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V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016

The Daily Word in the Senate, Tinder and Balloon Fiesta

The Daily Word

Look at your new favorite animal.

A Christian group in Fla. wants to convict abortion providers and their patients with first-degree murder.

The demotion of the Fox News anchor that filed a lawsuit against the “news source” shines light on how the company views their women employees.

We all know people play games when they date but the dating-app sensation Tinder was literally designed to be like a game.

What makes balloons float the directions they do during Balloon Fiesta?

The Senate just overrode Pres. Obama's veto for the first time.

A Disney classic is about to be remade.

Modern family continues to be a 10/10 show by casting an actual trans kid as a trans kid.

V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016
Amy Vesper

Event Horizon

Queer Peers and Some Beers

Friday, Aug 12: She Says

Socialize, dance, party, view local performance art, win prizes and gifts and much more at this all-inclusive queer party for LGBTQ youth and adults.

The Daily Word in Churks, Forward Thinking and Real Money

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Delta Airlines is showing an edited version of the film Carol, where all of the lesbian kissing scenes have been removed. Ironic, considering the film depicts life among the backward, closed minds of the 50's. Progress.

Meet the "churk," a real-life government genetic engineering experiment in 1960 that resulted in a chicken-turkey hybrid. This monster was mentally retarded, physically deformed and grew twisted feathers. Science.

Irish police chased down a UFO and pulled it over. Turns out the whole thing was a publicity stunt (false flag operation) that the cops were in on (conspiracy)to promote a children's art festival (Illuminati indoctrination camp). Confirmed.

Two completely different women in Ghana are accused of being reckless witches. Reckless, because they both apparently crash landed while flying. One was in the form of a bird (allegedly) until she smashed into a woman's house and turned back into a human. The other was flying somewhere (allegedly) when she felt an "electric shock" that made her fall from the sky. According to the article: "There have, however, been suggestions that the woman might have been suffering from mental problems." Understatement.

A Florida judge said during a ruling that Bitcoin isn't real money. I can't tell if this is good or bad. Uncertainty.

FBI Director James Comey gave an address to the American Bar Association annual conference and told everyone the awful news: The FBI has a ton of trouble breaking into people's phones. And unfortunately, government agencies have no recourse. That means it's up to us—the little people—to make it possible for them to spy on us. Cooperation.

V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016

The Daily Word in Goth Style, Therapy and Local Fires

The Daily Word

Did I hear you ask, “When will someone make a compilation of goth style?” Well...

Learn more about the best party in the world that you're definitely not invited to.

Whenever I tell people they should see a therapist (because I tell everyone that) I usually receive a scoff as a response, and you know what, that's totally reasonable because most people can't afford it. But why?

The Obama Library is now a go!

There's a new fire in the Manzano Mountains.

V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

The Daily Word in emojis, the flu and the future via Twitter

The Daily Word

Only a twitter bot can predict the future.

The suspected organizer of the terrorist attacks in Paris is reportedly killed.

A summation of anti-feminists to induce your daily rage.

Learn more about the history of lesbianism on the island of Nantucket.

Good Charlotte is back, thank Satan.

Morsels by Megan Foldenauer is deliciously lovely.

Where revenge porn and sex work intersect.

-laugh crying emoji-

Take-out flu shots delivered by Uber? Alright.

V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015
G.L.O.S.S.
Courtesy of the artist

Music

Five Trans Musicians Happening Now

So, in case you missed it, a few weeks ago the band Whirr said some pretty hateful things on Twitter about trans* people and about the band G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit) in particular. Things like “misogyny is hating women. g.l.o.s.s. Is just a bunch of boys running around in panties making shitty music.” In response, their record label dropped them quicker than you can say “transphobia is misogyny, you jerks.” It was one of those rare and gratifying moments of immediate justice being delivered on the internet.

You can listen to G.L.O.S.S.’s EP Demo on their bandcamp. Their queer brand of hardcore is filled with stellar lines like “with lined lips and spiked bats, gonna take femininity back” and “straight America, you will ruin me,” radiating a truly punk ethic of not giving a shit what people think about them.

In the spirit of throwing more light on trans* people in music, here’s a list of five other awesome openly trans* musicians who you should be listening to now. They deserve as much support as they can get—not just because they make good music, but because if we as a society can start not only tolerating but highlighting trans* people in music, then maybe there is hope for us yet.

