by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca
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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Hypocrisy at its worst: the Obama administration is calling on Russia to allow peaceful protests and not permit the police to deny the rights of those who want to take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the way things went down with the recent election in the former “evilRead full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2011 1:38PM

tis the season to be irreverent

It’s that time of year again when atheists and christians fight for attention with dueling billboards at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Last year, the atheist billboard showed a picture of the three wise men heading to see the little kid in the manger. It featured a veryRead full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2011 10:06AM

and now the news of the gay

At a book signing in South Carolina, Michele Bachmann, a U.S. Representative and a contender for the GOP presidential nomination next year, was approached by an eight-year-old boy who whispered to her, “My Mom is gay and she doesn’t need fixing.” 


Michele certainly didn&Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2011 11:07AM

my mother's son

December is a difficult month for me. Not only because of that holiday I hate and try harder every year to ignore (how does one ignore an elephant that big?), but because December 20 is my mother’s birthday.


Which shouldn’t be a sad thing, but she’s been dead for 21Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 10:37AM

saving the planet is a joke


Another reason that I think saving Mother Earth is completely and utterly hopeless: I needed replacement blades for the razor someone gave me about four years ago to thank me for some computer work I did for him. I’ve never changed the blades because, frankly, they always worked fine. BuRead full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2011 8:56AM

something for World AIDS Day

The following monologue was part of a show I did about AIDS in 1986. The show, "Miss Alice and other heroes," won an award and much critical acclaim. Since this Thursday, December 1 is World AIDS Day, I thought I'd offer it as a reminder of how it was 25 yearsRead full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2011 12:15PM

no longer the times of Harvey Milk

It was the kind of Philadelphia afternoon that I loathed. Cold and gray, with a feeling in the air that any minute, it was going to snow. And snow hard. I was pacing in the room in the apartment where I did my writing. Nothing was coming to me. The pageRead full post »

There’s no forgetting this day, November 22, forty eight years ago. I was sitting in a Catholic school classroom in South Philly when a nun stuck her head in the door and beckoned Sister. She whispered something in her ear. Sister began to cry. Then she turned to the class andRead full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 11:24AM

Occupy Thanksgiving

It’s time to occupy Thanksgiving. Not only in terms of saying “Enough already!” to the tremendous amount of money Americans spend on the holiday, but also to the massive quantity of food that ends up in the trash bin while millions of people in this country and around the world goRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 11:05AM

What's the point of voting?

I grew up in South Philadelphia where election fraud was pretty routine. According to a report in the City Paper in 1995, the dead and out-of-towners cast votes all the time. I remember hearing that long before the press discovered it. My father was a Republican committeeman and told all sorts/Read full post »

Anyone who is surprised that this week police in Berkeley confronted peaceful student demonstrators with violence needs to go back to American History 101. Those students were protesting the outrageous cost of education in this country. They were setting up an Occupy Berkeley encampment against the wRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2011 1:18PM

no "golden years" for queer seniors

The last thing in the world many LGBT people want to be is a queer senior. And with good reason: entering the “golden years” in the queer community can be like entering a living hell. 


It means being dismissed by younger people as sexually and socially undesirable or being patRead full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2011 10:07AM

Dealing with los Muertos

So many ghosts haunt me this Dia de los Muertos. So many people have passed on, as they say, though where they went, I don’t know. They’re still in my head, kicking around sometimes like hyper-active kids. I catch glimpses of their faces, but it's just a trick of the eyeRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2011 11:07AM

Remember Bank Transfer Day

“Remember the fifth of November” (from the John Lennon song "Remember") takes on a new meaning this year. In Britain, it’s Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the attempted blowing up in 1605 of the Protestant-dominated House of Lords by a group of Catholic conspirators. In America,Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2011 10:04AM

I want to be excommunicated

That’s right, I want to be excommunicated. I want to be tossed out of the Catholic church. I want my name removed from all of its documents and records as if I had never been baptized. Never been a “soldier of Christ,” as they called us during those awful decades ofRead full post »

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OCTOBER 24, 2011 9:30AM

Occupy the churches

I find it very interesting that some liberal religious leaders have joined the ranks of Occupy Boston’s encampment, not to proselytize, they say, but to be a part of a movement that they see as naturally akin to their faiths. They’ve even set up a tent that is for religious servicesRead full post »

You may not know this, but today, Thursday, October 20, is “Spirit Day.” It’s a day to wear something purple to show your support for queer youth. According to the It Gets Better Project website, “Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to thRead full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2011 10:32AM

No plaques for SF mayor

Four months ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to place a plaque in U.N. Plaza to commemorate the 10-year ARC/AIDS vigil and encampment that started in 1985 in reaction to the federal government’s failure to adequately address an epidemic that wiped out a whole geRead full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 9:57AM

I am indignant and I fight back

The next step is obvious. It’s time to put our slogans and our rhetoric into action. Millions of us marched last Saturday in almost 90 countries throughout the world. Everywhere, the cry was the same: we are the 99%, we demand that the rich, the banks and the corporations pay toRead full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2011 11:09AM

The day I met Frank Kameny


“…the government’s policies…are a stench in the nostrils of decent people, an offense against morality, an abandonment of reason, an affront to human dignity, an improper restraint upon proper freedom and liberty, a disgrace to any civilized society, and a violation oRead full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2011 9:36AM

The demon called writing

It all started with trips into Mama’s bedroom when she was busy cooking downstairs in the kitchen. I was about 10 years old. There was a fever inside me that no doctor could ever cure. It compelled me to put words on paper, to let things pour out of me.

 … Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2011 1:58PM

Stop picking on the Blue Angels

A lot of bad things have been written about the Blue Angels, those amazingly fast Navy planes that fly with the greatest of ease, and at the speed of sound, through San Francisco’s friendly skies as part of the city’s Fleet Week celebration. Some have even suggested calling them the &ldquRead full post »

Yesterday, as I walked past Mission Dolores here in San Francisco, I spotted a homeless person, huddled up in blankets like a butterfly in a cocoon, sleeping against the front doors of the church. I couldn’t see any hint of an actual human body (no head or limbs sticking out), butRead full post »

It might be surprising to learn that I am an Italian/American against Columbus Day. I’m not a self-hating Italian. Quite the opposite. I couldn’t be prouder of my heritage. My family comes from Basilicata and Molise in il mezzogiorno (Southern Italy). They came here, as immigrants still dRead full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2011 11:47AM

George Harrison gets his due

John Lennon was always my favorite Beatle. Paul was too cutesy and Ringo didn’t seem to stand for anything. George was so overshadowed by the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney that it was difficult to know what he was capable of. He never got to record many of his ownRead full post »