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A while ago I posted a couple of t-shirt designs that I'd uploaded to mysoti. I thought you might be interested to know that if you like them but don't want to order them from mysoti you can download these designs from my deviantart page, change them, print them out and iron them on, whatever you want. I added the download links to the original post.

Plus, there's a new one. :)

myself & colin

myself & colin tee by joanpsmith. Available from MySoti.com. I know who I'm quoting, you know who I'm quoting. And if you really don't, then what do you want with that shirt anyway? Not that I'd be stopping you wearing it. ;)

- You can also download the design to do whatever you want with it here.


Disclaimer: These are rather obscure fan shirts that I doubt infringe any copyright. But just to be on the safe side I want to point out that I do not make any money of this. If you buy the shirts from mysoti I do not get any commission whatsoever!
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There's been a lot going on in regards to gay rights in Italy last week. There's been a verdict that calling someone "gay" as an insult is a fineable offence, and Italians are still waiting for a decision on gay marriage.

Would a ban on same-sex marriage be unconstitutional? )

'gay' is now a fineable insult in Italy )

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First published at eurOut.


In the current issue of their journal German history teacher's platform Lernen aus der Geschichte (Learning from History) focuses on the situation of homosexuals in National Socialist Germany.

The issue, titled Homophobe Traditionen (Homophobe Traditions) summarises previous work on the subject and recommends teaching material, all of which is equally educational even if you aren't a history teacher.

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joan_psmith: text that reads: 'merlin's pants!' (merlin's pants!)
I love thematic t-shirts. I seriously do. A far too big amount of my money goes into purchasing them. And sometimes I come up with t-shirt ideas of my own. I guess it was only a matter of time until I opened an account at mysoti.

Historical Accuracy is so passé!

Historical Accuracy tee by joanpsmith. Available from MySoti.com. Medieval tomatoes and potatoes? Pshaw! Here's a simple shirt that educates the world about the fact that Historical Accuracy is so passé!

- You can also download the design to do whatever you want with it here.

meta!cosplay for the really lazy

idiot servant tee by joanpsmith. Available from MySoti.com. idiot servant
So you want to dress up as your favourite wizard cum insolent manservant and can't be bothered to go out shopping for neckerchiefs? For the initiated a simple shirt that says idiot servant will suffice anyway.
royal prat tee by joanpsmith. Available from MySoti.com. royal prat
You'd never admit that you're arrogant, supercilious, condescending and patronising? Then you probably won't be comfortable wearing a shirt that says royal prat. Too bad, you would have looked fetching in it, I assure you.

- You can also download these designs to do whatever you want with them here.


Disclaimer: These are rather obscure fan shirts that I doubt infringe any copyright. But just to be on the safe side I want to point out that I do not make any money of this. If you buy the shirts from mysoti I do not get any commission whatsoever!
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Who can honestly say they've never dreamt about exploring space, about setting foot on other planets? I know that I can't. Being outside the protective atmosphere of our planet, a space suit the only thing separating us from space - I imagine life can't get much more exciting than that. The woman I want to write about for this year's Ada Lovelace Day makes these space explorations possible for humankind in the first place.


original picture credit: NASA


Finding Ada 2010: Amy Ross: Space Suit Engineer )

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First posted at eurOut.


If you've ever wondered if the country you're currently living in will protect you against homophobic hate crimes this map by ILGA Europe will come in handy. It highlights those 18 European countries that explicitly mention homophobia in their legislation against hate crimes and it provides a short summery of each country's laws against homophobia.



Read more... )

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Sylvia Knelles' novel CLARA * Blues in rosé, first published 1991, is probably going to be a TV movie.



Find out why I'm still less than excited. )

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The third Gayvention will take place at Hamburg's charter airport from March 27 to March 28 2010. This convention is aimed at LGBT people and open minded heteros and offers two stages with live concerts, quizzes and other entertainment.


photo © Karl Mai

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Last Friday the Teddy Awards for the best queer movies have been awarded the 24th time in Berlin. This year the second time as an official Berlinale award.



Read more... )

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A straight couple from Linz, Austria, applies for a registered partnership, which is only available to same sex couples.

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Two unrelated projects in Denmark and Germany do their share in cultivating understanding for lgbt matters and countering discrimination. LGBT Denmark by publishing The Little Green Book on LGBT and AVANTI by releasing penalty cards for homophobic and sexist behaviour.


illustration by Søren Laursen


The Little Green Book on LGBT )

Penalty Cards against sexism and homophobia )

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I'm ridiculously pleased that I finally (finally!) managed to sit myself down and write a tiny little original fic. Since it really is very short I was able to also post it to ficly (a social platform for original fiction with a 1024 character limit). If you have a ficly account feel free to add me there. I always love to make new friends. :)

Dare [~ 200 words]
Summary: Instead of taking what she wanted, which tended to have the side effect of people being able to blame her for wanting it in the first place, Celia had learned to get people to fulfil her wishes without her even asking.
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First published at eurOut.


February is LGBT History Month in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.



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The German psychosocial counselling centre for women donna klara published Familienfeste mit lesbischen Töchtern - Zutaten für ein gutes Gelingen (Family celebrations with lesbian daughters - ingredients to succeed), a booklet mainly aimed at relatives of lesBian women.

read more... )

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Hivos publishes Urgency Required, a report about LGBT rights in the context of human rights.

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Lesbetoppen 2010 (Top Lesbians 2010) lists the ten most influential Norwegian lesbians. Each year gaysir.no, a news site and online community for LGBT people in Norway, puts together this list of those out women in their country, who were most prominent in the fight against homophobia (see last year's eurOut report). The majority of the women on this list made an appearance on it in previous years ( 2007, 2008, 2009), but four of them are quite new.

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The novel accompanying popular British TV series Skins has been released Jan. 7 2010. And even more good news for Skins fans: Series 4 is scheduled to air Jan. 28.



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If you're in the mood for a story about coming out later in life and you're not scared off by infidelity, messy divorces and other complications this one is for you.

playing footsie


Soukromé pasti (Personal Traps) is a czech series of television films; in each one of the films different characters find themselves at a difficult point in their lifes. Jiná láska (Other Love) is the story of 33 year old teacher Eva (played by Zuzana Stivínová), who falls head over heels in love with her colleague Daniela (Zuzana Norisová).

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~~~ me ~~~

Jan. 1st, 2010 12:01 am
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joan y. psmith
is a sci-fi loving, books devouring, silly person.
in real live she isn't called joan y. psmith at all. the p in psmith is a wodehouse reference. it is silent.
she writes weekly articles for eurOut. sometimes she makes up stories and posts them to letters. she is an active member of sparkwood and 21, where she sings, writes songs and plays the bass guitar.
once she even dared to post a video to vimeo.
Credit: ♠profile layout by mya_desgn ♠journal layout by vestiges
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The end of 2009 is near and come 2010 Austrian citizens will finally have the right to register same-sex partnerships. The battle for legal equality of same-sex partnerships in Austria is over. Or is it?

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