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Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute LGBT Leadership Conference

  • LGBT Leadership Conference – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is the national voice on issues pertaining to openly LGBT leadership, including elected and appointed officials.  Senior members of the Victory team are available for on-the-record comment about LGBT leadership and related LGBT news, trends, and developments. Washington, DC; Dec 6-9, 2017

Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute LGBT Leadership Conference

The International LGBTQ Leaders Conference brings together hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. Attendees experience three days of training, skills building, and networking, and discuss key issues facing openly LGBTQ leaders and their communities.

The 2017 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference will be held in Washington, DC from Wednesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 9, 2017.


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Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute LGBT Leadership Conference

  • LGBT Leadership Conference – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is the national voice on issues pertaining to openly LGBT leadership, including elected and appointed officials.  Senior members of the Victory team are available for on-the-record comment about LGBT leadership and related LGBT news, trends, and developments. Washington, DC; Dec 6-9, 2017

Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute LGBT Leadership Conference

The International LGBTQ Leaders Conference brings together hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. Attendees experience three days of training, skills building, and networking, and discuss key issues facing openly LGBTQ leaders and their communities.

The 2017 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference will be held in Washington, DC from Wednesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 9, 2017.


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Trans Activist Buck Angel

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Buck Angel – porn star, trans activist, health educator and entrepreneur are just a few hats he wears.  He candidly shared with us his background and thoughts on everything from trannies to entrepreneurship to lube.  It was great fun and I hope we get to do more projects together in the future.

Trans Activist Buck Angel


When did you feel things were different?

I had a great childhood.  I guess I was a tomboy, which my parents had no problem with and I was just Buck.  Occasionally, there were social events where I was supposed to “dress like a girl” but they were rare, and for the most part my parents just let me be who I was.

Of course, this all changed with the onset of puberty.  My body began to change, I developed breasts and this conflicted with the male identity that I had.  I felt betrayed.  This was not me.

I was devastated, confused and angry.  And I became depressed, I attempted suicide, I drank, I did drugs. I acted out in every way imaginable and I became self-destructive.

During this phase, I saw many therapists who simply assumed I was a lesbian.  And this is key.  Being trans is about gender identity, not sexual orientation. Trans folks can cover the whole spectrum of sexual orientation, but that is not what makes them trans. Think of it this way, a person of color can be straight, gay or bisexual.  Their sexual identity does not define the fact they are a person of color, it is a different component of their overall identity.

As a trans person, I identified as a different gender than that of my physical body.

When did things change for you?

This was the 70s, people did not understand what it meant to be transgender and there were no role models.  I would tell therapists that I was a man and they assumed I was simply denying being a lesbian. I was attracted to girls at that time, but I felt like a guy that was attracted to women. I did not identify as a woman.

Fortunately, when I was 28 I had a lesbian therapist who believed me. She acknowledged my male identity and said: “I believe you, what do we need to do to make this happen?” (my notes indicate the therapist was Casey Whitman, Founder of the Gender Center – but I can’t find any reference to that name, can you confirm?)

As a result, I had a sex change.  We call it now transitioning. I didn’t transition until my late twenties. Despite the sex change, I never felt the need to conform to society’s definition of a man, and thus I didn’t feel the need for a penis.

Tell us about Buck Angel

It’s simple, I came out as a man with a vagina. 17 year ago, I created Buck Angel – a man challenging gender. A man has to conform to certain ideals, ie have a penis. That was not my personal barometer of masculinity. With or without a dick, I am and have always been male.

In part of my challenging social norms and just my general non-conforming nature, I started exploring and expanding my sexuality.  I had been only interested in women prior to the transition but afterward began exploring sex with men as a man. While many people explore their sexuality or identify as bisexual, I did it on film.

Doing porn was another form of activism for me. I was not doing any old porn, but porn as a man with a vagina.  I was challenging gender norms, sexual identities, gender roles, etc.  Some people (gay men mostly) loved it. And many folks hated it.  I scared them, I didn’t fit into traditional norms.  I was threatened, I received death threats, but through it all, I was simply being true to myself in a very public way.

I often get asked if I regret doing porn. I don’t. It made me who I am today.  It created a brand, it opened doors that many people preferred remained shut and it opened up a dialogue and being transgender, gender identity versus sexual identity way before it was socially acceptable.

It further challenged people’ notions about porn. While many of us are happy to watch it, there is still a level of shame associated with porn. We still look down on the porn industry. Sure like any industry, there are bad players, but porn serves a purpose. It can be educational. We have to stop shaming performers.

The Internet is an amazing thing. If can think it, it there is probably someone out there doing it and sharing it online.  It further let’s folks know they are not alone.

There are people like me and like you.

