GLBTQ OF UTSA FOUNDED 2008
GLBQTalk Volume 2, Issue 2
October 1, 2012
Officers and Hours John
October is LGBTQ Pride Month at UTSA!
Gisselle Secretary Justin
Vincent Social Co-Chair Inside this issue:
Members of the Month! Equality Texas Register to Vote!
Packaged Deals In the News Around Town
Featured Artist Featured Music Featured Author
Do Heterosexual Men hate Lesbians? by Jasmine
ICE Office BestFest LGBT History
Calendar of Events
GLBTQ of UTSA Become an Active Member!
Each October at UTSA is designated LGBTQ Pride Month. Week after week is filled with fun events, special meetings, and multiple fundraising opportunities for the group. This month was chosen because it holds National Coming Out Day, which has been October 10 since 1988. October 10 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. On this day, the GLBTQ of UTSA is hosting a Coming Out event from 10 am until 2 pm where students who identify as gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, trans*, queer, anyone in between or around the perimeter can speak to the student body about what it means to come out. Allies can also announce their support.. On this day, expect to see booths from ally programs around the city who offer LGBTQ resources, information, and above all—support!
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Question of the Week:
What LGBTQ figure in the media has been the most inspirational to you?
Members of September! The GLBTQ of UTSA will once again start up a “member of the week” program! A member will be chosen every two weeks that has participated in several events, as well as actively participated in conversation during meetings, helped out in preparation for meetings and events, and has shown an all-around positive attitude. The members of September are Crystal and Joseph! Thank you both for making everyone’s lives a little bit easier!
Crystal is a freshman political science major. She keeps coming back because “it’s a great place to make new friends and a good way to be involved in something that really matters. I just love the environment and the people.”
Joseph is a freshman biology major. He has joined GLBTQ to be around a community with interests similar to his. Some improvements he would like to see are more banners and posters around campus announcing the organization.
“When we choose to live authentically we chip away at others prisons of pretend and create an opportunity for them to walk out of darkness into freedom.” ― Anthony Venn-
Come out to your lawmakers
“Since 1988 National Coming Out Day has been a tool to increase the visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. This year Equality Texas has a challenge for you: between now and October 11th we want you to come out as LGBT or an LGBT ally to your members of the Texas Legislature. Harvey Milk said that coming out has the power to "break down the myths, [and] destroy the lies and distortions," and that, more than anything else, is what we need in to happen in the Texas Legislature.
It's easier than you think: Step 1: Go to www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us and look up your state representative and senator Step 2: Call them and tell them that as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender Texan, or as an ally to the LGBT community you want them to support LGBT legislation Step 3: Tell your friends to do the same Step 4: Let us know how your call went by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There's more information available at EqualityTexas.org, including profile and banner pics for social media. This won't take more than a few minutes of your time, but coming out of the last closet, the legislative closet, may be the most valuable few minutes you've ever spent working for equality.”
Register to Vote! “Step One: Register! Pick up a voter registration application at your library, any government office, or download one from this site. Mail your completed application to the Voter Registrar in your county. Upon acceptance, your voter registration will be effective 30 days from registration. Step Two: Where, when, and how to vote. You’ll be mailed a voter registration certificate or card with
your name, address, and the number of the precinct in which you’ll vote. (A precinct is a geographic area in your county.) Check your local newspaper on the Saturday before the election for the address of the polling place for your precinct and, on election day, arrive there between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast your ballot. Show your voter registration card or a valid I.D. to the election official and, depending on the type of voting
machine they use, they’ll provide you with a paper ballot or, for an electronic voting machine, a number or ballot activator card that enables you to vote on the machine. Easy, right?” To make the voting process even easier, we urge you to look over the sections Early Voting, Voter with special needs, and Your Rights found at votetexas.gov/voting/
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Buy Your GLBTQ Package Today! For a limited time, you can become a member, buy a tshirt, and buy a wristband all for $15! Sold separately, membership dues are $5, tshirts are $10, and wristbands range from $1-2. Did You Know? The Rainbow Flag as we know it today was developed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. Baker took inspiration from many sources, from the
hippies movement to the black civil rights movement, and came up with a flag with eight stripes. Color has always played an important power in the gay right movement- Victorian England symbolized homosexuality with the color green, lavender became popular in the 1960s, and and pink from the pink triangle has caught on as well- and the colors of the gay flag were
no different. Baker explained that his colors each stood for a different aspect of gay and lesbian life: Hot pink for sexuality Red for life Orange for healing Yellow for the sun Green for nature Blue for art Indigo for harmony Violet for spirit
Austin City Council Backs Marriage Equality “Austin became the first city in Texas to endorse marriage equality, with a unanimous vote by the City Council Thursday. The vote was purely symbolic, as the council has no power change state law on marriage or enable the city to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, notes the Austin AmericanStatesman. But “simple, symbolic acts matter,” said council member Sheryl Cole. She also wants city lobbyists to meet
with state lawmakers during next year’s legislative session to discuss repeal or modification of the marriage ban. Council members compared the battle for marriage equality to the fights for women’s suffrage and African-American civil rights, and equality advocates gathered at City Hall in support of the council's move. Austin, the state capital and home to the main University of
Sharon Needles “Sitting inside the Woodlawn Theater, sipping on large plastic cup filled with iced coffee, Sharon Needles explains that she and Dr. Frank N. Furter, the character she portrays in the upcoming production of "The Rocky Horror Show," have been well-acquainted for a l o n g t i m e .
