Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was of outstanding importance. Socialist and poet, feminist and mystic, he was openly homosexual and an early advocate of gay rights. He influenced a generation of socialists and writers (especially E. M. Forester). His views on the gay life were revolutionary in their time and are still relevant today.
First given as a lecture, Homogenic Love was published in 1895, the year of the Oscar Wilde trials. What was said then, still needs saying today.
Students, teachers, staff, and community supporters protest ACCJC meeting to consider the fate of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), in Burlingame, California, on June 5, 2013. U.S. Department of Education: time to decertify ACCJC! For more info, see www.saveccsf.org
After Bradley Manning was placed on the ballot and the “Electoral College” of San Francisco Pride approved him as a Grand Marshall for the 2013 Pride Parade with Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame to represent him at the Parade while Manning languishes in prison, the President of the Board of SF Pride announced that the organization couldn’t permit him to be a Grand Marshall for political reasons. Then, the Board issued a notice claiming that the reason Bradley Manning couldn’t be a Grand Marshall is that he isn’t a “local hero”. Past SF Pride Board President Joey Cain thinks it’s “bullshit” and so do I.
Some folks protested at the SF Pride offices once, then again when I could attend the SF Pride Board Meeting scheduled on May 7, 2013. We chanted “They say Court Martial, we say Grand Marshall” and “Shame, Shame, Shame on Pride”. They only let a few people into the meeting and banned cameras. I heard afterwards that they eventually ended up cancelling the meeting.
I visited my family in Seattle January 11-15, 2013. Thanks so much to Douglas for asking his brother Steve and friend to play music to cheer up my mother and other residents at her adult family home. Videos and photos below.
By a second and final 5-4 vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a nudity ban proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener that is scheduled to go into effect on February 1, 2013, if a federal legal challenge fails.
Protestors from as far as Norway and Germany disrobed in the Board of Supervisors chambers just after the vote as Board President David Chiu hurriedly called a recess, which stopped the cameras recording the public response to passage of the ordinance.