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12/02/2011 – “Tricks of the Trade: Do’s, Don’ts and Sexual Stigma in the LGBT Community”

After spending this passed Thanksgiving getting stuffed with food,
love, family and turkey come out to Gay District’s weekly facilitated
discussion and get stuffed with something else….knowledge! This
Friday we will be discussing the do’s and taboo’s associated with sex
in the LGBT community. How many dates should you wait before giving it
up? What doth a good kisser make? Can a gay couple truly have a
monogamous relationship and why does the straight world seem to think
we can’t?

Not only will we be discussing the physical aspect of life and love in
the LGBT community but we will also be broaching the issue of adult
entertainment. Does the growth of social media, i.e. YouTube, Twitter,
Facebook, which create a social celebrity out of your milk man have
anything to do with the growing popularity of amateur and home made
adult entertainment? In what ways do the adult entertainment industry
tap into pop culture to stay afloat in what some see as a slowly
dwindling field?

As always our discussion will take place at St. Margaret’s
Episcopalian Church in Dupont Circle. Discussion starts at 8:30pm and
will be followed by a quick bite before we head out for a night on the
town to celebrate one of our very own and his 30 years of awesomeness,
Happy Birthday IAN!!

Come out for the discussion; Stay for the company!

8/5 Discussion: Gender T Time!

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“Girl stuff.” “Boy stuff.”

“Girls wear pink.”

My niece, all of 5, explained to me her understanding of gender roles and that they should not be broken. When I told her that some boys wear pink, too, and that not all girls wore pink, she simply said, “Nooooooooo!” Clearly raising my vegan, feminist, gender-aware-but-not-too-worried little munchkin right is going to be hard in this landscape.

We (as a society and as a species) seem to put a lot of emphasis on gender and sex and are very pushy about using it to define people. To help remind us of this, just look at this Fox News report on a genderless baby, right down to the fact that there are quotes around “genderless.” Or look at how people trip up and call a transgender person by the wrong pronouns, even though s/h/ze may be dressed and made up exactly in accordance with their preferred gender role.

Come chat with us about your gender successes and failures, transphobia, and whether or not men have the right to wear capris tonight, Friday, August 6th at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Ave NW at 8:30 PM. For information on how to get in, check our “Weekly Discussions” page.

Oh, and be sure to check out this great video from the “Barbie Liberation Organization,” which helps put the ails of gender restrictions in a humorous light.