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10 books that helped shape my life

10 books that helped shape my life I've had two different friends ask me to post to Facebook a list of 10 books that have 'stayed with me over the years.' So for those friends, here's my list: 1) The King James Bible 2) Dream Power (Ann Faraday) 3) Walden (Henry David Thoreau) 4) The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. ...
Sunday, August 31st, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, music, Religion, spirituality
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UIUC termination of Steven Salaita: my open letter to the chancellor

14 August 2014 Chancellor Phyllis Wise Office of the Chancellor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Swanlund Administration Building 601 E. John St. Champaign, IL 61820 Dear Chancellor Wise, I received my  Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but I have never felt less proud of my alma mater than upon learning of your decision to summarily terminate the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita ...
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: Israel/Palestine, Politics
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Gaza mourns in angst & pain

  The unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military this week brought to mind a hymn whose text was written by Johann Heermann in 1636, "Zion klagt mit Angst und Schmerzen" (Zion mourns with anxiety and pain); all one needs to do is substitute 'Gaza' for 'Zion' and the hymn could be sung today ...
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Israel/Palestine, music, Politics, Religion, spirituality
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Pride, Inc.: the corporatization of our pride parades

Wal-Mart Pride in the Cincinnati Pride Parade I'm reading through the 2014 New York City Pride March 'order of march' list and noticing all of the large corporations in this year's parade, including: AT&T, Bank of America, Best Buy, Chipotle, Citibank, Delta, Facebook, Google NY, JP Morgan Chase, Logo TV, Macy's, Marriott, MasterCard, NBC, Netflix, New ...
Saturday, June 28th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: LGBT, New York City, Politics, Transgender Health, Transgender Rights
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NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) & Brooklyn Pride 2014

NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) marched in the 2014 Brooklyn Pride Parade  on June 14. NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid with the QAIA banner in Brooklyn Pride 2014 NYC queers stand with Palestinian queers against apartheid~! NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid with the QAIA banner in Brooklyn Pride 2014 Queers demand: end Israeli Apartheid~! QAIA marched behind the Rude ...
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: Israel/Palestine, LGBT, New York City
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Burgundy & the Four Great Dukes of the West

Rogier Van der Weyden's only surviving miniature depicts Duke Philip the Good & his son Charles (the future 'Charles the Bold') receiving the homage of the author of the Chronicles of Hainault (Le duc de Bourgogne Philippe le Bon et son fils Charles (futur Téméraire) reçoivent l'hommage de l'auteur des Chroniques du Hainault). From 1364-1477, the duchy of ...
Friday, June 20th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history
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Gauguin: exoticization, primitivism & paganism

"'Gauguin: Metamorphoses,' which opens on Friday at MoMA in New York, recasts the artist as an altogether darker figure, closer to Edvard Munch and the dark pre-Freudians of Northern Europe than the post-impressionist confraternity of Van Gogh, Seurat and Cézanne," Jason Farago wrote in his review ("Gauguin: Metamorphoses review - 'Forceful, disturbing, obscene'," Guardian, 6 ...
Monday, June 9th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Religion, spirituality
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LGBT rights & the gay gene hypothesis

"If there are male-loving and female-loving alleles of tens or hundreds of genes battling it out in the population, everyone will inherit a mixture of different variants. Combined with environmental influences, it will be hard to detect individual genes. It’s a bit like height, which is influenced by variants in thousands of genes, as well ...
Saturday, June 7th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: LGBT, Politics, Transgender Rights
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Jerusalem Day 2014

May 28 is 'Jerusalem Day' (Hebrew: יום ירושלים, Yom Yerushalayim), "an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is officially marked by state ceremonies and memorial services" (Wikipedia). But for Palestinians, Jerusalem Day is ...
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: history, Israel/Palestine, LGBT, Politics
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Russian empresses in uniform: Elizabeth & Catherine

Peter the Great's daughter Elizaveta Petrovna (1709–1761) came to power in a coup d’état in 1741, dressed in the uniform of the Preobrazhensky Regiment (founded by her father), which effected the coup. As empress, Elizabeth regularly held drag balls at which courtiers were expected to come cross-dressed, annoying the burly Russian men at court who had ...
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: history, LGBT, Politics
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Pauline Park testimony on transgendered APIs

ISSUES OF TRANSGENDERED ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS By Pauline Park, co-founder, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy and John Manzon-Santos, Executive Director, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Testimony submitted to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Transgendered and gender-variant people are among the most invisible and marginalized of all Asian Americans ...
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: health care, history, LGBT, queer API, Religion, spirituality, Transgender Health, Transgender Rights
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Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state

By Pauline Park I find one of the most frustrating aspects of the Zionist discourse through which we discuss the Israeli occupation of Palestine the constantly repeated refrain that the Palestinian people must recognize the right of Israel to exist. Significantly, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu slips back and forth between and among various formulations of this ...
Sunday, May 25th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: history, Israel/Palestine, Politics
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