Sunday, February 25, 2007

Dance, Dance, Dance!!

The dance company Pilobolus was on the Academy Awards tonight. I first saw them years ago when I discovered Moses Pendleton back when we lived in Mississippi. He was of the founding members of Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, and then he formed his own company Momix in the early 1980’s and has been its artistic director since 1984.

a painting by Bill Clayton after he came out when he was 14 years old

Bill Clayton called this painting "Follow Your Bliss"
He painted it soon after he came out to us.

Five years ago yesterday

An old picture. Alec and me on 02-24-02

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Soon to be a motion picture ~ "Southern Baptist Sissies"

Del Shores wonderful play is being made into a film.
See "Southern Baptist Sissies" which I was able to see as a play in Los Angeles thanks to my friend Michael.

Read Alec's review of the play: 'Southern Baptist Sissies' at South Puget Sound Community College

Del is also the writer and director of the fabulous "Sordid Lives" which is available to rent. I highly recommend it.

Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Conference in Olympia

There is an awesome FREE event coming up soon ! Please pass this on to all your female friends!

Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference
Saturday March 10th, 2007 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The United Churches of Olympia

Free and open to women and girls of all ages.

A day of presentations and workshops to address the specific HIV/AIDS prevention methods for women; biological vulnerability; queer issues relating to HIV; sexually transmitted diseases and infections; sexual and domestic violence, date rape drugs; communication skills and risk reduction negotiation. Lunch will be provided for all participants as well as child care for children over 3 years old. Participants are encouraged to pre-register. For more information contact Kathy Hennis at (360) 352-2375 or online at http://www.ucan-wa.org.

Friday, February 23, 2007

An invitation from Alec

Dear friends,

I hope you will come to my painting exhibition at the new Kenneth J. Minnaert Fine Arts Center at South Puget Sound Community College. The show opens Friday, March 9 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. -- refreshments served -- and will continue through the month of March.

Here is a statement about my paintings from the SPSCC website:
Alec Clayton (Olympia) oil painting – Although abstract and formalist, Alec Clayton’s paintings are informed by nature. He captures the essence of movement and struggle as seen in nature the way a baby bird reaches up for a worm, the way a fish leaps out of water, the sensuous way plant tendrils wind around one another, the way human beings walk, run, and dance. Patterns, such as stripes, dots, and checkerboard, are used as a contrast to, and means of, visually holding in check the more amorphous gestural forms. The paintings are colorful and often bring about a feeling of joyful celebration, but many of them have an ominous or threatening feel beneath the celebratory surface.
I will be showing approximately 15 to 20 paintings. Three to five of these will be new paintings (I'm still working on them and don't know yet how many will be ready). I will also show some older paintings that have never before been seen, plus a few old favorites you might have seen before.

I hope you can make it to the opening and/or see the show. Please forward this to friends.

Pictured below: "Champagne Summer" oil on canvas, 48" x 60"

Thank you,
Alec

Alec Clayton Art and Writing: http://www.alecclayton.com
Until the Dawn, a novel: http://www.alecclayton.com/writings.html
Imprudent Zeal, a novel: http://www.alecclayton.com/writings.html
As If Art Matters, essays and reviews: http://www.alecclayton.com/writings.html
NEW South Sound Arts (my blog): http://www.alecclayton.blogspot.com/l

A Penn Jillette quote on art & technology

When I sent this quote by Penn Jillette ( the larger, louder half of comedy-magic team Penn & Teller) to my friend Catherine:
Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.
she wrote me and asked:
And, the point of a webmistress sending this out is?
I answered:
I thought it might amuse you.

Bumper sticker I saw the other day.

I chose the road less traveled.
Now, where the hell am I?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Press release to from Equality Forum : Barbara Gittings, Gay Pioneer, Dies at 75

Mother of the GLBT Civil Rights Movement

PHILADELPHIA-Barbara Gittings, a seminal gay activist, died on Sunday, February 18. She was 75 and resided in Wilmington, Delaware. Her death was announced by her partner of 46 years, Kay Tobin Lahusen.

Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum, noted, "Barbara Gittings is the mother of the GLBT civil rights movement. She is our Rosa Parks. Barbara helped organize the first gay and lesbian civil rights demonstrations in the face of a tsunami of homophobia. Her courage helped launch the GLBT civil rights movement."

Barbara Gittings began her career in activism in 1958 when she founded the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the first lesbian organization. She edited DOB's national magazine The Ladder from 1963 to 1966. Describing those years, Gittings said, "There were scarcely 200 of us in the whole United States. It was like a club; we all knew each other."

In 1965, Gittings marched in the first gay picket lines at the White House and other federal sites in Washington, DC to protest discrimination by the federal government. She joined other activists in the pioneering annual demonstrations for gay and lesbian civil rights held each July 4 from 1965 to 1969 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. These seminal yearly protests laid the groundwork for the Stonewall rebellion in 1969 and the first New York gay pride parade in 1970. Gittings' role in these early protests is featured prominently in Equality Forum's documentary, Gay Pioneers.

In the 1970s, Gittings campaigned with other activists to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders. She recruited "Dr. H. Anonymous," a gay psychiatrist who appeared, masked, on a panel at the 1972 APA conference to tell his colleagues why he couldn't be open in his own profession.

Gittings also crusaded to make gay literature available in libraries. Though not a librarian, Gittings found a home in the Gay Task Force of the American Library Association, the first gay caucus in a professional organization. She edited its Gay Bibliography and wrote a history of the group, Gays in Library Land. Her campaign to promote gay materials and eliminate discrimination in libraries was recognized in 2003 by an honorary lifetime membership conferred by the American Library Association.

For her lifetime of activist work, Gittings was selected as one of 31 leaders for GLBT History Month in October 2006.


ABOUT EQUALITY FORUM

Equality Forum is a national non-profit GLBT civil rights organization. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month in October, produced Gay Pioneers with WHYY/PBS, and successfully petitioned the Pennsylvania Historical Commission to erect an historical marker at Independence Hall commemorating the seminal annual GLBT civil rights protests from 1965 to 1969 that launched the GLBT civil rights movement. For more information, visit www.EqualityForum.com, www.GayPioneers.com, www.glbtHistoryMonth.com

I'm recovering from a seizure

I don't usually post on this but in case someone is wondering why I haven't posted recently I had a seizure on Thursday evening and spent about 20 hours in the hospital. This was a big one ... the seizure lasted about 30 minutes or more according to Alec. (I don't remember them much.)

This was my 8th one since 1998. Adult onset epilepsy but my neurologist says I have always had it.

Very strange things these seizures. Weird after effects on this one but they are wearing off. Thank goodness!!

At least this time I felt it coming on and was able to give Alec a warning.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Haggard CURED!! Now He Is "Completely Heterosexual"

Haggard Now "Completely Heterosexual" Disgraced Pastor Convinced He's Now "Completely Heterosexual"

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Ted Haggard Now Straight Wonkette (satire), DC

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He's Cured! It's A Miracle!Chuck Keller's Blog

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Evangelical Cures His Inner Homo
Now “Completely Heterosexual,” (at least until the next time,) Haggard has been pronounced cured of homo-ism and is being exiled to the corn belt to be a missionary man.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Monday Februay 5: National Day of Action when Lt. Ehren Watada goes on trial at Ft. Lewis, Washington

On Monday, February 5, 2007, when Lt. Watada goes on trial, supporters will rally outside the gates of Fort Lewis, Washington for a peaceful, non-violent demonstration.

Monday, February 5, 2007 9am -
Lt. Watada’s Military Court Martial begins 11:30am -
Student Rally with Iraq Veterans Against the War 1pm -
Political Art Performance 3pm

Rally and Vigil Fort Lewis, WA. Exit 119, off I-5

Bring a lunch, snacks, signs and a peaceful, positive attitude.
Dress warm -- wear heavy/rain coats, hats, scarves and gloves.
We will provide coffee, and a warm space from the cold.

