Smart-talking lesbian political analyst will be discussing her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power Sunday at 12:30 pm. Then, Sunday at 3:30 pm, gay stats wizard Nate Silver (aka "the guy who called every state in the last election) will be discussing his book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail but Some Don't . On Monday, March 11th at 12:30 - Randall, the sassy narrator from the viral "Honey Badger" video will discuss why his YouTube clip became such a hit, and what it teaches us about effective viral videos.
Nick Vivion and Kevin Farrell of Unicorn Booty will discuss how they turned their LGBT blog into a successful New Orleans bar . You can see them Tuesday, March 12th at 11am. On Monday March 11th at 12:30pm, Slate political contributor Emily Bazelon will be on a panel discussion about growing up in the Facebook age before hosting a book signing for her work Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.
You can meet all the SXSW queers Saturday at 5pm at the LGBTQ MeetUp in the Red River room of the Hilton Garden Inn. Drinks and mischief will be had. And then later that night, join the organizers of the GaymerX LGBT gaming convention for the SXSW Super Gaymer Party at The Basement bar.
There are also a lot of other panels about sex, women in media, representation and technology. Check out the SXSW Interactive site for a full listing. FILM: SXSW has a surprising amount of queer and queer-related film in the festival, if you know where to look.
Once of those places will be at the gay bar Oil Can Harry's March 9th at 3pm. During that time The OUTLander Project and One More Lesbian will host a film festival of LGBT web series including the very funny Unicorn Plan-It and others like Kiss Her I'm Famous, The Throwaways and Lez Find Love. The event is open to everyone.
Below are a list of the other LGBT-related films in the fest (click on the links for times: Much Ado About Nothing - Shot in only 12 days, Joss Whedon's film is a contemporary view of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Though the film is about straight romance, it features several gay actors such as Tom Lenk (Buffy's Andrew). And c'mon it's Shakesqueer.
The bard has always been pretty fruity. GBFF - Made by high school students, GBFF tells the story of Reese. Wanting a gay bestie more than anything else in the world, she embarks on a journey only to encounter obstacles along the way.
Mr. Angel - This chronicles the life of trans male porn pioneer Buck Angel. Born female, but raised male until puberty, Buck transitioned with a double mastectomy.
This film explores Buck's personal journey as he overcomes addiction and challenges what it means to be male. I Am Divine - This film is a definitive biographical portrait of Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead), exploring his high status as both international drag icon and cinematic muse to legendary film maker John Waters. Before You Know It - Gay director PJ Raval follows five gay seniors as they navigate the uncertain waters of their golden years an especially important topic considering the coming wave of LGBT seniors in our community.
Unhung Hero - Does size matter? That's the question that plagues Patrick Moote after his girlfriend rejects a marriage proposal via jumbotron because of his penis size. What follows is an international expedition to Papua New Guinea, Korea, and other locales as he struggles to answer the question for himself.
Sequin Raze - Goldberg works on a hit reality show as a producer who pokes and prods female contestants into on-camera meltdowns, but she may have met her match when she encounters a spurned beauty queen. The Punk Singer - The Punk Singer takes viewers on a journey into the life of former LeTigre member and outspoken feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer - After performing a 40 second "punk prayer" inside the main Russian cathedral, Nadia, Masha, and Katia were arrested and charged with religious hatred.
As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, this film explores the complex relationship between politics, religion, and art, and how Russian society has been irrevocably changed in its attempt to make an example out of three young artists. Pit Stop - A realist look at small town gay life covers the heartache of disentangling from former relationships, and pausing to catch one's breath before continuing along in another. The parallel stories of Gabe and Ernesto converge in a typically gay way (read: a hook-up), but despite any melodrama they seem to find love in a hopeless place.
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - Influencing the Beat Generation with his mantra of "follow your own weird", this film explores the diverse life of James Broughton, a pansexual poet, film maker, and spiritual guru whose voice helped define the sexual revolution. The Other Shore - A film which chronicles the legendary swimmer Diane Nyad's fourth attempt at doing something no one has ever done, swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage in waters infested with both sharks and poisonous jellyfish for 60 hours. Amazeballs.
