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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

Alec Clayton (my husband) is a fabulous painter and writer (yes, I'm biased and a fan). He describes himself: "I'm a graybeard barreling past middle age - an artist and writer and proud PFLAG activist."- He no longer paints, focusing on writing now, but his paintings have been shown throughout the Pacific Northwest. Alec writes a weekly art criticism column, a weekly community theater review column, and five novels. He has written a book about art: "As If Art Matters" and has some of his writings about art (and more) are on his website.

Alec and I bring over 30 years experience in graphic arts & writing, and a dedication to high quality, dependable and timely service. We avoid flashy gimmicks and seek maximum impact through clarity of statement and solid design.- Web design, book publishing, editing & layout services and graphic design.-
    We use:

CreateSpace - is part of the Amazon group of companies, offering print-on-demand publishing of books, CDs, and DVDs without setup fees or inventory for independent content creators, publishers, film studios, and music labels.

CafePress - an online marketplace where individuals, organizations and businesses can create, buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company's print-on-demand and e-commerce services. We use CafePress for t-shirts, coffee cups and other items.

Mira Digital Publishing - a "one-stop shop" for conference and other publishing needs based in St. Louis, MO. Alec used Mira to print the first run of "The Wives of Marty Winters" and we were impressed with their service and pricing. They do book, CD/DVD production and duplication and more.


Steve Schalchlin - Living in the Bonus Round - composer/lyricist/singer/pianist, internet diarist and my dear friend. Steve writes, "I talk about health stuff because I was and still am a patient dealing with AIDS, diabetes, Graves' Disease, etc. ... I talk about Religion because I was Baptist (and I was gay - (*SCREECH*) ... I'm Just A Guy - I also talk about politics a little, but that's not what the site is about. It's just about one man's life (me). I'm still alive and still pounding out tunes. (My last name is pronounced SHACK-lin.)"-

The Last Session - by Steve Schalchlin and his partner Jim Brochu.

Also in The Last Session productions I have seen: Bob Stillman - Stephen Bienskie - Amy Coleman - and others. Wow!

The Big Voice - God or Merman - by Steve Schalchlin and his Jim Brochu.

and Zero Hour - - Jim Brochu wrote and stars in as Zero Mostel. page.html

Steve Schalchlin has produced four CDs of the songs from these shows and more.

Listen to "Will It Always be Like This? (Gabi's Song)" here:

Steve sang this in public for the first time at a national PFLAG conference in Washington DC in 2000 with Alec and I sitting in the audience.

Here are the lyrics to-  Will It Always be Like This?.
The song is on two of Steve's CDs: The Bonus Round Sessions (2001) and Beyond the Light - (2002).
Intro to Gabi's Song is on the Beyond the Light album.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale Steve's CDs goes to support Youth Guardian Services.
You can order them at



Also please watch this video to listen to Steve Schalchlin's song, "John Lennon's Piano"

which was written after he was flown to Olympia in May 2007

to recognize the 12th anniversary of the day Bill committed suicide
 as part of the amazing IMAGINE Piano
Peace Project.


Steve wrote: "John Lennon's IMAGINE piano tour visited the home of Bill Clayton,

a teenager who committed suicide after a gaybashing. I was invited to sing and play for the event.

This video is my personal reflection of what happened."



Wow! Read more about that event in my blog here, and in Steve's blog here.

(Read those from the bottom up for chronological posts.)

And don't miss Jim Brochu at
and Jim's Sunday Sermon - 

Kulak's Woodshed  - When he lived in Los Angeles, Steve Schalchlin (above) is one of the songwriters who used to hang out at this a live acoustic music, singer songwriter listening room and pioneering multi-camera webcast recording studio in North Hollywood California. A labor of love created by Paul Kulak in November, 1999 operated by volunteers and funded by audience donations. The artists who perform there range from emerging independent talents to number one hit writers and Grammy winners. All performances are webcast live 8:00 -10:00pm-ish PST (see the calendar) and there are archived songs you can listen to 24/7.



Southern Baptist Sissies is the GLAAD Award-winning play by writer/director Del Shores. It is the story of four boys who grew up in the Southern Baptist Church who are gay and how they each deal with the conflict between the church and their sexuality. I first met Del when my friend Michael Sugar took me to see Southern Baptist Sissies in Los Angeles on 9/23/2002. It is a wonderful, powerful, funny, touching play. I know the date because I still have the email I sent Del two days later: "Hi Del, I met you at the Zephyr Theatre after I saw Southern Baptist Sissies two nights ago. I'm the woman who told you one of my sons committed suicide after a bashing. Thank you and the cast and crew for a tremendous night of theater." Del wrote & directed the zany movie favorite of mine: Sordid Lives (and the television series) and other films including: "Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?" and "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife." He has been a writer/producer for Showtime's "Queer as Folk" and other television shows. Wikipedia for Southern Baptist Sissies here. FACEBOOK:, TWITTER: @SBSissies 


The Southern Baptist Sissies campaign is launched to raise the funds to shoot the play live for film. As the rhetoric of churches and religious-based organizations grows stronger and more hateful, it is gay and questioning youths growing up in the church who continue to be caught in the crossfire. The film stars Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Spirit Award-winner Dale Dickey (Winter's Bone, True Blood), Rosemary Alexander (Sordid Lives), Ann Walker (Sordid Lives), Newell Alexander (August: Osage County), Joe Patrick Ward (Sordid Lives: The Series), Emerson Collins (Sordid Lives: The Series), Matthew Scott Montgomery (So Random, Yellow), Luke Stratte-McClure (Yellow), and Willam Belli (RuPaul's Drag Race, Nip/Tuck).


Teen Files: The Truth About Hate - This very powerful video on hate and prejudice was produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions as a 1999 TV special made for a youth audience. In it they had me sit down and talk to four homophobic teens about Bill.- My essay about the experience for our local PFLAG newsletter is posted at
There is also a Real Audio interview with Chuck Limbert, San Francisco police officer on his Teen Files experience and his work with youth on hate issues on GenderTalk # 204, May 3, 1999:

"The Truth About Hate" can be ordered as a video or DVD from Discovery Education. See the description here, and the formats available in long and short versions with prices here. (listed with other films in the "Teen Files: The Truth About ...").

"This machine kills fascists."
     Woody Guthrie (inscription on his guitar)

"This instrument surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."
     Pete Seeger (inscription on his banjo)

"Arm the homeless."
     Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine (inscription on his guitar)
What would you inscribe?

Ace Lundon - an online friend - "Born in Beresford, S.D., in 1936, Lundon was raised on a farm. He attended several colleges and studied English, abnormal psychology and counseling, social science, biblical history and theology, journalism, history and public relations. Though he is a lifelong Republican, Lundon is an activist for women's rights and minority rights. He devoted a portion of his life in the 1950's and 1960's to evangelism as a youth pastor, and he is a firm believer in the separation of church and state. After spending most of his life in the closet, he is now an advocate of gay rights. Lundon has also worked as a syndicated columnist, reporter, movie reviewer and the managing editor of two national publications: Zipper magazine and The Coast To Coast Times, a homophile newspaper with the second largest circulation in the United States in the 1970's. After losing his soul mate, Patrick John Algarin, to AIDS, Lundon became a board member of the Nevada AIDS Foundation and raised more than $10,000.00 for a memorial. His first book, an autobiography titled, The Closets Are Empty -‚¬¦ The Dining Room's Full, was published in 1993." Ace is also the author of Through the Needle's Eye, "a psychological drama about wealth, politics, religion, medical science and the AIDS virus, an unseen enemy. Three friends join to battle the bigotry which threatens America." And also, The Legend of The Planet Itnava, his foray into science fiction as social commentary.

The Closet Light - a website created by Ace Lundon, who wrote: "We all probably have some closet in our life. It is past time that we should dare to learn about the closets of life. We can make a difference and become a great help by creating a national - - even international conversation. Maybe the world will be a better world if folks could be helped to live in truth, not lies!" and the blog

Arts Corps - Seattle - unleashes individuals' potential through free art classes for kids ages 3-19. It's a youth development program that partners with schools and community organizations to bring free arts classes to low-income youth. Arts Corps works to promote a just and compassionate society that celebrates human possibility and the transformative power of the arts and to provide access to diverse learning opportunities that use art as the tool to nurture critical thinking, individual power and creativity.

The Bad Fruit Foundation - Seattle/King County - provide advocacy, support, information, and financial assistance to underrepresented and underinsured members of the art community of experiencing life-altering illness or injury in the hope that they will not have to sacrifice their art for their wellness. "Basically, we're a group of artists using art to help other artists."-

The Bent Writing Institute - based in Seattle - the nation's only "little queer writing institute that could" working to promote and encourage written and spoken word among LGBTIQ people and communities. The institute offers classes designed for beginners as well as advanced writers. There is information on events they sponsor and resources on the website.

Blues To Do - based in Seattle - The most complete source of information about live blues in the Northwest. "Marlee Walker is a blues media diva with a microphone, newspaper, Web site and a cable-TV show. Her Blues To Do enterprises are celebrating a 15th anniversary as indispensable sources of blues information around the Pacific Northwest." 12-19-06 editorial column by Lance Dickie in The Seattle  Times.

Bob Stillman was playing Gideon in The Last Session (below) when I met him. He was born in New York City studied music at Princeton University before attending Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. A classically trained pianist and musical composer, his musical influences range from Brahms to Joni Mitchell, from Kurt Weill to James Taylor, from Randy Newman to the Beatles to Sting. His debut CD "Come Down Angel" was released in 2004.

