Jan 032011

In general, I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions.  I appreciate the impulse to turn over a new leaf with the new year, but personally… I aim for ongoing self-reflexivity and goal-setting, so I don’t really ever line it up with the calendar shift.  That, and the fact that New Year’s resolutions seem doomed to be abandoned by the end of January.

HOWEVER, it just happens that I’ve spent my past week overhauling this site, updating the content, adjusting the layout, and tweaking other things… and I decided, over the course of the updates, that it made sense to use the blog for something other than show announcements.  So: welcome to my (yet to be wittily named) blog!

As far as content goes: you can look here for news, thoughts, and analysis about current events, queer and trans stuff, mental health and social justice issues, and other random bits that catch my fancy.  I’ll occasionally post a new piece of narrative or creative writing.  I might even post a good recipe, upon request!  It’s a bit of this and a bit of that, just to keep things interesting.

See you in the comments.

Happy New Year w/ PoMo Freakshow

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Jan 022011

Per usual  we stayed home with pizza and some video games for New Years Eve and watched the Grand Army Plaza midnight fireworks from the livingroom windows of Heart’s Thicket AKA PoMo Freakshow headquarters.  However, for  New Years Day we made a big splash (literally!).  Kestryl and I  joined some other fabulous Brooklyn queer folks and headed out to our beloved Coney Island to take part in the annual Polar Bear Swim!

It was a balmy 40 something degrees outside but that water was FREEZING, especially with the runoff from the 2+ feet of snow Brooklyn received the day after Christmas.  It was  BLAST!!!!  I can’t think of a better way to spend New Years and am already making plans for our trip back to Coney Island next year, this time with costumes.

I hadn’t been out there since the summer and it was really sad to see just how much of my favorite freaky beach is already gone. ‘Shoot the Freak’ was all boarded up after being mostly bulldozed this week, and Ruby’s was open on the 1st for another protest trying to save their home on the boardwalk.  Coney Island has always been one of my favorite places in the city, and hands down my favorite beach anywhere in the world.  As a queer, freaky, heavily tattooed person it’s always felt like home to me and it breaks my heart the ways in which it’s being destroyed in order to be more “family friendly” and more “tourist friendly.” I hope there is still a bit of freaky beach left to return to on new years day 2012.

With that in mind Happy New Year! I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be a great year, I’m really excited about collaborations, artistic projects, and touring gigs  that are in the works.  I can’t wait to share them with all of you, and see lots of you on the road!

Failure again from Covenant House

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Jan 022011

It’s no secret that Covenant House has been failing LGBTQ youth. There have been lots of investigative reports into the organizations discriminatory policies when it comes to (or too often not at all) providing services to homeless LGBTQ youth. I blogged a little about it here over the summer

Covenant House fails again.  The research arm of the organization recently released a report titled  A National Picture of Youth Homelessness: Characteristics of Youth Served by Covenant House in the United States’ (the title links to a PDF version of the report).   According to Covenant House, “The report analyzes trends among the 1,140 youth entering Covenant House shelters in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Newark, New York City, and St. Louis between January and December 2008. Most of the youth that entered these shelters were between the ages of 18 and 19, male, and African-American. Thirty-eight percent of the youth reported physical abuse and 26 percent reported experiencing sexual abuse. The report recommends evaluation of the impact of foster care on youth homelessness, research on ways to connect youth to employment and educational resources, and increased funding for housing and supportive services.”

Notice anything missing????? Yeah me too.  Nowhere in the report (and believe me I looked) do they mention LGBTQ youth. Not once do the words “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” or “queer”  appear in their report.  We know that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ there is ZERO justification for an agency charged with providing services to homeless youth refusing to acknowledge the overrepresentation of queer kids in homeless youth populations let alone pretend they don’t exist at all.