TONIGHT! “Our Marriages - Lesbians Marry Gay Men”
Q-WAVE, GAPIMNY, the Institute of Tongzhi Studies, and CLAGS present:
"Our Marriages - Lesbians Marry Gay Men"
Directed by He Xiaopei and Yuan Yuan (China, 2013)
Fri Sept 19, 2014, 6:30-9:00PM
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
Segal Theater, First Floor
FREE, but please be prepared to show photo I.D.
"Our Marriages" is an exploration of the lives of four lesbians who decided to marry gay men in order to secretly pursue their relationships with their girlfriends, while at the same time fulfilling their family’s deep-seated desire that their daughter get married and form a family with her husband. How do contract marriages work, how do people negotiate the terms of marriage and how do they live lives as lesbians in contemporary Chinese culture? These are the questions raised in the film, as the filmmakers followed four lesbians for two years in a North East city of China, watched their weddings with gay men, witnessed lives as lesbians and filial daughters. After screening a shorter cut of the film this summer to a packed house, ITS and the co-sponsoring organizations are proud to bring the full-length (80 minute) version to a bigger NYC audience.
Where are the protests for trans women of color murdered this summer?
Michael Brown. John Crawford. Eric Garner.
America knows these names because, thankfully, the media hasn’t let us forget them. These are young Black men murdered this summer because this country has a problem with race, prejudice, bias, and an assumption of guilt in respect to people of color.
Mia Henderson. Alejandra Leos. Tiffany Edwards.
We don’t know these names because the media isn’t paying attention. These are young trans women of color who’ve also been murdered this summer, but we’re not talking about them. No one is advocating for the six trans women of color murdered this summer. There are no panel discussions on cable news or articles devoted to investigating their innocence and disproving any basis for a justifiable homicide because trans women — especially trans women of color — are always guilty. They’re guilty because they dare to exist and their stories don’t make for gripping headlines in a country reluctant to even acknowledge their existence.
Lapidus Center Fellowships or the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,
Long-term and short-term fellowships for scholars who work on Transatlantic slavery.
Two junior faculty positions at NYU Performance Studies
Today’s “decision” by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees was for all intents and purposes a foregone conclusion. Without downplaying the bitterness and anger most of us feel, it is critical and urgent not to lose energy or commitment.
The major goals remain the same and achievable….
A former NYU student writes President John Sexton on why she had to drop out.
The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.
It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.
I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.