Border Art Residency -
La Union, New Mexico. The founders are Alec's nephew Ray Parish, a sculptor who teaches at University of Texas El Paso, and his wife Becky Hendrick, a painter, teacher and the author of Getting It: A Guide to Understanding and Appreciating Art (Houghton Mifflin, 2002); About and Through the Arts: Lessons and Activities for Creative Teaching and Learning (Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2005); and _______'s Book of Beliefs (iUniverse, 2005).
The six month to one year residency provides a professional studio artist working in drawing & painting, media art, or multi media with the opportunity to concentrate on the work, without distraction, in a quiet rural setting. The program enables artists to break new ground while focusing on individual goals ~ to strengthen art in the El Paso area ~ to broaden community understanding of contemporary art ~ to provide a venue for local art educators to share the experience of art making with their students. and

Bump Kitchen - hot Northwest blues and grooves, this great band is a perfect mix of original tunes and spicy twists of popular favorites. The band is Tony Harper: lead vocals & percussion ~ Jho Blenis: guitar & vocals ~ Everett James: drums, percussion & vocals ~ Mark Bittler: keyboards & vocals ~ Joe Bevens: bass & vocals

BustingBinaries - created by my friend Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz and Ana-Maurine Lara who are writers and organizers in an effort to build a community of resistance by addressing the binaries in our movements with opportunities for organizers, writers and artists to learn about, dialogue and actively challenge binary thinking and action.

BustingBinaries blog - where you can share you thoughts, resources and binary busting experiences.-

Capital Playhouse - Olympia, WA - uses music, theater, and dance to build self-confidence, maturity,- self-discipline, responsibility, and leadership for the youth (ages 5 - 18) of our community.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma - based at University of Washington in Seattle - a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism; advocates ethical and thorough reporting of trauma; sensitive, professional treatment of victims and survivors by journalists, and greater awareness by media organizations of the impact of trauma coverage on both news professionals and news consumers. They educate working journalists about the science and psychology of trauma and the implications for news coverage through this website, academic research, seminars, workshops and training. They serve as a forum for print, broadcast and Internet journalists to analyze issues, exchange ideas and advance strategies related to reporting on violence and catastrophic stress. They also create and sustain partnerships among media professionals, therapists and others concerned with trauma, and nurture peer-support among working journalists. Online self-study; best practices; news and features; personal stories; trauma research/fact sheets and more.

Dear Violet. letter from a desert grave - by N. Sigafoos. "A small book with big ideas."
Wow, this powerful book is beautifully written! It is a bold and sensitive story told through the words of a dead American lesbian Army private who has paid "the ultimate price" in Iraq. The book is published by Sigafoos & Witcher Publishing, a small press based in Olympia that is dedicated to peace and healing. It is available through the publisher at or at Barnes & Noble.

Diverse Harmony - Seattle's gay/straight alliance youth chorus, designed to nurture friendships, promote musical abilities and provide a safe place where gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gendered and straight youth (ages 14-22) participate in a choral community where they celebrate their diversity through music.

Downtowners - Olympia, WA - this 47 minute documentary was created by Jessica Eskelson and Nichole Ketcherside, two students from the Evergreen State College.  In September of 2004 they were given an assignment to choose a location and conduct a brief ethnographic observation. Both chose the downtown Olympia Transit Center as the site which lead to their observation that many of the youth who were hanging out there were homeless. In this film they explore issues such as sexual violence, public space, gender roles, street culture, and community perceptions. The voices of the youth inspire a connection and understanding seldom experienced by those who lack direct experience with the streets. Watch it here and online: and you can order the DVD from Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) here:


The Elliott Bay Book Company - Seattle, in the heart of the historic Pioneer Square District.This bookstore is home to over 150,000 titles of both new and used books, including a number of antique and signed or limited editions. Each month, the Elliott Bay Book Group reads and discusses the best in contemporary fiction and underground fiction from the fringes of the classics. They also have a newsletter, a cafe and more.

ESPY Music Group , Bob A Lew Music , and EMG Studio - run by my friends Kim and Ronda Espy in Cedar Creek, Texas - to create a more creative environment for songwriters and artists. Their publishing catalogues have had songs recorded on albums and CDs that have sold more than 75 million copies. EMG is very active in promoting its catalogue, writer/artist development, Film Music Supervision and in 2000 opened EMG STUDIO, a full service recording studio.-

Find OUT! - a list of books and other materials at the San Francisco Public Library related to the topic of gender and sexual orientation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning teens.

Find OUT! Community Resources - resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning teens from the San Francisco Public Library.

Flamin' Amy Coleman was playing Vicki in The Last Session (below) when I met her. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and began her life long love affair with music when she listened to her first Beatles album. Soon after the Beatles, she found out about Aretha, Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, Bertolt Brecht and Edith Piaf all of whom continue to be prime influences and inspirations and help explain how and from where Amy developed her eclectic style of singing. Her solo CD is "flame on..."

Free to Disagree - Olympia, WA - organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of pro-peace and democracy through billboard "advertising".

Free Radio Olympia - an unlicensed, direct action radio station broadcasting at 100 watts on 98.5 FM in Olympia, Washington, Cascadia . This station's goal is to provide information and education to the community by offering diverse content including independent and local music, alternative commentary and news programs, and coverage of local events. The content and nature of free radio broadcasting is determined by whoever feels the need and desire for expression on the airwaves by participating.

Goodreads - where you can see what your friends are reading, including me.

The Grrrls Rock Project - Olympia, WA - a project developed by two Evergreen State College students, Hava Aviv and Mindy Bergen. These two hair-raising riot grrrl single mamas intended to engage the female youth of the Pacific Northwest, empowering Olympia's Grrrls and looking to inspire the world through anti-oppression work, community building, music, spoken word, film and creative thought. and-

The Heartsparkle Players - Olympia, WA - a multicultural company that uses Playback Theatre and other interactive theatre techniques as tools for community building, education and social change. They empower communities and individuals by providing a forum for stories to be shared, heard and honored.

Richard Hugo House - Seattle, WA - a center for the literary arts that nurtures writers and readers of all ages from every background, offering classes, residencies and events.

Inlaws & Outlaws - a powerful, exquisite new film by writer, director, filmmaker Drew Emery of Seattle, WA and the True Stories Project - As the gay marriage debate rages on, this film goes beyond the rhetoric to explore just what it means to be married. It gets past all the rhetoric to capture the heart of the matter: it's about love. Everybody has a story to tell about meeting their mate, deciding to commit and struggling with the ups and downs of a long-term (or not-so-long-term) relationship. By weaving together a series of refreshingly honest interviews, Inlaws & Outlaws takes a humorous and wide-angled look at real relationships of all shapes and sizes. Whether straight or gay, young or old, coupled or single, by the end, you'll be rooting for them all ... and falling in love with love. It's marriage from the inside. And out.

Felicia Loud - based in Seattle - Drew Emery called the film Inlaws & Outlaws a musical comedy during a talkback in Olympia on February 27, 2007. It was very funny at times, and the luscious, mellow jazz and blues songs in it were sung by Felicia Loud.

KAOS Olympia Community Radio - 89.3FM - from The Evergreen State College - Olympia, WA. Programming includes eclectic music, women's issues, Native American, Spanish language, Broadway, comedy, radio theater, spoken word, Democracy Now!, local, national and international public affairs, call-in discussion and more.

Lizard Productions - my friend Liz Latham produced We're Here to Stay - A Documentary About the History of Hands Off Washington and the Politics of Hate in Washington State (1998) and is now working on God's Perfect Hate about the murder of James Byrd, Jr. of Jasper, Texas, and the struggle to pass the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act in Texas. Lizard Productions also does corporate video and legal video services.

matter! - Olympia, WA -  a contemporary, fine art gallery where art and sustainability hang together, featuring artworks from over 100 artists using recycled and reclaimed materials.

Media Island International (MII) - Olympia - operates a resource and networking center committed to collecting, processing, and distributing crucial information -- addressing the social justice, economic democracy, ecological sustainability and peace issues that we all collectively face. Understanding that people's access to information is limited by corporate ownership and control of most communication outlets, Media Island is dedicated to provide access to alternative media and first-hand sources of information regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Mosaic Multicultural Foundation - Seattle - a network of artists, social activists and community builders formed to create cross-cultural alliances, mentoring relationships and social connections that encourage greater understanding between diverse peoples, elders and youth and those of various cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Mosaic recognizes the need to put essential pieces together in order to form a whole, even if it means looking in troublesome or unexpected places. Efforts at problem solving rely on locating the genius of the situation, the unique spirit of an individual, group, or community that becomes a key to understanding problems and fitting the pieces together in new ways. Mosaic Voices of Youth ~ poems, essays and audio that celebrate the rich diversity of our culture.

OlyBlog - devoted to hyperlocal news and discussion specifically about Olympia, Washington. Founded by Rick McKinnon. Contributors to OlyBlog are citizen journalists who care about their community and are tired of corporate media. It includes a calendar of events and more.

The Olympia Film Society (OFS) - shows independent, international and classic film year-round in the historic Capitol Theater, built in 1924. They offer special live performances, produce a nationally recognized film festival and more.

Olympia indymedia - the open-publishing newswire is the heart of the indymedia. In this forum, people can deliver their own original message, in their own words (and photos, audio and video), directly to an audience without editorial interference. Empowering people to become the media in this way is the intent and purpose of open publishing. Anyone can post to Olympia indymedia's open publishing newswire.Articles are not passed through an editorial board or approval process. Once articles and media are on the site, they may be hidden according to the editorial policy. The content of posts is never edited though sometimes formatting is corrected (someone forgot to check html checkbox, or made html errors etc).

Orca Books - Olympia --  the largest, full-service independent bookstore between Seattle and Portland. They stock over 70,000 new, used, out-of-print & rare books and will order new books too.- They have a calendar of events, a bookseller blog and more.

The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project -Seattle - helps teens in distress (LGBT youth, and also incarcerated youth, street youth, hospitalized youth, etc.) write poetry about their lives. Pongo prints teen poetry chapbooks that are distributed free to distressed youth and also to agencies, institutions, libraries, judges, therapists, etc.; and they give workshops in their teaching techniques to staff.

Powell's Bookstore - Portland, Oregon - a huge wonderful independent bookstore.-

The Rainbow Center - Olympia and Thurston County, WA - a virtual community center created to facilitate the critical element of networking the many people, events and groups of our thriving and diverse GLBT & allied communities. " It is our hope that the Rainbow Center will become a touch stone for all local GLBT folks seeking to create the equality in society, an equality that will some day make the need for safe GLBT space obsolete."-  Publishes Rainbow Journal Olympia , maintains a calendar of community events, and more.

