On Monday, July 30, 2018, Hampton Roads Pride held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. The event is always held shortly after the Hampton Roads PrideFest to celebrate those volunteers who helped during the PrideFest, Pride Week, and throughout the year.
This year’s party featured a Luau theme. Guests were able to partake of Hawaiian themed food, to get drinks from the bar, and there was also cake. Hampton Roads Pride’s newest promotional video was unveiled. Later in the evening, folks were encouraged to learn how to hula dance.
Druidism was the religious and scholarly path of the ancient Celts. Druids were the priests, scholars, and advisors of the ancient Celtic world. They studied for 20 years to become a full druid. Other ranks included Bards who were storytellers and musicians and Ovates who devoted themselves to divination and healing. Unfortunately the ancient druids didn’t write anything down and committed all their beliefs and practices to memory and oral tradition, so most of what we know comes from secondary sources and conjecture.
For a third time, supporters of the Hershee Bar converged on the Norfolk City Council to challenge the city's redevelopment plans that will result in the bar closing its doors in October. After the regular business of the July 24, 2018 City Council meeting, supporters continued to tell their stories. These stories included heartfelt anecdotes about how the bar has been a safe place for LGBTQ persons in a world that even today isn't always safe for these people to be themselves. Hershee's and other LGBTQ bars have provided shelter for folks who can't safely walk down the street holding hands with their partners, whose families might reject them, who might be turned away by their churches, and who might be questioning their sexuality and self-worth with nowhere else to turn. Others challenged how future historians might view the Norfolk City Council decades later for forcing this historically Lesbian bar to close. Some City Council members were noticeably moved by these testimonies showing expressions of empathy and concern.
Bisexual erasure is the tendency to deny the existence or legitimacy of bisexuality and bisexual individuals. The most common forms of bi erasure include simply ignoring bisexual identity, and also believing that bisexuals are going through a phase and that they will eventually realize they are either homosexual or heterosexual. Extreme forms of bi erasure involve denial that bisexuality actually exists, removing or falsifying evidence of bisexuality from history, and ignoring bisexuals in the news media (even in the LGBT media).
On July 21, 2018, Equality Virginia hosted a TIES Pop-up at the Slover Library in Norfolk. TIES stands for Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit. The event was co-hosted by the Transgender Assistance Program and the Slover Library. Other Pop-ups have been scheduled for Winchester (July 14) and Roanoke (July 28). A statewide TIES conference is scheduled for October 20 in Richmond.
Norse paganism includes Asatru, Heathenry, and Odinism among other related paths. Norse pagans honor and worship the Norse gods and goddesses including Odin, Thor, and Freya. The Norse gods and goddesses fall into two categories, the Aesir and the Vanir. The Aesir are the principal pantheon and are typically war gods who live in Asgard. The Vanir are a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom and the ability to see the future. Norse pagans also honor nature spirits (such as elves) and their ancestors. Most of what we know about these gods and goddesses and their mythologies comes from the Icelandic Prose and Poetic Edda’s and the Norse Sagas.
Why do so many animated villains have stereotypical gay voices and mannerisms?
That’s something you may have noticed but not really thought much about.
A 2014 documentary titled “Do I sound gay?” by David Thorpe explored a surprising number of animated villains with gay voices and mannerisms, and apparently a thing for extravagant hats. Disney films were mentioned specifically, but Disney isn’t the only studio to do this.
Welcome to TransFacts! These are facts about anything and everything transgender and gender nonconforming related.
1. Transitioning to us means becoming who we truly are,not becoming someone entirely new. It means no more lying or acting. Transitioning to us is finally living. It’s not always about hormones, surgeries, or clothing changes. It’s having self-confidence. It’s personal growth. And with that can come struggles. Those around us also go through a transition. This is new to us just like it’s new to you. Be kind. You know not to disturb a butterfly cocoon. So try to do the same with us.
The Tidewater Spirit Coalition men’s group "Shine On" campaign is nearing its end. The goal of this project was to better illuminate Mystic Moon of Norfolk and to lower energy costs, as well as give them an update the community very much deserves. We also wanted the project to serve as a beacon to help all respectful seekers find home. The last work night for the project was held on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
We started with the initial budget of $1000 and have managed to stay on that budget - even with a few hiccups on the way. The majority of the funding came from donations from the community through our GoFundMe campaign and also a few other fundraisers we hosted.
On July 10, 2018, the “LGBTQ City Hall Takeover” continued in support of Norfolk’s Hershee bar. Back in February, the Norfolk City Council voted unanimously to purchase the bar as part of the city’s revitalization plan for the Five Points neighborhood. The vote was taken with no public discussion or mention of the Hershee Bar. The Hershee Bar is an iconic Lesbian bar owned by Annette Stone and Bill Tyndall. It celebrated its 35th Anniversary back in March of this year. Concerned citizens and Hershee Bar supporters held their first rally in support of the bar at the Norfolk City Council meeting on, June 26.
At the July 10 City Council meeting, folks continued speaking out on behalf of the Hershee Bar and its owners. Some folks are questioning whether the decision to demolish the building comes from a place of homophobia and LGBT discrimination. Annette Stone previously went on record stating her belief that the redevelopment plan is an effort to “sanitize” the area. City Council Woman, Mamie B. Johnson of Norfolk Ward 3, where the Hershee Bar resides, was especially singled out for possible homophobia. Johnson was absent from the June 26 meeting and in a recent Facebook post, a Norfolk citizen, Alma Kesling, congratulated Johnson on her reelection and asked her to “save a landmark in our community, the Hershee Lounge.” Johnson replied with three sad face "laughing so hard you cry" emoji’s.
Alternatives HR held our 2nd annual “Alternative Pride Picnic” on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The picnic was started last year to offer an Alternative pride event that is non-corporate and focused on the local community. The picnic also offers a safe space for marginalized folks within the LGBTQ community, as well as others who are not quite mainstream.
It was a perfect day for a picnic. Unlike the extremely hot day at the Hampton Roads PrideFest the weekend before, temperatures were mild in the upper 70s. While the morning rain showers may have turned some folks away, the rain was over by the time the picnic started at noon. The day was mostly cloudy though the sun did peek out in the afternoon. A cool breeze also kept the weather mild.