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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
5:55 pm
Tell Obama and Holder: Stop defending DOMA.
Dear Friend,

They compared same-sex marriage to a marriage between an uncle and a niece. Or between
two children. No, we're not talking about Rick Santorum. We're talking about the Obama
administration's Justice Department. The brief the DOJ presented defending the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court was not just wrong. It was offensive. The New York
Times called it "disturbing" in its lead editorial.

Back in the days of the 2008 campaign, Senator Obama promised he would work to overturn
the Defense of Marriage Act. But now that a gay couple in California is challenging DOMA
in federal court, President Obama has chosen to take action to defend a law that prevents
legally married same-sex couples from receiving any federal benefits, or from having
their marriages recognized in other states.

I just signed a petition to tell President Obama and Attorney General Holder to withdraw
this offensive brief and apologize for its contents. (The website also has a great video
of Rachel Maddow and Howard Dean discussing the importance of this issue!) Please have a
look and take action.

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
7:53 pm
Anyone looking for a roommate?
I'm currently looking to move Aug 1 or Sept 1 and wanted to know if anyone in this group is of need a roommate? I'm currently located in the South End near the BMC and would like to stay in the South End but am open to moving else where.

Thank you!

- Hillary
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
2:30 pm
Come be a part of UMB's Drag Benefit Show on May 6th!
Compete with other schools and amateurs from across the state at UMass Boston's Second Annual Drag Benefit Show!!!

Are you a student or amateur drag king or queen that would like to compete? Email us at mariehedrick@gmx.net by April 21st and let us who you are, if you are performing as part of a school group or solo, how many people are in the group and also if you know what song you are performing that would also be helpful to know at that time.

If you are a professional drag performer you can be part of the show too! We could use some impartial judges to help us and who better than the stars themselves! Its all for a good cause and it'll be a whole lot of fun. If you would like to donate your time we would love to have you so please email us so we can work out details. We may also have some spots available for you to perform during the show!

Are you an expert on kings or queens drag makeup? Do you have some time to donate to teaching students and anyone else interested the secrets of drag? Please email us and let us know when you are available in the weeks before the 6th.

Are you part of an organization interested in sponsoring this event? Tables will be available at the event as well as other forms of advertising. Contact us for more information.

Inman Oasis of Cambridge has generously donated gifts for our winners.

Our charity for this years drag benefit will be decided next week.

So come and show your stuff! Invite your friends! Support a local charity! Have some fun on a Wednesday night!
Friday, March 20th, 2009
2:02 am
Hi All!
I just created a community for discussions and activities. Specifically discussions about race and gender and sexual identity and how they all interact.

It's got "stamping" but just for fun. This is not a rating community. It's a way to get to know other people and have more stuff to do on livejournal. I hope it's ok that I'm posting this here. I just really want to get it off the ground!

thedinnercrowd...A discussion & activities community.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
7:09 pm
Obama on LGBT rights!
From the Civil Rights Agenda page of the whitehouse.gov website
(http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights/), which was changed at noon
on inauguration day, and includes this...

Support for the LGBT Community
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we
still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is
exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is
about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to
live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens
with dignity and respect."

-- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

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Friday, January 16th, 2009
5:23 pm

My partner and I are living in JP now in a 2 bedroom apartment.  We have a room to spare and are looking to sublet it.

The thing is that we're not necessarily looking for a long term sublet.  It is a possibility, but not a requirement.  If, say, you (or some awesome person you know) needs a place for a month or two or a couple weeks, we can definitely work something out. 

The Room:
It's a smallish room: It can fit a full sized bed with some room to spare.  There is also a sizable closet.  It has one window that provides a lot of sunlight.  We have two futon mattresses that our former roommate slept on, and that worked out fine.  So, if need be, there is a make-shift bed.  Otherwise, it is not furnished.

The Apartment:
It's a beautiful 3rd floor apartment in a 3 family structure. There are two outdoor porches (which are somewhat useless right now, but awesome when it's warm out).  It's a 5 room apartment with a huge kitchen (no dishwasher, but there is a garbage disposal), hardwood floors, plenty of windows, and is comfortably furnished.  If you have your own furniture, there is room for more!  (There is also storage in the basement.)  Street parking is ample (and no permit is required!).  We have a tiny cat who is inquisitive and friendly, but a little skittish sometimes.  The room we're subletting has been a mostly cat-free room and we'd like to keep it that way.  The neighbors are quiet and friendly.  It's pretty easy to access the T from here - it's between Green and Forest Hills (parkside).  We're about a 7 minute walk from Green station. Also, we're around the corner from Doyle's and the Midway - so there's easy access to food, drink, music, and dancing.     

