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The Northeast LGBT Conference (NELGBTC) is sold out! For those of you attending, here is the schedule. My presentation & performance is at 9:30. It says “for students” but it’s open to everyone. I will be discussing transgender key terms in detail (this is the Trans 101 part). I will also be telling my personal coming out story and talking about my experience with the media. I will play some songs for you to show the emotions of my experiences. There will be a Q&A session as well. T-shirts & CD’s will be for sale to help fund my tour for the following week. I can’t wait to see all of you! This will be my 3rd year in a row speaking at this conference!
“When I checked in at the airport later that month, I couldn’t get my boarding pass until I clicked either “male” or “female” on the screen. When I went to the bathroom in public, I realized how difficult it would be if the people around me questioned whether or not I was going into the right one. When I showed my ID to get into a bar, I didn’t have to worry about the bouncer accusing me of having a fake. When I went to the doctor, I didn’t have to wonder if my physician would know what to do with my body. Like some dense morning fog, the gender binary seemed to loom everywhere, and I felt burdened like I never had before to fight for the trans* community that I’d been including for years in the acronym with which I identified.”
”When Obama gave his second inaugural address this January, queer people across the country celebrated the fact that the president of the United States had named marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples a civil rights issue. However, I couldn’t help but wonder what my trans* friends were thinking.
President Obama invoked Stonewall, that historic riot that changed the course of queer history in America but failed to mention that the event was sparked, in large part, by courageous transgender women like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. The two went on to co-found Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries to provide aid to other young, homeless trans* women. Johnson died in New York in 1992, her body found floating in the Hudson River. Even though there was evidence of harassment, the police ruled it a suicide and refused to investigate. The case was not reopened until 2012.“
For more on this story click the above link. This is an incredible article that should be shared. I had an awful experience at Long Island’s Gay Pride Festival last summer because of the problems that Todd Clayton is bringing to light in his article. You can read about my experience here. The queer community really needs to join together so we can bring equality.
Clive Davis is a 5-time Grammy Award winner. He is a member of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame! He signed Janis Joplin, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, and many other great bands. “Davis is credited with bringing Whitney Houston to prominence.”
“Davis, who has been married and divorced twice, has never before publicly addressed his sexuality. In a candid five-page section toward the end of the book, due in stores today, he writes that he first had a sexual encounter with a man during “the era of Studio 54.” “On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures,” writes Davis. Being with a man, he writes, provided “welcome relief. After a period of “soul searching and self-analysis,” Davis separated from his second wife in 1985, and says that he went on to have simultaneous relationships with two women and a man. In 1990, he entered into a “monogamous relationship” with a male doctor, who is not named in the book. Although that relationship ended in 2004, Davis says he has been in a subsequent relationship with another man ever since. Davis writes that his coming out deeply affected his ties with one of his sons, Mitchell: After what Davis calls “one very trying year,” father and son worked out their differences, Davis says.”
You can purchase the memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life” here: Amazon.com
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