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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
12:01 am
[_prism]
Hello!

I'm Crystal, an incoming freshman from CT puttering around the internet until I arrive, I figured I might as well join this now because I plan to when I get there!

I'm the president of my school's (rather inactive) GSA. we do Day of Silence, give out ribbons on world AIDS day and participate in the odd diversity activity now and then when people show up.

The highlight of our year, which manages to pull members out of the woodwork, is True Colors at Central CT State (http://www.ourtruecolors.org/), I know people from out of state attend but I was wondering if any of you have in the past, it's a blast.

goodnight!

Current Mood: good
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
12:31 pm
[the_maru]
Heeeey.
It's me Dana. Just wanted to say hi. ^_^
Monday, February 19th, 2007
9:02 am
[punkskacutie]
Lambda and PRIDE week
Lambda this week (2/22/07) will consist of planning and advertising ideas for PRIDE this year! we are getting a small ammount of funds to put on an entire week this year, so its gotta be good! God-Des and SHE are officially coming, and we have decided to plan a drag show for this time as well. Please come prepared to throw ideas around to spread the pride on campus. You could also bring any drag numbers that you might consider doing for the show. The second half of the meeting will consist of picking a group song to perform at the show. Anyone who would like to participate can reherse with us at meetings so that we will have an amazing group number for the show. I was thinking that we will need a theme... any suggestions? ALSO .. VERY IMPORTANT... I will need someone to be in charge of an "afterparty" of sorts for after the God-des show. We will be having alot of out of town guests, and we would like to show them a good time. If anyone would like to be in charge, or has any ideas, please let me know. God-des, SHE and crew will be staying in the VIP apartments.

thanks guys!! see you on thursday!
amie
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
7:44 pm
[searching4sheep]
Hey Guys,

just wondering when the first meeting this semester is gonna be? Anyone know?

-Keri
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
1:01 pm
[punkskacutie]
RESURECTION
THIS IS THE RESURECTION OF THE JSC LIVE JOURNAL!!!YAY!!!

Hello Everyone and thanks for comming to the amazing meeting that was held this past tuesday! It was very good to get the constitution remade and squared away! Thank you to all who imputted opinions and ideas for the new and updated constitution and mission statement. **AMAZING**

SO... A Little Update:

Kerri.. who is fabulous, will be typing and formatting our new constitution that Olivia, also fabulous, took notes about. Thanks to both of you!

Tonight there will be a performers planning and rehersal for our show on friday.... 8:30 in Dewey.. bring your music if you can.. yay! Olivia, if you look at this please bring any forms of tango music/ upbeat you might have for the group number. THANKS!!

This FRIDAY NOV> 3 at 8 pm is the 2nd annual Gender Blender Dance and Drag show! All are welcome to come and have a good time... we are still looking for blender, so anyone that wants to donate one for the evening, and/or bartend for a bit, please let me know. Also, Please be there everyone who can for set up at 5pm. WOOT!!!!


Thanks everyone... this will be a smashing cocktail party!

Amie

Current Mood: amused
Monday, June 26th, 2006
4:20 pm
[theadamshoe]
foodfor thought
Prenatal effect hinted for some gay men
By Randolph E. Schmid, AP Science Writer | June 26, 2006

WASHINGTON --Men who have several older brothers have an increased chance of being gay, researchers say, a finding that adds weight to the idea that sexual orientation has a physical basis.

The increase was seen in men with older brothers from the same mother -- whether they were raised together or not -- but not those who had adopted or stepbrothers who were older.

"It's likely to be a prenatal effect," said Anthony F. Bogaert of Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, who did the research. "This and other studies suggest that there is probably a biological basis" for homosexuality.

Bogaert studied four groups of Canadian men, a total of 944 people, analyzing the number of brothers and sisters each had, whether or not they lived with those siblings and whether the siblings were related by blood or adopted.

His findings are reported in a paper appearing in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

S. Marc Breedlove, a professor in the neuroscience and psychology department of Michigan State University, said the finding "absolutely" confirms a physical basis.

"Anybody's first guess would have been that the older brothers were having an effect socially, but this data doesn't support that," Breedlove said in a telephone interview.

The only link between the brothers is the mother and so the effect has to be through the mother, especially since stepbrothers didn't have the effect, said Breedlove, who was not part of the research.