Rainbow List - co-sponsored by the American Library Association's Social Responsibility Round Table and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered Round Table, the list presents well-written and illustrated books with strong gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgendered/queer-questioning messages published in the past 18 months that are recommended for young people from birth through eighteen years of age. It is a list of quality fiction and nonfiction titles that present positive views of alternative lifestyles. Fiction and nonfiction should have readable text and a format appealing to children and/or teens. Titles must be accurate and able to stand on their own. Although the list attempts to present a variety of reading tastes and levels, no effort will be made to balance the list according to subject, area of interest, age or genre. The list is prepared for the use of young people, from birth through eighteen years of age. Adults who work with young readers may also find it of interest.

The Real Change Newspaper - Seattle - Each month, more than 250 homeless and vulnerably housed vendors get a hand up to helping themselves by selling the Real Change weekly newspaper, a Seattle weekly activist publication with an ear to the street. The publication is sold by Seattle's homeless, and helps them earn the money they need to get ahead. The Real Change readers are educated, socially-concerned, and loyal. They respect and depend upon the newspaper's award-winning journalism for information about their community and how they can get involved and make a difference. The publication strives to create fairness, opportunity and community by covering issues that socially conscious people want to know about, from topics surrounding poor and homelessness, to stories about labor, the environment, public health and civil liberties (to name a few). Real Change exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. Each month, more than 250 homeless and vulnerably housed vendors get a hand up to helping themselves by selling the Real Change weekly newspaper.-  Real Change's groundbreaking advocacy and organizing work is building a cross-class movement of homeless people and their allies that can deliver real wins for those who need change the most. The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project has many faces including the newspaper, an advocacy group, a homeless speakers bureau, and literary workshops and more.

Out of the Margins - Seattle - developed in partnership between Real Change and the Seattle Public Library, this series of literary arts workshops aims to empower and build confidence through offering the underserved public access to educational and creative opportunities at the Seattle Public Library.


Watch these great Real Change videos:
Changes Them...Changes You and Real Change in Seattle (from a NW Cable News report).

Reel Grrls - Seattle, WA - an after-school media & technology training program that empowers girls to critique media images and to gain media technology skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals. Each year, 100 girls go through this program and graduate with valuable skills in video, audio, and web production. "We believe that it is important to give young women the skills to critically evaluate the media they are exposed to and then to empower them to produce their own media. As media plays such an influential role in our global society, we believe that if women and girls are to achieve equality and advancement in today's world they must be taught to be media literate."

Rebecca Riots - this AMAZING -‚¬Å“radical folk-‚¬ trio founded in 1993 by Andrea Prichett, Lisa Zeiler, and Eve Decker is one of my all time favorites and I have been lucky to see and hear them in concert three times (so far) at Traditions in Olympia. Musically Rebecca Riots is upbeat, energized folk music. They do three part harmonies, guitar, mandolin and harmonica. On stage, the three women are charismatic, funny, and inspiring. Songs and between-song banter touch on a range of issues, including combating homophobia; gay-straight alliance; police accountability; healing through interfaith spiritual practice (the three musicians are Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist); caring for the country's homeless; prisoner's rights; positive body image for women; building with straw bale; gratitude toward nature; facing death and loss; anti-apartheid work; Palestinian rights; love and support of children and teens; and good old celebratory love songs.

Listen to Rebecca Riots "How I Feel" (3:16) on Some Folks (1998) and "How I Feel Now" (3:36) on Just As Sure (2004) by Lisa Zeiler - on my Coming Out resource page.

Reclaim the Media - Seattle - a coalition of independent journalists, media activists and community organizers in the Pacific Northwest who are promoting press freedom and community media access as prerequisites for a functioning democracy. They encourage noncommercial media, local media, and community involvement in media production and distribution. Reclaim the Media is dedicated to pursuing a more just society by transforming our media system and expanding the communications rights of ordinary people through grassroots organizing, education, networking and advocacy. NW community radio directory and more.

Renna Communications - this is my good friend Cathy McElrath Renna and her partner Leah McElrath Renna's company, and they have nearly two consecutive decades of communications experience and unparalleled particular expertise in meeting the needs of those who focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, In addition, they partner with progressive organizations and foundations around other topics and work with health-related concerns and socially responsible businesses. Renna Communications also helps groups and individuals with special projects such as events, press conferences, or the dissemination of research findings, and creative endeavors such as book publications, film distributions or theater productions. "Whether your goals are to gain media coverage and shape national political dialogue or to expand your visibility and reach more people in need, you have something you need to communicate. You have an important story to tell. As a client of Renna Communications, you can be certain of one thing: We'll get your story told."

The Righteous Mothers - Clare Meeker, Marla Beth Elliott, Wendy Crocker, and Lisa Brodoff are four funny, fabulous, philosophical, female progressive feminist folk musicians based in the Olympia area. They have fantastic songs including: "Pesky Angels" one of my favorites.- -

Seattle Gay News (SGN) - The 3rd oldest Gay & Lesbian publication in the United States, proudly serving Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for 33 years.

Hot Activist Suggestions - a column in SGN by Sarah Luthens "with suggestions on how queers and allies can make the world more LGBT-friendly. ...(She is Lambda Legal's Public Education Campaign Coordinator, based in Seattle)-  She includes other items around anti-racism, efforts opposed to the Iraq war, fighting economic injustices, and other inter-connected anti-oppression work. As a longtime LGBT activist working on a number issues, she is always appreciative of ways to connect with other queer folks and allies who are energized to work to make the world a better place. More on Sarah here:

Backstage @ Seattle Rep - an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of one of the country's largest regional theatres, from rehearsal halls to dressing rooms to drunken company picnics. Our son Noel is the swingperson (a stagehand) at the Seattle Repertory Bagley Wright Theatre.

Studio Coyote, Hit the Streets and CityWorks - Seattle - Founded by Marybeth Satterlee and Greg Ewert, Studio Coyote opens up the city for junior-high youth aged 10 to 15 to discover their rich intellectual and creative talents through projects and problem solving with professionals in real-life settings. They recruited excellent teachers and gifted professionals to invite kids into their laboratories, studios and workshops. Coyote sets up 18 workshops in the heart of Seattle so that 200 junior high kids can step out into the city to try their hands at creative problem-solving in professional workplaces. The young artists of Hit the Streets, ages 12 to 15, learn technical and vocational skills spending five weeks with professional public artists as they design, fabricate, and install their artwork. CityWorks projects give Coyote youth from Studio Coyote or Hit the Streets a chance to take their newly acquired skills and enthusiasms to the next level with commissioned art work installations and more.

Social Application of the Arts (SAA) - Seattle, WA - addresses the use of the arts to make a difference at the individual, family, community, corporate, and societal levels.-

Three Dollar Bill Cinema - Seattle, WA - provides access to queer cinema, a forum for the exchange of ideas, and a venue for queer filmmakers to show their work. They produce the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and other events.

Traditions Fair Trade - Olympia, WA - folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries. Also a cafe and center for concerts, workshops and public forums; a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.

UWOnCue - Seattle, WA - a University of Washington arts organization dedicated to social contribution, the enhancement of education, and community development through art. We are committed to art being used to make specific measurable differences in areas of life that people care about.-

The Washington State Arts Alliance/Foundation (WSAA/F) - "High quality arts experiences. Artistic freedom. Lifelong arts education. Arts diversity. A vital and inclusive arts network. Strong public and private investment in the arts. These are not just luxuries, they are vital threads in the fabric of our society." ~ Brenda Ueland. WSAA is the leading statewide arts advocacy organization working to promote public funding, legislation, and policy favorable to the arts. Working in tandem with WSAAF, the Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation, a charitable organization, works to increase knowledge, understanding, appreciation and practice of the arts in Washington State through communication and education. Together, both organizations are building on nearly thirty years of history to create a voice for the arts in Washington State.

Works In Progress - a monthly progressive community newspaper based in Olympia - confronting injustice and encouraging a participatory democracy based on economic, social, and environmental justice. Works In Progress is dedicated to providing a voice for those most affected by the exclusionary and unfair practices that seek to silence the oppressed.

X-FEST youth arts festival Olympia 2007 - a combination of folks who believe in youth voice, power and creativity. During the months of April and May, community members will get together to lead workshops to help the youth learn how to state manage, run sound boards and light boards, set up a stage for live music, or film screenings. They will learn how to make flyers, conduct fundraising events, seek sponsorship and train volunteers for a festival.

YAYA Media - -  Olympia/Thurston County - the Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Media project helps youth and young adults up to age 24 share their voices and their stories with the community. They conduct workshops and trainings in digital video production, storytelling and media literacy, valuing the expression of youth directed video projects. By producing and discussing media, young people develop technical skills, become more community involved, and take on leadership roles.  and-

Youth of Olympia Doing Art (Y.O.D.A.) - The-  center will facilitate the creation of art and music among the youth of Olympia. It will provide space for youth from a wide range of backgrounds to work on individual or collaborative projects and receive professional instruction in the necessary skills for the completion of these projects. It will also provide a space for presentation of projects in the form of a gallery and venue. It will embrace the tenets of popular education to enhance the overall arts culture of Olympia. The Center will house: an audio recording studio, rehearsal and studio space for creation of art and music, a gallery and venue space, private rooms for individual instruction in arts and music, and space for overall youth interaction and peer review of projects.

50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills - Smashing Magazine collected over 50 useful and practical tools and resources that will help you to improve your writing skills. You will find copywriting blogs, dictionaries, references, teaching classes, articles, tools as well as related articles from other blogs. - daily online news source with gay news and current affairs from around the world. Based in Toronto, Canada.

About Gay Movies - information about gay themed movies & tv-series., with reviews; pictures; wallpapers; a forum, gay; lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual film festivals, gay movie history and more.

