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Tattoos [Nov. 8th, 2009|05:05 pm]
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Anybody know of any good, female tattoo artists in town?
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Hello. [Mar. 27th, 2009|05:56 pm]
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[Current Location |tallahassee, fl]
[Current Mood |boredbored]

Hi all. I'm still kind of new to Tallahassee. Moved hear in November and haven't really made that many friends yet. I spend most of my time working, tutoring my bosses kids (and being a sometimes nanny), and hanging out with my ex/bff.

If you want to add me, feel free! :)

MySpace | Facebook

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2009 almost FLORIDA SPRING GATHERING [Jan. 19th, 2009|11:37 am]
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MAY 9 - 16, 2009






Depart BHM Saturday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Arrives BHM Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.

If you are planning to drive to the West Coast Gathering and don't have a full car,
why not post a "Ride Offered" message along with your travel dates and your City.

If you need a ride, why not post a "Ride Needed" message, including your city and dates.

for more info, please visit www.kategrace.com funnest lesbian dating community
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Did Obama Team Play us On Bishop Robinson? [Jan. 19th, 2009|01:21 pm]
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During the inauguration kick off party at the Lincoln Memorial, openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of the Diocese of NH gave the opening prayer.

The problem is it was not televised by HBO or NPR and there were 'technical difficulties' making it nearly impossible for the crowd of 500,000 to hear a word.

Demand to know why Bishop Robinson was part of the "pre-show" and therefore not taped.

More info and contact info at http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/01/did-obama-team-play-us-over-bishop.html
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Diversity Lesson 101: LGBT/Queer Little People [Dec. 23rd, 2008|12:41 pm]
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Little People like LGBT people are considered "freaks of nature", they get stares and people misunderstand them. In looking for resources for Little LGBT People, I found virtually nothing. I decided, to make an entry to educate people about little people as well as provide as much info as I can for LGBT Little People. It is my sincere hope that LGBT Little People can find solace, comfort and community and that they can begin to network and build a foundation and support system for their own sub-section of the community.

For more info and resources on LGBT Little People, check out:
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Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete) [Dec. 20th, 2008|03:10 am]
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[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

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JOIN THE IMPACT: March to the Capitol and rally this Saturday! [Nov. 12th, 2008|12:35 pm]
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this community, and I wanted to let everyone know about a march and protest that will be happening this weekend!


March begins at Westcott at FSU at noon.

Rally at the Old Capitol at 12:30

Come Join the Impact Tallahassee rally, Saturday, November 15 at 1:30PM at City Hall and raise awareness of the need to right a wrong. This rally is part of a national event drawing attention to the votes in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas.

While protests will make us somewhat visible, that is far from enough. What we need to do is develop strategies to obtain these rights. This Join the Impact rally gives us the opportunity to begin our discussions.

The rally will feature local speakers and musicians.

For more information, contact Isabelle Potts or Susan Gage at (850) 224-8188 or ipcbavs@yahoo.com.

You can join the facebook event by following this link-

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Might the "Bradley Effect" Also Hold True for Queer Issues? [Oct. 23rd, 2008|12:25 pm]
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Today's open forum is set to examine whether we may see something similar to the "Bradley effect" on queer issues in the upcoming election.
"The Bradley effect, less commonly called the Wilder effect, is a proposed explanation for observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some American political campaigns when a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other. Named for Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor's race despite being ahead in some voter polls, the Bradley effect refers to an alleged tendency on the part of some voters to tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, and yet, on election day, vote for his/her white opponent." (Wikipedia)
The "Bradley Effect" was a shocking dose of reality about the inconsistency of polls to determine how truthful people are about their voting decisions. It also went on to show the racial implications of the governor's race.

While it is now 26 years later, the notion of a "Bradley Effect" has resurfaced because Barack Obama, a bi-racial candidate is running for president of the United States of America. It is interesting to ponder whether people are indicating they will vote for the democratic ticket while in private will vote against it because of the racial implications.

I also wonder whether this can be applied to certain LGBT issues up on the ballot this Nov. 4th. There are marriage amendments in California, Arizona, and Florida this year. There is also the question of a constitutional convention in Connecticut and a ban on adoption by unmarried co-habitating couples in Arkansas. All of these referendums hold major implications for Americans straight and gay.

People opposed to gay rights often argue that they "have gay friends" or are "not bigoted against gays." It has become increasingly unpopular to be associated with "homophobia." Is it possible there is a segment of the population that claims they will vote against these marriage amendments and in favor of LGBT rights while secretly espousing another point of view to hide their own fear of being labeled a bigot?