Laundry in the basement (not free); laundromat a block away. 

Dogs are not allowed in the apartment.  If you have a cat, that is negotiable.  Other pets are, as well.  (No mountain lions, please.)

We're a queer couple that tends to be pretty chill.  There might be a random dance party every so often, but I think that we could be pretty easy to live with. We're both Jews with varying levels of observance, and college educated from a really radical/left institution - that is about where our politics are. If hanging out with some radical queer feminists sounds like your own personal hell - we might not be the best fit. I like to keep clean and tidy, perhaps to a fault.  My partner's a little bit less anal about things. So, the apartment tends to be free of things like food that's been out for days, unwashed dishes, trash, recycling, and cat fur.  However, things like clothing and books are a different story.

Potential Roommate:  
  • Queer or extremely queer friendly. 
  • Clean (or at least pretending to be clean while living here). 
  • Nice, friendly, responsible, able to pay fair portion of rent/utilities/food.  Having a job isn't required as long as you have money - I don't care how you get it as long as you can pay.  If you decide to rob a bank to make rent, I'll cook you an extra nice dinner for a cut.  Deal?
  • Animal friendly:  You don't have to love the cat, but don't hurt her
  • Vegetarian friendly:  She is a vegetarian.  If you aren't, that's totally fine - you can keep and prepare all the meat you want, but fewer meat drips in the fridge is probably preferred.  
  • Won't throw obnoxious parties. (Awesome themed parties are a different matter.)
  • Non-indoor smoker (This is super non-is negotiable; Smoking outside? Couldn't care less. Smoking inside? You don't want to see this side of me.)  
  • 420 friendly (neither of us are big smokers, but it's around sometimes, and it's cool if you do.)  
  • Bonus: If you've got cute clothes that we can borrow, that's extra exciting. Clothes to suit all ranges of gender presentation are welcomed! We share well, too.

Cross posted:  gbltboston , queerboston , openboston 

Interested:    Email deviant_queer at yahoo dot com

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
7:06 pm
don't vote for Sarah Palin
Here's some basic background on her, culled around the Internet:

From the Human Rights Campaign:

"Sarah Palin not only supported the 1998 Alaska constitutional amendment banning marriage equality but, in her less than two years as Governor, even expressed the extreme position of supporting stripping away domestic partner benefits for state workers. When you can't even support giving our community the rights to health insurance and pension benefits, it's a frightening window into where she stands on equality."

From MoveOn.org:

*She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.
*Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
*She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.
*Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
*She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.
*She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
*How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

From the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund on Palin's "scant two years as governor"

*husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum)
*lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
*pushed for more drilling off of Alaska's coasts
*sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science.

As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.
*approved a $400,000 state-funded campaign to defeat the ballot initiative that would have banned aerial hunting (where hunters are allowed to slaughter wolves from helicopters)

From U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

*The Vice President is a heartbeat away from becoming President, so to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.
*If John McCain thought that choosing Sarah Palin would attract Hillary Clinton voters, he is badly mistaken.The only similarity between her and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women. On the issues, they could not be further apart. Senator McCain had so many other options if he wanted to put a woman on his ticket, such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison or Senator Olympia Snowe -- they would have been an appropriate choice compared to this dangerous choice.
*In addition, Sarah Palin is under investigation by the Alaska state legislature which makes this more incomprehensible
Friday, July 11th, 2008
9:58 am
let's bee friends?
Hello Boston!

I am moving out to the Cambridge/Somerville area (most likely) at the end of August from Minneapolis.  I'll be on Worcester for a couple weeks before actually moving into the area (I have some friends there who I'm crashing with while I search for housing). 

Basically, I'm looking for friends and people to meet.  I know some folks who live in Worcester (obviously) and my partner, but I don't really know anyone else.  I am excited to move, but I'm not exactly thrilled about moving to somewhere where I have no social network.

So that is where you all come in!  Here is a non-cohesive paragraph all about me!