Accessory to Murder: Our Culture's Complicity in the Death of Ryan Skipper - a documentary about the murder of Ryan Keith Skipper, 25, who was- killed in an- anti-gay hate crime in Winter Haven, Florida on March 14, 2007. This film was produced by- Mary Meeks and Vicki Nantz, with analysis from psychologist Kathryn Norsworthy, Ph.D.,- of Rollins College and civil rights activist Brian Winfield of Equality Florida;- commentary by Rev. Phyllis Hunt and other participants include Ryan's mother, stepfather and brother, several of Ryan's closest friends, as well as Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Florida gay rights activist Debbie Simmons. It explores the rampant homophobia which is- present in our culture's institutions,- from religion, education, law enforcement to politics.- "Our society and its leaders must- bear responsibility for the murder of Ryan Skipper who lived in a culture that devalued and- demeaned him, and ultimately targeted him for violence and death."

Active Voice - is a team of strategic communication specialists who put powerful media to work for personal and institutional change in communities, workplaces, and campuses across America. Through practical guides, hands-on workshops, compelling personal stories and perspectives seldom found in mainstream media,and more they offer an outlet to people across America to speak out, listen up, and take the initiative for positive change. -  - - 

Adbusters Media Foundation - a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces, who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.-

The Advocate - The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine.-

The AIDS Show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival - a 1987 PBS documentary by Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen of Telling Pictures.-  focuses on a theater piece mounted in the early days of the epidemic at San Francisco's Theater Rhinoceros. "We were moved by the powerful interplay of humor and drama in the show," says Epstein, "and were struck by how accessible it was for diverse audiences. We set out to capture its spirit on film." The play was co-authored by twenty San Francisco Bay Area artists and was the first work by any theater company in the nation to deal with the AIDS epidemic

Air America Radio (AAR) - a national progressive entertainment talk radio network broadcast in 89 top U.S. stations, via XM satellite radio and live Internet streaming audio.-  AAR's on-air personalities include today's top political and popular satirists, commentators, and activists.- - news and features published in the 125 papers that belong to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies . Updated throughout the work week, will help readers find the latest news about politics, crime, social issues, the environment, health, sex, food, film, music, art and books--all with a different perspective from what is generally found on wire-service and daily-newspaper Web sites.

AlterNet is a project of the Independent Media Institute , a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism. The AlterNet website is designed to serve as an "online helper," leading individuals, policy professionals and journalists alike to sources for information and insight. Alternet writes: There is a word for this role. It is an "infomediary." There are AlterNet email newsletters you can subscribe to: "Headlines"; "DrugReporter"; "MediaCulture"; "Rights & Liberties"; "War on Iraq"; "WireTap" (youth in pursuit of the dirty truth.); and "AlterNet Blog Peek".-

Alyson Publications - books by, for and about lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. "In fiction and nonfiction format, Alyson books explore the political, legal, financial, medical, spiritual, social, and sexual aspects of gay, lesbian, and bisexual life and the contributions to and experiences in society of our community."

Artists Against Racism - an international educational organization where many of youths' heroes -- renowned musicians, actors, writers and performing artists -- lend their names and their voices to speak out and serve as role models to youth. Their aim is to combat racial and religious prejudice which youth often learn from their friends, society, peer pressure, parents, racist record labels which have a huge mail order market, and racist websites.-

Arts & Letters Daily - Six days a week the editors scour hundreds of online periodicals to serve up links to the most thought-provoking articles, book reviews, and essays available. - visual art and feminist cultural production across and between disciplines and geographical boundaries, originated by MaryRoss Taylor and Mary Jo Aagerstoun.

As If It Matters - six stories beneath the surface - a 22 minute video by and for youth through Free Zone, an arts for social change collaborative project of GSA Network and LYRIC in San Francisco. Six stories, one high school, 24 hours, and so many questions. As If It Matters deals with issues of homophobia, cultural acceptance, body image, relationship and labels. It is intended to spark dialogue, increase the visibility of LGBTQ youth experiences, and inspire people to take action against discrimination and harassment in their communities and schools.

Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language - American Psychological Association's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concern developed this to assist authors in avoiding bias when writing specifically about lesbians, gay men, and bisexual persons, as well as in general discussions of sexuality.

Barbara & Tibby: A Love Story - In the Face Of Hate - They just celebrated 39 years of life together. One, a teacher. The other, a psychotherapist.
Their dream:-  ~ to live simply ~ to contribute to their community- ~ to take care of each other, their children & grandchildren- ~ to grow old together
After overcoming years of prejudice & discrimination in the name of love, these women made their home in the state of Virginia. This video documents what happens after July 1, 2004, when a law passed that jeopardizes basic civil rights. Barbara & Tibby, concerned with health, family, retirement and security issues, are unable to risk having their legal contracts invalidated at this stage of their lives. They must leave their beloved community and move to another state where the political and social climate is less hostile.

BAGnewsNotes - a progressive blog dedicated to the discussion and analysis of news images.

Behind The Mask - packed with content, this is a beautifully designed web magazine on lesbian and gay affairs in Africa. Through journalistic activism Behind the Mask strives to mainstream lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersex (LGBTI) interests and to change negative attitudes towards homosexuality and same sex traditions in Africa. Gives voice to African LGBTI communities and provides a platform for exchange and debate for LGBTI groups, activists, individuals and allies.

Bibliography for Gay Teens - an extensive fiction and non-fiction bibliography that was used in Gay Teens In The 21st Century: Access To The Future - a pre-conference to the 2000 annual conference of the American Library Association; which was sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association.

Bill Moyers Journal - Bill Moyers is an amazing, wise and sensitive American journalist and public commentator on PBS.-

Bill Moyers Journal: The Blog.

More about Bill Moyers - on Wikipedia.

Blithe House Quarterly - a literary magazine for gay short fiction. "We publish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered fiction not as a genre or ghetto, but as a literature that can stand by any other in its quality and innovation."

BookLink - from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network - items are divided into four categories: grades K-6, 7-12 , educator resources: curricula, books, and videos for classroom use, plus other resources for school faculty and administrators; and other ally resources: materials for families, community activists, and others committed to making schools safe. They are reviewed by staff for quality and appropriateness of content, but some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. They recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability. - complements Book TV programming on C-SPAN2.-

Brother Outsider ~ The Life of Bayard Rustin - an hour-long documentary portrait broadcast as part of P.O.V. on PBS on January 20, 2003. "...Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. ... Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era."-  In the film: "Rustin's and other first-person voices contrast with excerpts from Rustin's FBI files, which present J. Edgar Hoover's view of Rustin as a "suspected communist and known homosexual subversive." BROTHER OUTSIDER creates an aesthetic that reflects Rustin's position as an outsider, a troublemaker and an eloquent speaker who refused to be silenced."

The Care and Feeding of The Press - A guide for press relations staff (or those who play them on TV) compiled by Esther Schindler, with members of the Internet Press Guild . " To save our sanity -- and to enhance our ability to work together -- we have put together this guide, explaining the journalists' side of the story."

Carlos Andrés Gómez - He is an amazing actor, playwright, poet, former social worker and teacher from New York City. "He's turned his passion for poetry into an unlikely and influential career by fusing it with the modern-day stage." (quote from an article by Sarah Higginbotham in Brass). - and

Celebrating Diversity: Resources for Responding to Homophobia - a 3-video collection from The National Film Board of Canada: Sticks and Stones (for 5-12 year olds), In Other Words (for Grades 7 and up), and One of Them (for high school students).

The Center for Social Media - part of the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC showcases and analyzes strategies to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and action. It focuses on social documentaries for civil society and democracy, and on the public media environment that supports them. The center has resource library with news, information on copyright & fair use information, audience engagement, funding & distributing social media, featured artists, teaching materials and more.

The Celluloid Closet - a film by Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen of Telling Pictures. The movies are over 100 years old, and gay movie characters have been with us since the very beginning -- even during the Production Code years, when -‚¬Å“sex perversion-‚¬ was explicitly forbidden. This film has clips from over 100 Hollywood movies, and interviews with many of the filmmakers and stars -- by turns surprising, hilarious and disturbing. The Celluloid Closet makes us see Hollywood images in a whole new light, exploding sexual myths and examining our attitudes about sexuality and sex roles as they evolved through the 20th century.

Codey's World -a gay-friendly fiction and poetry website that is focused on relationships and avoids explicit content. This is an "eclectic gathering of free spirits, misfits and outcasts, Codey's World is not for the faint of heart or those with closed minds. Here you will be exposed to genius and idiocy, comedy and drama, people of action and those who only react, young and old, gay and straight and all points in-between."

My Two Cents Worth - an essay by Codey.

The Commercial Closet - dedicated to charting the evolving worldwide portrayals of the LGBT community in one of the most powerful cultural media of our time -‚¬€œ mainstream advertising. The project proactively reaches out to ad agencies, corporations and the world-at-large to create change through reflection on its collection.  

Note - GLSEN' s The Commercial Closet Student Viewing Guide - - pdf file linked from introduces educators and students to basic media literacy concepts and ads from The Commercial Closet's online collection, and helps them to use those tools in analyzing advertising that depicts LGBT people and issues. There are over 100 ads representing gay youth on the Commercial Closet's site here:

Common Dreams NewsCenter - An eclectic mix of politics, issues and breaking news with an emphasis on progressive perspectives that are increasingly hard to find with our corporate-dominated media.-

Common Threads - a film by Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen of Telling Pictures; narrated by Dustin Hoffman, and original musical score composed and performed by Bobby McFerrin. Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, as told through the lives of five very diverse individuals who shared a common fate. Using the monumental NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt as its central metaphor, the film weaves together personal memories and television news stories to expose the U.S. government's failure to respond to the growing epidemic, and the vibrant protest movement that was born as a result.

Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right? - an excellent article on copyright and the web, published on July 7th, 2007 in Smashing Magazine's Developer's Toolbox (pdf format)

More on copyright:

Creative Commons licenses provide simple, standardized alternatives to the “all rights reserved” paradigm of traditional copyright. Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

Current is a global television network that gives you the opportunity to create and influence what airs on TV, an Emmy award winning independent media company led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and businessman Joel Hyatt.

