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- 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
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- “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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The top story on Google News and no doubt throughout the world this morning: there may soon be another little royal person running around England, this one the first child of Prince William and Duchess Kate, the couple officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
After months o… Read full post »
I approached the table in drag. Radical drag, that is. I wasn’t trying to pass as a woman. I was being a gender outlaw. Like a lot of gay liberationists, I didn’t believe in the binary gender system.
I was wearing a halter top, tight, hot pink pants and platform… Read full post »
A hundred years ago, you might have seen NINA (No Italian Need Apply) signs in store windows. In Houston these days, it might well read, "No Atheist Need Apply." At least if U.S. immigration officials in that Texas city have their way.
They apparently believe you can only be a… Read full post »
Spying has come a very long way since I was a kid.
Back then, we had Bella who lived a few doors down from us. All of five-foot tall with a mouth the size of the Grand Canyon, she knew everything about everybody in our South Philly Italian neighborhood. Not… Read full post »
“Harvey Milk's people do not have anything to apologize for. Now the society is going to have to deal with us not as nice little fairies who have hairdressing salons, but as people capable of violence. We're not going to put up with Dan Whites anymore.”
With those words (quoted… Read full post »
You who came screaming into the room to find my limp five-year-old body that had fallen while I was swinging from the marble mantle, pounding on my chest with your fists to force air back into my lungs, then bolting out of the house and into the middle of the street… Read full post »
It’s really difficult to believe that SF Pride could make a tense situation even worse, but they managed it with flying colors last night, and not the colors of the rainbow flag.
For those who may be out of the loop, a quick recap: For two weeks now, the board… Read full post »
Queer apple pie and motherhood are safe once more: Bradley Manning is no longer a grand marshall of the San Francisco Pride Parade that gets underway on the last Sunday of June.
Manning, the person accused of giving classified military documents to WikiLeaks, a site that publishes… Read full post »
In no special order, here are ten reasons I will not be celebrating Earth Day because it is a complete waste of time:
The amount of money corporations spend to convince us they are “green” when the only “green” they understand is the green of hard cold cash, their bottom line.… Read full post »
It was hard holding back tears when Tim Redmond from the SF Bay Guardian told me Ron Lanza had died. He wanted to get a quote, but it was difficult to talk, something rare for me, as any reporter who has ever interviewed me will tell you. Finally, after fumbling through some rambling/… Read full post »
If I had my way, the trailer for Chris Jordan’s documentary Midway would be pumped into every computer in this nation so that people have no choice but to see it. They would have no way to stop or even to pause it.
It would be shown in every… Read full post »
There’s nothing original about the Jesus story. By the time the Christians came along (and they were latecomers, by Mediterranean standards, to the business of pushing a new religion), the virgin birth and the death and resurrection routine had, as they say, been done before. Ad nauseam,… Read full post »
Being a writer is dangerous. That’s the impression I got from Papa. He didn’t like the idea that I wanted to be a writer. He thought that all literature was somehow subversive. Not to mention pointless.
Everything I needed to know in life, he informed me, was contained in tra… Read full post »
Ever since my friend Howard Wallace, a longtime gay activist and union organizer, died the other day, I’ve found myself sifting through old photos in boxes that I keep in my closet. Death does that to me sometimes. It makes me want to glimpse back nostalgically at what once was and… Read full post »
The Republicans not only lost an election, but in the process they also discovered evolution. In his post-election analysis, right-wing radio host Sean Hannity said, in reflecting on the fact that 70% of Latinos voted for Obama, “We’ve got to get rid of the immigration issue altogether.&r… Read full post »
Last night I went back in time. It wasn’t a miracle or some mysterious anomaly like the one that explained many a strange occurrence on the old Star Trek series. No time machine was used. Nor was there a mad scientist working for years in secret in his laboratory out in… Read full post »
In Philadelphia, my hometown, Halloween once belonged to drag queens. It was the one day of the year they could parade through the streets in their finest wear without any fear of harassment or arrest from Philly’s Finest.
Many cities, including Philly, had laws against “impe… Read full post »
What do Columbus and the Blue Angels have in common? They’re both part of a legacy of this country of which I am not proud.
… Read full post »
Even though I’m Italian and should be proud of Christopher Columbus, I’m not. I’m certainly proud of being southern Italian (both side/
Let’s face it, democracy in America is like Santa Claus: a fantasy. Merely something nice to believe in. After all, who wouldn’t want some jolly old grandfather type sliding down their chimney with lots of presents, or a country where a crusader for truth and justice can get elected to of… Read full post »
Yesterday I was nominated by the rules committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for a position on the LGBT Senior Task Force that they’re forming. Its purpose is to come up with recommendations for how to deal with a whole host of problems that queer seniors face in this… Read full post »
I’ll give it to Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, he knew how to go out with a big bang (as in the one that his fellow church leaders don’t believe created the universe). Just hours after he died last Friday at age 85, one of Italy’s biggest daily newspapers, Corriere della Sera,/… Read full post »
So here’s something interesting, but not completely surprising: a relatively new (founded in 2009) group of “gay and straight” Republicans and Libertarians calling themselves GOProud held a glitzy “Homocon” on August 28 during the Republican National Convention. It drew… Read full post »
We always suspected that we were being watched. It wasn’t paranoia. It was a no-brainer. J. Edgar Hoover, the supreme enemy of freedom of speech and assembly, was head of the FBI, and we were no doubt on his list of activists to be spied upon.
Our crime: we… Read full post »
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