I'm 23 and a college grad from a small liberal arts school in Ohio.  I've lived and traveled many places in the US.  If I had an unlimited amount of money, I would probably love to live in Spain (but still travel all over).  I have my degree in Social Psychology and I love to geek out about it.  I love cooking, too.  I currently work in food service and I kind of really love it.  I play ice hockey and do a variety of other things - I just got back from a canoing and caving trip in Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky.  I think I'm pretty adaptable to a variety of situations and don't tend to freak out at a whole lot of things.  I'm queer and genderfluid so you're always in for adventure when you go out in public with me.  I love dancing and going out, but it's not something I live to do every single weekend.  I sometimes drink socially - there is a very good change you'll never see me drunk.  I've never smoked a cigarette in my entire life and I am rather proud of that.  I am into healthful eating and maintaining my health.  I have a car, but would like to get a bike in Boston.  I run sometimes (however I really struggle with the motivation to do it).  I like photography and taking pictures.  I'm left handed and I love avocados, pistachios, fresh pineapple, peanut butter, a delicious steak (even though I'm contemplating veganism), good soup, and a good, ripe watermelon.   A little over a year ago, I made a very conscious effort in my life to live more honestly and intentionally - it has changed my life forever in the best way possible.  I make considerable effort to not lie to people (however, there are exceptions to this) and make sure my actions are in line with my words (you know, actions speak louder than words?).   I am into social justice and someday wish to save the world.  I hate heterosexism, racism, sexism, and classism.  I don't tend to hesitate to "call someone out" if they tell an offensive joke or are perpetuating these things without even realizing it.  I like to challenge people and make them think...but really, I'm a lot of fun to be around!  Also, I'm a Gemini.

So...there are a bunch of random factoids about me.  Let's be friends?  Add me, message me, carrier pigeon me, AIM me, contact me? 


(cross posted to openboston and gbltboston)
Friday, June 20th, 2008
5:29 pm
Melissa Ferrick in Ogunquit, ME

This show WILL sell out quick… so get your tickets NOW!!!

Tickets are $32.50 each... which includes a $10 drink and/or dessert credit.

Tickets can be purchased through the website below:

Show starts at 9pm…. doors open around 8:30pm.

For more information, please visit Melissa's website at:

To listen to some samples of Melissa's music, please visit her myspace page:
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
8:04 pm
Hey there!

The general election is here, and we have two nominees: Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. We need to let both of them know what we expect of the next President of the United States. Rock the Vote is speaking out on behalf of young voters by delivering a Young Voter Platform to both candidates. I just signed on. Will you?

Click here to add your name: http://rockthevote.com/act-out/letter2008

-- Cassie
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
7:31 pm
FREE DRAG SHOW - Benefit for The Network/La Red!
The Queer Student Center of Umass Boston will be hosting an all out DRAG SHOW on May 9th from 5-8pm on the 1st Floor Terrace outside the Caf. in the Campus Center!

The show will be open to everyone and FREE although donations are strongly encouraged and will go to The Network/La Red, a domestic violence prevention organization (http://www.thenetworklared.org/)

The show will feature performances by amateurs (mostly students), TranniWreck, and the Imperial Court of MA. There will be Drag Kings & Queens a plenty!

If you are interested in performing or volunteering at the event please email ivydragonfly@yahoo.com

This event is sponsored by the UMB Student Senate and MassEquality!
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
1:53 pm
Trans Day of Remembrance @ Umass Boston on Nov. 20th
Please join the Queer Student Center of the University of Massachusetts, Boston for the 9th annual National Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, November 20th, 2007. Beginning at 5:30 pm in the Campus Center room UL-211, members of the community will be reading their poetry and prose and displaying their art. We will close with a vigil honoring those killed in anti-transgender violence.

From http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/what.html :

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgendered — that is, as a transsexual, cross dresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgendered people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

©2005 Gwendolyn Ann Smith

For more information contact Darby Ruggeri (ivydragonfly@yahoo.com) or Jessica Mesick (617-287-7981).
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
12:30 pm
From QueerToday: Sad News From MassResistance

This whole thing makes me absolutely livid. Does anyone know how we can help Claudia out? Does anyone know who she is on LJ?

Spread this link around so people know what's going on here.

Current Mood: irate
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
9:58 am
hey i am tegan i am 22 i am lookin for friends in mass
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
8:22 pm
Take Mass Action is a great blog which informs readers of what's going on in queer Massachusetts.

Please, Bay Staters, take a moment to look at this post. Seems the eleven legislators who changed their votes from pro-marriage amendment to anti-marriage amendment are being slammed by calls and e-mails from the anti-equality folks.

Please let them know how much we appreciate their voting for what's right and fair. They need to hear from us so they don't regret their decision. I'm going to try to call them all tomorrow, and I hate the phone.