Tim Dailey, a senior fellow at the conservative Center for Marriage and Family Studies disagreed.

"We don't believe that there's any biological basis for homosexuality," Dailey said. "We feel the causes are complex but are deeply rooted in early childhood development."

There have been a number of attempts to establish a physical basis "and in every case the alleged findings have been severely challenged and questioned," he said.

"If it is indeed genetically based it is difficult to see how it could have survived in the gene pool over a period of time," Dailey added.

Bogaert said the increase can be detected with one older brother and becomes stronger with three or four or more.

But, he added, this needs to be looked at in context of the overall rate of homosexuality in men, which he suggested is about 3 percent. With several older brothers the rate may increase from 3 percent to 5 percent, he said, but that still means 95 percent of men with several older brothers are heterosexual.

The effect of birth order on male homosexuality has been reported previously but Bogaert's work is the first designed to rule out social or environmental effects.

Bogaert said he concluded the effect was biological by comparing men with biological brothers to those with brothers to whom they were not biologically related.

The increase in the likelihood of being gay was seen only in those whose brothers had the same mothers, whether they were raised together or not, he said.

Men raised with several older step- or adopted brothers do not have an increased chance of being gay.

"So what that means is that the environment a person is raised in really makes not much difference," he said.

What makes a difference, he said, is having older brothers who shared the same womb and gestational experience, suggesting the difference is because of "some sort of prenatal factor."

One possibility, he suggests, is a maternal immune response to succeeding male fetuses. The mother may react to a male fetus as foreign, but not to a female fetus because the mother is also female.

It might be like the maternal immune response that can occur when a mother has Rh-negative blood but her fetus has Rh-positive blood. Without treatment, the mother can develop antibodies that may attack the fetus during future pregnancies.

Whether that's what is happening remains to be seen, but it is a provocative hypothesis, said a commentary by Breedlove, David A. Puts and Cynthia L. Jordan, all of Michigan State.

The research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
3:04 pm
[ziggy_san]
Hey all! Alex here.
Yeah, I've known about the community for a long time but didn't decide to join until last night at 4AM for some reason. Ah well...

What's been going on so far? I know I haven't shown up to a single meeting yet this semester, but I've been doing most of my homework on Sunday, so I've been busy. *shrugs* But at least I've actually been doing such homework this semester compared to last.

So yeah just letting you all know who I am. Feel free to peruse my own LJ if you feel so inclined. My life's an open comic book basically.

Also, maybe everyone in the group could post and identify themselves? I was able to figure out at least one or two already.

Current Mood: awake
Friday, January 13th, 2006
12:24 am
[punkskacutie]
welcome back from break!!
HI EVERYONE!!!

i just wanted to say hi, and i hope that everyone had a really great break!! Lambda is starting right up with a short intro meeting this sunday @ 6 pm in the SA office... just a quikie to say hi and see how everyone is... plus, for the next few meetings we will be cracking down on planning the drag show for february and choosing some things for the ally dinner including guest speakers!!sounds fun!! i hope to see you all there!!
amie bettencourt
Lambda Alliance
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
7:44 pm
[punkskacutie]
halloween weekend...
A Look At Our Very Gay Weekend



* Meet in Martinetti Parking lot @ 11am promptly

* Load van… estimated time of depature: as soon as we get all our shit together!

* Ride in van for about 5 hours. Arrival at T stop estimated about 5pm.

* Find dinner somewhere, either in boston, or on the way there…. We will take a vote

* Eat and prepare for dance which begins at 7pm.

* Boogy down until 11pm

* Hop back on T stop to bus

* Bus to Amie’s house

* Watch movies/stay up late and have fun

* 9 or 10am wake up.

* Head to T station… go into boston

* have a great day of wandering around Harvard square and fanuel hall for lunch maybe…. Some gay shops and then back to my town for SAW II if everyone is up for it… I cant wait!

Sunday it is waking up and then back to wonderful VT! YAY!!





THINGS TO BRING

I.D., lisence, varification!!

-Sleeping bag/equipment and pillow
(my house is small and people filled, but a free place to bunk!)
-Money for: food, gas, about 5$ for T 5$ for dance and about 8$ for movie night, food, food yea, whatever you feel like getting….
-Clothes/costume for dance, and for travel.
-Toiletries and such…. Hmmm…. Underwear would be good.
-Anything fun that you can think of to keep you occupied for 5 hours in van… I will be knitting
-we will be having one heck of a rockin’ time… I hope…
-ALSO, bringing cell phones can be very helpful.