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Obama Pride - Video Collage [Jul. 20th, 2008|05:06 pm]
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Collage of videos demonstrating Obama's commitment to the Queer community!
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Global Queer Rights - Take Action!!! [Jun. 3rd, 2008|10:41 am]
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TAKE ACTION: Support LGBT Rights Worldwide!Collapse )
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Queer Liberationist or Gay Assimilationist? [May. 19th, 2008|09:34 am]
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There are two opposing political viewpoints when it comes to advocacy and than of course there are a variety of more moderate middleground opinions that fall in between the Queer Liberationists and Gay Assimilationist camps.

Gay Assimilationists - This ideology is to make gay/lesbian people seem like average, normal everyday citizens in the eyes of the general public. They want to make the case that gay families deserve equal rights and recognition and they want what everyone else wants: a house with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids. Some Gay Assimilationists are not inclusive of Bisexuals or Transgender people because they feel these groups hurt the gay rights movement. This is not the case for all Assimilationists and many seek to include all LGBT people and create a sense of assimilation into the general society. Gay Assimilationists often seek to advance their agenda through corporate sponsorships and see getting big business and government on their side as a way to advance equality. The assimilationists strive to paint the LGBT community as being no different than the heterosexual world and just want to fit in. They want the rights to marriage, the rights to adoption, to serve freely and openly in the military. Part of achieving these means, Gay Assimilationists seek to tone down the sexual aspect of gay pride, they feel that sexuality is one component of gay relationships and seek to emphasize much more the loving, financial, community, and faith based aspects of LGBT relationships.

Queer Liberationists - This camp of political theory views gender and sexuality in non-conformist ways. They do not apologize for the differences of Queer individuals and do not seek to "fit in". They embrace the idea of "We're Here, We're Queer, Get Used to it!" and believe society must change to accept them rather than they change to mold into hetero-normative society. Queer Liberationists are often but not always concerned with Queer issues as they relate not only to LGBT people but also to capitalism, anti-militarism, sexism, racism and other aspects of social justice. They are less concerned with same-sex marriage, adoption, and don't ask don't tell. Many times but not always they are against the institution of marriage altogether, feel gays are liberated from the idea of raising kids, and are against gays serving in the military because they are anti-military to begin with. Queer Liberationists often disagree with the idea of corporate partnerships and having big business and government intervene in LGBT issues. Queer Liberationists do not seek to hide their sexuality and gender expression, they seek to embrace it and encourage what has conventionally been frowned upon as inappropriate.

These are two diametrically opposed political camps. Most people have various opinions that don't fall so heavily into one party or the other. Where do you lie and what are your thoughts?

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Free Speech Where do We Draw the Line? [May. 13th, 2008|09:39 am]
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A few interesting and controversial headlines have popped up in the news and the gay blogosphere that raise some important questions. At what point is gay activism intruding upon free speech and freedom of expression rights? Freedom of speech and expression must be protected even for anti-gay forces, because if we don't have these basic freedoms it becomes a slippery slope and eventually we will not have the right to express our opinions.

I write this in light of some stories recently, such as a student who wore a t-shirt to school saying "Be Happy - Not Gay!" at a diversity event, who got in trouble. The courts have since ruled she is entitled to wear the shirt.

What about Crystal Dixon's case with the University of Toledo V.P. of Human Resources who outside the university wrote an opinion column denouncing homosexuality, claiming it is a choice. She has been fired under grounds that she mentioned she was a worker at the school and is now suing the school.

Finally there was the case at Smith College, where the College Republicans brought in Ryan Sorba who created a book called "The Born Gay Hoax" who spoke about bogus research regarding LGBT people. Students interrupted his anti-gay speech by screaming "We're Here, We're Queer, get used to it" the student protesters overwhelmed the room forcing Mr. Sorba to leave the campus and cancel his speech.

Youtube clip of the Smith protest:

What do you think about GLBT activism and where do we draw the line to ensure free speech rights, or is it okay to intrude upon the free speech of others when they seek to intrude on our civil liberties and spread falsehoods about our community?

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Introducing Queers United [May. 6th, 2008|11:15 am]
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The activist blog with action alerts for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, and Intersexual community!

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A friendly post form your gainesvillian neighbors [Apr. 11th, 2008|02:34 pm]
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This IS a night catering to lesbian, bisexual and women in general. However we welcome any mature, respectful and open minded individuals to come out to the debut on April 20th and have a great time with us.

