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Talkin about the T part 2 Thought some of you might like to know how the Talkin about the T series is going here in Arizona... we've been asked to host it every month at 1 Voice Community Center/Alternatives Health and Wellness! We'll be discussing that possibility at the GCSPI General Meeting in November to make sure there are enough Sisters willing to put in the monthly work to make this a great event, so no definite answer yet, however we do already have our next one planned and ready. More details below:
Serving the Transgender Community of AZ One of our goals here in the Grand Canyon is to better serve the transgender community in our area. As part of doing that, we have been developing a variety of projects where transgender writers, performers, etc. will be highlighted including Transgender Voices this month, and an event in October highlighting Miss Millie's new book (more on that later) as well as T Talk interviews within the Keepin it Real series. You should see Keepin it Real start showing up on youtube soon ;)
In the mean time... here's this month's efforts:
Transgender Voices – Beyond Men and Women
An enlightening discussion, lead by Lori Girshick
Join us September 21st at 3 PM
1 Voice Community Center/Alternatives Health and Wellness
4314 N. 7th Avenue (In the Melrose Center near 7th Ave and IndianSchool)
Voluntary donations accepted at the door for This Is How.
In her extraordinary book, based on 150 in-depth interviews, Lori B. Girshick, a sociologist and social justice activist, brings together the voices of sex- and gender-diverse people who speak with absolute candor about their lives. Girshick offers readers transpeople speaking in their own voices about identity, coming out, passing, sexual orientation, relationship negotiations and the dynamics of attraction, homophobia, and bullying. She exposes how the gender binary (man OR woman) as an organizing framework does not work for people, how “gender police” attempt to exert control, and how an individual’s sense of their own gender should be their own to decide.
Lori B. Girshick is a sociologist and community activist. Her work focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, specifically gender identity, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She is the author of four books, including Woman-to-Woman Sexual Violence: Does She Call it Rape?, the first book to focus on this topic. She has published numerous articles on LGBT domestic and sexual violence. She is the former coordinator of the Wingspan Anti-Violence Project in Tucson, AZ. She wrote the books No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison and Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out. Her most recent book is Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men, a work based on interviews with 150 transgender people. Currently she teaches sociology at Chandler-GilbertCommunity College in Chandler, AZ.
Afterwards stick around to socialize in the Alternatives Coffee Lounge. Who knows, we may have a surprise performer there to entertain you!
Meanwhile, more research has been published which is of interest, this time at Imperial College, London. They've been investigating why it is that women's immune systems don't attack sperm, and the results have implications for future approaches to the treatment of HIV.
UK researchers have identified markers on the surface of human sperm which prevent them being attacked by the female immune system.
The markers are also found on cancer cells and HIV-infected blood cells and may help the diseases to take hold.
Interesting research Seeing as the DISH is down (Sr. Edith is looking into it, threatening hosting companies with large stiletto heels etc), I'll post this here instead.
German scientists have discovered that something in semen helps transmission of HIV:
An ingredient in human semen may actually help the HIV virus infect cells, German researchers said on Thursday.
They said naturally occurring prostatic acidic phosphatase or PAP, an enzyme produced by the prostate, can form tiny fibers called amyloid fibrils that can capture bits of the human immunodeficiency virus and usher it into cells.
Researchers at the University Clinic of Ulm were looking for factors in semen that might block infection with HIV-1, the most common strain of the virus that causes AIDS.
Instead, they found one that enhanced transmission, in some experiments as much as 50-fold.
The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence invite you to commemorate World AIDS Day with them this Saturday, December 1st with 2 events:
light fantastic! retro dance party at CC Slaughter's from 9pm to Midnight
Come celebrate life and light in the face of AIDS and HIV. There will be raffle prizes donated by the Jupiter Hotel, Cathie's, The Gold Door, Presents of Mind, and others. Multnomah County will be present to provide free HIV and STD testing. Honor the memory of those we've lost by getting tested! $5 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds will be benefiting SMYRC and the Washington County Pride Project. CC Slaughter's is located on NW Davis between 2nd and 3rd.
