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Charlie Speaks on Military T-Ban

On July 26th America’s 45th president reached yet another low point as he blatantly turned his back on our transgender armed forces and LGBT Americans. “Please be advised that the US military will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Tweets Donald J Trump. This careless action denounced any present or future (current administration) presidential support for our transgender equality efforts and showed our America where he stood. Not to be redundant, but we (yet once again) were appalled.

 

Not that this guy ever makes sense, but WHY would this come out now? Out of all of his failing the people with the Paris Peace Treaty, endangered species acts, health care bills, pipelines and off shore drilling, why now does he decide to attack our LGBT community? BEAU needed some help trying to figure this out. So naturally, we turn to our LGBT Papa, Charlie Smith for help understanding… WTF?!?

 

“45 feels we are an easy target,” says Charlie with his famous ‘just try it you bastard’ grin. “But he’s going to find out that’s not the case. Strong coalitions have been built. The military has worked the transgender community into the process and they’re comfortable with it.” Charlie believes that Trump is acting in terms of what’s described in the book, Shock Doctrine as “disaster capitalism.” If you haven’t heard of this please check it out. You can read a synopsis here: http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine

 

Basically, Shock Doctrine reveals corporate tactics of taking over during or immediately following devastation in efforts to regroup and dominate. But what really happens in the end is corporate monopoly where the country becomes economically dependent on the success of the monopoly.

 

Charlie says that’s the tactic Trump has been using all along. His efforts are to destroy so that he can rebuild to create his corporate engineered regime where Trump businesses and affiliates benefit from profit without a care for the people or planet. Right now, Trump is hitting in different areas to create havoc between our communities while extracting the anti-equality/bigoted fanatics to help him by provoking peaceful protesting. “What’s a big group that he can distract and throw everyone off in another direction far away from something else important?” Says Charlie confirming Trump’s efforts to distract using our community as bait. “Disrupt and then steal. That’s what he does.”

 

Charlie laughs at Trumps futile attempt to band transgender people from our military. “He profits on what falls out. He’s not the first by any means. Disruption in general as a government policy is a tactic that has been used for a long time. But the LGBT community is very engaged,” says Charlie with pride, “we are because we have to be. He thinks we are the perfect targets to ‘wag the dog’ and distract from other internal attacks. His tactics will pull in the anti-LGBT fanatics that will scream and shout, helping him to separate the forces and then destroy until he can implement his corporate takeover and profit.”

 

After a while of talking to Charlie, I realized that we do have to take this as a sign of resistance and fight back. However, Trump and his anti-LGBT ban has picked a fight with the wrong community. We are made up of a strength not financed by “daddy’s money,” but forged from decades of fighting. We will crush any attempt to infringe on our LGBT rights and freedoms. Our allies are strong and our people fierce. But just out of curiosity I had to ask Charlie what he thinks would happen if Trump did follow through with a pushing a ban on our transgender community. His response was pretty exact as he effortlessly bounced back, “I think they (Trump administration) will be sidelined and assumed for what they are. If he does manage to succeed, we should all be on the front lawn of the white house.”

Words and Photo by Maria Rivers

Photo by Abigail Marie
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BEAUetry Corner

~Masterpiece~

Written by Gina Mocha

 

Oh! the pictures, the pictures, not from a frame.

It’s the conceptual feelings from a true love,

I have embedded in my brain of you

It makes me toss and turn all night having

Silhouette cameo images of us two.

 

When we sipped the finest of wine,

From the candlelit vineyard,

As we dined, tasting the purest of grape berries

And succulent plump strawberries hanging from a vine.

 

Oh! The luxuries I had when you were I used to call you mine.

Piece by piece from your head to your feet.

Every time I spoke of you;

The kind words were eloquently a unique design

Formed from the blood drippings of my heart

Pouring shimmery golden crimson colored lines.

As fine as the strings of the harp that played an angelic melody

in my mind of you;

Her masterpiece imagery united our chemistry.

In my soul, you had driven out the connections of my past

Insecurities;

You had brought life to my legacy of having a soul mate

Who shared the same likes as me;

The finest of them all; you lived in my mind so candidly.

 

I became like a swarm of honey bees sensing the sweetness from

Your melanin skin.

Your almond shaped hazel eyes, matched your perfect set of

Hershey shaped lips which left me often times feening and wishing

For a kiss.

 

I remembered how you would quench my thirst.

When I felt the pulsating beat of your heart, I knew I had been

Your first.

You are now one of my finest memories;

You have my body yearning and wanting to spend another night

With you.

 

My Masterpiece,

You’re my caramel chocolate coffee delight,

Oh! The estranged memories

I have of you being apart

Of my life.

