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LGBTQ service at the Unitarian Society (Northampton) Sunday at 9:15 and 11 [08 Apr 2011|03:57pm]

What's better than sleeping in Sunday? Coming to the UU LGBTQ service! Hear the amazingly talented Arjuna Greist and the wonderful Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus. 2 services: 9:15 and 11. Have coffee and pink triangle cookies with us in between!

Childcare is available (contact re@uunorthampton.org for info about childcare). Building is accessible and trans-friendly.

More info here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151133124947553
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Self-defense for Queerfolk - December 4 at 3:30 [22 Nov 2010|10:34am]

There will be a rare local opportunity to take a self-defense class that is specifically for the LGBTQ community (and intentionally trans-inclusive) on December 4 at 3:30. The class is co-taught by Lynne Marie Wanamaker (with more than 20 years of experience) and Jenn Bealer (more than 10 years experience and a former board member of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation). This is a safe space to explore self-protection needs specific to our LGBTQ identities, build skills to respond to bias-based harassment, explore strategies to address threatening situations, and practice many physical and verbal techniques. It's designed for adults (18 and up) of all genders. $25 per person. Sliding scale available.

The class will be held at Smart Moves Pilates in Florence, MA.
More information is available on Lynne Marie's website: www.compassionateconditioning.com

This is not a random "ad" ---I'm not getting a kick-back :) I just feel like self-defense training is a really important thing that more of us need (no matter how safe we feel in the Valley) and it's rare to have a chance to be in a space that is intentionally queer- and trans-positive. My partner and I are both planning to attend the class. I also just did a lengthy interview with both teachers for a Rainbow Times article, and I know Lynne Marie from the UU, so I feel confident in saying they are both great people with a tremendous amount of knowledge and compassion.

(Cross-posted to my own journal.)
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Anybody have a great doctor? [12 Jul 2010|10:13am]

Does anyone on here have a primary care physician who is particularly awesome and have a lot of experience with trans guys? I have been on Dr. Stephanie Billings' waiting list for about a year now and am giving up on her. I live in Northampton and would ideally like to find someone who can be both a PCP and do my endocrinology/other transition related stuff for me (currently seeing Jeffrey Korff, but the fewer doctors I have to schedule appointments with the better). My health insurance is United. Figured I'd ask here before I started stumbling around hoping to find someone good.

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Invitation to this Sunday's Super Queer Service at UU Northampton [12 Mar 2010|04:48pm]

[ mood | super ]

“Living the Welcoming Congregation - In Our Own Voices”

March 14 2010 - Services at 9:15 and 11am (Remember to move your clocks ahead 1 hour!)
Featuring music by Evelyn Harris, The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus, Jesse Molina, and arjuna greist

- Stories of identity and experience from our GLBTIQ members
- A special coffee hour, exciting decorations, a super-cool kid's book, and more!

Children, ages 3 through 12 or so, are welcome to visit in Religious Education Classes while you are in worship! For more information about RE, message USNF DRE or the Big Ol' Gay Committee! You can even find us on facebook.

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Northampton is a welcoming congregation located at 220 Main St. in Northampton, between City Hall and Memorial Hall. The building is accessible, (side entrance) and has gender-neutral restrooms. FMI see www.uunorthampton.org or www.uua.org

x-posted lots of places, apologies if you see this a bunch.

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Expatriate Amplification Project by Lenelle Moise with Karla Mosley [19 Dec 2009|05:04pm]

[ mood | quixotic ]

OK, folks - only 3 days left for these mind-blowing artists to reach their fund-raising goal to put out an AMAZING new album. They've already raised over $4000 in pledges, but if they don't get to $5,500 by the 22nd, they don't get to use ANY of it... and that would be very sad. The great thing is, it's not just a donation, you get wonderful music, poetry, art, and more in exchange, depending on your pledge level. Need a last-minute gift? Pledge in a loved-one's name! There are sound clips on the site to give you a taste of what you're in for.

