Vulnerability Becomes Strength When Sleater-Kinney Takes D.C.

Sleater-Kinney at the 9:30 Club in DC, 2-24-15
Sleater-Kinney at the 9:30 Club in DC, 2-24-15

YouTube can take you from Sleater-Kinney’s early days of playing record stores in the ‘90s to their last concert in Portland in 2006. Audiences for the No Cities to Love Tour have also been posting new Sleater-Kinney videos.

Of course, the quality varies. But the appeal of these videos is their rawness which mirrors the rawness onstage: the catharsis of emotion, the personal and political assertions of self. Recent videos of the No Cities to Love tour also reflect a more orchestrated show, one with an emphasis on stage lighting and design, wardrobe, even stage moves.

Still, there’s also evidence that Tucker, Brownstein, and Weiss defy any style without substance as they electrify with performances of “Entertain” and “Jumpers”.

For complete article, see PopMatters.
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Lavender Review Nominates “Dear Virginia” for Pushcart Prize

One of my poems, “Dear Virginia,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Lavender Review, an online lesbian poetry & art journal.

This work appeared in Issue 7: Gender.

The editor, Mary Meriam, says that the Gender theme was “inspired by Ingrid Jungermann’s web series F to 7th.”

To read the complete issue online, please visit Lavender Review.

The Pride Center Offers Discussion Panel on Transgender Women & Lesbians

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, offers a panel discussion called “Are Trans Women Our Sisters?”

The event is part of The Community Collaborative Transgender Educational Series coordinated by several local organizations:  The Pride Center, The T-House/ Broward County Department of Health, and SunServe.

According to The Pride Center website, the upcoming discussion will “facilitate an open dialogue on ‘women born women only politics’ and its impact on the relationships between lesbian and transgender women.”

A professional panel will inform the conversation with their experience and insights:  Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network (WIN); Robin Schwartz, President of Aqua Foundation for Women; Tori Bertran, Activist/ Board Member of Aqua Foundation for Women; and Diana O’Brien, Activist/ AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Coordinator.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

Florida Supercon 2013: Sci-Fi, Anime, & Comic Books Convention Connects LGBT Fans & Allies

George Takei speaks to the audience at The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 at Miami Airport Convention CenterTrekkies, Bronies and a revered pop culture icon who says “Oh Myyy.”

The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 took place July 4 to 7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, where thousands of fans came to celebrate sci-fi, anime, comic books, and other pop culture genres.

Generally the mood was upbeat on Saturday, July 6 – how could it not be when people dressed as fantastical characters such as Aqua Man, Nightwing, and The Great Gazoo?

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

Florida Supercon: George Takei, David Yost and More to Appear

Florida Supercon has often featured comic book/ sci-fi/ anime guests and events that appeal to not only mainstream fans, but also to an LGBT audience.  This year, Florida Supercon 2013 promises to exceed expectations.

The Eighth annual comic con event returns to the Miami Airport Convention Center on July 4-7, with George Takei, as one of the headliners.

Science fiction fans know Takei as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek television series,which aired from 1966- 1969.  In recent years, Takei has become a social media favorite, particularly on Facebook, and he has written about this experience in Oh Myyy!  (There Goes the Internet).  However, some of his fans may not know that as a child during World War II, Takei was incarcerated in Japanese-American internment camps in the U.S.  He has also starred in a musical, Allegiance, which explores this often untold part of American history.  A Broadway debut is anticipated for 2014.

In 2005, Takei publicly came out.  Since then, he’s become an LGBT activist, one who often uses humor to communicate his message—see Takei’s recent Buzzfeed response to same-sex marriage protestors.

In a phone interview with SFGN, Takei reflected, “When I was a teenager, marriage equality was an unthinkable thing.  Now it is inevitable.  I’m very optimistic about the [upcoming] Supreme Court ruling.”

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.