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New GLBTQQIA Community

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Hi All!
I just created a community at
glbtq_disabled
. It's for members of the GLBTQQIA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, queer, allied and asexual) community to make friends and discuss being GLBTQQIA AND disabled in any way, be it physical, mental, learning, etc. Anyone--be they GLBTQQIA, interested in the subject, or anything in between--is welcome to check it out and join. Be sure to tell your friends!
Thanks,
Caitlin
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Hello! My GSA is trying to organize a No Name Calling Week at our highschool this year.

I was wondering, have any of your GSAs organized a NNCW at your highschool? If so, what kinds of activities or things did you do? The ideas on the NNCW website are geared mainly toward middle school students...so any ideas would be supersupergreatly appreciated!
Thankyou abajamillion much! =]

[probably x posted in a bunch of other places]
sunny, harvard

queer theology

So, I'm working on a project that involves reading one major work by a philosopher/theologian and comparing it to another work we have already read in my theology class, or a different work (probably a novel) of my choosing. The idea is to find connections between the theologian's specific field and the themes of the piece of literature. I am looking to find a queer theologian who has written a fairly clear and definitive piece of work that would give me a good introduction to the field and a basis for comparison; I also need to find a novel to compare the theologian's work to.
Any ideas?
sunny, harvard

GLSEN Boston's Day of Silence Summit!

The Day of Silence (DOS), a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in collaboration with the United States Student Association (USSA), is the largest national action of its kind. The Day of Silence is a student-led day of action in which students, teachers, and administrators take a vow of silence to acknowledge the daily harassment of and discrimination against GLBT students in schools.

The Day of Silence is Wednesday, April 26, 2006.

For more information about the DOS across the nation, you can visit www.dayofsilence.org.

GLSEN Boston is holding a DOS meet-up for new and experienced GSA youth members who want to start or to improve the DOS at their school. The meeting will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 9:30-2:00. A six-dollar student registration fee is requested but not required. Please email Eva at dayofsilence@glsenboston.org to register in advance (recommended) or for more information.
Phil, Spring 2010

Phil Bildner's New Gay-Themed Teen Novel, "Playing the Field" (and it's a comedy!)

Hello…

I know I’ve contacted a number of you individually so if you’ve received an e-mail from me directly, or if I’ve contacted you through Myspace I apologize in advance.

I’m trying to get the word out about my new gay-themed, teen novel “Playing the Field” that just came out this week.

I’m reaching out to Gay-Straight Alliances, young adult reading clubs, teen pride groups and other such organizations because I think the novel will be of interest to you. “Playing the Field” is an over the top look at high school life, and the main storylines are focused around the school’s GSA.

Without question, the novel is already rubbing some people the wrong way. Because of the subject matter, some reviewers have refused to review it and some schools have refused to include it in their collections. Whatever.

To be quite honest, the language and sexual content is rather tame (comparatively speaking), but what adult readers are not quite able to grasp is how frank and evolved the characters are.

My intent was never to create the next great piece of teen literature. I wanted to create a fun read with a cool message of tolerance, and I think I did.

“Playing the Field” is available in stores (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, etc.) and on-line (Amazon and Barnes & Noble). I’ve also included a synopsis of the book below, lifted from the inside flap copy. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the book, please spread the word. In the world of teen novels and young adult literature, nothing beats word of mouth and Myspace!

I’d love to hear from you, and if you hear of others who have read the book, please encourage them to contact me as well. I enjoy the feedback...even negative feedback because that’s when you really know you’ve struck a chord!

Increase the Peace,

Phil Bildner

www.philbildner.com (we’re rebuilding the site right now so some of the links may be a little off)

Playing the Field:

"Insightful, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny…An inside-out look at high school sports."
--Pete Hautman, National Book Award winner for Godless

"Phil Bildner's screwball comedy sings with wit and originality and a refreshingly frank and funny exploration of bias and discrimination against gays. Like Darcy Miller's magical pitching arm, it sinks a fastball straight into your heart."
-- Tracy Mack, author of Birdland

All Darcy wants is to play on the baseball team, to hear her name announced, "Now batting, Darcy Miller," to play the field. Is that so much to ask?

Unfortunately, it might be. In a few short months, Darcy Miller goes from typical senior in high school to candidate for Jerry Springer. Her mom has started dating Darcy's principal, the very principal whose son Darcy happened to have started a huge flirt-fest with, now brought to a screeching halt. When she decides to let her mom go to bat (so to speak) for her to play on the baseball team, Darcy thinks things are starting to look up. After all, Principal Basset caves and decides to let her play. But he has two conditions that shake up her entire game: She must pretend to be a lesbian (WHAT?) and she must join the GSA, the Gay-Straight Alliance (WHAT? WHAT?), the president of which happens to be her best friend -- make that her ex-best friend, Josh. Okay, Darcy's senior year might seem complicated at first. It's not. It's insurmountably, unforgettably, and -- most of the time -- hilariously complicated.

But if anyone can handle it, it's Darcy. She'll do anything just to play the field.
sunny, harvard

Days of Action

Hello all,

My name is Eva Rosenberg and I work as a student organizer for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education network both locally (www.glsenboston.org) and nationally (www.glsen.org). Part of my job is to gather input and support GSAs in the region (I also attend Lexington High School).

I was wondering if any of you have any info on:
-your school's past or planned participation in GLSEN's Days of Action this year (Ally Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Dr. MLK, Jr. Organizing Weekend, Day of Silence)
-any GSA network or group that is in place for Boston-area GSAs, either via meetings, emails, myspace, etc.
-any new GSAs or those that are in the planning stages
-other questions, concerns, news, stories about events or coalitions, etc.

I'd love to hear from you; anything is good, really. You can email me at eva@studentorganizing.org.
Thanks,
Eva
P.S. Let me know if you'd like to get on GLSEN Boston's GSA mail list to get occasional emails about conferences, days of action, and other fun events coming up in our area!

A-Town stands for Awesome!

Hey there everybody!

The Arlington GSA is holding a movie night this Friday (December 9th) from 5 untill 8. It will be held at the high school in Ms. Holt's room (that's 506.. and yes there will be signs directing you from the main lobby). We're going to be watching "But I'm a Cheerleader" which I hear is extremely funny. It's about a cheerleader who doesnt like kissing her boyfriend, so she gets sent away to a camp that tries to make kids straight. Good plot, right? There will be food and maybe pizza if people seem to want it. Bring more food if you'd like (c'mon kids, this is the Arlington GSA, the more food the better!) and of course bring FRIENDS!!

If you have any questions find me at school or e-mail me at arlington_gsa@yahoo.com .

Thanks,
Jesse

(PS. please keep sending this to as many friends and schools as you can!)