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Thursday, May 21st, 2009
6:17 pm - HIV/AIDS -- still a bad, bad thing

  According the KXLY, Zuriel Roush has been running around town having unprotected sex with men without disclosing that he is HIV+.  A bisexual man learned of Roush's status after the fact and called police.

The scary part of this story isn't that he had unprotected sex with about 20 guys without disclosure.  The truly scary part of this story is that half of his sex partners knew at the time they were having unprotected sex with an HIV+ man.  So, about 20 guys were told by Roush that he was HIV+ and decided the risk was worth taking.  Roush told KXLY "Nowadays if somebody has HIV they don't care, they don't care about asking."  

So, the HIV scare is gone.  I'm sure most of the people who Roush had sex with have never knowingly met someone who is HIV and have never known anyone who died from AIDS.  Maybe it's just me, but when I was his age, HIV/AIDS scared the hell out of me.  I'd seen panels of HIV+ people speak.  I'd met people with HIV and with AIDS.  I had volunteered with an AIDS service organization.  And I'd made casual friendships with people who happened to be HIV+.  I worked briefly as a volunteer on an LGBTQ crisis line and the potential call that scared me the most wasn't the suicide attempt, but was the kid who just learned he was HIV+.  I couldn't imagine at the time what I could say to help someone in that circumstance.

Is HIV/AIDS not on our lips often enough?  Has its image softened now that there are drugs that turn it from a painful death sentence into a chronic manageable disease?  Have we failed to scare the crap out of the younger generation?  I don't want us to fear the people, just the disease.  I thought the AIDS crisis had brought us universal precautions in the areas of blood, drugs, and sex, that we knew to assume everyone had it, and hope no one did.  Apparently that prophylactic mindset was generational.

When Roush is all done with his newly found criminal issues, and after he gets some much needed counseling, I hope he takes his story on the road to schools.  College, high school, junior high, and even 5th & 6th graders need to know his story.  There is no room for naivete where HIV/AIDS is concerned.

current mood: determined

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
6:00 pm - Bi-Social @ Coffee Social in Spokane


Wednesday April 15, 2009

Join a diverse group of bi-identified friends to shoot the breeze and plan social activities which might include dinners, coffees, picnics, kiddy play dates or group outings (no pun intended). We'll break the ice with Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit.

There will be children and I'll make sure there are some kids games, crayons, paper, neutronium, etc.

I'll provide some treat's from Coffee Social's terrific menu.

Coffee Social http://www.coffeesocial.net
113 W Indiana Ave
Spokane, WA 99205
Open Daily 7am-10pm
(509) 327-7127

Contact Joe Reilly for questions re: this event
509-536-7518 jreilly4261@gmail.com

This may put it on your calendar for you:

current mood: pleased

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
12:27 am - Monthly LGBTQ Potluck--Spokane Saturday April 4

Come out, come out, wherever you are!
The monthly potluck is on!
Join friends and family and meet new folks at the monthly potluck co-hosted by The Inland Northwest LGBT Center and Westminster Congregational UCC.
Saturday, April 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Social Hall
Westminster Congregational UCC
4th and Washington
downtown Spokane
Accessible building and space for all!
And yes! ALL are welcome!
Questions?  Reply to this email or call me at 624-1366, ext. 12.
Hope to see YOU there! 

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Sunday, March 15th, 2009
12:26 am - Lunch with Natl PFLAG Western Region Field Rep & Kathy Reims from Tacoma, WA @ Pendleton, OR

Lunch with Natl PFLAG Western Region Field Rep & Kathy Reims from Tacoma, WA @ Pendleton, OR

Some or all of you may have already received this message. I'm making plans to go down to Pendleton from Spokane to attend. If anyone has something they want to send down, I'll be happy to stop at Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston/Clarkston, Pullman/Moscow and all points in between. If anyone wants to go down, I'll have 4 seats available and can coordinate pickup times. Will be returning via reverse route same day. Please RSVP to me for a ride ASAP, but no later than Friday, March 20. Please RSVP to Vickie Read (see below) ASAP as well.

