CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett & Dean Spade.  Listen the fuck up.

"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor."
Laverne Cox slipped this in at the end of her incredibly gracious and inspiring speech to GLAAD this weekend. Can we take a moment to appreciate the strategic brilliance of acting so lovely and gracious, so that the audience is hanging on every word, and then dropping a subversive bomb like this?  Genius.
Swans and breeders. First day of 2014 by the Prospect Park lake. Everyone is still traumatized by the winter, even the ducks, and they weren’t even here.

Swans and breeders. First day of 2014 by the Prospect Park lake. Everyone is still traumatized by the winter, even the ducks, and they weren’t even here.

ART SORORITY FOR GIRLS!!!!!!!!

ART SORORITY FOR GIRLS!!!!!!!!

Little Cobweb being perfect.

Little Cobweb being perfect.

Little Cobweb preparing to rock.

Little Cobweb preparing to rock.

JCC Pulls the Shondes From Festival Line-Up Over Stance on Israel

It’s easy to think that Jews are in some kind of cultural crisis over Israel, but I do not believe we are.  Rather, we are in a financial crisis, where our cultural institutions are so dependent on right-wing Zionist funding that they have effectively excommunicated all anti-Zionist Jews, in fear of having to shrink their budgets.  Jewish cultural institutions need to liberate themselves from this right-wing dependence, so they can properly honor, accept and celebrate Jewish people who oppose a Jewish state (which, demographically, is a TREMENDOUSLY LARGE AND GROWING POPULATION).  

If these ongoing crises prove anything, it’s that the most interesting Jewish cultural leaders oppose Zionism.  So if Jewish cultural institutions want to stay relevant, they need to either stand up to their right-wing donors or just find new income.

I am very impressed by David Bernstein's performance in this video from Chris Tyler’s “Total Rejects Live” at the Public Theater during Under The Radar this year.

"When I said I was commemorating the victims of 9/11, I was not talking about the people. No. Have you met people? They’re TERRIBLE… So the victims of 9/11 are not the people that I’m concerned about. It’s the BUILDINGS….

"I’ve been asked to come on the MTV Total Request show to talk about the charity that I’ve started. It’s called Under the Radar. And when I started Under the Radar, I was really interested in celebrating the experimental theater. But I just wanna clear something up right now: When I said I wanted to celebrate the experimental theater, I didn’t mean the performances… What I was interested in, in celebrating experimental theater, was the THEATER, I mean look around, isn’t this amazing? We have like a nightclub in the attic! We have disco balls, and this that does fucking nothing, and a whole Ikea lounge that’s good for networking for fucking losers who don’t wanna watch the show! It’s great! We spent a LOT of money making this look like a really expensive Long Island Bar Mitzvah….

"You’ve seen what I’ve done now, don’t you? Yes, yes, I’ve created an ART TOWER. Three floors of perfect emptiness, and I’ve filled it with legitimate things on floors one and two and the creepy queers on number three, because you know when the tower collapses, when the institution collapses, they’ll be the last to get out. So there will be no combustion tonight, no explosions tonight, no illusions tonight, because that’s what makes a tower collapse. No feelings, no messy feelings, no messy performances…"

The Library is apparently open!

Katrina from Katrina & the Waves played her own guitar.  It’s really nice outside today.

"For telling your story to be an act of social change, you have to change the narrative culture tells about you."
Morgan M. Page (fuck yes)
thereisnosafespace:

Photo by Marlène Ramírez-Cancio

thereisnosafespace:

Photo by Marlène Ramírez-Cancio

Watching this trailer for Laverne Cox’s forthcoming documentary about CeCe McDonald, a day after Jared Leto’s Oscar win for playing a transgender woman, I’m thinking:

If you’re a cisgender actor playing a trans woman, and the experience of learning about trans issues doesn’t compell you to speak out at every possible moment in support of trans women and against anti-trans violence and incarceration, then how could you have POSSIBLY done a good job understanding and portraying that character in the first place? 

Watch Madonna and 'Saturday Night Live' Address AIDS Hysteria In a Surreal Sketch From 1985

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On Saturday morning, I woke up thinking about “Pinklisting,” a Saturday Night Live sketch about AIDS hysteria from 1985, starring Terry Sweeney (the only openly gay male SNL performer in the show’s history) and Madonna.  I posted it on Facebook, with some off-the-cuff and not-outrageously-insightful observations, and the ensuing comments were really interesting, especially Kieran Turner's helpful context that the sketch aired after tabloid controversy about whether Linda Evans got HIV from Rock Hudson during kissing scenes on “Dynasty.”  

Today, a blogger at Indiewire reposted the video, and a lot of his commentary is basically the same as the stuff mentioned in my original post, and in the comments made by my friends.  (I called the video “weirdly supportive,” he calls it “oddly supportive,” etc.)  And it’s not like that video was trending or anything.  I found it on a dark corner of the internet, led by whim, obsession and nagging memory.

Now, nothing any of us wrote on that Facebook thread was like… super unique original content.  It’s not like… creative property.  But it’s definitely weird to see your stray thought and your friends’ input reformatted into a professional blog post with no attribution, especially when the subject matter has to do with your ongoing artistic and cultural inquiry.  

This instance is so benign that I won’t make a fuss or anything.  But it’s making me a smidge paranoid about social media.  Dear professional bloggers: please don’t paraphrase stuff you see on people’s Facebook walls!  It’s a bummer!