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comic attack interviews c. d. kirven

Image from ComicAttack.net

Speaking of LGBTQ representation in comics, remember when we introduced our contributing columnist C.D. Kirven and mentioned that she will soon release her comic book, The TAO Diaries?  She was recently interviewed by ComicAttack.net, a cool site that provides comic previews, reviews and more.  So cool! The interview explores the historical exclusion of queer characters in comics and current trends concerning LGBTQ comic characters.   Super interesting fact that I did not know: “Homosexuality was banned in mainstream US comics by the Comics Code Authority (CCA) until 1989 (ComicAttack.net)”.  C.D. analyzes in depth how LGBTQ characters are portrayed in comics and discusses the negative social perceptions and problems that arise from the exclusion of queer characters.  Check out ComicAttack.net’s interview with C.D. here!

This is all very inspiring; I’m going to have to start reading more comics!

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open letter to lt. dan choi: DADT doesn’t make you right

By: C. D. Kirven, Contributing Writer & LGBT Activist

“Cautious, careful people always casting about preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” — Susan B. Anthony.

Dear Dan:

As a member of the LGBT community fighting against bigotry, I understand the depth of your passion and also empathize with the difficulties you’ve endured fighting to expose the injustice America so openly projects to the world during a time of war recklessly turning its back on LGBT soldiers who’ve sacrificed for their country.  In 2009, women made up 14 percent of the army but accounted for up to 48 percent of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s discharges. “Harry Reid is a pussy,” you angrily said after the failed Senate vote last month, vowing to speak out, and “he’ll be bleeding once a month.”   Your comment is almost too insulting to take seriously but needs to be publicly addressed in order for us to move forward as one unified …

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notable queers: an enthralling new G-P column

Hello to all you lovely queers out there!  Time continues to fly and suddenly we’re coming into the last stretch of 2010.  October, our LGBTQ History Month, is upon us.  The Equality Forum has a neat website where a video featuring a queer icon will be released every day this month.

We at G-P think that LGBTQ History Month is awesome, even though we had never heard of it until just this year.  In the spirit of the month, we’ve started up a new section on our website called Notable Queers.  The title says it all – we’ll feature queer writers, musicians, performers, and activists and highlight their contributions to queer media.  G-P admires quite a few queer icons, so you’ll be seeing a lot of these posts in the future!

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what? a totally free book?!

Blue Boy

Blue Boy

That’s right totally free…until midnight tonight (Weds, Oct 6, PST).  There are alas some limitations – to enjoy this free digital copy of “Blue Boy” by gay novelist Rakesh Satyal, you must have a Kindle and/or a Mac computer (for those who have Macs but not Kindles, go here to download a free application so that you can read Kindle books on your computer).

Why is Satyal offering free digital copies of his book?  He hopes that it can be a source of comfort and insight to queer youth who may be struggling with bullying.  This book, though fictional, has some basis on Satyal’s life.  It tells the story of a gay Indian-American boy growing up in Cincinnati  who must learn to overcome the bullying and family pressures that he faces.

I just downloaded it and haven’t read much of it yet, but got 4.5/5 stars on Amazon and seems like a pretty cool book.  I’ll do …

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#stay alive

To anyone out there (not just teens) who has ever felt hopeless about life because your gender or sexuality doesn’t fit the ridiculously rigid social standards that exist today:  your life is worthwhile and worth living.  Don’t ever forget that, even if there are people who push you to feel otherwise.  Some periods in life are really tough, and I don’t know why it has to be that way, but the parts of life that are beautiful make it all worthwhile.  You should love whomever you want to love and present yourself however you feel most comfortable, and you should do so without shame.  Having only binary options in our social system for gender and sexuality is what is unnatural and shameful – not anything about you.

For another awesome “it gets better” video, check out the one by genderpanic’s favorite gender outlaw Kate Bornstein.  Also listen to Ellen DeGeneres’ important message about bullying.  And for frequent reminders from fellow queers, activists, and youth about the importance of staying …

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