My planned route (roughly) will be modified/shortened if some stops are unnecessary. Thanks!
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Joe Reilly (509) 536-7518 jreilly4261@gmail.com

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Subject: Lunch with Natl PFLAG Western Region Field Rep & Kathy Reims from Washington - Please Read
From: "Vickie Read - PFLAG Pendleton" <vickie_read@hotmail.com>
Date: 03/13/2009 8:40 PM

Hi everyone!!!! Nice to have a temperature higher than 32 degrees huh!

I want to extend an invitation to each and everyone of you to join me on Monday, March 23rd for lunch with the National PFLAG Western Region Field Rep Cesar Hernandez and our own Western Region Representative, Kathy Reims from Tacoma Washington area. They are making a special effort to drive to Pendleton from Portland to meet with PFLAG folks in this area. (They were only going to go as far as The Dalles originally but I whined quite a bit and they agreed to come all the way over! It would be great to have a big turnout if possible. Cesar is from California and flying in to do a Washington, Oregon visit.)

Suzann Chapman the new mom from LaGrande that is trying to get a chapter started will be there, plus Patricia Keeney ( Past state president) from Portland will join us. We may also be able to get some of the Walla Walla and Tri-Cities folks here as well. I need to have some kind of an idea how many will attend to try to figure out where we should meet. Also if you have a good suggestions for a restaurant with a great meeting room that fairly private, that would be good also. I thought either Hamley's (don't know the cost of a private room) or Sherry's has a great meeting room if its available.

Please let me know this weekend if you will be able to join us on Monday March 23rd. I assume noonish. I will be sending out more specific information later in the weekend. Hope to see you there.

Warmly, Vickie


current mood: pleased

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009
1:53 pm - Free LGBT DVD -- 10 hours left to enter

But you still have time to win one of three great DVD’s.  All it takes is an email. It’s just our way of making the long winter months a bit warmer and brighter.  So just drop us an email at spokanefilmfest@comcast.net, tell us which DVD you want “He Likes Guys” or “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” or “Queer Spawn”. Be sure and give us your mailing address also so that if you win we can mail it to you. That’s all you have to do! Oh except do it NOW because we have to receive your email before midnight Saturday January 31st.  Good luck!

1.      Email
2.      DVD title
3.      YOur street address
4.      Send (now)

This message was sent by: Spokane Gay/Lesbian Film Festival, PO Box 2931, Spokane, WA 99220-2931

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
1:21 pm - Did Obama Team Play us On Bishop Robinson?

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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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
12:40 pm - Diversity Lesson 101: LGBT/Queer Little People

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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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
10:33 am

Have friends in Spokane and I think it's a great place. Recently joined the community and I'm glad to be here. I'm damian 22.m. from New York.


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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
9:39 pm - Wanna work at Yellowstone?

My name is Kevin Franken, and I happen to work at Yellowstone National Park, but I am sending this email just as myself, not as a park employee. I am doing some informal recruiting/networking/outreach and trying to get more GLBT and ally people to apply for and hopefully get jobs here at the park. I am not a Human Resources person and am not hiring staff myself, but I thought I would send an email to publicize websites where interested and qualified people can apply for jobs here at the park. Again, I'm doing this because I want other GLBT people to share in the wonderful experiences that come from working at Yellowstone and other national parks. Also, it'd be nice to increase diversity here.Collapse )

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
5:52 pm - California Supreme Court Grants Review!!!

Court to Determine Constitutionality of Prop 8

Today the California Supreme Court granted review in the legal challenges to Proposition 8, which passed by a narrow margin of 52 percent on November 4. In an order issued today, the Court agreed to hear the case and set an expedited briefing schedule. The Court also denied an immediate stay.

On November 5, 2008, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court on behalf of six couples and Equality California. The City of San Francisco, joined by the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and Santa Clara County, filed a similar challenge, as did a private attorney in Los Angeles.

