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Our booth at the Pride Festival. L-R: [livejournal.com profile] imlad, [livejournal.com profile] vanguardcdk, [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom (seated), and V. who I don’t think has a LiveJournal. There are more photos here. It was a fabulous success!

Bent

2012-09-15 12:25
beowabbit: (Me: shadow against sand under ripples)
No time to do it justice, but [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom and I saw Theatre@First’s production of Bent last night, and it was incredibly powerful and moving and truly spectacular. It’s about gay men in Nazi Berlin and Dachau, and it’s just as intense as you might imagine. The acting was stunning. You may not be able to sit through the whole thing, but you should try.

The New England Theater Geek has a review. If you’re not sure whether you can handle it, Wikipedia has a summary of the plot (with spoilers, of course).
beowabbit: (Pol: Mass. State House and pride flag)
Yay for marriage equality in New York State!
beowabbit: (Pol: Mass. State House and pride flag)
A good summary of the decision striking down Proposition 8 in California, and why the details of a decision that is certain to be appealed still matter an awful lot.
beowabbit: (Pol: Mass. State House and pride flag)
I’m late posting this, but half my Friends-list has reminded me that today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. [livejournal.com profile] sophiaserpentia posted a list of trans people killed for being trans in in the last year.
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Among other wonderful things I did this weekend, I marched with [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom in the Obama-supporters contingent in the Pride parade. I took lots of pictures. And a generous person marching with us took a couple of me and [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom:


I’m eventually going to upload a whole bunch of them to Flickr, but for now, here’s a representative sample.

After the Pride march, we hung out with the delightful [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate at the festival and wandered around and collected swag and ate festival food. We also sat at the Poly Boston table for a while.

Other wonderful things I did this weekend were go to the annual Beginning of Summer party where we didn’t stay very long (we were tired from Pride) but I got to see lots of wonderful people and I took some pictures of firespinners which you all should pester me to post, have yummy breakfast at the Burren with [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom, and help [livejournal.com profile] darxus and [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine pack for the move to [livejournal.com profile] darxus’ new place.

I would be much more eloquent about all this if I weren’t so tired. But it was all wonderful.

Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sunspiral and [livejournal.com profile] roozle (and a bunch of volunteers) for a wonderful party, to David W. and the other people who organized the Obama contingent to march (they were very well organized!), to [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom for a wonderful weekend and especially for letting me know there was an Obama contingent to march with, and to [livejournal.com profile] alan7388 for doing a fabulous job putting together the Poly Boston table at the festival. And to [livejournal.com profile] darxus for pizza, and to [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine for deciding it should be pineapple-and-bacon. And to [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate just for being [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate.
beowabbit: (Pol: Mass. State House and pride flag)
So [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom and I will be marching in the annual GLBTQFFAORTFMOMGBBQ Pride Parade tomorrow! There’s no Poly Boston group marching this year (although there will be a Poly Boston table at the festival afterwards, thanks to the unparalleled — unparalleled by me, at any rate! — gumption and efforts of [livejournal.com profile] alan7388. So I will be marching with the Obama supporters, which I’m thrilled to be doing anyway. Then we’ll be hanging out at the Poly Boston table at the festival before going to [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom’s place to catch our breath and change for a pool party. Whee!

Happy Pride, everybody!

PS — Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter recently came out as lesbian. He’s always been a strong, strong supporter of same-sex marriage, and I’m sure that made it easier for her. The two of them will be marching together in the parade. He’s also strong supporter of Barack Obama (who sadly doesn’t support same-sex marriage, although he supports civil unions and supports states being left alone to decide the issue for themselves). A few years ago (after the fateful DNC speech, but before he was seriously working towards a presidential candidacy) I saw Obama in person when he introduced Patrick while Patrick was running for governor. I was very proud to contribute to Patrick’s campaign and to vote for him, and I was thrilled when he won, and I’m very proud to contribute to Obama’s campaign and to vote for him, and I sure hope to be thrilled when he wins.
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My last few days have been wonderful. First I should mention something I forgot to post about last time: I got in a nice long phone call with [livejournal.com profile] sionnagh on her birthday (July 8, or Double Independence Day as she calls it). Aside from Hamlet, the best dog in the world (see userpic), having a problem with a cut on his paw that won’t heal, it sounds like she’s doing really well. The fact that she had a birthday party the previous night, on the 7th, and it was still very much in evidence in the background of the phone call, speaks well. :-)

I already posted about last Tuesday at Walden Pond with [livejournal.com profile] pheromone, which was delightful.

