Soon I will write up a blog post about my experience from Yuletide yesterday. Until I get that posted, here are a few e-mails from folks. Bruce Grether sent me a picture called "Solstice Rose" taken by his partner Thomas. Bruce writes:
"A couple of days ago we knew that the night was supposed to get cold enough to freeze. Our Dolly Parton rose bush had 2 blossoms; one was still just a bud, which we cut & brought inside. The next morning (yesterday) the rose outside had frozen & died, but the one inside had opened further & was more lovely & fragrant than ever. So we took this photograph. In the same way Winter Solstice approaches on the 21st, this coming Tuesday, with its promise of turning inward & renewal from the Inner Source."
Also got a couple e-mails from a fellow named Ricky Hurt who shared with me some interesting facts about this time of history. He said he liked the idea and will do his part in celebrating by lighting a purple candle on the 19th, and then do something artsy and crafty like design his own T-shirt for the Queer Yuletide week and then wear it to work.
Here's the info he passed along... Events from December 19, the first celebration of a LGBT Yuletide holiday...
Day 1 of Queer Yuletide Winter Holiday -- We will light a purple candle to honor Creativity. This principle affirms the vital life force of the universe and our connection to Eros. We will especially honor queer artists, musicians, and entertainers, and all who create and protect beauty. Paint a mural today or act in a play.
1922-"The God of Vengeance," a play which drew criticism for lesbian scenes, opened at the Provincetown Playhouse.
1990-On "The 700 Club" televangelist Pat Robertson told viewers that
homosexuality is the very worst sin in the Bible.
1990-The ACLU announced that it would seek to legalize same-sex marriage.
1995-OutRage staged a zap at the Queen's annual Royal Christmas Staff Ball after it was reported she had forbidden the attendance of same-sex partners.
1997-A Superior Court judge in Vermont dismissed a suit by three same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. The reason Judge Linda Levitt gave was that same-sex relationships do not facilitate the raising of children and therefore is not beneficial to the social construct.
1998-A group of European Reform Rabbis expressed their opposition to gay
marriage, saying homosexuals have the right to respect as long as they are not role models, but allowing them to marry would be contrary to the norals of the Jewish tradition.
the above reprinted with permission from Lisa Digaurdi....
Today's GAY(glbt) bios...
Jean Genet, 1910, writer,...
José Lezama Lima, 1910, literary figure from Cuba,
Cyril Collard, 1957, french writer, filmmaker, and actor,...
And here's info from a second e-mail from Ricky:
Day 2 -- We will light a red candle to encourage Community. This principle affirms our individual self-respect and collective power, and the pursuit of joyful self-_expression in the face of obstacles. On this day we will honor activists and heroes such as Harvey Milk and the patrons of the Stonewall Inn.
Today is the feast day of Ruth and Naomi, whose biblical story is believed by some to have lesbian overtones.
1973-The New York City Council rejected a gay rights ordinance.
1986-Boy George and a friend, Mark Golding, were arrested on suspicion of drug possession. The next day Golding died of an overdose of Methadone.
1990-OutRage established the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights to address legal attacks against the GLBT community.
1999-The Vermont Supreme Court ordered the legislature to pass a law requiring equal protection for same-sex committed couples.
the above reprinted with permission from Lisa Digaurdi,...
Today's GAY(glbt) birthday bio....
Elsie de Wolfe, 1865, "AMERICAN LESBIAN WHO HELPED CREATE THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSION....Nor were these her only accomplishments: she also has the distinction of being the inventor of both the Pink Lady cocktail (consisting of gin, grenadine, egg whites, and cream) and the infamous blue hair rinse favored by many graying ladies."