growing up in Newton, Iowa, he gave me a lot of solace."
"Me and Frank N. Furter have been good friends since I was six years old," she says. "Being a gay outsider and weird kid
Needles is referring to her triumph as the fourth-season winner on "RuPaul's Drag Race." The secret to her suc-
Needles (a.k.a. Aaron Cody) says that television was her therapy. "I knew one day I would live inside that glowing box that seemed so important in everyone's household. And . . . tada! I did it!"
In the News
Texas campus, has a reputation for progressive politics evident in previous actions by the council. It has banned antigay discrimination by businesses operating in the city and offered domestic-partner benefits to municipal employees. LGBT rights group Equality Texas had asked the council to take a stand on marriage equality. Read more at Advocate.com
“The Council resolution recognizes that marriage is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment and a source of social support and recognition.”
Around Town cess on the show, she says, was creating a character that people will remember for a very long t i m e . "The only way you're going to make it in a competition where you're a grown-up man who dresses like a female clown is obviously to stand out," she explains.” Read more at qsanantonio.com
Featured Artist “With a cult-like following, George Dureau's photographs are a striking mix of carnal and heroic, unsentimental yet completely intimate and personal. Known as a painter who began making photographs as an extension of his paintings, Dureau's photographs are a significant contribution to art history, yet somehow, even today, are largely unknown. On the obvious link to Robert Mapplethorpe, Claude J. Summers had this to say: Dureau's photographs have
George Dureau often been compared with those of Robert Mapplethorpe. But the influence runs not from Mapplethorpe to Dureau but from Dureau to Mapplethorpe. The photographers were friends in the early 1970s. Mapplethorpe was greatly moved by Dureau's photographs, even to the point of restaging many of Dureau's earlier compositions. For all their similarities, however, the photographs of Dureau and Mapplethorpe are quite different. Whereas Mapplethorpe exhibits his subjects
as cool and objective, selfcontained and remote icons, Dureau presents his as exposed and vulnerable, playful and needy, complex and entirely human individuals. The difference is foremost a matter o f e m p a t h y . For an in-depth interview with Dureau, we recommend Jack Fritscher's Mapplethorpe: Assault With a Deadly Camera.” Read more at www.advocate.com
“Oh how deep the ocean Stare at the sun Our tears were glistening Haunted your soul If I could just hold you Oh for the last time I'd scare off those demons And dry up your eyes”
Featured Music Kele Okereke was the lead singer of Bloc Party until he started his solo career in 2010. Around this same time, in March 2010, Okereke came out as gay in a Butt magazine article, and he then appeared on the front cover of the June 2010 issue of Attitude magazine. Previously he had been reluctant to discuss his sexuality, though he had compared himself to famous bisexuals
Featured Author Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and has been an associate lecturer with the Open University. She has written five novels: Tipping the Velvet (1998), which won the Betty Trask Award; Affinity (1999), which won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Fingersmith (2002), which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and
Kele Okereke Brian Molko and David Bowie, and Morrissey. He also discussed the homoerotic story behind the Bloc Party song "I Still Remember" and the semiautobiographical nature of it. In June 2010 Okereke was named as the Sexiest Out Gay Male Artist by music website LP33 in its annual survey. "Why is it important to know what I had for break-
fast? Or who I went to bed with? Or what sneakers I am wearing? If it's relevant to understanding my music, then so be it. But if it's purely to satisfy the media's obsession with celebrity, then no thanks. I don't want to play that game."