I had been planning on making a brief day-trip up to BiCamp on Sunday morning, so that I wouldn’t completely miss BiCamp this year, but [livejournal.com profile] pheromone offered me the use of her tent Friday night, so instead I went up Friday night and came back Saturday afternoon. I am so glad I did that, and so grateful to [livejournal.com profile] pheromone for her hospitality. I got to see all sorts of wonderful people from out of town, such as [livejournal.com profile] onemintjulep (and I got to meet his sister, [livejournal.com profile] the_elle_word), K. and her sweetie A., and a couple people from New Hampshire who don’t use LiveJournal. Also got some hugs in with [livejournal.com profile] lilbjorn and [livejournal.com profile] docorion, of course.

Swimming on Saturday at the swimming hole was excellent and delightful. (Crossing the rocky, slippery riverbed twice with no shoes I could get wet was somewhat less delightful. I’m very glad that my cellphone was in one of the two pockets (of six) that didn’t get utterly, utterly soaked when I fell. But swimming was totally worth it.)

And oh, my, the stars! If I believed in a Creator I would thank it profusely for the gift of small bladders forcing me to go outside in the middle of the night. Wow.

Then I came back on Saturday to a truly spectacular evening with my gorgeous girlfriend [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom. You will forgive me if I don’t go into too much detail. Oh, and there was also good conversation!

Then we had a yummy and relaxing breakfast at The Broken Yolk (a little diner very near [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom’s house, and the only place in the Boston area that I’ve found that has biscuits and gravy) before she went to Theatre@First for a work day or a rehearsal (I forget which). She’s a delight and I love her. (By the way, if I can let you in on a little secret, we’re dating.)

For the rest of the day, I got a little stuff done around the house — not nearly as much as I had planned, but given that I now have clean clothes to wear, I can’t complain too much.

Then yesterday (Monday) morning, I popped some corned beef and veggies in the crockpot, and last night [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine came over for that and a beer. Had a great time with her, and I felt good about cooking, because I haven’t been doing nearly as much of that as I want to lately; it had been quite a while since I had the crockpot out. And it came out very good! I mentioned that I felt silly wasting all the broth but didn’t know what to do with it, and she had the awesome idea to cook pasta in it! So that’s what I did, and I just had some for lunch, and oh, my is it yumminess! That [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine is smart! Walked her home (which was nice, because it was a gorgeous night and the first exercise I’d gotten all day), so I got to stop in and cuddle Chickenfinger a bit. Then I came home and puttered around on the computer for far too long and got to bed late, but I slept in a bit (I don’t have work today) and I feel really good today. The plan for the afternoon is scheduling logistics and house cleaning and organization before Diesel.
beowabbit: (Pol: Mass. State House and pride flag)
Massachusetts is not going to have a popular vote to deprive same-sex couples of equal rights under the law! I was first alerted to this news by [livejournal.com profile] qwrrty, who I gather was there. The line “The narrow 45-151 vote means Massachusetts remains the only state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry” in that article seems odd to me — yes, 45 votes is close to the 50-vote minority required for a petition-initiated constitutional amendment to be defeated in Massachusetts, but still, a 45-151 vote is not “narrow”. I guess you could say the measure was narrowly defeated, but calling it a “narrow vote” strikes me as odd.

In 25 years or so, people are going to look back on this vote with shock that almost a quarter of Massachusetts legislators thought it was a good idea to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry, but from this vantage point, I am so proud that more than three quarters of my state legislators believe in equal rights for same-sex couples under the law.

I need a “proud of Massachusetts” userpic. [EDIT: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] qwrrty, I have one.]
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I had a great time with [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom over the weekend. The bit I can talk about here involved a great bi brunch at Doyle’s in JP, one of my favourite brunch places. Since we got there very early, I took her to see an old house I used to live in (Treehouse, on Biltmore St., for those of you who have been there). The bit I can’t talk about here was sufficiently vigorous as to result in me getting accidentally injured and not noticing until later. Go us!

We made a wonderful discovery on Saturday night: Even with the CPAP mask on me, it still works fine for me to be on the outside when we spoon. Yay! That’s one of my favourite sleeping positions, and I’d been afraid I’d have to give it up.

Last night I had dinner at [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine’s and got to see her friend C. from college, who was in town visiting for the weekend. A bit later on, [livejournal.com profile] docorion stopped by there after picking some stuff up from my house (formerly his house, and still home to many of his boxes). So it was an awesome evening.

Then today I again went over to [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine’s for dinner, this time with [livejournal.com profile] darxus. She made marinated turkey tenderloin and potatoes in the crock pot, and some rice to go along with it, and it came out really, really well. She put the tenderloin and potatoes in with some soy sauce, apple juice, and garlic, and it came out really really well. ([livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine, how long did you cook it for, and on high or low?) It was sort of a communal dinner, since many of the ingredients had come from my kitchen. And afterwards, [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine baked muffins! And they were bran muffins, so they were healthy! Honest!

