A Day in the Life

Here is a heartbreakingly transparent look at what gender non-conforming folks might experience on a daily basis. Please read this, and try to not contribute to gender policing!

http://www.mtv.com/news/2153402/tyler-ford-agender-queer-diary/

 

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Obama Stands for Trans* Rights

Amidst the huge debate surrounding equality and the use of public by trans* persons, youth often get the brunt of the attacks. Obama is working towards protections for this vulnerable population, while others feel gender equity is inconsistent with their personal beliefs.

“‘Kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation, who are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying potentially. They are vulnerable,” Mr. Obama told the website. “I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly and that our kids are all loved and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed.'”-Barack Obama

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-to-instruct-schools-to-accommodate-transgender-students/2016/05/12/

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/05/16/obama-we-should-treat-transgender-students-with-dignity/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2016/05/05/435d7ee4-12ed-11e6-8967-7ac733c56f12_story.html?tid=a_inl

 

Controversy Over Methodist Marriage

A recent decision to officiate a same-gender marriage by Methodist clergy adds  to rising tensions after the passage of HB2 in North Carolina, with some urging a repeal.

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http://www.advocate.com/religion/2016/4/25/nc-methodist-church-marries-same-sex-couple-defiance-church-doctrine

http://www.ibtimes.com/north-carolina-hb2-update-united-methodist-church-bishops-urge-repeal-over-resultant-2359944

 

A Music Video for Change

Art Attack, a artistic group in Kenya, recently created a remix of “Same Love” featuring prominent queer Kenyan activists to help fight the country’s homophobia, prompting a very interesting exchange with Google. Read more and watch the powerful video below!

*Trigger warning: suicide*download

http://www.tffmag.com/blog/2016/3/17/t7ukb44o9i4hd3q15vzojlzu3t759k

 

Brief Hiatus

Hello friends!

Sorry for not uploading new content recently; our center has been busy working on an exciting week of events for our Spring Symposium, which will be centered around Native and Indigenous Cultures.

Here is the slideshow for a presentation on Two Spirit Identities one of our staff members did for one of our discussion groups a few weeks ago:

https://docs.google.com/a/my.uri.edu/presentation/d/18ct_Kt7-Jr1GpNldwGPzJp5-hRr4R2PJjEMfe1_qfZ0/edit?usp=docslist_api

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If this topic interests you, please check out our Facebook page for upcoming event details!

https://www.facebook.com/URILGBTQCenter/?fref=ts

Queering Star Wars

More diversity needed … John Boyega and Oscar Isaac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Two prominent figures from the famous sci-fi series have recently talked about inclusion of homosexuality in the franchise.

When asked about the possibility, JJ Abrams recently responded: “‘I would love it,” he said to The Daily Beast. “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world…When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters…It’s about inclusivity. So of course.'”

Actor Mark Hamill followed up on Abrams’ comment, saying: ‘”I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days, you would get fan mail,” he said to the Sun. “But now fans are writing and asking all these questions: ‘I’m bullied in school … I’m afraid to come out.’ They say to me: ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”‘

Read more here:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/01/jj-abram-gay-characters-in-star-wars-welcome

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/20/gay-kiss-star-wars-episode-viii-john-boyega-oscar-isaac

What do you think? Would you like to see a greater spectrum of implied/explicit sexual orientation in Star Wars? Or would it seem like they’re adding the obligate “token” gay characters? Do you think we will ever see folks outside the gender expression binary in major productions like this?