No call for celebration – Kushaba Moses Mworeko

Editor's note: Moses has this month received official notice that he has qualified for U.S. asylum, finally. He will post something trying to capture his personal joy soon, but here republished is his post from April when the Ugandan bill was again in flux, showing how important it is to be thinking globally about human rights. Also see Will O'Bryan's spotlight on Moses today in Metro Weekly and visit Moses' Global Sexual Freedom Annotated Bibliography in our Library for more information.   Even as Uganda's government shows it might shelve its “kill the gays” bill, there can be no call ...

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Introducing Columbia

For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... When we attended Creating Change in Minneapolis in early February, we were frequently asked “Why Columbia?” To answer this question we might as well start with explaining what Columbia is, and how it relates to our website name, VenusPlusX, and the familiar trigender symbol we associate with our work. It’s pretty obvious that the word symbol C-O-L-U-M-B-I-A is based on “Columbus," the name of the purported “discoverer of the new world,” but how did this begin? The great lexicographer, Samuel Johnson, seems to have first used “Columbia” ...

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Your Destiny is Transgender

For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... También en español Last week we attended a meeting of the trans section of a local PFLAG chapter. I guess there's nowhere to fit the T into the acronym, much less the fully erased B. In any case, it's clear these folks provide an important service to the trans community. Both parents of trans kids and trans parents were there, with the adult trans experience and wisdom helping the parents better cope with natural anxieties, given the extreme social pressures their children face. As you know from my paper Read More

Sexual Healing

                Tonight, we just returned from the opening of Momentum, a weekend about "making waves in sexuality, feminism, and relationships through new media." First up, sex positivity stars Jenny BlockTristan TaorminoReid Mihalko, and Carol Queen (pictured left to right above with moderator Lynn Comella on the far right). The fivesome talked and took questions about the role of sexuality in today's culture and what all of us can do to generate conversations about sexuality that fit into daily life. The best half hour of the night was stolen, though, by the stand-up stylings of Maria Falzone. According to the ...

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Starting Out Young to Build the Temple

For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... When you were a teen did you go to DeMolay? Or perhaps you were a Daughter of Job? Or a Rainbow Girl? Were both your grandfathers 33rd degree Masons? Was your mom Most Worthy Grand Matron of the Eastern Star? And did you ever figure out what it was all about? Yes, you knew you were always supposed to be really nice to everybody because that was the “square” thing to do, in a culture where “square” was a compliment rather than an insult, and then there was the Jacques DeMolay business. DeMolay, the last ...

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What Kind of Nation is America?

For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... También en español Many people today, uneducated in the ideals upon which our nation is founded, will claim that we are a “Christian” nation. Others, slightly more respectful of reality, may call us “Judeo-Christian” or even “monotheistic.” All of these notions miss the real point. Though these terms may accurately name some contributory cultural sources, the founding ideals of our nation are vastly superior to the theologies, dogmas, doctrines, and moralities of any and all human religion. Consider the mottoes and symbols of our nation that bombard us at every turn, and meditate for once ...

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Kinky Twin Cities

For more on Transhuman Erotic Freedom... One of the great joys of VenusPlusX and Team COLUMBIA’s presence at Creating Change 2011 was meeting people from the local Minneapolis - St. Paul community who found our open acceptance and promotion of freedom in all matters erotic very much in line with their own experiences and understandings. Team COLUMBIA’s exposition and unification of all forms of sex and gender expression and satisfaction, including many themes and forms not otherwise visible at conferences like Creating Change, set a new standard for erotic inclusiveness, attracting the attention of the local queer community and ...

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Twin Cities on my mind . . .

This quiet bastion of liberalism, Minneapolis - St. Paul, is a stone's throw but also a universe away from anything Michele Bachmann, and an enchanting community of people who live and let live as a way of life, accept all manner of queer or kinky people as their neighbors and friends, and happen to be among this country's leaders in establishing equality for all its citizens as a matter basic human rights. Minneapolis-St.Paul gives pause to anyone with any shade of coastal mentalities, and I'm checking myself here too, who thinks fly-over country holds nothing of interest ...

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Transgender, Sexuality, Pleasures, Protections

Editor's Note: Jennifer M. Barge, founder of TransHealth Coordinators, offers this contribution to our blog-based conversation about sexual freedom emanating this week from VenusPlusX and Creating Change in Minneapolis. Jennifer is a frequent guest speaker and produces health services access portals for municipalities, conferences, and at www.transhealthcoordinators.org. Transgender-Sexuality-Pleasures-Protection I started doing a workshop a few years back called “Safer Sexual Practices and Pleasures for the Transgender Bodied Person.” The reason for these classes is both to educate about the risks of unsafe behavior and to encourage the ideas that pleasure can come in a safe form. Many times people confuse ...

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