 

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LGBT Parenthood, What to Expect …

Many same sex couples in a loving relationship consider growing their family. The Fertility Center of Charleston helps couples in the LGBT communities across the Southeast make the dream of parenthood a reality. Our previous LGBT patients are a wonderful resource. We can provide names of families who are willing to discuss their fertility journey. Even though each person’s story is unique, there are some guidelines for what to expect that can help get you started.

First, schedule a new patient consultation. A new patient consultation includes time with the physician, Dr. Stephanie Singleton, and the staff. “Just coming to our office often gives patient’s a feel for the compassionate environment and team at the core of our fertility mission. We believe that truly listening is the best way to begin a successful fertility journey,” says Dr. Singleton. The new patient consultation includes a history and physical and an ultrasound. It allows time for the couple to meet with their nurse to discuss the proposed tests and to meet with the financial counselor to determine insurance coverage and costs of the proposed studies.

The initial fertility evaluations will include the following:

  • an evaluation of ovarian reserve (the ability to make eggs)
  • the evaluation of the uterus and its ability to allow for implantation and to carry a pregnancy
  • the determination of tubal patency (are the fallopian tubes open to allow the sperm and egg to come together for fertilization?)
  • the determination of access to sperm

These evaluations include a transvaginal ultrasound, blood work and a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) study. The HSG is an x-ray study to place contrast dye into the uterine cavity and tubes to determine if they are normal and could allow for pregnancy. “At The Fertility Center of Charleston, I conduct the hysterosalpingogram (HSG) evaluations in a caring and convenient setting to evaluate each patient for uterine anomalies/abnormalities and tubal patency for infertility. Together with the ultrasound and blood work, we get a good idea of fertility and can begin making decisions about next steps.”

It usually only takes approximately one month to get testing done and to schedule a follow up appointment with Dr. Singleton to discuss treatment options. Each treatment plan varies depending upon the individual situation. “There are really strong treatment options for LGBT couples seeking parenthood. Reproductive endocrinology as a specialty has opened for the same sex community and provides options that can make having children possible for many families. We are excited to be a part of that growth,” says Dr. Singleton.

 

To contact The Fertility Center of Charleston new patient coordinator, please call 843-881-7400. More information and online appointment requests are available at www.fertilitycharleston.com Offices are located conveniently in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Stephanie Singleton is a proud member of Charleston’s LGBTA Community.

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Trump Attacks America

Attention my fellow LGBTQ community and our amazing allied (A) supporters. Today Trump has attacked our community hitting us directly in the heart. He has disgraced and denied our transgender solders to serve our country in the United States Military. This is disgusting. As Charleston’s OUT Crowd we need to bond together and rally to fight this ignorant move. Please take 3 minutes and watch this video to see our first step in fighting back. We will NOT rest until we have equality for our respected and honored, transgender solders. They fight for all of our rights. Now it’s time we fight for theirs.

 

HRC President Chad Griffin: #ProtectTransTroops

President Trump’s reprehensible and unpatriotic action could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country. Text "OUR TROOPS" to 30644 to call the White House and demand he reverse this dangerous move. #ProtectTransTroops

Posted by Human Rights Campaign on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Women Without Borders

Down on 183 King, there is a movement of women around the world growing into economic self-sufficiency through the art of their hands. Ibu, which on the islands of Indonesia mean a woman of respect, is a studio and showroom that collaborates with women in 79 cooperatives that are changing the world of fashion. Susan Hull Walker, founder and creative director of Ibu, travels around the world and meets women who have traditional textile skills such as spinning, dyeing, weaving. She meets these women and sees their culture and stories being told through the clothes and textile they produce.

Ali Macgraw, who you might remember from the movies Love Story and Goodbye, Columbus, is now an activist and IBU extraordinaire, collaborated with longtime friend Susan, to design a collection that celebrates the craftsmanship of women from around the world. The collection includes clothing, shawls, shoes, bags, and jewelry that are now available to shop at Ibu. The collection is a definition of powerful women who practice traditional age old textile methods that have been passed down from generations.

After a year of designing and traveling around the world, this past Wednesday, Ali and Susan presented the collection to a group of 400 people. Guest got the chance to watch the collection as it made its make debut and shop the collection. BEAU was there to give you a peek of the inspiring event.

Clothing is the cultural language and Ibu is making each piece statement from the group of people who inspired and produced it.Join the movement. Wear the Change. Shop the Ali4Ibu collection and to learn more at www.ibumovement.com

Photo’s by Cristian Diaz

Story by Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez

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Spoken Word Charleston

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”  -Robert Frost

Here in Charleston, the poetry spoken word movement is making its mark on the Lowcountry. Spoken word has been around for many years and is performed by people of all walks of life: Poets, musicians, alchemists, cosmonauts, artists, wordsmiths, free spirits, robots.

