Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone! Although only a week old, the Year of the Goat (or sheep, or ram, depending on who you ask) is already off to a big start. In fact, there’s so much going on in the queer world that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one topic, so I decided to tackle it all.
Pope says trans* people are like nuclear weapons, also God
For a while there, Pope Francis was looking mighty (relatively) progressive: his takes on poverty, peace, the environment and women’s roles within the Catholic Church are a far cry ahead of the last Pope. And while he’s firmly against same-sex marriage and thinks the practice of homosexuality is immoral (I don’t know about you, but I always turn to avowed celibates for policy on sex), he does think that homosexual people should be treated with love and respect. I suppose that’s not nothing.
So it might not come as a surprise that the Pope is not a fan of people who transition. Pope Francis recently published a book titled Pope Francis: This Economy Kills. Amidst his criticism of the global financial system, Francis took the time to compare trans* people with nuclear weapons, noting that both do not “recognize the order of creation.” His contention is that both are sins against “God the Creator.” We should be really mad about this, but I say we take Francis at his word: if God created us in his own image but trans* people are (re)creating themselves in their own image, then there’s only one logical answer: trans* people are gods and should be worshipped accordingly. Can I buy offerings on Amazon?
Not Enough Fest is making space while making noise
Forget the snow: one of the most exciting festivals to hit Edmonton this winter is Not Enough Fest, a music festival “designed to encourage the participation of woman-identified, queer, trans and non-binary people in music.” Over the past few months, organizers have been hosting jam sessions, skill-sharing workshops and gear-fundraising events to encourage people who are typically marginalized in the local music scene to get out and make some music. This hard work will pay off on Saturday, February 28 for an all-day music fest that will feature 17 bands. The fun is happening at the McKernan Community League hall (11341 – 78 Ave). Doors open at 2:30 pm, admission is by donation and it’s an all-ages show.
Check our Vue‘s cover story on page 18 for more information about Not Enough Fest.
Lesbians break Texas
Autostraddle is reporting on a strange situation in Texas: a pair of lesbians may or may not currently be married. Here’s the backstory: the state still bans same-sex marriage, despite the fact a state judge has ruled that parts of the law are unconstitutional. However, that ruling does not include an order to issue marriage licences to queers, so the law’s in a bit of a grey area. Enter Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant who petitioned for an emergency licence, explaining that their inability to get married was causing them irreparable harm due to Goodfriend’s recent treatment for ovarian cancer. Their request was granted on February 18, a judge ordered a licence to be issued and the two were married the next day. That afternoon, the Attorney General appealed the decision and received a stay; now there is some argument as to whether the marriage is valid. V