Perusing through Facebook today unearthed a magical Madrigal gem. The much loved Anna Madrigal, and the rest of Armistead Maupin‘s beloved Tales of the City characters, will be brought to life on the air by the BBC beginning Jan. 28. The only catch is they air at 2:45 a.m. San Francisco time.
Regardless of the time, it will be worth getting up to stream these on my computer. That’s the good news, even though we can’t get the BBC through the radio, proper, these will be available online. To hear them, you can click here.
And let your friends in the UK know as they will be airing at a more decent hour local time, 10:45 a.m.
To keep up with Armistead you can follow him on Facebook.
Fairy dust with Mona and her mini-hoover. Love this scene!
This took me a minute to figure it out. Love the shot. Not sure who took the original so will attribute to the site where it was found, YouJustRealized on Tumblr. While not all beard related, there are some funny ones on the site.
And if anyone knows who took this original photo, let me know. I want to give them credit and see more of their images.
Phillips, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died Wednesday in Minneapolis, and private funeral services were held today, her publicist said.
Dear Abby talks about her big break on Larry King Live
An SF Supervisor wants to rename the San Francisco International Airport in honor of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, sending a global message that SF is a beacon of hope for gays and lesbians everywhere. Bearron.com is giving this a huge thumbs up!
From the SF Gate: Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation Tuesday that would place the proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport as Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport before voters in November. To send the name change to voters, Campos needs the support of five other supervisors, and Monday he already had four co-sponsors.
Included below is Harvey Milk’s Hope Speech. If you haven’t read it, please do.
My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you.
I’ve been saying this one for years. It’s a political joke. I can’t help it–I’ve got to tell it. I’ve never been able to talk to this many political people before, so if I tell you nothing else you may be able to go home laughing a bit.
This ocean liner was going across the ocean and it sank. And there was one little piece of wood floating and three people swam to it and they realized only one person could hold on to it. So they had a little debate about which was the person. It so happened that the three people were the Pope, the President, and Mayor Daley. The Pope said he was titular head of one of the greatest religions of the world and he was spiritual adviser to many, many millions and he went on and pontificated and they thought it was a good argument. Then the President said he was leader of the largest and most powerful nation of the world. What takes place in this country affects the whole world and they thought that was a good argument. And Mayor Daley said he was mayor of the backbone of the Untied States and what took place in Chicago affected the world, and what took place in the archdiocese of Chicago affected Catholicism. And they thought that was a good argument. So they did it the democratic way and voted. And Daley won, seven to two.
About six months ago, Anita Bryant in her speaking to God said that the drought in California was because of the gay people. On November 9, the day after I got elected, it started to rain. On the day I got sworn in, we walked to City Hall and it was kinda nice, and as soon as I said the word “I do,” it started to rain again. It’s been raining since then and the people of San Francisco figure the only way to stop it is to do a recall petition. That’s the local joke.
So much for that. Why are we here? Why are gay people here? And what’s happening? What’s happening to me is the antithesis of what you read about in the papers and what you hear about on the radio. You hear about and read about this movement to the right. That we must band together and fight back this movement to the right. And I’m here to go ahead and say that what you hear and read is what they want you to think because it’s not happening. The major media in this country has talked about the movement to the right so the legislators think that there is indeed a movement to the right and that the Congress and the legislators and the city councils will start to move to the right the way the major media want them. So they keep on talking about this move to the right.
So let’s look at 1977 and see if there was indeed a move to the right. In 1977, gay people had their rights taken away from them in Miami. But you must remember that in the week before Miami and the week after that, the word homosexual or gay appeared in every single newspaper in this nation in articles both pro and con. In every radio station, in every TV station and every household. For the first time in the history of the world, everybody was talking about it, good or bad. Unless you have dialogue, unless you open the walls of dialogue, you can never reach to change people’s opinion. In those two weeks, more good and bad, but more about the word homosexual and gay was written than probably in the history of mankind. Once you have dialogue starting, you know you can break down prejudice. In 1977 we saw a dialogue start. In 1977, we saw a gay person elected in San Francisco. In 1977 we saw the state of Mississippi decriminalize marijuana. In 1977, we saw the convention of conventions in Houston. And I want to know where the movement to the right is happening.
