Calling All Lesbian Writers!

(Re-posting from an email):
Below is an announcement for this year’s Lesbian Writers Fund. The deadline for application is Monday, June 30th. Please feel free to forward this widely to anyone you think may be interested.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at grants@astraeafoundation.org, or call me at 212-529-8021ext22.

Warmly,
Lorraine Ramirez
Program Associate
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$10,000 to Lesbian Writers! Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2008 (for receipt in Astraea’s office)

The Lesbian Writers Fund of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

For emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers within the U.S. First place awardees and two runners-up in the poetry and fiction categories will receive cash awards ($10,000 for awardee, $1,500 for runners-up). Thanks to Skip’s Sappho Fund, at least one grant will be awarded to a lesbian writer who is based west of the Mississippi River. Please note that the application is in two documents – please read both thoroughly before compiling and sending in your application. Please make sure to read the guidelines thoroughly for eligibility criteria and submission instructions. There will not be an ID number on your application. Please call the Astraea office, or email us, for an ID number prior to applying.

For more information, or a copy of guidelines and application for the above grants, please contact us at: 212-529-8021, ext. 22 or via email at: grants@astraeafoundation.org. Guidelines and application forms are also available online at: http://www.astraeafoundation.org/PHP/Grants/DeadlinesAllGrants.php4

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.

TheEroticReview’s Dave Elms in Jail — Now What?

I’ve been quiet in these parts lately because I’ve been following the story of TheEroticReview.com’s Dave Elms over at Valleywag. I’ve got two articles up today with interviews with women who use TER, who’ve had run-in’s with Elms where he tried to get sex from them for free, and when they refused, he pulled their reviews:

This is probably not news to most BNG readers who’ve dealt with TER, but it was to The New York Times, who have been trying to get sex workers to talk to them on the record about Elms and TER, and have yet to run their story. Sex workers’ concerns with going to the Times were the subject of my second article today:

And The Next Plea Deal Goes To . . .

3rd Guilty Plea in “Prostitution Ring”

A 62-year-old former tax specialist who ran the high-priced online escort service that was patronized by Eliot Spitzer pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal prostitution and money laundering charges.

I know we’ve touched on this here before, but the use of “prostitution ring” irritates me. What does that mean, really?