VISITORS PASS FOR VEHICLE

To obtain a visitor's pass for your vehicle, go to the Visitors Center located inside the Ft. Lewis Army Base main entrance located off of Interstate 5, Exit 120 on 41st Division Road.

You must present the following documents for the driver, each passenger and for your vehicle:

for the driver: valid driver's license valid vehicle registration proof of current vehicle insurance
for each passenger: a valid government-issued identification, fox example, a state driver's license or state I.D.

Security is high, and your vehicle may be inspected at any time. Failure to comply may result in denial of access to the base.

The court martial begins at 9 am. Allow extra time for processing at the Visitors Center, which opens at 6 am. Monday is a busy day at the center, so arrive early!

WALK-ON ACCESS

A valid government-issued ID is required. The legal building is located 1 mile from the main gate and Visitors Center.

See Thank You LT.org

Thursday, February 1, 2007

"They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books”

After placing an ad calling herself “gentle, curvy, tactile, educated and funny,” one regular advertiser, calling herself Susan W., heard from one man who bragged that he was free of infection — “I did not get the feeling he was trying to be funny,” she said — and another who announced that he lived without electricity in the woods, in a house made from trees he had chopped down himself.

She changed tactics and wrote another ad saying, “I’ve got a mouth on me that can peel paint off walls, but I can always apologize.”
Read London Journal: Book Lovers Seek Lovers, Buttered or Plain by Sarah Yall ~ New York Times ~ November 21, 2006

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And be sure to read the current London Review of Books PERSONALS. Scroll down the Classifieds page to see them.

Four articles for today ...

Impeachment by the People ~ by wonderful Howard Zinn
Courage is in short supply in Washington, D.C. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow of a government that is criminally responsible for death, mutilation, torture, humiliation, chaos. But all we hear in the nation’s capital, which is the source of those catastrophes, is a whimper from the Democratic Party, muttering and nattering about “unity” and “bipartisanship,” in a situation that calls for bold action to immediately reverse the present course.

These are the Democrats who were brought to power in November by an electorate fed up with the war, furious at the Bush Administration, and counting on the new majority in Congress to represent the voters. But if sanity is to be restored in our national policies, it can only come about by a great popular upheaval, pushing both Republicans and Democrats into compliance with the national will.

The Declaration of Independence, revered as a document but ignored as a guide to action, needs to be read from pulpits and podiums, on street corners and community radio stations throughout the nation. Its words, forgotten for over two centuries, need to become a call to action for the first time since it was read aloud to crowds in the early excited days of the American Revolution: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government.”
Read Impeachment by the People by Howard Zinn ~ The Progressive ~ January 31, 2007

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Molly Ivins, 1944-2007
Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer Wednesday evening at her home in Austin. Molly's enduring message is, "Raise more hell."

Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer Wednesday evening at her home in Austin. She was 62 years old, and had much, much more to give this world. She remained cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. She said, "Good thing we've still got politics -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented."
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Statement from The Texas Observer ...
Molly was a hero. She was a mentor. She was a liberal. She was a patriot. She was a friend. And she always will be. With Molly's death we have lost someone we hold dear. What she has left behind we will hold dearer still.
Read Molly Ivins, 1944-2007 Texas Observer ~ January 31, 2007

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Texas Grandmother Sweeps Streets of Washington as Punishment for Protest
"They like to use this as a system of shame," she said, crouching down to pick up a cigarette butt lodged in a crack in the sidewalk. "But I'm not ashamed to be an American."
Read Texas Grandmother Sweeps Streets of Washington as Punishment for Protest - Woman arrested last year for crossing police line. by Gerry Smith ~ Austin Statesman (Texas) ~ January 31, 2007

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My Turn: One Son's Choice: Love or Country?
Cameron is moving to Canada. As soon as he graduates from school, he says, he is packing his bags and leaving.

Why is my son compelled to leave the only country he has ever known? Cameron is leaving because he is gay and because he wants what heterosexual American citizens take for granted.
Read My Turn: One Son's Choice: Love or Country? by Nadine Chaffee ~ Newsweek ~ February 5, 2007 issue