SOMEBODY HAS TO SAY IT
- San Francisco, California, US
- July 25
- I am a writer, performer and activist, editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: the early years of gay liberation (City Lights), and co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus and Hey Paesan: Writings by Italian American Lesbians and Gay Men. To view my creative stuff:
MY RECENT POSTS
- Aiding and abetting the
criminal injustice system?
August 06, 2014 11:07AM
- SF Pride is right to reject
June 18, 2014 11:12AM
- I never wanted to be my
June 02, 2014 10:53AM
- Forget flowers, give Mama
May 10, 2014 05:43PM
- Earth Day is a joke
April 22, 2014 10:13AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Hey Jonathan, I knew
Ira, and I remember when he
for murder, I also
April 22, 2014 10:24PM
- “Thanks, Safe Bet's Amy,
I'm not as optimistic as you
April 16, 2014 09:49AM
- “Joisey Shore: While I
agree that the speculators
investors are a big part
March 20, 2014 08:41AM
- “@Arthur Louis: I took
Clinton to task in a book I
wrote in 93
February 08, 2014 09:04PM
- “Koshersalaami: if these
workers were living closer to
they'd be living in
January 26, 2014 08:13AM
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Every time I receive a jury duty notice, as I did last week, I come face to face with my feelings for the criminal “justice” system in this country. I have to wonder, by serving on a jury am I aiding and abetting a racist and profit-driven system that needs/… Read full post »
SF Pride’s recent decision to ban military recruiters from setting up tables at the fair that follows the annual parade is the right thing to do. The military is not a fit vendor for an event that celebrates all that we can be.
Pride’s rationale for banning the recruiters is… Read full post »
My father’s birthday is this week. Father’s Day is later this month.
That’s twice I’ll be thinking of him, that larger-than-life, small-statured, conservative southern Italian man who contributed half of my genetic material. The man Mama chose because she said he… Read full post »
Flowers are nice, but nothing says love like a place to live or a guarantee that the apartment you rent won’t be pulled out from under you by some greedy (is there any other kind?) speculator or investor looking to make a killing on a sizzling real-estate market.
Like… Read full post »
Yep, a joke.
The environment is past the point of being saved by our country’s puny recycling and “green” efforts.
There are huge trash heaps in every ocean and over 200 dead spots where even the fish won’t go. Corals reefs are dying. Tons of dead s… Read full post »
We are mutated fish.
Despite how different we look, we are not that much different from the creatures who swim in the oceans and rivers. We have the same organs. We share half of the same DNA. And the bones of our arms evolved from fish fins.
If… Read full post »
I want to try and explain why people resent you and the big shiny bus on which you ride in and out of town. It’s a symbol of the disparity between your world and the one the rest of us occupy.
There’s no wifi on my… Read full post »
These days, Tony Bennett would be leaving more than his heart in San Francisco. He’d be saying goodbye to his apartment and friends as he got priced out of the city. Or evicted by some speculator looking to make a mint off his beautiful Victorian flat.
Scott McKenzie would… Read full post »
So Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has made herself a hero in the queer community by vetoing SB 1062, the so-called “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed homophobes to invoke religious beliefs to get around the state’s anti-discrimination laws and close their busine… Read full post »
They’re symbols of the new class system in San Francisco: the haves vs. the barely getting by, those who can afford the insane rents without blinking their eyes and those who live in dread of losing their rent-controlled apartments because they have nowhere else to go.
It’s beyond… Read full post »
Mark my words, in 10 years the Castro, that infamous LGBT neighborhood in San Francisco known the world over as the de facto capital of gaydom, will be predominantly straight.
The culprit: greed. Specifically the greed of speculators and investors who are buying up and flipping properties throu… Read full post »
new lyrics by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
silent night, holy
all is calm, all is bright
round young homeless mother and child
hungry infant so tender and mild
sleep on America’s streets
sleep on America’s streets
Silent night, holy
cops drag poor out of sight
fine them for asking for chang… Read full post »
The Advocate, a national gay magazine, has named Pope Francis its person of the year. At first I thought it was a joke. An Onion satire. It’s not. Unfortunately, it’s true.
Pope Francis is by no means a supporter of LGBT rights, though he has said some positive things lately… Read full post »
It’s re-running in my brain again, as it always does this time of year, only more vividly, having just watched a PBS special that brought it all back to life.
Establishing shot: that classroom in that certain Catholic grade school in a working-class neighborhood in South Philly. Six days… Read full post »
One of the many reasons I love being an atheist is that I don’t have to go to Sunday Mass or some other service and listen to all that dribble from the bible, so-called words of wisdom from an age in which incest was best for some patriarchs and stoning a… Read full post »
It wasn’t a surprise. I knew time was running out for my little Peaches, the eighteen-and-a-half year old cat I inherited from a former roommate when she was a mere kitten.
A little over three years ago, Peaches was diagnosed with chronic renal failure, something common in older cats. As… Read full post »
As we commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom today, let us not forget an important person, a gay man, who helped make that march happen.
Held five decades years ago on August 28, 1963, the march featured Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have… Read full post »
“I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”
With these words, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has confirmed what for some time has been speculated about her gender identity. Manning was recently sentenced by a military court to 35 years in jail for releasing more than 700,000 pa… Read full post »
José Sarria is dead.
A giant in LGBT history, he left us yesterday, August 19, at the amazing age of 90. If you don’t know who Sarria was, then read on and learn about the meaning of the word courage.
Sarria, who was born in San Francisco in… Read full post »
Dorothy had been trapped in Oz for a long time, running around with a heartless tin man, a cowardly lion and a brainless scarecrow in search of a wizard who’s nothing more than smoke and mirrors. But the moment she had waited for all these years finally arrives. She clickes her… Read full post »
She was passionate about her work helping the underdog. That’s an understatement. The truth is that she came alive when she was fighting the good fight against injustice.
Cris Gutierrez arrived several years ago at the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, where I work, as a volunteer inte… Read full post »
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