I’m still limping (although my hip is doing a lot better than it was Saturday night), but I have to say, gin and tonic is a very tasty anaesthetic.
beowabbit: (Me: shadow against sand under ripples)
So I just got back from meeting [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine and [livejournal.com profile] darxus at the Quincy ER. (I think it was just two weeks ago that I went there.) They think she has a viral infection. She sure wasn’t feeling too good.

Given my desire to sleep all day tomorrow (which I really had already before getting the call), I am not going to make it to BiCamp. I'd been thinking of just doing a day trip tomorrow, but since I want to sleep till noon or 2pm, that's not likely to happen. (Also, I want to be around in case there’s anything else I can do for [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine; I know she’s in good hands with [livejournal.com profile] darxus, but I like being available to run errands or bring them food anyway.)

I will be very sad to miss K., and to break my otherwise perfect BiCamp attendance streak. But as wiped out as I’ve been the last couple of days, I think it’s kinder on myself.

Might make it to the pool party tomorrow for a bit, and/or to a birthday gathering. Or I might sleep all day. That would be spectacularly lovely. :-)
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[livejournal.com profile] ragingamazon points out that GLBT Pride parades have had worse problems than the weather. I highly recommend reading that short post.

D.C. Simpson, author of Ozy and Millie has some thoughts on the death of Abu Musab al Zarqawi at the site of his political cartoon, I Drew This. (Scroll past the cartoon, and be aware that that post will be replaced in a few days; there’s a link to archives, but no permanent link to the current post.) Simpson links to this much more in-depth article by journalist Nir Rosen. Coincidentally, I heard an interview with Rosen on the radio today, which was interesting and depressing. I want to buy Rosen’s book on Iraq.
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Just spent a while on the phone with [livejournal.com profile] eeblet being interviewed for this project, which I really enjoyed. I’m mostly posting this to encourage y’all, those of y’all who are currently in relationships of some stripe, to read that post and maybe do an interview with her.

(She’s pseudonymizing everything, so this is neither your ticket to fame and fortune nor your ticket to an tearful 3AM phone call from your parents.)
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I’m having a fabulous BiCamp — too fabulous, really, to be sitting at a keyboard typing, but since I can, thanks to Kala’s phone and laptop, I decided the gratuitious geekery was worth it. The drive up here with Kala and [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine was smooth, and the weather has been utterly perfect. Went swimming yesterday; today Kala and I are about to go walk to the river and dunk our feet. I’ve done lots of napping. [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine is a fabulous camp cook. I'm so glad that [livejournal.com profile] xmelancholia and [livejournal.com profile] treasonx were able to come. I’m also especially glad to get to see [livejournal.com profile] onemintjulep. It’s a fabulous time, and just what I needed!
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“The application Xjournal has unexpectedly quit.” That’s what I got two-thirds of the way through composing my report on the weekend, and I’m just about out of steam, so this version is going to be much shorter.

(Bummer; Xjournal makes lots of LJ-specific HTML a lot easier.)

Friday:
Date with [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine that snowballed into a yummy dinner with [livejournal.com profile] docorion, [livejournal.com profile] mud_puppy, [livejournal.com profile] xmelancholia, and [livejournal.com profile] zzbottom. Chicken and veggie kebabs — I always love [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine’s culinary experiments!
Saturday:
Got up insanely early (5:15 — Don, try not to laugh too hard) to go set up the Poly Boston table at the Pride rally. [livejournal.com profile] docorion made coffee and [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine made croissants and they are both saints. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] zzbottom came after work (he works nights) to help us set up the canopy before going home; he’s a saint too. Got fitted for a Utilikilt, which I’ve wanted for a while. Went to brunch. Marched and had a lovely time despite the insane, brass-melting, tar-boiling heat. Hung out afterwards. Went home and pretty much collapsed. Oh, props to [livejournal.com profile] ghoti72, who played bass in a band at the rally. I didn’t get to see her (even on the big monitor; the crowds were too dense), but I heard her. Yay!
Sunday:
Sunday was mostly about recovering and trying not to bake. In pursuit thereof, [livejournal.com profile] docorion and I got air conditioners. Mine is in the guest room now, where it serves Kala (who’s renting from us for a month) and my office (which is adjacent). I figure I don’t really need one in my bedroom, since when I’m there I’m pretty much always in bed, and if you turn it down the waterbed keeps me cool as well as it keeps me warm in winter. But I spend a lot of time in the office.
(And Monday was a highly productive day for [livejournal.com profile] docorion, involving lawn mowing, legal hazardous-waste disposal, and all sorts of other energetic things.)

