Become a part of the Gender Book

The Gender BookThe Gender Book is an effort to try to bring together, in one resource, a discussion of the wide array of gender expressions and identities that fall under the transgender umbrella. It’s creators are holding a brainstorming session next Thursday evening, December 8, to get public input and allow the community at large to become a part of the project.

“We sort of just made the Gender Book out of a need that we felt,” says Mel Reiff Hill, one of the collaborators on the project, along with Boston Bostian and Jay Mays. Hill says that the creators of the Gender Book searched for resources to help them talk about gender, but were unable to find anything that met their needs. “I had a boyfriend who had to pay a therapist to attend training on gender so that he could get the care he needed,” says Hill “the resources just weren’t out there.”

“At the time we were all living in the same house and we had a writer and an artist and a fundraising person and an enteprenuer. All of us were under the transgender umbrella in one way or another and all of us had friends and lovers who are as well,” and thus the Gender Book was born.

Hill describes the brainstorming session as “an interactive community party.” “We’re the first to admit that we can’t represent everyone,” says Hill, recognizing the limitations of any author writing on such a diverse topic. “We’ll have surveys for people to fill out and snacks and coloring book versions for people to fill out”

The coloring book pages are the result of Hill’s process in illustrating the book. Hill first draws pages in pencil then outlines the drawings in pen and erases the pencil, finally scanning the drawing and coloring it by computer. “I presented a workshop with some high schoolers and I was showing one of them my binder of papers looking through it one of them saw the original pen drawings,” says Hill. “He was like ‘you should give these to high schoolers, they love coloring it’s very zen-like for them.’” Hill says that the coloring pages have proved a hit at subsequent workshops and a great way to open up conversations about gender.

The brainstorming session, coloring pages included, is next Thursday, December 8, at the Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main). Attendees are asked to RSVP through Facebook.

More information on the Gender Book is available through their website, TheGenderBook.com.

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Watch: Ricky Martin’s Video for ‘The Best Thing About Me Is You’

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Ricky Martin's first music video as an out gay man espouses love, equality, and reveals a man at ease with his own sexuality. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Liza Minnelli: ‘Balls to You!’

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Ten things Liza with a Z said in her TCM show Private Screenings late last year. Also, the full Private Screenings show, AFTER THE JUMP


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I’ll Be Seeing You…

Flowerchildbelonksy Phew. It's been a wild couple of weeks!

From Andrew Shirvell and Chris Armstrong to gay suicides, Westboro Baptists and Carl Paladino to Anderson Cooper and Universal Pictures, LGBT news has been a whirlwind of events high, higher, low, lower, and somewhere in-between. And of course who could forget all the culture, from the Ariston Baths to the zombies?

I'd like to thank all of you readers for sticking with me over the past few weeks. Andy should return to regularly scheduled posting tomorrow.

If you want to find me around the world wide web, look at Death and Taxes Magazine, The Bilerico Project, Change.org, or any other numbers of fine sites. It's the Internet; I'm only a click away.

Thank you again,
Andrew

PS: Billie Holiday's "I'll Be Seeing You," AFTER THE JUMP


Sorry, I couldn't find footage of her actually singing the song, but hopefully you'll still enjoy it…


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Why Former SF Pride Queen Karyme Lozano Supports Marriage Ban: ‘You Like Chocolate, I Like Vanilla’

Karyme Lozano, the heterosexual Mexican telenovela star, in 2008 was crowned queen at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. But this is Karyme now, at the National Organization for Marriage's bus tour (Vota Tus Valores) where she's helping drum up support among Latino voters for Carly Fiorina. How to rationalize her "support" for the gays (she has gay friends!) with her support for marriage discrimination?

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Meg Whitman: ‘I would Defend Prop 8′. Courage Campaign: ‘You Can’t’

At a news conference yesterday, California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said that, unlike Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Brown who have declined defending the measure, she would defend Proposition 8 if elected governor:

Whitman"The issue right now is, as I understand is 'Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the circuit court of appeals?' " Whitman said. "And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court."

The Courage Campaign took Whitman's hypothetical situation and threw it in the trash.

Said Courage Campaign director Rick Jacobs:

"She wouldn't be governor yet. The appeals court will decide before there would be a change of governor and attorney general…You're going to see us making it clear that Meg Whitman is unqualified to be governor on any stand."


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