In our LGBTQ community, spoken words are demonstrated to express one’s self and share a thought or experience with others. TyQuan Morton of Charleston began writing poetry in the 5th grade, but it wasn’t until recently that he started taking it more seriously. Two years ago, he hit the spoken word stage of Charleston and has been going to open mics around the city to let his voice be heard. Last week, he hit the stage at Fabulon, an LGBTQ friendly art gallery with an art school space where people can collect and create art while inspiring other students. This was the first of more to come “Fabulous Nights” presented by The Unspoken Word and We Are Family. Fabulous Nights begins a series of events in this creative space where all queer and trans folks are welcomed and everyone can perform and enjoy poetry, music, stand-up comedy, and more.

The night was alive with heart felt art as people performed and shared poetry. TyQuan’s poetry was personal and he let his audience feel the emotions of the words through music. “Spoken word is for everyone,” TyQuan says, “You find your voice, but also realize finding your voice takes time. And no matter what it is, someone will fall in love with it.”

I surrender my body to your circadian rhythm and dance, to these words I am unfamiliar with and do not have time to examine…

On Venus, I can open this painted Pandora box in my chest, so you can leave your carbon footprint…

Earth’s gravity has denied this sonnet from my lips”

-TyQuan Morton

To join the Spoke Word movement, submit poetry to www.charlestonpoets.com

To stay up-to-date with open mics and slams, follow The Unspoken Word on Facebook @UnspokenWordsmiths

Photo’s and Words by Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez

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Bring Your Own Bag

I don’t go out much anymore. My assessment of LGBT nightlife in Charleston can be summed as this: If gay bars are the oceans, bachelorette parties are that single use plastic bag that sticks in the marshes and chokes our turtles.

Listen, I’m all for inclusion of “us” and “them.”  It’s awesome that we can go to most bars on any given night and not be seen as a novelty or a threat. Or that we can take our best girlfriend or bro to our bar. On a recent Saturday night, one of my besties and I ventured out to our local gay watering hole (that’s a great name for a bar btw), and the gays were outnumbered by straight girls 3 to 1.

Barbie, I get why you want to come to our bar. Better music, you won’t be harassed by douche bags, drinks are cheap and strong! But here’s the thing ladies, don’t come in our house and be disrespectful. On this particular night, I noticed all of us were pressed against the bar and the floor was filled with the squeals and screeches of at least 3 brides and their minions, I mean bridesmaids.

Rupaul recently made some waves with his comments about this topic, “People who live in the mainstream and the status quo think that everyone else is there to serve them. They think: ‘Oh, you must be here to make me look good. That’s what gay guys are right? You’re an accessory for my straight life.’”

Let’s start by asking what purpose does the gay bar serve? For our straight counterparts, a bar is a place to hang with your friends, get drunk, maybe get laid. Yeah, it’s all those things for us too! But, it’s also a haven of sorts for us. A place we can safely Kiki with our friends (if you don’t know what that means, you’re not allowed in), a hunting ground of sorts for people with similar “interests” let’s say.

I love my A’s in the LGBTQIA alphabet soup, but when I see these gangs of bridal celebrations in the bar, I don’t think, “oh, look how supportive they’re being of us!” Instead, it’s weirdly exploitative. It doesn’t feel like a celebration of gay people, or the joy of having gay friends. It feels more like the novelty of gay people. And heaven forbid it’s Drag night! Then we simply become the props from some shitty rom-com.

I get that me pounding the exploitation drum is rich in comparison to what women deal with, but can you imagine a bachelor party attempting to have their party at a lesbian bar.

That being said, here are few tips to the straight ladies to make your night a bit easier to navigate:

1. Bring your gay friend. Show the tribe that you’re not just tourists in our big gay jungle. If you don’t have one, please, don’t draft one of us to fill that role for the night.
2. Sweetie, you might be the queen of the night, but this ain’t your kingdom. Give us room. Just as you came here because you don’t want some dudes boner rubbing up on you, I don’t need your breast up on me…but I’ll totally take that boner.
3. Trying to make a drag queen kiss you is not the same as kissing a girl. It is not your Katy Perry moment.
4. Just as we don’t want to be your props, leave yours at home. Want to fit in? Leave the sashes, crowns, etc… at home.
5. Try not to take it personal. We invented shade, perfected the art of the read. If you don’t like some side eye, I’m sure there’s a Wet Willie nearby.
6. It’s not that you’re not welcome in our home, it’s that you’re a guest in our home.

 

 

All RuPaul is asking for — what we are all asking for, is show some respect, some etiquette“Check yourself, before you wreck yourself! ” And the mic falls from my glitter guy hang.

Photo by Abigail Marie

Words by Steven Willard