Yes!!!! The new Pet Shop Boys album is out now.

Any Pet Shop Boys fans out there? I'm assuming so... they have a new album out now and it's so so so good... i'm kind of a super fan so i'm spreading the love, etc :).


Yes on iTunes
"Love, Etc." Video
PSB Video Medley
PSB Yes Magamix on

Pet Shop Boys Snake Game
Pet Shop Boys Performing at the Brits with Brandon Flowers and Lady Gaga

Official Website

You can hear the album via this widget, which is cool... but worth buying imho:

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strategies and activism

I was actually wondering if ya'll might be able to give me some advice. I created a queer art display at the University of Florida, and the entire thing was censored (mother fucking queerphobes) my latest efforts have been to tie together the community, and see what can be done. At this point, it seems my efforts might need to take some concrete construction (I'm even thinking of starting a "gay shame organization" ... modelling after's already a Queer Activist Group, but I think this may need a specific structure at this point.

the thing is the wanna-be mainstream LGBT group has resisted supporting this issue as it wants to remain apolitical. So any advice as to what might be done would be lovely. I've thought of flyering, failed at contacting newspapers but tried, a kiss-in right in front of the University space . . . i want to get as much attention and in as uneuphemized manners as possible.

I've written more about this in my LJ if you care to browse it around for more details.

 Curious, what are the thoughts of starting a gay shame group considering there already is a similar group on this campus? So yea, annnnyyyyy ideas for activism would be lovely.
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Lesbian Forest Artist Journal

Has anyone ever read a book that was the journal of a lesbian artist who lived half the year in the forest? Mostly it was about her survival in the forest.

What was this book called? It was probably published in the 1970s or 1980s.
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today's NY Times

There's an interesting article in today's Style Section of the New York Times about lesbians & transgender men. I've copied & pasted it here for those who don't have an account (which is free, however) with

The Trouble When Jane Becomes Jack
By Paul Vitello
Published: August 20, 2006

In the most recent season of the lesbian soap opera, “The L Word,” a new character named Moira announced to her friends that, through surgery and hormone therapy, she would soon be a new person named Max. Her news was not well received.

“It just saddens me to see so many of our strong butch women giving up their womanhood to be a man,” one friend said.

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Cross-posted like hell. My apologies (kind of).

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Hi, I just joined this community for suggestions and reading tips, etc. I'm getting a PhD in Creative Writing and one of my preliminary exams is going to be in Contemporary Queer Fiction. I have compiled a brief, preliminary list, and was wondering if you could give me advice--can you all recommend any titles that are vital and absent from my list? I'm looking for mid to late 20th century literature. Thank you in advance, so much...please excuse my ignorance, my primary emphasis is (usually) in poetry. Love to all. ~Leigh

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I am in the very early planning stages of writing fiction about a middle aged, predominantly hetrosexual male who is a (closeted, if the term is appropriate for use in this sense) cross dresser. I very much want to do this idea justice, and not have it turn into something of a joke. I want to look at people's responses to it (namely that of his closet male friend) and his own feleings about it/people knowing about it. Anything you could offer me that might be useful - I'm looking for a broad spectrum of information so I can build up an accurate understanding of this character within my mind. To be honest, I know nothing past a basic level of cross dressing. Mostly, what I'm interested in is how cross dressers feel about it themselves.

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patrick califia

written by a friend in patrick califia's livejournal:

Patrick had a heart attack.

He's home and resting, but has no health insurance to cover any follow-up care.

I'm asking for you to help in whatever way you think you can. Think good thoughts, do whatever it is you do, pray, meditate, journeying.

Cards and wishes for speedy recovery can be sent here:

Patrick Califia
2215-R Market Street #261
San Francisco, CA 94114

Donations can be sent through paypal to his email address -

Thank you for your love and support.