DISCLAIMER:
No one shall be separated from the group for any length of time. We will travel together, and visit stuff together. Get phone numbers, exchange email… but do not, I repeat do not go home with any strange or otherwise cute individuals. PLEASE. This will be fun, I promise! Just let us know where you want to go and we will throw it in there! We have all day Saturday to explore so, do some research!



The following are the people attending the trip;

Amie
Marcie
Jess
Sacky (Adam Smith)
Rachel
Jim
Michelle


Please be prompt to the van on Friday…. I can’t wait to see you all!!

If you have any more questions/concerns call me and Marcie @
635-7858
Or IM me @ punkskacutie521





Love,
Amie
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
6:59 pm
[punkskacutie]
THIS THURSDAY, our very own campus will be hosting the recruiters for the united states army. Last year, we were forced to tolerate them outside of our lunchroom several times, while they attempted to recruite our very own jsc students. our friends, neighbors, relatives and partners. The USArmy is an organization that is NOT accepting of the gay and lesbian community. Last year the LAMBDA alliance along with the anti war coallition and other organizations on campus joined forces to show the military that they are not welcome on our campus. they have decided to return again, and are scheduled to set up a table in the sterns dinning hall from 11am untill 2pm this thursday. If you or your club or anyone you know is interested in forming in protest against this group, even for a few mins. in the afternoon, please come to the dinning hall, or contact me ASAP to arrange a large group meeting and see what we can throw together to show these folks that we just aren't interested. Thanks so much guys!!

Amie
bettenam@jsc.vsc.edu
1-802-635-7858...
Saturday, September 24th, 2005
1:00 pm
[leatherseraphim]
gay parents are poorer than straight parents
Andrew Noyes, PlanetOut Network
Friday Sept. 23, 2005

Same-sex couples with children have fewer financial resources than heterosexual married parents, with an average household income almost $12,000 less and a home ownership rate 15 percent lower, new research from UCLA shows.

More than 39 percent of same-sex couples in the United States, age 25-55, are raising children, more than 250,000 of whom are under 18 years old.

The picture of same-sex couples raising children presented by the 2000 U.S. Census is much different than the popular misconception that gay people are predominantly male, affluent, urban, white and childless, said Gary Gates, co-author of the study, sponsored by the Williams Project, which studies sexual orientation law.

"Same-sex couples raising children are more racially and ethnically diverse and do not fare as well economically as their different-sex married counterparts. As such, they and their children are in particular need of the legal, social and economic benefits of marriage," he said.

While 23 percent of same-sex parents have a college degree, 30 percent of married parents have obtained higher education, the analysis indicates. Among couples with children, same-sex unmarried partners are just as likely as married couples to have one partner working and one not. For both sets of couples, 34 percent have one member working while the other does not. The study also found that 40 percent of parents in same-sex unions are male, and 60 percent are female.

Gay and lesbian parents are also more likely than straight parents to be African American and Latino, and the children of same-sex couples are similarly diverse, researchers found. Over 46 percent are children of color.

The study provides an indicator of how "inequality in marriage truly harms our families and our children," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Pride Coalition. "It's still the case that many LGBT parents are forced to spend significant amounts of money to cobble together whatever legal protections they can -- if they are able to afford that at all -- because they can't access all the rights and responsibilities of marriage that come freely to heterosexual couples and parents," she told the PlanetOut Network.

Same-sex households are diverse in numerous ways, Chrisler added. "We live in all areas of the country, we come from a variety of racial, socio-economic and educational backgrounds," she said. "What we share is that our families are left more vulnerable because we don't have access to the protections and obligations that come with marriage."

With the exception of Massachusetts, where marriage for same-sex couples affords all the state protections that come with marriage, but none of the federal ones, LGBT families are left less protected, legally and financially, she said.

