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Stories from around the web: ‘Femme’, EI and Working Mother’s Rights, Fat Discrimination

Severely Queer

Tune in to Adamant Eve next week for our feature on the attack on Shannon Barry, how the police have handled the case, and how people in Edmonton are reacting.

One of the responses has been the formation of The Community Response Project. What started out as a facebook group may be growing in to a movement. Over 40 people attended a meeting last very rainy Wednesday night to talk about what the community can do in the face of this. There were a lot of great ideas discussed, so join the facebook group, sign up for the list serve, stay tuned to the blog and tune in to Gaywire and Adamant Eve for updates and more information in the coming weeks.


Events that weren’t originally planned to address all of this, but are now becoming part of the response, are coming up in two weeks. Severely Queer will be presenting a talk and workshop with Kenyon Farrow.

On May 14, from 7-9pm at the Jubilee Auditorium, Farrow will speak on WHOSE STREETS? Exploring Race, Sex & The Politics of Gentrification in Progressive and Radical Organizing.

On May 15 from 12-4pm he will facilitate a workshop called MAKING MOVEMENT: Organizing Strategies for Racial, Gender & Economic Justice.

To register for the workshop and for information about accessibility, email tkerr10@hotmail.com.


Kenyon Farrow speaks at the plenary session “HIV/AIDS Crisis: This Is What We’re Doing About it!” held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series tonight!

Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series Presents:

I Won’t Discuss Who I’m Dating: Reading Same Sex Celebrity Gossip in Hollywood and on Broadway
Presented by Wes D. Pearce, Head, Theatre Department, University of Regina

This illustrated talk, examines the ways in which same sex gossip has historically been used to ‘control’ leading men and women of both stage and screen. Arguing that the use of same sex celebrity gossip has been especially effective in ‘containing’ film stars, the use of same sexuality gossip has (surprisingly) been equally effective in ‘controlling’ stage actors. What is the relationship between the position of power and gossip? What, if any, is the role of gossip in maintaining a performative ‘gay ghetto’? What is the connection/nature between performing public sexual identity and destabilizing gossip?

Date: Thursday, 18 March 2010
Time: 5:00 – 6:00
Location: 7-152 Education North Building, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=377727867462&ref=mf
Website: www.ismss.ualberta.ca

Inside/OUT Speakers Series

The 6th Annual Inside/OUT Speakers Series is proud to co-present:

Trans Politics: Beyond Law & Order
by Dean Spade, Assistant Professor, School of Law, Seattle University

When: Fri, 23 October, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Law Centre, Room 231-23

In the wake of Bill 44 legislation and the delisting of SRS, queer and trans issues in Alberta are becoming increasingly influenced by legal discourse. But, as Dean Spade’s work shows, trans politics are also done “beyond law and order” in everyday and systemic styles of racism, classism, and the many disciplinary architectures through which we learn what our bodies mean. From prisons to poverty to psychiatry to post 9/11 surveillance, Dean Spade’s version of ‘trans’ attends to the many ways in which gender is never a simply isolated identity or mode of discrimination. Dean is currently a professor at the Seattle University School of Law. He also founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in NYC, which provides free legal services to trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of colour. He has also taught on the subjects of sexuality, gender, and law at Columbia and Harvard.

Discussion Panel: “TRANS.assemblages: Intersectionality and Beyond”
with Dean Spade, Lucas Crawford, Carol D. Allan, Lane Mandlis, and Val Napoleon

When: Fri, 23 October, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: Humanities Centre L-2

Professor Spade’s visit is sponsored by APIRG, Faculty of Law’s Equality and Respect Committee, Women’s Law Forum, OUTLaw, Peace by Piece, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, Department of English & Film Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Trudeau Foundation.


The Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series, now in its 6th year and hosted by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, is designed to provide a venue for queer research, work, and ideas, from inside and outside the academy, to a general audience at the UofA and in the broader community.

This year’s speakers’ series entails more than 10 talks on a wide range of leading-edge queer research and contemporary social issues. Please visit our website for a complete list of speakers.