Thursday, August 30, 2007

H. Alexander Robinson of National Black Justice Coalition Responds to the Sen. Larry Craig Restroom Incident

Here is a good article about this incident and the issues it raises on The Bilerico Project website:
Sen. Larry Craig's recent sexual restroom exploits have given the American community an unexpected but valuable teachable moment that should be embraced and further understood.

Instead of running from the tabloid fodder, late night talk show jokes, and Sunday morning sermons that will undoubtedly come from this incident; the LGBT community should instead embrace Sen. Craig's gay sex solicitation incident as an opportunity to talk candidly and knowledgeably about the fluidity of sexuality and its effects upon gay identity and gay sexual orientation.

There are four vital lessons that can be learned from Sen. Craig's situation, each of which flies in the face of conventional wisdom and understanding of sexuality.
Read the article:
NBJC Responds to Sen. Larry Craig Restroom Incident

Filed by: H. Alexander Robinson ~ August 29, 2007 5:38 PM

Doozie dayz.

Doozie likes to snuggle so much that she nosed and pushed herself inside my zippered vest yesterday for a nap while I was trying to work on the computer.

She also crawls under the covers part of the night and curls up by our legs.

When the boys were little we used to carry them in a Snugly front baby pack.
This is kind of like that.


And here are a couple of extreme close-up shots:


Happy cat.


Alec and I took her to the vet today for a check up and a rabies shot.

Dr. Natalee surprised us by telling us she's probably around a year and a half old. And it looks like she already had a litter of kittens before she was spayed. We thought she was a teenager.

So she's full grown but a small cat. The vet said she'll grow rounder as she ages but not bigger. She probably has a little Siamese breed in her mix

Monday, August 27, 2007

Our cat's name

Our cat has been given a new name. Its Doozie.
The name Chloe was pretty, but Doozie fits her much better because she sure is one.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-doo2.htm
and
http://www.onelook.com/?w=doozie&ls=a

Thursday, August 23, 2007

When Will Americans Have Had Enough



From: puppetgovcom who asks ...
So What Are You Going To Do About It?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Tenement Museum ~ WOW !

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum's mission is to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America.
There's tons of historical information, stories, a fascinating 'virtual tour' and more on the website of this cool history museum:
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Check it out.

Theresa Sparks ~ First Transgender President Of Police Commission

SAN FRANCISCO: First Transgender President Of Police Commission Taking Office
Rob Roth reports - Watch the video from KTVU San Francisco

Read more about Theresa Sparks on Wikipedia.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pictures of Noel and Chloe

These were taken yesterday, Monday August 20, 2007.



Bigger versions of these and more are posted at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonworks/

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A little bit on names. A parent's legacy.

My name, Gabrielle was given to me in honor of Gabriel Péri, a prominent French Communist journalist and politician.
Péri distinguished himself as an expert in the field of diplomatic and international relations and was a strident anti-fascist. He denounced both Benito Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia and France’s non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War. Péri was also a prominent opponent of the Nazi regime in Germany.
My nickname Gabi was originally spelled Gaby by my parents. When I was a teenager and it was my time to rebel, rather than become a conservative fundamentalist warmonger I changed the spelling of my nickname to Gabi with an i.

My middle name is Nora, after the play's protagonist in A Dollhouse, the 1879 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Nora is considered an early feminist character in a play which criticizes the traditional roles of men and women in Victorian marriage.


For some related background family history, see Encircled by My Heritage, which I wrote in 1988 when I was a senior in college.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Meet Chloe, the new member of our family

We adopted a cat named Chloe yesterday. These first two photos were taken by the folks at the shelter for their website:


This is Chloe.


We picked her out at the local animal shelter website, and then Noel and I went and met her and brought her home yesterday.

She was described on the website as a domestic short hair, dilute calico [mix].

She's not a kitten, she's a teenager I think, probably she's about 7-9 months old. She was spayed two days before we met so she has a healing cut on her shaved belly.

Linus, Noel's cat, has been with us for a couple of months. He is here until Noel gets back from a camping trip on Sunday. Then he will take Linus home to Seattle on Monday.

Chloe is smaller and younger than Linus but she's the tough cat. She was a stray before the animal shelter.

She hissed, spat, growled and chased Linus who ran away. He's curious, so he kept coming
back. It was a semi-friendly game of cat and mouse and he is the mouse. She's definitely letting him know this is her house and she's the boss.