What that is is a record of what happened last year. What we must do is make sure that 1978 continues the movement that is really happening that the media don’t want you to know about. That is the movement to the left. It’s up to CDC to put the pressures on Sacramento–but to break down the walls and the barriers so the movement to the left continues and progress continues in the nation. We have before us coming up several issues we must speak out on. Probably the most important issue outside the Briggs–which we will come to–but we do know what will take place this June. We know there’s an issue on the ballot called Jarvis-Gann. We hear the taxpayers talk about it on both sides. But what you don’t hear is that it’s probably the most racist issue on the ballot in a long time. In the city and county of San Francisco, if it passes and we indeed have to lay off people, who will they be? The last in, and the first in, and who are the last in but the minorities? Jarvis-Gann is a racist issue. We must address that issue. We must not talk away from it. We must not allow them to talk about the money it’s going to save, because look at who’s going to save the money and who’s going to get hurt.
We also have another issue that we’ve started in some of the north counties and I hope in some of the south counties it continues. In San Francisco elections we’re asking–at least we hope to ask– that the U.S. government put pressure on the closing of the South African consulate. That must happen. There is a major difference between an embassy in Washington which is a diplomatic bureau. and a consulate in major cities. A consulate is there for one reason only — to promote business, economic gains, tourism, investment. And every time you have business going to South Africa, you’re promoting a regime that’s offensive.
In the city of San Francisco, if everyone of 51 percent of that city were to go to South Africa, they would be treated as second-class citizens. That is an offense to the people of San Francisco and I hope all my colleagues up there will take every step we can to close down that consulate and hope that people in other parts of the state follow us in that lead. The battles must be started some place and CDC is the greatest place to start the battles. I know we are pressed for time so I’m going to cover just one more little point. That is to understand why it is important that gay people run for office and that gay people get elected. I know there are many people in this room who are running for central committee who are gay. I encourage you. There’s a major reason why. If my non-gay friends and supporters in this room understand it, they’ll probably understand why I’ve run so often before I finally made it. Y’see right now, there’s a controversy going on in this convention about the gay governor. Is he speaking out enough? Is he strong enough for gay rights? And there is controversy and for us to say it is not would be foolish. Some people are satisfied and some people are not.
You see there is am major difference–and it remains a vital difference–between a friend and a gay person, a friend in office and a gay person in office. Gay people have been slandered nationwide. We’ve been tarred and we’ve been brushed with the picture of pornography. In Dade County, we were accused of child molestation. It’s not enough anymore just to have friends represent us. No matter how good that friend may be.
The black community made up its mind to that a long time ago. That the myths against blacks can only be dispelled by electing black leaders, so the black community could be judged by the leaders and not by the myths or black criminals. The Spanish community must not be judged by Latin criminals or myths. The Asian community must not be judged by Asian criminals or myths. The Italian community must not be judged by the mafia, myths. And the time has come when the gay community must not be judged by our criminals and myths.
Like every other group, we must be judged by our leaders and by those who are themselves gay, those who are visible. For invisible, we remain in limbo–a myth, a person with no parents, no brothers, no sisters, no friends who are straight, no important positions in employment. A tenth of the nation supposedly composed of stereotypes and would-be seducers of children–and no offense meant to the stereotypes. But today, the black community is not judged by its friends, but by its black legislators and leaders. And we must give people the chance to judge us by our leaders and legislators. A gay person in office can set a tone, con command respect not only from the larger community, but from the young people in our own community who need both examples and hope.