(Note: below I’ve used the gender pronouns most recently cited as preferred by each artist. If you know better, though, please drop me a line.)

1. Mykki Blanco

Ok, hopefully you already know about Mykki Blanco—if from nothing else, from her 2012 single “Wavvy” that was playing everywhere for a minute. In addition to her short but prolific music career, Blanco has also made a name for herself as an LGBT activist, performance artist and poet, with the release of her 2011 book From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys. Go watch all of her music videos, and then listen to Betty Rubble: The Initiation, her album from earlier this year.

2. Antony and the Johnsons

Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons has also had a prolific and varied artistic career. A director and artist, Antony also has one of the most haunting voices in contemporary music. The band is known for tear-jerking baroque-pop ballads like “Hope There’s Someone.” Listen to their self-titled debut album of 2000, then check out some of Antony’s art projects, two of which were listed in SFAQ’s list of “The Top 5 Art Shows in New York City Last Year.”

3. Aye Nako

This punk queercore band from Brooklyn just won Village Voice’s “Best Garage Band of 2015” and it’s well deserved—their music is raw and emotional while still melodic and catchy. In their own words, the quartet plays “sad punk songs about being queer, trans, and black.” You can get their latest EP The Blackest Eye here.

4. Mya Byrne

Mya Byrne is a folk musician and songwriter from Boston. She released her first solo EP in 2004, and has been a staple in the New York folk scene since. She played for the band The Ramblers from 2008 to 2014. You can listen to her first solo LP since her transition in 2014, As I Am, on her website.

5. Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon started songwriting and performing in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, when they were a teenager. Their early music is decidedly down-home folksy, with Spoon playing guitar, banjo and mandolin on albums Throw Some Dirt on Me and Your Trailer Door, but their most recent album My Prairie Home displays some much more slowed-down, orchestral elements. Besides their musical career, Spoon has authored a book of short stories called First Spring Grass Fire, and has collaborated on the book Gender Failure with Ivan E. Coyote.

V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Eddie Izzard

Comedy Matters

Perfectly Sculpted

Eddie Izzard and the political formation of comedy

Comedian Eddie Izzard provides more than a trickle of awareness.
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V.24 No.18 | 04/30/2015

news

The Daily Word in list porn and dressing like a spider

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The good folks of D.A.R.E. got duped by anti-pot satire. And they can't even use the "too stoned" excuse.

The Dodgers Stadium kiss cam zoomed in on a gay, male couple. They kissed, and the crowd cheered.

Here's a list of 10 female producers you should know about in 2015.

Albuquerque's Mary & Tito's Cafe was ranked in the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in the US.

Jim Morrison super-fans want the Northeast Heights home that Morrison lived in for two years to be designated a historical site.

Albuquerque's placement on a "best cities for car drivers" list prompts hell to freeze over.

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht's Spider 2.0 dress "uses biosignals and learned threat detection to defend the wearer’s personal space." How rad is that?!

V.24 No.6 | 2/5/2015

Feature

Good, Giving and Game

One Albuquerque couple talks about openness, discussion and overcoming fears in the bedroom
V.23 No.25 |

news

The Daily Word in security, surveillance, drones and genderless pronouns

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There's a new security measure in the Albuquerque mayor's office: a second door.

New security measures coming to Pat Hurley park in NW Albuquerque.

Charges are being dropped in the case of three UNM football players accused of raping a female student.

VICE covers APD and the "Albuquerque Spring".

Check out this photo gallery of Barstow's many kitschy motels.

Here is a national map of military and civilian drone crashes as well as airports that are or will be hosting drone traffic.

How much are Bob Dylan's lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone" worth?

Vancouver school board approves the use of genderless pronouns.

Get up to date on the ISIS/Iraq scene with Jon Stewart.

Learn the true meaning of "my two cents" and other business jargon that should be used sparingly.

Watch Japanese folks master the use of the English-speaker's favorite curse word.

Excellent short film set to Tiny Tim's "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight".

V.23 No.20 |

news

The Daily Word in the next APD shooting (contest), cat harrasment and YODO

The Daily Word

Good morning, it's May 21, 2014,

and the NRA will hold a shooting contest for Albuquerque police in September. “It is an economic boost for the city and a source of pride for us,” police spokeswoman Janet Blair said, without a trace of irony,

an ex-policewoman is accused of harassing her neighbor by having 12 cats,

and a local funeral home would like to remind you that YODO.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration will soon tell us a little more about how they decide which Americans to kill with drones,

uncovered memos from the 60s show that the US government's official stance on LGBT employees used to be "Once a homo, always a homo,"

actor Michael Jace, from the TV show 'The Shield,' shot and killed his wife,

over 100 "RATers" were arrested for remotely spying on computer users through their webcams,

and game show host Pat Sajak thinks that people who believe in climate change are racists.

