- My Rex Harrison moment (with added porn filters)
- Queer in Brighton: Life Stories, Histories and Differences (CFP)
- Call for Submissions for Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.1: Making Transgender Count
- Where are all the gay love songs?
- News release: ProtestTransphobia demonstrate outside offices of Daily Telegraph
Is it OK for a Christian woman to go out without a veil in Egypt? Why, certainly – so long as she doesn’t mind being raped for her pains.
That, believe it or not, was a view expounded by an obscure islamic preacher, Hisham el-Ashry, who recently popped up on prime time Egyptian TV to share his thoughts not only on why wearing the veil should be compulsory for all women, but also on the need for a religious police, akin to that in Saudi Arabia. Continue reading
Its time. The Richard Curtis case illustrates perfectly the institutional transphobia in both the medical community and the press.
It is time for those who are sick of the way in which the trans community is being, has been treated by those two institutions made a mark of their own. Continue reading
History has many moments. Points in time where a minority decides it has finally had enough, turns and bites the hand that oppressed it. There’s Rosa Parks, refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus (1955). There’s gay youth finally turning on New York’s finest homophobes (1969) following a raid on the Stonewall Inn. (1969). There’s Indian women, taking to the streets to give voice to decades of anger in the wake of a brutal rape (2012).
Times, places, incidents, details: all may vary. What stays the same is a certain sense of ultimate outrage: the last straw, after which everything must change.
Listening to the trans community today, in the wake of reports that Dr Richard Curtis, the principal independent route to treatment for trans issues is being investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC), one cannot help but sense something in the air. Something, perhaps, with a whiff of Stonewall to it: because a lot of people are saying, very loudly, very clearly, that they have had enough. Continue reading
Not one, but two consultations advocating “the Swedish solution” to make criminal the purchase of sexual services have been announced in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Continue reading
Call for Contributers: The Journal of Lesbian Studies will be devoting a
special issue to the topic of LESBIANS, SEXUALITY, AND ISLAM
Call for Papers Date: 2011-08-01
Call for Contributors-please consider or let your friends and colleagues
The Journal of Lesbian Studies will be devoting a special issue to the
topic of LESBIANS, SEXUALITY, AND ISLAM, edited by Huma Ahmed-Ghosh,
There has been very little published work on lesbians and Islam. Possible
topics and methods include, but are not limited to religion, Quran,
Hadith, Sharia, personal experiences of Muslim women, ethnic and regional
diversities, oral histories, feminist theory, research, fiction, and
poetry. Authors may use a pseudonym if they prefer.
Please send a one-page abstract of your proposed contribution to Huma
Ahmed-Ghosh at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2011. Proposals will be
evaluated for originality and writing style, as well as how all the
contributions fit together. Potential authors will be invited to write
full articles in the range of 5,000 to 7,500 words.
We hope you will consider writing about your scholarship or experiences,
so that this important topic receives the attention it deserves.
Huma Ahmed-Ghosh, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
Announcement ID: 185985
Richard Dyer will be talking about the sissiness of music in “Rope” and “Tea and sympathy” at Sussex Uni on 29th June. Details below:
I have just received the following note from Valentina Cartei, who is a
DPhil student in Psychology at Sussex Uni. She would is looking for help.
I am looking for participants to take part in a research study about gender, sexual orientation and language use in men.
If you take part, you will complete a quick personality questionnaire, have your height and weight taken and play a word-game similar to “Articulate!”, where you will be asked to describe different objects.
The study takes about 30 mins and you will receive £10 to thank you for your participation.
All the collected data are anonymous. This piece of research will be part of my DPhil in Psychology on gender, sexual orientation and speech.
In order to take part, participants need to self-identify as gay men, be 18 or over and be native speakers of British English.
If anyone would be able to help out, please email me at email@example.com or phone me on 07966882820.
Your contribution is much appreciated!
This is the Gay Liberation Front’s 40th anniversary Conference and takes place 19-20 May 2011 at the LSE in London
The 40 year anniversary of the founding of GLF in the UK on the LSE campus gave momentum to look back how LGBT rights have developed and become globalized in this period. The conference is an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the changing context of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) rights in the last 40 years. It is bringing together academics and activists involved in the development of the global LGBT movement. It will look at the historical context of the development of GLF and bring together current, and globalised, debates on sexuality, equality activism and needs.
