Sunday, January 31, 2010

Academic Bi: New International Mailing List/Yahoo Group

We are very excited to help announce Academic Bi an International (English-language) Mailing List/Yahoo Group, started by a Bi-identified Israeli Academic and Activist for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al.Academic Bi an International (English-language) Mailing List/Yahoo Group for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al. Other things that would be appropriate to Post to the Group include but are not limited to:

o Calls for Submissions
o Internships
o Scholarships
o Requests for Participants in Studies
o RFP's (Request For Proposals)
o Announcements of Publications of Works pertaining to the subject(s)

To join click on this link: Academic Bi or send and email to academic_bi-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com

We see this List as an important "Also" rather than as an "Instead of" some of the older more established Academic LGBT Lists (such as QStudies) where it is Very Important to ALSO keep Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual & Queer-identified Voices and we all hope that there will be MUCH Cross-pollination.

10th International Conference on Bisexuality University of East London, Docklands, UK on 26th August 2010Additionally, it is hoped that many in the new group will consider attending BiReCon (Bisexual Research Conference) which will take place at the University of East London, Docklands, UK on 26th August 2010. BiReCon will be the first day of the 10th International Conference on Bisexuality (10 ICB) in 2010 and is the second one-day academic conference on research into bisexuality, pansexuality, fluidity, et. al..

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Even if you find that this List is not a good fit for you personally, could we also ask all of you to Please Circulate This Information Widely to ALL LGBT & "Straight-But-Not-Narrow" venues and people who might be interested and would find this Additional Venue to be a useful tool.

Thank you

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

[BiNet USA]: Buju Banton? Bye Bye!







Media Advisory

Date: 01/19/2010 07:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Contact: press@binetusa.org 1-800-585-9368

The Board of Directors and Members of BiNet USA are proud to stand with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and many other LGBT and Progressive organizations and people in expressing our profound disappointment with the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards for honoring dancehall artist Buju Banton.

Ms. Faith Cheltenham BiNet USA's Vice-president and Liaison to the African-American/Native American Community(s) stated,
"While BiNet USA will always continue to fight against even the smallest limitation of anyone's First Amendment Rights, in this case we're not asking that his freedom of speech be abridged. We simply object to praising someone for calling for murder, violence and discrimination to be practiced against LGBT People."
Queers Bash Back - No Boom Bye Bye- No Murder MusicBanton has a long history of advocating violent discrimination against LGBT people up to and including murder in his music including the infamous song "Boom Bye Bye"; in his actions including a widely reported 2004 incident when he was part of a group of young men that forced their way into a private house in downtown Kingston and badly beat the occupants causing one to lose use of an eye, simply on the grounds that he believed them to be gay men; and as recently as October 2009 in his speech when he said "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs, 'there is no end to the war between me and faggot' and it's clear."

Additionally Banton has further shown himself to be an untrustworthy person of low morals who is not the type of person society should hold up and honor, especially in front of youth since he has on the one hand signed agreements as late as 2007 repudiating violence as a method for working out social differences in an attempt to appease Western European/American audiences while at the same time running back and laughing behind their backs to his hometown crowd loudly stating that his violent views remain the same. And then just in December he further showed his bad judgment in involving himself with some fast-buck artists that has resulted in him having USA Federal charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute several keys of cocaine.

Buju Banton Ad in Variety Magazine the coalition advertisement 'Promoting Murder is not a 'Cultural Perspective'All in all Banton has continued to show himself to be a disappointing young man who has not yet learned from experience and instead wastes his considerable talent in selfish and anti-social endeavors. This activity harms himself most of all in addition to his fans.

We also find that it is short-sighted and irresponsible for the Recording Academy to encourage and reward someone who has the potential to be such a fine artist and a good example for his culture and community to continue in this childish self-destructive behavior simply so the music industry can garner free publicity and make money off of his sad public folly.
J-FLAG - Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and GaysTo be of real assistance to the LGBT people of Jamaica, please support their national LGBT group, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays J-FLAG.

Additionally please take the time to sign this on-line petition: Act Now: Protest Buju Banton's Grammy Nomination.
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Tags: Anti-violence, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Recording Academy, GRAMMY Awards, Murder Music, Dancehall, Buju Banton