”

WASHINGTON - In federal court this week, Desiree Goodwin says her supervisor told her she would never be promoted because she was “a joke” at the university library, where she “was seen merely as a pretty girl who wore sexy outfits, low cut blouses, and tight pants.” The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition said that gender stereotypes about how women should dress and act puts too many female workers in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” bind.

Earlier this year, a federal court in Nevada upheld the firing of a woman who had worked at the same place for 21 years because she refused to wear high heels and make-up under a new “personal best” dress code

GenderPAC Calls the “Boy Code” an Overlooked Factor in School Shooting Analysis

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2005) In the wake of the tragic school shootings by a teenage boy in Minnesota, academics and anti-violence experts have offered explanations that include family problems, poverty, Goth music and culture, and violence in the media, computer games and the Internet, and more. The experts are missing one crucial and overriding factor, GenderPAC said today: the codes of schoolyard masculinity and retaliatory violence.

Since 1982, there have been 29 school shootings, all by boys who had been mercilessly teased and bullied for being less than strong, sports-oriented or “masculine” by their peers and lived in communities that tolerated a violent code adolescent masculinity. For these young men, violence was the way to reassert their sense of autonomy, power and “manhood.” SUNY Stony Brook Sociology Professor Michael Kimmel, an expert in masculinities, has documented this consistent narrative in school shootings

Health ; New guidelines for treating 'intersex' babies:

Doctors urged not to operate on infants with unclear gender

WASHINGTON - It’s the first question new parents hear: girl or boy? But hundreds of babies are born each year where the gender isn’t clear. Prompt surgery to assign one was once the norm.

But gender depends on more than anatomy or hormones. It also seems to stem from the very earliest brain development, researchers said Friday in urging doctors to hold off on the knife until children can determine their own sex.

Central Washington Univ. adds gender identity to nondiscrimination policy

Central Washington University has became the third university in the state of Washington, and one of 25 nationwide, to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Five Plead Not Guilty To Brutal Attack On Santa Fe Gay Man
by Newscenter Staff

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) Five people have pleaded not guilty in the attack on a 21-year-old Santa Fe man beaten to unconsciousness and the bashing of his boyfriend.

Celebrate alternative sexualities - Tutu

Sexuality was about creativity and self expression, and alternative sexualities should be celebrated, former archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Thursday.

"You should love who you are," Tutu said in a film-clip message at the opening of the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

ACLU files suit over state constitutional ban on gay marriage

DETROIT (AP) -- A lawsuit challenging a recent attorney general's opinion that bans public employers from offering benefits to same-sex couples in future contracts was filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

The lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, asks the court to rule that Proposal 2 does not bar government employers from providing health insurance and other benefits to employees' same-sex partners and their children.

Questioning Authority is our Patriotic Duty
by Judith Krieger

My sons have asked what it was like to be a child of the’60s and’70s, an era that precipitated the swing of the proverbial pendulum we are now living through. Fashion, of course, has come full circle and there is a resurgence of some of the sartorial blunders of that time. One generation often looks back over its collective shoulder to imitate a part of the past it likes. In this case, though, clothing may be the only thing they’ve found which merits imitation.

on this day:

1622 -- New World: First Indian massacre of Europeans, Jamestown (Virginia); 347 slain.

Judge Refuses to Order Schiavo's Feeding to Resume

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore has refused to order the tube feeding of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo, CNN reported on Tuesday.

The U.S. Congress and President Bush intervened to prolong Schiavo's life after her feeding tube was removed on Friday on the order of a Florida court.

The Stop Ragging Campaign
is anIndia-wide initiative of SPACE or the Society for People's Action, Change and Enforcement. SPACE is a registered, not-for-profit, voluntary organisation. It is committed to the empowerment of civil society by working in the areas of governance, human rights and education. SPACE has been working in the fields of electoral reforms and the right to information in Uttar Pradesh.

The Stop Ragging Campaign uses the Internet, the media, and the law to
eliminate ragging.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

From: [LGBTNepal] Sexual Minorities: Fearing the Holocaust of Genocide In Nepal

In Nepal, these days' sexual minorities fear the holocaust of genocide from governments and security forces since the emergency was announced from1st February. Security forces, these days, treating, especially, to sexual minorities as non-human beings-more than wild animals. They threat and make harass, rape, abuse sexually as well as psychologically.