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Went to a poetry reading today because I have to for my poetry class. I was dreading it. I don't like poetry very much, and the only  (free) reading I could get to before my reading report was due was this 1st Nations thing. Nothing against Native Americans here, but I was fully expecting to go to this thing and listen to them whining about oppression for an hour.

But guess what! I actually really enjoyed it. Their stuff wasn't really culturally focussed, Native culture was sort of just a backdrop against which the authors (there were three) set their work.

Then during the Q&A Annoying Question Guy asked how the authors felt about being stuck in the Native corner rather than just being mixed in with all the other authors. One of the authors Kinnie Starr (I think that's how you spell her first name) said she thought it was stupid and she deserves just as much recognition as her non-native counterparts. I sort of agree with her. I agree with giving minorities their own section at festivals or whatever if their work pertains to said minority. But if you're part of a minority but your work is pretty general then I see no reason why you can't mix with everyone else.

Anyway, some more people asked questions, then Annoying Question Guy told Starr he thought she was being rude and that giving Natives their own section was good blahblahblah.

He was annoying.

I didn't expect to be able to identify or appreciate this reading, but a lot of what the authors said really resonated with me. The nice thing about this poetry class is the prof is always asking us how we feel about things, so I probably could ramble on about how the author's experience as a visible minority really resonated with my experience as an invisible minority ect. ect.

It gave me something to think about, which is more than I can say for a lot of things.
girlnamedxena: (gay vikings)
What could possibly be better than a zombie romance? A gay zombie romance!

"We have to shoot him in the brain or take his head off."
"But all we have are yoga mats!"
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I just got an email from my religion prof. I get to study cross-dressing saints! W00t! *dances*

My day just got a lot better.
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My brother is wearing eyeliner. MY eyeliner. And he dug through my goodie drawer to find it. And he took my liquid cuz I told him not to use my pencil.

OMFGWTFBBQ

He still refuses to go in drag.

And now he's talking about buying plaid bondage pants. But not with really wide legs, because those are stupid. Apparently.

At least maybe now my mom will forget that I'm gay.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] lesbian  so when I feel like procrastinating I can go ahead and find something to do. I'm also using a five star rating system so I can keep track on which ones I actually liked. Maybe one of these days I'll build up a lesbian film library. How cool would that be? I'm rating it on how much I liked it and how likely I am to want to watch it again, not necessarily on the quality of the movie/acting/whatever. I'll also add on new movies as they come out/I hear about them so they might not be in chronological order.
The Official Lesbian Community Film List


I decided on chronological, since it's Herstory, and besides, an alphabetical list does you no good if you're looking for suggestions of films you don't know because you've never seen them before. I also think it's important to know which were made by female directors and which weren't...

A great primer: The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 1995



Pandora's Box, Georg Pabst, 1929

Morocco, Josef von Sternberg, 1930

Maedchen in Uniform, Leontine Sagan, 1931

The Pit of Loneliness, Jacqueline Audry, 1951

The Children's Hour, William Wyler, 1961

Lilith, Robert Rossen, 1964

Persona, Ingmar Bergman, 1966

The Fox, Mark Rydell, 1967

The Killing of Sister George, Robert Aldrich, 1968

Therese and Isabelle, Radley Metzger, 1968

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972

Desperate Living, John Waters, 1977

Personal Best, Robert Towns, 1982

The Hunger, Tony Scott, 1983

Lianna, John Sayles, 1983

The Color Purple, Steven Spielberg, 1985

Desert Hearts, Donna Deitch, 1985

She Must Be Seeing Things, Sheila McLaughlin, 1987

The Virgin Machine, Monica Treut, 1988

Portrait of a Marriage, Stephen Whittaker, 1990

Claire of the Moon, Nicole Conn, 1992

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Gus Van Sant, 1993

Bar Girls, Marita Giovanni, 1994

Go Fish, Rose Troche, 1994

Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson, 1994

Sister My Sister, Nancy Meckler, 1994

Boys on the Side, Herbert Ross, 1995

The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love, Maria Maggenti, 1995 *

Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Jeff Bleckner, 1995

When Night Is Falling, Patricia Rozema, 1995

Wild Side, Donald Cammell, 1995

Bound, Andy & Larry Wachowski, 1996 ***

Fire, Deepa Mehta, 1996 ***

Late Bloomers, Julia Dyer, 1996

All Over Me, Alex Sichel, 1997

Chasing Amy, Kevin Smith, 1997

The Investigator, Chris Oxley, 1997

It's in the Water, Kelli Herd, 1997

Gia, Michael Cristofer, 1998

High Art, Lisa Cholodenko, 1998

Show Me Love, Lukas Moodysson, 1998

Wild Things, John McNaughton, 1998

Aimée & Jaguar, Max Färberböck, 1999

Better Than Chocolate, Anne Wheeler, 1999 ****

Boys Don't Cry, Kimberly Peirce, 1999

But I'm A Cheerleader, Jamie Babbit, 1999 ****

Chutney Popcorn, Nisha Ganatra, 1999

Pourquoi pas moi?, Stéphane Giusti, 1999

Between Two Women, Steven Woodcock, 2000

If These Walls Could Talk II, Anne Heche, 2000 *****

Mercy, Damian Harris, 2000

101 Reykjavik, Baltasar Kormákur, 2001

A Family Affair, Helen Lesnick, 2001

Kissing Jessica Stein, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, 2001 *

Lost & Delirious, Léa Pool, 2001 *

Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, 2001

Stranger Inside, Cheryl Dunye, 2001

Treading Water, Lauren Himmel, 2001

What Makes a Family, Maggie Greenwald, 2001

Bobbie's Girl, Jeremy Kagan, 2002

Tipping the Velvet, Geoffrey Sax, 2002 ***

April's Shower, Trish Doolan, 2003

Monster, Patty Jenkins, 2003

An Unexpected Love, Lee Rose, 2003

D.E.B.S., Angela Robinson, 2004 **

Mango Kiss, Sascha Rice, 2004

My Summer of Love, Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004

Saving Face, Alice Wu, 2004

Love on the Side 2004

The Journey 2004 Ligy J. Pullappally ****

Fingersmith, Aisling Walsh, 2005 ****

Gypo, Jan Dunn, 2005

Imagine Me and You, Ol Parker, 2005 **

RENT, Chris Columbus, 2005

Big Dreams in Little Hope, Erin Greenwell, 2006

Gray Matters, Sue Kramer, 2006

Loving Annabelle, Katherine Brooks, 2006 [remake of Maedchen in Uniform]
***

Nina's Heavenly Delights, Pratibha Parmar, 2006

Spider Lilies, Zero Chou, 2006

Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Jamie Babbit, 2007

The Gymnast **

Red Doors

After Sex *****

Fried Green Tomatoes
**** 

Puccini for Beginners Maria Maggenti 2007

Love of my Life 2007 *****

Park 2007

Jane Autstin Book Clube 2007

Planet Terror 2007

Bug 2007

Rise 2007

The World Unseen 2007

Drifting Flowers
Zero Chou 2008

Water Lilies 2008

The Edge of Heaven Fatih Akin 2008

Under the Raven's Wing 2008

When Kiran Met Karen Manan Katohora 2008
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June events!

June 3- (tentatively) the GRAND tour of Heritage Park, lead by the illustrius and knowledgable (but mediocre speller) assistant curator.
June 7- Fake Moustache. Amature drag competition in the early show, so make damn sure you come. There's a second preformance later in the month, but I don't actually know when.
June 10- Gay pride parade and street Gala
June long weekend- RHPS
June 23- Swing dancing. Same bat time, same back place.

It's really sad, because I don't know anything else interesting that's happening, and it's PRIDE MONTH! And yet I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON! CAPSLOCK OF DOOOOOOOM!!!

*cough* yeah, so if anyone can tell me what else is happening this month I'd appreciate it.
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Weenie roast at my house this evening! We're having a fire and Jo's inviting over all his rowdy drama friends and told me to invite mine. To which I replied "What friends?" -_-*

But it you do come I'm gonna be going to the film festival tonight, which starts at seven. Queer night tonight! Wooo!
girlnamedxena: (swing my thing)
OMG SQUEEEEE!

(read: we were made of awesome)
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Ok, self, let's try to remember to do everything on the list, shall we?

  1. Go to job interview. Make excellent impression
    1. remember to speak slowly and clearly so the accenty-Asian person interviewing me will know what I'm talking about, but throw in a few big words to impress her.
  2. Go to Shopper's and buy hair dye and hair spray
  3. Go to Love Stop on the way home and harass them for a job.
  4. Go home. Dye hair.
  5. Wait for hair to dry. Re-dye if patchy.
  6. Primp.
  7. Remember to bring dance shoes to Fake Moustache.

Fake Moustache tonight! I woke up with knots in my stomach, but I'm good now. Hopefully the rain will stop this evening so my hair doesn't get wrecked in transit. Maybe I should take my curling iron just in case. Or put a quick-cover or something over my head to keep the rain off. Yeah, that's classy.

Events!

Apr. 30th, 2007 02:01 pm
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It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May!