Daddy & Papa - this wonderful documentary film by Johnny Symons was first shown on PBS. It explores gay fatherhood and its impact on American culture through the stories of four different families From surrogacy, foster care, and interracial adoption, to the complexities of gay marriage and divorce, to the battle for full legal status as parents, Daddy & Papa presents a revealing look at some of the gay fathers who are breaking new ground in the ever-changing landscape of the American family.

The Data Lounge Network - News, surveys, forums and more.

Day Without Art - a day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.

DailyEarth - A global newspaper directory organized by U.S. and country. The U.S. newspapers include descriptions of content and coverage offered by the newspaper and the geographic area covered.

DeepFocus Productions --  Arthur Dong's challenging films and videos include the documentaries Coming Out Under Fire (1994), Licensed to Kill (1997), Family Fundamentals (2002) and more.

Deep Stealth Productions - Calpernia Addams (depicted in the 2003 film Soldier's Girl) and Andrea James create original films "to contribute positive examples against the tide of negative imagery that keeps transgender people from having a voice in the world today." Deep Stealth started with instructional programs to help women in transition, and now they are working on their first dramatic works.

Direland - Politics/media analysis and commentary from veteran political journalist and media critic Doug Ireland, who considers himself a purveyor of what the great I.F. Stone (at whose feet Doug sat as a lad) called "investigative opinion." He's been a columnist for the Village Voice (serving for seven years as its chief media critic), the New York Observer, and the Parisian daily Liberation, among many other publications. He has been out of the closet as a gay man since 1973, and has written extensively about gay political issues. -

The Diversity Syllabuse Database is a resource for journalism educators to use in creating and/or improving diversity courses at the university level. The syllabuses were collected from universities in the United States by News Watch (listed below) with the permission of the professors.

DocuTicker - a selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations. Categories include race, ethnic, gender and sexuality, poverty, immigration, human rights, age and aging, ethics, and much more.

The Education of Shelby Knox - this film by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt is about a young woman in Lubbock, Texas. Her county's high schools teach abstinence as the only safe sex, yet has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the nation. Shelby, a devout Christian who has pledged abstinence until marriage herself, becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex education, profoundly changing her political and spiritual views along the way. - 

emma's revolution - WOW! Pat Humphries & Sandy O's- album one x 1,000,000 = change is some of the most exciting music I have heard in years. Pat & Sandy are grassroots activist musicians whose songs have been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and Pacifica's "Democracy Now!" One of the songs on the CD, "If I Give Your Name," about the undocumented workers who died in the World Trade Center on September 11th, was the Grand Prize Winner in the folk category of the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. It is just one of the amazing ones on this CD.

Enter Into Peace - serves as the independent publishing entity for artist and writer Dawud Wharnsby, working closely with other like minded artists and organizations who share Dawud's philosophy of "bridging nations and tribes through education and the arts". Enter Into Peace distributes Wharnsby's work, alongside material by other independent artists, working to utilize music and art as tools for social change. This is not an "Indie music label", signing artists to exclusive contracts of distribution. They work with artists, providing opportunities for them to express their work through collaborative projects, while encouraging them to maintain their own representation, production, distribution channels and creative direction.-  Session musicians of all genders, faiths, cultures, countries and spectrums of musical accomplishment have been welcomed into production. Enter Into Peace has made its way into school curriculums world-wide.

Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience - a 23 minute documentarty by the Boulder Colorado PFLAG chapterin 2010, created to reveal a glimpse into the lives of transgender and gender diverse people and their families in order to expand understanding and dispel misinformation and stereotypes held by some members of the general public. "Eighteen people and their families share touching stories about the journey from despair and loss to the joy of being the gender they were meant to be. Diversity of ages, ethnicity and background of the interviewees put many faces on what it means to be gender variant. Some topics include how family relationships changed, employment discrimination and coming out at work, issues with law enforcement, interactions after transition, being the parent of a gender variant child and dealing with schools. The emphasis is on positive adjustment, the healthy choices trans people make to work with the challenges, without ignoring them. The purpose for a general non-trans audience will be to create awareness, reduce discomfort and prejudice about transgender persons, and to help people see gender variance as just another aspect of the human experience."

Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience 3 min. trailer from Carol Christenson on Vimeo.


Faces Of Us - a photo campaign created with the purpose of bringing the fight for LGBT rights to the National spotlight by showing the faces and identities of members of the LGBT community and allies who care about these issues. "The fight will not be won unless every legislator in the United States sees that these are their constituents and that the LGBT community deserves FULL EQUAL RIGHTS under the law. ... You and I know that there are members of the LGBT community in EVERY state and marriage is not the only rights issue that we care about. The premise of FACES OF US is that if you show the faces of people who call themselves LGBT or an ally, and give them an opportunity to voice an opinion, then you will be likely to change minds." 

Fenceberry was a wonderful email list about glbtq people and issues in the news-  It was run by Jean Mayberry and Aleta Fenceroy. In 2004 after 8 years they retired. Aleta Fenceroy died of cancer on 9/23/2006. My condolences to her partner, Jean Mayberry. Aleta's memorial is at

FemmeNoir - whether you live in North America, South America, Africa, the United Kingdom, anywhere in the world, you can find information about lesbians of color lifestyles and culture. FemmeNoir is designed to build self-esteem through our history and culture; to encourage a more powerful self-concept via the bridge called our sisters backs who are "doing it" in the communities; and to provide a platform for lesbians of color to express themselves at a time when information truly is power on this information superhighway.

For The Bible Tells Me So - a nonfiction film, running time: 97 minutes screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Director Daniel Karslake's inclusive approach ingeniously reconciles homosexuality, biology and scripture through the prism of the family; indeed, most of the film is devoted to five very normal, very Christian, very American families with names like Gephardt and Robinson - and how they handled learning that they had a gay child. "For The Bible Tells Me So" is neither a pedantic screed nor an academic treatise, yet its theology is informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech. The movie even has a cartoon.

Frameline - a nonprofit media arts organization established in 1981 in conjunction with the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, dedicated to the promotion, distribution and exhibition of lesbian and gay film and video. Frameline's collection has over 170 titles for rental and sale, from experimental to narrative, documentary and short fiction.

Free Press - Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector. They are working to involve the public in media policymaking and to craft policies for a more democratic media system.-

Free Speech TV (FSTV ) - a publicly supported, independent, progressive television channel that reflects the diversity of our society, provides perspectives that are under-represented or ignored by the mainstream media, and shines a national spotlight on engaged citizens working for progressive social change. Seizing the power of television to expand social consciousness, FSTV fuels the movement for progressive social, economic, and political transformation. By exposing the public to perspectives excluded from the corporate-owned media, FSTV empowers citizens to fight injustices, to revitalize democracy, and to build a more compassionate world.

Free Zone in San Francisco is an arts for social change collaborative project of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center). Through arts training and education about social issues, Free Zone inspires LGBTQQ and straight ally youth to use art as a means of self-expression, activism, learning, and community-building. - original content, online resources, news, entertainment, and community interaction.

The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide - provides a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men; to advance gay and lesbian culture by providing a quality vehicle for its best writers and thinkers; and to educate a broader public on gay and lesbian topics.

gendercast - a podcast exploration of gender and what is means to live in, challenge and exist beyond the binary. It is a conversation between all those who identify along the transmasculine spectrum and our allies and supporters. It is a commentary on our culture and a reflection on where we have come from and where we are headed.

GenderTalk - a weekly radio program hosted and run by TG folk. - a web-based television and multimedia center from a progressive angle, covering news, commentary consumer reports, interviews, original documentaries, politics, progressive religion, entertainment and more.

GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) - dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, 8th Edition - offers the tools that reporters, editors, producers and other media professionals they can use for fair, accurate and inclusive reporting on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives and issues.- Includes Offensive Terminology to Avoid and more. (also available to download from that page as a pdf file)

GLAAD's-  Media Essentials, Training Manual / Media Reference Guide - Terms to Know, How to Contact Media Outlets ~ Communications Planning and Strategy ~ Communicating with the Media Establishing Credibility With Reporters ~ Developing Your Talking Points, Framing the Discussion ~ Responding to Interview Requests ~ Planning a Media Event ~ Media Releases, Press Kits & Letters 101 and much more.

GLAAD's Talking About series - a set of discussion resources we hope you will find useful – in the media, in your community, at work, in your place of worship, around the dining room table – to help people better understand several key issues of importance to our community.

Covering Hate Crimes - a resource from GLAAD for media professionals covering hate crimes against LGBT people. It includes a terminology guide, links to legislative statistics, a coverage archive and more.

More: GLAAD Publications and & Resources - and GLAAD Media Center -

Greeting Cards:

Journeys - encouragement cards at Hallmark Gold Crown stores including a coming out card, cards dealing with cancer, loss of young life, infertility, miscarriage, post-partum depression, waiting for test results, caring for an aging parent, thanking a hospice worker or organ donor's family, difficult birthday, addiction recovery, eating disorders and diet support, depression, job loss, leaving a bad situation, quitting a bad habit, and empty nest.

Open Closet - a PFLAG corporate sponsor - offers "Greeting Cards with Gay Regards" - a selection of cards for many occasions, including "Congratulations!" on an adoption by two gay parents or a birthday card from a child's two mommies or daddies. The company was launched to extend love, happiness and cheer to and from the gay community.

Paper Words - from New York City artist Rob Fortier - gay & lesbian coming out cards, opening night cards, grim reaper cards: ("Who knew the Grim Reaper had a sense of humor? There's a twisted side in all of us, and sometimes you just have to let it out!"), adoption cards, just a word cards, holiday cards, everyday occasion cards. Also magnets.

