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October 30, 2006

Spawning the Globe

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RE: Act OUT Dallas

Queerspawn descended this weekend upon Dallas, Texas. It was glorious. Dancing proliferated as evidenced by the photo above. To my surprise, the Texans tolerated us quite gracefully despite a few strange looks. As you can see, I have acquired the requisite headgear of the Texas tourist. Should prove useful in my man pageant on Saturday as I emulate the great Bandit (aka Burt Reynolds from "Smokey and the Bandit")... love it.

Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is Dakota Fine, and you better recognize... long time COLAGEr and activist extraordinaire. No really, I'm just another one of the legions of us kids trying to make a difference in this crazy world.

So a couple of off the cuff comments I'd like to make about this work...
QUEERSPAWN: Don't know how I feel about the label to tell you the truth. I have been wrestling with the term "Queerspawn" since I first heard it 3 years ago, and I still don't really like it. However, I am beginning to recognize the shock value and catchiness are worthwhile. I am realizing also that (as with all names) we can take it or leave it, it's really up to the individual as to what suits us best. I honestly think it'd be better as the name of a band.
HRC: The Human Rights Campaign employs me currently, and I hope to use this blog as a means of disseminating ideas, maintaining contact with other activists, and publishing my activities. Hopefully, we can use this blog as a tool to build the community.

MISSION STATEMENT: I will say that being a part of COLAGE has been unequivicably one of the most important influences in my life. Doing this work keeps me fulfilled, and continually puts me in touch with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. This past weekend in Dallas I had the pleasure of yet again sharing my work, tears, laughter, dreams, and dance moves with the beautiful people that make up this very vital and thriving niche of the queer community. I see our work as paramount to correcting the broken family paradigm we have been force fed through popular culture. This is a movement of hope.

I look forward to using this space to chronicle some of the daily happenings in the queerspawn universe, to share some of the quirky stories, our moving victories, or even some uplifting experiences or random occurences.

And last but certainly not least... a big shout out to Kate RW and the rest of my brothers and sisters who were at the Act OUT conference in Dallas. Big ups kids. Love you all.

October 27, 2006

hello my name is Beth Teper


hello my name is Beth Teper
Originally uploaded by katerw.
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Here's Beth in Dallas at the Act OUT conference.