What would you do if marrying the person you love meant 14 years in jail? What if something as simple as holding hands with someone of the same sex meant losing your right to health care?14 years in jail? That is the situation LGBT individuals in Nigeria now face following the passage of one of the most punishing anti-gay laws ever seen. Housing Works is standing in solidarity with LGBT Nigeria. That’s why we’re heading to the Nigerian consulate to demand the repeal of this horrific law. But even if you cannot join us you can still join the fight against Nigeria’s harsh anti-LGBT law.
Housing Works is taking action by providing housing, health care, and legal support to LGBT activists from Nigeria, Uganda, and other nations who have come to the U.S. to escape imprisonment and violence for the way they live. To change social norms at home, these individuals must live openly and in safety, so we are doing our part to help them continue their vital advocacy work.
You can help! With you by our side, we will ensure that the hatred and violence Nigerians are facing abroad doesn’t last. Let’s build a sanctuary where love can’t be threatened.
Donate to the project at Housing Works Asylum Project | RocketHub. Every little bit helps!
Top photo: Japanese day laborers on holiday. Reproduced hand-colored plate, from The New America and the Far East, item 5.
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This blog detailing the rich history of bizarre names in US politics. It turns out Grover Cleaveland and Millard Fillmore didn’t have the ‘what were his parents thinking?’ sympathy vote cornered after all.
Ask Roulette is a conversation series in which strangers ask each other questions on stage.
This excerpt is from our July show at Housing Works Bookstore in New York City, and features Mike Doughty, formerly of Soul Coughing, house band Eli Bolin, and some audience members.
— What did your childhood smell like?
— What cartoon character would you like to be?
— If you sharted, who would you tell?
Join us for the next Ask Roulette on Wednesday, September 18!
Check out Episode 9 of our podcast, which we’ve joyously entitled “Sex, Rap, and Basketball.”
This latest show contains five gems from June, which are:
- Jeff Weiss reading an excerpt on 2Pac’s fashion aesthetics from his book with Evan McGarvey 2Pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle.
- Steph Opitz's recitation of a birds and the bees-themed Pitch Perfect medley from last month’s Recital.
- Jennifer Baumgardner on shame, pride, and the bisexuals that walk among us, from Shameless: Queer Ladies Pride Reading.
- An open letter from NY Times contributor/Knicks superfan Robert Silverman asking if he can coach the team, read from nonfiction compilation We’ll Always Have Linsanity: Strange Takes on the Strangest Season in Knicks History.
- Excerpts from The Audacious Debut, a conversation between authors Bill Cheng (Southern Cross the Dog) and Derek Palacio (How to Shake the Other Man) on the subject of beginnings, audacity, and more.
This festive, all-day shopping bazaar takes place on the quaint cobblestone Crosby Street outside of the Bookstore Cafe. Thousands of donated books, records, and CDs will be sold for $1 apiece; summery clothing, shoes and accessories will be available at Housing Works Soho Thrift Shop; great snacks from our cafe and local food purveyors Coolhaus, Mexicue, Luke’s Lobster andCemitas and live music curated by Two Boots pizza, our Americana Jamboree partners.
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Don’t miss it! One of my favorite days of the year.
This time around the episode includes highlights from events in April and May, including a story from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon blogger Christine Friar at the launch of Adulting, discussions with Relish author-illustrator Lucy Knisley and Our Man in Iraq novelist Robert Perisic, and a story from comedian and Moth StorySLAM host Ophira Eisenberg from the launch of her memoir Screw You: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. Enjoy!
"Young people consume entertainment in a way that is different from even 10 years ago. They’re used to comments. They’re used to shaping things that are subpar. For me, I’d love to do something that’s highly interactive. I have a vision of a late night show that puts Internet and TV together, whereas now they’re so often in competition. I’d love to do a live show because I feel, especially with the Internet, giving feedback becomes important."
Esquire interviewed some of the people they’d like to see take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon, including Chris Gethard and Julie Klausner, a cool 2/3 of our Laugh Track event with Splitsider May 16th. Also Gethard’s answer pretty much sums up the event’s theme of unconventional comedy careers in the Internet age.
Excited for Lucy Knisley to come to Housing Works for the main course of this Wednesday’s DISH! Her recipe-drawing here does justice to the glory that is huevos rancheros.
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