Friday, January 09, 2015

Doing A End Week 360

Tales from the South: Arkansas Women's Stories
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - Dinner 5 pm- 6:30 pm, Show starts at 7 pm
Where: South on Main, Little Rock
Admission: $10

The Arkansas Women's History Institute will cosponsor a Tales from the South radio show focused on tales of Arkansas women.  The live show will be recorded on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at South on Main in Little Rock.  Those interested in submitting and performing a piece on women in Arkansas should contact Tales from the South at

"Tales from the South" is a showcase of writers reading their own true stories. While the show itself is unrehearsed, the literary memoirs have been worked on for weeks leading up to the readings. Stories range from funny to touching, from everyday occurrences to life-altering tragedies. "Tales from the South" is uniquely Southern, in that while we don't require that stories are set in the South (though a majority are), writers must be either originally from the South or live here currently, and the distinct Southern art of storytelling rich in language, detail, and voice is alive in all of them.  Contributors are from all walks of life and include professional writers as well as those who have never been published.

Along with the storytelling, we also have live music by different Southern musicians who continue the storytelling tradition and play everything from folk to blues to bluegrass, and more.  Musicians play during dinner. Acclaimed blues guitarist Mark Simpson plays the blues live each week during the taped portion of the radio show.

"Tales From the South" is a radio show created and produced by Paula Martin Morell, who is also the show's host, in conjuction with UALR's Dept. of Rhetoric and Writing. The show is presented by The Argenta Arts Foundation with additional support provided by AY Magazine, The North Little Rock Visitors' Bureau, William F. Laman Public Library, and The Oxford American. The show is taped on Tuesday nights in various restaurants and venues throughout Central Arkansas.  The show goes on the road throughout Arkansas, with plans  to begin branching out to other Southern states. Both dinner and show are included in the $10.00 admission and is open to the public.

Decision forthcoming despite significant roadblock citing definition of “gay”
by Chuck Colbert

The effort of dotgay LLC to secure a top-level domain (TLD) for the LGBT community hit a significant roadblock when ICANN — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — released results late last year that denied community status to the .gay application.

The decision to deny priority status for the only community-based application for .gay is a huge setback, potentially requiring the community to buy the TLD at auction.

ICANN is the non-profit corporation, which serves as the governing body for domain names and addresses on the Internet. 

dotgay LLC vice president of marketing
Jamie Baxter
The rub for ICANN evaluators was that that .gay did not meet the standards for community designation, explained dotgay LLC spokesperson and vice president of marketing Jamie Baxter over the telephone.

In determining Community Priority Evaluation, ICANN relied on a third-party evaluator, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which is a part of The Economist Group and The Economist magazine.

In its determination, EIU said that “gay” is “not a well-known short form, or abbreviation of, the community.”

However, terms like “gay rights,” “gay pride” and “anti-gay” are “globally used under an inclusive interpretation or umbrella term in mainstream media on a daily basis,” according to a dotgay LLC press statement.

The EIU also said that dotgay LLC ‘”substantially over-reaches” to include trans, intersex and ally in the common community use of the term “gay,” citing the Oxford English Dictionary definition as “a homosexual, especially a man.”

Oddly enough, The Economist magazine uses the word “gay” to refer to all segments of the LGBT community and “goes on to describe the colorful acronyms that gay encompasses, extending out from LGBT to intersex and queer,” said dotgay's Baxter.

The EIU’s critique stands as a “double standard,” he added, "one that penalizes dotgay LLC and contradicts even their publishing arm’s use of the word 'gay.' By EIU definition, gay rights discussions — and events like gay pride — would be exclusive to 'homosexual men,' which is untrue."

Baxter said he believes that ICANN evaluators "don’t understand our community. We are being overlooked because of this weird word semantic. I can guarantee that when you use [the word ‘gay’], people understand what you are talking about.”

Meanwhile, letters supporting reconsideration for .gay have been submitted by a number of organizations, including the International Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (or ILGA), the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), The Federation of Gay Games, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and Dr. David Gudelunas. 
Just as national gay and lesbian chambers of commerce in Argentina, Canada, Columbia, and Mexico co-signed NGLCC’s letter, so more than 80 groups from around the world co-signed the Gay Games' letter.

For Anne Stockwell, former editor-in-chief of The Advocate, the heart of the matter is community — “a word so central to us that it's almost beyond definition. It's the all-important ‘we,’ a circle of safety that materializes only after we've found each other,” she wrote in Huffington Post’s Gay Voices. “None of us knows the precise measure of our community. But we all know that it exists, because we know how unbearable life was without it. Surely that's why dotgay's community approach has earned the backing of so many of our people worldwide. More than 240 international organizations, representing millions of LGBTQIA people from all segments of our world, signed letters of support for dotgay's application.”

Other LGBT outlets than ran stories include Boston’s The Rainbow Times, The Agenda Florida Edition and Oklahoma-based The Gayly.

Dotgay’s letters in support of reconsideration and other materials are available at
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