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Assistance with a $15 VCU study on LGBTQ health [13 Feb 2014|08:27pm]
vcuhealthstudy
Hello! You are invited to participate in a $15 paid (via amazon gift card) online survey sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University lasting approximately 45 minutes that investigates health behaviors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. If you are age 18 or older and identify as LGBTQ, see our advertisement below which was approved by our university's Institutional Review Board (#HM14577). Please feel free to pass this link on to other LGBTQ individuals as well!
Let your voice be heard!
Empower the LGBTQ Community by completing a $15 paid survey.
We are researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University studying the health of LGBTQ individuals.
If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (lgbtq), you can Receive a $15 Amazon gift card for completing this 45-min survey!
Please email us at vcuhealthlgbt@gmail.com to receive the individualized link to take the survey!
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Research Study on Bisexual Women's Experiences - please participate!! [10 Jul 2011|06:11pm]

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[ mood | curious ]

 I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology and am recruiting participants for my IRB-approved dissertation study on the experiences of bisexual women who are in exclusive romantic relationships (including marriages, civil unions and other partnerships). Please consider participating, if you or someone you know fits this description! Participation is via a secure online survey, is anonymous, and takes about 30 minutes, and participants can enter a survey to win one of three $25 gift cards. Here's the link; more information is below. 

http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/583968/Bisexual-Women-s-Experiences-of-Prejudice-and-Support



Cheers,


Liz Clark, M.A.

 

___________________________________



Hello!

My name is Elizabeth Clark and I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I am currently working on my dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Braden Berkey. My dissertation research seeks to increase our understanding of the experience of bisexual women who are in monogamous romantic relationships. Specifically, the study investigates bisexual women’s experiences of both stigma against and support for their bisexual identity, and explores possible links between experiences of stigma and mental health. Findings from this study will help mental health clinicians work with bisexual women in a more informed, culturally competent manner, and may also inform the development or improvement of policies and programs serving the bisexual community.

I am writing to ask you to participate in my dissertation research by responding to an online survey that can be accessed using the link below. As stated above, we are interested in the experiences of bisexual-identified adult women who are currently in a monogamous romantic relationship (including dating, marriages, civil unions, and other life partnerships). We are seeking a diverse group of respondents of varying race/ethnicity, level of education, socioeconomic status, and age. Everyone who takes the survey must be 18 years old or older. Please consider participating if you are eligible, and please feel free to forward this announcement to friends, loved ones, and colleagues who may be eligible.

If you choose to participate, no identifying information or names will be collected. Your name cannot be connected in any way to the responses you provide; responses are completely anonymous in this study. The researcher will store the data on a secure, encrypted computer drive. Only the researcher (Elizabeth Clark), advisor (Dr. Berkey), and a trained research assistant will have access to the data. 

There is a minimal risk of discomfort or anxiety due to the nature of the questions asked; however, you are free stop participation in the research at any time.

By participating in this survey, you are helping researchers better understand the experiences of bisexual women in relationships. Additionally, by telling us about your experiences, you are helping add to the body of research about bisexuality as distinct from gay or lesbian identity. The more research there is on bisexual identity and experience, the more recognition bisexuality is likely to receive from the field of psychology and from the general public. 

For the purposes of this study, the researcher asks that you or any respondent complete the study only one time.  The total time commitment is approximately 30 minutes, and the entire survey is completed online. After you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to provide your email address if you would like to be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 Amazon.com gift cards. If you provide your email address, it is not linked in any way to your responses, which will remain anonymous.
 
If you would like to participate, please click the following link:

http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/583968/Bisexual-Women-s-Experiences-of-Prejudice-and-Support
 
If you have any further questions about the study, you may contact the researcher, Elizabeth Clark, by email at eac6200@ego.thechicagoschool.edu or you may contact the researcher’s advisor, Dr. Braden Berkey, at bberkey@thechicagoschool.edu or 312.467.2351. 
 
