Friday, June 13, 2003

A gentleman came in to talk to me today about renting space for an ongoing AA support group. I showed him rooms we had available, and provided him with answers to all his questions. He chose which room he thought most appropriate, and I brought him to my desk so that I could create the booking for him. While I was entering information into our database, he said "you don't look like a Jennifer". I said, "you don't think so?" He said "no, when I think of Jennifer's, I think of Jennifer Lopez, and long hair." I wanted to ask him if he was drunk, but thought it inapropriate...because honestly, so do I....
and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Aries:Weekend Update: This Full Moon weekend packs a punch, especially if important meetings, talks, or decisions are scheduled. Your ability to bring others together and enthrall them with exciting plans for change and expansion helps you to powerfully influence others' thoughts Friday afternoon and evening. You're forgiving and encouraging during the day, making you extremely likable. Friday evening emphasizes your visionary avatar side, giving you an almost hypnotic allure. Circle Friday evening as a perfect seduction opportunity. Your sweet talk can melt icebergs. Saturday's Full Moon puts you in the position to weigh expediency against quality. You compare short and long term benefits. The afternoon and evening may influence you to change your mind repeatedly. By the end of the evening, you may choose random chance over strategy or reason. Father's Day requires objectivity. You feel comfortable discussing personal things with a friend or advisor, but must stop short of immediately taking their advice or opinions to heart. Give yourself additional time to think before signing documents or making commitments.

*I like the part about "giving you an almost hypnotic allure" want to give me your want to give me your money....

now, bark like a dog!

Each Friday the 13th is dear to me, as that's the day I was born...


Thursday, June 12, 2003

Performances Reflecting Intersex, Transgender, Transsexual, and Genderqueer Experiences.
Friday & Saturday, June 13th & 14th 8pm
The SF LGBT Community Center/Ceremonial Room
Featuring Leslie Feinberg on Friday night, Kate Bornstein on Saturday night! Thea Hillman presents Intercourse - two nights of performances about sex and gender from those whose very existence questions and challenges societal norms. With spoken word, hip hop, song, burlesque, and an occasional violin, Intercourse will raise awareness about our worlds and our issues, as well as build bridges within the queer community. Following the sold-out Intercourse 2001, the evenings promise to once again be landmark events that truly celebrate our communities. Both nights will be wheelchair accessible and Saturday’s performance will be ASL interpreted.
Featured Artists Biographies

Leslie Feinberg's novel, Stone Butch Blues, published on March 1,1993 by Firebrand Books, has received a wildly popular response in the United States and has been translated into Chinese, German and Dutch. The novel won the prestigious American Library Association Award for Gay and Lesbian Literature and a LAMBDA Literary Award in 1994. Feinberg's non-fiction work, Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul, is the first analysis of the historical roots of transgender oppression. Transgender Warriors won the 1996 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Non-Fiction. Feinberg is also the author of Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, published by Beacon in 1998, and was listed in the Village Voice 25 Best Books supplement. Feinberg is well-known in the U.S. and many other parts of the world as an activist who works to help forge a strong bond between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. Feinberg has worked for more than 25 years in defense of the sovereignty, self-determination and treaty rights of Native nations and for freedom of political prisoners in the U.S. Ze is an internationalist and has been part of the anti-Pentagon movement since the U.S. war against Vietnam. Since October 1993, she has appeared on the Joan Rivers show and scores of other television and radio programs. Feinberg has been interviewed and reviewed by virtually every lesbian/gay, transgender and feminist publication in the United States as well as publications in Argentina, Japan, Germany, Australia and England.

Kate Bornstein is an author and performance artist whose published works include the books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us; My Gender Workbook; and the cyber-romance-action novel, Nearly Roadkill with co-author Caitlin Sullivan. Hir plays and performance pieces include Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, Cut'n'Paste, and y2kate: gender virus 2000. Kate's newest play, Strangers in Paradox, opened in San Francisco at Theatre Rhinoceros in March of 2003. Too Tall Blondes in: LOVE, written and performed with Barbara Carrellas, premiered in Boston in 2001. Kate is hard at work on a fictionalized autobiography: Hard Candy: The Tragic Lives and Comical Deaths of Candy Bromowitz. Additionally, Kate is gathering material for a new children's book, Hello Cruel World, providing viable alternatives to teen suicide.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Did I ever mention how much I love those Canadians? Well, I do...and it's NOT just because of Micheal J. Fox...KD Lang, or Brian Adams.

I visited Vancouver as well as colorful Victoria, and I tell you, I would move to either in a minute. I admit it did take me a while to figure out the money conversion...strange to pay for something and get more money back in change...and trying to figure out what coin to put in the pool table was a challenge also...what the hell is a looney??!!!

However, now I'm thinking Onterio might be nice....

Go Canada!!

Career Meter:

You'll have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate versatility and flexibility this week. Chances are pretty good that you'll be expected to wear several hats and anticipate others' needs with lightning speed. You may also be expected to be a mind reader, which isn't anything new. You're the spark that starts the flame this week. Colleagues may seem unfocused or moody. Your job is to remind them what matters - and what's possible.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

A message from P-FLAG:.

Stand Up and Be Counted

As we prepare for the celebration of Pride Month I would like to take a moment to reflect on its importance and significance When we look back over the history of the GLBT movement, we can see how far we have come. The original marches of rage and defiance have - in so many places across the country -- become annual celebrations of positive energy and happiness. The first gay and lesbian marchers and their friends and families walked through the streets in fear for their safety. Now, we walk with joy and pride with our loved ones, honoring them exactly as they are. Over time, the seeds of "gay pride" have blossomed as our ranks have grown to embrace our bisexual and transgendered brothers and sisters. As we look around us today, we have the awesome realization of just how large our ranks have grown and how great are all our families throughout our nation.

Let us remember that we also march for all those countless individuals whose parents, families and friends will not or cannot honor and cherish them. This is not just a party. We are in a deadly serious fight for the rights of our loved ones and all GLBT individuals to be themselves and to enjoy full and equal citizenship in the face of one of the most conservative regimes to have controlled this country in fifty years. We cannot afford to kick back and rest on our laurels. We must show our strength and commitment We must display with honor and public dedication our PRIDE.

Now is the time, once more, to stand up and be counted as parents, family members and friends who love and support the wonderful gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons who enrich our lives. Let's make Pride Month a time to reaffirm our commitment to the fight for inclusion and equal rights for all. Pride Month is a reminder that we're all in this together.

Celebrate our Pride. Stand up and be counted!

Monday, June 09, 2003

Last week I was washing my hands, turned around to leave the bathroom at work when in came two older ladies. The first one took a look at me, stopped said "oh" and started to turn her head back towards the door (in an effort I imagine to insure she was in deed in the correct bathroom). When she stopped, the women behind her gave her a little (it's alright) nudge. I said "hi there" and left the bathroom.
All my life I have not fit "society's" idea of what a woman is supposed to look like. I have always felt a bit fearful as far as safety goes, and growing up in Virginia I had much reason to. Hell, even in San Francisco, I am a target. I don't even have to open my mouth; some people want to hurt me because They cannot figure me out in order to place me in either of their gender boxes. They get uncomfortable, mad, make comments about me and repress me because of their limitations.

I have not even mentioned my sexuality at this point.

We're here, were Queer- Get used to it!

Virginia IS for Lover's after all!!