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We'd appreciate your input! [06 Jul 2006|08:51pm]

Hi, I'm posting here because it is glbtq related and I feel strongly that your input can really make a difference. However, if it is not in alignment with the essence of this community, please feel free to release this post.

I want to introduce a brand-new homo/bi/t friendly community: happy_gay_life

This is a community dedicated to building a positive glbtq image by sharing joyful and constructive experiences of being glbtq.

Ever wonder why there are so few glbtq stories/movies with happy endings? I did.

I figure out that it has to come from us. We've got to count our blessings and share these lovely moments with each other: the special moments that bring smiles to our faces, that make our hearts sing, that tickle us, that move us to tears of joy ... on a daily basis.

Every time you share a line of joy, you're contributing to building a positive glbtq image and creating a better life for yourself.

Come! Join us and have some fun!

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SUMMER! [05 Aug 2005|09:16am]

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How's everyone's summer?

I'm going to college in the fall at the University of New Hampshire. I hope everyone will keep me updated in the latest and greatest AXCO events. I have the button maker, which no one has really wanted to take into their hands for AXCO.. Hopefully, someone will, and I don't have to leave it with my Mom when I go to school. That is all.

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Website [11 Apr 2005|06:14am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

AXCO Website!

Constructive critisism anyone?

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[17 Mar 2005|04:22pm]


Just a reminder to everyone... tomarrow's the Acceptance Coalition Annual Benefit. It's being held at Jamesville DeWitt High School at 6pm, it goes to 11pm. There will be music, dancing, poetry, fun, and food. Performances by: Paroma, Adam D., Dylan, Chauvaun, Lisa, Heather, Liz Canino, Seth Faergolzia, Gina Young. All are awesome! There is a suggested $5 donation.

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Benefit [08 Mar 2005|10:54am]

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Wanna Dance for me? [13 Jan 2005|09:37pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

URGENT!!!! The J-D AXCO is looking for performers for the AXCO benefit... March 18th, evening/night at J-D High School. No bands, all acoustic, performers are encouraged! If you or a friend might be interested, IM me at Kittysdontmeow, or you may contact Johanna at lazyhyperchick@aol.com . Thanks so much!

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[05 Dec 2004|02:47pm]


hi. whattups up?

nice community.


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"Living Proof" Workshop [13 Nov 2004|08:27am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Dearest AXCO,
We've been invited to a workshop called GLBTQ Creative Expression Through Theatre Arts - i've been in contact with Erin (lady who made "Living Proof" with 12 other youths). The workshop will be on December 30th, 2004, from noon to 1pm, EST. Erin will be showing scenes from "Living Proof" at the workshop. She still needs to get back to me with the location, but i just wanted to see combien de personnes qui sont intereste (how many people are interested)? I also invited her to come back to our school to introduce herself to our new members, but i don't know if she actually will yet. For more info on "Living Proof", check out Pendulumdiaries.com.

Please post any comments you may have.
Yeah! or eh? - ANYTHING is helpful!

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i'm new [22 Oct 2004|11:07pm]

[ mood | weird ]

hi my anem is philip blank (some people might remember me from JDMS). I have been in very wierd state lateley cause i ahev been ?ing myself latley i odn't know what to do anymore. I've been ?ing my sexuality i've had 1 person say they got gay vibes off me. Another girl has always pinned me as bi. Over these past 4 years i've had ltos of events that questioend this among many other thigns so some advie would be nice please. Sorry if i wasted your time very sorry indeed.

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[21 Oct 2004|06:34am]

[ mood | high ]

Dearest Axco,

I am writing to you with GREAT NEWS! We're starting to plan Mix It Up Day. Mix it up day has a website, and all that jazz here. I ordered some more "mix it up materials - stickers posters", so hopefully they'll be around in 10 days or so. There are still some in the bathroom from last year. The idea for a kickass AXCO website was brought up today in the J-D Meeting, by Heather. She and Greg may do something collectively with the idea (we love them both times a million for this!)! The AXCO Store on Cafepress.com is located: cafepress.com/axco

Flyer Making: We come to my(Katherine's) house - near Moses, or another designated location (and not use permanent markers on dining room tables), cut up magazinesprint off funny things from the Internet, and make amazing flyers which we paste the school with. It lasts around 3 hours, and is a great bonding experience for everyone in AXCO. (great for people will not that much time)

Table Labels and Tickets: Everyone gets their ticket and sits at a table. Now, this group basically needs to figure out how many people per-table and print/make that many of each number. I think glitter would be a nice addition of any, and all table labels!

Morning/Afternoon Announcements: Go to the main office and write down what you think would be appropriate to Aarlo to say on the morning announcements, and whoever to say on the afternoon announcements.