If you have questions concerning your rights in this research study you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is concerned with the protection of subjects in research projects. You may reach the IRB office Monday-Friday by calling 312.467.2343 or writing: Institutional Review Board,The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N. Wells, Chicago, Illinois, 60654.

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recent LGBT news/links [07 Jul 2011|02:22pm]

losttoy
Not much posting is going on, so here are some links I thought I should share.



BTL: Court orders immediate halt to gay military ban
http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=47986

Craig Fahle Show: Gay Teens – Then and Now
http://wdetfm.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/episode/gay-teens-then-and-now/

Tell Me More: Gays At Work...In Closet
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/07/137672101/coming-to-work-but-not-coming-out
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Between the Lines and WDET fm want you! [24 Mar 2011|09:54am]

losttoy
 

Between the Lines and WDET fm want you!

BTL is producing the first locally run marriage expo focused on same-sex couples. May 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. you will be entertained, wined and dined and have a chance to see over 30 vendors targeting same-sex couples! In anticipation of this event we are looking for a gay or lesbian couple who are in the process of planning a commitment ceremony. We would like to document the process through with audio and photos and eventually produce a feature for BTL, WDET and other public media. If you are interested, contact taracavanaugh@pridesource.com AND amanda.le.claire@wayne.edu

Thanks!

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Michigan residents ... watch this [11 Mar 2011|09:58am]

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Help wanted again [18 Feb 2011|11:39am]

losttoy
Help wanted - Graphic Design Intern

Between the Lines is an award-winning weekly newspaper in Michigan's for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and friends. We have been Michigan's LGBT news source since 1993. We are members of the Michigan Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. Each week 20,000 copies of BTL are distributed to hundreds of sites across Michigan.

We are looking for college students that are looking for credit and experience. Must be enrolled in a graphics related degree or certification program. Intern will get one-on-one training from our Art Director and will leave with solid portfolio pieces and a letter of recommendation. Applicants should have strong knowledge of Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Please send resume and link to online portfolio (please do not send samples via email) to davidano@pridesource.com
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Help wanted! [18 Feb 2011|11:02am]

losttoy
EMPLOYMENT - Ad Sales Representative
Results-oriented salesperson needed! Between The Lines needs ambitious sales rep to boost print and online advertising sales. Includes a base salary and incentive program. Casual, busy, team-focused work environment. Responsibilities include account maintenance, generating new accounts and meeting publication deadlines. Requirements and qualifications: Experience in sales, specifically within the publication industry, with a proven record of accomplishment. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. A degree in marketing or a related field a plus. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Good time management and organizational skills, leadership, and willingness to travel locally. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and any other relevant materials to janstevenson@pridesource.com
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Help wanted again [30 Jan 2011|04:57pm]

losttoy
Graphic Design Intern Wanted

Pride Source Media Group is the publisher of Between the Lines, an award-winning weekly newspaper since 1993. We are members of the Michigan Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. Each week 20,000 copies of BTL are distributed to hundreds of sites across Michigan. PSMG also publishes the Pride Source LGBT Yellow Pages with over 1000 LBGT owned or friendly businesses and non-profits.

Are you in college or just graduated and looking for work experience? Must have solid knowledge of Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Must be open to work in an LGBT business (but you do not have to be gay). This is an unpaid internship.

Send resumes to davidano@pridesource.com
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[21 Jan 2011|01:40pm]

losttoy
HELP WANTED ... iPhone "ap" maker

My boss just asked me if I know anybody that knows how to make a iPhone applications. We need somebody who could put our Pride Source business and non-profit directory and our news feed on a iPhone application. If you can do this, please e-mail me at davidano@pridesource.com
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VICTORY! [18 Dec 2010|08:50pm]

losttoy


The House bill 2965 gets sent to the Senate and today the Senate vote 65 to 33 to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. The bill is being sent to Obama's desk who has already promised to sign into law. We finally did it!

