Archive for October, 2011
The GLBT Historical Society annual Unmasked Gala was held on Thursday, October 29th in the stately Green Room in the San Francisco War Memorial Building. Taking part in the gala as honored guests were representatives from the Bay Area’s annual queer marches: San Francisco’s Pride Parade, Dyke March and Trans March and Oakland’s Sisters Steppin’ in Pride. (Yay SSIP!)
Here are a few snapshots from my phone camera. Enjoy.
The GBLT Historical Society Gala
The Mistress of Ceremony omitted all queer references from Peggy Moore’s distinguished bio the same way a finicky diner picks raisins from rice pudding or pushes okra to the side of her plate.
On Wednesday, October 26th Peggy Moore was recognized along with a stellar list of women community leaders by the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Frame at their Women and Service Awards Ceremony, in Oakland. The MESHF sponsors after school workshops for youth who participant in the Academic Achievers program.
I was pleased to attend the ceremony in support of Peggy’s work but even more pleased when during her acceptance speech she foiled what I imagine was unintended homophobic behavior by the Mistress of Ceremony during her introduction. Just as Peggy was taking her place near the podium several of her supporters myself included readied ourselves to cheer and clap at the first mention of SSIP. I loved when one brother led the applause with three quick GAY SNAPS which caused some audience members to chuckle with amusement and delight.
The weirdness occurred when the Mistress of Ceremony began reading Peggy’s bio from the program book which included a long list of accomplishments spanning two decades including the founding of Sistah’s Stepping in Pride, the primary reason she was being honored. Interestingly, the MC had difficulty saying the “L-word”, “LGBT”, “Dyke March” and subsequently omitted references to Peggy’s work in these areas with the exception of Outreach Coordinator with Lavendar Seniors of the East Bay. The MC vocal pitch rose slightly as if she was relieved to finally be able to mention something in the area of queer activism. The Mistress of Ceremony omitted all queer references from Peggy Moore’s distinguished bio the same way a finicky diner picks raisins from rice pudding or pushes okra to the side of her plate.
Peggy Moore responded with aplomb, decorum and clarified for the audiences in no uncertain terms why she was being honored, namely for founding the premier East Bay DYKE March. In an eloquent and savvy acceptance speech she commented that ALL of her community and political activism has been in the service of LGBT visibility and empowerment including her work with the Obama campaign. Afterwards when I mentioned the oversight, Peggy brushed it off and noted that some elderly folks of a certain generation are still unable to say the “L-word” or any queer speak. A class act!
Women and Service Awards Ceremony
Korean American DNC delegate
Executive Director Filipinos Advocates 4 Justice
Vietnamese Community Activist
Liane Higashiuchi Scott
Oakland Fukuoka Japan Sister City Association
TV Personality (Book Signing/A Black Woman’s Journey in Journalism)
Ora Lee Brown
Ora Lee Brown Foundation
Executive Director Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Sistahs Steppin’ Out (East Bay Express feature)
After ten years, Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride holds its final event.
Mobile phone photo gallery.
A day trip from Paris to Rotterdam via high speed TGV train.
Rotterdam: A Multicultural Melting Pot
“Rotterdam is also a multicultural melting pot that revels in its diversity. With a population that is 25% Muslim and 50% are non-Dutch or have only one Dutch parent, it is appropriate that Rotterdam should have the country’s first immigrant mayor. Ahmed Aboutaleb, a practicing Muslim of Turkish decent, is known as “Obama on the Maas” and is the perfect ambassador for this diverse city. There is also a large presence of people from North Africa, Turkey and the former Dutch colonies: Indonesia, the Dutch Antilles and Suriname.”
Paris-Rotterdam Day Trip