Archive for January, 2009

View Complete TLW 601 Courtesy of ShowTime
January 26, 2009

In order for this link to be live, you have to click on the title of this post, which will take you to its own page, where the link will take you to the ShowTime site. (click on The L Word icon)

http://www.sho.com/site/order/preview.do 

🙂 MsQueer

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OurChart, the official social network of The L Word is Going Dark
January 24, 2009

That’s right. As of Monday, January 26th, OurChart will be transfering over some part of its site to ShowTime’s site.

Regular posters on the various threads – and there must be several hundreds of them, each dedicated to a character, an actress, social and political issues – you name it, it’s there! – are gathering to say their good-byes and send best wishes to each other. Many are finding other chats to go on to. I’ll see if I can gleen some of the more popular and post them here.  One alternative, Xandrasplace.com, has already closed off additional registrants because they wanted to remain a “small community.” Oh well…

Some of us are planning to hang out on our respective threads to see how the transition goes – sore of like riding into a black hole?

Stay tuned. 🙂 – MsQueer

ADDENDUM: I’ve set up a social networking site for TeeLu fans: http://laurelhollomanfans.ning.com. See you there! 🙂

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Student Voice of Mental Health for College Students Award
January 20, 2009

Recently, in response to one of my posts about teen suicide and lgbtq teen suicides in this country and resources to help, I received a comment from someone who asked me to publicize a video competition that is coming to a conclusion soon, as well as the organization sponsoring it, The Jed Foundation.

Here are excerpts from the poster’s comments: “I’m writing from The Jed Foundation….We are presenting The Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award for college students who have had mental health issues like the one’s you write about on your site and wanted for you to help spread the word.

“The award is for a video on their experiences with mental health issues and how they are working to raise awareness and encourage their peers on the issue. The award includes a $2,000 scholarship, a trip to NYC to our annual gala in June 2009, recognition through our site and events and possibly appearing on MTVU. The info is on our site (link below).

We are interested… in having folks write about the importance of doing work like this and show casing, if you will, this award we are presenting.

More information at http://jedfoundation.org/programs/student-voice-of-mental-health-award

NOTE: The Deadline for submitting a video to this project is FEBRUARY 13th!  You can download an application from their site address shown here.  Questions can be directed to studentaward@jedfoundation.org.

From their website, I share with you their Mission, as it appears on their About Us page:

Mission 

The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that:

  • Decrease the stigma surrounding emotional disorders and increase help-seeking in the college student population  
  • Increase understanding of the warning signs of suicide and the symptoms of emotional disorders among college students 
  • Build awareness of the prevalence of suicide and emotional disorders among college students 
  • Strengthen campus mental health services, policies, and programs

You can also find the Jed Foundation, among other places on the net at http://www.youtube.com/thejedfoundation

There, you will find a number of videos on “You Are Not Alone – Fight the Stigma” which feature student sharings as well as educational information from professionals dealing with the issues of student mental health.

I have contacted the Jed Foundation and suggested they network with The Trevor Project, since I did not see any specific references to the LGBTQ population. I hope they follow suit.

Here’s one of  their videos:

[NOTE: ALL RIGHTS TO THIS VIDEO BELONG TO THE JED FOUNDATION.]

The Jed Foundation also has a “Half Of Us” Campaign underway that asks students, “How Are You A Friend?” More information about this can be found at http://jedfoundation.org/about/jed-news/how-are-you-a-friend. -MsQueer.

©2009 MsQueer.com. All rights reserved. [NOTE: All language from the Jed Foundation website is the property of The Jed Foundation. No copyright infringement intended.]

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LOL – The L Word Season 6 Premiere Episode Recap
January 20, 2009

For a rousing good time recapping last night’s  first episode of  The L Word’s sixth and final season [all of 8 episodes 😦 ]  see Velvetpark – Dyke Culture in Bloom – new resident hang-out of former OurCharters Grace Moon, Kelly McCartney, Diana Cage and others…)

http://www.velvetparkmedia.com/2009/01/19/the-l-word-601-recap-tiffy-we-hardly-knew-ye/

🙂

see MsQueer’s “End of The L Word Tribute to “6 Wild, Wonderful, and WTF? Years” :

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/end-of-the-l-word-a-tribute-to-6-wild-wonderful-and-wtf-years/

🙂

MsQueer

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12 Minutes to The L Word Final Season Premiere and Counting!
January 20, 2009

It is 12 minutes before the Season 6 premiere of The L Word – the much publicized, much discussed beginning of the end that starts with a twist: the murder of character Jenny Schecter. 

