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:
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February 28, 2014 11:09AM
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February 08, 2014 10:22AM
- Why Google buses are being
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January 23, 2014 09:56AM
- The Castro is going straight
January 14, 2014 11:36AM
- Silent Night, Homeless Night
December 24, 2013 08:37AM
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Clinton to task in a book I
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February 08, 2014 09:04PM
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workers were living closer to
they'd be living in
January 26, 2014 08:13AM
- “You keep missing my
point -- all this wealth
coming into the
January 24, 2014 12:47PM
- “But the taxes paid by
the tech workers ARE NOT
January 24, 2014 10:22AM
- “But mtodd, these
companies are getting tax
breaks so they
January 24, 2014 09:41AM
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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 »
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 »
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