She'll be an indoor cat, as Linus is. She spent the night in our bedroom with the door closed so she and Linus would be separated.

So, today they started getting along after some initial drama with Chloe doing the chasing and growling again. We separated them when we needed to leave the house for a while, and then let Chloe out of the bedroom again when we got home.

And then:



She's a climber and a jumper, and she's exploring everyplace. With people she is a real lover. She hops right up and curls up in laps. Here she is relaxing with Alec:

We think she knows she is home.

See these pictures of Chloe the cat bigger on our Flickr account, and see more pictures of Linus the cat.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The next best thing ...

... to being there is reading Steve Schalchlin's blog Living in the Bonus Round and listening to his songs.

The truth is I haven't even seen The Big Voice: God or Merman, and I can't see it now. But I saw The Last Session three times (New York City, Denver Colorado, and Laguna Beach California).

Steve's whole blog is fabulous. Two of my favorite entries from this time in San Francisco are:

Friday, August 03, 2007: SF Preview Number 2
and
Sunday, August 12, 2007: A Letter From Ethel Merman's Son.

The Big Voice is getting rave reviews and is going to be held over until August 23rd at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, with a one night only special benefit performance of Jim Brochu's Zero Hour on August 21st.

If you can go, do it. I know you'll love it. And tell anyone you know who can get there to do so.


Box Office: (415) 861-8972.
New Conservatory Theatre

The Big Voice: God or Merman

Zero Hour

and The Last Session

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Raging Grannies Descend on U.S. Congressman's Office

The Grannies pin the spine on the donkey at U.S. Congressman Norm Dick's office in Port Angeles, Washington.



Seattle Raging Grannies.com/

Video by 143tbone

Sunday, August 5, 2007

I've posted some new pictures

Hi everyone.

I posted some new pictures on Flickr last night at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/claytonworks/

Some are of Noel's cat Linus, and some are various and sundry Miscellaneous pictures.

Check'em out. :-)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Holey Moley! The front page of today's Wall Street Journal does the Imagine Piano Peace Project

The piano on which John Lennon composed "Imagine," his famous ode to peace and healing, is on a yearlong magical mystery tour of the U.S. with a macabre twist.

The nutmeg-colored Steinway upright, believed to have been in Mr. Lennon's country home in Ascot, England, is crisscrossing the country to show up at some of the nation's most horrific sites of violence, death and destruction.
See the tour John Lennon's Steinway has made through the country, to funerals and sites of devastation like New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

It has popped up here and there with little fanfare, transported by white-gloved attendants in a moving truck who carefully unload the instrument to display it in parking lots, grassy fields and on street corners.
and
While letting Ms. True run the show, Messrs. Michael and Goss did insist on one stop for the piano: the home of Gabi and Alec Clayton in Olympia, Wash., whose story they found while researching gay hate crimes on the Internet. Twelve years ago, the Claytons' 17-year-old son killed himself after suffering a beating at his high school by an antigay gang.
Alec and I were interviewed for this.

Read: Why Piano Owned By John Lennon Is Touring America


It Pops Up in Places Known For Violence and Tragedy, From Waco to Virginia Tech

By ANN ZIMMERMAN
August 2, 2007; Page A1 of the Wall Street Journal

Also, watch the video: A Piano for Mourning on the Wall Street Journal website:
See the tour John Lennon's Steinway has made through the country, to funerals and sites of devastation like New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

debunked : a Hate Crimes Prevention Act urban legend

The American Family Association's claims about the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill were so outlandish that they've been debunked on the urban-myth-busting website Snopes.
Claim: A bill before Congress would make it a "hate crime" for pastors and churches to speak against homosexuality.

Status: False.
See: Hate Crimes Prevention Act @ Snopes Urban Legends.

