Quickies: 01/25/2012

Colorlines has posted a great “political obituary” for Etta James.

Gay filmmaker Ryan James Yezak is Kickstarting a documentary about discrimination against the LGBT community called Second Class Citizens. Watch the trailer here.

Matt Alexander, the openly gay mayor of Wappinger Falls, NY, is running for Congress.

Apparently some Indiegogo users are upset that Arkh, the RPG startup, wants to employ LGBT and POC developers in order to make the game more inclusive. You can express your support for Arkh here.

If you’re in the Baltimore area, check out the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual conference, which begins today and goes through Sunday.

Hey look, Ecuador is closing their anti-gay torture camps!

Dear Chris Christie: fuck you. No, seriously, fuck you.

Featured image is a character concept sketch of Ain and Haruka from Arkh.

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Rachel is a queer lady from Texas who currently resides in southeastern Wisconsin. She studied history at Texas A&M University and has spent more time than she cares to admit arguing social justice with junior Republicans. She volunteers with Planned Parenthood and enjoys knitting, media criticism, and comic book slash fiction.


  1. January 25, 2012 at 11:36 am —

    Yeah, I read about the Christy thing. Nothing quite like suggesting that civil rights should be voted on, or that the majority gets to choose who gets the benefits of constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    Lets all vote on which Church is going to be the Federally supported denomination. I mean, who cares about the Constitution when we can just vote on it. That sounds like a good idea.


  2. January 27, 2012 at 4:38 am —

    Something seems suspect about Arkh. The project seems legit, but this quote from their FAQ basing their funding aims on “what some guy at Zynga told them” makes me think otherwise.

  3. January 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm —

    I don’t want to be a spoilsport, but it may actually be the case that Arkh’s requests are illegal. My understanding is that sufficiently small organizations and/or non-profits tend to be exempt from many anti-discrimination statutes, but I don’t understand all the nuances (or applicable state laws), and I also know that discrimination in advertising is sometimes regulated differently than direct discrimination (e.g. you can legally refuse to have a black roommate if you’re renting out a room in your own house, but it’s not so clear that you can put an ad in the paper for the room that says “Blacks need not apply”).

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