Come out and support if you are in the area!
Bring a million friends!!
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2007|02:31 pm]
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I just might be your favorite dyke DJ.
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(no subject) [Mar. 4th, 2007|11:29 pm]
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girls do it better
Join dyke_riot because girls do it better.
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OMG mark yer calender! Queeruption Aug 2-7 Canada! [Dec. 8th, 2006|09:02 pm]
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Announcing Queeruption 10: Vancouver, Canada!
August 2-7 2007

This summer Queeruption is heading north to Canada. Come prepared with sleeping bags, tents, bug repelent, queer campfire stories and vegan hotdogs because Queeruption 10 will happen in the Canadian outdoors, not directly in the city!

Come engage in actions, workshops, discussions, performances. The Vancouver area provides a unique political and ecological setting for queers of all sexualities and genders to gather, discuss, and create ideas to challenge the world's systems of oppression and injustice.

We are looking for people who want to contribute to performances, workshops, filmscreenings, building composting toilets, fucking shit up, etc. email the Queeruption Vancouver collective at q10vancouver@queeruption.org if you have ideas or skills you want to share.

As well, although Queeruption is a D.I.Y. event and we want to keep costs down to the greatest possible extent, it obviously costs some money to put Queeruption together. We'll need money for food, transporting people, and whatever supplies we can't make/barter/steal. We'll be raising money like hell, but if any of you queers out there in other cities want to put on a fundraiser, it would be a GREAT help.

Questions? Ideas? Comments? Concerns? Email us or visit www.queeruption.org

See you in August!
-Queeruption Vancouver
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FUQT! [Nov. 30th, 2006|01:09 am]
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Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

come, okay?
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hey Tally trans guys [Oct. 4th, 2006|11:53 am]
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Help bury the ban [Feb. 8th, 2006|09:42 am]
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We need your help now....
Please call each of the  6 phone numbers....
You can make a difference.
Ask friends and family to do the same...
Carole Benowitz
PFLAG State Coordinator


Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, February 14th, Florida's infamous ban on gay and lesbian adoption will be voted on in a committee of our state legislature - for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The Committee on Children and Families will hold an historic hearing on Senator Nan Rich's bill (SB-172) this Valentine's Day. When passed, this bill will allow judges to bypass the ban and, guided only by the best interest of each child, place children in permanent homes with loving, qualified gay and lesbian parents.

The Coalition for Fair Adoption has worked hard for the past three years to lay the groundwork for this opportunity and we are close to succeeding.

You can be certain that the far right will pour everything it has into defeating our bill.  Therefore, we must use every resource at our disposal to win this critical committee vote.

We have developed a winning strategy for this coming week that will:

- Mobilize fair-minded Floridians to call and write key Senate committee members 
- Identify key opinion leaders who will contact  swing votes on the committee 
- Get National, State and Local  child welfare experts to testify in Tallahassee 
- Get families to Tallahassee so legislators hear the powerful stories of children denied permanent homes

We have an strong line up ready to testify at the adoption hearings: Nationally respected child welfare advocates  armed with irrefutable research; powerful stories from children directly effected by the ban, families ready to put a human face to the needless emotional wreckage created by this policy that exists in no other state. We have allies shoulder to shoulder with us like never before. We have phone banks, letters and emails blasts primed to go.

Now we need your help.

I invite you to be part of a history-making vote that we hope will not only roll back Florida's adoption ban, but also stop this family destroying ban from being introduced in other states.

Here's what you can do:

1 - CALL and/or WRITE the committee members and call on them to put children first support an end to the adoption ban.
To Call, see phone numbers at the end of this email.

2 - Contribute to defray the costs of mobilizing thousands of voters and sending families and experts to Tallahassee to represent you. To make a special contribution dedicated to this adoption fight, go to: https://secure.ga4.org/01/fairadoptiondonations4

3 - Volunteer to phone bank and mobilize hundreds of constituents. Anyone with a phone and access to the internet can help.
Sign up for at least a one hour shift between 4-9pm any day between now and Feb 13th.

Thursday- 4:30-9:30pm
Friday- 4:30-8pm
Saturday 10am-1pm
Sunday 4pm - 8pm
Monday 4:30-9:30pm

 With your immediate help, I'll look forward to contacting you on February 15th with the news that Florida's infamous anti-gay adoption ban is on the way out.

