gwynhefar: (gay pride)
Obama Declares June LGBT Month.

I'm proud. What about you? :)
gwynhefar: (gay pride)
Here's an interesting article from the New York Times on the High Cost of Being a Gay Couple. Nice to see the financial aspects of same=sex marriage spelled out like that.
gwynhefar: (gay pride)
So I'm driving into work today, and traffic is all backed up - it's taking me twice as long to get down the interstate than it usually does. I'm a little curious as to the cause, and I'm expecting to eventually come upon an accident or something.

Instead, what I get are a couple of idiots standing on an overpass holding up huge signs that say "Sodomy is a Sin" and "Homosexuality is Perversion". And everyone on the highway is slowing down to gawk at them, backing up traffic for miles.

So now I'm ticked off and depressed by people's basic idiocy and rampant bigotry. Today will not be a good day.
gwynhefar: (gay pride)
This is a wonderfully thoughtful and insightful post. Go read it. It'll help, really.
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Book #62 -- Mo Brownsey, Is It a Date or Just Coffee: the gay girls guide to dating, sex, and romance, 224 pages.

My main complaint is that this isn't so much a guide as a commiseration. Not much in the way of advice, as the author freely admits she doesn't have the answers either, but don't you hate it when *this* happens? Still, it is quite amusing, and just about every gay girl will recognise something of herself and her relationships in this book.

Progress toward goals: 173/366 = 47.3%

Books: 62/150 = 41.3%

Pages: 17088/50000 = 34.2%

2008 Book List

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gwynhefar: (gay pride)
California legalises gay marriage

Take that, homophobes!

*bounce* *bounce* *bounce*
gwynhefar: (Chaos Theory)
Having seen a preview for The Libertine I decided to rent it from Netflix, and also to look up a bit on John Wilmot before it arrived. Accordingly I read the most notorious play attributed to him, The Farce of Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery.

A warning - do NOT read this if you are at all easily offended or squeamish about sexual topics. I can completely understand why public performances were outlawed for over 200 years. In fact, I do believe you'd need a special license to perform this play in most parts of the US now. Whether it was written by Rochester or not, it is the single most explicit piece of pornography I have *ever* read. And written in 1684 no less. My hat's off to the author *whoever* he is.
gwynhefar: (no permission)
Sperm cells created from female embryo

Hah! Take that, men! You are now superfluous. We don't need you anymore. Women shall rule the world and there's nothing you can do about it!

Mwuahahahahaha
gwynhefar: (no permission)
Does anyone know of any scientific studies about stereotypes of homosexuality? Both male and female.
gwynhefar: (gay pride)
After reading Ellen Kushner's story in Coyote Road last night I was seized by the sudden urge to reread Swordspoint. That book was a major turning point in my life. I read it when I was in high school -- Sophomore or Junior year, I can't remember which. At that point I had not yet figured out my own sexuality, I simply thought that high school boys were, every one, crude and immature, or that I was romantically hopeless, or more likely, a combination of the two. I still remember the exact moment when I realised Richard and Alec were lovers. First I double-checked the cover to make sure the book really was written by a woman. Then I thought, "She can't possibly mean that, can she?". At that point in my life I knew, of course, that some people preferred their own gender romantically, although what exactly went on between two men or two women I was still a little fuzzy about (I was a sheltered child). But my experiences so far had told me that such things were Not To Be Talked About, and that such individuals were to be viewed with scorn or at best pity, as if they were mentally retarded. I had never really understood why it was so, but it was so. And then I read Swordspoint, and for the first time I saw a homosexual relationship shown as a positive thing, as valid as any heterosexual relationship. And it was like the world had opened up for me. Something in me said 'YES, this is how it is supposed to be.' I devoured the novel. I cried and I cheered when Alec came back in the end. And from then on, whenever I was told that being gay was wrong I simply ignored it, secure in my belief that *they* were wrong.

After Swordspoint, I read several other books with positive gay relationships, particularly Mercedes Lackey's Vanyel novels. And in college I actually met gay people who were out. As a result, by the time I figured out that *I* was gay, the realisation caused very little angst and much relief. But I shudder to think what that realisation would have been like if I hadn't had those experiences. Much as Mists of Avalon and Charles deLint's work helped me to discover my paganism, Ellen Kushner's novel laid the foundation that allowed me to accept my lesbianism with relative ease. I wish I had had the courage to tell her that when I met her.

For now, I'm going to reread Swordspoint, and revel in that feeling again.
gwynhefar: (wind)
So driving home from work this afternoon I had to drive through the typical Louisiana mid-afternoon thunderstorm. I love thunderstorms, although I'd prefer to watch them from my living room window. Anyway, I saw this one lightning strike ahead of me that appeared to actually consist of *two* exactly parallel twin strikes. I don't know if there truly were two twin strikes or if a single strike was somehow reflected off of something into appearing like a twin strike, but it was the most amazing sight. I'm home now, and it's still thundering. Nice and cozy.

Oh, and also -- there is a devastatingly cute new graduate assistant at work. She has red hair like mine only with blonde streaks in it. And she seems very nice. That she be gay and single seems like too much to ask on top all that, but we'll see.
gwynhefar: (gay pride)
Book #97 -- Hal Marcovitz, Teens and Gay Issues, 101 pages.

This book presents the findings of the 2003 Gallup Youth Survey on Gay Issues, along with context for the statistics and personal stories. The book presents the results as a small step toward a more gay-friendly society.

Progress toward goals: 243/365 = 66.6%

Books: 97/100 = 97%

Pages: 28960/30000 = 96.5%

2007 Book List

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Book #87 -- Deborah A. Miller, Coping When a Parent is Gay, 124 pages.

