Browsing: PRIDE ... and PREJUDICE

May – June, 2005

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AS THE WORLD reaches flash-point over same-sex marriage, the United States is galloping madly in one direction-to deny civil marriage to gays. Yet many countries in Europe are galloping in the opposite direction-towards giving civil status to same-sex relationships in some way. …

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… The Sundance 2005 Queer List listed exactly 21 films in the festival this year. Films were included in this roster if they featured a GLBT character or if their producer or director were a member of the GLBT community-this, according to Levi Elder at the Sundance Film Festival Press Office. …

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THERE’S an arresting portrait of Harry Count Kessler, painted by Edvard Munch in 1906, that hangs in the Nationalgalerie, Berlin. A handsome, mustached, fine-featured man looks at us from beneath a rakishly tilted white summer hat. Wearing a dark suit, leaning slightly on a stylish thin cane, Count Kessler is elegant and impeccable, and appears younger than his 38 years. …

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The “Fine By Me” project is a nonprofit organization that works with students across the U.S. to develop campaigns against homophobia on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The concept was developed in 2003 by a group of ten Duke University students led by Lucas Schaefer. …

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IN THE EPILOGUE to his 1995 book, The Pink and the Black, which was arguably the first real history of the gay-rights movement in France, Frédéric Martel questions the notion of “gay pride.” …

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By 6:30 p.m. on March 9, a small room in the Church Center for the United Nations was packed beyond capacity with people standing in the doorway, pouring down the hall, and sitting on the floor. The air was buzzing with excitement as if something momentous was about to happen. The occasion was a caucus on sexuality and women’s rights sponsored by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission …

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IN JUNE 1997, the Centre Pompidou hosted the first conference on queer theory in France. When the presentations were done and the discussion was opened to the floor, I was surprised by the hostile tone of many of the questions and reactions from the audience. …

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ON MAY 7, 2004, in Krakow, skinheads from a far right parliamentary party, the League of Polish Families, attacked a peaceful demonstration of gays, lesbians, and their supporters with slurs and stones and caustic acid. On November 20, in Poznan, skinheads of the League fired teargas at the feminist and anti-homophobic March of Equality. Assaults on women and minorities have risen since Poland joined the European Union on May 1, 2004. Poland’s joining the EU was seen by the League of Polish Families as a national humiliation, and support for the League has been growing in the intervening year. …

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