1950’s Bombshell or 1940’s Pin-Up?

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Do you have glamorous karma?  Journey into the world of Old Hollywood and discover the classic film star you were in a past life.  The quiz 1950’s Bombshell or 1940’s Pin-Up? Which Classic Film Star Are You? will tell you all about your inner screen goddess.  And guess what?  It just so happens that I’m the reincarnation of one of my favorite lesbian icons.  Quelle charmant surprise!

GRETA GARBO: 1920’s-1950’s
“THE UNFORGETTABLE FACE”
Congratulations!! You were the legendary Greta Garbo. A woman of profound genius and incredible talent, you took Hollywood by storm. You never relied on overt sexuality to carry you to stardom, and instead stunned audiences world-wide with your intense, vividly honest roles. Your perfectly proportioned face and large, expressive eyes captured people’s hearts and minds. You were very meticulous, concentrated, and purposeful with your acting career. Trained in Sweden, you became the silent film star of the twenties and progressed with the decades. You were nominated for over ten academy awards and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Your legendary role was in Camille where you immortalized the most heart-wrenching and honest death scene caught on film. Outside of work, you were very reclusive and anti-social. You controled every film you did, and picked every lead male counterpart. Only a few men could match your presence on screen, making your lead male the most difficult to cast. You retired from film upon wanting privacy and seclusion. You never allowed anyone to unveil your very mysterious aura. You left one of the biggest legends behind, and remain an inspiration to this day.

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Sublimefemme Calls for Action!

A dear friend of mine–let’s call her Jen–got a good job and seemed poised for professional success.  However, after she came out as lesbian, her coworkers started making obscene and homophobic remarks to her.   To make matters worse, Jen’s supervisor gave her more demanding assignments than other coworkers and not enough time to complete these tasks. 

Jen filed a complaint but it was not treated seriously by her employer.  As a result, no action was taken to improve her work environment.  This was unfair, upsetting, and demoralizing for Jen and she developed health problems because of all the stress.  Ultimately, she quit her job.  

Jen’s story is one reason why employment nondiscrimination is at the top of my “gay agenda”  (yes, I have one!), and why I think it’s important to educate others about the serious discrimination and harrassment that LGBTQ people face in the workplace.

Do you know that it remains legal in 30 states to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of  his/her/hir sexual orientation?  And in 38 states it is legal to do so based on his/her/hir gender identity?  

We here at SF Unbound say it’s time to outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity!   Please support the new gender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was just introduced in the House. ENDA would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or discriminate against an employee based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.  It gives no “special rights;” rather, it merely extends the existing federal law prohibiting employment discrimination to protect LGBTQ people.

5 Things You Can Do to Stand up for LGBTQ Civil Rights and Worker Justice:

  1. Go to United ENDA and send an email to Congress.
  2. Urge your Representative to become a cosponsor of ENDA (that’s H.R. 2981) by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  The operator will connect you to your Representative–you just have to give them your zip code.  Or you can email your Rep at  Write Your Representative.
  3. If you have a blog, use it to help get the word out about the new trans-inclusive ENDA bill.
  4. Join the Inclusive ENDA group on Facebook.
  5. Talk to your family & friends about why ENDA is necessary.

New trans-inclusive ENDA bill

From the Washington Blade, June 23:  “Revised ENDA to be unveiled:  More than 100 Members of Congress Back Measure”

A revised version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that includes protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is expected to be unveiled Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and other members of Congress were slated to gather Wednesday for a press conference at the Rayburn House Office Building to discuss the federal measure.

Frank is slated to formally introduce the bill this week. According to his office, more than 100 members of Congress have signed on to co-sponsor the measure. Among the sponsors are gay House members Frank, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.). The lead Republican sponsor is Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

In a recent interview with the Blade, Frank said he believes prospects for passing a trans-inclusive ENDA have improved significantly since 2007, when he and other House Democratic leaders said the measure would be defeated if a gender identity clause were kept in the bill.

Read the rest of the article here.

Sublimefemme Tells All, No. 23

I don’t mind living in a prosaically gendered world as long as I can be a femme in it.  And wear strappy platform sandals.  A lot.

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Hello World I’m Your Wild Girl

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Her trademark sneer.  Raspy voice.  Androgynous sex appeal.   Fuck-you attitude.  Really, when you think about it, the only good thing to come out of the ’80s was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  

In case you haven’t noticed, Joan has been in the news lately because she’s working on her much-anticipated biopic The Runaways, which is about the proto-punk, all-girl band she co-founded in the 70s with drummer Sandy West.   Here’s the band:

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 From left, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, and Joan Jett.

You just know these girls are up to no good.  That’s lead singer Cherie Currie looking like a teenage tranny hooker (I say this with affection) in the fishnets and merry widow.  Seriously, what’s not to love?   I just hope the movie, which is due out next year, doesn’t disappoint.  Portraying Joan in the film will be Kristen Stewart, who’s looking pretty Jettish now that she’s sporting the rocker’s signature inky shag haircut.   

All this buzz about The Runaways means that I’ve been spending too much time on youtube watching clips of Jett.  I’ll admit it;  I’ve been swooning over this classic Blackhearts video:

Nowdays, Joan is still kicking ass and breaking hearts.  She’s a rock star who truly transcends categories and rises above cliches, lesbian icon or not.  And girls, did I mention she’s ripped?  And 51!  Holy shit.  I’m posting 2 relatively recent photos including one of Joan and Jenna Jameson, which I’ve shamelessly included just because I think J & J look hot together.  And because I love you, I’m putting a cherry on top from the underage, glam-rocking Queens of Noise themselves.  “Cherry Bomb,” of course. Enjoy!

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Ecofemme…Not So Much

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I have no desire to get back to the earth, however unfashionable that admission may be.  In fact, I try to avoid contact with garden tools at all costs.   When Van and I were house hunting a few years ago, I agreed to give up apartment living on one condition:  I would never have anything to do with the lawn of any house we purchased.  (This is utterly reasonable, right?)  To her credit, Van has gallantly kept up her side of the agreement without complaint.  It’s not that I’m lazy–I do lots of other work around the house, believe me.  But garden?  Sorry, I’m not Michelle Obama and I won’t be growing my own organic, heirloom tomatoes anytime soon. 

However, I must confess the truth, darlings.  Although green chic may elude me, I actually did some container gardening with Van yesterday.  She was very clever about getting me involved in this little project; as she explained, planting anything in a pot doesn’t count as yardwork.  I had to concede this point.  Plus she enticed me with the promise of a post-gardening cocktail hour, which totally worked.  (No surprise there.) And I must admit it was rather lovely having cocktails surrounded by all our beautiful flowers!

Imagine Peace

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“Smile to the future and it will smile back to us.”

–Yoko Ono, Surrender To Peace

Read the IMAGINE PEACE ebook here.