Part of a series advising kids how to deal with difficult subjects, this is a comprehensive and sensitive look at the struggles facing both child and parent when the parent comes out to their child. Relying heavily on realistic example narratives the book takes the child through an overview of homosexuality, the issues facing a parent when deciding whether or not to come out to their child, the potential reactions of the child, the possible attitudes of the non-gay parent, and the legal consequences of having a gay parent. Each issue is presented from many different perspectives without judgment, but the overall theme of the book is acceptance and tolerance. Specific questions for thought help young adults make sense of their own feelings surrounding the issue, and the end of the book contains a bibliography of suggested reading and a resource list of support organizations.

Progress toward goals: 233/365 = 63.8%

Books: 87/100 = 87%

Pages: 26784/30000 = 89.3%

2007 Book List

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gwynhefar: (Queer)
Book #84 -- Adam Mastoon, The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People, 81 pages.

This book features photographs and coming-out stories of 40 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth of all backgrounds. Each story, as each person, is unique and celebrates the diversity of the human race, as well as the diversity within the GLBT community. Having the photographs as a part of the book is important, because it's one thing to read about other gay youth, but it's a totally different thing to be able to look at a picture and say, 'that person is like me'. If I'd had a book like this when I was first coming to terms with my sexuality, perhaps I wouldn't have felt so alone.

Progress toward goals: 230/365 = 63.0%

Books: 84/100 = 84%

Pages: 25804/30000 = 86.0%

2007 Book List

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Book #82 -- Jean Lipke, Sex Outside of Marriage, 53 pages.

Another GLBTRT book (and there are still plenty left, although I think this is my last 'let's talk about sex' book). A balanced, objective look at teen sexuality, the consequences of sex outside of marriage, and the options for teens facing those consequences. Surprisingly for a book written in the 70s, the author talks frankly about contraception, abortion, and STDs without judgement. The section on homosexuality however, presents it as a mental disorder, and recommends early intervention and careful resocialization for children suspected of developing homosexual tendencies. Seen within the context of the time it was written it's really not that bad (in fact, the attitude it presents is much the same attitude my mother had when I first told her I was gay). Still it is a shame that this kind of information was the *best* young gay people in the 70s had to fall back on.

Progress toward goals: 227/365 = 62.2%

Books: 82/100 = 82%

Pages: 25537/30000 = 85.1%

2007 Book List

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gwynhefar: (gay pride)
Book #74 -- Frank Mosca, All-American Boys, 116 pages.

Neil was deep in the closet until he met Paul, who gave him the courage to stand up and be himself. But life isn’t easy, and soon they have to deal with bad parental reactions, and a brutal gay-bashing.

Another one for the project. Boy am I glad they're mostly all so short. This one was a big story for such a little book, but despite that it didn't feel rushed. It was sweet but serious and well-written.

Progress toward goals: 215/365 = 58.9%

Books: 74/100 = 74%

Pages: 23978/30000 = 79.9%

2007 Book List

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gwynhefar: (gay pride)
Book #73 -- Mark McCausin, The Facts About Lesbian and Gay Rights, 46 pages.

A very basic overview of the central issues of gay rights, published in 1992. Each chapter begins with a narrative example before expounding further on the issues. Not bad, as these things go. Another book for the GLBTRT project.

Progress toward goals: 215/365 = 58.9%

Books: 73/100 = 73%

Pages: 23862/30000 = 79.5%

2007 Book List

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Book #72 -- Deborah Miller and Alex Waigandt, Coping With Your Sexual Orientation, 89 pages.

Part of a series advising kids how to deal with difficult subjects, this book is a candid and yet supportive look at the challenges that face gay teenagers, while maintaining the view that sexuality, both homosexual and heterosexual is a natural part of development, and something to be celebrated, not ashamed of. Each chapter uses fictional example situations to guide teens in considering the issues surrounding sexual orientation and its history, social position, and impact on relationships with family and friends. The appendix includes a bibliography and contact list of support services.

This is one of the books I'm annotating for the GBLT Round Table of the American Library Association, and it was better than I thought it'd be. In particular, it handled the issue of dealing with a parent's homophobia well, assuring the reader that homosexuality and bisexuality are natural and ok without telling kids that their parents are wrong.

Progress toward goals: 214/365 = 58.6%

Books: 72/100 = 72%

Pages: 23820/30000 = 79.4%

2007 Book List

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gwynhefar: (no permission)
Book #63 -- David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy, 185 pages.

Paul's known he was gay since kindergarten. But that doesn't mean he always gets it right. So when he meets Mr. Perfect and promptly blows it, does he have the courage to try again with the whole school watching?.

This was a cute romantic book about relationships and high school, albeit in a high school where many of us can only wish we'd attended: where the cheerleaders ride Harleys and the star quarterback *is* the Homecoming Queen. It's nice to have a gay teen romance that is less about the pitfalls of being gay and more about the pitfalls of being in a relationship.

Progress toward goals: 206/365 = 56.4%

Books: 63/100 = 63%

Pages: 20752/30000 = 69.2%

2007 Book List

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gwynhefar: (tori -- never change)
Despite all the stuff going on at VT and everything he's been through he still remembered my birthday yesterday, sent me a card and a present, and called me to wish me happy birthday. And while we were talking we got on the topic of parents accepting their gay children (his girlfriend's older sister is a lesbian) and he said that even if mom and dad had trouble accepting me or my future girlfriends he had no problem with it, and hey, this way, he and I could go out girl watching together :)

I have the coolest little brother ever!

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