The Lesbian Herstory Archives will be hosting a marathon reading this Saturday, November 17, from 12pm-12am to celebrate Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich, “whose work and presence as poets, theorists, activists and teachers inspired decades of anti-racist, feminist, and lesbian feminist thought and activism.” Each hour will be facilitated by a different organization, who will read from their poetry and essays, as well as Audre Lorde’s biomythography, Zami, and Adrienne Rich’s autobiographical reflections, Institution of Motherhood.
Details over at Autostraddle.
Obama Nominates Gay African-American Judge to Federal Bench
President Barack Obama nominated seven judges to the federal bench today, including the president’s first out African-American nominee. Judge William L. Thomas was nominated by Obama on Wednesday to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In a statement, Obama called on the Senate to promptly consider his nominees as too many courtroom benches remain unfilled.
Read more at Metro Weekly.
Activist Brandon Lacy Campos Dead at 35
Brandon Lacy Campos, a prolific writer and celebrated activist, was found dead on Friday in New York City, according to Rod 2.0. Campos previously served as the co-executive director for the group Queers for Economic Justice. He also wrote candidly in magazines and blogs about his mixed-race heritage, his status as an HIV-positive man, and his battle with crystal methamphetamine. Campos was also a poet and saw an anthology of his work, It Ain’t Truth If It Doesn’t Hurt, published. Campos was also a contributor to last year’s anthology, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.
Rest in power.
Continue reading at the Advocate.
Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill To Pass This Year: Official
Uganda’s anti-gay bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite international criticism of the draft legislation, the speaker of the country’s parliament said Monday, insisting it is what most Ugandans want. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.
Learn more at the Huffington Post.