The conference will consider the ways in which the rights context has impacted upon the lives of LGBT people both in the UK and in the global arena; What are the different ways of understanding strategies and technologies for sexuality rights in different contexts? What are the lessons to be learned from an internationalist perspective?
The conference will include a key note address, panel sessions and more open discussion based sessions. In addition, a ‘witness seminar’ methodology will include key contributors associated with the genesis of GLF in the UK in early 1970s.
Matt Cook Birkbeck College
Sonia Corrêa the founder of SOS-Corpo- Instituto Feminista para a Democracia (Brazil)
Vikram Doctor The Economic Times-India
Silvia Gallotti LSE Library
Joel Gustave Nana Executive Director African Men for Sexual Health and Rights(AMSHeR)
Sally Hines University of Leeds
Suhraiya Jivraj Oxford Brookes University
Katherine Johnson University of Brighton
Akshay Khanna Institute of Development Studies
Robert Kulpa Birkbeck College
Anthony Manion GALA Wits archives
Frank Mugisha Uganda Executive Director Ugandan Sexual Minorities Group
David Paternotte FNRS/Université libre de Bruxelles
Rahul Rao SOAS
Jeff Redding Saint Louise University Law School
Helen Sauntson University of Birmingham
Tamsila Tauqir Director of the Safra Project
The conference is open to all and free. However due to space restrictions prior registration is required. If you are planning to join us for the conference please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dianne Josephs email@example.com to reserve your place. Conference web page is http://www2.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/40_Years_On.aspx
This is a public event, taking place on 13 May, from 09:00 to 17:30.
Venue is Russell Square, SOAS College Buildings, Room G3, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H OXG London, United Kingdom
Its organized by Professors Aeyal Gross (Tel-Aviv/SOAS) & Dianne Otto (Melbourne/SOAS)
Panel I: Resisting Hegemonies – Local and Transnational Encounters
Chair: Akhil Katyal (SOAS)
Vanja Hamzić (King’s College London) – ‘(Sub)alternative Muslim Perceptions of Law and Justice: Beyond Politics of Fiqh and Inadequacy of Human Rights Discourse’
Rahul Rao (SOAS) – ‘The location of homophobia: notes from Uganda’
Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck) – ‘Queering Culture: Some notes on transnational LGBTI legal work’
Maria Federica Moscati (SOAS) – ‘Use of Anthropology for Queer Culture and Marriage Debate’
Panel II: ‘Homonationalisms’: Reading the Effects of Progressive Legal Reforms
Chair: Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS)
Arturo Sanchez Garcia (Kent) – ‘Mexico City is wonderland!; The new sexual politics in the Mexican state(s)’
Suhraiya Jivraj (Oxford Brookes) – ‘‘The Dutch homo-emancipation policy and its silencing effects on queer Muslim organizing’
akshay kahana (Sussex) – ‘Three hundred and seventy seven ways of being – Sexualness and the Indian self’
Panel III: What Queer Legal Theory Might ‘Do’ Beyond Rights
Chair: Prabha Kotiswaran (SOAS)
Daniel Monk (Birkbeck) – ‘Reading Wills Queerly: Beyond Rights’
Emily Grabham (Kent) – ‘Queer Times: Critical Perspectives on Law’s Temporalities’
Les Moran (Birkbeck) – ‘Legal Queeries – Past, Present Future’
Elena Loizidou (Birkbeck) – ‘“To Have and Have Not” : No strings attached’
Panel IV: Queering International Law
Chair: Caroline Osella
Teemu Ruskola (Emory) – ‘Law of the Queer Nations’
Gina Heathcote (SOAS) – ‘The Retrosexuality of International Law’
Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv/SOAS) – ‘Does each person have a sexual orientation?’
Dianne Otto (Melbourne/SOAS) – ‘Transnational Homo-Assemblages: contesting “gender” in counter-terrorism discourses’