A couple of years ago some women put together a program celebrating Audre Lorde and Pat Parker and I had the pleasure of doing some remembering out loud in front of about 1000 people. They were almost all women, those who knew the two writers mostly through their work. But Audre had been my friend…we […]
“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” James Baldwin I read that quote when I was much younger and it really framed how I think of political activity. Coming of age during the Viet Nam war, I […]
Barbara Grier (left, shown with partner Donna McBride) passed away November 10 at the age of 79…young from my perspective, but obviously an elder in the world of lesbians and of publishing. Her history will be written in essays and PhD theses still to come, but a glimpse reveals: she was one of the editors […]
Thank you to Pirl Harbour for the comment on my blog about Amy Jade Winehouse (I like to use her full name to separate the artist and person from the object that we and the media made of her). In the piece I said I was comparing her to Sarah Vaughn. My MISTAKE. I really […]
Which, of course, includes thorns. But what good icon doesn’t have thorns? The exhibition at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” is a stunning evocation of the lesbian writer, art collector (a companion exhibition of her family’s collection is at SFMOMA), and cultural visionary. She’s one of the first literary lesbians […]
My grandmother was a Hollywood star. At least in my mind. She was as glamorous as Dorothy Dandridge or Lauren Bacall. She’d danced and sang in chorus lines in the 1930s and 40s, the lone Indian among the somewhat lighter-skinned ‘Negro’ chorines. She’d faced down low-level mobsters in Boston’s South End and left an abusive […]
Hang on, it’s going to be a wild ride!