Best regards,

Nadine Smith
Executive Director


1) Evelyn J. Lynn- 386-676-4000 (Possible Swing Vote)
2) Durell Peaden, Jr.- 850- 689-0556 (Possible Swing Vote)
3) Mike Fasano- 727-848-5885 (Possible Swing Vote)
4) Walter “Skip” Campbell (Chair)- 954-346-2813 (Yes Vote)
5) Daniel Webster (Vice Chair)- 407-656-0066 (No Vote)
6) Nan Rich- 954-747-7933 (Bill Sponsor)


A) Please support Sen. Nan Rich's bill (SB-172) that would allow judges to by-pass Florida's anti-gay adoption ban and put the best interest of each child first.

B) Leaving adoption decisions up to experts and base the decisions on children’s best interests 

C) Those closest to the child are in the best position to know what is in their best interest.

D) This law harms children by denying them permanent homes and the security of being legally adopted by the parents who have loved and raised them. This discriminatory law leaves children unnecessarily languishing in state custody.
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Queer Date Auction this Friday at Jade! [Feb. 7th, 2006|03:03 pm]
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[Current Mood |amused]
[Current Music |Jahna - Flower Duet from Lakme]

Message from A.G.E.:
Valentine's Day Queer Date Auction
This Friday night, February 10th at 10 p.m., come out to Club Jade for the Valentine's Day Queer Date Auction. The event is hosted by Activists for Gay Equality. Not only will you be able to buy yourself a cute date, but you'll be helping in supporting equality! So come enjoy the show!

Abby King
Vice-President, Activists for Gay Equality
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(no subject) [Feb. 5th, 2006|09:38 pm]
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The Christians are going to show up at the Capitol in a few days to show support for the "definition of marriage bill", or whatever ya want to call it. They even want men to dress in blue and women to dress in pink. Ugh.

I'm thinking of trying to get together some sort of protest group with signs. Any ideas what we could put on the signs that would be witty and get our point across, without being overtly offensive?
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PFLAG Tallahassee Kick Off Meeting (x-posted) [Feb. 3rd, 2006|10:15 am]
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[Current Music |Cory Lee - The Naughty Song]

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

The PFLAG Tallahassee Chapter will have its kick off meeting on February 16th at the United Church of Tallahassee from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The United Church of Tallahassee is located at 1834 Mahan Drive. Please e-mail pflagtallahassee@gmail.com with any questions.

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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2006|12:49 pm]
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Alright, here's the deal -- feel free to pass this on to any other groups or folks you know.

Do you have an Aussie accent? Spent time in Austraila? Think you can at least conjure up a passable fake one?

Might have a job for you. Working for a property in town that's about to open. You wouldn't have to make a huge time commitment or anything, maybe at little as 10 hours a week.

If you're interested, or know someone in town who is, e-mail me at william.lesley@gmail.com with the subject "Aussie Accent".

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Yay :-D [Jan. 10th, 2006|02:15 pm]
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|| News ||

January 10, 2006

Lawmaker now says he'll vote yes on gay civil rights bill

Washington's former Senate Republican leader said Monday he will reverse himself and vote for a gay civil rights bill, all but assuring its passage this year after two decades of debate and narrow defeats.

Sen. Bill Finkbeiner's decision last year to stick with his Republican colleagues led to the measure's one-vote defeat in the Senate after it sailed through the House. The measure would add "sexual orientation" to a state law that already bans discrimination in housing, employment and insurance based on race, gender, age, disability, religion, marital status and other factors.

"I've had a number of conversations over the past year that have led me to more fully understand the level of discrimination against gays and lesbians, and I now find it is both appropriate and necessary for the state to make it clear that this is not acceptable," Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland, said in a written statement obtained by The Associated Press before it was widely released.

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(no subject) [Jan. 2nd, 2006|08:04 pm]
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This is something that was sent to me, and I thought it would be of interest to others in this group.


Okay, I decided the original email was entirely too long. The basic gist is that a bunch of Christians, and especially homeschooling Christians, are trying to get enough signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for Florida, to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. They are woefully short of the number of signatures they need, but they are working hard to get more before the deadline at the end of this month.

You can find the petition here: http://www.florida4marriage.org/

Any suggestions on ways to prevent this from ever happening? Perhaps we need a constitutional amendment for a separation of marriage and state? ;-)
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(no subject) [Jan. 2nd, 2006|08:01 pm]
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This is something that was sent to me, and I thought it would be of interest to others in this group.


Okay, I decided the original email was entirely too long. The basic gist is that a bunch of Christians, and especially homeschooling Christians, are trying to get enough signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for Florida, to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. They are woefully short of the number of signatures they need, but they are working hard to get more before the deadline at the end of this month.