So tell me what you think ... what is your DADT opinion/story?
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News round-up [12 Dec 2010|12:24pm]

losttoy
There has not been much posting around these parts, so I guess perhaps I will post some Michigan LGBT related news links.

State considers health benefits for unmarried partner

Affirmations faces serious budget problems

Teen out-protests Westboro Baptist Church

New national rules for hospital visitation rights affect LGBT patients

Michigan lawmakers end voting without addressing anti-bullying legislation

National PFLAG board of directors welcomes Julie Nemecek

Huge donation to encourage HIV prevention in SE Michigan
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me [17 Nov 2010|11:23pm]

savannacomer36
HEY!! thought you will like to know that Candi_Cruz its now live on dirtystage watch it now.. don miss it!

VOTE Tomorrow! [01 Nov 2010|12:04pm]

losttoy


TOMORROW is the 2010 election! VOTE. Projections say that only 50% will show up at the polls. What is up with that? Yes, the president is not on the ballot, but just about everything else is. This is one of the most important Michigan elections. We will be voting for a number of elected officials, including US Congressional seats, the Michigan gubernatorial race, the Secretary of State, The michigan Attorney General, Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, members of the State Board of Education, local school districts, Regents to the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University, County Commissioners, Michigan Supreme Court Justices, Judges of the Court of Appeals, Judges of the Court of Circuit Court, statewide proposals and other local city and township officials. This election will determine which direction the state will go in the upcoming years.

Find your polling place and what is on your ballot at
https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/

Get informed with these voter guides
http://www.publius.org
http://www.pridesourcevotes.com
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Less than a week ... [28 Oct 2010|10:21am]

losttoy
Less than a week until elections. I heard on the radio this morning that over a 1/3rd of people are still "undecided". Do you know who you are voting for?

"It is important that the LGBT community understand the stakes in this election. While it can sometimes feel as if progress on issues of equality is slow, it will be non-existent if the Republicans take control of Congress next year. The more socially-conservative Republicans would do everything they could to block pro-LGBT presidential nominees for high-level positions in the government and on the federal judiciary. It is certain that the Republicans would attempt to quash the president's efforts to allow gays to serve openly in the military and his push to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. And there is almost no chance that a Republican Congress would allow the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to become law." -Eric Rader


Most people do not vote in "off year" elections. But now more than even it is important for LGBT community to get ready, get informed and VOTE



Get informed ONLINE
We have made it easy for anyone to find information for all the races that will appear on their Nov. 2 ballot, including their U.S. Congressional candidate, State House, State Senate, Supreme Court, Attorney General, Secretary of State and more! Enter your zipcode online to get your customized Pride Source Voter's Guide.

BTL Voter Guide out or at http://www.pridesourcevotes.com/



Get informed in PRINT
Our Pro=Equality Voter Guide is incerted into today Between the Lines on newstands today, which includes:
• Electoral district Maps
• An Interview with Virg Bernero, Democratic candidate for Michigan Governor 
• Top 3 U.S. Congressional Races in Michigan with Mark Schauer, Gary Peters and Natalie Manoogian Mosher
• Dem AG candidate speaks out against UM student stalker
• State supreme court elections looking positive for progressives
• Benson barks back against anti-trans license proposal
• Openly gay State House candidates Garry Post, Ken Rosen and Toni Sessoms
• and more

You can also download the full BTL Voter Guide PDF at http://www.pridesource.com/voter/PrideSourceVoterGuide2010.pdf

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[20 Oct 2010|03:19pm]

losttoy
Elections are less than two weeks away. Do you know how you are going to vote?



ONLINE
We have made it easy for anyone to find information for all the races that will appear on their Nov. 2 ballot, including their U.S. Congressional candidate, State House, State Senate, Supreme Court, Attorney General, Secretary of State and more! Enter your zipcode online to get your customized Pride Source Voter's Guide.

