Thursday, October 28, 2010

It Gets Better

As a follow up to my last post on Canadian contributions to the It Gets Better Project, some more links:

If you feel overwhelmed by the quantity of material posted to the It Gets Better YouTube page, Jezebel recently posted the 15 Best It Gets Better Videos. The comments section are full of suggestions from other people as well.

And on Art Info, blogger Tyler Green has posted about Untitled (One Day This Kid...), a work of art by David Wojnarowicz. Green explains:
The New York-based Wojnarowicz made art about the right of humans to be different from each other and about what it feels like to be unlike the dominant hetero-norm.

David Wojnarowicz made art so different, so plain and so direct that it stands as an example: It’s not just activists and politicians that can impact America and American lives; artists have something to say about our world too, something that needs to be seen and heard.

Twenty years ago, Wojnarowicz made this piece, Untitled (One day this kid…). He made it as a 30 3/4-inch X 41-inch photostat, but it’s probably gained more cultural currency as a postcard available at just about every progressive bookstore in New York. This seems like a good time to post it.

So here it is:

One Day This Kid...

Green goes on to urge people to request that museums in possession of the work take it out of storage. Let's hope one day, it will be a quaint relic of the past and no longer so painfully relevant.

Crossposted to Shameless Magazine

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It Gets Better Because We Make It Better

In response to a startling number of recent suicides by gay teens, writer Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project in September. It has quickly amassed videos from queers around the world, as well as contributions from celebrities, religious figures, and even President Obama. Following up on the popularity of the project, GLAAD launched Spirit Day, setting October 20th as a day for queers and allies to show support for queer youth by wearing purple.

Canada, not to be outdone by Katie Couric and Ryan Seacrest, has gotten into the spirit of things as well. The staff of Xtra, the hosts of Vancouver's OutTV, and students at Carleton University released "It Gets Better" videos, and the on air hosts of Toronto's ProudFM showed up at work in their best purple frocks.

Worried that you missed your shot to show off your best purple sweater? This Wednesday, October 27th, Ryerson University will be hosting It Gets Better Because We Make It Better

It Gets Better Poster

Head to the atrium of the Ryerson Engineering Building at 245 Church Street from 5 to 7PM on October 27th, and join in an evening of storytelling, performance, and remembrance. And don't forget to wear purple!

Help promote the event around town. Download the event poster here [pdf]

Saturday, October 9, 2010

World's largest LGBT archives to be donated to California university

Larry Gordon of the LA Times has reported that the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, which is said to be the largest LGBT collection in the world, is being donated to the University of Southern California's library system. The collection has been housed in a University-owned facility near the Los Angeles campus for the past ten years, but has been considered an autonomous archives until now.

From the LA Times article:

"Joseph Hawkins, president of ONE’s directors, said his organization decided to give the collection to USC to ensure it a permanent home and take advantage of the university’s preservation resources. 'This protects it in a way we couldn’t protect it ourselves,' he said. His group will continue to exist to sponsor exhibits, help raise funds and find new material for the archives, he said ... Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries, said she was delighted with the donation. 'It’s a world-class research collection,' she said, noting that it will attract scholars in such fields as sexuality, anthropology and history."

According to the ONE website, the collection includes more than 23,000 books, 11,000 films and videos, and 9,000 periodicals related to the gay liberation movement, the AIDS crisis, and other subjects that trace the history of LGBTQ lives throughout history.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Vintage Blue is starting soon....

And we'll be posting on and Twitter once things get going.
See you after dark!