The first gay people we elect must be strong. They must not be content to sit in the back of the bus. They must not be content to accept pablum. They must be above wheeling and dealing. They must be–for the good of all of us–independent, unbought. The anger and the frustrations that some of us feel is because we are misunderstood, and friends can’t feel the anger and frustration. They can sense it in us, but they can’t feel it. Because a friend has never gone through what is known as coming out. I will never forget what it was like coming out and having nobody to look up toward. I remember the lack of hope–and our friends can’t fulfill it.
I can’t forget the looks on faces of people who’ve lost hope. Be they gay, be they seniors, be they blacks looking for an almost-impossilbe job, be they Latins trying to explain their problems and aspirations in a tongue that’s foreign to them. I personally will never forget that people are more important than buildings. I use the word “I” because I’m proud. I stand here tonight in front of my gay sisters, brothers and friends because I’m proud of you. I think it’s time that we have many legislators who are gay and proud of that fact and do not have to remain in the closet. I think that a gay person, up-front, will not walk away from a responsibility and be afraid of being tossed out of office. After Dade County, I walked among the angry and the frustrated night after night and I looked at their faces. And in San Francisco, three days before Gay Pride Day, a person was killed just because he was gay. And that night, I walked among the sad and the frustrated at City Hall in San Francisco and later that night as they lit candles on Castro Street and stood in silence, reaching out for some symbolic thing that would give them hope. These were strong people, whose faces I knew from the shop, the streets, meetings and people who I never saw before but I knew. They were strong, but even they needed hope.
And the young gay people in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias and the Richmond, Minnesotas who are coming out and hear Anita Bryant on television and her story. The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.
So if there is a message I have to give, it is that I’ve found one overriding thing about my personal election, it’s the fact that if a gay person can be elected, it’s a green light. And you and you and you, you have to give people hope. Thank you very much.
This is just one of those things every gay blog should have. Jodie Foster comes out 2013 video at the Golden Globes– via Towleroad. As you may know, Jodie Foster first came out in 2007, more subtly. I’m curious to see how her ‘official’ coming out is received in 2013.
Towleroad seems to be lagging. There is a better video here for her 2013 coming out on Perez Hilton.com
The video below has her ‘sort of’ coming out in 2007, where she thanks here beautiful Cydney.
Yesterday was a huge day for dear friends and my chosen family. Embarking on a GLBT community first, they released a collaborative music project with implications that go beyond this truly awe inspiring song. [LISTEN HERE]
We issued the following press release to capture the high-points, included below. Feel free to pass this along to your friends and love ones. Most importantly, give the song a listen.
Also, with this first post in many months, bearron.com is waking up from its hibernation period just in time to welcome 2013!
New Maxi-Single emanates hope, love and optimism from the global underground dance scene nearly destroyed by the AIDS Holocaust
San Francisco, December 11, 2012 — For each of the collectives, DJs, and producers involved with the new single Face Love Anew,it’s not about being the biggest party or topping the charts. Their endeavors are next generation artistic projects with a focus on community, culture, activism, and queer history. While each are very successful in their own right, coming together in this way for Face Love Anew is not only a show of support for the single, it’s the first time this global gay underground music scene and community have been linked together with a single focus.
In the face of AIDS, survival was the first and only priority of the queer community for many years. While still a major threat the world over, we are able to once again regain our focus on the art and influence that was nearly wiped out in the 1980s. An entire artistic generation and their potential creative and vibrant contributions to the world, from Keith Haring, to Freddy Mercury to Sylvester, were lost during the AIDS Holocaust. In 2012, we are truly “facing love anew.”
With a renewed faith, optimism, and polysexual vision the next generation of queer counterculture is channeling the past while catapulting dance culture into the future. Whether it’s hosting hottest dance destinations in the world, or DJing the intimate parties where DJs go to dance, the talent working on Face Love Anew are sought out the world over for their deviant sound, style, and production techniques. From the Panaroma Bar at the Berghain in Berlin, to Club Kooky in Sydney, to Honey Soundsystem in San Francisco, these promoters and musicians are influencing the influencers in music.