The Gully - a magazine published online for more than six years (from 2000 to 2006). It is no longer published but is still online, offering queer views on everything from the Iraq war and human rights in Guatemala to same-sex marriage and World Cup soccer. It was created by two lesbian activists, Kelly Cogswell & Ana Simo, to encourage activism and redefine and expand gay issues, and was called The Gully, like a ravine created by run-off rainwater, to remind us that even a small amount of water, if it persists in one path long enough, can become a force for change. It had an independent queer view of international news, U.S. politics, activism, race, class, lesbian/gay/transgender issues. Includes reviews of the news, features, a Queer Arts series, and a Spanish edition. "Our difference: the queer outsider's political skepticism and common sense commitment to democracy."

The Healthy Aboriginal Network - creates comics on health and social issues for youth. Topics covered are: Youth health issues, Standing Together, Suicide prevention, Darkness Calls, Gambling addiction, On the Turn, Diabetes prevention, An Invited Threat, Staying in school, and Level Up.

High Contrast - shades of our identities - an interactive photo-narrative exhibit by youth & for youth through Free Zone, an arts for social change collaborative project of GSA Network and LYRIC in San Francisco. "In this exhibit we bring you our voices and images with hopes that you will hear us, see us... and identify. We use art as a means for change-- to show people what they may not choose to see, to incite dialogue, and to inspire transformation. We want to make schools free from harassment, discrimination, and violence. We don't want anyone to leave thinking, 'this isn't my issue.'" Because all kinds of people are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Because there are so many shades to our identities. Because we all deserve to be safe enough to learn."

Hollywood's Race/Ethnicity and Gender-Based Casting: Prospects for a Title VII Lawsuit - by Russell Robinson, UCLA School of Law. Hollywood -‚¬Å“breakdowns-‚¬ often specify a preferred race/ethnicity or gender for a role - a hiring practice that gives an overwhelming proportion of lead roles to white male actors. This brief examines the potential for Title VII lawsuits as well as viable alternatives.

Howard Cruse Central - "...a dewy-eyed preacher's kid from Alabama forced by fate and raw ambition to claw his way indecorously through the muck and mire of New York City's pulse-stoppingly brutal cartooning demi-monde." His comic strips and humorous illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice , The Advocate , and many other national magazines. He has four books also published compiling his comic strips and stories.- and his blog Loose Cruse "Where Cartoonists Lurk" News, Views and Artifacts.

HRC's Media Guide - Human Rights Campaign's online database with contact information for national and local media.-

Hulu - an online video service that offers thousands of free (through an advertising supported model) of videos from full episodes of new and classic TV shows to full-length movies, web originals and clips.

Huriyah - a Queer Muslim magazine with news, features, resources, and an email listserv. Huriyah is an Arabic word that means "Freedom."  and Huriyah's blog -

ill Doctrine - a great hip-hop video blog created and hosted by Jay Smooth who is the founder of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, Underground Railroad on WBAI in New York City.

Independent Gay Forum - created by a group of gay writers, academics, attorneys, and activists who feel dissatisfied with the current level of discussion of gay-related issues. " We include libertarians, moderates, and classical liberals. We hold differing views on the role of government, personal morality, religious faith, and personal relationships. We share these disagreements openly: we hope that readers will find them interesting and thought-provoking. "

In God's House: Asian American Lesbian & Gay Families in the Church - a film by Lina Hoshino and the PANA Institute's project on Civil Liberties and Faith. There are many gay and lesbian Asian American Christians and their families, quiet and invisible, in churches across the United States. Where are their stories? What are their experiences? This film tells a story that those in the church need to hear: that of Asian American Christian lesbian and gay people and their parents. 22 minutes. Available as a DVD with 75 minutes of bonus features. English, with subtitles in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Pilipino, or Vietnamese.

In The Life - A member supported national television series in a news magazine format that reports on gay and lesbian issues and culture. In The Life broadcasts on over 120 public television stations nationwide, including all of the top 20 viewer markets, reaching over one million viewers per episode.

Janis Ian - a brilliant singer-songwriter with- powerful sweet lyrics and a- gorgeous voice. She is also a writer for The Advocate and of science fiction.

June Jordan - 1936-2002 - poet, activist, teacher and essayist; Professor of African American Studies & English, founder and director: Poetry for the People; published 28 books of poetry, essays, and fiction. She was a regular columnist for The Progressive and a prolific writer whose articles appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Ms., Essence, the American Poetry Review, The Nation, and many other periodicals.

Lead With Love - a 35-minute documentary available free online (or you can order the DVD) created to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents' most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time. - created by and for activists involved in the struggles for social justice and against U.S. war and racism. Progressive and alternative materials. wants you to get involved, get political and help spread progressive and alternative materials to your friends and family. Many of the products available here are excellent organizing tools and can be the center of meetings and forums on a variety of different subjects including: Africa, African American history, CIA, FBI & militarism, Che Guevara, children's titles, Cuba, depleted uranium, elections, environment & science, fiction, globalization & imperialism, immigrant rights, Iraq war & Middle East, labor, Latin America & the Caribbean, Leonard Peltier, lesbian, gay, bi, trans, Marxism, media analysis, Mexico, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Palestine & Middle East, poetry, prisons & police brutality, Ramsey Clark, sports, Venezuela, women in the struggle, world revolutionary history, Yugoslavia. They sell non-fiction, fiction, poetry, calendars/planners, cards, videos and music.

Legacy of Torture: The War Against The Black Liberation Movement - an excellent powerful and disturbing 28 minute film, directed, produced, and edited by Andres Alegría, Claude Marks & The Freedom Archives. about what happened to the San Francisco Eight -eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23, 2008 in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973. You can view it online and order a copy of the DVD.

Lesbian Grandmothers From Mars: One Couple's Journey for Marriage Equality - Carrie and Elisia Ross-Stone, a down-to-earth lesbian couple get on their bicycles and set off on the 3,800 mile ride from San Francisco to their hometown of Mars, Pennsylvania to the finish line in New York City - across the freeways, deserts, mountains and plains of America to rally support for same-sex marriage. Keith Wilson, Producer/Director; Walleye Productions.-

LGBTQIA Glossary - Excellent! from the UC Davis' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center. http://lgbtcenter.ucdavis.​edu/lgbt-education/lgbtqia​-glossary

Life OUTside: radio and Internet broadcast news-magazine for the GLBT community.

A Little respect gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals on campus - a 1990 video creared to help identify occurrences of homophobia on campus; to promote provacative discussions on homophobia, racism, and sexism; to explore the experience of being a lesbian, gay, or bisexual student in a culturally diverse college environment; to inspire revealing and honest discussions among students of all sexual orientations; to celebrate and affirm lesbian, gay, and bisexual students.

Making Television Matter: how documentaries can engage and mobilize communities - April, 2000 report by The Benton Foundation (listed on my tools/tech resources page) as a guide for broadcasters, producers, funders and community organizations.

Mark Fiore draws political cartoons for newspapers and has branched out into animated political cartoons. I discovered him first with Hate Time - Find the Terrorist In Your Neighborhood . Don't miss it, or the rest!-

Media Coverage of Transgendered and Transsexual People --  Recommendations from GEA for the proper coverage of transgender/transsexual news stories. (pdf format)

The Morning Fix by Mark Morford - I highly recommend this email newsletter column from the San Francisco Chronicle's The Detroit Metro Times wrote: " Morford writes like a man possessed by demented angels. His twice-weekly column routinely features jaw-dropping, unflinchingly liberal prose so biting and sweet and innovative it amazes us that a mainstream daily would keep this guy on the payroll. "-

Michael Moore - website of the filmmaker who created the powerful documentaries Bowling for Columbine (2002) and Roger and Me (1989), author of the book Stupid White Men and much more. I really appreciate the stand he has taken against the war against Iraq and want to thank him for that, including his passionate speech (see the bottom of that page for the full text of the speech) at the 75th Academy Awards on 3/23/03.-

Mother Jones - focuses on issues of social justice, the environment, politics, and popular culture. This magazine is renowned for its investigative reporting. - a website where you can watch films produced by the National Film Board of Canada where my father apprenticed with the documentary filmmaker John Grierson after World War II.

TJoeMurray Videos - award winning documentary filmmaker Tom Murray explores the LGBT experience through these documentaries he has written, produced and directed:

  • Almost Myself: Reflections on Mending and Transcending Gender - One filmmaker's cross country journey exploring the human and personal side of transgender life.

  • A Portable Tribe: Talking to campers, vagabonds and naked men. a light hearted celebration of the lives of Gay men, their bonding, sense of brotherhood and quest to explore non-urban adventures.

  • Farm Family: In Search of Gay Life in Rural America - the lives of several gay, rural Americans are explored through the eyes of one gay man who returns to his childhood home pondering the question, what is life like for gays in rural America?

  • Fish Can't Fly: Conversations about GOD and struggling to be Gay - this documentary takes a secular point of view, exploring the lives of gay men and women of faith as they recall their journeys to put their sexuality and spirituality in harmony. While the whole concept of changing ones' sexual orientation may be viewed with a high level of skepticism, ridicule and even humor by the larger GLBT community, these are the stories of those who have tried. and- "Fish Can't Fly" film review of by Gary Simpson of Stop Hate 2000.

  • Tell: More than soldiers, fighters and patriots. Stories of gays, lesbians, and transgender military veterans and their allies.

The National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education - answers the frequently asked question, "We want to start a video collection to offer a lending library service in our new office. Are there titles you recommend we acquire? Where do we find those hard-to-locate videos that aren't available through our local mainstream video vendors?" with some of their favorite documentaries (and a feature or two) described at

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) - a coalition of Hispanic-American organizations that have joined together to address a variety of media related issues that affect the Hispanic-American community across the nation. NHMC's goals are to improve the image of Hispanic-Americans as portrayed by the media, and to increase the number of Hispanic-Americans employed in all facets of the media industry.

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA) - an organization of journalists, online media professionals, and students that works from within the journalism industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA opposes workplace bias against all minorities and provides professional development for its members.-

The NLGJA Journalists Toolbox - How to Cover LGBT People - education and resources for journalists including information on sensationalism vs. fairness, identifying LGBT subjects, inclusive reporting, covering marriage, transgender issues, hate crimes, religion, GLBT rights, pride events and more.

