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Ally Week Update

The second annual Ally Week began this year with a presentation on athlete allyship by Hudson Taylor, a wrestling coach at Columbia University.  Though raised in a staunchly religious household, Taylor’s experiences in college shifted his perspectives on the LGBT community.  The wrestler soon questioned the homophobic slurs and attitude of his fellow athletes in […]

The “Truancy Ticket Law” and Why It Matters to Queer Youth

If you went to high school in Los Angeles you have heard of LAMC 45.04 a.k.a the “truancy ticket law”. Under this municipal code, any high school student not in class after the first bell is subject to ticketing with fines of at least to $250. Basically, running late is a crime for students. More often than not the kids getting ticketed are on their way to class. Also the vast majority of tickets are given to black and brown youth, in disenfranchised, inner city public schools.

Cathy Opie: Geography Becomes Identity

Monday, Jan. 23: UCLA Architecture and Urban Design presented Cathy Opie to speak. See a slideshow of some of Opie’s work here: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/09/25/arts/0926-OPIE_index.html Cathy Opie’s lecture came to me as a surprise. As an admirer of Opie’s portraiture, in particular her portraiture of queer people around the U.S., I was really surprised to see her […]

Gay Men Need Diapers: WTF?

Wooden: Gay Men Need Diapers A bible-thumping pastor from the South said something homophobic this week.  Big surprise.  But go ahead, watch the whole video and and feel gag at the outrgeousness (or, if you”re a cynic like me, chuckle a bit). Patrick Wood spewed a real gem in an interview with Peter LaBarbera, the founder […]