V.23 No.1 |

news

The Daily Word for a New Year

The Daily Word

I'm crawling out of bed on New Year's Day just for you, beloved readers.

But hey, happy new year! Let's all look forward to the year of the swan, the salamander, the e-engagement, the modest sheath dress, the brain, the bros, the pitcher, the light heavyweights and 48 other things proclaimed by writers all over the world.

Somebody made a big mess in Times Square last night. About 50 tons of mess. And somebody else has to clean it up.

If you head out for breakfast today you might notice that your Albuquerque servers are a little bit happier. About a buck fifty an hour happier, in fact.

And the Boy Scouts of America will be slightly more tolerant starting today.

But those opposed to Obamacare will be fuming.

Hey! A lot of people saw a lot of monsters last year. Monsters like big gold fish, suspicious logs in lakes, mangy dogs and a giant squid.

And now I'm going back to sleep.

V.22 No.32 |

news

The Daily Word in auto thefts, baby creepers and the KKK

The Daily Word

APS to consider a new bathroom policy for transgender students.

Who's watching your baby? For these Houston parents, the answer was "some creepy hacker." He was also yelling at the baby.

Werner Herzog says "Don't text and drive." And it sounds awesome when he says it.

Wondering what Susana Martinez is spending your tax money on? New Mexico In Depth has compiled a searchable data base to answer that question.

A day in the life of the Ku Klux Klan.

Albuquerque thieves love to steal trucks.

And my favorite headline of the week: Goats are eating and peeing all over J. Edgar Hoover’s grave.

V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013

Feature

LGBTQ Resources

Clip and save this handy guide to LGBTQ resources in Burque.
V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
The author’s kids: Declan, 7, and Chelsea, 5
Maren Tarro

election

I voted (I wish I didn’t have to)

BALTIMORE—When my husband and I headed to our polling place this morning we took along something extra: Our children. Previously we’ve opted to vote unencumbered by the whirling dervishes of energy that our children are, but this time around we felt a need for them to be a part of what could be an historic vote—and I don’t just mean electing Barry O to a second term.

You see, while I occasionally send in reports to the Alibi about the goings-on in DC I actually live on the Maryland side. And this year’s Maryland ballot features Question 6, a referendum on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. Maryland passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in February; opponents (shocker!) of the bill submitted signatures for the referendum in June. The bill not only allows for same-sex couples to be granted marriage rights, but also includes language guaranteeing religious organizations will not have to gay marry anyone. Question 6 has received support from African-American religious groups; a demographic considered pivotal in securing enough votes to once and finally recognize, legally, the inherent humanity of a group long discriminated against. Maryland has the best chance, so far, of passing such a referendum.

What does this have to do with dragging our five-and-seven-year-old sugar-boogars to a school gymnasium while mommy and daddy perform their civic duty? Did I want to share a warm, fuzzy, feel-good moment as we held hands, touched “yes”, shared a knowing smile and patted ourselves on the back for being open-minded? Or, perhaps, I didn’t want to take the chance that living in a blue county in a blue state wasn’t enough and wanted to model good progressive behavior for them? Not quite.

I took them along so they would have to walk past the people who have been fighting for their rights for too long and who were making that one last appeal to voters, who had smiles on their faces as they asked voters to see them as equals. I wanted them to walk past the people next to them who were asking voters to deny LGBTQ citizens any recognition of full equality under the law.

My husband and I ushered them into the booths with us so they could see us vote for something that should never have been put to a vote. We read the ballot out loud to them and explained why we were voting yes, why this was so important. We did everything we could think of to make sure these tiny people remember the day their parents went to the polls and agreed to legally treat LGBTQ citizens like everybody else.

We want them to remember this moment as past generations have remembered voting to extend rights to women, African-Americans and other disenfranchised groups. We want them to remember this moment because we hope this is the last generation that votes on who is equal and deserving of rights. Rights! We want them to be the generation that finally understands that we don’t have the right to vote on someone’s rights; the first generation to fully understand what equality means; the first generation to fully enjoy equality, equally.

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