“You won’t want to miss the first two minutes of the season opener,” said series creator Ilene Chaiken. 

Apparently most of the cast “missed” the way the season was going to be handled – in flashbacks. In an interview that took place after the show wrapped its filming, actress Jennifer Beals, who plays Bette Porter, shared that they weren’t aware of the fact that the season was going to be presented in the flashback format. (see “Jennifer Beals Thrown a Curve By ‘L Word’ Final Season Change” ) 

This leads me to the next question:  If the series’ final season episodes were shot sequentially and what would have been the last episode opens with Jenny’s murder….does anybody really know “who dun it”? 

In a ShowTime promo featuring cast members commentary, actress Kate Moennig, Shane McCutcheon on the show, made an interesting response to the “who killed Jenny” question, stating that she had not idea and that she felt the fans would have a much better idea of that, and would be determining that. 

So what happens in the end? Does the mystery shift to some sort of online polling place where the fans get to write the outcome and vote on their favorite? If there’s plans for that to happen on Our Chart, the “official social networking site of The L Word” – my guess is, guess again!

ShowTime has already closed down the best features of Our Chart by laying off all the bloggers and feature writers very abruptly at the end of November. Since then there had been no editorial change, no additions, NOTHING FROM CREATOR ILENE CHAIKEN….and a lot of the fans blamed IC for the changes, when it really had to do with the owners of the site, CBS. (ah-hem). 

So the mystery continues. It’s 9:07 EST and by now the “riveting first two minutes” have past (I don’t get ShowTime where I live) and The L Word starved fans are hanging on every minute as though it’s the last because, well, face it…in 7 more episodes that’s precisely it! 

Rumors are flying about a movie, and Jennifer Beals announced the address for fans to write to at the most recent TLW convention in Blackpool, but the fact is that is a few short weeks, The L Word is going to march into the annals of history (and herstory) as a milestone in Television programming. The show has transcended into an icon of the times and undoubtedly there will be DVD sales and annual conventions for years to come. 

But will it all be without Jenny? Or will we discover at some point in the future movie, or “reunion show” that all of this was some sort of fantasy of Jenny’s…a dream…or…what? Stay tuned! -MsQueer

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The L Word Season 6 – ShowTime’s “About The L Word”
January 10, 2009

Thanks to my friends on YouTube, I have the latest ShowTime promo for The L Word.  This video is actually a combination clip that includes two “looking back” segments (“Moment #3” and “Moment #4”) featuring TiBette actresses Laurel Holloman and Jennfier Beals. Nice work, lhollomanfan. Thanks!

[NOTE: CONTENTS OF VIDEO IS SOLELY THE PROPERTY OF SHOWTIME AND PRODUCERS AND CREATORS OF THE L WORD.  I OWN NOTHING!

see MsQueer’s “End of The L Word Tribute to “6 Wild, Wonderful, and WTF? Years” :

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/end-of-the-l-word-a-tribute-to-6-wild-wonderful-and-wtf-years/

🙂

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TiBette Trailer for The L Word Season 6
January 7, 2009

It’s January 7th, and while the suspense builds around “Who Killed Jenny Schecter?” there’s another suspense called “Will Ilene Chaiken let Tina and Bette live happily ever after????????”  Any one taking bets? (no pun intended)

Here’s a TiBette promo I just found, courtesy of ShowTime. ( VIDEO PROPERTY OF SHOWTIME AND CRATORS AND PRODUCERS OF THE L WORD. I OWN NOTHING)

🙂 MsQueer

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YouTube Project-4-Awesome Vids Feature The Trevor Project
January 4, 2009

What better way to tell someone about why they should donate to the nation’s only 24-7 Helpline for LGBTQ Youth, The Trevor Project, than through the video-perspective of two young movie-makers who chose to highlight the non-profit for YouTube’s Project 4 Awesome 2008?

I personally cannot say enough about the work of  The Trevor Project and the urgent and overwhelming need to offer support to our LGBTQ youth, many of whom are bombarded by cruel verbal and physical assaults from classmates and family, not to mention the ignorance of society-at-large.

