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KRead: Black Woman, White Combat-from the Streets to the Sand

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Plot Snapshot:  A memoir of Eboni N. Lacy, an army reservist, who shares her experience during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I am conflicted about this book. I could tell within the first few pages that completing it would be a labor of love. The writing is not as polished as most of the books I am drawn to and some of the experiences she shares appear to be disjointed.

As I delved into her story, I began to have a better understanding of why it came off that way. The author candidly speaks about her childhood incidents of physical and mental abuse, resulting in a stint in a psychiatric hospital.  The effects of that abuse followed her into her adult relationships both while on active duty and while at home. Drugs and alcohol served as her confidants, as she served our country. At times, it is a wonder how she survived.

I can not honestly say I would recommend this book. Though the story had the chance to be engaging, the execution was poor. I will say it did spark some questions about the black lesbian (ish) experience in the armed forces. I would love to hear the thoughts of others who served in the armed forces. Is Eboni’s story one that is often lived, and rarely told? Or is this the tale of a tortured soul told against the background of the Iraqi desert?

Find it on amazon here.

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Super Gay Movie Review: Velvet Goldmine

velvetgoldmineposterBefore I can even get started with this review, I must say these words:

Velvet Goldmine is one huge, unforgivingly beautiful mindf*ck from outer space.

Whew.

Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, I can finally talk about the
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KRead: Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma by Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde

blackbull2I have always had a love for the study of people and culture. For those who don’t know, back a decade ago, I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology. I wanted to study deviant subcultures, and had all intentions of being a leading expert on the world’s oldest profession.

How that led me into a career in fashion photography is a whole other post…

The latest KRead book, Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma has awaken every sociological and anthropological bone in my body.

Plot Snapshot: A memoir of Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde, a lesbian sangoma (traditional healer), shares with us her personal journey of enlightenment through a traditional South African landscape.

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Odd Lez Out: When Did Everyone I Know Get Hitched?

Now let me say this first, I am not bitter. I am happy for all of those people that have found love (or a good substitute). I will use my frequent flyer miles for your NYC nuptials. I will hold your hair back at your bachelorette parties. I will even prepare a speech for the rehearsal dinner. I am happy happy happy FOR YOU.

Too much?

I’m just saying… when did all these life-long attachments occur? Did I miss a memo? It seems like once we hit 30…ish every lesbian has to couple up in order to make it through the winter of their lives. That came out a bit darker than I thought it would… Continue reading

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#SuperGayMovie Review: Leave it on The Floor #lgbtfilm #gayfilm

LiotF Leave It On The Floor, by Sheldon Larry, explores the underground ball scene in Los Angeles in the form of a gay musical.

Say what girl? A gay musical?

IF you’re like me, you’re thinking, “Aren’t all musicals gay?” Well this is one Super Gay Musical, complete with drag houses, vogue dance battles and a boy on boy modern dance number.

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Out and About: World Pride 2014 – Toronto, ON (Gallery) #lgbt #lesbian

Hello lovebugs!

I flew in from Toronto EARLY this morning and boy are my wings tired. (Yes I get lame when sleep deprived.)  So instead of writing a lengthy  post, I will let these pictures speak a million.

 

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Super Gay Movie Review: Stud Life directed by @campbellx

STUDLIFE 7Have you ever seen a movie that you’d heard of and wanted to see but kinda gave up seeing it, only to run across it on Netflix and love it? Really? Me, too!
So it’s the Sunday night after Stonewall Pride. It’s still wet outside so, I am inside where any good girl should be. I’d spotted Stud Life a few days ago and brought it up to the missus. Well, she let me know, in no certain terms, that she is not in any way interested in watching this movie. OK.
Lucky for me she decided to hit the hay early. Time to get my flick!
Stud Life was really, really good. Campbell X had been praised when this movie hit the festival circuit and I now know why. The cast was phenomenal. T’Nia Miller, Kyle Treslove and Robyn Kerr have amazing chemistry and carry the story, beautifully, from beginning to end. I even enjoyed the music…and we all know that can be a deal breaker in lesbian movies.
My two cents, ok…eleven cents.

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The KWord Guide to #WorldPride hosted by @PrideToronto

Pride season is in full effect and you are one of the lucky lezzies heading to Toronto for World Pride 2014? Niiiiiiice! We are sure you have secured your transportation to get there and hopefully have a place to stay, so we will fill in the rest.  We will give you the details on how to get around, what to bring, and of course how to get your kicks! No need to thank us, ok maybe a little bit.

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The 2014 Aqua Foundation Grant Application Cycle Begins June 23rd

This is another bit of information that was shared with us. We are passing it along to those who may be interested. We are not affiliated with them whatsoever.

Aqua Foundation for Women’s Grants Program offers grants up to $20,000 to organizations in a variety of areas including LBT wellness, youth empowerment, therapeutic counseling, cultural enrichment, equality and more.

We prefer to focus funding on innovative awareness and training programs, especially those that have a grassroots or community outreach component, and projects that use innovative techniques or use collaborative methods to benefit the South Florida LBT population.

2014 Funding Priorities:

  • LBT Women’s preventative healthcare
  • Human Trafficking
  • LGBT Youth Homelessness *Funding by invite only

The 2014 Grant application cycle will begin June 23, 2014.

The 2014 Cycle Includes:
The deadline for submitting a letter of intent application is July 18, 2014.
The grant application (by invitation only) submissions will begin August 18, 2014.
The grant application submission deadline is September 12, 2014
To learn more and apply, visit www.aquafoundation.org/grants-program.
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