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24 July 2008 @ 01:19 pm
free day  
i am supposed to be on a plane to newark and then stockholm (for http://www.stockholmpride.org/en/) but they sent me home from the airport and told me to start over tomorrow and add and extra stop and hope to make it there, so somehow i have a free day! this feels very exciting. things have been busy since i moved to seattle and a bonus day to settle in and get things done and be in the sun is wonderful.
i've been working on putting together my poverty law syllabus for the fall. i discovered that United for a Fair Economy has a really good curriculum about the racial wealth divide that is freely downloadable on their website. full of good tools. i also recommend the PBS film series "Unnatural Causes" which is available through libraries and is very compelling to watch and a great teaching tool about poverty and racism but also an amazing way to teach biopolitics i think. i'll report back on how that goes.
tyrone and i are gearing up to debut the enough website in late july. prepare yourselves to forward our future announcement widely. we're hoping to drum up some excellent conversation.
oh, and here is an article emma forwarded that i thought would be a good tool for talking with people like parents and weird conservative siblings and stuff about what's wrong in the US. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/jul/17/internationalaidanddevelopment.usa
also, if anyone knows, i'm looking for info about the outgames. i was invited to possibly speak at the conference they have alongside it and i don't know the politics of the event so i wondered if anyone has insider info? what should i know about this?
shae_maileshae_maile on July 24th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
what is the enough website?

thanks for the link, helpful indeed. enjoy stockholm.
cruciferouscruciferous on July 24th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
enough is this project that emerged out of conversations that started on this livejournal last july (see below, starting with "giving away money" and going forward in time from there). i'll post here when it's ready and i hope you'll have a link and consider contributing!
shae_maileshae_maile on July 24th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: enough
sounds really great. ill keep an eye out.
animals are not fabricimyerjoeyramone on July 24th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
hey yeh outgames... hmm... well at this stage i dont know a great deal but from here the OutCities stuff all looks pretty good! Ive just been asked to be on the steering committee here for the melbourne contingent of the OutCities stuff so ill keep you posted as i learn more as well!

hopefully see ya in seatown the august 22nd-ish! :)
gieussegieusse on July 25th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
hey, dean! great to hear what you've been up to!

life has taken a major turn (for the better!) since i started nursing school; it's great.

how are you? how is seattle? i have a few good cool queer & trans friends who live there -- i'm sure you are well connected already, but let me know if you're looking for more good people who live there.
(Anonymous) on July 28th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
yay! united for a fair economy's awesome!!!
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hi Dean

I heard your speech in Stockholm last week and has been inspired and happy since then.
Just a short comment about the Outgames (I suppose you ment the games in Copenhagen next year). I went to a party and met a few of the organizers here in Stockholm and I must say that they didnt impress when it comes to trans politics. First, they plan to have all sport activities gender seperated and when I asked about the T in the LGBT family the answer I got was that 'they will have to decide' and when I got all upset about that they told me that 'most transgenderist wont get their athletic results acknowledged anyway, since they are on homones and thus considered doped'
Second, for the Outcities-thing, somehow they managed to not invite any city from Asia or Africa to participate, but magically lots of north american, canadian and european cities are invited...
I would love to hear you as a speaker at the conference, but honestly I think you should consider it carefully before accepting the invitation.
All the best, and thanks again for a wonderful lecture in Stockholm.

cruciferouscruciferous on August 5th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Outgames
thank you! this is good info. i decided not to go because i had some gut feelings about it, but this is nice to know. i'll share this with the people who invited me.
thanks for your kind words about my speech. i have really enjoyed being in stockholm and learning more about swedish politics. i hope i'll come back sometime.
xo dean
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Outgames
Dear All,

Really interesting reading your blog.
Especially Lov's contribution.
Which came as a real surprise. Because as the manager of the OutCities project at World Outgames I KNOW which cities have been invited - and said no. Like Istanbul? Tokyo? (where Ishihara, the Mayor of Tokyo, is a notorious nationalist homophobe). The political point here is that Copenhagen's mayor invites the mayors directly to participate - to get them to think LGBT & liase with local LGBT arts & culture.

So Lov - you're WAY off the mark.

Plus, I'm not sure how Rio & Mexico City (2 of the OutCities) would feel about being classed as 'north american, canadian and european'. Maybe you should ask them? Or better still read what they say about their participation on the OutGames website at www.copenhagen2009.org.

Anyone who wants to know more can mail me at jane@copenhagen2009.org.
And as for the trans policy. Again - major misinformation Lov. NOBODY in this organisation would express themselves in the way you claim. Here I suggest you mail our Head of sport - Tommy@copenhagen2009.org to get your facts 'straight'.

Am also curious to know which event in Stockholm you're referring to? We held a reception during Europride this year and I was there. Were you? Or was it somewhere else? Date and place please.
Otherwise this would seem to be another bit of malicious back-stabbing. Which is saddening.

And just before I leave I'd like to share some good news. Our OutReach programme for conference pariticpation has just received a serious boost. So join World OutGames as it goes truly global with financial support for participants from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2009!

Jane Rowley
Project manager
World OutGames Copenhagen 2009