Posts Tagged ‘People in the news’


December 6, 2017

This fantastic, animated cut-paper film at Bellevue Arts Museum has very neatly intersected two trains of thought that have occupied my mind recently. One is the issue of domestic and other violence against women. #MeToo; Harvey Weinstein and all the others who were unmasked after him, not to mention before him. The other is, very […]

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The Homely Protestant

October 19, 2017

I love Robert Motherwell because of his smarts. While so many of his (male) contemporaries were making fools of themselves in bars, he was making poetic work – about poetry – and other big themes, and writing intelligently about it too. I read the wall text for this painting at the Met and was reminded […]

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Dore Ashton, In Memoriam

February 5, 2017

I always loved reading Dore Ashton’s writing. It’s clear, but elegant and beautiful. Her friendships with artists put her in the unique position of being able to reveal anecdotes that cast their work in a new, more personal light. In her hands, they were significant yet little-known accounts that further enlightened the artists’ work; they […]

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Happy Imbolc!

February 1, 2017

Imbolc is a Celtic holiday that celebrates the coming of spring, as the days get longer and the very first buds make an appearance. It’s still celebrated today in Ireland, as folks make St. Brigid’s crosses and hang them over their doors for protection. This day is another in a long line of special days […]

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Pride Project #30 – Barbara Jordan

July 3, 2016

This is the last post celebrating Pride Month! U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan embodied many important “firsts”. She was the first southern Black person elected to the Texas State Senate following Reconstruction. She was the first southern Black woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first Black woman to deliver […]

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Pride Project #29 – Dave Kopay

July 3, 2016

Dave Kopay, a retired NFL running back, was the first professional athlete from a team sport to come out of the closet. This was in 1975, three years after Dave had retired. He read a newspaper article, along with its follow-up letters from readers, about an unnamed NFL player and his experiences in the league […]

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Pride Project #28 – Lorraine Hansberry

July 3, 2016

Lorraine Hansberry is the first Black woman whose play, A Raisin in the Sun, appeared on Broadway. She was also the youngest playwright so honored. It pains me to say this, but through two unsigned letters that she sent to The Ladder, a lesbian magazine, in the late 50s, as well as lists that she […]

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Pride Project #27 – Geri Jewell

July 1, 2016

Geri Jewell is the first person with a disability to be cast as a regular in a primetime television series, when she played Blair’s Cousin Geri on The Facts of Life in the 80s. She got her start as a standup comedian who joked about her own cerebral palsy and got lucky one night when […]

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Pride Project #26 – Leonard Matlovich

June 30, 2016

Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich won the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War but was discharged when he came out as gay to his superiors and refused to sign a pledge to “never practice homosexuality again”. This was a calculated move to try to test anti-gay […]

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Pride Project #25 – Sylvia Rivera

June 30, 2016

Sylvia, like many queer kids, became homeless as a kid because her family (in this case, her grandmother who was raising her) didn’t approve of her queer identity. The queer community, especially drag queens, took her under their wing and christened her “Sylvia”. Her experiences hustling in Times Square and living at the Christopher Street […]

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Pride Project #24 – Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

June 29, 2016

Sor Juana, a nun who lived in New Spain (colonial Mexico) in the 17th century, taught herself to read in her grandfather’s library and entered the convent to continue her studies (the only avenue open to a girl at that time). Her living quarters, filled with books, became the salon of the day, where contemporary […]

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Pride Project #23 – St. Brigid

June 24, 2016

St. Brigid was an early Catholic nun, (who was probably a Celtic goddess and “Christianized”; her feast day is the same as the Druid Imbolc, which celebrates spring). She founded convents all over Ireland that focused on education and art. I read somewhere that she also enjoyed beer. She was very close with another nun […]

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Pride Project #22 – Dr. James Barry

June 22, 2016

Circa 1800, James dressed as a boy and entered college at age 10, graduated medical school at 13 and became a surgeon in the British army. This red-headed Irishman’s interests and accomplishments revolutionized medicine: he promoted hygienic medical practices before that was common he relished difficult assignments to tropical areas with deadly diseases he treated […]

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Pride Project #21 – Kiyoshi Kuromiya

June 21, 2016

I really believe that activism is therapeutic.” – Kiyoshi Kuromiya Kiyoshi Kuromiya was born in a Japanese internment camp in rural Wyoming during World War II. As a college student, he participated in some of the earliest demonstrations of the civil rights movement: “Annual Reminders” held in Philadelphia in the 1960s on the 4th of […]

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Pride Project #20 – Lesbian Pirates

June 20, 2016

Although some accounts differ and some have been clearly “straightened up”, there is enough evidence to count Anne Bonney and Mary Read as Lesbian Pirates, who not only established reputations as among the toughest of the rough-and-tumble pirates on the high seas, but were a couple as well. Anne was known in her hometown of […]

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