If you haven't yet heard Lenelle, you should. Brilliance.


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Looking for story contributions [09 Nov 2009|11:32pm]

I apologize if this is not allowed here.

I have published a couple of books and my current one is going to be potentially called "Coming Out" or "Knocking the Closet Door Down". It is going to be made up of various people's coming out stories. Whether gay, lesbian, trans, poly, kinky or even funny ones like Republican (kidding!)

So I need stories. If you are interested in being in the book please email me your story to shampoo150@gmail.com and out "coming out story"

also let me know here if you're interested so I can look for you email.



So sorry, I copy and pasted only half of what I wanted to say. First off, here is a link to my current books. http://stores.lulu.com/shampoo150. I don't want to hear, "self publishing isn't real publishing", there are mixed feelings and I consider it legit because there is an ISBN number and I know plenty of sucsessful authors who self-publish.

Second, regretably because I fund this, I can't give you compensation and so I hope people will contribute for the sheer joy of having their story published. HOWEVER, in order to get the book at it's lowest price I opt to set my revenue to $0.00 so therefore I do not get anything either.
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Transcending Boundaries! Early Reg Ends tomorrow! [29 Sep 2009|10:41am]

The Transcending Boundaries Conference (TBC) is for bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, intersex and polyamorous people and our allies. TBC is for and about those who do not fit into simple categories, and we couldn't be more excited about our 6th upcoming conference!

When: November 20-22, 2009
Where: DCU Conference Center and the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, Mass.

Special Guest-Tristan Taormino!!

go to http://www.transcendingboundaries.org/registration/ to register and get more info!
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Rocky Horror Picture Show - Back to School Show --- PIRATE THEMED WEEK! [19 Sep 2009|04:42pm]

[ mood | amused ]

When: This Saturday (September 19th) at Midnight.

Where: South Hadley Tower Theaters (Across the street from Mt Holyoke)

What: Rocky Horror Picture Show Back to School/Pirate Night --- Catholic school girls meets pirates (why not)

Tickets are only $3 and crap kits (full of everything you need to throw, blow, or put over your head) are FREE to all.

Come out and celibate talk like a pirate day in style.
Bring your friends and watch them squirm at the debauchery! -- A great time for all!

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help a queer folkie out? [25 Aug 2009|12:27pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

This is my first year on the ballot for the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam, and I would very much appreciate your vote. Go to http://www.valleyadvocate.com/bandslam/index.cfm?pid=48 and, after registering, (name & email) click on my name in the Folk category. If you haven't heard me and would like to know who you're voting for, see http://www.reverbnation.com/arjunagreist or http://www.myspace.com/arjunagreist or http://www.facebook.com/arjunamusic or... you get the point. :p
Thanks so much!

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I hope to see many of you at Pi-Con! [05 Aug 2009|02:06pm]

[ mood | excited ]

As everyone makes their August plans, I wish to remind you to consider attending Pi-Con! Pi-Con is a weekend-long celebration of science fiction and other fan interests - there's webcomics, science, costuming, gaming, larping, filk, lifestyle, and lots more. This year, it's happening August 21-23 in Enfield, CT right off 91, just south of the MA border. Register today!

This year will feature Author Guest of Honor Mary Doria Russell (award winning author of The Sparrow and Children of God), Webcomic Guest of Honor Jeffrey Rowland (creator of Wigu, Overcompensating, and the awesome t-shirt site Topatoco), and Guest of Awesome Genevieve Iseult Eldredge. We will also see the return of our video game room, two full rooms of all day board/card/table top gaming, many favorite panels and events including the panel in the pool, and the new addition of Filk programming! There will also be performances by our local Rocky Horror and Repo casts (The Come Again Players and Genetic Imperfection)

Full weekend pre-registration rates for Pi-Con are currently $40 for adults or only $25 for students! Get your registrations in at the early rate!

