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 on: October 01, 2007, 01:29:29 AM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral
Did you know there is a Gay World Cup? There is. Argentina's Los Dogos just won it. It seems the tournament has been around for a while... it's the tenth.

Argentine team beats British side to win gay world cup

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentina's Los Dogos captured the gay football world cup Saturday, defeating British title-holders Stonewall 1-0 in Buenos Aires in the first final held in Latin America.

The two teams were among 28 squads from Europe, the Americas and Australia that participated in the 10th gay football world championship aimed at highlighting the fight against homophobia and discrimination.

With their victory, Los Dogos, named after an Argentine dog breed, automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament hosted by London.

The tournament is organized by the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association.

 on: October 01, 2007, 12:54:49 AM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral

Outburst, Ireland’s first Queer Arts Festival will showcase a range of internationally and locally acclaimed performers, film and music over two weeks at the end of November.

One of the primary aims of the festival is to encourage queer people to explore issues of identity through engaging in the arts and creating ongoing platforms for performance, debate and creative innovation in Northern Ireland.

 on: September 30, 2007, 01:20:40 AM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral
Gay Science Fiction convention

They’re coming soon, and they’re bringing the idea of a hopeful future for gay men and lesbians with them. Local organizers expect about 500 people to beam into Gaylaxicon 2007 next weekend in Atlanta, the latest event in the 20-year history of the traveling science fiction/fantasy/horror convention for gay fans. "Gay folks have always read science fiction because there's sort of a misfit mentality to a lot of it that Gay folks find very comfortable and familiar," says Jim Grimsley, a literature professor at Emory University, and the author of a series of science fiction novels inhabited by Gay and Lesbian protagonists.

And true... there is much more on the story here.

In this case, "local organizers" mean these fine folks.

 on: September 30, 2007, 12:59:47 AM 
Started by Feral - Last post by vanrozenheim
Mwahaha! That pesky PNphpBB spoiled me the birthday party, since this is again one of those posts I have discovered 2 weeks too late!

That birth was not without pains, but the complications were relatively small, I would say. Time to grow up, ney?  ;D

 on: September 27, 2007, 07:15:42 PM 
Started by Feral - Last post by vanrozenheim
Yes-yes, we could and should be so much more than what we actually are... There are so many things which Gay people urgently need, one does not know where to start. Probably it would be best if those wealthy and gifted individuals who use to work for straight press, or do own some, would turn towards Gay journalism and publishing. With few exceptions, so far they have choosen not to do so - as regrettable as it is.

 on: September 27, 2007, 02:22:17 PM 
Started by Feral - Last post by Feral
For Gay Press, 'Good Old Days' Are Here

NEW YORK For gay newspaper publishers, the good old days are now. "Compared to 23 years ago?" Publisher Tracy Baim says with a laugh, referring to the year the weekly Windy City Times was founded in Chicago. "I think it's a great time to be in gay publishing. It's so much easier than it was even 10 years ago to pitch to mainstream businesses"

Indeed, according to the Gay Press Report, advertising spending in publications, about half of them weekly newspapers targeting the so-called GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) audience, increased 205% between 1996 and 2006. Last year's ad revenues of $223.3 million represented an increase of 5.2% over the year before -- a period during which print and online ad spending on daily newspapers was essentially flat.

In 1994, just 19 Fortune 500 brands advertised in the gay press. Last year, 183 did.


"In this market, people did have a dollar and a dream," says Todd Evans, president and CEO of Rivendell Media Inc., a gay media rep firm that produces the Gay Press Report with the ad agency Prime Access Inc. "You had a lot of people who were more about the cause than the business, and unfortunately you have to pay attention to business, too."

Ah, yes... "more about the cause than the business." I've seen that in a number of fields. I've been known to call such creatures "lifestylers." It's all about the lifestyle with them -- they don't so much want to run a newspaper (or a restaurant or a shop or a factory)... they want to be seen to be running a newspaper. Thus they end up being nothing more than a packet of meaningless appearances and have no substance at all.

The Gay people would be well-served by any number of Gay-owned businesses. We are not served at all by the mere appearance of such things.

 on: September 21, 2007, 01:47:13 PM 
Started by Rain - Last post by Feral
Yup. And I'm a huge fan of pretty much every one of those other, more creative uses. There should be more of them.

 on: September 21, 2007, 02:49:36 AM 
Started by Rain - Last post by Rain
Whenever Gay people set their minds to making something of their own, for their own use, without the advice or the consent of any other people... the results are pretty much always breath-taking.

There is a certain amount of genius in overcoming prejudice and oppression.  That same genius is put to other, more creative uses.

 on: September 20, 2007, 08:13:20 AM 
Started by Rain - Last post by Feral
"Bastard children of the Gay community?"

I think not.

"Front-runners," perhaps. "Harbingers," maybe. I'm not in the least bit astounded by the levels of creativity and artistry that have filtered down to me (and really... I'm not even watching).

It is one thing to rearrange the elements of the world to one's liking -- everyone should do it to some extent. Redecorating is, quite often, absolutely essential. It shouldn't be a way of life, however. Creating something new and distinctive -- that is real power. Not a lot of people know what to do with real power (they're much to en rapt by the glittering illusions offered up by fake power).

Whenever Gay people set their minds to making something of their own, for their own use, without the advice or the consent of any other people... the results are pretty much always breath-taking.

 on: September 20, 2007, 02:21:49 AM 
Started by Rain - Last post by Rain
And I have to say... that's one of the better uses of the "Imperial March" from Star Wars ever.

I'm impressed...and shocked.  He's a Revlon.  That in itself is no small thing in the NYC underground gay ball circuit.  Jose "Stiffy" Revlon was his main competition when he was a Ninja.  They will make a formidable force to be reckoned with in any voguing competition.  As it is, the "new way" vogue children are all trying like mad to learn the "old way" (circa 1980-1994) style of voguing.  It's grueling, physical, and requires attention to detail and Olympic-style precision.  It's a pity the ballroom children have always considered ourselves the "bastard children of the gay community".  The amount of creativity and artistry is astounding.

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