Now I am a moſt ſleepy wabbit, and it is time for bed. Yes, I know it’s three hours before my normal bedtime, but this weather takes a lot out of one.

beowabbit: (Boston: Citgo sign in Kenmore Square)
Just Fy’all’sI, I’m planning on going to tomorrow’s Bi Brunch at Doyle’s.

(Contrary to conventional wisdom, there actually is a measurable correlation between me planning on doing something and actually doing it, and that correlation is even positive.)
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This is a Poly Boston event, but those of you who are not on the Poly Boston list are welcome too:
I will be hosting an Eddie Izzard marathon at my (and again [livejournal.com profile] docorion’s) place in Malden on Saturday, 9th April, starting at 1:00pm and going until we run out of videos or energy. (Since [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine, who is generously contributing videos to the cause, owns almost every Eddie Izzard video ever produced, we will probably run out of energy before videos.)

If you don’t know who Eddie Izzard is, never mind, just come; you won’t be sorry, I promise. Well if you must know, he’s a British stand-up comic with a wardrobe to die for. He sometimes says delightfully British things like “shag” and “bugger” and “NHS”. You can learn about him at http://www.eddieizzard.com/home.izz. There are also thingy-things there.

It is possible, nay, likely, that there will be a take-out order for dinner at some point in the evening.

Please RSVP to me at rsvp@polyboston.org if you think you might be able to come. Let me know if you need directions.
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I subscribe to a quotation-of-the-day mailing list. Tonight’s quotation is too much fun not to share:
 "The actions taken by the New Hampshire Episcopalians are an
 affront to Christians everywhere.  I am just thankful that the
 church's founder, Henry VIII, and his wife Catherine of Aragon,
 his wife Anne Boleyn, his wife Jane Seymour, his wife Anne of
 Cleves, his wife Katherine Howard, and his wife Catherine Parr
 are no longer here to suffer through this assault on traditional
 Christian marriage."
 
 - From an editorial in the Los Angeles Times (August 16, 2003),
   in response to the Episcopal Church's making Gene Robinson of
   New Hampshire its first (openly) gay bishop.  Quoted in The
   Christian Century on September 20, 2003.
 
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                  Dec. 22, 2004
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[Warning: While I love my married friends and do not question the choices you’ve made – really and truly I don’t, not even deep down, I don’t think – this post is likely to push buttons for married people, at least married people in most of the US. If you live in Massachusetts and got married recently, the likelihood for psychodrama is less. I don’t want to lose any of my friends, so please try to understand that I’m not attacking you in this post, and not telling you you’ve made a wrong choice.]

I feel crappy, and I’m taking a mental-health day today.

My sister is getting married to her wonderful, sweet partner in early March, in North Carolina, and I’m not going. I feel awful. I love my sister, I think her partner’s wonderful and I can’t think of anything I want more for her than to spend the rest of her life with him, and I want to support her, and I want to do things she really wants me to do. But since her wedding (1) will be legally recognized and (2) will be in a jurisdiction where same-sex couples can’t get married, I’m not going to be there.

some more detail )

(This all came up with a vengeance because a friend of my sister’s emailed me out of the blue trying to pressure me to go to the wedding. I was too upset to read the whole letter once I realized what it was about; I’m going to try to have some calming tea and relax and read it through and give her the thoughtful reply she deserves. One much smaller thing that bugs me about this situation is that a bunch of people seem to think that I am under a moral obligation to go to this wedding, even though it would be a lie for me. I believe very much in keeping promises (although sometimes I’ve failed), but this is not an obligation I ever assumed, or ever would have assumed, any more than attending Mass or saying my Friday prayers is an obligation I assumed. *Bleah*.)

Everybody should bear in mind that in most ways I’m really happy these days. It’s kind of weird having the intense happiness juxtaposed with intense stress and Big Moral Angst, but the happiness is no less strong for that.

I haven’t turned off comments, but please don’t try to offer me advice, unless it’s about what kind of herbal tea to drink to calm down. (And to anyone who suggests hemlock, I say: *LBPTHFFLBT*! :-) Doesn’t mean you can’t talk about your own similar situations if you want to, or what you would do, as long as it’s about you and not about what you want me to do. And do remember if you were married in a straight-only jurisdiction, or expect to be, that I really and truly do not feel bad about your choice or your spouse or your family. This is not about feeling bad about my sister’s wonderful fiancé or her decision or even really about her wedding, it’s about feeling like I need to tell the truth by my actions.
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