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National Homeless Month



The National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, Human Rights Campaign and others gather to discuss advocacy and funding for disproportionate representation of LGBT homeless youth.

WHAT:  Studies estimate that approximately 1 in 5 of all homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ). This disproportionately large representation of LGBTQ youth, who represent only ten percent of the general youth population, has been widely ignored. Because of this, federal policy and funding to alleviate the problem are extremely limited. Join the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, the Human Rights Campaign and more for the first national gathering of LGBTQ homeless youth service providers, policy advocates, legal advocates, and funders during an in-depth discussion to determine the key resources needed to decrease homelessness among this overlooked group. Be there as we set the national agenda to articulate the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth for years to come.

WHEN: Friday, October 19 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

WHERE: All Souls Church 1500 Harvard St. NW Washington, D.C (corner of 16th and Harvard Streets. Columbia Heights Metro station.)


Richard Hookswayman, Senior Policy Analyst, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Terry DeCrescenzo, Executive Director, Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Services (GLASS)

Rocki Simoes, Youth Advocate, Avenues for Homeless Youth

Grace McClelland, Executive Director, Ruth Ellis Center

Carrie Jacobs, Executive Director, The Attic Youth Center

The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and the Human Rights Campaign will be in attendance

RSVP: Please RSVP to Lauren Wright, Media Associate, 202 942-8246,

For more information on The National Alliance to End Homelessness, visit:

Larry Craig…what really happened…

Anyone watch the Larry Craig interview with Matt Lauer last night?  They had this reenactment of the airport bathroom scene, see…

By the way…for the record, Matt…it’s not "the Gay community" that is hanging out in bathroom stalls for furtive sex. It’s men who are closeted, conflicted, and confused about their sexuality and hypocritical politicians who beat us down with one hand and jerk us off with the other. Your constant referral to "the Gay community" as a monolithic entity was as accurate as, say, someone talking about how "women drivers" behave. If you found that as annoying as I did…let NBC know:

Oh…and stop apologizing for asking "hard questions.’ That’s what they’re paying you millions of dollars of years to do! If you aren’t willing to do it unapolgetically (what? you’re afraid Craig won’t like you?) then step aside and let someone who isn’t afraid do it and cash the check.

General Strike

Harpers_october It seems that the October Harper’s magazine has an article by Garret Keizer in which he calls for a one day, national, general strike. Walk out of work. Don’t buy anything. Call for a stop to the madness of this  administration’s lies, dissembling and crimes.

It’s about time.

Here are the beginning and closing paragraphs from the piece:

Of all the various depredations of the Bush regime, none has been so thorough as its plundering of hope. Iraq will recover sooner. What was supposed to have been the crux of our foreign policy — a shock-and-awe tutorial on the utter futility of any opposition to the whims of American power — has achieved its greatest and perhaps its only lasting success in the American soul. You will want to cite the exceptions, the lunch-hour protests against the war, the dinner-party ejaculations of dissent, though you might also want to ask what substantive difference they bear to grousing about the weather or even to raging against the dying of the light — that is, to any ritualized complaint against forces universally acknowledged as unalterable. Bush is no longer the name of a president so much as the abbreviation of a proverb, something between Murphy’s Law and tomorrow’s fatal inducement to drink and be merry today.

If someone were to suggest, for example, that we begin a general strike on Election Day, November 6, 2007, for the sole purpose of removing this regime from power, how readily and with what well-practiced assurance would you find yourself producing the words “It won’t do any good”? Plausible and even courageous in the mouth of a patient who knows he’s going to die, the sentiment fits equally well in the heart of a citizenry that believes it is already dead.

… I wrote this appeal during the days leading up to the Fourth of July. I wrote it because for the past six and a half years I have heard the people I love best — family members, friends, former students and parishioners — saying, “I’m sick over what’s happening to our country, but I just don’t know what to do.” Might I be pardoned if, fearing civil disorder less than I fear civil despair, I said, “Well, we could do this.” It has been done before and we could do this. And I do believe we could. If anyone has a better idea, I’m keen to hear it. Only don’t tell me what some presidential hopeful ought to do someday. Tell me what the people who have nearly lost their hope can do right now.

STRIKE! …11/06/07!
STRIKE! …11/06/07!

White Crane in Philadelphia

Pa041258 A great crowd of Philadelphians gathered last night at the William Way Center for the unveiling of Mark Thompson’s exhibition of portraits "Fellow Travelers."  The remarkable photographs of Gay cultural pioneers were part of the Gay center’s first Gay History month celebrations.