Sarah Waters won the South Bank Show Award for Literature and the CWA Historical Dagger; The Night Watch (2006), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger (2009), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the South Bank Show Literature Award. She was included in Granta's prestigious list of 'Best of Young British Novelists 2003', and in the same year was voted Author of the Year by both publishers and booksellers at the British Book Awards and the
BA Conference, and won the Waterstone's Author of the Year Award. Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith have both been adapted for BBC television by Sally Head Productions. The adaptation of Fingersmith was nominated for a BAFTA. Affinity has been adapted for ITV by Box Productions. The Night Watch is currently in development with BBC2, and film rights in The Little Stranger have been optioned by Potboiler Productions.
Do Heterosexual Men Hate Lesbians? The brain of the heterosexual male- argued here as the origin of the lesbian fantasy- is often viewed as the collective brain of society. Various socioeconomic models continually outline the white, heterosexual male as the highest paid member of our nation. It is no surprise, then, that the frame with which the model of sexuality is viewed also mirrors the mind of the average hegemony member. When examining what sexuality means in terms of our social ranking system, we are forced to consider each sexual identity (many of whom, for the purposes of this article will not be spoken about in detail) in relation to that key member of our society, the heterosexual male. I’ve heard time and time again from lesbians and other queeridentified women of the queer community that, in terms of blatant discrimination, it is the straights, or hetero men, that appear the most unapologetic. I have long pondered this notion, anxious to get to the center of the actual matter. Isn’t it common knowledge that straight men love lesbians? After all, there is hardly a teenage movie from the late 90’s or early 2000’s which does not offer the stereotypical male’s view of girl -on-girl action. Society has told us for decades that to have two women simultaneously is the quintessential male sexual experience. Therein lays the trouble. The “lesbian” love of the male fantasy realm is far different from the everyday love between women (who, in all reality, may identify as something entirely different from lesbian). Lillian Faderman took up this debate in her writings on queer identity and theory as it relates to lesbian (or not) feminism. She
states that “love between women has been primarily a sexual phenomenon only in male fantasy literature” but argues that the word “lesbian” is really “a relationship in which two women’s strongest emotions and affections are directed toward each other” (Queer Theory, pp. 64) And while the term is most often sexualized, she also asserts that sexual activity “may be a part of the relationship… or it may be entirely absent” (QT, pp.64). Monique Wittig, one of the key writers of the queer movement, is perhaps best known for her unconventional analysis of the word “woman.” In her text she argues that a lesbian is not a woman, simply because of the context within which the idea of a “woman” has been presented to us. When we are acculturated into our gender roles as children, and through the years into adolescence, we are only taught about sex in binary terms: the man and the woman, male and female. These two terms are presented to us as polar opposites as well as complementary items, one being virtually incomplete without the other. This is similar to the argument of good and evil, in which good- in the absence of evil- is nonexistent. As a lesbian-identified woman, one of the questions I get the most is “how do two women have sex?” Rather than become frustrated, I’ve begun to try to understand why the concept of two women being together physically is such a confusing one to the heterosexual male. I believe the root of this confusion also lay in the way we are taught the parameters of the world as children.
Jasmine Terrell If from Day one of life, we are taught that “sex” is something between a man and womanthose two familiar terms- then what is physicality between women? The average heterosexual male would probably answer, “Foreplay.” This is a common attitude among heterosexual men as well as women, that without the presence of a penis, sex is not actually sex, but some sort of precursor to or substitution for “real sex” (or sex between a penis and vagina). Furthermore, the lack of desire for male intervention only drives the question “Do heterosexual men hate lesbians? To some extent, I believe so. I believe that the difference between the “lesbian” of the male psyche and the actual lesbian of the real, live world is the root of the overt disrespect experienced by many lesbians and queer-identified women at the hands of their heterosexual male counterparts. When confronted with what a “lesbian” really is, the heterosexual male is forced to reevaluate his own consciousness, and faces a sort of disillusionment. That is, that some things really are inaccessible to man.
References: Queer Theory: An Introduction Jagose, Annamarie New York University Press Washington Square, NY 1996
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Inclusion and Community Engagement Center “The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at UTSA is a space for all members of the university community to explore issues relating to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, volunteerism, and politics. Let the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center be your home away from home. We encourage you to visit the Center and connect with members of our community. It's as easy as coming to the Center and joining in the con-
versation. There are a host of activities that you can participate in and help plan. Come by and talk with a staff member about what you or your student organization is interested in planning.
Stop by the Center today and ask about our services, volunteer for a committee, or just hang out in our lounge.”
Our Center is equipped to assist individuals as well as organizations interested in planning an event. Cosponsorship offers access to printing and graphic design resources, a friendly workspace, and the opportunity to work with other organizations.
