Yesterday afternoon New Yorkers participated in a Rally Against Hate, organized by members of New York’s LGBT community. The rally was organized in response to a recent number of hate crimes, most notably the murder of Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot in the West Village neighborhood on May 18.
It’s not just the ambiguous sexuality of the protagonist or the casual androgyny of the potential love interest; it’s the heart of the thing, the tilted lens of Michelle Tea’sMermaid in Chelsea Creek that makes it the queerest young adult book I’ve ever read. It’s also no surprise that the 42-year-old Tea populated her foray into the genre with head-nods to outsider fantasy, Here, pigeons aren’t marginalized — they’re bearers of wisdom; and mermaids are surly and complex, not preening or diabolical.
“The Annual Review 2013 uncovers the real situation of LGBTI people beyond laws and gives us the whole picture of what it is like to be an LGBTI person in Europe today. The picture is far from satisfactory. While some countries are scoring high on the Rainbow Map because they have good laws, the situation on the ground often is very different. Even in countries with the most advanced laws and policies, there is a surprisingly high percentage of LGBTI people who are adjusting their behaviours on a daily basis because they fear violence and harassment when in public.”