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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 […]

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Music for a while shall all your cares beguile

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…an 18th century-style double-keyboard French harpsichord of the sort for which most Baroque keyboard music was written… “Music for a while shall all your cares beguile” (from “Oedipus”) is one of my favorite songs of Henry Purcell, widely considered the greatest of English composers. Music has always been an important part of my life, and […]

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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 […]

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Campus Pride Names Pauline Park One of Top 25 LGBT Favorites

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Campus Pride names Pauline Park to its ‘hot list’ of LGBT speakers I was delighted to receive this message just today: “Congratulations! You’ve been chosen by students, campus activity professionals, and other Campus Pride constituents for the 2009 Campus Pride HOT LIST! The list is made up of the top twenty-five speakers, lecturers, and performers from […]

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The Met’s New Season: Warhorses to Operatic Rarities

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Renée Fleming in Rossini’s “Armida” The Metropolitan Opera’s 2009-10 season is anything if not eclectic, representing a judicious mix of old warhorses and operatic rarities. The new season will feature eight new productions – four of which are being billed as “company premieres” – and 18 revivals. Among the “tried and true” are new productions […]