The lawsuits allege that, on its face, Proposition 8 is an improper revision rather than an amendment of the California Constitution because, in its very title, which was “Eliminates the right to marry for same-sex couples,” the initiative eliminated an existing right only for a targeted minority. If permitted to stand, Proposition 8 would be the first time an initiative has successfully been used to change the California Constitution to take way an existing right only for a particular group. Such a change would defeat the very purpose of a constitution and fundamentally alter the role of the courts in protecting minority rights. According to the California Constitution, such a serious revision of our state Constitution cannot be enacted through a simple majority vote, but must first be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature.
Since the three lawsuits submitted on November 5, three other lawsuits challenging Proposition 8 have been filed. In a petition filed on November 14, 2008, leading African American, Latino, and Asian American groups argued that Proposition 8 threatens the equal protection rights of all Californians.

On November 17, 2008, the California Council of Churches and other religious leaders and faith organizations representing millions of members statewide, also filed a petition asserting that Proposition 8 poses a severe threat to the guarantee of equal protection for all, and was not enacted through the constitutionally required process for such a dramatic change to the California Constitution. On the same day, prominent California women’s rights organizations filed a petition asking the Court to invalidate Proposition 8 because of its potentially disastrous implications for women and other groups that face discrimination.

In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court held that barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution and violates the fundamental right to marry. Proposition 8 would completely eliminate the right to marry only for same-sex couples. No other initiative has ever successfully changed the California Constitution to take away a right only from a targeted minority group.

Over the past 100 years, the California Supreme Court has heard nine cases challenging either legislative enactments or initiatives as invalid revisions of the California Constitution. In three of those cases, the Court invalidated those measures.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
2:23 am - GRANTED | Pride Foundation doles out your dollars

by Farand Gunnels | Pride Foundation

Pride Foundation Inland Northwest had $20,000 to grant. Seventeen applications were received with requests totaling $79,045.

9 projects funded for a total of $20,000.


In Support of Education, Advocacy and Outreach

Department of Women’s Studies-Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
for the 2009 InQueery Symposium designed to promote “Queer Studies” on the campus and larger Palouse community, to provide a forum where undergraduates can showcase their work and receive input from faculty and community members, and to promote a positive climate for LGBT people. This series is a collaboration with the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center.

Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA)
will support purchasing books and films, outreach materials and other enhancements for the first LGBT campus center. The University is providing the space, remodeling, furniture and help in starting a library. Center project activities are being designed to increase LGBT visibility, provide opportunities for dialogue and education, and help challenge and transform homophobia and transphobia in the region.

OutSpokane (Spokane, WA)
to develop, publish and distribute a multi-page informational/promotional product previewing the 2009 Pride Parade, Rainbow Festival and related events. It will be published as a self-contained advertising inset in the widely available weekly, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, the area’s most read news source. It will offer scheduling and event summaries designed to facilitate widespread LGBT participation in the annual, family-friendly community celebration, and will spotlight and increase the visibility of the LGBT community

Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest (Spokane, WA)
to continue implementation and evaluation of 10 core lessons from the 9th and 10th grade Family Life and Sexual Health curriculum, the most comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education curriculum available, developed by the Seattle and King County Public Health Departments. Sexual orientation is not a separate lesson but is woven into every lesson. For many youth, this may be the first time they see homosexuality as natural and normal and included in a regular discussion of sexuality. They will also continue to offer the series at a variety of agencies including the Juvenile Detention Center, the Native Project, Daybreak Treatment Center and Odyssey Youth Center.

VP Foundation, Inc. (Moscow, ID)
to produce and present a series of radio stories by and/or about LGBT people on Yin Radio which serves two northwest markets via progressive community radio (broadcast and internet): KRFP “Radio Free Moscow” in Moscow, ID and KYRS “Thin Air Radio” in Spokane, WA. Topics to be covered might include marriage, children and families, and coming out. The goal is to seek personal stories that help listeners learn, grow and feel connected.

