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.
For centuries, black women have been superheroes in their families, communities, and beyond. With the various hurdles they face daily, sometimes mental peace can be compromised. Addressing one’s mental health illness in the black community and utilizing resources is usually avoided in fear of being labeled as “crazy” or weak because of the need of another individual having to step in and help. In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to shed light on a resource that has helped me destress and not feel alone in my own issues: Therapy for Black Girls.
This is not another PrideFest review. While I'd originally planned to write one, I've decided to take a different approach this time around. It might have begun with commentary on the lack of thunderstorms at PrideFest this year (instead we got sweltering heat) and ended with kudos for showrunner Jussie Smollett, Grand Marshal Tona Brown, the Hampton Roads Pride Board, and all the little people who helped make the event run smoothly – or at least as smoothly as possible. This year I was one of those little people volunteering, and I thought I'd share why.
This is not another PrideFest review. I’ve written a number of PrideFest reviews over the years and I’ve decided to do something different this time around. It’s hard to follow up on last year’s comprehensive take on Pride month as featured in the Alternatives HR Fall 2017 Quarterly. Also I volunteered at PrideFest this year. Between volunteering and feeling a bit ill in the sweltering heat, I didn’t get to take in as much as I normally would this year. I was disappointed I didn’t feel well enough to stay for the live concert by Jussie Smollett, and some of the other performers and activities that took place later in the day.
Rather than doing a full review, I’ve decided to share photos of a few things I liked during the time I was there. I’ll also be writing a second part to this article about why I thought it was important to volunteer this year.
While many will be celebrating LGBTQ Pride this Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Hampton Roads PrideFest in Norfolk, others will be out protesting the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents when they cross the U.S.-Mexican border. Why not do both? Many of the rallies are early in the day and PrideFest goes on until 7pm.
Pride Week continued on Thursday, June 28, 2018, with an event at O’Connor Brewery on 24th Street in Norfolk. The O’Connor’s venue has become a staple of Pride Week over the past several years. The event was laid back and mostly social. Folks had their choice of beverages including ‘Crafty Queen Shandies’ made especially for this event. There were also two food trucks on hand – Captain Crabby and New York Souvlaki. DJ Matty provided music while Mercedes Douglas and her Drag Race Girls provided entertainment. There was also a 50/50 with proceeds benefiting Hampton Roads Pride.
The LGBT Life Center and LIFE held a Summer Block Party in honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 28, 2018. The block party was held at the LGBT Life Center’s offices at 1001 Monticello Avenue in Norfolk, not to be confused with the LGBT Life Center’s community center on 24th Street. The LGBT Life Center serves the greater Hampton Roads LGBT community. LIFE stands for “Leaders Involved in Futures and Empowerment.” The program is for young Black males who have sex with other men regardless of how they label themselves. The program promotes safe, healthy relationships, and personal growth.