You can find the petition here: http://www.florida4marriage.org/

Any suggestions on ways to prevent this from ever happening? Perhaps we need a constitutional amendment for a separation of marriage and state? ;-)
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TV-B-Gone [Dec. 22nd, 2005|09:06 am]
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Does anyone know where I can find one of these in Tallahassee. They are all over the net, but it's too late to order one for Christmas. My mom thinks these things are great and would LOVE one.

Thanks, Kelly

x-posted to Tallahassee
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For Parents of Trans [Nov. 17th, 2005|02:38 pm]
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Please forward as appropriate. From an E-mail.

If you are interested in accessing TransParent (a support newsletter for parents of Transfolk), please contact Dave Parker directly. He recommends the following:

Please send a message with subscribe TransParent in the subject line to pflagtnet@triad.rr.com
-- Jocelin Gridley
T*Families Co-coordinator

Original Message:
Attached is my proposed first page of our new electronic version of TransParent. We have agreement from PFLAG National to forward this to all PFLAG Chapters and all TNET members (Sector Leaders, Regional Tcords, and Chapter Tcords) at no cost to PFLAG TNET.

Please review this introductory page and comment by this weekend. I would like to make it as strong as possible. Our potential savings in printing and bulk mailing costs approximate $1,800 to $2,000 per year.

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MySpace Group [Nov. 9th, 2005|11:53 am]
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Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that if you have MySpace, you can find information on the local PFLAG group (which yes, I helped start) here:
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TGB pool and beer night [Sep. 21st, 2005|01:55 pm]
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Hey, this is the not-at-all-regularly-scheduled call out for trans guys in the Tally area. Tau Gamma Beta (Trans Guys Brotherhood: a loose, small group of trans guys in various stages of transition and life in general) is getting together tonight at the Warehouse on Gaines and Gay to shoot pool, drink beer, and talk shit. Come out and meet us.

Check out our site and join our mailing list here.
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Reefer Madness Musical on Showtime tonight! (Cross-posted) [Sep. 2nd, 2005|03:04 pm]
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If anyone has Showtime & is willing to record Reefer Madness for me at 8PM, I will gladly pay them $10. :-) It is my favorite movie & I had to give up my Showtime/digital cable so that I could afford to eat! So, if anyone would do that, you can leave me a message here, or contact me at noamateursinner@gmail.com Thank you!
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(no subject) [Sep. 1st, 2005|09:49 am]
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Is anyone going to Gainesville to see Tami Hart's new band on 9/10? I'm looking for a ride. I'm a good passenger, will kick in for gas of course.
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PFLAG Meeting Today [Aug. 9th, 2005|09:59 am]
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PFLAG Tallahassee Chapter meeting tonight from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Family Tree Center.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Tau Gamma Beta [Aug. 8th, 2005|12:04 pm]
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Tau Gamma Beta, a local ftm "frat" is getting together for beer and pool Tuesday evening at the Warehouse. There might only be one or two of us out, but if you are a trans guy in the area and feel like shooting the shit, come down and meet us.
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(no subject) [Aug. 1st, 2005|04:54 pm]
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On the recent study that claimed that bisexual men were either gay, straight, or lying. X-posted to my personal journal, sorry for those who will see it twice. :)
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Summer Jobs still available [Jul. 12th, 2005|03:03 am]
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Summer Jobs to Save the Environment are still open.
Door to door canvassing for Florida PIRG the statewide environmental group
Make between $250-$400 a week!

Tell them Juliet told you to call

Leave a note with further questions
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I don't buy it. You are whatever you are. [Jul. 5th, 2005|08:55 am]
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Straight, Gay or Lying? No such thing as bisexual men?
The New York Times

(July 5, 2005) - Some people are attracted to women; some are attracted to men. And some, if Sigmund Freud, Dr. Alfred Kinsey and millions of self-described bisexuals are to be believed, are drawn to both sexes.
But a new study casts doubt on whether true bisexuality exists, at least in men.

The study, by a team of psychologists in Chicago and Toronto, lends support to those who have long been skeptical that bisexuality is a distinct and stable sexual orientation.

People who claim bisexuality, according to these critics, are usually homosexual, but are ambivalent about their homosexuality or simply closeted. "You're either gay, straight or lying," as some gay men have put it.

In the new study, a team of psychologists directly measured genital arousal patterns in response to images of men and women. The psychologists found that men who identified themselves as bisexual were in fact exclusively aroused by either one sex or the other, usually by other men.

The study is the largest of several small reports suggesting that the estimated 1.7 percent of men who identify themselves as bisexual show physical attraction patterns that differ substantially from their professed desires.

