Thursday, June 6, 2013

AfroSexual: The Visual

AfroSexual is a forming community of writers, artist and performers who who want to create space for more writers Color to share their work that will deals, presents, honors and recognizes our sexual diversity.

{The Visual} will be our second coming..together, pun intended.
We will look at black erotica in visual form, we will share photos so please bring some, we will discuss them, we will share erotica. There will be an exhibit of photos to feast your eyes on. Please submit work so we can honor your lovliness.

*We are taking donations of 5-20 at the door but no one is turned away.

the Living Room Project -Oakland

1919 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Monday, June 10, 2013
6:30pm until 10:00pm

Friday, May 31, 2013

Sign The Petition Against The, "Kills The Gays" Bill

Nigeria LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws unequivocally condemns the passing of the Same sex Marriage Prohibition bill by the Nigerian House of Representatives.
The draconian bill was passed in a voice vote on Thursday 30 May, 2013 by members of the House of Representatives. The bill stipulates a 14 years jail term for same-sex marriage and 10 years imprisonment for public show of same-sex affection. The approved bill also stipulates a 10 year imprisonment for anyone who abets a gay person, witnesses a same sex marriage or advocates for LGBT rights.

Nigerian LGBTIs in diaspora against anti same sex laws believes that the Same Sex marriage Prohibition bill is a blatant violation of human rights of Nigerian gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. It is a shame that such draconian bill was passed unanimously in both Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives.

Nigerian LGBTIs in diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws affirms that LGBT rights are Human Rights. As stated in our position paper on the Same Sex marriage Prohibition bill, the homophobic bill violates fundamental human rights that are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and various regional and international human rights laws that Nigeria has ratified. Thus this Bill contradicts parts of the Nigerian Constitution.

The same sex marriage prohibition bill if signed into law would encourage the political and social harassment of people for their actual or imputed sexual orientation. It would also stifle the rights to Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association through the proposed ban on organizations that support Lesbians and gay rights.

This draconian bill if signed into law would further affect Nigeria’s Human rights records. Individuals and state institutions including the police force are already using the unsigned bill as a license to intimidate and harass citizens based on their actual or suspected sexual orientation. The passing of this bill gives official validation to the harassment of sexual minorities.

Sodomy law is a relic from British colonization. The British parliament and many of its former colonies have since repealed the law. Why is Nigeria clinging to this antiquated Sodomy law? Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora holds that the argument that any sexual act or relationship that deviates from the standard heterosexual norm is against African culture is using “culture” to sanction the erasure of dialogue about alternative sexualities and to condone homophobia, therefore constituting a form of cultural violence. A society that stifles sexual and gender identities discourages the recognition of human dignity.

If consenting adults decides to enter into a committed lifetime relationship, the state should not criminalize their relationship. It makes no difference whether the couple is gay or straight, what matters is that they are adults in a consensual relationship. What consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes is not the business of the law.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora urge President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign this homophobic bill into law. Dear president Goodluck Jonathan, do not assent a bill that infringes on the human rights of Nigerian Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and Transsexuals. The bill is against the spirit of the Nigerian constitution which you swore to uphold. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and Transsexuals are citizens, not criminals. Do not criminalize our sexual orientation. Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws affirms that LGBT RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS and every Nigerian deserves the same right every other Nigerian enjoys irrespective of class, sex, gender or sexual orientation.

We call on all progressive Nigerians to oppose the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition bill. This bill erodes our hard fought for constitutional human rights including Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tamala Jones Comes Out.....

BOOM!!! In Ya FACE!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round.....

Two distinct things stuck out for me yesterday as the Supreme Court took up the first of 2 days dealing with Marriage Equality. Ine was a speech given by my Pastor Bishop Yvette Flunder at the Pro Marriage Equality Rally in Washington DC where she appered with her Spouse of 29 years Shirley Miller. I love both of these women very dearly and am thankful they are in my life

The other thing that I noticed was some of the questioning of the Justices about the reasons for Same Gender Loving couples not to marry. In an exchange about procreation I loved what Justice Elana Kagan had to say

Another question from Justice Sonia Sotomayor

No matter the outcome of these 2 Days of testimony the fight for Social Justice for all people will continue.....

Monday, March 25, 2013

Rally With NBJC

NBJC is proud to be a partner of United For Marriage, a diverse coalition of LGBT and allied groups, to help demonstrate the broad support for marriage equality across the nation.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two historic cases for marriage equality that could change the trajectory of the movement for LGBT equality. Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California's Proposition 8, will be argued Tuesday, March 26. The case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, United States v. Windsor, is scheduled Wednesday, March 27. Events are now organized in D.C. and in all 50 states.

