Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Benemann's work on Early American History

Tonight at Harvey Milk Library, author William Benemann read from Male-Male Intimacy in Early America and answered questions from an enthusiastic audience.

Mr. Benemann described some of the positive reviews of his book. One was in East Bay Express and he delighted in the slacker language found therein. I looked it up - it's in the July 25 issue, written by Jason Shamai. Here's part:
If you were around during our nation's wonder years, and you were a dude, and you liked other dudes, life sucked for you. Actually, most of us knew this already. What you might not have known, and what this UC Berkeley archivist has sweated over tons of primary sources to show you, are the various ways in which it sucked and, more interestingly, how that suckitude affected the way early Americans communicated.
Benemann's work sounded like an important contribution to a difficult area of study.

Gay Games 7 Opening Ceremonies

Here's a video with highlights of Gay Games 7 Opening Ceremonies (well - with the exception of the chorus!) from Kevin, a Chicago videoblogger.

And here's one of my shots from the evening!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Help needed for humanitarian voyage to Guatemala

I am leaving on a humanitarian aid journey to Guatemala in a week. I am writing you to ask for your help.

I am going to Guatemala with Rainbow World Fund (RWF), a world relief agency based in the LGBT community. Some of RWF’s recent activities include: building a water delivery system in rural Honduras, raising funds for hurricane survivors, helping save the next generation of young Africans through HIV/AIDS education, helping tsunami survivors, and delivering $700,000 in aid to help people in need around the world this past year. A great feature on RWF just appeared in the Bay Area Reporter - click here to read.

Over the course of the trip RWF will be visiting orphanages, day care centers, hospitals, and workers’ collectives. RWF will also be meeting with human rights advocates and the mothers of children who disappeared during the civil war. In addition to having an opportunity to dialogue with the Mayan and Ladino people, RWF is delivering much-needed medical and school supplies.

Photo: Courtesy Jeffrey Cotter, executive director of Rainbow World Fund.

You can help in any of three ways:

1. I am collecting medical supplies and school supplies (pencils, pens, calculators…) for RWF. Medical supplies, in particular are in great need: we can use anything from band-aids, rubber gloves, hospital supplies, antibiotics and medications. Our goal is to deliver 1500 pounds of supplies - that means 50-100 pounds for each of us and I still have a ways to go!!

Please email me at daledanley@sbcglobal.net, and let me know if you can provide some supplies. I’ll visit you to pick them up.

2. I am also raising money for RWF, to help Guatemala’s poorest children. I am collecting funds to help an orphanage, a school, and a medical clinic. RWF also funds a Guatemalan LGBT service project. 100% of your donation will be given to programs that serve those most in need. You may donate online, in any amount, using a credit card, just fill out the form and let them know you are making a donation on behalf of me. Your donation is tax deductible. To DONATE: http://www.rainbowfund.org/donate

3. Consider joining me on this journey. We have a couple of spaces left. Learn more about the trip at: http://www.rainbowfund.org/journey

Thank you. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 10, 2006

New support for LGBT studies in Oregon

In a May 29 post to his blog, Thomas Kraemer of Corvallis OR wrote that he has signed an agreement to provide financial support to Oregon State University, in the form of a "OSU Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld Fund." After his death, Kraemer's entire estate will go to the fund.

Kraemer's post includes the text of his agreement with the University, which includes examples of research to be funded and not to be funded. Those provisions are important and shows that Kraemer understands that LGBT freedom isn't to be taken for granted.

Kraemer's blog also includes copies of historical articles - especially from the sixties and seventies in Corvallis - with commentary. Recent history like this is easy to lose.

Thomas Kraemer, Thank you!!

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Word of the Day is...Stormy Petrel

Marie Equi garnered this nickname "Stormy Petrel" because of its second definition: One who brings discord or strife, or appears at the onset of trouble. From del.icio.us I've learned that on June 1, 2006, dictionary.com made "Stormy Petrel" its Word of the Day.

The Dictionary.com entry is impressive and includes references to others who have also been labeled "stormy petrel": Maxim Gorky, Paracelcus and Lenin. It also quotes Lytton Strachey, who used the term in Eminent Victorians.

An actual Stormy Petrel from at Lhoon at Flickr.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Stormy Petrel Protest of the Month: Teachers in Oaxaca

This post inaugurates a new feature: Stormy Petrel Protest of the Month.

Protest of the Month is a chance to reflect on the phenomenon of protest in current history, and to pay some tribute to Marie Equi's protests. Marie protested throughout her life - sometimes for political reasons and sometimes for personal reasons; sometimes on her own and sometimes in solidarity with others; sometimes getting arrested and sometimes peacefully. If she hadn't protested, she wouldn't have been in the newspaper, and we wouldn't know much about her today. As the t-shirt says, "Women who behave themselves don't make history."

The protest of the month for July 2006 is the Strike by the National Education Workers’ Union in Oaxaca.
Photo by Tonx at Flickr.

This movement began in May as a strike for better pay for teachers. As teachers camped on city streets and public squares on May 15 - the date of an annual teachers action - they were attacked before dawn by 1,700 state police officers on the orders of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz.

The union has rebounded, gaining support of more segments of the community. The ongoing campaign could affect the Mexican Presidential Election on July 2, perhaps giving an edge to the leftist candidate,
Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Coverage of the strike and of the election in the US is scant; try Mexidata.info, or some of the English-language columnists at the El Universal/The Mexico Herald site.

Please let me know what you think of the new feature and suggest candidates for Stormy Petrel Protest of the Month!

GLBT Historical Society now on YouTube

The GLBT Historical Society, located here in San Francisco, has started a YouTube Channel called glbthistory.

Sign up - there are already 13 of us! This is free and within minutes you can be watching a vintage Super8 video of the 1975 San Francisco Pride Parade.

"Doctor Train" Video in the OHSU Library

A videotape of Michael's "Oregon Doctor Train" lecture is now officially part of the OHSU library collection. Call # WZ70.AO7 H484k 2006, didn't you know?

It's also still viewable online from the OHSU History of Medicine Society.