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An Econometric Analysis of Marriage and the Division of Labor among Same-Sex Couples [20 Feb 2010|04:55pm]

I am a graduate student in economics at Tufts University and am conducting a study on the impact of marriage on the division of labor among same-sex couples. I am seeking cohabiting same-sex couples who live in states, such as North Dakota, where same-sex marriage is not legal to participate in an online survey on their division of labor. This survey will serve as a comparison group to a random sample of married same-sex couples in Massachusetts.

Participation in this study will be incredibly valuable in understanding how marriage rights and gender impact the division of household labor among same-sex couples and the potential economic gains accrued through marriage rights.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating in this study, the survey is hosted on SurveyMonkey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFW3SLY. To participate, both members of the couple need to respond to the survey; however, they may do so at different times if they use the same computer to access the survey. . More InformationCollapse )
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[16 Jun 2008|02:08pm]

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student
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front page of the forum... [20 Apr 2007|12:21pm]

Prom pair march into new territory
Helmut Schmidt
The Forum - 04/20/2007

Prom is about grand dresses, sharp suits and tuxedos, and good times with friends and classmates.

Jakob Paper and Steven Goering hope to add acceptance to the list.

Paper, a Fargo South High senior, and Goering, who is getting his high school degree from the North Dakota Division of Independent Study, plan to attend the South High prom Saturday at the Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium. The 18-year-olds will do the Grand March together as boyfriends and be introduced on stage in turn with the other couples.

“Nobody’s ever done it as far as I’m aware,” Paper said of two gay men attending a local prom.

Paper has been open about his homosexuality since eighth grade. Goering, who recently moved to Fargo from Mayville, N.D., said he told his parents four years ago. He told most of his friends in January.

“For the people in Fargo and North Dakota, especially, it’s really important to see this. I don’t think it’s been expressed,” Paper said.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Goering said. “I figure it’s going to be a good experience. It’s scary because it’s North Dakota and everybody’s hush-hush about it (homosexuality). But it’s an up-and-coming issue. … People are going to have to get used to it somewhere.”

South officials earlier this year approved a request to allow same-sex couples in the march, said Assistant Principal Jennifer Fremstad.

The principals at South and North High in Fargo and West Fargo High School say they haven’t heard in recent memory of gay male couples taking part in the Grand March. Moorhead officials said their high school hasn’t had same-sex attendees in the march.

Laurie Schlenker, a counselor at South who works with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, said it’s not unusual for two young women to walk the Grand March together.

“They may not be lesbians; they just might be friends (showing off their dresses). There’s that weird standard out there. It seems in our society it’s more acceptable for two girls to do it than two guys,” Schlenker said.

West Fargo High Principal Gary Clark said there may have been lesbian couples in past prom grand marches, but it hasn’t been an issue.

“Quite frankly, we don’t think it’s any of our business to ask,” Clark said. “We don’t make a big deal about it.”

Paper and Goering met by chatting online through the MySpace Web site. After they got to know each other, they decided to meet and started dating.

Like any young person getting ready for prom, Paper is excited and nervous.

Nervous, because “we’re still trying to figure out what to wear,” Paper said. Suits and sandals are the leading choice right now.

Goering said he attended prom in Mayville as a sophomore, junior and senior with girls who were friends.

Goering’s mother has known for a while that he will attend prom with Paper. He planned to tell his father Thursday. In some ways, he said, this experience will be liberating and he’s wondering how people will react.