The NBJC team and volunteers will join a coalition of supporters of marriage equality outside the Supreme Court on the both days of the hearings: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27, at 8:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. at 1 First St. NE in Washington, D.C. NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, will be addressing attendees at the Wednesday, March 27 rally.

Wear RED to show your solidarity!

Together we will stand up for our love and show the nation that all Americans deserve to be treated fairly and equally under the law - no matter who they love. Spread the Word with the hashtag #UnitedforMarriage.

Additional Information
The nearest metro station is Union Station for the Red Line and Capitol South for the Blue and Orange lines. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring anything you'd need to be outside.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sacred Snapshots 2013

A Sampler for the Spirit…

We’ll come right out and say it: religion has a lot to answer for. Doesn’t matter which religion it is—so often, religion feels rigid, confining, narrow-minded, the exact opposite of what it’s meant to stand for. Religion has been used to justify war, oppression, exclusivity, and hatred.

But what if it were different? What if religion were about expansiveness, the unfolding of the heart, the deepening of the spirit? What if religion could open up a space for holiness instead of shutting it down?

What if you had the chance to explore some of the ways that people have reached for that sense of beauty and awe throughout the centuries? What if you could explore the spiritual practices of the major religions without the fear of evangelism, pressure, or bad jell-o molds?

We invite you to join us for Sacred Snapshots, on April 20, 2013, at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Sacred Snapshots is a day-long event celebrating spiritual practices from a range of religions and traditions.

Each hour you can choose from an array of experiential sessions and brain-bending lectures on divinity in its many forms, taught by progressive leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of various faiths.

In one day, you can try anything from drumming, to meditation, to Taize, to sacred dance. Try poetry as a spiritual practice, sing gospel or chant mantras, walk a labyrinth. Write an inventory. Learn about 12-step spirituality, experience yoga.

Also, each hour, we’ll hold a worship or ritual from a different tradition.

Because, as Rumi says, there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Come and find the way that works for you.

Friday, February 1, 2013

African American Genealogical Society Of Northern California Black History Month Events....

Here are a couple of FREE EVENTS being held by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California in conjunction with Black History Month. Be sure to visit their website for information other events, classes, and seminars

02/10/13 - AAGSNC - Black Family History Day

The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California(AAGSNC)
and the Oakland Family Search Library Present

Celebrate Black History Month by creating a family tree of your own!

Obtain the skills needed to search for your ancestors
Learn about the free tools that are available online
Receive one-on-one assistance for free
Bring a family member to share the experience
Make it possible for future generations to know where they came from
Event Information
Sunday, February 10, 2013
1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Free and Open to the Public

Oakland Family Search Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602

For more information
please call 877-884-2843

Ongoing - African American Research Genealogy Workshop

African American Research (Genealogy) Workshop

Description: Encountering challenges overcoming those brick walls while conducting your family's African American genealogical research? Unsure of which research strategies and techniques can assist you in locating your ancestors? Are you unable to conduct your research beyond the magical year of 1870, (the first year African Americans were comprehensively enumerated in the U.S. Census)? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the African American Research Workshop (AARW) may be the remedy to your genealogical challenges!

The workshop is scheduled the fourth Wednesday of each month. Instruction takes place during convenient evening hours; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual assistance is provided from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Fee: FREE - No Charge (all are welcome)


3-ring binder (continuing students, binders should contain all previously distributed hand-outs)
NO. 2 pencil(s) - (As a courtesy ink pens are not permitted in the classroom)
USB flash drive
How to register: N/A. Pre-registration not required.

Date and Time: Ongoing, fourth Wednesday of the month, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 2013 Classes: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, September 25, October 23

Location: Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602, (510) 531-3905

02/09/13 - AAGSNC - Mini Black Family History Days

The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California(AAGSNC)
and the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society Present


Celebrate Black History Month by creating a family tree of your own!

Obtain the skills needed to search for your ancestors
Learn about the free tools that are available online
Receive one-on-one assistance for free
Bring a family member to share the experience
Make it possible for future generations to know where they came from

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society
760 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and Open to the Public
No registration required to attend.

For more information, please call 877-884-2843

Friday, January 25, 2013

MoAD Complimentary Admission for The Kinsey Collection

Complimentary Admission-Opening Reception: The Kinsey Collection at MoAD [Museum of African Diaspora] San Francisco, Ca

Friday Feb 8, 2013