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INTERVIEW: Paul Burston

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If you don’t know who Paul Burston is, you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Stalwart of the gay scene, ACTUP activist, one time editor of TimeOut’s LGBT Section, writer for multiple magazines and newspapers including the Guardian and author of 4 best selling novels.

Photos: Krystyna FitzGerald-Morris

In your time you must have had some incredible brushes with the rich and famous - who has been your favourite?

I've been a journalist for 25 years and I've been lucky enough to meet a great many famous people I admire, including Debbie Harry, Victoria Wood and Princess Diana. But if I had to pick one, I'd say Elizabeth Taylor. I met her at London Lighthouse in the mid 90s. She was so tiny - and every inch a star. I'd always loved her, and she didn't disappoint. She was one of the first stars to speak out about AIDS and a true original. Watching Helen Bonham-Carter play her in that TV drama recently only highlighted just how unique she was. Nobody does Liz Taylor like Liz Taylor.

We love that you call her Liz, like totally on first name terms. Bravo Gay stripes.

Finish this sentence: Champagne is…

...Great fun while it lasts, not so much fun the following day. Champagne hangovers are the worst!

We hear you Paul, we hear you!

Ultimate girl band: Rihanna, Katy Perry and Miley or Kylie, Madonna and Belinda Carlisle?

I'd have to go with Kylie, Madonna and Belinda. But only because Kate Bush, Debbie Harry and Stevie Nicks weren't an option.

Ooo you’re ultra old skool, (and you’ve made us spell School in that kooky way...) Excellent.

The campest moment of your life?

Introducing Celia Imrie at Polari last year. We managed to keep her surprise guest appearance a tightly guarded secret, although a few of the regulars had their suspicions. As soon as I announced her, there was pandemonium! If you'd asked me before then, I'd have said it was introducing Fenella Fielding - also at Polari. Both are fabulously camp women, beloved by gay audiences. And both are great supporters of the LGBT community. It was a privilege to introduce them.

You are kind of like Cilla Black, matchmaking the gays with their icons. We love it.

What do other people think your most attractive feature is?

I'd like to say it was my cheeky smile and sparkling personality, but it's probably my legs. I was a keen cyclist for years, so I have well developed leg muscles. And yes, I'm familiar with the saying, "nice legs, shame about the face!"

Ooo He’s got footballers legs and self effacing. Are you single by any chance?

If you were PM for a day what would be your first ruling…

I'd bestow honours on Bette Bourne and David Hoyle. Dame-hoods, naturally.

Natch.

What are the two things you couldn’t live without?

My husband. He's the love of my life and I can't imagine life without him.

My iPhone. I've written most of my new novel on it. I no longer carry a notebook everywhere. Everything is written in Notes on my phone and backed up onto my desktop. Now I can actually read my own notes!

You are ridiculously modern. Furthermore you managed to plug the fact you’re working on a new novel. The man is a professional.

Most embarrassing drunken moment?

Meeting David Bowie at an after show party. I'm a massive fan and got hideously drunk on free Champagne. When he arrived, I launched myself at him and announced that when I was 15, he saved my life. He smiled knowingly and said, 'really?' 'Yes,' I replied. 'And you're still the man!'

I couldn't believe the crap coming out of my mouth. I mean, 'you're the man!' Who says that? He must get it a lot. He's David Bowie, after all. But he was very gracious, a perfect gentleman.

We know exactly what you mean, we did that with Kelly Osborne once. Well, we think it was Kelly Osborne. It was dark.

Is there a gay Mafia?

Not really. But some of us like to dress the part.

Snaps.

Liza needs to do… next?

I love Liza. She's been written off so many times, but she's still here.

She's a living legend. She just needs to keep on living. That's enough for me.

Gotch ya, long live Liza. May she stumble from party to party forever.

Check out Paul Burston’s monthly Polari Literary Salon at: www.polariliterarysalon.co.uk

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Community Education and Advocacy Intern

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Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York

Lambda Legal seeks law school and college students for internships. This is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in development, community outreach and education at a national nonprofit organization specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV civil rights law.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and publiCommunity Education and Advocacy Internc policy work.

Lambda Legal provides a pleasant, collegial environment for students interested in law, LGBT issues, civil rights, public affairs and/or nonprofit workplaces. The office offers interns the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of disciplines in a dynamic workplace. The schedule is flexible; however interns should be able to work in the office 12-24 hours per week during office hours, Monday through Friday. The internship is unpaid; however course credit and externship status are available. Interns are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for grants, scholarships or funding from other sources.