In Support of HIV/AIDS Service Delivery and Prevention

North Idaho AIDS Coalition (Coeur d’Alene, ID)
to perform HIV testing and counseling for populations not covered by funding from the Panhandle Health District. The state of Idaho only covers testing for those deemed to be of highest risk—men who have sex with men (MSM), intravenous drug users, and partners of known HIV positive persons. The Coalition’s case load has always been 1/3 women, 1/3 heterosexual and 1/3 MSM. Approximately 2/3 of their clients would not have qualified for testing although they turned out to be HIV positive.

Spokane AIDS Network (Spokane, WA)
for a start up pilot HIV testing and counseling project and an HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention marketing campaign. Hours for the testing would be outside of those offered by the health district. The media campaign would air a newly developed television commercial on up to a dozen channels reaching eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana residents.

In Support of Health and Community Services

Sexual Violence Awareness Team (Spokane, WA)
to engage the Spokane LGBT communities in a social marketing campaign aimed at preventing sexual violence. The April 2009 campaign, which coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will include a new website, posters, brochures, and bumper stickers. The team is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preventing sexual violence in the LGBT community by providing prevention education and raising awareness of supportive services. These include Lutheran Community Services, the Inland Northwest LGBT Center, Spokane AIDS Network, and the YWCA.

In Support of Youth and Family

Odyssey Youth Center (Spokane, WA)
for general operating support of this drop in center which will serve an anticipated 500 youth this year. The center is open Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 until 9:30. In addition to providing a social outlet, their youth programming encompasses interpersonal, socio-emotional, and life skills development. An 8 week intensive leadership development training program that focuses on social justice, grassroots organizing, political activism, power and oppression, coalition building, strategies and methods for social change, working with media, and crafting a clear and identifiable message.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
1:22 am - The Church plays all innocent re: outrage over bigotry.


SALT LAKE CITY7 November 2008 The Church issued the following statement today:

It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election.

Members of the Church in California and millions of others from every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation who voted for Proposition 8 exercised the most sacrosanct and individual rights in the United States — that of free expression and voting.

While those who disagree with our position on Proposition 8 have the right to make their feelings known, it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process.

Once again, we call on those involved in the debate over same-sex marriage to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other. No one on either side of the question should be vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.

Let me get this straight. It is "wrong" for protestors to make Church worship places part of the democratic process. These would be the buildings owned by the Church, the buildings which host those who fund the Church, the buildings which serve as symbols of bigotry enacted into law. But it is not "wrong" for the "Church" to pay for the removal of the right for loving couples to marry? Does a protest at a Temple make the matter too personal for Church members? Does the Church now say this should be the most civil and depersonalized of public discourse? I've never really had reason to agitate against this Church, but it has now bought itself and its membership a front row seat on the wrong side of this civil rights battle. It cannot claim to be innocent.

current mood: pissed off

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
4:53 pm - Spokane's LGBT Film Festival

Spokane LGBT Film Festival is coming up in November!


Friday Nov. 7 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3:00 and 7:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:00 PM

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Monday, September 22nd, 2008
1:57 pm - John McCain's Chief of Staff Being Outed Today!

Sources have confirmed to me that Mark Buse John McCain's chief of staff is being outed today! Stay tuned for more info!


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Sunday, July 20th, 2008
5:04 pm - Obama Pride - Video Collage

Collage of videos demonstrating Obama's commitment to the Queer community!

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Monday, June 16th, 2008
1:12 pm

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
10:35 am - Global Queer Rights - Take Action!!!

TAKE ACTION: Support LGBT Rights Worldwide!Collapse )

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Monday, May 19th, 2008
9:34 am - Queer Liberationist or Gay Assimilationist?

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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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
9:39 am - Free Speech Where do We Draw the Line?

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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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
9:31 pm - Introducing Queers United

The LGBT activist blog with action alerts for the Queer community...


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