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 […]

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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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Bill Thompson for Mayor

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Pauline Park, Bill Thompson & Bernie Tarver at the LGBT for Thompson fundraiser (October 14) There are two reasons to vote for Bill Thompson for mayor of New York in November 2009: first, because he’s been a good comptroller of the City of New York; second, because he’s not Mike Bloomberg. “Bloomberg’s legacy has been […]

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Stonewall Community Foundation honors 40, including Pauline Park

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The Stonewall Community Foundation is the largest source of funds for organizations in New York City serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT community). My own history with Stonewall goes back to 2000, when I submitted the first grant application on behalf of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), a transgender […]

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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 […]

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Ken Burns & Me: Mount Rainier & the National Parks

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Mt. Rainier When I first heard about “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” — the new documentary by Ken Burns that is airing this week on PBS — I must admit I was skeptical, wondering if Burns could do for our national parks what he did for the Civil War. Oh, me of little faith~! […]

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 […]

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Thunder Above: a new play on queer Asian American themes

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Rey Lucas as Hector, Jon Norman Schneider as Gil and Maureen Sebastian as Theresa in “Thunder Above, Deeps Below” On Tuesday, I saw “Thunder Above, Deeps Below,” a new play by A. Rey Pamatmat (a gay Filipino American friend of mine), and it’s being staged by Second Generation, one of the leading Asian American theater […]

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Richard Aborn for Manhattan DA

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I am delighted to announce my own personal endorsement of Richard Aborn for Manhattan district attorney. Aborn is running for a position held by Robert Morgenthau since 1975, and when the legendary DA announced that he would not seek a tenth term to the most powerful prosecutor’s office in the country, the open seat immediately […]

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Deirdre Feerick for City Council (26th District)

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Charles Ober, Deirdre Feerick & Pauline Park I’m happy to announce my personal endorsement of Deirdre Feerick for City Council. Deirdre is running in the Democratic primary in the 26th district, which includes parts of Woodside, Sunnyside, and Long Island City as well as bits of Astoria and Maspeth in Queens. Deirdre is running to […]

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Just Say No to the March on Washington

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What is being billed as the ‘National Equality March’ called by Cleve Jones and David Mixner is taking on the look of an impending fiasco. The latest news about the event being planned for on Washington, D.C. in Oct. 11 is that even David Mixner himself may not attend this ill-conceived non-march. It is important to […]