Community Education and Advocacy Intern

Responsibilities

The intern will be responsible for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: event planning and execution; correspondence with donors, volunteers and others; community outreach; public education; conducting online research on a variety of topics; and various administrative tasks, including telephone coverage and data entry. The intern’s specific responsibilities will vary for the duration of the term depending on the needs of the office. An intern, however, is also welcome to focus on areas in which she/he is particularly interested, subject to the needs of the office.

Qualifications

Interns will assist staff in combating all forms of LGBT and HIV discrimination. Thus, a background in, or familiarity with, related issues, legal or otherwise, will greatly strengthen the application.

Candidates for the internship should have a strong commitment to social justice, equality and civil rights issues, particularly those involving the LGBT and HIV-affected communities. Strong organizational skills are a must. Additionally, a desire to learn, strong communication, analytical skills and the ability to be a team player are a plus. An ideal candidate will also possess the ability to self-motivate, work with varying levels of supervision and adapt to a variety of tasks.

Application

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and 1 to 2 page writing sample to etablada@lambdalegal.org. The cover letter should include the applicant’s hours of availability for the semester/term and the phone numbers and titles of two references.

The title of the position and location (NYC, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, LA) MUST appear in the subject line of your email. Lambda Legal accepts interns on a continual basis.

We consider the positions open until filled. Generally, applications received by September 1st (fall), November 30th (spring) and March 15th (summer) are guaranteed consideration for the next semester/term. Selections are made as the applicant pool allows and continue until all spaces are filled. Please specify location and semester/term for which the application is being submitted.

People of color and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer.

For internships in our National Headquarters, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Edwin Tablada
Lambda Legal
120 Wall St., 19th floor
New York, NY 10005-3919
etablada@lambdalegal.org
Fax: 212-809-0055

For internships in our Western Regional Office, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Marco Castro-Bojorquez
Lambda Legal
4221 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 280
Los Angeles, CA 90010-3512
mcastro-bojorquez@lambdalegal.org
Fax: 213-351-6050

For internships in our Midwest Regional Office, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Crispin Torres
Lambda Legal
11 East Adams, Suite 1008
Chicago, IL 60603-6303
ctorres@lambdalegal.org
Fax: 312-663-4307

For internships in our South Central Regional Office, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Omar Narvaez
Lambda Legal
3500 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75219-6722
onarvaez@lambdalegal.org
Fax: 214-219-4455

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Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Intern

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National Headquarters, New York, New York

Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project seeks college students for fall, spring and summer internships.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of Home Care Project raises awareness and advances reform on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless systems of care. We aim to increase the will and capacity of youth-serving organizations to prepare and support LGBTQ youth as they transition from adolescence to independence. We work with LGBTQ youth as well as social workers, case managers, administrators and other child welfare advocates to ensure safe and affirming child welfare services for LGBTQ youth.

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Responsibilities

  • Assist in the creation of contact lists to distribute resources to professionals working throughout the child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless systems of care nationwide.
  • Assist in the development and distribution of educational materials for LGBTQ youth.
  • Draft educational materials for LGBTQ youth.
  • Assist in the development of outreach strategies to disseminate Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project resources. Assist Legal Assistant in other duties, including some administrative tasks outside the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, as they arise.

Qualifications

Interns will assist staff members in combating all areas of sexual orientation and HIV discrimination for youth in out-of-home care. Thus, a background in or familiarity with issues, legal and otherwise, important to LGBTQ youth and youth with HIV will greatly strengthen the application.

Candidates for the internship should have a strong commitment to social justice, equality and civil rights issues, particularly those involving LGBT and HIV-affected communities. In addition, a desire to learn, strong writing and analytical skills and proficiency in web-based research are a plus. Attention to detail and a strong work ethic are essential.

Compensation

As this is an unpaid position, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for grants from their school or other sources.

Application

The title of the position (Youth in Out-of-Home Care Internship) MUST appear in the first line of the envelope if mailing or subject line if emailing. Lambda Legal will accept applications for this internship on an ongoing basis.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Kaitlyn Gentile, Legal Assistant
Lambda Legal
120 Wall St, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10005
kgentile@lambdalegal.org

No phone calls please.

Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people of all gender identities and gender expressions and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

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Education and Public Affairs Internships

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New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas

Lambda Legal‘s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks college and high school students for internship positions year round. This is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on outreach and/or communications experience at a national nonprofit organization specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV civil rights law.

Lambda Legal provides a pleasant, collegial environment for students interested in law, LGBT issues, civil rights, organizing and/or nonprofit workplaces. Interns must be able to work 16 to 24 hours per week between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Education and Public Affairs InternshipsEducation and Public Affairs Internships

Application

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and 1 to 2 page writing sample to etablada@lambdalegal.org. The cover letter should include the applicant’s hours of availability for the semester/term and the phone numbers and titles of two references.

The title of the position (Community Education, Communications or Editorial) and location (NYC, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, LA) MUST appear in the subject line of your email. Lambda Legal accepts interns on a continual basis.

We consider the positions open until filled. Generally, applications received by September 1st (fall), November 30th (spring) and March 15th (summer) are guaranteed consideration for the next semester/term. Selections are made as the applicant pool allows and continue until all spaces are filled. Please specify location and semester/term for which the application is being submitted.

Compensation

As this is a nonpaying position, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for grants from their school or other sources.

Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people of all gender identities and gender expressions and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

Community Education Interns

Location: National Headquarters, New York; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles

Responsibilities

The Community Education Intern will be responsible for event planning, press development, community outreach, public education and administrative tasks. This internship is unpaid; however course credit and externship status are available. Interns are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for grants, scholarships or funding from other sources.

Qualifications

Interns will assist staff members in combating all areas of sexual orientation and HIV discrimination. Thus, a background in or familiarity with issues, legal and otherwise, important to LGBT and people with HIV will greatly strengthen the application.

Candidates for the internship should have a strong commitment to social justice, equality and civil rights issues, particularly those involving LGBT and HIV-affected communities. In addition, a desire to learn, strong writing and analytical skills and proficiency in web-based research are a plus.

Proyecto Igualdad

Location: Los Angeles

Proyecto Igualdad extends Lambda Legal’s resources and information to Spanish speakers and seeks to engage the many Latino/Hispanic communities. We provide bilingual educational materials, host community events and trainings and offer bilingual legal assistance through our Help Desks around the country.

Qualifications

Spanish language fluency a plus. Interns will assist Proyecto Igualdad’s Coordinator in combating all areas of sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV/AIDS discrimination. Candidates for these internships should have a strong commitment to social justice, equality and civil rights issues and should be enthusiastic about increasing and protecting the civil rights of LGBT people and people with HIV. In addition, a desire to work hard and learn, communications and analytical skills, and attention to detail are required, as well as proficiency in web-based research.

Responsibilities

The Proyecto Igualdad Interns will be responsible for Latino and Latino LGBT community outreach, public education, events coordination, publication distribution, data entry and other administrative tasks relating to LGBT relationship recognition, family rights and marriage equality; workplace rights; judicial independence; civil rights issues for people with HIV; and youth and school rights.

Communications Interns

Location: National Headquarters, New York

Responsibilities

Duties may include some of the following:

  • Research media outlets and organizations and contacts for input into database
  • Upkeep of media clipping files
  • Assembling media packets
  • Participating in public education and community outreach events
  • Coordinate participation in summer pride events
  • Helping to distribute publications
  • Transcribing taped interviews
  • Proofreading and light copy editing
  • Data entry
  • Some writing for Lambda Legal’s print and online publications
  • Light HTML
  • Copying and filing; and other administrative tasks

Qualifications

A familiarity with issues that are important to LGBTQ and people with HIV is not necessary but will strengthen an application. Interns must be detail-oriented, well-organized and comfortable working independently and as part of a team.

Editorial Internship

Location: National Headquarters, New York

Lambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks college students for a summer internship in our New York City national headquarters. This is an opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on editorial experience at a national nonprofit organization specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV civil rights law.

Responsibilities

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain solid experience in a busy editorial department. Duties may include some of the following:

  • Some writing for Lambda Legal’s triannual publication, Impact, as well as other print publications
  • Some interviewing and reporting
  • Research and fact checking
  • Proofreading and light copy editing
  • Photo research
  • Filing, copying and other organizational tasks

Qualifications

We are seeking ambitious juniors and seniors with strong writing and editing skills (grammar geeks especially encouraged to apply). A familiarity with issues that are important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people with HIV is not necessary but will strengthen an application. Interns should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team and have some experience with Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

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