In this final (but not really final) discussion of masculinity, we’re exploring the relationship queer/gay cisgender men have with masculinity. For some, masculinity seems to be just a show. “It’s almost like it’s the…

“It’s not just studs anymore,”said Soraya. “I consider myself the ‘pretty boy stud’, a metrosexual.” As we know masculinity definitely isn’t just for the cisgender boys. In fact, many queer people along the gender spectrum…

Photo via www.facebook.com/shaanmichaelwade

Photo via www.facebook.com/shaanmichaelwade

 

“…I’ve also become accustomed to not being ‘something’ enough in my life. Its always been I’ve not been black enough… when I identified as a girl, I wasn’t passive enough…its always your not this enough your not that enough. And I think that hearing that my entire life once it came time for me to really take hold of my fem identity, it didn’t phase me anymore because I realize that even as just a Black person in America I’m not going to be enough…  I’m not going to continue to let people try to control who I am…When Even If I were a masculine heterosexual transman it still wouldn’t be enough.”

— Shaan Micheal Wade

 

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Photo via www.facebook.com/Nikki.Peet93

Continuing our series focused on Queer Voices of Color, we talk to two people in our Real Queer panel who challenge the stereotypes many hold about TransMen.  Nik Peet, a radical queer activist by his own definition, believes that being a man and having masculine identity doesn’t negate femininity. And, writer and activist Shaan Michael Wade talks to us about how TransMen who have sex with men are invisible within queer spaces, and the effects of that invisibility.

 

“To me being fem is to go against what western society considers as powerful.  Most often times masculinity is seen as powerful or more dominant or more acceptable.  And to be fem, to me, is to revolt against that.  To say I can be feminine and I can be just as strong as masculine men.”

–Nik Peet 

 

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Hello QueerWorld, This week co-hosts Orie & SaRea are investigating what it means to be masculine within our queer communities, in the first of a three-part series. Sociology Professor Steven Dashiell, a researcher focusing on…

 

 

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“… the secret service actually understands who Bamby Salcedo is… and what Bamby Salcedo has done and… the importance of having Bamby Salcedo at this briefing and not really looking at Bamby Salcedo as a piece of paper.” – Bamby Salcedo

 

Image via transvisiblefilm.com

Image via transvisiblefilm.com

 

If you don’t know who Bamby Salcedo is and what Bamby Salcedo has done, then you are #latetotheparty.  Bamby is the founder of the Translatina Coalition, subject of the 2012 film “TransVisible Bamby Salcedo’s Story”, and the creator of “Angels of Change” a runway show and calender fundraiser that features trans* youth.

These are just a few of the many highlights of her work.  She is one of those people who can actually say “Check My Credits.”

Thankfully, she is far too poised to actually say that, Because we would literally be checking all day.  She is known nationally and internationally for her charity work and fight for trans visibility.

 

Left to Right: Tracee McDaniel, Ruby Corado, Mattee Jim, Bamby Salcedo, Dr. Ayana Elliott, Raffi-Freedman-Gurspan, Lala Zannell  Image via thetaskforceblog.org

Left to Right: Tracee McDaniel, Ruby Corado, Mattee Jim, Bamby Salcedo, Dr. Ayana Elliott, Raffi-Freedman-Gurspan, Lala Zannell Image via thetaskforceblog.org

 

 

Last week, along with a group of trans women of color, Bamby visited the White House to educate officials on the many issues facing their community.  She recently took some time to tell us about the experience and what it means to her, “… making sure that our rights are not violated. Our human rights are not violated.  We deserve to live a life full of dignity. We deserve  to live in a society to where we are, we feel that we’re safe.  That we are not scared… that we are going to be the next to be murdered simply for being who we are.”

You can learn more about Bamby at www.bambysalcedo.com, and her affiliated coalitions at www.angelsofchange.net and www.translatinacoalition.org

 

Image via www.transvisiblefilm.com

Image via www.transvisiblefilm.com

 

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Volunteers for the Latino Equality Alliance.  Photo Credit: Leticia Macias  via latinoqualityalliance.com

Volunteers for the Latino Equality Alliance. Photo Credit: Leticia Macias via latinoqualityalliance.com

 

Continuing our conversation highlighting Queer Voices Of Color we talk to Juan Castillo, the Director of Public Education Programs for Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) based in Los Angeles.  Starting in response to Proposition 8 in California, his organization is helping to support the needs and raise the visibility of LGBTQ Latinos in California and beyond.   Knowing that different intersectional identities present different challenges, we discuss some of the particular issues facing LGBTQ Latin@/x people.