These two young men are articulate, passionate and focused. When I hear young peope speak about how stupid they think name-calling and prejudice against others really is, it gives me hope for the future of the human family. Witness for yourself:

For more information about this young Film-maker, see http://www.youtube.com/user/r0sewhip137

For more information about this film-maker, see http://www.youtube.com/user/tyleroakley

ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THE ORIGINATORS OF THESE VIDEOS. I OWN NOTHING!

-MsQueer

The Attic is Philly’s Safe Haven for LGBTQ Youth
January 2, 2009

I love it when you, the readers, take time to share resources such as this one, which I discovered through the sharing of  “the hostess” in response to my “Study Shows Tolerance Lowers Gay Teen Suicide Rate” post recently. (That’s what I want this blog to be all about! So spread the word and contact me with your resources!)

The Attic Youth Center, at  South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102  offers safe space and programs for empowering LGBTQ Youth.

It’s Mission, as stated on the website:  The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (l/g/b/t/q) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of l/g/b/t/q youth in society.

It’s Vision: The Attic’s vision is one of inclusion where all individuals are valued and respected — a community where all young people have access to the resources they need to grow into healthy, independent, productive community members. The Attic’s mission and vision are supported by our multifaceted programmatic approach.

♥ PHONE: (215) 545-4331 ♥ EMAIL: info@atticyouthcenter.org   ♥

♥ WEBSITE: http://www.atticyouthcenter.org/index.php ♥

The Attic has published a list of resources for LGBTQ Youth for the Philadelphia area, other cities in Pennsylvania, as well as websites for national organizations and services.   See: www.atticyouthcenter.org/resources/General_Resource_List.pdf

In addition, while researching The Attic, I found an articulate article written by Sharon Cole regarding the decision by the Philadelphia School District to include Gay and Lesbian History Month in its 2006-2007 Academic Calendar.

Here is an excerpt:

The decision did not go unchallenged, however. According to reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer, school district officials received a deluge of irate e-mails and were visited by a few incensed parents who threatened to pull their kids from Philly public schools. But the district stood firm in its final decision stating, “We have our policy that says the district is committed to foster knowledge and respect for all.”

 

Though elated about the district’s inclusion, Carrie Jacobs, executive director and a founding member of the Attic Youth Center, an organization offering support and a safe haven for LGBT youth in center city Philadelphia, said the blatant intolerance of diversity displayed in response to the new calendar, of which 200,000 were distributed, made it all too clear just how far we are from true acceptance of gays and how desperately LGBT-identified youth need our support.

 

“There were people at the school commission reform who were so against gay history being printed on the calendars that it got to the point where some of them called other adults in the room faggots,” said Jacobs. “I was shocked by incredibly mean spirited it all was.”

 

Legacy of Neglected Youth

Shouting the term “faggots” is a pure example of the kind of verbal abuse anti-gay individuals impose upon others to cause fear, Jacobs said. Only when kids are the recipients, that fear can cause long-lasting damage. She explained that the name-calling causes oppression, and when that is coupled with a lack of education and awareness surrounding sexual orientation, social and emotional development can be

stunted for LGBT youth.

To read the article in its entirety, click here:  www.ct.gov/dcf/lib/dcf/wmv/news/protecting_our_kids.pdf

-MsQueer

©2009 MsQueer.com. All rights reserved. (NOTE: All language from The Attic website is the property of The Attic. All Rights to “Protecting Our Kids” belongs to the author. )

 


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Study Shows Tolerance Lowers Gay Teen Suicide Rate
January 1, 2009

Really? 🙂

And now for the real news…Accredited professionals are publishing credible data relevant to gay teens and youth and how to help them survive the hormone years – as if they aren’t confusing enough! – to make it to adulthood as an LGBT person. BRAVO!

So here’s the scoop, courtesy of an excellent story from NPR: 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98782569&ft=1&f=1001  

 

Credit the Research to Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Adolescent Health Initiatives and her team at the Cesar Chavez Institute at San Fransisco State University.  Well done, Ms. Ryan.  

 

We are coming a long way. For mainstream medical professions and the media to acknowledge the Gay Youth population and its particulars is a huge step out of the dark ages. Of course the reactionaries are protesting. Let them protest. What are they really objecting to…a message of compassion? That’s the basis of tolerance, not “putting up with” but ACCEPTANCE and RESPECT.  

 

Christians beware, lest you protest the message from the one you call Jesus, The Christ.  -MsQueer

 

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