Archive for November, 2010

To wedding or not. Lucky you have a choice

You might have read about a het couple in the Britain who want to have a civil union but not a marriage because homosexuals can’t get “married” in the UK and are limited to civil unions, and they think all enjoined couples should have the same right/choice to marry. Never mind that it is part campaign and part romantic and nearly all about policy. I can see what they’re on about and if they get the law changed to recognise gay marriage then good for them. But I’d prefer if marriage as an institution was scrapped altogether and we get back the real meaning of marriage, i.e. a contract between adults to share body and material comfort, then we’d see how popular it would really be.

But in the wider view, the fight for gay marriage is, of course, about non-discrimination and the right to be trapped by state laws.  In the diehard campaign for the right for us to be married, here’s another no less poignant site that seeks to keep the fight alive and to overturn the hardline that is the defining symbol of us vs them.

The Potential Wedding album wants pictures of gay couples who really really want that jeweller’s certificate.  I think I’ll get C to sign up so we can be in cute company.

In the meantime, let’s all live happily de facto and have the same rights as married couples bar the wedding bills and licence.

[PWA via a lovely piece by Dick Gross]


November 15, 2010 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

e-books rated

Well! The NY Times deigns to acknowledge and rate e-books soon. How they actually compile the data will still be, sadly, traditionally sourced from probably only the big names.

November 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Call for submissions: Read These Lips, Volume 5 (June 2011)

Read These Lips is a free e-book project dedicated to lesbian literature. In our fifth year, we are inviting submissions to our anthology series.

We seek multi-dimensional literary writings that speak the possibilities of lesbian lives. We feature popular genre as well as cross-genre works.

Submissions are open from 1 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.  Please read our Submissions Guidelines carefully, and our previous anthologies for guidance.

Early expressions of interest are encouraged.

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  • Each submission: Not more than 4000 words per entry. Not less than 500 words, or 1 page, except for poetry or graphics. However, if making two (2) submissions per author per anthology, the word limit is 4000 in total.  Maximum of two (2) submissions per author per anthology.
  • You may submit stories, poetry, verse, graphics…any genre that can be reproduced on paper.
  • Submissions should have a lesbian flavour but may include anything LBTIQ inspired. New work preferred.
  • Submissions should be in MSWord or RTF format or any text file to preserve format, and not in the body of an email.
  • Enclose a short biography, picture and email contact with your submissions.Submissions without biographies will not be considered.
  • Third party sources must be credited.
  • You agree to provide your submissions free of charge to the anthology.
  • You agree to our editing process. For more information see Behind The Curtain at our blog.
  • Accepted entries will not be removed from the anthology once published.
  • We are not responsible for any copyright infringement that may be caused by the use of your submission in our anthologies.

How the anthology works.

Our anthologies are published only in electronic format.

The anthology is distributed via the internet.

It is free to download and to share. It is not for sale.

Authors retain their moral rights, but once a submission is included in the anthology and is published, it cannot be removed.

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November 10, 2010 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Vertical same-sex dancing

Just to differentiate it from the horizontal mambo, y’know, but then I realised, Gee, when have we ever restricted our pleasure positions?
Long time coming but finally, a reality celeb dancing program – in Israel, no less – will be showing a lesbian in a same-sex dance routine. Doesn’t hurt that they are both gorgeous women.
Check it out or better yet, support your local same-sex dance class and competitions.

November 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

Evecho’s newsy bits

News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.