Earlier in the evening, feel free to join the Sisters for the Veil of Shame walk starting at the downtown Eagle on SW Stark and W Burnside at **8pm** and proceeding to CC Slaughter's. Along the way the Sisters will be stopping at gay establishments and encouraging people to write on their veils all the cruel and hateful messages they've heard from others, as well as the things they want to get rid of in their lives. The Sisters will take on the burden of shame that others have put onto our community. They'll carry that burden of shame to our destination at Slaughters. There we will have a short ceremony where we destroy the Veils of Shame, release the shame, and then change focus to a celebration of light and life.
Please consider joining the Sisters this Saturday, World AIDS Day, for either or both events.
Novice Sister Krissy Fiction, the nun that got nailed.
To our Sisters: Greetings from the Valley of the Sun!
We are thrilled to be in the position of saying that we are here, we are getting ready for our debut, and we are extending our invitation to you. Please ,as you are willing and able, join us here for our Phoenix Pride Weekend. We would love the company and support, and as fledgling Novice Sisters we crave contact with those wiser and more experienced than ourselves!
Phoenix Pride is scheduled for April 14 and 15, 2007. From the generosity and excitement of one of our local publications we have The Sisters' Dry Run at area bars on the evening of the 13th, our appearance on the ECHO float in the parade on the 14th, and a home base to duck into some shade both days at the Pride festival as we appear at the ECHO Magazine booth. The main event website is www.azpride.org and we will have advertisements and coverage at www.echomag.com as well. If you plan to join us, please contact Sister Leavia Laufin at SrLeavia@azsisters.org
Howdy Sisters How are you all doing.... I hope this posting finds you well, I'm the Abbess of the Arizona Mission of the SPI. I am Novice Sister Mary Margaret MayHam the nun that makes you go Mmm, or just call me Novice Sister 3M.
Novice Sister Mischif told me about this and I thought I would join. I'm really excited about our Mission and excited in getting to know you all.
I noticed Guard Lyx posting an intro and realized I had never done so. My apologies!
I'm Novice Sr Mischif S. Marymaker, Keeper of the Chalice of the Cherrytakers, founding member of the Arizona Mission of SPI. I've wanted to be a Sister for a long time. As my bio says at www.3bois.com/mischif.html
I've been working on the website for the AZ Mission, and the temporary page is up at www.3bois.com/sisters.htm but will eventually be found at www.azsisters.org Oh, and I've been sucked into the myspace vortex to meet Sisters. You can find me there at www.myspace.com/sistermischif
I'm looking forward to my first public manifestation as Nvc Sr Mischif at Mr Sister Leather the first weekend of March, and then our first manifestation as a whole at Phoenix Pride. HOORAH, hoorah! Looking forward to seeing some of you there.
One of the reasons I'm so excited that my first public manifestation is in Los Angeles, is because I grew up in southern CA and my first attempts to become involved with the Sisters was with the LA Order. Some of you may remember me there as a young aspirant going by "Cherrylicious"
Anyone else going to be at Mr Sister Leather? I look forward to seeing some of you there!
Greetings! Stumbled upon this community, and knew I simply must join. I am Guard Lyx M. Wright, founding Guard in the new Arizona Mission. I'm told that I am not like most Guards.. a bit more colorful, perhaps? Some of the Sisters here insist that I am destined to pick up a habit (we all have a few of them, don't we?) and be a Sister someday.. I don't see it, but who knows? For now, I am filling a much needed role. For now I am a lone Guard, but I'm planning on baiting cage traps with rice crispie treats to lure some of the local Leather boys into joining the ranks!
We are all having a great time getting our little order in order.. learning to put on our pretty faces, taking great pride in the slutty and/or stunning outfits we're concocting. Looking forward to our first official run, Phoenix Pride 2007, this April!
In the meantime, Sister Mischif and I are frolicking off to L.A. for Mister Sister Leather this March.. good times for all! We're looking forward to the road trip, and visiting with our fabulous California cousins! Hope to see some (most! all!) of you there.