2nd November 2011
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From the folks who brought you the “Queer as in Fuck You” Dance Party, it’s the GLAMARAOKE Benefit! Click the link for information about location and time.
Our good friend Ira is very close to the fundraising goal for his top surgery (http://drgarramone.com/tra nsgenderflorida/), and we’re hoping this benefit will put him over the top (so to speak). The proceeds from this totally glam party will be split between Ira and the Rusty Spoke Community Bicycle Collective.
You may be asking yourself, “What makes this party different from all the other glam-themed karaoke parties at community bicycle collectives I’ll be going to this season?” That’s a very good question, and here are the answers:
GLAMARAOKE featuring songs by David Bowie, Joan Jett, Queen, Gary Glitter, Kate Bush, and more!
Glam games like Hot Glitter Pickle, Cornhole, and Labyrinth!
Glam raffle prizes!
Glam costume contest for Most Glam, Most Outrageous, Best Hair, and Best Use of Glitter!
Glam fire spinning!
Glam dancing to glam music provided by Clusterfuck and DJ GLOCHIDS!
Glitter so glam it will never wash off!
So break out the Spandex, feather your hair, and get glam!
Entry is five bucks at the door, and everything else is really cheap, so bring lots of cash.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; no outside alcohol allowed. Bring your ID and plenty of back-up glitter. All ages welcome!
(If you don’t know Ira very well, you should. Check out his writing and videos at http://www.iradaltongray.com/)
2nd August 2011
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“Safe Streets” is part of a movement to track, map, and end public harassment experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer-identified youth. From comments, cat calls and whistles, to groping, stalking and threats – all of these go into creating an environment of fear and a lack of safety in public places. Many people are harassed on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation or gender, and youth and young adults are especially vulnerable. Public or street harassment is one of the most common forms of sexual violence, but it’s rarely reported and often not taken seriously.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and to live their lives without being harassed, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation and gender identity. At Safe Streets we define Public Harassment as any kind of harassment that happens in public spaces, including bus stops, public buildings (such as libraries), and on the street. Many LGBTQ individuals experience these kinds of harassment on a daily basis, and it’s considered culturally acceptable to yell sexual comments at or otherwise intimidate people in public.
This is not ok.
Harassment shouldn’t be something that you just have to “put up with” or “get over,” by virtue of your sexual orientation, appearance, or gender. At Safe Streets, we want to put the accountability for harassment back where it belongs: with the harassers. Our goal is to send the message that any kind of gender-based violence is never ok, and needs to be taken seriously.
Through your stories and reports, we can start to map and track incidences of public harassment in our community to show what a huge issue public harassment really is. We are here to provide a safe space for people to Share Their Story, Get Support, and -together- End Harassment.