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Friday, July 9. 2010 Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional A federal judge in Massachusetts sided with gay and lesbian advocates by ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the constitutional rights of same-sex couples legally married in their state. It's the start of a long battle that will likely end up in the Supreme Court and eventually provide equality not only to US citizens but allow US citizens and permanant residents to sponsor their same-sex non-citizen partners.
Source: Immigration Equality
Posted by Sascha in News, Politics at 09:46 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: doma, immigration equality, judge, ma Wednesday, November 4. 2009 Maine Voters Speak Out And apparently they don't like us very much. Maine's gay marriage law, passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor John Baldacci earlier this year, was repealed when voters took to the polls to vote yesterday. It pains me that the majority is continued to allow to vote on minority rights issues. And it pains me even more that I had to update our Big Queer Map.

Posted by Sal Paradise at 09:57 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: civil rights, equal marriage, equal rights, gay marriage, john baldacci, maine Wednesday, October 28. 2009 Campus Pride's Top 25 for 2009
Big Queer congratulations to our very own Pauline Park for making the Campus Pride's 2009 Hot 25 list.

Pauline was noted for co-founding the New York Association of Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) as well as her work negotiating inclusion of "the first fully transgender-inclusive legislation" that was introduced in the New York legislature.

You can learn more on Pauline Park's website.
Posted by Sascha in Announcements at 20:03 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: campus pride, nyagra, pauline park Tuesday, October 20. 2009 New Big Queer Facebook Page

Come join us on our new Big Queer Facebook page.

Everybody's doing it! Don't be left out. Don't be left behind. Get ready, get set, join the fun! Be sure to add us and keep us updated on what you're up to. Posted by Sascha in Announcements at 01:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: facebook, fan Monday, September 14. 2009 Theatre is Alive in New York - Thunder Above, Deeps Below While some may claim that the theatre is dead I want to tell you all that it's alive and well in New York.

Last Friday I had the pleasure of kick-starting my weekend with the best theatre I've seen in a long time. In Thunder Above, Deeps Below, playwright A. Rey Pamatmat tells the story of three homeless kids living on the streets of Chicago. He combines themes of gender and sexuality with classic themes of human survival and belief in the supernatural that take you through a full range of human emotion. I was thrilled, disturbed and exhausted when I left the performance. Now that's good theatre.

Since the A. Rey (aka Big Mouth) is a contributing editor to Big Queer (and a close friend) don't take my word for it alone. Daniel John Kelly's spot on review of the play over at NY states:
"Inspired by the late romances of Shakespeare, playwright A. Rey Pamatmat has created a wondrous magical adventure with Thunder Above, Deeps Below. It's large, loud, and complex�at times deeply funny, at times deeply disturbing. The play does credit to its classical roots while telling a story with real human characters that are entirely contemporary. Throughout the play, I found myself leaning forward in my seat, a huge smile on my face, totally immersed in the fantastical and yet heart-wrenching reality of the world of Thunder Above, Deeps Below."
I saw a staged reading of the play at the 2008 Eugene Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and was bowled over by it. Now in this world premier production, I am reminded how thrilling the theatre can be when you combine the talent of a brilliant writer with a super director and great cast.

Do not wait to get tickets as it runs only to September 26, 2009. Click your mouses over to Second Generation reserve your tickets and get ready for some intense theatre. Posted by Sascha in Arts Culture at 21:41 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: chicago, homeless, new york, play, theatre Tuesday, September 1. 2009 This post from one of our most dedicated contributors marks a departure from our stated editorial focus so let us know what you think. If you want to to read more arts, entertainment, or travel posts of a general nature without a queer slant please let us know by posting a comment below.

Production stills from left to right: Carmen, Tosca, Les Contes d�Hoffmann ek�s From the House of the Dead, and Shostakovich�s The Nose � all of which deserve the appellation "rarity."
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Posted by Pauline Park in Arts Culture at 12:28 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) Monday, August 31. 2009 Going West In 1994, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys came out publicly in an interview for the UK gay magazine, blank">Attitude. It was then when they had just released the album Very which includes a remake of Village People's (song)" title="Go West" target="_blank">Go West.

I just turned 18.

I was just in the process of coming out to myself that I was gay, in Hong Kong (which explains the British magazine). And I started reading Attitude regularly.

Although I honestly don't remember anything from that interview, knowing someone who publicly admitted his sexuality was a big deal for me. I can't tell you exactly how I reacted or how I felt at the time, but one thing that I knew for sure: I wasn't alone. There is someone out there whom I know for sure that he shares the same sexuality as mine.

15 years later, the PSB is coming "west" from the UK for their US tour this month. I can hardly wait to sing and dance to Go West again with Neil in New York in a couple of days. Well, I surely hope that it's on the run-down.

To all of you closeted celebrities out there, please do everyone a favor and come out. You will make a difference. Posted by Wajaja in Entertainment at 15:05 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: coming out, hong kong, new york, pet shop boys Tuesday, August 18. 2009 HRC: Homosexual Men Tortured and Killed in Iraq Yesterday the Human Rights Campaign issued a 67-page report titled "'They Want Us Exterminated': Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq" that claims that Iraqi militias are "carrying out a spreading campaign of torture and murder against men suspected of homosexual conduct, or of not being 'manly' enough, and Iraq authorities have done nothing to stop the killing." A spokesperson for the militia warned of a "third sex" and the "feminization" of Iraqi men. The terrorism takes the form of kidnappings off the street and even from homes of suspected homosexuals. The victims are tortured until they reveal the names of other Iraqi gay men and are then murdered. Gay sex is not a crime under Iraqi law, but it appears that "Islamic law" is what many militia leaders consider the governing law of the country. Killing homosexuals is considered an "honor killing," much like a father murdering a "socially disgraced" daughter, which means that the penalties under Iraqi law for such crimes is reportedly mitigated under a provision enacted during Saddam Hussein's reign. Posted by Sal Paradise at 09:36 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for this entry: hate crime, homophobia, honor killing, human rights campaign, iraq, middle east, saddam hussein Tuesday, August 11. 2009 We made the list - Best 100 LGBT Blogs They like us, they really like us! What's more it wasn't a "top" 100 list or a "most popular" list but the "BEST 100" list. W00t! Thanks to the folks at The Lesbian and Gay Foundation for noticing not only noticing us but including us in their Best 100 LGBT Blogs list. The list is impressive and we're honored to be a part of the list.

We'll keep brining you news, opinions and commentary about our big diverse queer wold from the perspectives of our small diverse group of Big Queer Writers. And if you've got something to say and know how to say it drop us a line. We're always interested in hearing from good writers. Posted by Sascha in Announcements at 13:37 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) Wednesday, July 15. 2009 Transgender-sensitive health care providers in NYC Update (8/20/2009): You can now download "Transgender Health Care Provider Directory" in PDF (8MB).

On July 21, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) will distribute copies of the first public directory of transgender-sensitive providers in the New York City metropolitan area ever published. The Gender Identity Project (GIP) of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual entry_id=328" dc:title="Transgender-sensitive health care providers in NYC" dc:identifier="" /> --> (Page 1 of 30, totaling 293 entries) next page Supporters
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