Room reservations are *open* for Pi-Con! Room rate will be $109/night + tax. Just go to http://www.pi-con.org/hotel.php and you can register online for a room.

For more information, to volunteer, sign up to vend, or otherwise contact us, check out our web page at www.pi-con.org

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Worlds Apart Games is hosting a Magic 2010 Prerelease tournament this Sunday! [08 Jul 2009|10:47am]

[ mood | amused ]

Magic 2010 Prerelease Sealed Deck Tournament


Worlds Apart Games

48 N. Pleasant St (Down town Amherst between the ABC and the fire station)

Amherst, MA 01002


When: Sunday, July 12th 1pm

What: Sealed deck tournament with prizes

Entry Fee for this event will be $25.00

Tournament Structure:
The format for this event is a Swiss Rounds Sealed Deck using Boosters of Magic 2010. Each player will build their decks from their boosters adding as much basic land as they wish, to construct a deck of at least 40 cards. We will have basic land on site that may be borrowed for this event, just please make sure that you return any land that you borrow.

For this event, we have the following up for grabs....

The first 24 attendees receive a free receive mythic foil promo card Vampire Nocturnus!

Magic 2010 Packs based on attendance (3 packs per entry!). 90% of the Prize pool will be split among the top placers (Based on attendance).

The remaining 10% of the prize pool will be given out as random door prizes throughout the tournament. Playmats and other merchandise will also be given out as door prizes and to the top placer(s).

Open Dueling -
Players who are new to the game may want to join in the festivities without being in a tournament. That Cool! There is open dueling all Sunday with brand new intro packs,and booster draft sets. Plus, a promo card will be awarded if you fill out your open dueling card!!! (While supplies last)
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[16 Jun 2009|10:04pm]

Anyone know of any queer/trans friendly pilates, yoga or martial arts in the Easthampton/Northampton area?
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Girlyman at the Iron Horse [27 Mar 2009|03:28pm]

Does anyone need a girlyman ticket for the show tonight? My partner has decided not to go. $18 (what I paid) & I can meet you there. (Hey, it's $19 + service charge at the door, so you can save a couple bucks.
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Right Wing Idiot Moves to Springfield, MA [26 Mar 2009|03:28pm]

Just thought you might like to know who's moving into the Happy Valley. Wish I were still there to make trouble but hope some of y'all will!

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ISO friends <3 [24 Mar 2009|11:57am]

[ mood | curious ]

I'm a 27yr old dyke - bohemian, photographer, artist, poet, musician... ecclectic, eccentric and full of piss and vinegar.  I just moved to NoHo a couple months ago from Philly.  I have a gf and a handful of aquaintances but I really want to meet more people without having to go to Diva's all the time.  I don't mind a night of good dancing but I don't always do the club/bar scene you know?  Tell me... honestly... is there anything else to do in this town to meet people? 

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Northampton’s 8th annual Sober Dance Party & Entertainment Extravaganza: March 21st! [06 Mar 2009|12:14pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I had so much fun last year! This event is VERY well-attended and amazingly produced. And though it's not specifically queer, trust me... it's VERY queer oriented. Come dance with me!

Sober? Yes. Somber? Hardly!

Northampton’s 8th annual Sober Dance Party & Entertainment Extravaganza celebrates the lighter side of sobriety while benefiting two local recovery programs. The party begins Saturday, March 21st at 7pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Where: Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, 3rd Floor, Northampton, MA. The Northampton Center for the Arts is located in the Sullivan Building across from the Academy of Music.