May 3: Fake Moustache: [profile] happy_fish_87 and I are preforming for the first time and we are fabulous and awesome and you all had better show up!
May 3-10: Herland Film festival: Yeah, never actually been, but tickets are by donation so there's really no excuse not to go.
May 18: Swing!
May long weekend (20ish): Rocky Horror Picture Show
May 24-31: Fairy Tales Film Fest: Alberta's only GLBT film festival, and they have a really interesting looking line-up, I'm actually considering getting a festival pass.
May 26: Swing! (OMG two in one month!)

That's all I can really think of.
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So. I was trying to plan which courses to take next year and they're hardly offering anything that I want/need to take OMGWTFBBQ!!!11!11! So I'm just going to keep telling myself they haven't finished updating the new calendar yet so I don't freak out. Is it too much to ask to want to finish a BA in four years? I didn't think so.

Buuuuut, on the bright side, I slept over at Janine's last night, but roomie was there >:(. Still good, though. We started sketching out the routine we're gonna do for Fake Moustache, then today we went shopping and Janine got a suit and shoes. We are gonna be SO FREAKING FABULOUS. So you'd all better come and cheer us on! We're not actually telling anyone at swing about it, because they wouldn't be very impressed with our dancing. People who don't dance, on the other hand, will probably think we're totally made of awesome. And I get to pull on Janine's tie! Yay! I just wish I could dance in high heels, then it would be perfect. But Janine says I'm not allowed to break my ankle, so I probably won't.

In other news: OMG finals! I should be studying, but I got distracted looking at courses for next year. Then again, if I don't pass my finals there will be no next year, so I should really get on that studying thing.

Also: my nail polish is fantastic.

And Love Stop still hasn't called me back.

Oh, and my mom is leaving to go to Manitoba tomorrow and isn't gonna be back for a week. But no parties! I have too much studying to do :(
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So I suppose I should say something about that, but what is there to say other that it was fabulous? Not a lot, I'm afraid.

PS: Note to self: check pants for embarassing holes before stealing borrowing them from my brother.
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Yeah, not a lot of people showed up, but it was still fun anyway. Hardly anyone was making song requests, so I asked for a lot of swing songs which Janine and I danced to. Then they had a contest where we had to play Simon Says and Musical chairs. I won both (yes, I'm just that talented) and everyone (Janine, Jo, my dad) were kind of amazed that not only am I capable of following directions, but I'm actually good at it. Just because I usually choose to ignore what people tell me to do doesn't mean I'm not able to ;)

Oh, and since there weren't a whole lot of people there I've decided from now on I'm going to try and pimp stuff some more. This will be completely irrelevant to anyone who doesn't live in Calgary, but oh well.

Events! )
Ok, I'm all out of stuff. Um. I'm also sleepy. I had kind of a crappy morning so around noon I decided to go have a nap and see if I could just hit 'reset' for this day, but it didn't work so now I'm procrasinating working on my paper. I'm almost half done, though. I just have to finish talking about Yde et Olive, make a quick detour to mtf cross-dressers, then talk about how cross-dressing REALLY WASN'T THAT BIG A DEAL in the middle ages, at least not for ftm. Speaking of which, I ought to work on my short story as well, but that's not due for another week.

Oh, and the snow? OMGWTFBBQ more freaking snow!
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So, there's no season three planned for Sugar Rush, but some fans have started a petition to see if other networks would pick it up and/or consider producing GLBT friendly shows. So click on the link and show your support. Even if you've never watched an episode in your life go ahead and sign. It's unlikely we'll get another season of Sugar Rush, but at least it'll show that there's a demand for GLBT entertainment. And yeah, it's going out to UK broadcasters and I know most of you on my f'list don't live in the UK, but again, it can't hurt. And please pass it around if you feel so inclined.

http://www.petitiononline.com/5u9arf1x/petition.html
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lol
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So, I'm on the Misc Youth Network mailing list now. These are the folks who put on fake moustache. They must have added me after I emailed them looking for photographic evidence of Janine's birthday song >:D. Anyway, this morning I recieved

I don't think I really count as a youth anymore (adult now, 'tis sad) but if there's anyone on my f'list who's interested let me know and I can forward you the email. It sounds vaguely interesting, although I'm kind of weary of going to random camps I know nothing about after the whole cult camp incident. Anyway. Just thought I'd pass this along

I am woman

Mar. 5th, 2007 10:09 pm
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I got everything done today that I needed to do. I think I even did well on my Religion midterm, although I can't say as much for my short story. I even had enough time for a short nap before class, but I ended up writing the beginning of a new short story called "I'm Fine." It's very sugar-rushish, with multiple points of view and a ftm trans person. I'm trying to write about how everyone, absolutely everyone, has a flurry of problems, not just people with screwed up families, not just people who are depressed. The lack of problems in one's life can, for some people, be a problem. I'm not writing a 'boo-hoo I'm trans and no one understands me' story. Its not people's problems with the trans person, it's the trans person's problems accepting the fact that they are accepted. When he comes out to his girlfriend she is generally ok with it, and he doesn't know what to do with that.