While I am still involved in the industry, these days I tend to be more behind the scenes. I produce an educational series called “Sexing the Trans Man” – this lead to workshops and further speaking opportunities.

Speaking of activism – what do you think of the term “Tranny”?

I know I am going to get shit for this, but I love it.  Of course, I use it as a trans person loving with my trans friends.  I think it is important we reclaim derogatory terms and make them our own.   There are gate keepers who look down on this a not being politically correct, but I disagree. It is empowering to take back control. To challenge and confront societal norms. Yes, it is offensive if a non-trans person uses it as an insult. And just because we use it don’t give you the right to use it.

When using the word Tranny it is all about intent and context just as using the word queer can be offensive if used derogatory and if you can reclaim queer you can reclaim tranny.

What do you think of Caitlyn?

I love her. But I love her for being Caitlyn. She a reality star. She has her own views. She’s allowed to have a voice.  Her voice reaches a group that I could never reach, which is important.  As more and more people get to know trans people, they realize we are all just struggling, loving, growing and living day to day like anyone else.

We all have a voice, we all have a message.  She doesn’t represent the trans community, she represents her own views.

What do you think of passing?

It used to be passing was our ultimate goal. I aspired to Tom of Finland, GI Joe. But I soon came to realize, it about being authentic, being true to who you are.  If you are looking outside and comparing yourself to others, you will never be happy.

As an entrepreneur, what are your thoughts on the trans community?

Unfortunately, the trans community struggles with career opportunities. Maybe we don’t fit in. Maybe, middle American isn’t ready to deal with us. But, we are not victims.  If we don’t fit it, find another way. Start a business, take a job at McDonald’s, whatever it takes to improve your situation.

And if you are successful, help those behind you.  Hire from the community, be a mentor, give back in honor of those who helped pave the way for your success.

I am proud of my accomplishments.  I developed a successful brand, I have been a motivational speaker, an educator to queer youth, and I developed the first trans sex toy.

Furthermore, I developed a lube specifically to meet the needs of trans men that emulate one’s own natural lubrication. This lube is the conduit to educating the medical community to needs of trans men and opening a dialogue about trans health issues.  The lube is called Buck Angel’s T-Lube by Sliquid.

And most recently, I have launched a Cannabis Company – Pride Cannabis. Pride Cannabis was founded by two trans men, Buck Angel and Leon Mostovoy. The company was created to promote natural alternatives to prescribed narcotics, as well as supporting general community health and well-being. Both founders, like many of us in the community, have struggled with anxiety, depression, addiction, and insomnia. With these issues in mind, we have developed a line of products to share with our community.

At Cannabis Pride we give 1 dollar from each sale back to the Los Angeles LGBT Center Senior Services Center.

Trans Activist Buck Angel

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Support the Lavender Pen Tour

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will kick off our 40th Season by embarking on a soul-affirming, life-changing journey! The Lavender Pen Tour will share SFGMC’s mission of community, activism and compassion throughout the South, supporting our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and promoting acceptance and love through music.

It is our hope that the music will encourage LGBTQ+ people and our allies to come together, provoke conversations and action around civil liberties for all, while raising funds for local LGBT organizations.

Learn more: http://www.sfgmc.org/lavender-pen-tour/

The Lavender Pen Tour
10/08/2017 | Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
10/10/2017 | Birmingham, AL – Alys Stephens Center
10/11/2017 | Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/13/2017 | Greenville, SC – First Baptist Church
10/14/2017 | Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium

When history looks back at 2017, what will be remembered? Will we remember presidential tweets and violence in Charlottesville? Or will we remember the way we came together as a community to support human rights and civil liberties? At the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, we remember the challenges, and we’ll also remember how your support empowered us to respond to bigotry with the Lavender Pen Tour.

Due to recent developments in Charlottesville, Boston, and Phoenix, and the violence of white supremacists, significantly more security will be needed to safeguard our Chorus members and supporters. A stronger security presence at our concert venues throughout the South will also be required. We are currently re-crafting our strategic security plan for the entire tour. In order to implement this strategy,  we need your help.

Support the Lavender Pen Tour

We have received an incredibly generous matching gift. Every dollar raised in the next 30 days will be matched, up to $30,000.

We need your help to raise $30,000 in the next 30 days!

Thank you for supporting the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. We hope you’ve been moved by all the stories from the Lavender Pen Tour we’ve shared and the courage that continues to be displayed by our community partners in the South.

Together, we can push forward on the path towards equality. As you know, the tour is a major financial undertaking. Please, give generously – your donation will indeed make a difference in many, many lives.

Donate Today!

