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!! Are we there yet? !!

Remember when I got you all excited about legalized gay marriage in New York State? What happened to “30 days later?” I don’t know either, but apparently these cases are still making their way through the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court. I guess that is like one or a couple steps below the State Court of Appeals, which has the final say on whether we become people under the law like everyone else. Yay for our fates being completely in the hands of a few people! It all makes me want to move to Canada… really! Read more details in this Newsday article.

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!! Breathe easy !!

The woman with the baby carriage next to you on the subway is probably not a suicide bomber, according to federal and local officials. This Times article reports that the bombing threats from last week were a false alarm, and while the city remains in perpetual ORANGE ALERT (as it has been since 9/11 and in which it will remain into perpetuity), there will no longer be police on every train, and we can stop looking at each other so damn suspiciously. Ever since Friday morning rush hour, my fellow commuters have made me feel like a suicide bomber.
Some officials from the Dept. of Homeland Security have implied that Mayor Bloomberg overreacted to the threat. Some less official people have implied that the Mayor could be trying to generate some Hero cred before the upcoming Mayoral elections. How cynical! I’m just relieved there won’t be so many cops in the subway. I get nervous seeing people younger than me toting guns around small enclosed spaces. At least I didn’t see any machine guns this time… Talk about killer ricochet.

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!! Back in my expensive baby’s arms !!

I’ve now been back in New York for almost two weeks, and it’s like I never left, except I’m broke. Fashion Week is over, I’m looking for a job, I just ate some delicous Two Boots pizza for lunch, and I’m back sitting in my tiny (but air-conditioned!) bedroom. Canada treated me well, but there’s no place like NYC, especially for getting zits and boogers… I feel like the whole city is crawling up into my now-pimply nose. Anyway, it’s good to be back, and you can look forward to your regularly-scheduled blog post starting on Monday.

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!! riffRAG online !!

Last month was the launch of riffRAG, the long-coming “queer feminist magazine commited to fighting white supremacy, promoting accessibility to art, and building alliances across boundaries.” That’s quite a mouthful, and I was skeptical about how many quality contributors they could find to adequately address that entire manifesto. I was pleasantly surprised.
Additionally, in that mission statement is an underlying message of inclusiveness, which is sometimes missing, maybe to the detriment of certain feminist art projects. Rather than addressing the same tired group of “forward-thinking,” “sexually-progressive” scenesters with woman/trans-positive battle rhetoric, riffRAG takes a subtler approach, and seeks to promote understanding by drawing on a larger contributor base without compromising editorial integrity.
Some highlights:
Plastic Bag Kaleidoscope by Sally Willowbee: An interview with an elderly woman who makes carpets out of colorful plastic bags.
The Fragile Circus by Myron Campbell: Even though precious Canadian craft art is becoming a bit commonplace, and this project sort of reminds me of a Bright Eyes video, I still like it because it is interactive, uses Flash, and (I think) references Myst.
November 5, 1979 by Em Sixteen: A needlepoint recreation of a letter written to the artist by her late father when she was an infant, and the only letter she owns from him.
If You Want It by Giles O’Dell: A music video that turns a boring place (Olympia, WA) into a fantasy world that is fun and creepy, and a little sexy (if you finds insects sexy).
ALSO: There are limited print editions available for $12 on the website.

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