NLGJA Stylebook Supplement on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Terminology - intended to complement the prose stylebooks of individual publications, as well as the Associated Press stylebook. It reflects the association's mission of inclusive coverage of lgbt people, includes entries on words and phrases that have become common and features greater detail for earlier entries. It also includes an expanded contact list of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, with Web sites, e-mail and mailing addresses, phone numbers and, when possible, media contacts.

The National Writers Union - the trade union for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets. The Union works to defend the rights and improve the economic and working conditions of all writers. Members can directly benefit from the many valuable services the Union offers its members - including grievance assistance, contract advice, a job hotline, health and professional liability insurance, and much more - and actively contribute to a growing movement of professional freelancers who have banded together to assert their collective power.

This Is Oz: Speak Up For An Inclusive Australia - is an online photo gallery where people can help fight discrimination against Australia's GLBT community. Part art project, part human rights campaign, This Is Oz is all about making Australia a place where everyone belongs.

Newseum - an interactive museum located in Washington, DC that is working help the public and the news media understand one another better. -

News Watch - a project of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism of the San Francisco State University Journalism Department, is a collaboration between the Native American Journalists Association , the National Association of Hispanic Journalists , the National Association of Black Journalists , the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association . News Watch works to promote healthy candid dialogue among journalists regarding coverage of people of color, lesbians and gays, and other communities which have been the victim of biased reporting or ignored by the news media -- to examine both good and bad coverage in ways that help us learn lessons -- and to seek out or develop resources which will help all journalists do a better job at covering our complex, diverse world.-

New Voices - America's only national magazine written by and for Jewish college students creating a Jewish media that speaks to young Jews, and empowering Jewish students to take ownership of their heritage. It is published through the independent, non-profit, student-run Jewish Student Press Service. New Voices promotes progressive, pluralistic Jewish values with writers and readers who reflect the diversity of America's Jewish student population. The magazine features regular coverage of student activism, civil liberties, labor issues, gender issues, and the relationship between Judaism and social justice. It engages Jewish college students with their Jewish heritage and issues of importance to the Jewish community, provides Jewish students with a forum for self-expression and a means to address a diverse, national audience of their peers, cultivates the next generation of Jewish journalists and leaders, and connects Jewish students with Jewish organizations. New Voices is read by over 26,000 students on over 400 campuses across the United States and Canada.

Northern Sun - t-shirts, stickers & bumper stickers, buttons, posters, flags, mugs, car plaques, magnets, bags, toys, novelties & more. Topics include anti-Bush, peace & politics, funny, environment, spirituality, women & feminism, evolution, diversity, education, and more.-

Oasis Magazine - a writing community for queer and questioning youth.

Our Love Is Here To Stay: Gays and Musicals - by John B. Kenrickpart as part of his website. "The connection between gays and musicals is more than just a humorous stereotype -‚¬€œ it is an abiding reality that has survived through all the cultural changes of the last two centuries. These essays take an affectionate look at this much neglected topic."-

Outfest - a leading showcase for diverse, international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film and video. Outfest produces the oldest and largest continuous film festival in Los Angeles, the only LGBT weekly screening series in the country as well as the only LGBT people of color film festival. Outfest protects our past, showcases our present and nurtures our future by fostering artistic expression of gender, sexuality and LGBTQ culture and its transformative social impact on the world.

Out-FM - on WBAI Public Radio in New York City - progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirit news, culture, and activism - by the Out-FM Collective. and

OutQ - a 24/7 nationwide source of news, entertainment, dialogue and more for the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community, their family, friends and supporters. SIRIUS delivers this radio station to subscribers by satellite on specially equipped radios, and also through streaming audio online.

Outright Radio - telling the extraordinary stories of Americas gays and lesbians.-

Paragraph 175 - a film by Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen of Telling Pictures; narrated by Rupert Everett. This film explores a hidden chapter in history: the experiences of homosexuals during the Nazi regime in Europe. , and filmed in Germany, France and Spain, Paragraph 175 tells a complex and moving story of persecution and resistance.

P.O.V. - a cinema term for point of view - the PBS premiere showcase for independent, non-fiction film. - a free press release service for all GLBT groups and organizations; is dedicated to news for, by and about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities.

Progressive U --  provides a voice for progressive students and other problem solvers using new media channels, allowing people to study and discuss creative solutions to social problems, economic issues, and cultural conflict. Students develop skills that will prepare them for careers in a broad variety of fields. But it doesn't stop there: by creating innovative solutions to social problems and acting as ambassadors in their communities, students can make an immediate yet lasting impact while they are still students.

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} - Fed up with a lack of queer visibility, PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} documents young people who challenge their polished suburban community to do more than sweep their existence under the rug. Professing expertise over their own lives, youth provide an honest evaluation of their schools and families. From getting beat-up in a schoolyard to being picked up as a runaway, we learn that queer youth in the suburbs exercise courage daily. Personal accounts of experiencing depression, isolation, and violence are woven together with optimistic portraits of fearlessness and liberation. Queerness comes to be defined as one part of a whole identity, as youth €œcome out€ as not just queer, but also as writers, photographers, activist, and much more. PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} is unpretentious in its call to action, yet decisively instructive for improving schools and communities for all young people.

In 2008-2009, a group in Seattle€™s eastside suburbs came together to create the PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} pilot documentary. The project combined participatory action research strategies with youth leadership and community development. The result was the completion of a 34-minute documentary film in 2010. To meet the growing demand for screenings and trainings, they expanded in March 2010 and launched an education program reteaching gender and sexuality. The program has demonstrated its power to both strengthen schools and communities while providing youth trainers valuable skills and experience working as trainers and consultants. In November 2010, they launched Reteaching Gender and Sexuality €“ a 3-minute video campaign. The video was co-written by PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} educators and members of the Seattle-based coalition Queer Youth Space. The video highlights current workshop themes and announces the launch of our first national tour! On tour, they will be gathering media for thier next documentary.

QCinema - reviews of films with characters who are identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Also information about documentaries and film festivals, glbt actors, actresses, directors, producers and writers.

Queer Spawn --  There are over ten million children with gay or lesbian parents in the United States. Are their lives affected by their kind of family? From liberal New York City to conservative Texas, teenagers and their parents candidly share their experiences and insights. Order a copy of this 30-minute DVD directly from the filmmaker:

The Ultimate Gay Media Guide - a comprehensive listing of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex publications around the world - with contact information. This was originally created by independent journalist Gip Plaster, and it is now maintained by the Queer Information Network.

PlanetOut - an online information, entertainment, and communication service.

Playing It Safe - a project initiated by Edmonton, AB Canadian filmmaker Terri Wynnyk who proposed that the National Film Board of Canada North West Studio produce a video about youth living in risky lifestyles and ways they try to stay safe. In the development phase it was decided that the Playing It Safe project would become a web story-telling creation. It would be designed to allow high-risk youth to tell their stories on film to demonstrate how they reduce the harm in their own lives. Every single youth has an overwhelmingly powerful story to tell. They work with peer filmmakers, mentors working with through various youth organizations who work with the youth to create, edit and produce the films.

Ricardo Levins Morales Galleries - beautiful powerful posters, book and magazine covers, CD covers, note cards, logos, cartoons, writings and more by Ricardo Levins Morales who has spent thirty five years making art for and with community groups and social justice movements. - Rini Templeton made drawings of activists in the United States, Mexico and Central America while she joined them in their meetings, demonstrations, picket lines and other actions for social justice. Her bold black-and-white drawings also included workers, women and children, celebrations, scenes of town and country, many images from daily life. She almost never signed a drawing so as a result, her style is widely recognized but her name is not. Activists serving causes that Rini would have supported are invited to use drawings freely. Those wishing to use drawings in the production of an item for sale reasonable fee will be asked to help maintain this web-site.

The Root - a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives.  aims to be an unprecedented departure from traditional American journalism, raising the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engaging anyone interested in black culture around the world. The Root also hosts an interactive genealogical section to trace one's ancestry through

Rutgers University's Libraries - browsing aids to selected titles (below) in the Rutgers video/DVD collections include (among others there):- - 

Discrimination and Stereotypes --

Gays & Lesbians -

Protest and Resistance -

Racism -

Sex Roles -

Sexuality -

The Sand Creek Massacre - a documentary film by writer/filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek. On November 29, 1864, 700 Colorado troops savagely slaughtered over 450 Cheyenne children, disabled, elders, and women in the southeastern Colorado Territory under its protection. This act became known as the Sand Creek Massacre. The film, driven by Cheyenne/Arapaho oral histories, focuses on genocidal intent and how the Cheyenne/Arapaho people continue to overcome it nearly 143 years after the massacre. The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site dedicated April 28, 2007 makes the site the United States 391st national park.-

The SavetheInternet Coalition - organizations from across the political spectrum, bloggers and concerned citizens that have banded together to protect Internet freedom because congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment. The SavetheInternet Coalition is working to ensure telecommunications legislation without meaningful and enforceable Network Neutrality requirements.

Scout's Honor - A video tracing the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and the broad-based movement by many of its members to overturn them. The story is told predominantly through the experiences of a 13-year old boy and a 70-year-old man - both heterosexual, both dedicated to the Scouts, and both determined to change the course of Scouting history.

Self Publishing Advisor - a resource offering advice and direction for authors before, during, and after the self-publishing process. Whether you are an author looking for the self-publisher that fits your direction and goals or you have already published your book and are now focusing on building your sales, Self Publishing Advisor will have helpful tips just for you.

The Shared Heart - Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People - Educational Resources on Sexual Orientation. This photo exhibit, book and curriculum package features the photos by Adam Mastoon and the writing of forty young people. 

Silent Legacy - powerful images by in a flash animation Karen J. Siugzda, put to the song by Melissa Etheridge.

