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Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (Or QWOCMAP, which is a really fun acronym to pronounce) is hosting their 7th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival this weekend, June 10, 11, and 12, at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. The Arts Project provides free 16-week workshops to make filmmaking more accessible to be used “as an art form and activist tool.” By supporting civic engagement and promoting visibility of the community QWOCMAP works to create systemic change, and these personal, relevant, and insightful films are a huge part of that. Read More
Author Diana Spechler performed Saturday night at The Liar Show in Manhattan. Of the four storytellers, Diana was the only female performer. She told a story that she had previously published in the NY Times, about an ex-boyfriend who was slated to star in a reality show called Arranged Marriage. I read the story before attending the show. Spechler’s writing is funny and self-aware, and I thought that the outrageousness of the story would play well in front of an audience. Read More
    "We did not break the law. We were not driving on the road,” one Saudi woman said after being arrested for practicing her driving skills. Today five women were arrested for driving in three cars in an empty lot in the Hettein district in Saudi Arabia when two police officers arrived to detain them. Next week a nation-wide protest by women who oppose the ban against female drivers will take place in the country. Read More
I haven't been able to get the story of the missing "Gay Girl in Damascus" blogger -- Amina Arraf -- out of my mind since I first heard about it on Monday. The blog, which has been online since February of 2011, detailed the life of an out American/Syrian lesbian and, in particular, her views on the uprisings in Syria and her desire to see the current administration fall. But as detailed here previously, someone who identified herself as Amina's cousin posted to the blog on Monday that Amina was abducted by armed government thugs and hadn't been seen or heard from since. Read More

Male Birth Control

BY Emilie Branch in Feminism

Scientists in India have come up with a birth control for men that is 100% effective and lasts a minimum of ten years. You read that correctly, but I’ll repeat it: 100% effective for ten years. The birth control is administered via an injection, called RISUG—an acronym for “Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance.” The injection is given to the male through the scrotum, twice during the same session. The procedure totals about fifteen minutes, has no side effects, and is completely reversible. It works relatively simply. Read More
The LA Pride Celebration, taking place June 10-12 this year, will honor BUST’s favorite comedienne/singer/writer/LGBT activist extraordinaire Margaret Cho with the Morris Knight Lifetime Achievement Award. In a recent interview with Out Magazine, this year’s recipient reflects the historical progression of the LGBT movement and her own role in it: “The [LA Pride] parades were small until 1978, when Harvey Milk died. There was a shift in the participation. Read More
Blogger and activist Amina Abdallah Arraf who writes A Gay Girl in Damascus has reportedly been detained from the streets of Damascus, the Syrian capital, yesterday evening. As a non-violent advocate of change, Amina organized community meetings, attended protests and tried to ensure that people were aware of the regime’s actions. Rania O. Ismail, who identifies herself as Amina’s cousin, posted a letter to Amina’s blog detailing Amina’s abduction by thee men. Amina had a friend with her who witnessed the events and at Amina’s request went to alert her father. Read More
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take place June 16-30 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. This year the festival features 19 films from 12 countries, and nine female directors. As we all know, the film industry (like many others) is overwhelmingly male-dominated, so this gender equality is highly commendable.   Though perhaps we should expect no less from Human Rights Watch, which is a truly wonderful organization devoted to bringing justice worldwide. Read More
Well, for their companies anyway. The Senate Joint Economic Committee’s 2010 report says that, though women are still only getting 77 cents to the dollar of a man, they’re actually earning their companies much more. Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy, the 256 page compendium the committee released, explains that though women make up half of the U.S. workforce and more than half of graduates from institutions of higher education, “gender leadership and pay gaps are alive and well. Read More
The New York Times has just announced that the new executive editor will be Jill Abramson, the very first woman to be executive editor at the Times. It is crazy to think that we are still experiencing these kinds of firsts for women in North America. That’s what I think of whenever I hear an ill-informed individual say things like “Why is feminism still around anyway? Women are like, equal now.” Well like equal isn’t good enough. Read More