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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:
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December 17, 2014 10:52AM
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agree that the speculators
investors are a big part
March 20, 2014 08:41AM
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wrote in 93
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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 »
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 »
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