For this industry first single, presented by Honey Soundsystem HNYTRX and Cocktail d’Amore; produced by Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymor); featuring vocals by Shaun J. Wright, this is the debut collaboration of the biggest names in the counterculture queer music scene.
Inspired by the amazing live vocals from the birth of disco (reminiscent of Sylvester and Patrick Cowley dance tracks) combined with Chicago House, Face Love Anew is an ode to the musical past and with an arrow pointed into the future.
“The collaboration has been a longtime coming as everyone involved in the release has a lot in common over the past five years and we have been collaborating in all sorts of ways with the core goal of forwarding the underground house/techno sound and reputation of queer nightlife,” said Jacob Sperber of HNYTRX. “We decided to come together on this single because not only do we love the song, but we also saw an opportunity for this to be an anthem for a movement in club culture / dance music that has been highly invisible to the mainstream since the 70s and 80s.”
For Face Love Anew, Stereogamous recruited the vocal talents of Shaun J. Wright (Chicago)–most notable for his moving live vocal sets, contributions to Hercules and Love Affair, and his own solo releases on Mr. INTL records–to give us a peak dance track that slowly envelops you, building from classic four-to-the-floor house into a spectacular psychedelic headrush where optimism prevails.
Vinyl, Available NOW: Remembering early dance culture was bound by the grooves in a record and live performances, the initial release and preview of Face Love Anew was initially launched on a limited pressing DJ vinyl November 27. Only 500 copies were pressed. You can order, and [LISTEN HERE]
Digital, Maxi-Single Available Dec. 11: The digital release, will include exclusive remixes by Horse Meat Disco, Kim Ann Foxman (Needwant, Hour House is Your Rush), The Miracle’s Club (Ecstacy), and The Carry Nation (NYC). You can order, and [LISTEN HERE]
Early Supporters The release has garnered support from The Magician, Terry Farley, Claude Young, DJ Kaos, Robert Owens, Doc Martin, Tatu V and Dirt Crew and is making it onto many #1 top ten lists for December.
Building on a string of homosexually charged remixes with a polysexual club appeal, including LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” and Light Asylum’s “A Certain Person,” Stereogamous is regularly commissioned by George Michael, Kylie Minogue, and Sia, as well as breaking independent acts MEN (JD Samson) and We Have Band. Having given live acts like the Presets their start, Stereogamous’s auditory experience, appeal, and influence goes beyond the realm of digital/club-only musical experiences. With this track, future live performances will punctuate the gravity of this track around the world, giving it another dimension of interaction, touching down wherever inspiration prevails in dance culture.
Honey Soundsystem’s HNYTRX
HNYTRX is the offshoot record label of Honey Soundsystem. Established in 2010 after the release of the Brotherhood Compilation – where artists from around the globe were selected for submission of recorded works – members of HNY set forth a mission in curating new, underground and gay artists with forward thinking sounds and help expose their music to create a better, more tasteful world. Later releases by HNYTRX includes a remix for Street Hero’s track “End of World”, a collaboration with Butt Magazine for the Butt Bias cassette only mixtape and most recently a seven inch of the highly acclaimed track by Alexis Blair Penney “Lonely Sea”.
About CockTail d’Amore
CockTail d’Amore is a Monthly Berlin Party & Record Label. CockTail d’Amore has rightfully earned its place as one of Berlin’s top alternative gay parties. While all genders and orientations are welcome, the monthly event’s populace leans heavily toward the unfair sex, with masculine pheromones and booming soundwaves wrestling in midair. The night is hosted by DJs Boris & Discodromo, whose prime motivation is their passion for music, a passion they’re sharing with open-minded friends and strangers in a carefree atmosphere.
From something to nothing
Visions of the future, etched into my mind…
When I stare at the TV I get lost. When I stare at trees I find my imagination.