 

Support the Lavender Pen Tour

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Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference 2017

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference – We invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and concerned civic activists to the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania to explore the possibilities of queering our world. This theme encourages participants to consider what can be done to make our worlds more livable for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQQIAA+ communities wherever they exist. Bloomsburg, PA; Nov 3-5, 2017

LGBTQA Community at Bloomsburg University

 Through Student Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students, the LGBTQA Resource Center is committed to making Bloomsburg University a safe and welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied students. This is done through education, programming, advocacy, and public policy. The Office for LGBT Interests at Bloomsburg University opened in the spring of 2006 and became the LGBTQA Resource Center in Fall of 2013, which is now headed by the Coordinator of Sexual & Gender Diversity, Malik Muhammad.

LGBTQA Resource Center

The LGBTQA Resource Center is located in SSC 265

The Center is open from 10am – 5pm weekdays during academic sessions.

We are also available via telephone or email: 570-389-2819 LGBTQA@bloomu.edu

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Queer Lunch!

Join us for Queer Lunch in the Commons every Wednesday at 11:45 for the fall semester!!

For Faculty & Staff

The LGBTQA Commission meets regularly throughout the semester. If you would like to become involved in the commission, feel free to contact us or join our next open meeting. [more information]

For Students

The BU Equality Alliance meets weekly during the academic year. If you would like to become involved, feel free to contact us or join our next open meeting. [more information]

Learning Opportunities

The LGBTQA Resource Center operates four programs to promote visibility and understanding of the LGBTQA community. [more information]

 


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

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2017 Pride Calendar

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Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference 2017

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IVYQ 2017 Creating Queer Futures

IVYQ – IvyQ dares to imagine a radically inclusive and explorative queer community beyond binaries and the LGB. We want to create interactive, educational, and individual-centered spaces where members can engage with speakers, activists, and each other to explore under-analyzed pieces of the self, others, and unrepresented queer communities. IvyQ is intent on making this conference an immersive social experience, full of hype, that is accessible to everyone. Financial aid for fees and transportation is available upon request. Yale Univesity, New Haven, CT; Nov 2-5, 2017

IVYQ 2017 Creating Queer Futures

In the midst of national political turmoil and direct attacks on all marginalized groups across the country, the goal of the IvyQ Yale conference is to resist through the act of community-building and education.

The theme of the conference is “Creating Queer Futures,” and it represents both an envisioning of what our radical future entails beyond contemporary politics, as well as a demand for direct and immediate action to forge our own path against the tides of oppression and discrimination. Additionally, this conference recognizes that self-care of the oppressed is a radical act, in the words of Audre Lorde, and that by uniting as a community and cherishing ourselves, we have already begun the fight.

At IvyQ Yale, we strive to create a radically inclusive environment in which every participant can find their place and thrive, by centering issues too often sidelined in our community such as intersectional feminism, indigeneity, socioeconomic class, and much more. Join us as we refuse to be silent and celebrate queerness in all of its forms.


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

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2017 Pride Calendar

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov – Dec

IVYQ 2017 Creating Queer Futures

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Models of Pride University of Southern California USC

Models of Pride –  The 25th Annual Models of Pride conference will take place on Sunday, October 29 at the University of Southern California (USC). Los Angeles, CA; Oct 29, 2017

Models of Pride University of Southern California USC

The Models of Pride conference includes an Opening Session, 3 workshop sessions with 100+ workshops to choose from, lunch, a resource fair, a college fair, a career fair, dinner, an entertainment hour, and dance – all free! The workshops cover many areas of life that are experienced by LGBT youth transitioning to adulthood including but not limited to LGBT issues.  Happening at the same time as Models of Pride is the Parent & Professionals Institute (PPI), a mini-conference within Models of Pride that offers programming for parents of LGBTQ youth as well as professionals who work with LGBTQ youth.  We will offer workshops for Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors and other LGBT youth serving professionals who bring their students/clients to the Conference.  A Hospitality Suite will be available to them during the day where they can relax, find resources and network with colleagues.

What is LifeWorks?

LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth age 24 and under. Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.

Learn more about LifeWorks at http://www.lifeworksla.org.

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The History of Models of Pride

Models of Pride was created in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a means of providing a safe and positive environment where LGBTQ youth could network with each other and expose themselves to new ideas and information. Friends of Project 10, Inc. took over the sponsorship and major funding for this conference in 1998 when the LAUSD abolished all education commissions. For 20 years, the conference programming has included a wide variety of workshops covering such topics as dating, coming out, stereotyping, student activism, cultural and religious issues, healthcare issues, creative expression, and much more. In 2010, Friends of Project 10 Inc. invited LifeWorks, the LGBT youth mentoring and development program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center to take over as presenter of the conference.