Adding to the excitement of the evening was the presence of Gay pioneers like Daughters of Bilitis member (and partner to Barbara Gittings) Kay Tobin Lahusen.  Also present to show his collection of early Philadelphia Gay publishing material was Mark Segal of the Philadelphia Gay NewsAlso present was famed Gay songwriter and cabaret performer Tom Wilson Weinberg.

Many thanks to Dolph Ward Goldenburg, Executive Director of the William Way Center for his efforts in making the exhibition and the evening possible.

The exhibit will be there through the end of October so if you get a chance to visit, do!

Here are a few photographs from the wonderful evening.



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Beebo Brinker Chronicles — Live On Stage!

Beebo_brinker I don’t think there are books in the Gay men’s community that compare to Ann Bannon’s 50s and 60s Lesbian bodice rippers…Odd Girl Out…I Am A WomanWomen in the Shadows…and Journey to A Woman…but while the stories are women’s stories, there is a universal truth in them, about the coming out process in another time, when shame and shadows and anguish — what the Radical Religious Right would call "The Good Old Days — were the words that ruled Gay and Lesbian lives.

Bannon’s Odd Girl Out was the second biggest selling paperback of 1957…something she didn’t learn until 30 years later! The books were popular when they were first released, and have proved a remarkable longevity especially for pulp fiction, being reprinted in three different issues, and several languages. That iconic longevity, the characters and the books themselves earned her the title of "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction." When depictions of Lesbians in written literature were quite rare, and what there was was dismal and unhappy, her books set her apart from other authors who wrote about Lesbianism. She has been described as "the premier fictional representation of US lesbian life in the fifties and sixties," and that her books, "rest on the bookshelf of nearly every even faintly literate Lesbian."

Last night we went to see the Hourglass Group’s production of Kate Moira Ryan and Linda Chapman’s  The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, an adaptation of three of Bannon’s books. Ms. Bannon was in attendance, looking stunning, and receiving the adulation of her fans. All of us. It was marvelous. Can’t recommend this play highly enough. If your first thought is "I’m not a Lesbian, what would this have to say to me?" you couldn’t be more mistaken. The writers could have easily played this for camp, but they didn’t. It is poignant, witty, thoroughly entertaining, smart, funny theater. There’s a fine cook’s hand at play, with just a soupçon of camp…enough to make you laugh out loud, partly from the humor, partly from the buzz of recognition. The writers (and Bannon) are word perfect in capturing the early Lesbian and Gay "zeitgeist," all the lies we all bought into before we knew we were more than the only queer on the planet.

If Logo was programming like this, instead of the dreck like "Rick and Steve" I’d probably be watching Logo a helluva lot more. This material could…should…easily be translated into one hot television series…Desperate Lesbians!

If you are, as they say, "of a certain age," Lesbian or Gay, you will see yourself up on the stage ( there is a bravura performance by Obie winner, David Greenspan, the likes of which we haven’t see since Take Me Out…as well as the marvelous performance…and buff body…of Bill Dawes, the cuckolded husband Laura leaves.)

If you’re lucky enough to have been born "post Stonewall" you need to know these stories. This is your heritage. This is where Stonewall came from.

There is something incredibly important about the "particularity of voice"…which is why we continue to insist that White Crane remains for and by Gay men. Welcoming, as they say, but we only purport to speak for ourselves as Gay men. Last night was an opportunity to hear the Lesbian voice…and it was proud and clear and true. For all of us. Brava to everyone who had anything to do with this play. By the way….Beebo playwright, Linda Chapman and her partner, Obie-award winning actor, Lola Pashalinski, have a featured article inthe fall White Crane, Lovers.

A limited run…through October 20. Tickets available here.

Gay Men’s Health Leadership Academy – East Coast – 2007

Bw_institute_egg The third Gay Men’s Leadership Academy, a program of White Crane Institute, was completed this weekend, the second one we’ve done at Easton Mountain.

The men who attended created a wonderful blog and some videos put together by our fabulous photographer friend, Peter Lien. Here’s one below…and there are more at the Gay Men’s Leadership Academy blog. Check it out…there are individual blog entries and lots of videos. The Academys, now in their second year, are held in California and New York to enable attendance by a greater number of people from all over the country.

The west coast Academy will be in March at the Wildwood Retreat Center. More information here.