A series of previous Williams Project studies reached similar conclusions when focusing on Census data for particular states, including California, Connecticut, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Washington and Oregon.
Monday, September 19th, 2005
7:23 pm
[plasticpop]
everyone should go put up a profile on http://www.thefacebook.com now that our school has it, its ridiculously addicting and we can organize ourselves into a lambda group on there too :) its also an awesome way to connect with your friends from other schools since like...everyone and their cousin is on there. hope everyone has a grand monday (ha)

♥ jess

Sunday, September 11th, 2005
9:23 pm
[plasticpop]
so i couldnt make the meeting tonight because my friend from UVM randomly showed up to hang out, but i hope everyone had fun and that i didnt miss anything crazy important. other than that, just wanted to say hiii and all that good stuff. see y'all next sunday!

-jess

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
10:51 am
[marie05476]
Things can change....
Well to all those people who support me, I must say thank you but times have called upon me to step down as co-president. (Amie, I wish you luck!) As much as I wish to remain as a leader I need to get some of my things. Hopefully the group will get along just fine.

Dannie~
Monday, September 5th, 2005
11:59 am
[punkskacutie]
suggestions
if any of yall have any suggestion for events and fundraisers, please let me know!! i also need volenteers to help out with planning the things you want to do.. dont worry, its fun to plan stuff! also, if you have ideas for team building games... mark.... let me know what they are, and if you are interested in leading one!! sounds like a ton of fun!!im excited to get new things ready for the next meeting!

loves,
amie
10:32 am
[marie05476]
Good First Meeting
The first meeting was a big success. I was astonished by the large crowd that showed up to first meeting and of the enthusiasm showed. As far as the name change goes, we shall see what happens at the next meeting and then vote on it. Remember it's your club.

You guys all had some really good points and some awesome ideas. Keep scheming them up!

All in all excellent first meeting. Remember if any of you need to talk about anything or just want to hang out, Lucy’s and my room is 213 GOVS North and we too have an Ally sign on our door. So come in!

Peace~
Dannie

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
10:06 pm
[punkskacutie]
thanks!
yay for a good first meeting!! CLUB LAMBDA was a success!!

thanks to everyone who helped out!! hopefully next week we can see who will actually keep showing up, and we can get down to business!! ill be sending out an email about our first trip and fundraiser soon!!

loves!
Amie
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
12:33 pm
[marie05476]
AIDS Walk
Hey Queers and Allies,

The 2005 AIDS walk will be on September 24th in Burlington. Hopefully we can organize a group to go in the next few meetings.

Peace, Dannie

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
6:58 pm
[leatherseraphim]
gender gap divides u.s. gays and lesbians (gay.com)
David Crary AP
published Monday, August 29, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO -- Although they campaign arm-in-arm for gay rights, lesbians and gay men don't always march in step. With bemusement and at times frustration, they acknowledge a lingering gender gap in how they live, socialize and perceive each other.

The two groups each grapple with real differences, and with stereotypes of themselves and the other sex: that gay men are the party-goers, flashy and promiscuous; that lesbians are the relatively dull homebodies -- "soccer moms," in the words of one activist.

In San Francisco and New York, nightclubs in the main gay districts tend to be virtually all-male, while many lesbians have settled in quieter, less expensive neighborhoods. Some lesbians question whether gay men, whom they supported fervently during the peak of the AIDS crisis, are reciprocating now with appropriate empathy for lesbian health problems.

"It never ceases to amaze me how much sexism there is among gay men, given that they're the main victims of sexism," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights.

National gay rights leaders -- men and women -- say the gender gap has narrowed dramatically from the 1960s and '70s, when lesbian feminists openly rebelled at what they considered to be patronizing male domination of the movement. Now, political solidarity is strong, but other differences remain.

In Chicago, for example, a gay men's group at the Broadway United Methodist Church recently invited two lesbians to one of its weekly meetings to discuss gender issues. The men and women each brought along a list of stereotypes they subscribed to -- for example, that lesbians craved to be phys-ed coaches, and gay men to be interior decorators -- and found the discussion refreshing.

"It felt so novel and unique," said Cathy Knight, one of the participants. "It's stuff you'd think we could talk about, but we don't."

The group leader, librarian Arlie Sims, said he gained insight about how lesbians view gay men. "It's not hard to see the ways in which being a white male carries with it privilege -- even if you're a gay white male," he said. "There's a sense that everything is about the boys."

Knight suggested that even if some stereotypes are accurate, they shouldn't serve to divide a community that needs unity.

"More lesbians are coupled, homebodies, they don't go to bars as much, and men are more sexually active," she said. "My response is, 'So what?' If that's what they choose, it doesn't have anything to do with having less moral values. It's about expressing yourself."

