Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Launch: Sex, Drugs and Olympic Gold!

Now that we have your attention!

The CLGA invites you to a book launch celebration for Helen Lenskyj's new publication that explores the ways in which the Olympic industry has shaped our understanding of masculinities and femininities. 
Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry identifies and analyses the historical and contemporary connections between the Olympic industry and gender, taking into account the variables of social class, race/ethnicity and sexuality. For more than 100 years, the Olympic industry has controlled global sport and shaped hegemonic concepts of sporting masculinities and femininities for its own profit- and image-making ends. The potential for exploitation and co-optation of women and disadvantaged minorities is great; the benefits few by comparison. The Olympics have a long and disturbing history of marginalizing women, Black people and people of colour, athletes from developing countries, and sexual minorities. Successful alternatives organized by these groups demonstrate that other ways of doing sport and doing gender are both possible and preferable.For more information, visit the Palgrave Macmillan website here.
Join us this Friday, December 14 from 5-6PM at the CLGA. Open to all.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Washington is getting a new LGBT Museum!

An organization called the Velvet Foundation is in the process of creating a National LGBT Museum. They claim that it will be the first of its kind, though the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco might beg to differ. At any rate, this looks like it will be a much larger institution that will include an archives/research centre, a theatre, and a martini bar (!) in addition to exhibition spaces. From their website:

"The museum is dedicated to sharing the heritage of LGBT people, a story that unites millions of women and men but is rarely represented in mainstream museums. Developed and sustained by the Velvet Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Museum is located in the District of Columbia, where the LGBT story can most effectively reach a national and international audience." 

This looks like a great project, and I especially love their list of tips for people wanting to conserve their materials at home.