26 March 2008

Straight Spouse Network Visits Woman-Stirred Radio

Amity Pierce Buxton, Ph.D. is the founder of Straight Spouse Network. She provides informal counseling to straight spouses or partners, couples, family members and friends.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bisexuality and the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. Amity served on the board of Family Pride Coalition (FPC), and currently collaborates with them as well as with Parents Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) (GLAAD), and Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE).

It is estimated that up to two million gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals have married or will marry. Some come out after a long struggle of trying to make a go of the heterosexual marriage that society prefers. Others have yet to disclose. Still others may stay closeted. When they come out, attention focuses on them. Their heterosexual spouses are largely forgotten. Family members and friends minimize the straight spouses' concerns. Few therapists understand their unique issues of sexual rejection, betrayal, and identity crisis. So, spouses cope alone, their anger and pain escalating. Once they find peer support in SSN, they resolve their profound issues constructively.

Professionals and the wider community need to become more aware of the impact on spouses and family members when a partner comes out. Addressing their unique needs will lessen isolation, aid healing, and increase understanding of everyone involved.

The Straight Spouse Network (SSN) is an international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems. SSN also offers research-based information about spouse, couple, and family issues and resources to other family members, professionals, community organizations, and the public. SSN is the only support network of its kind in the world. Source: Straight Spouse Network

Please join Merry Gangemi and Woman-Stirred Radio on Thursday March 27, 2008 at 4:30pm for an interview with Amity Pierce Buxton.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that celebrates and preserves the lives and work of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered artists, musicians, writers, academics and policy makers.

We broadcast live every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm, with interviews and music; with weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentary from Julie R.Enszer.

20 March 2008

Betsy Warland on Woman-Stirred Radio

Please Join Merry Gangemi in welcoming Betsy Warland to Woman-Stirred Radio, Thursday, March 20th, at 5pm (eastern).

Warland was born in 1946 and currently lives in British Columbia. A long-time feminist, Warland is a queer and linguistic theorist. She has edited several compilations, including Inversions, Telling it, and In the Feminine. Warland is also well-known for her collaborative work with Daphne Marlatt, specifically Two Women in A Birth.

Her most recent book, Only This Blue: A Long Poem with an Essay, Mercury Press (2005).

Warland's ground-breaking work is "language-focused writing and ways of working with silence, her scoring of blank space on the page evokes as much meaning as her inscribing of written language. The unsayable, the secreted, the unknowable: these are her obsessions — how one encounters them in lover relationships, family, a homophobic society, a mono-truth society, or the inner work of spiritual practice."

Warland is dedicated to emerging writers; she is the Director of Poetry, Lyric Prose, Nonfiction — in The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University's Writing and Publishing Program in Vancouver.

So join Merry Gangemi, Nicki Hastie, and Mikhael Yowe, Thursday, March 20th (Happy Equinox!!) at 5pm for an interview with Betsy Warland.Stream the interview live on WGDR.

13 March 2008

Näkki Goranin's American Photobooth

Today on Woman-Stirred Radio, Näkki Goranin talks with Merry Gangemi about her groundbreaking new book, American Photobooth, released February 18, 2008, by W.W. Norton & Company.

American Photobooth has generated an enormous amount of energy and attention, including interviews, articles, speaking invitations, and serious cultural and social analysis. The New York Times, BBC, and London Telegraph, have all published and carried major stories about Näkki Goranin and her work. John Updike's article in The New Yorker (Dec 2007), "Visual Trophies" mentions Goranin and borrows many of her images, including a newlywed photo of Jacqueline and John Kennedy.

Näkki Goranin is a Burlington-based photographer whose work is underscored by her graduate work in fine art, anthropology, and education launches American Photobooth as the first of its kind—a mesmerizing compilation of the personal portrait of America.

In the foreword to American Photobooth, David Haberstich, head of photographic collections at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, writes that American Photobooth "virtually defines the art or the aesthetic of the photobooth.... [Goranin] has rescued from oblivion... many amazing self-portraits created by amateurs confronting themselves in the fleeting privacy of a humble, sometimes tacky photobooth...."

Reading and engaging these photographs provides an astounding spectrum of nondiscursive rhetoric. Each photo captures the intimacy, humor, self-consciousness, happiness and pride of its subject every moment the shutter clicked.

Originally from Chicago, Näkki Goranin came to Vermont more than twenty years ago. Thank heavens Goranin got off that bus in Burlington, she is yet another reliably brilliant artist—another reason why Vermont is one of the most culturally-rich states in America.

An exhibit of American Photobooth is showing at Pine Street Art Works, Liza Cowan's gallery in Burlington. Originally scheduled through MArch, the exhibit has been extended through April.

So tune in or log on to Woman-Stirred Radio on WGDR 91.1fm. Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that explores, articulates, and preserves the cultural heritage of glbtq artists, writers, musicians, academics, political figures, and policy-makers. We also feature cultural commentary with British writer Nicki Hastie and broadcast every Thursday, 4 to 6pm, on Vermont's only community radio station, WGDR 91.1fm.

Want to join the conversation? call the air-studio at 802.454.7762 or go to the Woman-Stirred blog and post away!