After a successful transition in 2010, LifeWorks has grown Models of Pride from less than 500 youth in attendance to over 1000.  LifeWorks proudly continues the Models of Pride tradition that for so many years has been a life changing experience for thousands of youth.  And, as times change for the better, Models of Pride continues to adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of LGBT youth.

Contact: modelsofpride@lalgbtcenter.org or 323-860-7373

Please like the following page on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/LifeWorksYouthMentoring/

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram
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Sign Up for our newsletter by joining our Mailing List
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Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

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2017 Pride Calendar

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov – Dec

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Queer Graduate Student Conference UCLA

QGRAD (LGBTQ Studies) – Welcome to UCLA’s 2017 Queer Graduate Student Conference – the oldest, interdisciplinary queer research conference in the United States. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, the 2017 QGrad Conference will focus on how LGBTQ Studies and trans and queer art and activism have transformed the world in the last 20 years. How have undocumented, Black and Brown, Indigenous, Afro-Latinx, Muslim, Fat, Disabled, incarcerated, Transgender and Gender Non-conforming communities/scholar- activists impacted LGBTQ studies? How are all of us systematically attacked and disempowered under the 45th presidential administration? UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Oct 27, 2017

Queer Graduate Student Conference UCLA


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

Bear | Business | CareerConferences | Europe | Film | Leather | Lesbian | Trans | Youth

2017 Pride Calendar

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov – Dec

Queer Graduate Student Conference UCLA

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Gender Infinity Conference 2017

Gender Infinity – Gender Infinity creates affirming spaces for families, learners, advocates, and providers to advance relationships, knowledge, and resources that empower gender diverse individuals. In our journey together we promote justice, equity, and hope in the celebration of infinite gender possibilities. Houston, TX; Oct 13-14, 2017

Gender Infinity Conference 2017


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

Bear | Business | CareerConferences | Europe | Film | Leather | Lesbian | Trans | Youth

2017 Pride Calendar

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov – Dec

Gender Infinity Conference 2017

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LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

Fields That Still See the Most Discrimination: How Do We Bridge This Gap?

Discrimination in the workplace may be illegal, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. For the LGBTI+ community, workplace discrimination is still something that runs rampant. While some industries, areas, and companies are welcoming and accepting of the LGBTI+ community, many others still have a long way to go.

LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

Unfortunately, many people like to believe that the United States is much more progressive than it actually is. To many, it’s impossible to believe that employers can still discriminate against the LGBTI+ community. This kind of thinking eliminates the pressure from companies unwilling to make necessary changes. Without the right education, these issues can be brushed under the rug.

Understanding workplace discrimination is the first step in making a difference. Let’s take a look at a few of the fields and industries that see the most discrimination, then consider what we can do to help eliminate this thinking and behavior.

  1. The Construction Industry

The construction industry is no stranger to diversity issues. Because the majority of construction workers are straight, white males, anyone who does not fit this mold may face discrimination while at work. This includes members of the LGBTI+ community.

While most managers will not fire an employee specifically for being gay, many LGBTI+ members may still feel that they are not safe to come out to their managers or employees. This can cause serious anxiety, forcing them to feel like they need to live a double life.

  1. The Military

With the President of the United States trying to ban transgender individuals from joining the military, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the military finds its way to this list. While the military is another area that has had diversity issues in the past, it should also be held to higher standards.

An individual’s sexual lifestyle should not influence whether or not they are fit to serve in the military. When someone is brave enough to sacrifice their lives for the safety of their country and fellow citizens, they shouldn’t fear facing discrimination.

  1. The Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is another field that is less inclusive to the LGBTI+ community. Just like the construction industry, most employees within this field are straight, white males. For individuals in the industry outside of this group, it may be uncomfortable to come out.

Unfortunately, the LGBTI+ community is not protected nationwide in the same way other minorities are. While there are national laws that protect against discrimination for gender, race, and religion, there are only statewide laws protecting transgender and gay individuals.

How to Eliminate Workplace Discrimination for Everyone

Although there is not a law protecting all LGBTI+ individuals from workplace discrimination and harassment, no one should feel uncomfortable in their workplace. For thousands of people all over the country, their office space is a hostile environment. Not only can this cause stress for the individual, but it prevents them from living a happy, fulfilling life.

Change begins with the proper education. When people are more understanding of the daily struggles that the LGBTI+ community faces each day, they can be more open and be accepting of the changes that need to be made. When we start holding our coworkers and employers accountable for their actions, behaviors, and thoughts, we may start to see real change.

Whether or not you’re a part of the LGBTI+ community, it is your responsibility to stand up for what is right. Don’t be afraid to file complaints or speak up if you see a coworker facing discrimination or harassment because they are LGBTI+.

LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

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