August 22, 2015
An article in the San Diego Union Tribune about John Brown, former Mission Springs Water District Director and Executive Director of Family Services of the Desert.
Q: How did you establish the first HIV/AIDS clinic in L.A.?
A: Back in 1984, when I was the Executive Director of The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center, we were running an STD clinic primarily for gay men. Dozens started showing up with what, at the time, was being referred to as GRID, Gay Related Immune Disease. We started treating them as best we could with no actual targeted funds. That year West Hollywood became a city, and one of the first things the new city council did was allocate funds to us for the care of these people, soon the city of Los Angeles stepped up with help.
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?
A: Before coming to San Diego, I was an elected member of the Mission Springs Water District (in Desert Hot Springs) for seven years. I have a real passion for water management as well as a depth of knowledge and hope I can find a way to use that for the benefit of San Diego.
Wouldn't surprise anyone in Desert Hot Springs.
August 21, 2015
Word Reaches Philadelphia
Philadelphia police are now aware that there are cameras everywhere. A police officer there offered to let a man driving an unregistered vehicle go without a citation if he bought a couple of tickets to a charity event.
The question of whether that driver (who did buy the tickets) got cited after he nade the video public remains unanswered.
Even the Police Commissioner calls it "stupid." No weasel words there.
The cop is supposed to have made some remark about the driver's pink windshield wipers, but it doesn't seem to be in the video. He does, however, suggest that if two men attended the event together they would seem to be "fruitcakes." Sweet, old fashioned homophobia.
Syphilis In The Coachella Valley
A surprisingly accurate and informative article in the Desert Sun about syphilis and the fact that Palm Springs has got just about the highest rate of infection in the country. In every city I have seen public health information booths set up at most large gay functions. In big cities I've seen the public health department actually taking lab samples at the event, to be processed later. I've never seen that in Palm Springs, and there has never been public health information campaign targeted at Palm Springs as far as I can recall. Riverside County has just let this ride for more than ten years.
August 5, 2015
July 21, 2015
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
In addition, an album with two (or is it three?) of the pieces performed at the earlier spring concert is now available for purchase. #twitterlieder: 15 Tweets in 3 Acts and For a Look or a Touch (plus Epilogue: The Narrow Bridge From Tyler's Suite):
- Physical: http://smarturl.it/passion_physical
- iTunes: http://smarturl.it/passion_itunes
- Amazon MP3: http://smarturl.it/passion_amazon
- Google Play: http://smarturl.it/passion_google
- Bandcamp: http://smarturl.it/passion_bandcamp
July 20, 2015
Harvey Milk Plaza
Video by Jeff Ford.
July 19, 2015
Stop The Presses!
(Some day we're going to have to explain to kids what "presses" were.)
Here it is! Incontrovertible proof of John Travolta's gayness:
- He had lunch with a guy-pal at Melvyn's!
- The two of them traveled in a Mercedes!
That's a smoking condom if I ever saw one. I'm lucky I don't have a Mercedes to drive around in myself, or people might think I'm gay. I had Easter dinner at Melvyn's with two guy-pals. Maybe I do three-ways.
July 17, 2015
The "Pink Party" takes place on Saturday afternoon and evening of Pride weekend. It replaces "Pink Saturday" which ran a little later in the day and was organized and paid for by the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence. They had been seeking a subsidy from the city, but never got it, so they pulled out. So, guess what, the city came in and funded this. I'm sure it makes sense in some San Francisco political way.
Some sort of trans flag was attached to the lower end of the pole that bears the rainbow flag in the Castro. People seemed excited that the police let them do it (why not?). And it's fair to note that whatever the design is, it's too complex for a flag. Never could quite see what it was.
When you come up out of the Muni they can't just let you flow out onto Castro or the crowds would back up all the way down to the trains, so they route people about a block up Market Street before releasing them into the wild.
July 16, 2015
Smiling Happy Faces
My photos from the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade (here's a link to the complete set of photos'):
Mr. Gay USA - meh.
SWANABAQ - Southwest Asian And North African Bay Area Queers.
Those with a good memory for my LAWNBR 2014 photos may be interested to know that this is Google Glass Guy! He's colored his hair, but he can't change that chin. Thanks to Jim O'Keefe for his sharp eyes.
So in the Apple contingent everyone wore these t-shirts, and none were stolen.
An original t-shirt? Somebody with good knowledge about Harvey Milk's campaign might be able to verify.
And this Apple contingent was curb to curb with nothing but t=shirts, rainbow flags and a banner. No fancy show.
Agnostic Community at Apple - I don't know if this means people at Apple who are not prepared to say whether there are gods or not, or is an Apple Agnostic someone who is not prepared to say that any particular operating system is better than any other - Windows, OSX, Linus, all good.
The contingent from Kaiser Permanente all wore Golden State Warriors t-shirts. Is there some connection between the two, or was the provider of Golden State Warriors t-shirts simply the lowest bidder?
July 12, 2015
Boston Gay Men's Chorus
First gay men's chorus to perform in the Middle East - Israel and Turkey. A montage of scenes from their tour.
BTW, the video below shows the Istanbul Pride parade on June 28, 2015. Add a few dogs, make it black & white and you've got Alabama in the 1960s. The nominal reason for the police interference is that the parade took place during Ramadan.