Sunday, February 27, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
by Erica Horton
Usually, when Facebook makes a major change to its site, the social media giant's 500 million users first complain and then adjust.
Recent changes to Facebook's relationship options may not be as noticeable as a change to profile layout, but they've left many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community feeling appreciative and included.
Facebook recently added "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership" to its relationship status choices.
President Obama has determined that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and that the Department of Justice should no longer defend the measure, which severely limits the potential of states to honor or carry out same-sex marriages, the administration announced Wednesday.
"The President believes that DOMA is unconstitutional. They are no longer going to be defending the cases in the 1st and 2nd circuits," a person briefed on the decision said, according to the National Journal.
More to come...
Read the letter from the Department of Justice to Speaker Boehner here.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Lykke Li's (I pronounce it LOOK-UH LEE [LOOK as in the verb]) album Wounded Rhymes will release on March 1st. One song is available for purchase from it on iTunes, "I Follow Rivers." She's still got it... I love it when musicians are artists and not just entertainers. This video is eerie and beautiful, all at once. I dig it. A lot.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Hailing from the Bay Area in Northern California, Jennah Bell's style incorporates her unique and diverse upbringing. Music became a very serious career choice when she was blessed with the opportunity to attend a wonderful summer program affiliated with the Grammy Foundation. A competitive audition process placed her as one of 11 singer/songwriters from around the U.S. Her peers, elders, and music business professionals (Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam, INXS, David Foster) embraced her unorthodox writing style, alternative/folk/soul song melodies, and endearing honest vocals. This gave her the courage and motivation she needed to apply to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has had the privilege and honor to sit down with Paul Simon and work on some of her original tunes this past year and became part of some very special music project called Making Music Herstory (http://makingmusicherstory.com/mmh/). Now at 22, nearing the end of her Berklee experience, she has committed to spreading love through her music one planet at a time...
EP coming out March 1st?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A friend turned me onto a web series called The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl. This is exciting. And hilarious. This almost becomes relevant after she shaves her head... HOTT.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"One of the key things to understand is that non-violent struggle is a form of warfare
[...] Violence contaminates your movement."
Monday, February 14, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
IvyQ 2011 is the second annual Ivy League conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students, and their allies. The conference will be hosted at Columbia University February 17-20, 2011. Registration is full, but you can be put on a waitlist here.
IvyQ builds a vision of equality, where strong LGBTQA students can grow the confidence and skills to lead by example and thrive beyond stereotypes. The goals of the conference are threefold: networking to create a strong and social pan-Ivy LGBTQA community; educating students about the history and different voices of the movement; and empowering tomorrow's world leaders to be proud LGBTQA leaders.
Registration for the 2011 QPOC Conference is now open! The Cost is $25 per campus. This fee is not per individual and we encourage schools to bring multiple students. Community members (people not affiliated with a school) and high school students are welcome to attend.
The Conference will take place April 8-10, 2011 at UC Riverside. It will open Friday at 6pm and close Sunday at noon.
This year's theme: Decolonize Your Mind!!!!