Evidence suggests that lesbians are indeed more drawn to monogamy than gay men -- two-thirds of the same-sex couples who have married in Massachusetts or entered civil unions in Vermont are women. But prominent lesbians balk at using such statistics to question the multi-partner dating preferences of many gay men.

"I don't have any judgment about how they order their lives," Kendell said. "Lifestyle choices that are damaging and self-destructive -- that's the problem, not gay men having more partners."

While gay men, as a group, have a higher incidence of drug abuse and sexually transmitted disease, activist Cheryl Jacques said lesbians shouldn't generalize or view the men as impeding political progress.

"I've met too many monogamous male couples and promiscuous, drug-using women I wouldn't want around my children," she said.

Jacques -- former president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay-rights group -- said she has met numerous activists who distrust the other gender.

"One of the best messages you can convey as a leader, is, 'Hey, the enemy is over there,'" Jacques said. "We are a family. We may have differences within our four walls. But we all share the enemy that wants to strip us of our common humanity."

Never was the common bond more evident than in the worst of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, when lesbians doubled as caregivers and lobbyists on behalf of stricken gay men who were not getting all-out support from the political and health establishments.

"It was as if we were siblings, and you found out your brother is gravely ill and your parents pay no attention," Kendell said. "It was a life or death situation, and whatever the social differences were became totally irrelevant."

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a rarity among major gay-rights groups in retaining a gender-specific name, even though it advocates on behalf of men, too, in pushing for same-sex marriage and other goals.

"That part of our name conveys a feminist philosophy and recognizes that sexism is the universal oppressor -- of gay men as well as lesbians," Kendell said.

At times, the discussion of gender can be lighthearted. Kendell, for example, joked that lesbians "don't have a social life -- it's just being soccer moms."

Paris Poirier, a lesbian filmmaker from Santa Monica, Calif., tackled gender stereotypes with a mostly light touch in a 1997 documentary, "Pride Divide" -- interviewing dozens of gay men and lesbians about differences in dating habits, humor, tastes in pornography. Among the stereotypes debated: that gay men were more witty in their conversation, more predatory in their sex lives, less serious in their relationships.

"I don't think lesbians are as whiny as they used to be," Poirier said in an interview. "There's a lot more freedom to talk about gender issues."

Shum Preston, a political consultant in San Francisco, said he and his partner of 13 years have been thrust into lesbian culture since they became co-parents of children with two lesbian couples.

"The friendship structure seems a lot stronger than in the gay male community," he said. "We're the longest surviving male couple I know, but in the lesbian culture we're just two more peas in the pod."

Bevan Dufty, who represents the heavily gay Castro district on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, said the boom in gay parenting is forging a powerful new bond between lesbians and gay men raising children as they share advice and lobby for family-oriented services.

But the Castro's nightlife remains male-dominated, Dufty said, and the lesbians and gay men in his coed track club often divide by gender when dispersing for lunch after running together.

"I've had women say they don't feel welcome in parts of the community," Dufty said.

Matt Foreman, New York-based executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said the degree of interaction between lesbians and gay men varies by locality.

"Where there's not much interaction, the stereotypes, the jokes and the myths persist," he said. "I've been to places like Topeka, Kansas, where gay men and lesbians socialize together and have a good time, while in New York -- with the exception of some political and charitable events -- there's virtually no interaction."

Foreman also said gay-rights groups should place more focus on breast cancer and other women's health issues.

"I understand the frustrations of lesbians," he said. "They did so much to respond to the AIDS crisis and don't see a lot of reciprocity."

Amber Hollibaugh, senior strategist with Foreman's task force, said the gay community should strive for candor in addressing gender issues.

"We need to talk about this, and not think it's dangerous," she said. "There are real differences. ... and a lot of times, in order to achieve solidarity, people try to hide them."
3:14 pm
[marie05476]
What a start to an awesome!
For the shake of putting it into the community, Lambda, soon to be renamed Club Lambda, has taken first place at the Club fair On Sunday, August 28th. Major credit goes to Amie, Marcia, and Adam for making such an awesome display. The prize we won was a hundred dollars to go for our account. Anyway, the first meeting is coming up this Sunday and I can't wait for it. Peace out queers and allies!

Current Mood: chipper
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