Those aren't the only problems, of course. There are many, many more *wicked grin.* I'm just trying to avoid clichés at all costs. But writing about an issue that has only recently his semi-mainstream culture makes it a bit easier to avoid clichés because they haven't developed yet. But seriously, someone shoot me if I ever even thinking about writing a story where one of the lesbians dies tragically. *shakes head* hopefully this one will be better. I'm also playing with the use of biblical names, but that might just be because there's a LOT of them floating around in my brain right now. And the story is going to be written almost entirely in a ranty monologue style, which is always fun. And by the end nothing will be resolved. Yay.
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Sigh. School = lame.

But swing was fun. I like Jonathan's girlfriend. She's nice, fun, takes my side :D At one point we were talking and she mentioned she had Jo's hoodie and blazer at her house and I was all "WTF? Who leaves clothes at other people's houses? What do they wear home? Oh, yeah, Janine, I meant to give you your pants back" it was great because I'd totally forgotten until that point that I did have Janine's pants because she lent them to me when we went to Fake Moustache because it was cold out.

Then we went swing dancing and it was like invasion of the n00bs. Ick. And Janine's learning to lead, I'm starting to get to the point where I actually can lead and it was a nice night.

I've also found one way of managing my angst which sorta seems to be working. When I start feeling so shitty I can't really do anything I just go to sleep for a while. Usually when I wake up I feel a little better. The problem is, I don't get a whole lot done while I'm asleep. Plus if I'm at school it's hard to find an empty couch. I've actually been seriously thinking about seeing a therapist again, but I'm still wishy washy on that count. I am going to try and get a massage appointment for next week, though.

Tomorrow Carolyn and I are going fabric shopping. I'm only there to take pictures so she can check with the person she's making a dress for, but still. It'll be nice to get out of the house. There's also going to be frantic studying for my religion midterm and frantic re-writing of my story for English. The whole thing is one big tell (as opposed to show) and I kinda knew that, even before Sade told me. But I'm kind of impressed with the fact that, under the circumstances, I was able to write anything that even remotely made sense. I don't usually do a lot of writing when I'm depressed. I've actually thought about telling my profs about said circumstances, but I don't really tihnk it would accomplish much. I'll still have to write exams and papers and stories, and I'm not the first one to be in a situation like this, so really I don't see much point.

So, yeah. I'm hanging on. I'd say as much as half the time I feel fairly normal, which is good. I'm looking forward to having lunch with Sade and Carolyn on Wendsday. I like it when people bring me food :P

I also have an idea for my final story. It's gonna be kinda Sugar Rushish, that is, a central, messed up character surrounded by other messed up characters who manages not to slit their own wrists at the end of the day. I'll probably change my mind a bunch of times, but once my current story is handed in I want to start on the next one, so there's none of this writing a story in a weekend crap again. I also should start my term paper -_-*
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Blood and Chocolate= too lame for words. The fact that it didn't follow the book AT ALL didn't bother me so much as the fact that it was a very, very bad movie. Very bad. I'd say it's about level with the second Underworld, except I might actually see Underworld II a second time. Not so much for Blood and Chocolate. So, in conclusion:
Blood and Chocolate: * (only because the werewolves actually looked like wolves when they transformed)
Characters: lame
Plot: lamer
Dialogue: not great
Kinda like: every other lame werewolf movie out there.

the Death by Chocolate party, on the other hand, really kind of rocked. Soooooo full. Yummy. Sleepy now. Must do homework tomorrow, and maybe go to Buddhist church. Carolyn's found a Latin mass, which sounds like it would be really cool, but actually would probably end up be pretty boring. There's a talk thing at school in a second week through the GLBT club at my school and the Chaplain's center about homosexuallity, the bible and not hating. I'll probably go to that, it sounds interesting. I'll probably be a huge keener and bring my bible and some sticky notes. But whatever, it could actually have some possible use for my Old Testament class, you never know. Although I bet my prof has probably gotten quite a few papers about homosexuality in the bible (from both camps) but whatever. I want to go.

Is it wierd that I'm spending so much time at the Chaplain's centre? Maybe. Do I care? No.

My birthday in a week! I'm lazy so I'm not actually having a party, but everyone come swing dancing on Saturday night. I'm bringing cake!

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