According to Juan, LEA “started because they wanted to find out Why? What Happened?  How is it possible in a state that is so progressive, rights like that could be taken away.”  Juan and his organization set out to find those answers.  What they discovered was a lack of Queer visibility within the Latin family unit.  Since discovering this, LEA has begun to offer workshops for families and increase their visibility in Latin Pride Parades.

Image via latinoequalityalliance.com

Image via latinoequalityalliance.com

 

“…we make it a point that we go to Salvadorian Pride or or we go to Central American Pride.  Where we know anytime we put up any Rainbow Flag or any kind of sign, people come to the booth… and that’s when you start making contact outside…” – Juan Castillo

 

Bamby Salcedo via twitter@translatinbamby

Bamby Salcedo via twitter@translatinbamby

 

We also mention our  interview with Bamby Salcedo, formerly a Board Member of LEA, while discussing efforts to make trans rights and issues more visible.

Visit www.latinoequalityalliance.com  if you would like to Donate or find out more!

 

 

 

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(Photo : Last Week Tonight With John Oliver via www.salon.com)

(Photo : Last Week Tonight With John Oliver via www.salon.com)

 

You can tell it is Spring because everyone is getting, as someone’s auntie might say, “fast in the ass.” At least that’s one thing we can assume from the latest Reddit thread getting a rise out of Americans. After the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver interview with Edward Snowden that highlighted, among other things, that the NSA sees all your dick picks, some very patriotic, or very horny people decided to start a thread sticking it to the government. Meet DickPicks4Freedom, the extremely NSFW salute to American values. Or an excuse for guys to show off their junk and fish for compliments, either way, we’re not judging.

 

(While doing, uhm, research, we found out later that there is also a version featuring the female genitalia, CuntPics4Freedom…but so far only two posts within that thread as of this publication)

Also in the T, former American Idol contestant actually gets mentioned by people because of a tweet he made which stated that love could only come from children from a marriage between a man and a woman. And then, of course he issued a half apology. But then we talked about the more important topic of whether or not the internet mob mentality can be too harsh, which is a real thing.

(Photo : Orange is the New Black (Netflix))

(Photo : Orange is the New Black (Netflix))

Finally we discussed our favorite jailhouse dramedy Orange is the New Black, and what we hoped to see in season 3 after catching a sneak peek last of the trailer.

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Kasey was one of three teens featured in “Homestretch” a documentary film based in Chicago – Image screenshot of film website, homestretchdoc.com

 

“Be proud of who you are,” Kasey said. “As long as you are proud of who you are no one can stop you.” Words of inspiration from one LGBTQ teen whose faced a world of adversity, and is now a part of an upcoming documentary on the PBS “Independent Lens” series.

Kasey (pictured in the image) is featured in the documentary “Homestretch”, which follows the lives of three Chicago teens dealing with homelessness and home insecurity. According to Will Thwaites, Associate Producer on the film, the filmmakers became interested in the idea of homelessness while working on another project in Chicago, where an estimated 20,000 youth and young adults are struggling with home insecurity.

“Kasey ended up being, really, the highlight of the film,” said Thwaites.

Take a listen to our interview with Kasey and Will and find out more about the movie, how Kasey liked working on “Homestretch” and enjoys her new found fame from the project, and what message they hope to send with the documentary. Plus, learn more about the misconceptions surrounding youth homelessness, and more of Kasey’s words of encouragement for LGBTQ youth who might be experiencing similar situations.

“Homestretch”, a co-production between Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films,  airs this Monday, April 13 10/9c on your local PBS station.

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  In this week’s double dose of this week’s Evening T co-hosts Orie & SaRea welcome James and Bri to the studio to chop it up about LGBTQ issues in news and culture. Indiana is…

Serving the first course in Evening Tea, show hosts Orie and SaRea discuss the new “Religious

Freedom” Law in Indiana, and its consequences for the Hoosier queer community. Also we have an update on

the story about Planet Fitness taking a stand against trans* phobia, and the similarities between this story

and the SAE scandal that rocked the nation, but not the minority community. And, has a UK student group gone too

far with a new rule enacted to keep white gay men from acting like black women? Maybe, maybe not…

Tune In & Share Your thoughts our Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.  We might share what you think on the air on a future episode of QueerMinded.

 

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