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• Jewelle Gomez  // Jewelle Gomez is the author of 7 books including the lesbian vampire classic novel, The Gilda Stories. Her new play about James Baldwin will be produced in September 2011. Follow her on Twitter: VampyreVamp. Or her website: www.jewellegomez.com

23 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Leslie Feinberg and LGBTQ Allyship

Leslie Feinberg and LGBTQ Allyship

I had lunch with Leslie in the early 1990s as she was preparing Stone Butch Blues for publication. Leslie was still formulating her ideas about personal pronouns, about writing, about movements and we discussed her book and the main character from a lesbian feminist perspective. (Please see her partner MinnieBruce Pratt’s discussion of Leslie’s pronoun […]

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Embrace Your Inner ‘Cranky Old Lesbian’

Embrace Your Inner ‘Cranky Old Lesbian’

Whatever you plan…it happens…if you’re lucky. I have my Medicare card and as much gray hair as any women in my family ever had. So going to the July gathering of OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) in Oakland was both unnerving and inspiring. OLOC, founded in 1989, is the only organization devoted to old […]

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30 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off

Lily Tomlin – Better Than Ever at 74

Lily Tomlin – Better Than Ever at 74

Several years ago I had the opportunity to interview performer, Lily Tomlin on stage as a benefit for The New Conservatory Theatre Centre. A fan since the 1960s, I was so excited I was afraid I’d float away before I could sit down on stage. As I prepared I thought about so many decades ago […]

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Need a Lift?

Need a Lift?

I eagerly watched a late night PBS show about television comediennes (no we don’t really need a feminization of the word comedian), happy to catch a glimpse the classic bits of humour that filled the airwaves as I was coming of age. Carol Burnett’s parody of Gone With The Wind in which she wears curtains […]

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20 Feb Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Michael Sam and the Meaning of Masculinity

Michael Sam and the Meaning of Masculinity

If an out gay man can be in a football locker room the question isn’t: should the guys hide their junk—the real question is what is masculinity? How much of that destructive, artificial construction will we continue to abide by? Men who work in jobs that depend heavily on the myths of masculinity are always […]

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18 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Pratibha Parmar’s Film ‘Beauty in Truth’

Pratibha Parmar’s Film ‘Beauty in Truth’

Pratibha Parmar’s new documentary about Alice Walker opens with visuals from the rural, poor South of her birth.  The tattered shacks, frayed and proud people are not what we (non-Southerners) associate with the 20th century.  The film and those images remind us that Walker is one of the most phenomenal literary figures in that 20th […]

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07 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Sandra Bullock Gets Fetal in ‘Gravity’

Sandra Bullock Gets Fetal in ‘Gravity’

Sometimes movie fans can be a big disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed the film “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for a lot of reasons: likeable stars, great visuals (especially a truly toned Bullock in her astronaut underwear), a tension-filled story and most importantly a moving emotional evolution for a female character. Most of the […]

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22 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off

Shedding Couture

Shedding Couture

Females go through life shedding our clothes, ecdysiasts or not.  We add and subtract clothes usually based on the vagaries of the male-dominated design industry, which set the standards for the images we absorb through television and films.  These ‘ideals’ are then indiscriminately reinforced by our family and friends.  And that is not to mention […]

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Care To Speculate?

Care To Speculate?

Apparently the clitoris was a scientific mystery until recently…or at least this post I found on FB says so: until-2009-the-human-clitoris-was-an-absolute-mystery. I guess it shouldn’t really be a surprise since much knowledge held by the western medical establishment can be parochial at best and misogynist in general. How we—women and men and those along that spectrum—are […]

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19 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

I recently went to hear a conversation between feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Letty Cotten Pogrebin and felt lucky that they were still around to reflect on from whence we’ve come. Both in their seventies, have survived cancer and were discussing how to care for loved ones who are ill without becoming a pain in […]

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