"Research on sexual orientation has been based almost entirely on self-reports, and this is one of the few good studies using physiological measures," said Dr. Lisa Diamond, an associate professor of psychology and gender identity at the University of Utah, who was not involved in the study.

The discrepancy between what is happening in people's minds and what is going on in their bodies, she said, presents a puzzle "that the field now has to crack, and it raises this question about what we mean when we talk about desire."

"We have assumed that everyone means the same thing," she added, "but here we have evidence that that is not the case."
Several other researchers who have seen the study, scheduled to be published in the journal Psychological Science, said it would need to be repeated with larger numbers of bisexual men before clear conclusions could be drawn.

Bisexual desires are sometimes transient and they are still poorly understood. Men and women also appear to differ in the frequency of bisexual attractions. "The last thing you want," said Dr. Randall Sell, an assistant professor of clinical socio-medical sciences at Columbia University, "is for some therapists to see this study and start telling bisexual people that they're wrong, that they're really on their way to homosexuality."

He added, "We don't know nearly enough about sexual orientation and identity" to jump to these conclusions.

In the experiment, psychologists at Northwestern University and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto used advertisements in gay and alternative newspapers to recruit 101 young adult men. Thirty-three of the men identified themselves as bisexual, 30 as straight and 38 as homosexual.

The researchers asked the men about their sexual desires and rated them on a scale from 0 to 6 on sexual orientation, with 0 to 1 indicating heterosexuality, and 5 to 6 indicating homosexuality. Bisexuality was measured by scores in the middle range.

Seated alone in a laboratory room, the men then watched a series of erotic movies, some involving only women, others involving only men.

Using a sensor to monitor sexual arousal, the researchers found what they expected: gay men showed arousal to images of men and little arousal to images of women, and heterosexual men showed arousal to women but not to men.

But the men in the study who described themselves as bisexual did not have patterns of arousal that were consistent with their stated attraction to men and to women. Instead, about three-quarters of the group had arousal patterns identical to those of gay men; the rest were indistinguishable from heterosexuals.

"Regardless of whether the men were gay, straight or bisexual, they showed about four times more arousal" to one sex or the other, said Gerulf Rieger, a graduate psychology student at Northwestern and the study's lead author.

Although about a third of the men in each group showed no significant arousal watching the movies, their lack of response did not change the overall findings, Mr. Rieger said.

Since at least the middle of the 19th century, behavioral scientists have noted bisexual attraction in men and women and debated its place in the development of sexual identity. Some experts, like Freud, concluded that humans are naturally bisexual. In his landmark sex surveys of the 1940's, Dr. Alfred Kinsey found many married, publicly heterosexual men who reported having had sex with other men.

"Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual," Dr. Kinsey wrote. "The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats."

By the 1990's, Newsweek had featured bisexuality on its cover, bisexuals had formed advocacy groups and television series like "Sex and the City" had begun exploring bisexual themes.

Yet researchers were unable to produce direct evidence of bisexual arousal patterns in men, said Dr. J. Michael Bailey, a professor of psychology at Northwestern and the new study's senior author.

A 1979 study of 30 men found that those who identified themselves as bisexuals were indistinguishable from homosexuals on measures of arousal. Studies of gay and bisexual men in the 1990's showed that the two groups reported similar numbers of male sexual partners and risky sexual encounters. And a 1994 survey by The Advocate, the gay-oriented newsmagazine, found that, before identifying themselves as gay, 40 percent of gay men had described themselves as bisexual.

"I'm not denying that bisexual behavior exists," said Dr. Bailey, "but I am saying that in men there's no hint that true bisexual arousal exists, and that for men arousal is orientation."

But other researchers - and some self-identified bisexuals - say that the technique used in the study to measure genital arousal is too crude to capture the richness - erotic sensations, affection, admiration - that constitutes sexual attraction.

Social and emotional attraction are very important elements in bisexual attraction, said Dr. Fritz Klein, a sex researcher and the author of "The Bisexual Option."

"To claim on the basis of this study that there's no such thing as male bisexuality is overstepping, it seems to me," said Dr. Gilbert Herdt, director of the National Sexuality Resource Center in San Francisco. "It may be that there is a lot less true male bisexuality than we think, but if that's true then why in the world are there so many movies, novels and TV shows that have this as a theme - is it collective fantasy, merely a projection? I don't think so."

John Campbell, 36, a Web designer in Orange County, Calif., who describes himself as bisexual, also said he was skeptical of the findings.

Mr. Campbell said he had been strongly attracted to both sexes since he was sexually aware, although all his long-term relationships had been with women. "In my case I have been accused of being heterosexual, but I also feel a need for sex with men," he said.

