TONIGHT: “Against Equality” at NYU

6 Oct

Pride Month and Queer Union Present:

Against Equality: Queer Challenges to the Politics of Inclusion

How do policies of “family values” coerce conformity while cutting government funding for programs such as childcare, healthcare, and reproductive services?

How does same-sex marriage reflect a narrow model of gay citizenship based on consumption, private domesticity, and homonormativity?

How can we gain legal recognition of a wider range of relationships, households, and families?

How can we separate benefits from martial status to provide access to vital government support programs for all people?

Join us for a panel discussion with the organization “Against Equality,” a queer collective that dissects the logic of the national campaigns for gay marriage and begs us to question what our queerest futures might look like.

This event is free and open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible. If you need sign language interpretation services or other accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible.

For more information on all Pride Month events: www.nyu.edu/clubs/pride (or take another look at the gorgeous pride month calendar)

Against Equality
Wednesday, October 6: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Kimmel 602 (60 Washington Square South)

Dig Out Your University Shirts!

5 Oct

If you’re as devastated as I have been these past few days over the influx of teenage suicides due to homophobic abuse, but are too busy with life or are unsure what you can do to help, here’s something easy:

This October 20th is going to be Spirit Day, and to honor the gay boys who’ve lost their lives all you have to do is show solidarity by wearing purple (The color purple from the rainbow flag). This small action doesn’t require any effort or detract from your schedule. And considering we attend NYU, it should be pretty easy to dig up from the bottom of your drawer that NYU Athletics T-shirt your parents bought you after you got accepted to college but have never worn since.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Luca

Sarah Silverman Gets Serious

4 Oct

How I came to love one of my favorite comedians even more:

Links You May Have Missed:

3 Oct

Andy Dandy: Warhol in drag!— This exhibition ends TONIGHT. Check it out in Soho before coming to the candlelight vigil in Washington Sq. Park

Slate gives a history of political gay-baiting–“gay-baiting is the linguistic practice of publicly insinuating, with little or no evidence, that a rival might be gay, without ever using the word ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual.'” complete with slideshow!

BBC Audiences want “more realistic” gay characters–“In general, respondents wanted integration of the gay and heterosexual ‘worlds’ so that sexual orientation was less of a talking point, and more an identity ‘to reflect in the mix’.”

MrLoverLover–a low-key photography project on Photography Served featuring 10 gay escorts working in Amsterdam

NYU Local on DADT–and no, the article is not dripping with sarcasm :D

Figure Out What You Can Do for Queer Youth

1 Oct

The events of the last few weeks have been a wake-up call. Every time I hear about another queer child we’ve lost, my first thought is that I wish I could have been there. What’s sad is that I couldn’t have: I, like many queers I know, have no real connection to the queer youth community. What that means is that any kid in trouble wouldn’t know how to find me– and that is no one’s fault but mine.

The recent queer youth suicides are a tragedy and a crisis. But unfortunately, LGBT youth have long suffered disproportionally high rates of depression and suicide. Countless other tragedies will continue to go unreported if nothing changes.

Queers, are you doing your part as a member of our family? I know I haven’t been. These are our kids and siblings. There are so many organizations out there that could use your help. Support the awesome Trevor Project suicide prevention hotline for queer and questioning youth seeking counseling or fighting depression: 1-866-488-7386. Create a video for Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign- or better yet, find a way to tell your story to a kid who really needs to hear it. (NYU students, let’s find a way to reach our local GSAs.)

Straight friends and allies, do your queer friends know you support them no matter what? (Are you sure?) Parents, are you your child’s advocate? Principals and teachers, do your students know that cruelty is intolerable? Those of you who pray, if all of your prayers were suddenly answered tomorrow, would the world change at all for LGBT youth?

Queer kids, you are our family and our future, you are loved, and it does get better.

“You Are Loved” Glowlight Vigil: Please Join Us

30 Sep

NYU LGBT clubs and organizations, as well as Delta Lambda Phi, are hosting the “You-Are-Loved” Glowlight Vigil this Sunday, October 3 at 9:00 in Washington Square Park.

Within the past two weeks, six young men between the ages of 13 and 19 have committed suicide as a result of homophobic bullying:

Asher Brown, age 13
Seth Walsh, age 13
Justin Aaberg, age 15
Billy Lucas , age 15
Tyler Clementi, age 18
Raymond Chase, age 19

Students at NYU are asking that we all come together as a community to remember these young men as well as all of those we have lost due to hatred and bigotry.

It’s time to mobilize. The vigil will start at 9:00pm in Washington Square Park underneath the arch. (No flames due to WSP regulations- bring something that glows!) The event will culminate in a chalking session in honor of the 2nd annual “You-Are-Loved Chalk Messaging Project.”  This project is meant to provide uplifting messages as well as shed light on the amount of bullying, harassment, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts that disproportionately affect queer youth.

We need your help to get the word out! Tell your friends about this, and let’s show silenced queer youth that there are people out there who will accept them for who they are. No one should ever be made to feel alone in this world. We realize this is short notice, but we must act before one more precious life is lost.

“You Gotta Give Them Hope”- Harvey Milk.

A message from Ellen DeGeneres:

“Things will get easier. People’s minds will change. And you should be alive to see it.

Resources

http://chalkmessages.org/

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

http://www.theawl.com/2010/09/a-summary-of-our-gay-teen-bodycount

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcVyvg2Qlo

http://nyaf.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-you-are-loved-chalk-message-project.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1316319/NY-student-Tyler-Clementi-commits-suicide-gay-sex-encounter-online.html

http://www.queerty.com/billy-lucas-15-hangs-himself-after-classmates-called-him-a-fag-one-too-many-times-20100914/

http://www.queerty.com/teenager-justin-aaberg-killed-himself-over-gay-bullying-his-mom-wont-let-anyone-forget-20100914/

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail?entry_id=73326

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7220896.html

NYU Pride Month 2010

30 Sep

This year’s Pride Month brings so many awesome events! Check it out and tell us what you think!