BTL Voter Guide out or at http://www.pridesourcevotes.com/



or in PRINT

The BTL Pro=Equality Voter Guide includes:
• Electoral district Maps
• An Interview with Virg Bernero, Democratic candidate for Michigan Governor 
• Top 3 U.S. Congressional Races in Michigan with Mark Schauer, Gary Peters and Natalie Manoogian Mosher
• Dem AG candidate speaks out against UM student stalker
• State supreme court elections looking positive for progressives
• Benson barks back against anti-trans license proposal
• Openly gay State House candidates Garry Post, Ken Rosen and Toni Sessoms
• and more

Download the full BTL Voter Guide PDF at http://www.pridesource.com/voter/PrideSourceVoterGuide2010.pdf
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Pro-Equality Voter Guide [14 Oct 2010|05:00pm]

losttoy
PrideSourceVotes.com



PrideSourceVotes.com


BTL needs everyone to help right now. Our 2010 Michigan Voter Guide is now available electronically, and the 24-page printed version will be available this Friday. The printed version will be distributed with BTL newspapers during the next two weeks. Unfortunately, due to budget restraints, we are unable to mass mail the guide after having done so for the past 12 years. We need to count on everyone we can reach through the internet to help distribute this important resource link. And that includes all of you who are receiving this email. Please share the link with everyone you can. Below are a few resources we have for connecting folks.

First, please check out the electronic edition available (PrideSourceVotes.com). Just put your zip code in and your electronic voter guide will appear. Scroll the page to see the choices we have made available. Please distribute this link to as many people as you can via your Websites, Blogs, Facebook, Email and other social media. Second, please help get the word out by posting any of these button/banner ad links for the voter guide ASAP - http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=43594

During the next three weeks help us get the word out through this researched Pro-Equality Voter Guide. BTL did its own research and collaborated with Equality Michigan PAC, LAHR-PAC and Kalamazoo Alliance PAC to bring you the most current information about the candidates running in our upcoming election. Please help us make good use of this research by using the guide when you go to the polls on Nov. 2 (and making sure your family, friends and co-workers have this guide too).
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An open letter to Michigan attorney general Mike Cox [30 Sep 2010|11:53am]

losttoy



Dear Mike Cox,

I recently watched a segment on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 (find the clip at http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/28/michigan.justice.blog/index.html?hpt=C1). After viewing this segment I have also read various local newspapers to learn more about the issue. I must say that I am completely outraged at the conduct of Andrew Shirvell. It disheartens me to believe that my tax dollars are going to this kind of behavior. Regardless of whether Shirvell is making these actions "on the clock" or on his personal time, you have to see as a representative of the legal and justice system of Michigan that his exploits are out of line. These actions of stalking, slander, libel, harassing and cyber bullying go against what the office of the attorney general stands for. I see no action that Chris Armstrong has done to warrant this attack. It is clear that Shirvell is using his position to push his religious, ideological and highly discriminatory beliefs. He shows a lack of decency or understanding of national and state laws regarding this matter. This is not a matter of free speech, but a matter of hate speech. This does not belong in our government or in our community. As a tax payer and voter, I request that Andrew Shirvell to be fired or even prosecuted for his actions.

Sincerely,
David Ano



(learn more at Andrew Shirvell Watch
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You don't say, the military discriminates. [18 Aug 2010|02:46pm]

losttoy
You don't say, the military discriminates.



Retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis was on NPR's "Tell Me More" arguing that the US military is inherently discriminatory. He argues that if you can be rejected from service for medical reasons, age, citizenship, political association and to some limitation gender, that they should be able to discriminate against gays.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129278213


If you are gay ... why would you want to join an organization that openly hates you and discriminates indiscriminately???
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except for Gays and Muslims ... [18 Aug 2010|01:36pm]

losttoy
With all the news about the Mosque at Ground Zero and California's Proposition 8, I thought this country was built on equal and individual rights. But I guess I was wrong. Apparently, there were some corrections to the Declaration of Independence that most people do not see unless they look at the original ...



