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LGBTQ* Poets You Should Know
Lesbian Eloise Klein Healy named LA’s first Poet Laureate
(following from Chicago Pride)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Friday that lesbian poet Eloise Klein Healy has been named as the City of Los Angeles’ first Poet Laureate.
“As the arts and culture capital of the world, Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 26 million annual visitors deserve a Poet Laureate to elegantly express the beauty of our city in words,” Villaraigosa said in a press release before the formal announcement at the LA Library. “While each of the nominees demonstrated a command of the written word, Eloise Klein Healy’s work highlighted the truly innovative and imaginative nature of our City’s literary genius. I am proud to have her serve as the Ambassador to our City’s vibrant poetry and literary culture.”
Healy is well known in the LGBT and LA literary scene. An accomplished poet, professor and editor over three decades, she is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho (2007) for which she was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize. Her newest book of poetry A Wild Surmise: New and Selected Poems & Recordings will come out March 2013 from Red Hen Press.


FLIRT
     “Lesbia quid docuit Sappho nisi amare puellas”     “What did Sappho of Lesvos teach except how to love girls”     —Ovid
I only flirt with you because Sappho can’t iswhat I tell myself

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Poets You Should Know

Lesbian Eloise Klein Healy named LA’s first Poet Laureate

(following from Chicago Pride)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Friday that lesbian poet Eloise Klein Healy has been named as the City of Los Angeles’ first Poet Laureate.

“As the arts and culture capital of the world, Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 26 million annual visitors deserve a Poet Laureate to elegantly express the beauty of our city in words,” Villaraigosa said in a press release before the formal announcement at the LA Library. “While each of the nominees demonstrated a command of the written word, Eloise Klein Healy’s work highlighted the truly innovative and imaginative nature of our City’s literary genius. I am proud to have her serve as the Ambassador to our City’s vibrant poetry and literary culture.”

Healy is well known in the LGBT and LA literary scene. An accomplished poet, professor and editor over three decades, she is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho (2007) for which she was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize. Her newest book of poetry A Wild Surmise: New and Selected Poems & Recordings will come out March 2013 from Red Hen Press.

FLIRT

     “Lesbia quid docuit Sappho nisi amare puellas”
     “What did Sappho of Lesvos teach except how to love girls”

     —Ovid

I only flirt with 
you because Sappho can’t is
what I tell myself

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* News You Should Know
Obama Nominates Openly Lesbian Latina Judge to Federal Court
(following from Ms. Magazine)
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama nominated Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. If selected, Quiñones Alejandro would be the first openly lesbian Latina judge on the federal bench. 
Quiñones Alejandro currently serves on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and became the first Hispanic women to serve on that branch when she accepted the position in 1991. She has also worked in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as a lawyer and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an attorney advisor. 
There are currently six vacant seats on the federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Along with Quiñones Alejandro, President Obama nominated Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo and Judge Jeffery L. Schmehl. In a White House press release, President Obama stated ”These men and women have had distinguished legal careers, and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench…They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”President Obama has nominated eight openly-gay judges to federal court since he took office in 2009. Three of those eight nominations have been confirmed.

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* News You Should Know

Obama Nominates Openly Lesbian Latina Judge to Federal Court

(following from Ms. Magazine)

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama nominated Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. If selected, Quiñones Alejandro would be the first openly lesbian Latina judge on the federal bench. 


Quiñones Alejandro currently serves on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and became the first Hispanic women to serve on that branch when she accepted the position in 1991. She has also worked in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as a lawyer and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an attorney advisor. 

There are currently six vacant seats on the federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Along with Quiñones Alejandro, President Obama nominated Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo and Judge Jeffery L. Schmehl. In a White House press release, President Obama stated ”These men and women have had distinguished legal careers, and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench…They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

President Obama has nominated eight openly-gay judges to federal court since he took office in 2009. Three of those eight nominations have been confirmed.

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Bumming Cigarettes - A Short Film Trailer #1: Vee

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*folks are asking about the full running time of the film. its 23 mins. this is the trailer that features some other parts of the film. thanks for all of the support and sweet messages!

Alyssa G, a BAGLY Youth Member, gives her response to the question: What does World AIDS Day mean to you?

BAGLY Speaks: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is important to me because we are fighting against the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. We are helping people understand the importance of HIV and AIDS and how it impacts our communities. It also raises awareness and promotes risk reduction for our friends, family and loved ones.

~ Program Coordinator, Jaisyn M.

BAGLY Speaks: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is important to me because it highlights an important issue that should be recognized everyday. It’s a good opportunity to educate people who may not think that it affects them, while also spreading awareness about available resources. I am going to recognize the day by wearing a t-shirt that on the front says, “Got AIDS?,” and on the back says, “How do you know?” It’s an easy way to get people’s attention and get them to really think.

~ BAGLY Youth Member, Rebecca P.

Giftson, BAGLY’s People of Color Meeting Facilitator, giving his thoughts on the question: Why is World AIDS Day important to you?

Speaking some truth to power this Friday.

Speaking some truth to power this Friday.