LGBTQ service at the Unitarian Society (Northampton) Sunday at 9:15 and 11

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 for info about childcare). Building is accessible and trans-friendly.

More info here:

Self-defense for Queerfolk - December 4 at 3:30

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:

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.)

Anybody have a great doctor?

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.


Invitation to this Sunday's Super Queer Service at UU Northampton

“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 or

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

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

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 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. 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.

Transcending Boundaries! Early Reg Ends tomorrow!

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 to register and get more info!

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Back to School Show --- PIRATE THEMED WEEK!

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?

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 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 or or or... you get the point. :p
Thanks so much!
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I hope to see many of you at Pi-Con!

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 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
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