Also remember to thank your own legislators.
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
10:19 am
the shondes + tricunx at PAs lounge 2/25
(sorry for x-posting)

hey all!

Just wanted to make sure to post this here, about The Shondes (www.shondes.com) playing in Somerville with two excellent local acts, the Tricunx and Cathy Cathodic. Do spread the word and stop by! Lots of good queer radical music, should be a very fun evening.

Brooklyn's own The Shondes disgrace your neck of the woods this weekend! Join us for a night of fierce feminist punk and utterly danceable rock, with:

*Tricunx (1/2 of The Operators + Naughty Shirley) (guitar-driven rock-out goodness)
*The Shondes (radical music to make you dance and break your heart)
*Cathy Cathodic (feminist emo hip hop diva)

At: P.A.s Lounge (345 Somerville Avenue)
Doors Open: 8:30PM
Tickets: $7 for21+, $10 for 18-20
More info? www.shondes.com or http://www.paslounge.com/
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
1:52 pm
Melissa Ferrick
Hey All!
Melissa Ferrick will be playing a gig in Northampton, MA, on Feb. 17th, 2007, at Pearl Street Nightclub with supporting act Bitch and The Exciting Conclusion! She's also going to be playing at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH the following night, Feb. 18th, 2007, with supporting act, Luke Temple! They're going to be two AMAZING shows at two great venues...get your tickets ASAP, they're going fast!

February 17th, 2007
Venue: Pearl Street
Where: Northampton, MA
Time: 8PM
Support: Bitch and The Exciting Conclusion
TIX PHONE: 413-586-8686
TIX WEBSITE: http://www.nbotickets.com/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=11
WEBSITE: http://www.iheg.com/pearl_street_main.asp

February 18th, 2007
Venue: Tupelo Music Hall
Where: Londonderry, NH
Time: 7PM
Support: Luke Temple
WEBSITE: http://www.tupelohall.com
AGE LIMIT: all ages!
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
2:00 am
TONIGHT! Putting the SOCIAL Back in Social Justice II: "the 1/31"
Hey there!

I wanted to be sure you knew about this progressive social networking event - it's tonight - hope you can make it! This is a progressive/activist/feminist/queer/trans friendly (and fun!) space.

Details below...

Putting the SOCIAL Back in Social Justice II: "the 1/31"

Are you looking for like-minded progressives to hang out with in
Boston? Want to cross-promote your events and campaigns? Are you new
to the area and looking for groups to get involved in? Are you
psyched about building strong cross-issue coalitions?

Join Socializing for Justice at the Foggy Goggle* for the Second
Putting the Social Back in Social Justice Event: "The 1/31" -
Wednesday, January 31st at 7PM

No program. No speaker. Just arrive and enjoy yourself.

RSVP (greatly appreciated!) at www.sojust.org.
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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
10:24 pm
12/17: Ice Skating for Justice!
Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 5PM

Are you looking to hang out and skate with like-minded progressives in Boston? Read more...Collapse )

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
12:42 pm
Cocktails for Justice! 11/29 @ Enormous Room

Are you looking for like-minded progressives to hang out with in Boston? Want to cross-promote your events and campaigns over a couple of cocktails? Are you new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in? Are you psyched about building strong cross-issue coalitions?

Unwind with us at the Enormous Room in Central Square!*
Wednesday, November 29th @ 6PM.

No program. No speaker. Just arrive and enjoy yourself.

For more info & to RSVP (greatly appreciated!): www.socializingforjustice.org

There isn't a DJ on Wednesdays so come prepared to just lounge and sample an array of excellent martinis and tapas. Not into martinis? Red Stripe's always an option... or just come for the atmo and company.

At SoJust you can hang out with friends, make new ones, find a date, get the scoop on a job, and find out what's going on this weekend - political or social. And the best part is that the people of Socializing for Justice share your vision of building a more just world.

*Sorry, this event is 21+ and the lounge is located upstairs (no elevator).
Located upstairs from Central Kitchen - look for the door with the red elephant on it.

Enormous Room
567 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Socializing for Justice (SoJust) is for feminists, people working against racism, queer pioneers, genderbenders, environmental agitators, class activists, lefty artists and all people across Greater Boston working for justice in our neighborhoods, in our nation and beyond. But it's not work! Instead, we're building a strong cross-issue network through fun social events.

Join the Socializing for Justice Meetup Board and you'll be able to view and post events, job & volunteer announcements, roommate searches, print & on-line resources - and you'll be able to suggest or co-host future SoJust events like this one!
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