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Be Transformative, Not Transfixed!

(From The Nation.Com, June 27, 2013)  Read more: What's Next for the LGBT Movement? | The Nation The Lethe-soaked question of what comes after the marriage cases ignores the reality that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s lives are not yet free, equal or secure, even with the positive outcome of these Supreme Court decisions. Here’s a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of the LGBT movement in the US; and from that, a possible blueprint for the work ahead. Strengths: A compassionate and mobilized base of millions of LGBT people, their families and [...]

Up With Chris Hayes – 5.12.12

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Support Robot-Robot Marriage

This billboard (on Christopher Street-Sheridan Square in New York City - March 2011) is one of the best I've seen in a while. It manages to poke fun at both same-sex and same-old-sex marriage. It mocks the people who oppose marriage equality while also teasing those who support it. Then it asks if you are or are not one, knowing that in this hyper-tech age, we're all part bot - just a matter of time before the chips are embedded instead of appended in our hands. And this billboard is selling vodka not metaphysics! Remarkable. This billboard resonates with me because when I was growing up, through college and throughout my adult life, this is what I thought getting married [...]

Queer Asian Pacific Legacy Conference

A version of this presentation was given at the Queer Asian Pacific Legacy Conference on March 6, 2004 in New York ©2004 Urvashi Vaid Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame. W.H. Auden September 1, 1939 This is a talk about justice and affirmation. About where we find ourselves and where we can imagine being. About the broad political context shaping our lives today as API queers, internal dynamics of the GLBT movement and API people within [...]

The Enemies of Love and the Future of LGBT Politics

"We are engaged at the highest level in this century in a fight between liberty and authoritarianism, between democracy and oligarchy, between pluralism and fundamentalism, between movements with visions rooted in liberation for all and movements with visions rooted in elitism...This is a struggle about competing visions of human freedom and responsibility." A version of this presentation was given in May of 2007 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Copyright 2007 U. Vaid The title of my talk comes from a song by the Canadian poet and song writer, Leonard Cohen.  In a song called The Traitor, he writes:  I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers /That they had been [...]