Gay in America tied for gold at the Independent Publisher Book Awards for best Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction! The book was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in best LGBT Nonfiction. The ceremonies were last night in NYC. Huge thanks to both organizations for their support and recognition, it is an incredible honor.
“EQUAL is a new LGBT+ magazine, aimed at promoting all of the amazing talent and creativity in the LGBT+ community, whilst also raising awareness of the many political and equality issues that we, as a community, still face. “
We (LGBTQEqualityNow) have contributed to the demo edition! We fully stand behind this magazine and it would mean a lot to us if you help them out and donate so that this magazine can get a kick start and be something amazing!
LGBTQEqualityNow is seeking lesbian and gay couples who are interested in taking part in a short video documentary called “My Same-Sex Love” and would like a video or picture of you with your loved one to use. Your name will get mentioned in the credits for participating. Around 5 couples are wanted. If more couples are interested, as many more videos as needed will be made.
Why the video is necessary:
While the ability to be a person out as a lesbian or gay man is larger than in the past, there are still some misconceptions about what it is to be lesbian or gay. Some think it is only about sex. Others think it’s a sin. Some are not sure of it at all and don’t know which side to take. There are plentiful other views among these, however, these seem to be the main ones. This video is for the people who do have those misconceptions. The goal: to show them that love is blind to gender and to clear some of their misunderstandings of same-sex relationships. By changing these minds, we help promote equality. I urge you and your significant other to submit a video or a picture and help with this goal.
Where the video will go:
Onto LGBTQEqualityNow’s YouTube and Tumblr. If you submit, you are agreeing to this.
Deadline for Submission:
March 24th, 2012
[expected release: April 7th, 2012]
There are two things you can to do participate; submission details will follow.
1. Submit a video between 1 and 3 minutes long –expect some editing- that answers these questions:
Names of each person (last name can be excluded if you wish)
How you met
What you love about each other
What you have to say to those who disagree with same-sex love (please keep this appropriate and do not swear or use insults; it will not be used if you do so)
2. Submit a picture of you and your loved one with a short description. Keep it short. It will be read aloud.
How to submit
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Submission for “My Same-Sex Love”and attach the video or picture. You can send links to pictures, however, the video needs to be attached since I cannot download off of YouTube. DO NOT SUBMIT IF: you do not want your video or picture on LGBTQEqualityNow’s YouTube and Tumblr. The final video will be put onto both and if you do submit, you are agreeing to let it be putonto both.
The discrimination against people who are transgender negatively affects them, their families, friends, and allies. How can we allow this discrimination to continue when so many lives are negatively affected and when your own life could be affected? I want people of all beliefs to recognize the need for all human beings to be treated equally and justly regardless of their gender identity.
I have created a segment packed full of information about the discrimination people who are transgender face. There is also a list of things you can do to fight on behalf of the rights of those who are Transgender. I urge you to listen to this segment as all human beings deserve to be treated equal and I believe that people are not educated on this issue and must be so that the discrimination can end.
This video aims to get people who may be opposed or unsure of same-sex relationships to see that it is about love and equality; to see past the label of a gay or lesbian relationship and just see that two people, regardless of the biological sex of each person, are in a loving relationship. In it, I tell my coming out story and talk about one of my past relationships.
This is a heartfelt song about what it can sometimes feel like to be gay and constantly questioned. Jenna Anne is a very talented musician and hosts a YouTube channel called LesbianAnswer where she gives great advice.
“So you’re gay?” That’s what they say, in a frazzled state. My hands are tied my mouth is wide they look to me. There’s confusion I’m improving my way. Because I’m learning how to reply when I speak. They always ask me how I know who I am. As if I need some kind of test or an exam. My mouth is sure and it’s able, my words on the table, I draw in air and smile.
It’s soft lips and it’s hair. It’s fire I see when a woman’s there. It’s not mind, not body, it’s heart.
If we could choose, then we would lose I know for sure. Because we’d change most everything we want and more. I’ve bowed my head and heard the words of those who think. How can you argue with impossibility?
I wish we didn’t see the label, I wish we didn’t see the kind. I wish we didn’t see the color, I wish we all could see man blind. I wish we didn’t see one making as the only path that’s right. I wish we didn’t think that love is something worth causing a fight. It’s not mind, It’s not mind.