*If anyone would like to be added to any group, just respond to your local AXCO live-journal post. I know i'd be happy to invite another participating AXCOs to the flyer making party(if it's at my house), so they, too, can go home with some awesome flyers to paste over the homeland!

Everyone stay awesome! <3 Katherine

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What do you think? [10 Oct 2004|03:43pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]


Alright now... what did you think about last year's benefit? Did you like the venue? performers? location? how everything was set up? decorations? yeah, or anything else you can think of.

with love, Katherine

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Westcott St. Cultural Fair [12 Jul 2004|07:58am]

[ mood | geeky ]

Do we, as AXCO, want to participate in the Westcott St. Cultural Fair? The fair is on September 19th, 2004. It starts around noon, and continues during the evening. We could either do an event (like a contest of some sort, or game) or get a table($40 or volunteer commitment) where we'd have our base. We could sell T-shirts or something, or just attempt to educate people about .... some things.

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PRIDE PARADE! [15 Jun 2004|03:44pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

Pride Parade in Syracuse, NY is on Saturday.

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If not now, when??? [07 May 2004|09:27am]

[ mood | pissed off ]




For years now, we've been hearing the same thing from the Human Rights
Campaign, Barney Frank, and their political bedfellows over and over:
“You're not ready...there aren't enough votes in Congress to support a
transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act or hate crimes
protection bill. No one understands you, more education is needed. Just
wait, be patient, we'll fight for you when the time is right. ”

We always suspected it, and now we know it for a certainty. They've been
lying through their teeth, and not just to us.

It all started in the last week of April, when transgender activists of all
stripes descended on Washington, DC. I was there, as both a journalist and
a participant. The National Transgender Advocacy Coalition's Lobby Days
event, where the organization spent two days lobbying Congress for the
inclusion of gender identity and gender expression protections in the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the hate crimes bill, boasted
an active and committed group of transgender activists. GenderPAC (GPAC)
was there, holding its National Conference on Gender, the Transgender
American Veterans Association (TAVA) was gathering for its March to the
Wall, and a team of transgender activists drawn mainly from the membership
of Out For Democracy –Transgender met with the GLBT Outreach leaders of
both the Kerry campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the first
time such a meeting has ever taken place.

Literally hundreds of politically-active Transgender Americans had come to
our nation's capital to be seen, be heard, and to send a clear message to
our country's leaders that we will no longer be invisible, ignored, or
silent. The history books will record these days as the moment our
community truly came out of the closet, as a valid minority constituency,
as a political force, and as a community, with a social, political, and
cultural identity all our own.

As is so often the case with breaking news stories, this one started with
just a small kernel of information, but grew and grew, spiraling ever
upward and outward...

The kernel was the stunning tidbit NTAC lobbyists heard when visiting the
office of a major Republican co-sponsor of ENDA. When asked if the
congressman would be willing to support a version of ENDA that is inclusive
of gender identity and expression protections, a closely-placed source
responded, “If HRC would just get on board with this, it would be so much
easier. ”Those in many other congressional offices, while generally
supportive of protecting Transgender Americans in civil rights legislation,
were curious as to why HRC isn't supporting a trans-inclusive ENDA.

The seed expands and bursts, takes root, and begins to sprout...

More information began to trickle in. We learned that HRC has been
pressuring GLBT advocacy organizations that have historically been very
supportive and proactive in fighting for civil rights legislation that
includes gender identity and gender expression protections to abandon their
support of our community and support the non-inclusive “gay and lesbian
only ”bills HRC has been promoting. We also learned that most of these
organizations are resisting HRC's efforts to curtail their support of
Transgender Americans...most, but not all.

The sprout grows, its leaves unfurl and expand. The stalk lengthens,
raising the still tightly wrapped bud toward the sun...

At about 2:30pm DC time on Friday, April 30th, a group of about 15
protesters, some wearing Transsexual Menace t-shirts, along with documentary
filmmaker Tim Watts and his cameraman Kwan, there to record the protest for
inclusion in their upcoming documentary film about Lobby Days and
transgender activism, arrived at HRC headquarters and began picketing on
the sidewalk outside the lavishly appointed building. We held signs with
slogans proclaiming “These T's Are Not Silent! ”, “Separate and Unequal! ”,
“GLB...Where's the T? ”, “HRC...Where Are We? ”, and “Ten Years of
Exclusion ”. We stood, we marched, we chanted our slogans, and waved our
signs at the shiny floor-to-ceiling HRC office windows for about half an
hour, until an HRC representative came outside to invite us all into the
building to talk.

Some of us immediately realized that what they were trying to do by
inviting us all inside was to take the protest off of their sidewalk and
out of public view, so we sent Gwen Smith, the well-read community
columnist and webmistress of the Remembering Our Dead website, and Ethan
St.Pierre, host of the Internet radio show Trans-FM, into the building with
the HRC rep while I and the rest of our group remained outside and
continued the protest.