“(Prom is) not new to me. It’s new with a guy,” Goering said. “I’m just going to have fun. I’m not going to make a big deal out of it.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583
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something to get the discussion rolling.. [04 Apr 2007|10:19am]

a while ago, I had half-heartedly complained to one of my editors at The Forum about his attempt at humor in one of his columns. in the column, he was discussing the phenomenon of the emo culture, and he offered his own versions of emo people-- like screamo (angry kids), gizmo (tech-savvy kids), slowmo (slow, plodding musicians).. and then he offered up...

homo. here's what he wrote:

Homo – This isn’t what you think. Homos are the emo kids who are very proud of their hometown. This has yet to catch on in Fargo-Moorhead or Grand Forks.

i wrote him an e-mail about the remark, saying,

Honestly, my initial reaction about the homo thing is to be offended- like you're taking such a derogatory term and making a joke out of it, you know?

he never wrote me back, so i figured he thought i was blowing it out proportion or maybe he just didn't care... until today, when i received the following e-mail:

So I bought a car, a Subaru wagon, and twice people have told me it's a lesbian car.
I want to write a column about Subarus and their reputation as "gay friendly"cars.
Is the term "Lesbo" offensive, if I'm referring to my "lesbo" car? How about butch or dyke, if it's in reference to the car?

(which is kind of funny, because then it seems like i've become the GLBT liason at the newspaper, which is probably kind of true...) anyway, this is how i responded to him:

As much as I think it'd be hilarious, I don't think the GLBT community would appreciate the idea. You wouldn't say "people have told me it's a black car" or "people have told me it's a Mexican car"... What makes it funny if it's about gays or lesbians? I see where you're going with this, but still... 
If you're set on this idea, though, butch might be your best option, because if you put in a context of an insult -- "You f-cking butch" it's not nearly as offensive as "You f-cking lesbo" or "You f-cking dyke".
Hmm..I'm still not sold... even if Subarus are pretty dykey (see?! I can say it!!), maybe it isn't fodder for a newspaper.
This is an interesting topic- I could talk about this forever! Anyway, let me know what you think.
(PS I know you're not a homophobic jerk)

so.... my question to you would be, how would you respond to this type of "humor"? what suggestions would you offer to him? he's trying, and he really is a good guy... so i'm honestly curious.

ETA: i just talked to my public editor about it, and she interrupted me and said, "more than anybody here, how do you manage? do you ever feel like you should just give up, like you're not being represented well enough here?" which began a discussion of my progressive politics being in direct conflict with the conservative ethos of the newspaper, (my liberal bias was covertly hidden at the beginning of my employment and is now blatantly obvious).

an interesting thing for your employer to bring up, but since we were being honest, i said "you have to change the system from within." angie laughed and asked if i had seen any difference or improvement since i began, and i told her, "well, john wouldn't know to ask me about his car unless i brought up how i was offended the last time he casually slung around a derogatory term. that's progress." and you know what? i guess it is.
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NDHRC needs YOU! [24 Jan 2007|12:40pm]

ND people:

The Name Change Bill (SB 2121) won't be considered in committee this week, so e-mails to the committee will still make a difference. We’re suggesting to focus on “accurately reflecting the Dept’s work” (well over half), rather than the “easier to find” piece. A link to language suggestions can be found below — though, please, speak for yourself and from your experience.

Specifically, Senator Nick Hacker (nhacker@nd.gov) is still on the fence regarding SB 2121, and one thing that could sway him is contact from people outside of Fargo. If you can send a short e-mail, or if you know anyone who could contact him or the committee, it would help a lot.

There is more information on SB 2121 here, and there are language suggestions here.

Senate IBL committee members are:

Chairman Jerry Klein, jklein@nd.gov (voted for the same bill in 2005, in committee & in the Senate)
Vice Chairman Nicholas Hacker, nhacker@nd.gov (voted for the bill in 2005)
Senator John Andrist, jandrist@nd.gov (voted against the bill in 2005)
Senator Terry Wanzek, tmwanzek@nd.gov (elected 2007)
Senator Joel Heitkamp, jheitkamp@nd.gov (voted for the bill in 2005)

Senator Tracy Potter, tpotter@nd.gov (elected 2007)
Senator Arthur Behm, abehm@nd.gov (elected 2007) 


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Custom Queer as Folk Google theme! [08 Aug 2006|04:13pm]


Click Me!

You can customize all the links and make it your homepage. If you get lost (or just don't get it) there's also an FAQ.