MUSIC: It can be hard telling which bands are LGBT because they typically care more about their music that their queer-cred. Nevertheless, there are two non-official queer music events happening during the festival that are open to everyone. The east side bar Cheer-Up Charlie's will host Y'All or Nothing: "A Queer as Shit Showcase" Saturday, March 16th at 7PM.
It has a slew of queer-identified bands including Fist-ting, Double Duchess, Total Unicorn, Mom Jeans, Guacamole Wristwatch, Dangerous Ponies and even "conceptual aerobics with Erica Nix." Ending the festival all day on Sunday, March 17th is GayBiGayGay , a rapturous queer music festival that has to be seen to be believed. Really. If you're in town, stop by.
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Yours truly, has decided to give it a go. Not that I consider myself to be funny per se.... and that's not false modesty.
There are plenty of people out there sharper, wittier or just plain 'out there', than I. Yet, it's not a competition - as it states that on the T&Cs, I should add. If it was, I don't think I'd be as interested.
I'm not after fame and while a little fortune would be nice, I think it's more that I'd just like to have go and see how it is. Personal challenge? Maybe.
A few (trans) friends have asked if I'll be doing it in Lynn mode. The answer to that is no. I've enough to remember without having to worry if my outfit is right or people are being weirded out (Ed: Oh the vanity! ) Well....
I can say this, it is scary. Even if you're running off some routine in front of half a dozen like minded folk - training plus hopefuls - the butterflies / shakes still kick in. Much as I can gibber on for England, being able to focus and trim the words down so you can go from set-up to punch line delivery in just the right timing, it's tough.
I am a natural born waffler, so I know I've got to keep practising and learn my routine off by heart. We covered some of the basics - projecting confidence, mic work - and then mechanisms for drawing from your own experiences, to techniques to help you draw new material from the everyday. It was tough in places, but if you get the chance to go to such an event, I'd say do it.
What next? Well, it's the waiting game as there is one training session to go and then the organisers will see who's stepping up - so to speak - and then we'll know for sure. My work mates have expressed an interest in going and I know a few friends from here/Chams have too.
It may be an interesting experience as the two social worlds collide. Media A little earlier in the week, an email arrived detailing the start of a documentary project. I'll be honest with you.
I get about one a month of these blind drops. Unless the email is really spammy (Ed - is that even a word? ), I'll take a look. If the item catches my eye, I'll share it.
The film is called Finding Kim . I'll let the producer explain, so I don't make a hash of it. The message of "Finding Kim" is one that speaks beyond gender.
It's about knowing and understanding yourself & who you truly are as an individual. We want to unveil Kim's story in the most organic way possible while staying true to the documentary film making process. We wish for Kim's voice to resonate with anyone struggling with gender identity or self-acceptance.
We will follow Kim around for the next year filming the most intimate parts of his life, including his top-surgery, struggles and moments of happiness. We will also be interviewing the individuals closest to Kim. We wish to discover their thoughts on his process and how this will affect their relationship with Kim.
Other segments will include others who have gone through the process of gender reassignment. Ultimately, we want the viewer to walk away with a new outlook on gender. You can find notes about the film here .
Dirty Stop Out Yes, it was time for a night out and I was determined not to get into a state over packing, or the perceived lack of time on my part. Wednesday night I had everything packed ready. Including the new lippy and mascara I bought the day before.
I thought I'd try a new high gloss lippy, but it was rather vivid and as I'd done my eyes a little strongly, the two didn't work together. It did go on nicely, although you do need a steady hand to get a good line. Still, back to the free lipstick from Clinque!
Like all IT (un)professionals, I keep a backup. The mascara, Maybeline The Falsies Express , worked a treat though. Easier to apply than my usual Clinque one, although I'd say that the latter is far more 'day time', if that makes sense.
Usually, I used Maybeline's Great Lash , because it came recommended and I lie the effect. I guess I'm a sucker for those adverts.... the ones where you think wow and then realise the CGI effects and 'filmed with lash inserts' disclaimer.
What next? Filmed while high on acid and completely fake? :- While I'd been shopping, I spent a few minutes reading the reviews on my smartphone. As I stood up to go and pay, one of the shop assistants smiled and said, " I don't think I'd trust my husband to buy my make-up. " She meant it in a nice way and the old Motor-mouth was in action before my brain could stop. "True, but they're for me, so if I mess it up, it'll be me who looks like a pig in knickers.
