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  • Members of Russian female punk group Pussy Riot who are still at large, wait before an interview with Reuters journalists in Moscow/ Picture taken August 13 | Photo by REUTERS/William Webster

    Putin’s Pussy problem | As world awaits Russian court’s verdict, “Free Pussy Riot” protest actions become global

    Activists in more than 40 cities around the world (Dublin, Odessa, Melbourne, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Vienna, London, Paris, Moscow and so forth) have joined forces on this very same day to organize political and performance actions that demand the freedom of Pussy Riot. A complete list of events around the world during “Free Pussy Riot Global Day” appears here.

  • Criminalizing Condoms: How Policing Practices Put Sex Workers and HIV Services at Risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe

    Press release | Policing practices put sex workers and HIV services at risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, USA and Zimbabwe, says Open Society Foundations

    The report, “Criminalizing Condoms,” surveyed sex workers in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe and found that police practices made it more likely that sex workers would have unprotected sex with their clients. Condom possession is used by some prosecutors as evidence of criminal activity

  • Transgender Symposium, slated for Feb. 2012, seeks presenters, corporate partners, papers

    NEW YORK CITY — The Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy (GLAP) invites all mental-health professionals to attend, participate and deliver presentations in its third bi-annual Transgender Symposium. This upcoming symposium will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in New York City. The topic of discussion will be “Trans Spectrum,” an exploration of the diverse make-up and mental-health needs within transgender communities. “Trans Spectrum” will be a queer- and trans-affirmative conference. This 2012 symposium will focus on clinical work across the transgender spectrum, highlighting work within sub-communities of race, ethnicity, class, age, gender and gendered identities, ability, and sexual orientation. Presentations will seek to specifically increase the visibility of trans-communities of color, trans-youth and elders, and trans-women. A division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP), GLAP has been a leader in addressing the mental health needs of transgender communities. Dedicated to providing high-quality therapy at low to moderate costs, offering post-graduate training for therapists, and educating the public about mental health issues, ICP is one of the oldest and largest not-for-profit mental health training and treatment facilities in New York City. In 2008, GLAP organized its first Transgender Symposium — the first event of its kind to provide mental-health professionals …

  • Book Review: Actor Martin Moran comes to terms with abuse in “The Tricky Part”

    THE TRICKY PART: A BOY’S STORY OF SEXUAL TRESPASS, A MAN’S JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS. By Martin Moran, Anchor Books, New York City. 304 pp, $14 paper.   You can rage against the bastard. You can name the pervert’s name, unloading years of hurt and secrecy and disgust, and dredge up the feelings of righteous anger stored in your gut. Or you can wallow in self-pity and depression and indulge in the painful realization that you’re damaged goods now, that your childhood can never be recovered, that you’re no longer young enough to be deemed so beautiful and desirable. You can try to build up your own self-worth, uttering self-affirmations that claim you grew up okay (though a part of you refuses to believe it), that you’ve grown past forgetting (though the memories of sexual abuse flicker in your mind at the most inopportune times), and that you’ve grown into some form of self-awareness about what happened to you—until you commit or think about committing that next self-destructive act, a pale reminder that you’re fooling no one but yourself, baby. Those who’ve experienced what Martin Moran went through as a 12-year-old boy—sexual molestation by a man almost two decades his senior—know, …