A few of those entering or leaving the building and passers-by stopped to
ask us what was going on, and we told them. It was street-level education
at its most effective, if perhaps not at its most efficient. We let these
folks see the faces and hear the voices of a community HRC has been doing
everything it can to marginalize and disempower in the interests of
exclusively promoting the equal treatment and civil rights of its mostly
wealthy, mostly white, mostly straight-looking, mostly gay male major donor
base while, at the same time, publicly proclaiming itself an advocate of
Transgender Americans, and supportive of our equality and our civil rights.

Inside the building, Gwen and Ethan met with several HRC folks, who offered
them cold water (which they refused), soothing, inclusive platitudes of
“open door ”policies and tales of tearful meetings discussing trans
inclusion, and the promise of yet another upcoming discussion of a
trans-inclusive ENDA to take place sometime this summer, all with Tim and
Kwan keeping the microphone hot and the camera rolling despite the
objections of the HRC reps.

When Gwen and Ethan emerged from the building, we wrapped up the protest
and headed back toward the Dupont Circle Metro station, where we went our
separate ways, most heading back to the train to reunite with the groups
they'd come from to join us.

Finally, the bud blossoms into fullness, spreading its petals and revealing
the true colors of its face to meet the light of day...

It wasn't until after we'd all returned to our respective homes days later
that we learned the true impact of what we'd done. Our little protest,
small in number though we were, hadn't gone unnoticed. Soon, Gwen and Ethan
began receiving messages from other segments of the GLBT community that HRC
has failed to support and represent fairly and honestly because they don't
fit the organization's conservative public image. Drag queens, leather
community members, and gay groups from as far away as Louisiana all checked
in with statements of solidarity and support for the protest and its message.

We also learned that we'd just happened to show up to protest on a day when
HRC was holding a fund-raising event for some of its major donors.
Apparently, the event had to be quickly moved to another location, no doubt
to avoid having to answer inconvenient questions from these folks about why
we were out there. Yes, boys, girls, and everyone else, the Goddess is
trans-inclusive, even though some of Her children aren't.

So, you might ask, what happens now?

This, my friends, is just the beginning. The first step is this, the column
you are reading right now, and what you'll soon be seeing, hearing, and
reading from a variety of media resources about what happened and what we
learned in DC, what we're going to do about it, and how you can help make
it happen.

There will be more columns and more protests. You'll hear about it on
community radio shows, you'll read about it in GLBT newspapers and on
websites, and your community needs you to do your part. Call your
Congressman, call your Pride Center, call your friends and neighbors. Tell
them you're not going to support HRC or their elitist political games and
ask them not to do it, either. If you're a member of HRC, rip up your
membership card, send it back to them in pieces, and tell them why you're
doing it. Don't buy another t-shirt or donate another nickel to these
people until they're willing to truly honor the words emblazoned on the
wall of their obscenely opulent office building:

Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality

At long last, our time has come. We've grown up as a community, as a
political force, and as a culture. We've seen through the lies, the
misrepresentations, the double-dealing, and the thinly-veiled bigotries. No
longer will we sit quietly and idly by as others promote themselves and
their own fair and equal treatment at our expense. We are speaking out, and
our voices are being heard, on the street, in the media, and in the halls
of Congress. And as we are speaking, so are we listening.

We know the truth now.

The time of lies is over.

These T's are NOT silent!

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[22 Apr 2004|04:39pm]
If you haven't seen the footage from the rally yesterday that news 10 filmed I suggest you go see it.

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x-posted like woah. [20 Apr 2004|08:03pm]

Syracuse University Day of Silence/Loud & Proud Rally
Hendricks Chapel, 5:30pm tomorrow

Anyone going?

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[17 Apr 2004|12:58pm]

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[15 Apr 2004|05:19am]



Whether You’re Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Straight, Undecided or Undefined

Rally with us at the Spine (UB North Campus) in front of Capen Library 12:00 NOON THIS FRIDAY April 16, 2004 to DEMAND LGBT Equal Rights Now!

For more information email:


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Announcement [30 Mar 2004|08:53pm]

Stone Butch Blues
New Edition!
10-year anniversary!

Leslie Feinberg transgender activist and author of the breakthrough novel that people have been talking about for ten years will SPEAK HERE IN BUFFALO

Saturday, April 3 - 7:00 pm
Unity Church
1243 Delaware Ave (south of Millard Fillmore Hospital)
Buffalo, New York

Introduction by Minnie Bruce Pratt

New edition with author afterword.

This is a book you've loaned to friends and never gotten back, so plan to buy copies for friends.

Leslie Feinberg is also the author of Trans Liberation, Trans Gender Warriors, and Transgender Liberation, and is an outspoken organizer against racism and war.

Call Workers World Buffalo at 716-566-1115 for more information.

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