Best get it right, eh?" :-) Luckily, she laughed. Where were we? Chams....
So, happy with my look for the evening and after a lovely chat with Sophie, it was time to catch up with friends. I saw Rebecca for the first time in a while and actually got some time to see how she was getting along (very well, despite the slings & arrows of oft quoted literacy . M - not Bond's ex-boss - but our media student visitor had popped into to catch up and update her project (more on that in a mo).
Time was zipping by as I was trying not to ignore anyone I hadn't seen in a while. M's original project with us - us being the trans massive - had stalled a little. So, she'd had a shift of focus to do interviews based around the investigation into the prevalence of depression within the trans community.
Well.... I think you just hit pay-dirt :-) That was the reason I was late home. Given M's excellent questioning and my inability to keep my trap shut, I was late home.
I think it was coming up to 3 AM when I got home. Far from ideal and I did wake the Ever Lovely Mrs Jones up too.... and yeah, I felt like a such a sh** for doing so.
Husband fail :-( Although I spoke about some rather scary parts of the depression to M, it didn't get me down. It's like that old line about the past is a different country . It certainly feels like that.
Although I have the memories of what happened then, I don't have the emotional memory - bad after-taste? - of those darker times... and that may not be a bad thing. Having rattled on (at length), a few thoughts were left floating around as I drove home.
Namely, enjoy the moment by concentrating on the good times; and should I slip towards the darkness, I know it's not forever. I can get out..... and that's not from being alone, but with the help from friends.
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The Jones Massive have now returned from their short half-term sojourn to the wilds of the West Midlands. Five lovely days with zero mobile phone access, a bit of WiFi for anti-social media, one too many pub lunches and much walking of the hound & kids. All of the latter rest far easier when they've had a long walk.
Likewise for No So Little Miss Tubby who's currently hammering the keys. :-) Yes, it was a much needed and much enjoyed break. It's funny. I often get a little tense about going away.
I guess I'm a creature of habit. Yet, once I'm there, I'm soon into the new habit of lying in until just after nine, enjoying breakfast, a leisurely walk and then back to the hotel cottage to brave the elements. It wouldn't be a blog by an Englishman if I didn't mention the weather at least once. ;-) In other news, I think I'm over my self-induced mope / panic over the party last week...
which is good. Part of this was by reviewing old (trans) photos of myself and friends. While they were many a mile away - as was my usual social camouflage - the memories were not.
I just needed to reconnect with them and remind myself that I'm not always so Lurch-esq. Mind you, if I don't slow down on pies and all that yummy real ale I had on holiday, I shall be rocking the Uncle Fester look very shortly. :-) If that's not a good motivator, I don't know what is. Mind you, Mr Lurch does seem to be rather dashing in the bow tie.
Perhaps I should have gone in that route? :-) Moving on...... Oh. Is Lurch related to Young Michael from Hot Fuzz?
Just a thought! Last week's will-she-won't-he micro drama over the stand up has moved a pace forward. The organisers have got back to me with a set of alternative dates for the training.
Wow. I can't get a sniff of instruction at work, yet outside, they're throwing it at me. Go figure.
So, yes. A little later next week, I shall be heading off to either Derby or Leicester - in drab mode (boo) - for a few hours of instruction. I've got about three sides of A5 of ideas written down.
Some anecdotes which I've already road tested on people (and yes, they laughed in the right places). Some new stuff too: a couple of current items in the news, some one-liners, etc. I guess I've got to mangle this into a three minute set and perhaps there lies the rub.
Fingers crossed it goes okay. I'm rather looking forward to it, even though I'm rather nervous about the whole thing. Still, better to be nervous and plan, that be blas and make a mess of it.
Oh, the only snag: it has to be family friendly. Well, that's f***ed it eh? ;-) On final parting nugget of information; the young media student who came to interview the good people at Chameleons? Well, she's had a slight shift in project and has decided to expand her research into looking into depression within the trans community.
Maybe I should save her some time and just give her the URL for this blog? :-) Take care, Lynn Today's lyric: Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics Continue reading