December 2nd, 2004

an event for NYCers, and for all, a heads-up on an interesting movie

We are screening a sneak preview (work-in-progress) of "transparent", a documentary about 19 female-to-male transsexuals who bore children and in most cases went on to raise their children. The film addresses the seemingly contradictary identity of 'male' and 'mother' - looking at the various ways these individuals identify and the ways in which they relate to their children. We are very close to finishing this project and just need to raise the last bit of money to get the post-production completed.

Please join us on December 17th, 8pm at the LGBT Center, in NYC

Tickets are $10 but NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds

For more info on the film and the event go to: Mamsir Productions

Alphabet Soup and Inclusiveness

It's sort of funny, and sort of serious.

This came up below, someone used an acronym, I think it was LGBTA+? and someone else wanted to know what the A was for, or something. Which reminded me of a truly prodigious acronym I saw the other day. Let me see if I can summon it from memory:


The person who used it didn't specify what all the letters meant, so I had to google around for a while to figure it all out. What I eventually came up with was:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersexed, Pansexual, Polyamorous, BDSM.

Now the person who used the acronym used it in all seriousness, not as hyperbole or whatever. The intent, obviously, is to be broadly inclusive while not being presumptuous. A good intention, no doubt. However, there are a couple problems with the expanding alphabet soup, as I see it. One is that the more letters you add, the less people are going to know what the devil you're talking about. Another is, the more letters you add, the more obvious any omissions become. I mean if you spelled out that you include bisexuals AND pansexuals, why not trans people AND genderqueer people, for instance? Inclusion is no longer assumed, it has to be spelled out. Also, it just starts to get really, really silly. Yes I want to show my support for the LGBTQQIPPBDSM community, so I will write to my congressperson about the bill which endorses discrimination that may hurt some of the letters in LGBTQQIPPBDSM, etc.

On the other hand, how does one say concisely "all of us'n's" without either ridiculous strings of letters, leaving people out, or lumping people improperly?
It's a bit like "The Life of Brian" and the Judean People's Front, I know, but it is something I have been wondering about.

Your thoughts?

More on South Africa

By way of updating this post, here's CNN's take on South Africa and the state of the gay marriage debate there.

I am really unimpressed by the slant of their article--I mean, if they wanted to find an African homophobe, they could have just quoted Mugabe, who's right next door, they didn't need to rope in the President of Nigeria. And no mention of Desmond Tutu or Boesak supporting it. But perhaps the other post was a bit too optimistic. Anyway.
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Those of you who have taken nekkid photos of yourself and/or your special friend(s)...where do you get such things developed? I don't have the equipment to do it myself, and I don't trust the local CVS developers (my dad's friend ran a developing service for a while and had an album of extra prints he had made for himself). Any suggestions?