Mr. Campbell rated his erotic attraction to men and women as about 50-50, but his emotional attraction, he said, was 90 to 10 in favor of women. "With men I can get aroused, I just don't feel the fireworks like I do with women," he said.

About 1.5 percent of American women identify themselves bisexual. And bisexuality appears easier to demonstrate in the female sex. A study published last November by the same team of Canadian and American researchers, for example, found that most women who said they were bisexual showed arousal to men and to women.

Although only a small number of women identify themselves as bisexual, Dr. Bailey said, bisexual arousal may for them in fact be the norm.

Researchers have little sense yet of how these differences may affect behavior, or sexual identity. In the mid-1990's, Dr. Diamond recruited a group of 90 women at gay pride parades, academic conferences on gender issues and other venues. About half of the women called themselves lesbians, a third identified as bisexual and the rest claimed no sexual orientation. In follow-up interviews over the last 10 years, Dr. Diamond has found that most of these women have had relationships both with men and women.

"Most of them seem to lean one way or the other, but that doesn't preclude them from having a relationship with the nonpreferred sex," she said. "You may be mostly interested in women but, hey, the guy who delivers the pizza is really hot, and what are you going to do?"

"There's a whole lot of movement and flexibility," Dr. Diamond added. "The fact is, we have very little research in this area, and a lot to learn."
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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2005|12:48 am]
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Heya folks....my name is AJ, I am 20, I am of the male persuasion, and I'm from Tampa, though I was born and raised here in Tally town. I haven't been back for too long at any one time in several years, and being here a week, I'm seeing a lot of Bush stickers and getting scared, and the thought of a solid month up here is starting to look grim. Where do all the cool kids go in this town?
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LGBTSU Events [Jun. 27th, 2005|06:30 pm]
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My appologies to anyone who gets this more than once
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Protest Censorship this Sunday [Jun. 23rd, 2005|07:53 pm]
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I apologize to anyone who might get this message twice, but it's important the word get spread. I'm organizing a car pool to Tampa this Sunday to participate in a protest against the ban imposed by the Hillsborough County Commission. Here is the original text of the email sent to me through the Equality Florida listserve...

"The anti-gay movement has hit a new low. In Hillsborough County Florida, library exhibits featuring lesbian and gay authors and books with gay themes have been ordered removed in the wake of a new policy banning any county agencies from recognizing or participating in events that portray gay people in a positive light. The commission's bigotry has been met with outrage and resolve in the Tampa Bay community.

"Now we need every community in Florida and beyond to help keep up the pressure.

"The policy is such an affront to fair-minded people that it has made national news coverage. The local community is rallying but the far-right has also been emboldened. They have even announced plans to repeal the city of Tampa's Human Rights Ordinance...

"JOIN US at the "PRIDE IS BACK" MARCH -June 26, 3:00 PM -Pride is Back March and Rally from the John F. Germany library (Hillsborough County's main library in Downtown Tampa) to Hillsborough County Center. Library is located at 900 E. Ashley Drive. We need people from across the state to attend. Even if you have to drive a few hours, we need you to show up on Sunday. Bring a hand bell if you have one and participate in a musical composition - "Ringing for Healing.""

If you are interested in attending the march, and would like to join the car pool to Tampa, email me at elizetevelado@hotmail.com or call me 850-212-3336. We'll be leaving from campus Sunday morning and coming back Sunday night, plenty of time to get ready for class on Monday.

Equality Now,

x-posted to fsu_lgbtsu and my journal
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drag kings [Jun. 23rd, 2005|04:15 pm]
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If anybody knows a girl that performed at Jade last night under the name "Fabio" (creative!), tell her that if you have to actually slap members of the audience to get their attention, your act sucks shit.
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national hiv testing day [Jun. 23rd, 2005|12:04 pm]
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national hiv testing day is monday, june 27th. i'm echoing brad's call to action, which you can view in aidsblog. knowledge saves lives.

do your part, kids. and be smart!

cross-posted to bluestare, midnitetalk, queer_tally, tallahassee and tcceagles.

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put it in writing [Jun. 17th, 2005|12:53 pm]
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AFA boycotts Ford for promoting GAYNESS [Jun. 3rd, 2005|09:21 am]
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Agape Press, MS, May 31, 2005

Pro-Family Group Taking Ford Motor Co. Head-On American Family Assn. Says
Automaker a Big-Time Supporter of Homosexual 'Marriage'
By Jody Brown and Rusty Pugh

(AgapePress) - One week after calling an end to its nine-year boycott of the
Walt Disney Company, the American Family Association has launched another
nationwide campaign. The target this time? The world's second-largest

On Monday (May 30), AFA announced it has launched a boycott against the Ford
Motor Company because of the company's track record for supporting the
homosexual agenda, including homosexual "marriage." The pro-family group's
founder and chairman, Donald E. Wildmon, says Ford's financial support of
the homosexual agenda goes far beyond a few donations.