Fourteen years before RuPaul told her first guest to Sashay Away, an Australian Mardi Gras tranny tradition bloomed on the famed Bondi Beach. Each year the gender bomb explodes in the sunshine as Drag Queens compete on the beach.
Created by Sydney drag star Vanessa Wagner the Bondi Drag Races are where kings and queens battle it out for the ultimate crown. Sydney’s drag kings and queens emerge from the nightclubs to compete in the sun and sand of world famous Bondi Beach at the hilarious Drag Races.
In 2011 I was able to catch the tail end of the event. Because it was coming to an end I was only able to snap six shots. Thankfully all captured a moment interesting enough to share.
For the next few weeks I’m going back through photos from the last year. So often I snap shots and forget to give them context. While I’m taken by their beauty at the moment, the moment itself is what really calls the most attention. It’s not until I thumb back through my images, that I realize these moments, now only in my memories, have led me to this exact point in my life.
As I go through this last year, one thing is certain: I’d do it all again, if I didn’t have so much more to see.
To learn more about the Bats of Sydney and efforts to rescue them, you can visit: http://www.sydneybats.org.au/
More information from the Sydney Bats site:
- The grey-headed flying-fox, the most commonly-seen bat in the Sydney region, is a large nectar- and fruit-eating bat which roosts during the day in large treetop colonies. It’s listed as a threatened species (vulnerable to extinction) at state, federal, and international levels. Numbers are declining – from many millions in the 1930’s to less than 450,000 in 2004, with an estimated 30% decline in population between 1990 and 2000. A population study (Divljam 2008) suggests the grey-headed flying-fox will be extinct in the wild in around 80-85 years.
- Around 19 species of insect-eating microbats are also found in the Sydney Region.
Good morning SF
I, for one, think a fund that gets Gay youth to college is not a good ideas, it’s a fucking fantastic idea. Apparently, an organization called the Point Foundation has been doing this for 10 years.
What do you know/think about the Point Foundation? Curious to hear from anyone intimately knowledgeable on them, through an experience of their own or someone close to them.
The video on the Point Foundations is beyond emotional. Truly touching. You have been warned.
And I quote from the video:
“Setting a counter example to all of our young people who don’t think they can be anything and be out at the same time.”
According to Wikipedia,
The Point Foundation is the first and largest national foundation to support academic achievement in higher education among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by providing financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.
A Point Scholarship is the most substantive academic award of its kind, in most cases covering the cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses. The comprehensive scholarships allow students to excel in the classroom, on campus and in their communities. In addition, Point Scholars are matched with mentors from the professional world who serve as positive role models and provide personal support, ensuring that students build a foundation of leadership skills they can use throughout their careers.
Rick Santorum never looked so good. As featured on the Conjecturer tumblr feed, this is pretty awesome. The photo speaks for itself.
Muddy waters make for a sparkly bear.
Watershed. Department of water and power (DWP)
Intelegencia is smart in blue and white. Silverlake…
Bed bugs and fire, however you need to freeze them to kill them.
According to the sign, they’ve made their way to Los Angeles.
Uber Car service is making your phone even smarter. Even when you may not know your location, you can open the Uber Car service app and the nearest town car will come pick you up.
The driver can see your location once you call for service and you can see where the car is, all via their map function. Their motto: everyone’s private driver.
While I still prefer Homobile, the gay friendly car service in SF that got its start by providing safe passage to drag queens and leather clad dads, sometimes it’s nice to get all James Bond with my iPhone…especially if I don’t know where I’m at.
It’s about twice as expensive as a cab. While I’m not sure how long it’s good for, I did find a coupon for $15 off your first ride. When you get to the promotions section type in: Pistachio
Cities that have Uber Car Service, currently include:
Fuel for Friday night. Vroom! Vroom!!!
The ideal of beauty is fickle. Some years you are in, some years you are out. Linda Evangalista has never been anything short of extraordinary.
