Israel/Palestine

“LGBT Center ‘Gave the Community the Finger’ in ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ Dispute” (Village Voice, 5.12.11)

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Gayz Pauline Park Q&A: LGBT Center ‘Gave the Community the Finger’ in ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ Dispute By Steven Thrasher Thu., May 12 2011 at 11:17 AM 60 Comments Categories: Featured, Gayz, Israel, Steven Thrasher ​Veteran transgender activist Pauline Park — responsible for adding the “T” to Manhattan’s LGBT Center — blasts the center’s controversial decision in March to cave to pressure from pro-Zionist gay-porn impresario Michael Lucas […]

arts and culture

Tolkien & the Anglo-Saxon Heritage of Beowulf

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  Tolkien & the Anglo-Saxon Heritage of Beowulf by Pauline Park Much ink has been spilled about J.R.R. Tolkien’s interest in and debt to “Beowulf,” but of this one can be certain: the 20th century philologist’s reading of the great Anglo-Saxon poem had a profound influence on his literary imagination and output. In his authorized […]

LGBT

Asian American Communities, People of Color, the Transgender Rights Movement and the Perils of a Post-Identity Politics Paradigm (Vassar, 4.18.12)

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Asian American Communities, People of Color, the Transgender Rights Movement and the Perils of a Post-Identity Politics Paradigm Pauline Park Vassar College 18 April 2012 I feel honored to be speaking here at Vassar College again only a year after my last appearance here. I’d like to begin by thanking the Vassar College Feminist Alliance and […]

health care

Trans-Form the Occupation (Occupy Wall Street, 11.13.11)

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Trans-Form the Occupation Pauline Park at Occupy Wall Street 13 November 2011 Thank you for the opportunity to speak here. I’m Pauline Park, chair of NYAGRA, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House, an LGBT community center in the borough of Queens. I’m […]

LGBT

Empowering the Transgender Tribe (John Jay College, 11.3.11)

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Empowering the Transgender Tribe Pauline Park Chair, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) keynote speech Empowering the Tribe LGBTI Symposium John Jay College 3 November 2011 I would like to begin by thanking Silvia Dapia and Raul Romero and their colleagues at John Jay College for organizing Empowering the Tribe and for inviting me to […]

Israel/Palestine

Scott Piro, Queer Support for Israel & the Pinkwashing Scam

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It was with some shock that I discovered my name on a list of ‘LGBT anti-Israel hate organizations’ on a Facebook ’cause’ page called ‘Queer Support for Israel.’ First, I do not hate Israel — though I have serious issues with the brutal, illegal and immoral Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Second, I’ve been […]

health care

Moving Beyond Shock on Transgender Health (GCN editorial, 9.14.11)

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Moving Beyond Shock on Transgender Health By Paul Schindler Even for those with some knowledge of the economic, social, and health disparities facing the transgender community, an August New York Times Magazine story, “The High Price of Looking Like a Woman,”likely shocked the conscience. The story explored an underground and little known practice by which […]

LGBT

Christine Quinn & the NYC Council Slush Fund Scandal

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Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council Christine Quinn & the NYC Council Slush Fund Scandal When her fellow New York City Council Members elected her Speaker in January 2005, Christine Quinn became the first openly lesbian or gay person elevated to that position. For many in the LGBT community in New York, the symbolism […]

LGBT

Israeli/Palestinian conflict breaks out at the NYC LGBT Community Center

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On 5 March 2011, LGBT supporters of Palestinian human rights protested the LGBT Community Center’s cancellation of an Israeli Apartheid Week event scheduled for that evening. The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Breaks Out at the NYC  LGBT Community Center Among the issues that Americans lump under the rubric of ‘foreign affairs,’ perhaps the most divisive and the […]

LGBT

Four Held In Brutal Queens Killing Marked by Anti-Gay Slurs (GCN, 3.17.11)

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Four Held In Brutal Queens Killing Marked by Anti-Gay Slurs By Paul Schindler Gay City News 3.17.11 The NYPD has arrested four teenage men in the beating and stomping death of Anthony Collao, an 18-year-old Long Islander attacked when the suspects allegedly forced their way into a birthday party in an abandoned house in Woodhaven, […]