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Monday, November 8th, 2010
5:19 pm
Civil Rights Fast


Civil Rights Fast Letter from Iana Di Bona & Alan Bounville

Dear Community & Fellow Activists,

On September 27, a group of people began a vigil known as the Queer SOS! Vigil outside the campaign office of United States Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand asking that she follow through on her statement made on October 25, 2009 that LGBTQI people should be added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act (CRA).  

After two weeks, on October 11 National Coming Out Day, the vigil increased to 24 hours a day, including sleeping on the street. During the day, standing as sentinels, this group of people asked the nation and, specifically, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, "How long must LGBTQI people wait for civil rights?"  For a total of 36 days, we stood and slept, through all weather conditions, facing arrest as witnesses for equality regardless of the passerby’s conduct, both friendly and hostile. 

On November 2, with still no response from Senator Gillibrand, we transitioned into a CIVIL RIGHTS FAST. Alan began a water only fast and Iana committed to partnering as a full time non-fasting collaborator.  Together we are going to continue in service to the introduction of the American Equality Bill.  It is our hope that this will bring full attention to the Senator’s stated belief that "sexual orientation and gender identity" should be added to the CRA. 

With legal assistance, the bill has been drafted and can be read in its entirety at
http://www.civilrightsfast.com/civil-rights-bill.html It explicitly includes SO & GI so that it would expand the CRA in guaranteeing employment, housing and all federal agencies or federally funded programs for all regardless of Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity.  This fast will end with the introduction of the AEB into the US Congress. We welcome any member of the House or the Senate to introduce it, however, Senator Gillibrand has publicly stated her support behind such a bill.    

Today we are reaching out to our diverse community inviting you to connect with us in whatever way you feel is appropriate. Every action, large and small contributes to our movement.  Stand Sentry at your elected office or call him/her, give up a meal once a week, read the civilrightsfast blog, share the videos, create momentum.  This is your civil rights fast and we hope you will join with us and one another coming together in a shared longing for full equality. 

The strength of a united queer and allied community is unimaginable but we believe that it is possible, maybe inevitable, to see a world where we are truly free to be who we really are; gay and straight alike unified for a bigger vision ~ full federal civil rights for all. 

We have spread our wings and resolve to fly.
Soar with us. 

Iana Di Bona & Alan Bounville

Civil Rights Fast 
Twitter & youtube: civilrightsfast
Facebook event and group: Civil Rights Fast
Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
2:24 pm
In 1963, the World’s Fair came to Queens in a celebration of culture and diversity! Now, this celebration returns to Queens at Atlas Park this summer! Featuring food, artwork, displays, prizes, and performers and entertainers from around the world, this showcase will celebrate all that is Queens, New York, the most diverse county in the world! Admission is FREE and guests have the opportunity to win great PRIZES!

Join us for this multi-cultural celebration that is sure to be a fun time for everyone.



For Directions: www.theshopsatatlaspark.com
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
9:42 am
NYC Snapshot
I am a bit of a NYC history enthusiast! Using photographs from the New York Public Library's digital image collection, I have made a photoblog featuring daily "snapshots" of NYC history.

I hope you like it! You can subscribe here, suggestions welcome.

Monday, May 14th, 2007
8:06 pm
Attention guys in the New York/New Jersey Area! A new club is forming for young guys wanting to make some new friends under the sun! Please pass this on!

"Nude Jersey Boyz" is a group that includes all shapes and sizes. Come as you are: gay/bi/straight. We will have weekly get togethers at the Nude Gunnison Beach at Sandy Hook (Atlantic Highlands). We will have carpools to get down there, as well as drinks and theme days. You do NOT have to go nude!

Expect a MySpace group up sometime next week. For more information you can add me as a friend or shoot me a myspace message:


Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
1:32 am
(xpost, oh my gawd!)

I found this cool map showing Halloweenish events and Places. If you have a good event to promote, you can just go and add it to the map yourself. You don't have to get permission or anything.

It has goood stuff on it, like the Critical Mass Halloween bike ride.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
8:45 pm
Free Concert!!!


Please arrive by


On the Plaza at 59th st. and 5th ave.

(next to FAO SCHWARZ)

Thursday, August 18th, 2005
12:31 am
The boys and girls at nygames.net are back with CAPTURE THE FLAG THURSDAYS!

Ladies play free! (So do the men). This week is down in the East Village. Check out www.nygames.net for more information!

Meeting is 7:30, game is 8:00!
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
10:34 pm
Looking for some fun Saturday Afternoon? NYGames is hosting it's monthly Weekend Game! Capture The Flag will be played out in Coney Island!

The game is also our Monthly Support game...donations of game supplies, dodgeballs, playing equipment and anything financial will be accepted!