As with any raving beauty, who knows what she’s worth, Evangalista has a history filled with French Billionaires, Movie Stars and quotes only a super model could utter:
“We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” (Spoken in Vogue in 1990 to Jonathan Van Meter, talking about money and how she and a few other models were calling the shots and changing the game.)
As people, increasingly, try to crawl into the package of beauty via plastic surgery, some gorgeous creatures are just genetically blessed. Linda Evangalista is one of these creatures.
Recently featured on the cover of Love, Evangalista’s beauty beams through the pop art cover. It’s amazing to think the finest pieces of art trace the human form in stone and paint, or capture it in images. In this example the two merge to create a visually stunning image, merging model and fine art.
Some sizzling facts on Evangalista courtesey of wikipedia:
At the age of 22, Evangelista married Elite executive Gerald Marie. They were married from 1987 to 1993. After separating from Marie, she began a 6-year relationship with actor Kyle MacLachlan, and then divorced Marie.
In 1999, she became pregnant by French soccer player, Fabien Barthez. At 6 months pregnant, she delivered a stillborn baby. The couple then broke up and Evangelista left modelling for several years to recuperate.
On October 11, 2006, she gave birth to a boy, Augustin James, refusing to name his biological father, which sparked numerous rumours. While pregnant, Evangelista appeared on the August 2006 issue of Vogue (magazine).
On this cold Valentine’s Day I was whisking past storefronts in the Castro, when something grabbed my attention. Through the window of Under One Roof, between 18th/19th on Castro, a vibrant set of patterns caught my eye. From these patterns my brain started to discern words. From these words came emotions that cannot be described.
Flanking the left and right sides of Under One Roof are portions of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Upon walking through the doorway you will see the third, I repeat third panel ever made. This panel has the name of Bobbi Campbell. I didn’t know who that was. If you also don’t know, read on.
Bobbi Campbell (January 28, 1952 – August 15, 1984) was an early United StatesAIDSactivist. In September 1981, Campbell became the 16th person in San Francisco to be diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma. He was the first to come out publicly as a person living with the then unnamed disease. He became known as the “KS Poster Boy” (even appearing with his partner on the cover of Newsweek on August 8, 1983), and wrote a column for the San Francisco Sentinel from January 1982 describing his experiences. Campbell, who was also a registered nurse, joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the time of the health crisis in early 1982; in his “sister” persona as Sister Florence Nightmare, he co-authored the first San Francisco safer-sex manual, “Play Fair!”, written in plain sex-positive language, offering practical advice and adding an element of humour.
The panel on the right has a name I know very well, disco legend, Sylvester. Mixed among other names I didn’t know, the message was clear. It’s rare, in this day and age, for something to speak so loudly that isn’t fueled by the internet or electricity.
Vivid impressions captured in this post are from the same tour you can do. Either start at the old Tower building, next to Cafe Flore, or at Under One Roof. Between these two points stop at Body, between QBar and 440, and Catch, next to Pottery Barn.
While the tower location holds the largest display, Catch is the most historical as this was the original headquarters for the Names Project Foundation before moving to Atlanta.
I can’t tell you how sad it makes me we don’t have a permanent display of the quilt in the Castro. It’s a living history of one of the darkest and brightest moments in our history.
This display is only going on until Feb. 20th, so get your ass to see it this week.
To donate to the Names Project, click here: http://www.aidsquilt.org/store/
Fast Facts from the official AIDS Memorial Quilt Website:
• Funds Raised by The Quilt for Direct Services for People with AIDS: over $4,000,000 (U.S.)
• Number of visitors to the Quilt: +18,000,000
• Number of names on the Quilt: more than 91,000
• Size: 1,293,300 square feet
• Viewing time: To see the entire Quilt spending only one minute per panel – over 33 days
Video of Bobbi Campbell, Speaking in Front of The Democratic Convention — 1984