Glorious! Schalchlin & Brochu do San Francisco

A Fantastic First Preview.
By the end of the show, they were on their feet immediately. The most enthusiastic ovation imaginable. And afterwards, in the lobby, we hugged everyone, of course. Our favorite thing. It was fantastic. And so many of them commented on how glad they were that that show was not amplified. Hey! Ethel didn't need no amps!
Read:
A Fantastic First Preview.
in Steve Schalchlin's blog: Living in the Bonus Round ~ August 01, 2007

~*~*
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

ETHEL SINGS AGAIN
As for the show. Well. What can I say? It's 2 a.m. and here I am sitting up writing a review for a show I do not have to write a review for! It was perhaps the best I've seen them do the show. And Steve felt it was their best performance as well. I hadn't seen the show in over a year and that time included a six month run of the show in New York, which has resulted in a tightening of things, more subtle nuances in the emotional sections, and most surprising of all, discovering that in this time, Steve has become an actor. Whoda thunk?
Read: ETHEL SINGS AGAIN
in Bev Sykes blog: Funny the World ~ August 2, 2007

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Finding God in the musical theatre

The Big Voice: God or Merman? is the title of their show about their lives apart and together, and it implicitly elevates the musical theater to divine status. It also celebrates the endurance of a 22-year-old relationship that has weathered everything from AIDS to a conniving character straight out of All About Eve. Big Voice was an off-Broadway hit last year, and now is at the New Conservatory Theatre for its first post-New York run, with Brochu and Schalchlin in their original roles playing themselves.

The reviews in New York were terrific, with The New York Times reporting that "art is achieved with light hands, and the result is a triumphant and very touching song of praise to everyday love and the funky glories of the show business life." At thebigvoice.com, you can watch home videos of Brochu and Schalchlin reading the Times review for the first time, and then of them buzzing around Times Square afterwards like a couple of kids let loose in Disneyland.

"I think that's a very good analogy," Brochu said. "We have to pinch ourselves sometimes when your dreams become reality."
Read:
Finding God in the musical theatre
by Richard Dodds ~ Bay Area Reporter - San Francisco, CA ~ August 2, 2007

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Some things that you may or may not have known about me

A friend sent me this and I filled it out and sent it back to him, but rather than forward it to people I thought I would post it here for your amusement.

Here goes ...

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
  1. a licensed vocational nurse
  2. a church secretary
  3. a Baskin Robbins ice cream scooper
  4. an alternative weekly newspaper publisher
B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
  1. Bagdad Café
  2. Benny & Joon
  3. Sordid Lives
  4. Kinky Boots
C) Four places I have lived:
  1. The East Village, New York City
  2. Ponce, Puerto Rico
  3. Burlington, Vermont
  4. San Francisco, CA
D) Four TV Shows that I watch:
  1. Bill Moyers Journal
  2. Boston Legal
  3. Brothers & Sisters
  4. Six Feet Under
E) Four places I have been:
  1. Devon, UK - actually the town of Totnes in Devon, where my dad went to high school at Dartington Hall
  2. Montreal, Canada (for a Joe Cocker concert!)
  3. Tupelo, Mississippi (Alec was born there. So was Elvis. Alec's sister Linda went to school with him in the 4th grade.)
  4. Mount Saint Helens, Washington
F) People who e-mail me (regularly): (besides my spammers?)
  1. Catherine
  2. Bud
  3. Beth
  4. Elliot
G) Four of my favorite foods:
  1. ice cream
  2. olives
  3. pizza
  4. cheese cake
H) Four places I would rather be right now:
  1. San Francisco to see Steve and Jimmy in The Big Voice: God or Merman (opening tonite!)
  2. The Staten Island Ferry, New York City
  3. Camp Midvale, New Jersey - our family camp when I was a kid, and the place where my dad died
  4. the Grand Canyon (huh?)
I) Four friends I think will respond:
  1. I'm not sending it to anyone but Tom who sent it to me.
  2. But I'll post it on my blog
  3. in case anyone is interested in these answers
  4. Who knows?!
J) Things I am looking forward to this year:
  1. Catching up on email and work stuff
  2. Finally having health insurance!
  3. Finishing the kitchen remodel
  4. Alec finding an agent and selling his novels to a publisher
Love, Gabi

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Pride Foundation's Raffle With a Twist is happening! They'll be giving away $7,500 to nonprofit organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington on September 14th.

You can enter even if you live outside the states served by the Pride Foundation.

Entering is FREE and QUICK: go to the Pride Foundation website and name your favorite nonprofit (Safe Schools Coalition) to win one of their prizes. The more often the Coalition is named, the more likely it is that we will win one of these prizes. The last day to enter is September 7, 2007. It's so easy! Thank you!

Steve and Jimmy are in San Francisco!



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