Aids 2008: Homophobia March

100+ Sex Workers came together to march against Homophobia at the 1st International March against Homophobia While I was marching with everyone there was a beautiful transgendered woman from the group behind us, who was telling me that this was the very first time foreigners were allowed by the government to march in Mexico. This is not only amazing and a historic moment, but also that over 100 sex workers came to march and show their support for the LGBTIQQ community. The energy was amazing, and the NSWP, Aproase, and others gave us t-shirts so we would all match! But wait! there’s MORE! We marched 3 MILES, carrying banners, signs and chanting the whole way!

Sorry I’m behind in my postings (this is from August 2nd) but my Internet is quite spotty here, and we are all sharing laptops to get everything done that we need to get done for the conference!! I’ll get more pictures up as soon as possible from the march, and many other amazing amazing things will be coming coming coming!

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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.