The map and directions are available at www.nygames.net. Come on out for fun, sun and other words that rhyme!
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
12:14 am
Game of Manhunt in Park Slope!
The fun, friendly folks of NYGames.net will be playing a game of Manhunt out at Park Sope in Brooklyn! Rules for the game are available at www.nygames.net!

We'll be meeting up at 7:30 on 4th Street and Seventh Avenue. Game starts at 8!

Take the F train to Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn and you’ll be on Seventh Avenue and 9th street, so stroll down five blocks. You’ll find us. We’ll be the ones getting beat up by small children and the elderly.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
9:20 pm
Manhunt tomorrow at Seven!
Tomorrow night: A game of Manhunt in SoHo! Make new friends! Get some exercise! Behave like a five year old!

We're meeting at Mercer and West Houston! You know the rules -- one person hunts down his fellow players. Each player caught joins him in the hunt!

Take the B, D, F, V and 6 trains to Broadway-Lafayette and walk one block west! Bring your friends!

Cost: Free! The most minimum of wage!

check www.nygames.net for information!
Friday, July 1st, 2005
6:39 pm
Looking for fun in the City?
Looking for something to do on Thursday nights now that "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" are off for the summer and "Friends" and "Seinfeld" are long dead? Check out www.nygames.net! Every Thursday at 8 PM, the team at nygames.net we'll meet somewhere in the city for fun and games. Capture the Flag, Manhunt, Tax Fraud...imagine all the things you loved in summer camp set in the Urban Jungle. It is now a reality. Check www.nygames.net. The next game and location will be announced by Sunday. Get outside on a beautiful summer night and make some new friends! All ages are invited to play. Cost: Your soul...err...I mean Free!

All the cool kids are doing it
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
1:53 pm

When's the last time someone posted an actual New York story here?

Sunday, July 25th, 2004
2:39 am

Hey everyone this is Alex from The Sequel

Come see us live at the Redzone (79-56 Metropolitan Ave in Queens)on Sunday August 1st...thats next Sunday

We're playing with Ashes of Heros, The Venda, Sickert, Beyond Glory and Honor, and the Sellouts

Doors open at around 3:30pm and its only $10

You should totally come and bring all of your friends

And remember to say that you're there to see The Sequel at the door

All ages show

See you Sunday

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
2:27 am
please tell me you have all at least visited hipstomp? read a few entriesd back if you like. I am not from new york, but this man makes me feel homesick for a place I've never been. :)
Sunday, December 21st, 2003
11:07 pm
Hey everyone

Just want to inform about a new community


Join and spread the word :) !!!
Friday, July 11th, 2003
5:38 pm
come see NYSX play at the Continnental tomorrow (sat)
its all ages doors open at 3pm. $10

there will be lots of cool ppl there.
bring your friends.
Tuesday, July 9th, 2002
11:53 pm
it's sort of interesting how one can get possessive of cities, or places. while reading through journal entries by incipient new yoricans, i can't help but feel a twinge of jealousy--being in new york, or any city, for that matter, for the first time is just one of those things that i'll never be able to relive.

i guess this is the principle behind those incessant arguments that everyone has about city geography (er where is the statue of liberty?) or which subway line to take in order to save a handful of minutes en route, or where to find the best dim sum.

people want to know where they are.

once, i tried to sit down and memorize a streetwise map. all cities appear the same way on their corresponding maps: rectangles. rows of rectangles with punctilinear dots marking subway stations or places of note. 8th street. 14th street. 23rd street. and so on into the bronx and infinity.

maps don't work. when you get lost in december at 11 PM--after unsuccessfully trying to buy a girl's christmas gift in union square park--and you end up on some stark avenue you've never seen before, and the orange streetlamps are on, and maybe it starts raining (i forget). maps will never be able to tell you the name of that street. you will only see that street, as it is, once in your lifetime, and maps will never be able tell you its name, because it doesn't have one.

which is why i feel sort of sad about staying here for college, but happy as well.

i don't think i will ever really know this city, which is. fine with me.

Current Mood: dorky
Friday, September 21st, 2001
11:42 am

Please contribute your memories to:


... And help spread the word!!!
Tuesday, September 18th, 2001
11:07 pm

Current Mood: sad
Friday, September 7th, 2001
12:39 pm
This isn't a story, obviously. But as much as it drives me crazy sometimes, I have a deep fascination with NYC subways.

There's something about standing on a subway platform late at night and looking down the tunnel and seeing the tiny lights of the incoming train from far, far away... and then feeling the slightest of breezes as it comes closer... it's very peaceful and gentle...

I try to remember those moments when I'm late for work and the subway is loud and crowded and un-air-conditioned.
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