I'm really new to the show, so I'm joining a few of the LJ communities. Is there a good message board you can recommend?
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[20 Jul 2005|03:06pm]

Hey, my name is Amanda and I am going to be in Fargo this week but I've never been before therefore I know nobody and have nothing to do. Anyone have any ideas or willing to meet up?
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[03 Jun 2005|08:41am]


PRIDE, kidlets! fargo-moorhead is hosting its fourth annual pride festival this weekend (june 3-5).

more details can be found here.

is anyone from this community going? I AM!! :-)
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Hi [03 Dec 2004|11:02am]

[ mood | curious ]

Hi, I'm Eli. I live in Fargo. I'm 21. I'm a genderqueer dyke. Check out my webpage if you want to know more... http://www.queerdyke.com

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[29 Oct 2004|08:11pm]

i was wondering if there is any place for gay/lesbian teens to meet up? I noticed "mamas" has a dance every fri. but that turned out to be a bust... is there anywhere else? (btw i live in grand forks) thanx
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[26 Oct 2004|11:31am]

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[23 Oct 2004|01:44pm]

[ mood | cold ]

hey everyone, i'm sydney and just lookin for a place to get away from all the straight religious homophobes up here.

i'd love to chat, my sn is squidneylicious

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MSUM/NDSU 10% Society [22 Sep 2004|06:24pm]

Drag Show

Minnesota State University - Moorhead Ballroom: Moorhead,MN

October 9th, 2004.

7:30pm - 11:30pm

$5 admission
with a portion going to the Dorthy Day house.

And be sure to check out UND's 10% Society dance and drag show on the 25th (this saturday) if you can.
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gmail anyone? [11 Sep 2004|01:05pm]

[ mood | dorky ]

i'm returning the favor.  i have six five gmail invites left, anyone want a nifty new email address?  leave your email address below.

this is what gmail is.

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Sorry [10 Sep 2004|03:39pm]
Nice to get trashed all around on my first post.
I really did hope that this was not a "Oh My life sucks because I am Gay" group.
Maybe I am wrong..oh well
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[05 Sep 2004|03:44pm]


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[03 Sep 2004|12:06am]

[ mood | content ]

so...is there a gay club in fargo?? i'm pretty sure there is, but i know nothing about it or where it is....
my girl is comin up in a couple weeks, and i wanna take her out, and grand forks doesn't have much to do....

so if anyone has any info on it, i'd love you to pieces :)))
and have plenty of pics to post as well ;)

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newbie [01 Sep 2004|08:20pm]

[ mood | content ]

so I stumbled across this community and got all sorts of excited :)
I'm Wendy, some of ya'll know me. I'm an ljwhore/addict/junkie what have you. Ummmm, I'm about 90% queer, and so totally going to the drag show on the 25th. Waited all summer for them to start again. rawk.
yup yup...I guess that's all I have for now, just wanted to peek my head in and say what's up.

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UND 10% society...be there or be....not queer. [01 Sep 2004|06:18pm]


Welcome Back Dance and Drag show
Saturday September 25, 2004
lower level of the Highlander located at:

1448 S. Washington Street Grand Forks, ND

Doors open at 7PM. Drag show begins at 8PM with the dance following.

$5 Cover charge.
18+ to enter, MUST have proper ID

*!IMPORTANT!* If you are between the ages of 18-20 send an email to undtps@yahoo.com. with
your full name and birthdate to get onto our guest list.

Deadline for signning up on the guestlist is Thursday, September 23rd at midnight.

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Well... [31 Aug 2004|01:19pm]

It's almost fabulous that I'm the first guy to post here.
Nevermind that, I'm from Bismarck. Lots of you probably already know me, though maybe not.
Currently attending MSUM after having a crappy time at NDSU and getting an associates from BSC.
We'll see how long this one lasts.
Well, I'm off to eat some ramen, then to Molecular Bio lab, oh whee.... *twirls a little rainbow flag*
Yup, I'm gay, straight, and bi all rolled into one.
Rock on..
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