Who knew?
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How Married Men Get Caught! from the Bi Men Network [12 Aug 2010|02:46pm]

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HOW MARRIED GUYS GET CAUGHT!

From: wonderwhy1955 at Bi MEN NETWORK - www.bimen.org - the world`s largest social networking site with a bisexual male focus! Now over 250,000 active adult male members with us today and all free!



I had occasion the other day to consider how easy it is for married bisexual guys (or even heterosexual for that matter) to be caught by their wives after a little foray into bed with someone else. I have always tried to make sure that I am very aware of actions or any other form of evidence that would indicate that I have been "sipping from another cup" but every now and then it is easy to slip ....... and ohhh so easy to get caught. I have been with my wife since we were both 21 and we know each other so damn well that any abberation or deviation is instantly apparent. I make it hugely worse of course by being a dreadful creature of habit - it goes with my job which is based on systems and procedures that follow a careful routine so it is inbred that I am pretty damn consistent. My wife is a bloody smart lady so not much gets by her and I never underestimate her so I was really annoyed at myself for a slip up that required a quick recovery.


In this particular instance I had been on a business trip to London and i was fortunate that it coincided with a married mate who was also there on business. We had an incredible blast - not just the great sex but the ability to head our for drinks and dinner together - to sit in the bar of the hotel and enjoy each other's company - to wake up together after some major cum unloading and shower together before having breakfast together. That was all fine ..... different country ...... no one knows you or cares anyway ...... secure private room ....... all fine ..... nihgtly call to the family and reachable at the hotel if anything came up!!! So where did I slip up????


I was commando for 2 days running ....... no need for underwear while my buddy was around and I enjoy the feeling of my cock moving around while I am in my suit. It is not unknown for me to be commando in jeans on the weekend but during a series of Board Meetings in London!!! Very difficult for my wife to give credibility to THAT scenario. So when I unpacked after returning from the trip I stupidly returned the clean boxers to my underwear drawer and threw an inadequate number into the laundry basket to equate to the number of days I had been away. She picked it up in a shot!!! I knew I hadn't been gone long enough to have had hotel laundry done (one escape excuse) so i had to say that i hadn't finished unpacking yet and there was still some laundry in my case!!! I got away with it but cursed myself for being so stupid.


Over the years on being a member of sites like this I have heard many shared experiences on how husbands have been caught by their wives ..... in some cases I have thought that it was dumb enough to have been a "need" to be caught to bring it out in the open. Other events have been tragic embarrassments where too many people have been hurt needlessly ....... we all live in this situation of conflicting priorities where it is easy in following your nature to leave a trail that others can see and be exposed.


Computers are the greatest villian for those of us not as technically savvy as others. It was computer useage that brought me the closest I ever want to get to a marriage breakdown - since that time i have always meticulously never used the home computer for any of this stuff. I know guys who had "chat" on the homes computers and hadn't changed the automatic settings. Children or wives had logged on only to have an IM come up from "bigcockinBoisieID" pop up with a rauchy profile photo that said it all.


Web Site histories that are impossible to explain when the site name is "Horny College footballer with massive cocks"
Guy have equally been caught by having condoms or lube when they don't use them with their wives.
Wives cleaning under beds have found flotsam discarded in the throes of passionate sex.
Messages on cell phones.


Worse yet .... automatic redial on cell or house phones that recalls a number best left to history.
Being in a mall when some flouncy clearly gay guy bounces up to you and says HI - I restrict myself to married guys and have frequently encountered them in malls so the hardest thing there is to explain how you know each other!!!!


I am sure that we all know examples of how guys have been caught and I often think that we might help each other more on this site by sharing these anecdotes and how to overcome the situation. I know we all get off on discussing docking and whether to swallow cum and how to spot a bisexual guy at a block party ...... but one of the best advices we can give each other is how to cover your tracks. FINIS
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