Archive | November 2005

December Holidays

+————– Bizarre Holidays in December —————+

December 3 is National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

December 4 is Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 8 is Take It In The Ear Day

December 10 is Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales

December 12 is National Ding-A-Ling Day

December 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 18 is National Roast Suckling Pig Day

December 20 is Games Day

December 26 is National Whiners Day

December 30 is Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute
and National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day

Solstice Faire Saturday

Long Beach WomanSpirit
Winter Solstice Faire
Saturday 3 December 2005
10:00AM – 4:30PM
Donation: $5
Goddess Crafts offering Ritual Items and Clothing,
Books, Soaps, Statues, Musical Instruments, Pottery,
Artwork, Stationary, and More!

Circles & Entertainment
10:00AM Opening Circle with Ella Reed
10:30AM FEAST Awards
11:00AM Kahena and Banaat al-Qamar
11:45AM The Happy Death Band
12:45AM The Blue Stars of Tanit
1:15PM Lisa Thiel
2:15PM Akasha
2:45PM Miri Hunter Haruach
3:30PM The Nubian Divas
4:15PM Closing Circle

Hourly Raffle of Vendor Donated Items

This is our 18th year!
Come and spend the day!

Event held at
Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
5450 Atherton, Long Beach
just west of Bellflower Blvd.
between 405 Freeway and 7th Street

Event not sponsored by UUCLB
Event is sponsored by
Temple of Isis/Los Angeles

Why I haven’t seen Rent Yet

We were going to see RENT this weekend. I even bought my ticket for yesterday morning but I couldn’t make myself go. I don’t remember that period in my life all that fondly. That was when the lesbian community was fracturing around a bunch of groups. Before that time there weren’t enough of us to be able to split in groups but suddenly in the Los Angeles area we were and it wasn’t pretty. The men were getting sick and a lot of the lesbian community was either scared or wanted nothing to do with men at all. And that left some of the rest of us hanging in the wind. Wanting to do something and having things said about us by the others who disagreed.

For a long time no one knew why lesbians didn’t get AIDS or GRID when it started.
We just knew we weren’t getting sick. So the charities began and for a long time most of them out here were run by women. When men started to be more active and more drugs let them live longer (Which is a good thing, make no mistake about that) often the lesbians were asked to step down or given stupid jobs. Or just not given notice of meetings where decisions were being made. I was one of the volunteer on-call clergy and all of sudden no one was giving me notice of meetings when the new head of the dept took over.

Lesbians had gone on every walk, Posada, ride and benefit and raised a ton of money. And then we started to die of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer and had to raise our own money for our own community and some women started to get pissed because after all we had done to raise money for them the very few men that were left our age gave back to our community. And the separatists were convinced they were right all along.

We were also splitting along internal cultural lines which didn’t help. Some lesbians were rather Marxist and no lesbian should have money or be upwardly mobile and accused anyone who was as classist. Blue collar dykes ragged on white collar dykes as not knowing how to work hard. Some lesbians were granola dykes and everything had to be their version of environmentally friendly whether based in science or myth. The ones that didn’t bathe or deodorant got old fast. Some were all about the meat market. If you didn’t look or dress right forget going the Suite in Long Beach. Anybody who was either too butch or too fem was looked at funny in some crowds. It seemed for a while as if everyone was angry over stupid stuff that didn’t matter if a friend you weren’t supposed to even have was dying.

So, no, that isn’t my favourite period in my history and I will see the movie just not this weekend.