Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"It was so good, so GOOD!"

This year we found out...Celine Dion is CRAZY!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Brown Down Crown

Episode One!

"Stop It" episode 3

"She's jealous that I was on The Grind!"

Saturday, December 27, 2008

R.I.P Eartha Kitt

Bronski Beat and Eartha Kitt! What!?
"Cha Cha Heels" a song supposed to sung by Divine, and an appropriate video for the end of this Christmas season

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"PYT" by Tara Mateik

Maybe not just a 2008 fave, but an all timer!

Pretty Thingsss' "Mulberry Commons"

Episode 7, and my favorite in the series

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pretty Thingsss' "Fringe Theater Showcase"

"Straight Boat" by Jason Fritz Michael

Athens Boys Choir's "FAGETTE"

Holding Out For a Hero

with Tandi Iman Dupree

Gay Video -A-Day! (a kind of mix tape!)

For Fun-A-Day (31 projects/activities everyday for the whole month of January), I've decided I'm going to post at least one video, gleaned from the www, that contains some type of queer/trans-related content. I promise to keep vlogs to a minimum, though I doubt I'll be able to resist some Chris Crocker every now and again, and I will try to keep it vaguely thoughtful, or at least provocative on some level. Through viral means, I watch a lot of video on the internet but I often wish I did more exploring. Thus, Gay Video-A-Day!

So, 'til January I will be posting a Chris Vargas Best Of.../Faves of 2008 Gay web video, then beginning January 1st I will create a day-by-day video mix tape to usher in a New Year full of queerness and videoness!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Exegetic Peggy

Another Jenjen Smith video! More Peggy, more JO!

Reporting Live from the Castro!

Feature production still of the week.

Eric, Jason, and I shot this a few weeks ago with Leoni, who needed no coaxing at all, to play Channel 8 news anchor covering the tragic news of the big HRC heist. She profiles the gripping events that knock the Castro by surprise when two unnamed lesbians (Joy and Susan) pull a fast one and make off with bags and bags of jewels, blood diamonds, and Inca gold. She interviews two neighborhood ladies on the street (special walk-ons by Eric Stanley and myself) who are shaken and disturbed that terrorists could strike right there in their own gayborhood!

Hearing to Highlight Issues Faced by LGBT People in California Prisons

This blog has become such a bulletin board. I hate myself for that. I also hate myself for posting an endorsement for Equality California, whom I can't imagine is taking any kind of abolitionist approach in addressing LGBT prison issues. This hearing seems important despite (and/or potentially suspect because of) its affiliates.

December 2, 2008

Hearing to Highlight Issues Faced by LGBT People in California Prisons

SAN FRANCISCO – The Senate Committee on Public Safety will hold an informational hearing on Dec. 11 to look at issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in California's prison system.

Chaired by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles, the hearing will focus on the LGBT population in prison and the unique issues LGBT inmates face while incarcerated. Speakers will discuss issues related to prisoner classification systems, harassment and abuse, and access to healthcare.

A media availability will immediately follow the hearing with representatives from Equality California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Just Detention International, the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project, and the Transgender Law Center.

Informational Hearing on Issues Facing LGBT People in California Prisons
Senate Committee on Public Safety

Thursday, December 11
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Includes public comment period

Hiram Johnson State Building
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco

Equality California Founded in 1998, Equality California celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, commemorating a decade of building a state of equality in California. EQCA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. www.eqca.org

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. www.nclrights.org

Just Detention International (JDI) is a human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI seeks to: engender policies that ensure government accountability for prisoner rape; change ill-informed and flippant public attitudes toward sexual assault behind bars; and promote access to resources for survivors of this type of violence. www.justdetention.org

The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project's mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond. www.tgijp.org

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating fortransgender communities. TLC provides free legal services to transgender people throughout California and works with community members and partnering organizations on cutting-edge transgender rights policy initiatives. www.transgenderlawcenter.org

Media Contacts:
Molly Tafoya
w: 415.392.6257 x305
c: 415.205.2420

Ali Bay
Equality California
w: 916.554.7683
c: 916.284.9187

Ray Daniels
Just Detention International
w: 202-580-6974
c: 202-669-3039