Posts Tagged ‘homophobia’

TONIGHT: Black Women’s Anti-Homophobia Campaign Presents: Black Lesbian Life Stories

October 3, 2009

The University of Louisville’s Saturday Academy brings you Black Lesbian Life Stories. Join in as a panel discusses their own experiences on being both black and gay. The discussion will be moderated by University of Louisville professor Dr. Kaila Story, who is also the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The first 25 to come will also receive a complementary beverage from Blue Mountain Coffeehouse. The event also includes a performance by Heaven and Earth 360.

WHEN:
Tonight, October 3
5-7 PM

WHERE:
Blue Mountain Coffeehouse and Tapas Bar (Corner of Preston and Main)
400 E Main St

HOW MUCH:
Free

BREAKING: Woody’s owner to apologize for racist, sexist remarks

August 14, 2009

David Norton, the owner of Woody’s Bar in Louisville who was accused of making homophobic and racist epithets against a college professor and students last year, has agreed to a public apology. Fairness Campaign, who sent out a press release this morning, will be present and will also make a statement, along with Dr. Kaila Story and others involved in the incident.

WHEN:
Tomorrow
6:30 PM

WHERE:
Woody’s Bar
208 E. Burnett

10 awesome reasons for why you should go to the KY Social Forum!

July 28, 2009

By now you’ve probably heard about the Kentucky Social Forum going down this weekend. But are you wondering why you should go? Well, here are ten great reasons:

1. Anyone who calls themselves an activist will be there. This is the first time the Bluegrass has ever had a social forum of this magnitude, modeling after the successful national social forum from last year. All kinds of people fighting for human rights and social justice will be attending, from retired union workers to high school and college students. If you’ve got cred or want to get some, you’ve got to be there!

2. GLBTQ workshops and more. There are TONS of workshops, ranging from economic and environmental issues to racism, sexism and others -isms, political engagement and of course, ones relating to heterosexism, homophobia and queer rights. If you’re like me, you may be equally excited about the other workshops, as it’s a great chance to learn about what your allies are fighting for.

3. Networking. You may not get a chance to hobknob with so many professionals, activists, lobbyists and general cool folk until the next social forum, so bring your business card (or just your energy), and make yourself or your issue known! Come out and speak out!

4. Events, events, events!
Let’s see: concerts, poetry slams, arts and crafts seminars galore, film fest, interfaith services. All FREE and open to those who register!

5. Berea, Berea. KYSF is taking place on the beautiful Berea College campus, situated in the namesake town known for its artsy scene and progressive, yet laid-back personality. If you’re traveling some ways away, another treat is the scenic route to this quirky little town.

6. It’s cheap. And now the numbers. Only $15-$50 to register, all on a sliding scale to fit your budget! And housing? Berea College is offering rooms for only $15 a night (please click here to download the housing registration form). If you can’t afford this, there are still scholarships available, but you need to apply for them NOW.  Click here to download the scholarship application, fill it out and send it to kentuckysocialfofum@yahoo.com.

7. It’s on a weekend.
Seriously, what else are you doing Saturday morning? This is one of the biggest events of the year and it’s going to be BIG, so unless your best friend is getting married, you’ll need to come up with a better excuse if you decide to be a no-show.

8. You can win $100.
What? Well, if you’re following the Kentucky Social Forum on Twitter, then you’d know that they’re giving away a prize for the person who comes up with the most creative Tweet about KYSF. (And yes, even if you don’t win you should still go!)

9. Call to action. The national social forum is taking place next year, so it’s important to show all the other states what’s happening in Kentucky! All of the workshops are aimed to rev up your activist juices and highlight issues around the Commonwealth, helping to create a progressive coalition. If we work together to solve our own issues, it will certainly build momentum for nationwide issues, including gay, bisexual, lesbian and trans ones.

10. It’s for everyone. Anyone can attend. Carpools are also available if you don’t have a ride. If you’re a parent or guardian, there will be daycare services available, so bring your kids!

As I mentioned before, REGISTRATION IS HAPPENING NOW, and if you need housing, APPLICATIONS and  SCHOLARSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE for housing. But you need to apply RIGHT NOW, time is running out! And if you’ve already registered and paid, you can also help out KYSF even more by making a donation — any amount is awesome!

I forgot the most important reason for why you should go — it’s going to be FUN! If you’re even thinking about going, please find out more from their Web site or email them. A new Kentucky is on her way, are you ready?

WHEN:
July 31-August 2

WHERE:
Berea College
Berea, KY

From Louisville:
Take I-64 E toward Lexington. Merge onto I-75 S toward Richmond/Knoxville. Take Exit 77 toward Berea and then make a left onto Walnut Meadow Pike. Continue until you reach Estill St/US-25. Make a right and follow until you reach Chestnut St.

From Cincinnati/Northern KY:
Take I-71 S toward Cincinnati. Merge onto I-75 S toward Lexington. Take Exit 77 toward Berea and then make a left onto Walnut Meadow Pike. Continue until you reach Estill St/US-25. Make a right and follow until you reach Chestnut St on the left.

HOW MUCH:
Fees ($15-$50) vary depending on registration. Please visit the Web site for more details.