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They lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow…

When I tuned into NY1 for the 9/11 ceremonies to hear the reading of the names they’d only made it to F; when I went back later they’d reached the R’s. I’d missed hearing the name of the only person I knew who perished that day.  Rebecca Kaborie was a college classmate from Ohio, a...

Lena Horne 1917-2010

Over the past few months we’ve suffered the loss of pioneers the likes of who we’ll never see again: Benjamin Hooks, Dorothy Height, and now Lena Horne: she certainly deserves a place alongside those lauded blacks activists if onlyl because one could chart the progress of black civil rights in this country through the trajectory...

House of the rising sun

  The river rose all day The river rose all night Some people got lost in the flood Some people got away alright The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline Louisiana 1927, by Randy Newman Stepping foot in New Orleans for the first time...

Edward M. Kennedy 1922-2009

  Edward, right, with John and Bobby

Pre-Stonewall, A Struggle for Dignity

Woodstock isn’t the only anniversary being celebrated this year; the summer of 1969 was also marked by the Stonewall Riots, an event seen by many as the birth of gay liberation.   That uprising ignores years of work by a lot of brave forward-thinking folk whose activism, while discreet, embodied the age-old frustrations of men...

We are stardust, we are golden

Time flies, I thought, as my partner and I wandered the main drag on a recent, all-too-brief trip to Woodstock. The media heralds the 40th anniversary of the event that besieged Yasgur’s farm and a generation’s doobie-fueled conscience, but little of its genuine spirit (what I imagine that to be) lives in the new land...

Rodger McFarlane 1955-2009

Sad to hear of the suicide of McFarlane, one of the founders of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and more recently, of the Gill Foundation, an advocacy organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights. I keep reading articles bemoaning the lack of gay heroes; McFarlane...

Past Present

Sunday April 5 is your last chance to catch Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Minetta Lane Theatre. From its hypnotic opening promenade, as actors enact the evolution of beasts into humans, to its climatic high-flying ascent into a Dantéan hell, this artful interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’s painting (a recreation of a...

I want to recruit you!

The time is right for Milk.  Gus Van Sant’s cinematic consideration of the man who arguably did more than anyone to raise this country’s gay consciousness arrives at a crucial time.  What a cruel joke that in the space of a month, our democracy managed to bestow the highest office in the land on a...

Miriam Makeba 1932-2008

Oft called “The Empress of African Song,” the singer died after collapsing during a performance.  The first African woman to win a Grammy, she was renowned for her 60s recordings with Harry Belafonte, and her activism.  RIP.

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