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Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Rapunzel’ to Tour in October

Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Rapunzel’ to Tour in October

Author: Vanesa Evers

August 17, 2012

Speaking of the Olympics (because who isn’t talking about the Olympics) recent home in London, Britain’s lesbian Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s  ballet Rapunzel will go on tour starting in October. The ballet was commissioned by London dance house Sadler’s Wells and choreographed by Liv Lorent. If you weren’t able to afford your Olympics ticket, try to see if you can make it for Duffy.

Leaving home, forced marriage, arrest and incarceration in an insane asylum all because you identify as a man but happened to be born in a woman’s body? Think I’m talking about something that happened in 2012? Nope, this is the story of Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell, who lived from 1829 to 1912. Professor Bambi L. Lobdell, a distant relative of the subject, is telling a story that would have been forgotten. Check out what she has to say about her research and her new book.

Here’s an interesting article that, although is not specific to the LGBTQ community, touches all of our lives; well, if you’re a writer, that is. If you’ve ever had  writer’s block , why not experience it on film as well.

And we thought we were only getting paid less than men, think again. Who knew there was someone tracking the use of pronouns in literature from 1800 to present day–or better yet, there was even a need to do so? Well, according to a study released this week, the “she” usage ratio has increased dramatically.

A few universities used Google database to study gender. Check out the ratio change of “he-she.” But don’t get your hopes up too high, ladies, just because “she” is being used a lot more, doesn’t mean that the actual female author is getting more reviews or writing for more publications. “We’ve got to do better,” states The New Yorker editor, David Remnick, in his acknowledgement that more space is devoted to male writers than to women.

As if Chick-Fil-A isn’t doing enough bullying, Sarah Luddington has now become a victim of a homophobic campaign because the protagonist in her recent novel is bisexual. Luddington’s series, The Knights of Camelot has seen one star reviews on Amazon along with anti-gay connotations, hate emails sent to the publisher’s office, and directly to Luddington. In her awesome response, Luddington has released a special edition of the novel and is donating all of the royalties to Stonewall, a gay charity in the U.K.


[Photo: Carol Ann Duffy via Manchester Metropolitan University]

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