Israel/Palestine

Trans Feminism: Speaking My Truth to Power

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Transfeminism Speaking My Truth to Power by Pauline Park Is there a ‘trans feminism’? And if so, what is it? Given that feminism itself is such a charged subject and transgender identity is a contested domain, that question is a productive one even if one not easy to answer. It was in graduate school (1988-94) […]

arts and culture

Paul Klee on intuition in art

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Klee’s “Insula Dulcamara” (1938) Paul Klee on intuition in art According to Paul Klee, the technique of the brush stroke is a great deal, but the crucial factor in painting is intuition. “We construct and construct,” Klee wrote in a Bauhaus prospectus, “and yet intuition is still a good thing. A considerable amount can be […]

arts and culture

Reclaiming Our Spiritual Legacy as Transgendered People

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Saami shaman working (1674) Reclaiming Our Spiritual Legacy as Transgendered People By Pauline Park 18 June 2000 I was asked to speak on spirituality and the transgender community. It seems to me that the connection is an intimate one, far closer than we may realize. For we as transgendered and gender-variant people lie at the […]

LGBT

Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett: Shilling for Iran

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Hillary Mann Leverett, apologist for murder Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett are the voice of Iran in Washington — not the voice of the Iranian people, mind you, but the voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran — apologists for the repression, torture, and murder of the Iranian people by a tyrannical regime; as such, […]

arts and culture

Al-Fatiha and the First North American LGBTQ Muslim Conference

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Isfahan: Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque First North American LGBTQ Muslim Conference Held in New York By Pauline Park Lesbian & Gay New York (LGNY) 3 June 1999 Think “Islam and homosexuality.” The mind immediately conjures up images of a gay man in Iran being stoned to death by an angry mob while an imam fulminates against the abomination of men […]

LGBT

NYAGRA on LGBT-inclusive 2010 Chinese lunar new year parade

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Patrick Cheng‘s mother reads a statement in Chinese in support of her son and the LGBT/queer API community at the QAPI press conference in Chinatown on Jan. 30.  At left: lead organizers Irene Tung & Aries Liao. NYAGRA statement on the participation of LGBT/queer APIs in the 2010 Chinese lunar new year parade in Chinatown […]

arts and culture

25 things about me

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One of my favorite places on earth: Frying Pan Creek in Mt. Rainier National Park… Awhile back, a friend of mine suggested I do ’25 Things’ on Facebook, but I was a little reluctant to do that application on Facebook (too much like a chain letter), so I’m doing it my own way, here on […]

LGBT

Iowa’s First Transgender Day of Remembrance

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On Friday, November 20, Iowa will commemorate the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in the history of the state. I am honored to have been invited to speak at a number of events that have been organized as part of that commemoration. On Wednesday, November 18, there will be a welcoming reception at The Center, followed […]

New York City

Love, Death and the Final Journey of Forrest Church

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Forrest Church and Pauline Park at All Souls in December 2008 On 24 September 2009, Forrest Church departed from his earthly life, at the age of 61, after a three-year struggle with esophageal cancer. Forrest was the senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and he was one […]

New York City

Pagan Republicans and Other Apparent Anomalies

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Dan Halloran performing a pagan ritual; but are the other heathens registered Republican…? William James wrote of “The Varieties of Religious Experience” in 1902, long before the movement now known as ‘neo-paganism’ came into its own. While I am not aware of any survey data on the matter, I suspect that most people, if asked, would […]