"From redefining family to include homosexual marriage; to giving hundreds
of thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups and their agenda; to
forcing managers to attend diversity training on how to promote the
acceptance of homosexuality; to sponsoring a commitment ceremony -- that is,
'marriage'; to sponsoring 'gay pride' parades, Ford leads the way," Wildmon
states. "The goal of every homosexual organization supported by Ford is to
get homosexual marriage legalized."

According to Wildmon, there was so much material demonstrating the
automaker's track record on promoting the homosexual agenda that his group
decided it was best to simply give it its own website:

"The material on BoycottFord.com leaves no doubt where Ford stands on the
homosexual issue," he says. And people who visit the website, he claims,
will be "surprised ... to learn of Ford's extensive promotion of

The website includes numerous examples of Ford's pro-homosexual company
policies, ads, and financial support for same-sex marriage. Among the
examples are an advertisement for Volvo -- one of Ford's auto lines -- in a
program book for the 2003 "Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras." The ad
portrays the silhouette of an emergency brake handle as a phallic symbol.
The caption on the ad reads: "We're just as excited as you."

Another example of an advertisement, this time for Jaguar -- another of
Ford's products -- promises that with an automobile purchase or lease, the
company will make a donation of up to $1,000 to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD). Ford also makes Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, and
Land Rover.

According to press release from the Mississippi-based family advocacy group,
more than 2.2 million AFA supporters have been sent via e-mail notification
of the boycott. The message directs those people to BoycottFord.com, through
which they can contact their local Ford dealer to voice their concerns.

"Inform them you will not be buying a Ford product until they stop their
promotion of the homosexual movement and homosexual marriage," Wildmon says
in the message to AFA supporters. If the dealer wants more information, he
suggests individuals refer the dealer to the website for the boycott.
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gay pride?? [May. 18th, 2005|06:25 pm]
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I'm sad to be missing gay pride in Boston this year. Does Tallahassee or any city nearby do a gay pride festival/parade? Sorry to be so uninformed!
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Newbie [May. 18th, 2005|11:19 am]
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[Current Mood |sleepy]
[Current Music |Lush - Blackout]

mmmmm Hello. New to the group and new to tally.
Just thought i'd say hi.

more detailed introduction to come, preferably when i'm fully awake.
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Tau Gamma Beta [Apr. 26th, 2005|01:31 pm]
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The Trans Guy Brotherhood
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NE1 wanna chat? [Apr. 14th, 2005|08:24 pm]
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Anyone else on GC Chat? if so IM me, my screen name there is 'SurfingisLIFE'

If your not on there u need to be, theres millions of other gay guys and you can watch peoples webcams without asking for permission. free to register like LJ and anonymous!

For inquiring minds who don't already know... [Mar. 31st, 2005|08:13 pm]
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The 2005 FCPC Conference

The LGBTSU proudly presents…

The Second Annual Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition Conference

April 1-3, 2005

Florida State University

Student Services Building

This is going to be an AMAZING conference – students from all over the state of Florida are coming and you don’t want to miss this! Plus, it’s TOTALLY FREE for FSU students and people who volunteer for conference staff!!!

All events take place on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building (the Park Avenue Diner) unless otherwise notated:

Friday April 1st

* Dinner @ 6pm
* Clubbing and Drag Show @ 8pm – Club Jade

Saturday April 2nd

* Breakfast, Lunch, and fancy-schmancy Dinner
* Workshops and tabling on leadership development, LGBT issues, and political activist issues presented by representatives from:
o Big Bend Cares
o Equality Florida
o FSU Office of Training and Development
o FSU Professors
o GenderPAC
o Human Rights Campaign
o Lambda Legal Association
o New York Police Department
o SafeZone
o SAVEDade
o Shisa, Inc.
* Guerilla Girls Multimedia/Comedy/Activist-type entertainment (we really don’t know what it is, but it’ll be absolutely FABULOUS!!!) @ 9pm – Club Downunder

Sunday April 3rd

* Breakfast @ 10am

Need we say more? Come to as much or as little as you’d like, but remember, EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY FREE FOR FSU STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEER CONFERENCE STAFF MEMBERS!!!
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