Center Hours and Location Location: University Center 2.01.04 Fall & Spring: Monday - Friday: 8:00am 5:00pm
Best Fest “BestFest, an annual celebration held in October, began in 1978 as “a special salute to five of the state’s outstanding festivals,” including New Braunfels’ Wurstfest, Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Days, San Antonio’s Fiesta, the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo. It was presented by the student organization Variety 79. In 1979, the event was said to be “a salute to five of the city’s
outstanding festivals: Fiesta Navidena, King William Fair, La Feria del Rio, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Texas Folklife Festival.” In the late 1970s, BestFest included performances by the UTSA Brass Ensemble and UTSA Jazz Ensemble, several contests such as the jalapeño eating contest, egg toss, “Walking the Plank Contest,” “Pee Wee Bicycle Races,” and others. The modern Best Fest incorporates a Halloween
theme with costume and booth -decorating contests. In 2010, BestFest was one of the three finalists for outstanding Tradition by NACA.”
imploring his gay brothers and sisters to stand up against discrimination. 1988 December 1, the first observance of World AIDS Day is held after a recommendation from two public information officers and the Director of the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. 2006 December 1, same-
BestFest will be held on October 26 in the Sombrilla.
This Month in History 1969 The Cockettes, a psychedelic drag queen troupe that performs outrageous parodies of show tunes, holds their first performance at the Palace Theatre in San Francisco. 1978 Harvey Milk is shot and killed by Dan White, who was enraged that the mayor would not reappoint him. Milk became the face and voice of a movement,
sex marriage becomes legal in South Africa after the Supreme Court rules that it is unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage. Through at least 2009, South Africa will remain the only African country to allow or recognize same-sex unions, while other African countries’ laws still provide for the death penalty for homosexuality.
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Come One, Come All! Every Week
GLBTQ of UTSA Events
Mondays: Gay Men’s Caucus 4p Positive Image Caucus 6 p Tuesdays: Bi/Pan/Questioning Cuacus 4 p Wednesdays: General Meetings 7 p Thursdays: Fridays: Political Committee 3 p Queer/Trans* Committee 4 p Officer Meetings 5:30 p Saturdays: Veggie Caucus 4p Sundays:
Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 31
Pending: Lesbian Caucus
Game Night QT Movie Night GLBTQ Panel Ally Meeting Coming Out Day Live Green Fest Window Wars Decorating Party Golf Cart Parade Trans* 101 Best Fest GLBTQ Picnic GAYLA
7:30p 7 pm 10a-2p 10a-4p 3 pm 2 pm 8 pm 6 pm 11-3p
Ash Room UC Ballroom 1 Paseo Olmos Basin Park UC
UC Ballroom 2
Willow Room Sombrilla
Member-Submitted Events October 14—brAVERY Volleyball Tournament—4 pm—Sideliners Grill—http://averycan.blogspot.com/—SMA
Awareness October 18—Political Candidate Forum—6-8pm
October 2012 Sun
6 QT Movie Night
Practice flash mob
Game Night 7
9 GLBTQ Panel
10 7p— Ballroom 1 Ally Meeting
11 National Coming Out Day
13 Live Green Fest
14 Window Wars brAVERY
16 LGBT Sex Ed
17 7p—Harris UC 2.212
18 Cart Decorating Candidate Forum
19 Golf Cart Parade Movie Night
25 Trans* 101
31 8p— Ballroom 2 GAYLA
UTSA: Come Hereâ€”Go Queer
GLBTQ OF UTSA
Meetings every Wednesday Bexar Room UC 1.102 7 pm facebook.com/groups/glbtqofutsa
The GLBTQ of UTSA group was founded in October, 2008. The group was created to provide a safe space for those who identify as gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, queer, and those who are questioning their sexuality and gender as well as to welcome and support the individuals aforementioned and their allies. The group campaigns for the welfare of those who identify as GLBTQIA, equal treatment of students and employees irrespective of sexual orientation and gender status, and the eradication of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all related oppressions. GLBTQ of UTSA also works to maintain and build links with groups who share similar objectives in the local and national spheres, as well as hold social activities consistent with these objectives. -GLBTQ of UTSA Constitution
Become an Active Member! Would you like to participate in a free self-defense class? Perhaps you would like to be able to vote for the GLBTQ of UTSA officers for Fall 2013..or better yet, run for a position yourself. You can do all this plus more, just pay your membership dues! Along with paying your dues you merely need to attend three meetings or group eventsâ€”easy! Membership dues and fundraiser profits go toward social events that are thrown throughout fall and spring semesters. The more funds we raise, the more parties we can have! Funds also go toward potential concerts, celebrity speakers, and workshops.
Only active members may run for or vote for officer positions.