Pride memories: … (all photos ~ 8 to 12 KB in size.) The API Wellness booth, buffeted by direct sun, a stiff breeze and hordes of people milling along Polk Street. API staffer women’s program supervisor Vinh Vu, seated on a translucent blue inflatable couch. Two women, associate director of care services Rachel Matillano on the left hollering and associate director of community services Denise Tang on the right, getting ready to fall in beside us. A toss-the-gel-filled-condom game, whose degree of difficulty increased as the afternoon went on and the wind picked up. “Tita Aida” aka community events specialist Nikki Calma (in black) and Noel Alumit, the “American Flip,” talking up passersby. My eye is distracted briefly by AQU25A program coordinator Jaedon Cariaso, but I turn back to Tang, who was instrumental in getting the band down to play. One couple walking by stopped to listen as the pride of Vancouver, B.C., the “Taiko Electric” trio itself, Loud draws a crowd of people wondering whether drummer Eileen Kage, taiko player Leslie Komori and guitar player Elaine Stef could make a joyful noise, which they did. Ankita had scored a lovely shirt earlier in the week. A Sawatdee Thai duo carved sinuous figures in the air, using traditional dance moves. I got a hug from community planning trainer Javid Syed. The Metamorphosis Girls put on a show, with one young lady whirling and transgender health educator Tamika Gonzales tearing up the stage. After them came a 3-member incarnation of the Rice Girls. Then Tita Aida and Noel Alumit got Denise and Chinese treatment manager Christina Wang on stage to give an oral HIV test in Cantonese. Then the GAPA dancers put on a kicky dance routine. Yvette sang while the cops folded their arms and hoped no one would mistake them for leather daddies. (Oh, how I love a man in a uniform … joking!) I saw a funny street sign as we took a stroll over near Nectar, the women’s stage. After a while, we just sat on a curb and watched the intersection bubble with pride and occasional lust type-thangs. Three men in cowboy hats, goatees, black tank tops and flaming sarongs certainly stood out, as did a pair of women for other reasons and a fabulous drag queen for self-evident ones.
Your revolution: … last night a DJ saved my life with a song. (3.5 MB)
Free clues: … à la Mr. Dash, who was pretty straightforward when it happened to him on April 6th. I’m not interviewing for a job or something, either. So, verbum sat sapienti, y’all: Google. It’s your friend. I use it, and so should you, when it’s time to data-mine. Or better yet, just e-mail me. The worst I could say is “no,” right?
– 1 for “brothers”
– 1 for “children” (I have none. Zip. Zero. Nada.)
– 1 for “keith clinkscales” (Over here)
– 1 for “linda”
– 1 for “mom” (maybe this)
GSSMs: … as discussed with Jako.
Jako (01:22 PM): got a sec?
george (01:29 PM): I think so.
Jako (01:30 PM): just wondering if you blogged anything about that SF Gate article Ernie and Anil linked
george (01:31 PM): I didn’t. I read it after coming back from Pride. Saw the paper on a BART train, and flipped through it right before napping on the couch.
Jako (01:31 PM): really cool article – was hoping to get your take
george (01:34 PM): Well, GSSMs are what Anil and Peterme had on their minds a couple of years ago.
george (01:34 PM): At least, that’s how Anil explained it to me.
george (01:35 PM): In a way, I felt that straight people appropriating elements and markers of gay culture was sort of bogus.
george (01:35 PM): I mean, support the culture, sure
george (01:35 PM): but it didn’t seem too far removed from white people feeling Tupac Shakur’s pain, as the article mentioned.
george (01:35 PM): Then my wife told me to pull my head out of my ass
Jako (01:36 PM): true, but some straight folks (on both sides of the gender fence) just act GAY as a matter of course…
george (01:36 PM): and said that straight people who fcuk with borders and boundaries and expectations are cool
george (01:37 PM): and I shouldn’t hate on them because it’s not always about stealing someone else’s cool
george (01:37 PM): and since the more confused people are about gender boundaries, the less likely it is that they’ll just come out (ahem) and say stupid stuff and act stupidly.
Jako (01:38 PM): your wife’s got it right
george (01:38 PM): So I asked her when was the last time she had her gaydar checked.
george (01:38 PM): She stuck her tongue out at me.
Jako (01:38 PM): ha!
george (01:38 PM): And we went out to the bookstore, came back home and watched this documentary on FTM trannies on PBS.
James Dean: … still not dead, according to Morrissey.
Swedish meet, ball: … “Indeed two men in the sample we analysed claimed to have 600 and 800 partners and a woman claimed to have more than 100 partners. … We were trying to think of a type of social network where the connections would be clear, like 1 or 0, there or not there. Sexual relationships, except maybe for Bill Clinton, clearly verify this rule, two people either had sex or they didn’t. So the network is well defined.”
On the radar: … Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” (which I spent an hour last night browsing before looking up and noticing 100 or so pages of its 400-plus-page bulk had passed) and this guy Steven Shaviro (pointed out by Adam re: an interview) who’s publishing “Stranded in the Jungle,” a book made up of essays about Samuel Delany’s “Dhalgren” (a nice William-Gibson-foreword-having paperback edition that would’ve bit me Friday evening if it’d been a snake at the Barnes and Noble in Berkeley, Calif., drowsy as I was after a superb dinner at Cafe Tibet), Prince’s “Under the Cherry Moon” (which crossed my mind while I was watching an ethnic/postmodern dance troupe called Freeplay shimmy-shimmy their ya-yas at the Pride celebration’s Asian stage yesterday, when “Kiss” suddenly materialized from speaker stacks, its opening wah-wah Wendy Melvoin guitar lick-cum-Prince exhalation-grunt and electronic snare-drum hit galvanizing the bodies of hundreds of people around me like so many high-school biology-class frog legs), Tricky’s “Pre-Millennium Tension,” Bjork and Chris Cunningham’s “All is Full of Love” video and a meditation on Sammy Davis Jr., to name a few.