When: Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Who: ALL are welcome! Please respect those in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 413-584-7745 or email WONMALe@aol.com. Tickets are also available from Hairston House and Beacon House residents directly. All hors d’oeuvres, full buffet and desserts are included in the ticket price. Coffee and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

The 2009 entertainment lineup will include:
• Music by NYC house DJ Byyl Arnold
• Song stylings by Evelyn Harris (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock)
• Miss Dusty Moorehead, drag performer
• Lord Russ does Queen Elvis
• The Hairston House Dancers & the Recovery Girls
• Acrobatic Misfits
• Other special guests TBA

Proceeds benefit Hairston House for men and Beacon House for women, two residential drug/alcohol recovery programs located in Northampton and Greenfield, MA, respectively. For more information about Hairston House, call 413-585-8390. For more information about Beacon House, call 413-773-4610.

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PORTABLE TV NEEDED to Rent or Borrow, Western MA [27 Feb 2009|10:58am]


I need a TV console suitable to use with a DVD player (we have the player) during the Best Lesbian Erotica reading at Food for Thought Books in Amherst on Friday, March 6.

 One of our local readers is unable to attend due to long-term health problems, and has supplied a DVD of her reading. Since she has been in more volumes of BLE over the years than any other writer, we would especially like to include her.

 I can pick up and return the TV anywhere within 30 miles or so of Amherst/Northampton. Any information as to commercial rental possibilities would also be welcome.


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Best Lesbian Erotica Reading in Amherst [25 Feb 2009|09:34pm]

 C'mon, what better way to warm up a chilly March Friday? Well, okay, but you can do that afterward. Consider this foreplay.

Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm 
THE BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 2008 & 2009: A Reading And DJ'ed Reception 
Food For Thought Books Collective, 106 North Pleasant Street, Amherst MA  413-253-5432 
Details: Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Erotica in 2003 and 2004, Cleis’ The Best Lesbian Erotica series is the gold standard for erotic lesbian fiction, and this year's collection is no exception. Edited by best-selling author Tristan Taormino and selected and introduced by the noted author, playwright, and poet Joan Larkin, this latest edition of America’s most popular lesbian erotica series is smart, sensual, inventive, and breathtaking. The women in these stories reveal all their pleasures in memorable tales that are both sexy and lyrical.  Join us for a fun filled evening including contributors Sacchi Green, Anna Watson, Alicia E. Goranson, Miel Rose, and Peggy Munson (on DVD), along with editor Tristan Taormino. Northampton’s Sensuality shop Oh My! will be on hand with a table of goodies to shop from. Reception with DJ Bex Taylor to follow. Co-Sponsored by Oh My! and The Hampshire College Women’s Center. (Free) 
URL: http://www.foodforthoughtbooks.com  
Info: colten at puckerup.com 
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Concert! [17 Feb 2009|12:59pm]

A friend of ours is organizing a fundraiser concert of awesome local musicians on March 1st, and we wanted to let you all know about it.

The concert is March 1st at 2:00pm in the Center for the Arts in Northampton. The performers will be:
- The Smith College Smithereens (a capella)
- The Connotations (a capella)
- Kristin Ford and the Model Tease (folk rock)
- Eric Sean Weld
- Idea Fire Company
- Lory Walfisch (piano)
- Ken Forfia (jazz piano)

Also, transversely's dad is the Emcee! :)

Tickets are $12.00 general, $8.00 students and seniors. Email adoptfund4_26@comcast.net to reserve tickets.

The website for the concert is here.

Our friend Jo is raising money because her daughter was sexually assaulted this past summer and became pregnant. She chose to try to turn this awful situation into something good: some friends of the family have been wanting a child, and they will be adopting the baby once he is born.

Unfortunately, since the friends live in Canada, this is an international adoption. That means it has to go through agencies, and will end up costing between $32,000 and $40,000. Hence the fundraisers!

If you are unable to attend but still want to help out, donations can be made at:

Please forward far and wide!

rumorofrain and transversely
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Another House Concert! [08 Feb 2009|08:46pm]

[ mood | good ]

I know, it's been almost a year since my last house concert, but here we are! Once again trying to jam folks into my place to see some amazing artist/poet/musician. This time it's Blair. He is a black, queer writer and musician from Detroit.

Please rsvp here or to my email.

x-posted to callyboy

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