Smarthistory - founded by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker in 2005 and winner of a Webby award in 2009: "We are dissatisfied with the large expensive art history textbook. We find that they are difficult for many students, contain too many images, and just are not particularly engaging. In addition, we find the web resources developed by publishers to be woefully uncreative. We had developed quite a bit of content for our online Western art history courses and we had also created many podcasts, and a few screencasts for our Smarthistory blog. So, it finally occurred to us, why not use the personal voice that we use when we teach online, along with the multimedia we had already created for our blog and for our courses, to create a more engaging -‚¬Å“web-book-‚¬ that could be used in conjunction with art history survey courses. We also realized that this content would be useful to museum visitors and other informal learners. We are committed to joining the growing number of teachers who make their content freely available on the web."

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... - one of my favorite shows on television, it fuses the best elements of talk and music television and invites viewers to enjoy an intimate conversation between host Costello and his guests, punctuated by rare musical performances by Costello, his guests and a wide variety of musicians. in this 13-part series on The Sundance Channel.

Suggested Rules for Non-Transsexuals Writing about Transsexuals, Transsexuality, Transsexualism, or Trans ____. by Jacob Hale

This American Life - Compelling stories are explored every day on this award-winning Chicago Public Radio show that is heard on more than 500 stations nationally, and through podcasts on the internet. The series, created in 1995 by host and executive producer Ira Glass, pioneered a unique way of telling stories on the radio through first-person narrative with featured essays, memoirs, and more.

This American Life on television - In the same spirit of the radio show, the televised version of This American Life on Showtime takes 30-minute looks at stories culled from all over the country. Ira Glass and a small team of radio producers and filmmakers spent six months on the road traveling to Iowa pig farms, following a first-time filmmaker in California, photographing a raucous night at an Illinois hot dog stand, and more. The result is true stories that are dramatic, emotional, and often funny.

This Way Out - an award-winning internationally distributed weekly half-hour gay and lesbian "magazine" radio program.

TIKKUN Magazine - a bimonthly Jewish critique of politics, culture & society ~ an interfaith movement ~ tikkun means "to heal, repair and transform the world."- Published by the TIKKUN Community, an international community of people of many faiths that calls for social justice and political freedom in the context of new structures of work, caring communities, and democratic social and economic arrangements. They seek to influence public discourse in order to inspire compassion, generosity, non-violence and recognition of the spiritual dimensions of life.

The Times of Harvey Milk - a film by Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen of Telling Pictures; narrated by Harvey Fierstein; music by Mark Isham. In 1978, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco city council, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. One year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Milk's fellow council member, former police officer and fire fighter Dan White. The Times of Harvey Milk recreates the tumultuous story of Milk's grass-roots political organizing and election - through the shocking murders, from the eloquent candle-light memorial joined by tens of thousands of San Franciscans to the angry mobs who stormed City Hall, breaking windows and torching police cars in the aftermath of White's lenient sentencing at his murder trial.-

Tranny Wreck - an internet radio show by Rebecca Marie Nay, "... a warped audio blog of a liberal, agnostic (ex-Mormon), transexual woman."

TransGeneration - a 2005 eight-part-film directed by Jeremy Simmons. What is it like to be a man trapped in a woman's body? How does a woman become a man and vice versa? TransGeneration is a dramatic year-in-the-life look at four college students - Gabbie, Lucas, Raci, and T.J.- who are juggling the challenges of academia with their commitment to transition from their birth sex. Faced with life-altering choices - about how to deal with parents and society, whether or not to take hormone therapy and undergo sex assignment surgery - these four remarkable individuals deal with their deeply misunderstood identities in starkly unique ways. In every moment of this radical, paradigm-busting film, these collegiate transgendered students blow up stereotypes while coming to terms with how to change their bodies to fit their minds.

t r u t h o u t - a full-service news agency dedicated to establishing a powerful, stable voice for independent journalism. The core of its mission is educational, believing that the biggest impediment to informed decision-making is a lack of information. They scour the national and global news media for the most important stories, and email free daily newsletters to 250,000 subscribers featuring the day's top stories.

t r u t h o u t ' s multimedia page - t r u t h o u t video podcasting - You don't need an iPod to view our podcasts - your iTunes will play the video right on your computer.

The Twilight of the Golds - a 1997 Showtime film based on a play by Jonathan Tolins. The story is set in a time when parents might be able to have a genetic test to see if an unborn child was likely to be gay or lesbian, and what choice the parents would face if they had the test done. It deals with those questions in some probing, challenging and sensitive ways. and

Today's Front Pages - an online version of one of the Newseum's most popular exhibits. Every morning hundreds of newspapers from across the USA and around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet.

TREVOR - set in 1981, this award winning short film by The Trevor Project is told through a series of diary entries, following 13-year-old Trevor, a passionate Diana Ross fan who strives for attention from his parents by frequently faking suicides-‚¬¦to no avail.

Two Spirits - the film interviews the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

Radio interview with Lydia Nibley, director of "Two Spirits" on KNPR Nevada Public Radio on

Unlearning Homophobia - a collaboration between Woman Vision and EyeBite Productions teamed up to offer the Unlearning Homophobia Series, a collection of three critically-acclaimed films created to help recognize our diversity and the strengths of our communities: De Colores (28 minutes), Straight from the Heart (24 minutes), All God's Children (26 minutes). They also have produces more. and

Urban Mozaik Magazine - a progressive, thoughtful online magazine that promotes cross cultural understanding and celebrates cultural diversity. The editorial focuses on multiculturalism, social issues, linguistics, race, identity, interviews, profiles, religion, food, intercultural issues, ethnic neighborhoods, multicultural events, multicultural books, foreign film, world music and virtually any topic relating to pluralism and cultural diversity. It encourages readers to learn about each other's cultures and to embrace cultural diversity. It is a celebration of life in a modern multicultural society.

Utne Reader - reprints articles from over 2,000 alternative media sources with the latest ideas and trends emerging in our culture, provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media and more.-

Video Suggestions - a great list from The National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education. Some of their favorite documentaries (and a feature or two) are described.

The Village Voice - a great alternative newsweekly published in New York for over 40 years, and Voice Radio.- - created by Manuel Lima is an interaction designer, information architect and design researcher to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

 Watching America - Discover what the world thinks about the U.S. wth foreign news translated into English. Watching America reflects global opinion about the United States, helping Americans and non-Americans alike understand what the world thinks of current issues that involve the U.S. This is done by providing news and views about the United States published in other countries. "It is not our pur­pose to find favorable or unfavorable content, but to reflect as accurately as possible how others perceive the richest and most powerful country in the world. We have no political agenda."

Who Owns What - Media companies continue to grow, and a shrinking number of them shape what we view and read. What does that mean for journalists -- and for the nation? Columbia Journalism Review's guide to what the major media companies own, and a selected list of articles in CJR about media ownership.

Why is Ma Vie en Rose Rated R? - quotes from films reviews and discussion boards, printable posters and more. The site's creator Phil Weinstein writes: " T he MPAA Ratings play an important role: to alert parents to movie content which is inappropriate for children -- material that would be distressing to children for its intensity (e.g. violence) or mature subject (e.g. significant physical intimacy beyond expressions of affection). It is not appropriate for film ratings to be used for political purposes such as perpetuating bigotry."-

GroundSpark ~ Igniting Change through Film - (formerly Women's Educational Media) - The Respect for All Project and more (below) seeks to create safe schools and communities by giving youth and the adults who guide their development the tools they need to talk openly about diversity in all its forms.

  • Choosing Children - An emotionally powerful documentary that challenges society's definitions of family by exploring the ways lesbians are becoming parents and how they are raising their children.

  • Deadly Deception - A 1991 Academy Award-® winning documentary uncovers the disastrous health and environmental side effects caused by the production of nuclear materials by the General Electric Corporation.

  • Homes & Hands- An inspiring documentary about three communities where low-income residents have found an empowering way to realize the American dream -- owning a home.

  • It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School - The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about gay people. Note - a 2007 release of It's Elementary includes It's Still Elementary - a companion film follows up with some of the original- students and teachers from It's Elementary.- It tells the fascinating history of why the film got made, the response it provoked from the conservative right, and the questions it raises about the national safe schools movement today. It's STILL Elementary is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools. and

  • Let's Get Real - Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others.

  • One Wedding and a Revolution - Reveals the inspiration, motivation and political challenges at San Francisco City Hall during the frantic days leading up to the first government-sanctioned same-sex marriage.

  • That's a Family! - Breaks new ground in helping children in grades K-8 understand the different shapes families take today.

  • Straightlaced - Teenagers open up about how they are limited by gender role expectations and their process of finding ways to really be themselves.

  • Wired for What? - Visits four elementary schools grappling with computerization to find out if technology is helping to change our schools for the better or dull students' creativity and drain educational resources.

Women Make Movies - a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. Women Make Movies was established to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Their new The Girls' Project includes films that deal with sexuality and much more.-

Woody Guthrie at 100: Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Will Kaufman Honor the "Dust Bowl Troubadour" from Democracy Now, July 4, 2012.

Words Do Not Define the Individual - an excellent brief glossary from Michigan Rainbow Youth.

World Pulse - This social media enterprise is comprised of two separate and complimentary sister entities: a nonprofit organization and a for-profit media company, working to provide an accessible communications space where women can speak for themselves and connect to solve local and global problems. World Pulse is working to foster equality and partnership in leadership roles across the globe, including currently marginalized women, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities, and children; to give birth to policies and articulate values that inspire real transformation, supporting the potential of our children worldwide; and to issue invitations for society to utilize its full creative capabilities and take on the challenges of global transformation that may at first appear to be impossible.

World Wide Words- - international English from a British viewpoint. The- editor,- Michael Quinion, has- provided citations and advice for the Oxford English Dictionary. He also wrote a third of the entries for the second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words and for a while compiled a weekly "New Words" column in The Daily Telegraph. He has written a- dictionary of affixes, Ologies and Isms,-  Port Out, Starboard Home: And Other Language Myths- which skewers commonly accepted word-origin myths and etymological folk tales,- a US edition entitled Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins,- and Gallimaufry, about words that are vanishing from the language.

YES! magazine
- published quarterly by the Positive Futures Network (PFN) - reaching out to educators, community organizations, and groups working for a better world. They-  focus on a different topic each quarter, each one on opportunities for social change toward a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world.

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