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06 January 2010 @ 04:16 pm
The David Letterman show on the CBS network has insulted Amanda Simpson, a trans woman who was recently appointed to the U.S. Commerce Department by the Obama administration. In the clip below David Letterman announces the news, followed by a guest on his show who breaks out in shock that "Amanda used to be a dude" the man is disgusted and outraged and runs off stage, the segment insinuates the man had some sort of relationship with Simpson and reinforces the sentiment that being transgender is somehow disgusting, misleading, and abnormal.

The video clip, other remarks by Letterman on LGBT issues and ways to contact the show are available below:
16 September 2009 @ 08:17 pm

“Mysterious Things”

The 11th Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 4-6, 2010

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009



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01 February 2009 @ 12:48 am
The End of Gay (And the Death of Heterosexuality) is the best stand-alone volume on the topic I've ever read. (P.S. Go buy it right now.) Any recommendations for further reading—specifically, further reading/extrapolation on the ideas discussed in The End of Gay?
25 January 2008 @ 05:47 pm

Hi everyone, I just joined this community. I'm in a gender studies class, and I was assigned an article to read and lead a discussion on sometime in the upcoming week, but I'm having a really hard time trying to understand how exactly the article is relevent to the gender studies overall. The article is called "Medieval Trabecular Bone Architecture: The Influence of Age, Sex, and Lifestyle" (Agarwal et.al). I've read it over several times, and cant seem to sift anything really useful out of all the technical details. Is anyone familiar with this topic, or have any idea of how it relates to larger themes of gender studies?

05 December 2007 @ 09:45 pm

Interesting clip of Walters and the Women of the View discussing gender roles, transgendered identities and the discourse surrounding childhood. Thoughts?

Did anyone see the piece of transgendered children?
Current Music: Pink Martini :: Hang On Little Tomato
18 September 2007 @ 02:51 pm
Queer CUNY VIII, The Twilight of Queerness?, has been moved to December 1st. This will give you more time to organize a presentation or paper.

Hunter College, NYC
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Duggan
November 17

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Anyone who is interested in attending the conference and/or helping produce it should email Taylor at QueerCUNY@gmail.com

Apologies for the reposting, but I wanted to get the most recent information out there!
15 September 2007 @ 11:32 am
Hunter College, NYC
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Duggan
November 17

The Twilight of Queerness?

Too much contemporary Queer/LGBT political activism and scholarship is bogged down by bitterly dichotomous academic disputes. The marriage/anti-marriage and relational/anti-relational debates, for instance, wildly miss a larger political and intellectual potential for queer studies to be a project that breaks apart and surpasses ideological binaries.

Queer CUNY VIII: The Twilight of Queerness? is a student conference that seeks to end reductionist political discourse. The organizers contend that the original possibilities of queer theory, while inspiring, have not been fully realized, and aim to provide more than just space in which to consider this quandary. Instead, the conference will encourage queer students, activists, teachers, community members, and others to imagine life and scholarship beyond the limits of ongoing dichotomy and division.

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Anyone interested in participating is invited to send questions, comments, or abstracts to Taylor Black at QueerCUNY@gmail.com.
Less than a week after Largo City Manager Steve Stanton announced he was transgendered, the small Florida community's city commission fired him*. This is workplace discrimination, plain and simple. I just signed the 'Stand with Stanton' petition, and I hope you will too: Petition is here

When the Commission fired Stanton, they ignored his excellent record as an energetic and effective leader. Stanton has received consistently positive performance reviews from the City Council and the Mayor while managing over 1,200 employees and the city's $130 million budget.

The promise of America is that if you are a good employee, you should be rewarded for it regardless of your race, creed, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Stanton's firing was an un-American display of workplace discrimination and this injustice should be reversed. Sign our 'Stand with Stanton' petition that we'll deliver to the City Commission in Largo, FL.