June 18th, 2011
Protest Against Municipal Pool Which Barred Gay Swimmers: Hazard, KY. Earlier this week, an organized group of special needs clients from Mending Hearts, Inc., was asked to leave the Pavilion public pool during a special group outing when a city staff member discovered that two of the developmentally disabled men were gay. Shirlyn Perkins, executive director of Mending Hearts, said in a statement Monday that the Pavilion staff member used the Bible to order the couple to leave the facility. “My staff asked the Pavilion staff why they were being asked to leave, and they were informed that ‘gay people’ weren’t allowed to swim there,” she said. “My staff told this man that what he was trying to do was discrimination. The man stated that what he was doing was in the Bible and he could do it. My staff continued to argue with this man but was ultimately forced to leave. My clients, who already feel ridiculed and different, left the city-owned facility crying and embarrassed for trying to participate in ‘normal’ activities that everyday ‘normal’ people do.”
In response, Kentucky Equality Federation is planning a protest at the Pavilion on Deaton Street in Hazard, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Jordan Palmer of the Kentucky Equality Federation told the AP that he received several angry emails, including one that said Palmer would leave the protest “with a bullet in his head.” With attitudes like that, a strong show of support is urged for anyone in the area. Folks in Huntington, Charleston, Lexington, Knoxville, Asheville, and Johnson City — you’re really not that far away.
Trans Youth Summit: Boston, MA. This summit is for youth 24 and under from Massachusetts/New England who identify with, or could fall under, the label ‘transgender’ or youth who are in some way connected to the transgender youth community, such as partners/friends. The goal of this summit is for youth to meet and connect with other transgender and gender variant youth. Young people will have the opportunity to share ideas, learn about their legal rights, learn about the larger transgender community, participate in workshops and fun activities. The summit takes place at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston St, Boston, and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Symposium: Waltham MA. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will hold a symposium on suicide prevention in the LGBT community, “A Call to Action.” The symposium will educate attendees and propose interventions aimed at reducing suicidal behavior and suicide risk in the LGBT community, which has been receiving more attention recently in the news but has been a health crisis for decades. The symposium will also call to reduce the stigma against seeking mental health services, as well as for the funding necessary for health research and for changes in discriminatory laws that stigmatize people based on their LGBT identities. The symposium will be held at Bentley University at the LaCava Conference Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
AIDS Walk: Oakland, CA.
Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Baltimore, MD; Bisbee, AZ; Boise, ID; Bozeman, MT; Calderdale, UK; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Flagstaff, AZ; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Grand Rapids, MI; Iowa City, IA; Lancaster, PA; Las Cruces, NM; Louisville, Ky; Memphis, TN (Black Pride); Nashville, TN; Norwalk, CT; Portland, ME; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Syracuse, NY; Tijuana, BC and Vienna, Austria.
Agnes Goodsir: 1864. An Austria Australia-born painter, Agness Goodsir joined a mass exodus of Austrian artists seeking the artistic stimulation and freedom that had blossomed in Paris in the early 20th century. That’s where Goodsir studied at the Académie Delécluse, the Académie Julian and then the Académie Colarossi. Her constant companion was Rachel Dunn, depicted in several of her paintings, including Morning Tea (1925), Girl with Cigarette (1925), The Letter (1926) and The Chinese Skirt (1933). She was best known for her portraits including, reportedly, one of Mussolini. When she died in 1939, she left her remaining paintings to Rachel Dunn, who sent about forty to Agnes’s family in Australia and others to Australian galleries. The Agnes Goodsir memorial scholarship at the Bendigo Art Gallery where her work first appeared is named in her memory.
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Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
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