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Standing Equal for Equal Standing (Rally and Flash Mob)

Social Justice and Social Action activity in conjunction with the world wide equality march to support NOH8, Anti-bullying, Domestic violence against women, World wide LGBT and Allie equality (Pre-registration encouraged)

Located at Longbranch, starts tomorrow at 9am and goes until 12pm.


GLBT Awareness Week – “Unity Through Diversity”

GLBT Awareness Week Theme: Unity Through Diversity
(Sponsored by Saluki Rainbow Network & GLBT Resource Center)
*including events sponsored by Rainbow Cafe/Carbondale GSA/Tri-State Alliance*

April 14, 2012 – Rainbow Cafe/Carbondale GSA Pride Prom. Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship from 8-11 pm. **Ages 14-19 only**
April 14, 2012 – Saluki Rainbow Network 41st Anniversary

April 15, 2012 – Saluki Rainbow Network Game/Social night. SIU Student Center Activity Rooms,3rd Floor.

April 16, 2012 – 7pm Shadowboxers Anonymous, Student Health Center Auditorium
April 16, 2012 – 10a-2p, Informational Tabling, Student Center (North End) “It gets better” video and unveiling of “Educate before you hate”.

April 17, 2012 – 1p-4p Free STD testing, Student Health Center: The testing will be urine based Gonorrhea and Chlamydia and blood drawn Syphilis testing. For the urine test, it is best if participants hold the urine for 1 hour prior to providing sample. All they’ll have to do is show a student id and fill out a very short form with contact information in case there is a positive we have to know how to reach a person. Other than that, no questions, examinations, etc. **We are still working to bring you Free HIV testing**
April 17, 2012 – 5p, Safe Zone Training, Student Center, Activity Room ‘D’
Aptil 17, 2012 – 6p, Identities Film Festival, Lawson Hall 141

April 18, 2012 – 5pm, Lucy Bledsoe, Outside the Thebes Room, Student Ctr.
April 18, 2012 – 10a-2p, Informational Tabling, Student Center (North End) “It gets better” video and unveiling of “Educate before you hate”
April 18, 2012 – 6p-8p, Saluki Rainbow Network Meeting, Thebes Room, SIU Student Center “4000 years of GLBT History” presented by Kelley Coures, Tri-State Alliance

April 19, 2012 – 7p, Ryan Conrad “Against Equality” Lawson 151

April 20, 2012 – “Day of Silence”
April 20, 2012 – 10a-2p, Informational Tabling, Student Center (North End) “It gets better” video and unveiling of “Educate before you hate”
April 20, 2012 – Saluki Rainbow Network Free Forum “Day of Silence” Demonstration and NOH8 Photo shoot.
April 20, 2012 – Saluki Rainbow Network Pride Potluck & Cookout. 5p-8p, Bucky’s Haven on Campus Lake

April 21, 2012 – 11th Annual Pride Prom, 7p,-12a, Holiday Inn, Evansville, IN (sponsored by the Tri-State Alliance)

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

Adrienne Rich’s essay constitutes a powerful challenge to some of our least examined sexual assumptions. Rich turns all the familiar arguments on their heads: If the first erotic bond is to the mother, she asks, could not the “natural” sexual orientation of both men and women be toward women?

Rich’s radical questioning has been a major intellectual force in the general feminist reorientation to sexual matters in recent years, and her conception of a “lesbian continuum” sparked especially intense debate. Does lesbianism incorporate all support systems and intense interactions among women, or is it a specifically erotic choice? What is gained and what is lost with the second, narrower definition? Rich’s assumptions also usefully raise the more general theoretical question: Is adult sexuality so closely associated with the infant bond that genuinely satisfying sex relations are likely to be structured primarily around nurturance?


SIUC GLBT Awareness Week, April 16-20

It Gets Better Project – SIU

Staff, Students & Faculty at Southern Illinois University tell their stories of hope for the It Gets Better Project. For more information about the GLBT Resource Center at SIU, find them online at or on Facebook at SIUC GLBT Resource Center.

There is No Secular Case Against Gay Marriage

(Source: Squashed)

Adam Kolasinski, an MIT Doctoral student in financial economics, has written an article, “The Secular Case Against Gay Marriage.” (linked to robot-heart-politics, who generally has very good comments, and this guy, who generally doesn’t.)Unfortunately, Adam Kolasinski doesn’t make a very good case. (I thought his impressive academic pedigree would at least produce an insightful argument. I thought wrong.) He begins:

The debate over whether the state ought to recognize gay marriages has thus far focused on the issue as one of civil rights. Such a treatment is erroneous because state recognition of marriage is not a universal right. […] Homosexuals, therefore, are not the only people to be denied the right to marry the person of their choosing.

Talking about what is and is not a “universal right” is a bit of a red herring. Do we have a “universal right” to free speech? To bear arms? Are there any rights without exceptions? Of course not. And we could debate all day about whether certain rights are self-evident, where such rights came from, and how far they extend. And at the end of the day we wouldn’t agree on any of it. The claim that there is a “right” to same sex marriage need not be more radical than there being a right to relatively equal treatment by the law—and that any exceptions to that rule need to have a compelling government interest. Discussions of abstract rights frequently distract from the immediate and personal nature of injustice. This can be convenient—if you’re on the side pushing the injustice. When we talk about rights, make sure we don’t forget that that my friends in same-sex relationship may end up dying without the person they love most because of hospital visitation policies. And we should also keep in mind that another friend is gathering all kinds of benefits as her gay friend’s “domestic partner” because his actual domestic partner is ineligible.

So let’s not talk about “universal rights.” Instead, let’s talk about rights generally extended to most people in most circumstances that shouldn’t be denied from others without a damn good reason. And let’s talk about why there isn’t a good reason to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.


Racism Allegations Force Buchanan Out of Job

(Source: KOLO News)

NEW YORK (AP) – MSNBC dropped conservative commentator Pat Buchanan on Thursday [Feb. 16], four months after suspending him following
the publication of his latest book.

The book “Suicide of a Superpower” contained chapters titled “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” Critics called the book racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, charges Buchanan denied.

Click here to find out more!MSNBC President Phil Griffin said last month that he didn’t think Buchanan’s book “should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.”

The network said on Thursday that “after 10 years, we have decided to part ways with Pat Buchanan. We wish him well.”


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