From the East Village, Manhattan, to the Castro, San Francisco, and the Montrose, Houston -among many other places, to be queer (LGBTQ) has long meant finding a safe place to be. Although we like to think society has become more accepting of us over the years, every time and again, the Texas Legislature proves us wrong. It is in the spirit of finding a haven for individuals of the LGBTQ community (and their allies) that I publish online. This has long been my objective. Thank you, always, for visiting. -JL
For whatever reason, I have found it difficult lately to post youtube videos to my facebook account. I cannot imagine why this technical issue would present itself. Although some of these postings may be controversial as it relates to their viewpoints, I find these youtube videos to be valuable for their content. I shall post them here, on my website, free from any censorship.
Hate Crime Analysis and Forecast
Website: The Conversation: Academic Rigor, Journalistic Flair
Article: New Data Shows US Hate Crimes Continued to Rise in 2017
Published: June 26th., 2018
“Our investigation found that hate crime totals for the 10 largest cities rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade. Within these data are intriguing signs about the timing and direction of this bigotry.”
Vermont Democratic Candidate Christine Hallquist Tries to Blame Trump for Death Threats
Published Sept. 1st., 2018
– A waterfall in San Francisco, CA – Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – Yerba Buena Gardens
Burlington Free Press
Christine Hallquist, First Transgender Nominee, will face Phil Scott in Vermont Governor Election
April McCullum, Burlington Free Press
Aug. 14th., 2018
The Sacramento Bee
Gay GOP Leaders Struggle to keep Movement Aligned with Trump
By Katie Glueck
Published: May 03, 2017
“Donald Trump broke many taboos when he ran for president in 2016,” said Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans. “Among those was the longstanding, unofficial Republican tradition of, you can’t say ‘gay,’ you can’t even mention the LGBT community, let alone mention them in a positive way.”
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper
Gregory T. Angelo – Log Cabin Republicans – Defending Trump as an LGBTQ-friendly President
“Gay people do not fight for freedom to live in a lavender bubble, but in a more just society.”
– Urvashi Vaid link: American LGBT rights activist
Above Photo -From a rainy day in San Francisco, CA Spring, 2017, in a restaurant next door to the MOMA, on Third St. with friends.
June 15-25, 2017
S.F. International LGBTQ Film Festivalhttps://www.frameline.org/festival/
Click on the above link and go to San Francisco this June!
Above Photo – See it at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX https://www.mfah.org/
HB 3859 -Please passionately oppose this bill while there is still time!
Anti-LGBTQ bill – allows child welfare organizations to discriminate
Click on the link below to go to their facebook page:
KPFT (Part of the Pacifica Network)
with Bryan Hlavinka
May 21, 1990
This moment in history
Please click on the above link to read the article: “Thugs attack LGBTQ activists and police, burn rainbow flag in Ukraine.
Like People in History -by Felice Picano
Although, I have only listened to the audio-book due to being so short on time, I can recommend this book for anyone who wants to be entertained without fail while receiving an excellent outline, fictionalized of the gay struggle for equality since the 1950s. Without hesitation, I recommend the audio book.
- The art of drag
- The AIDS epidemic
- Disco Hedonism
- The struggle for political and personal freedom
The story occurs largely in New York and San Francisco. But that is not the only reason this author’s account, again fictionalized, is close to my heart. How clever of Felice Picano to so clearly describe characters I am sure I have known my entire adult life. He makes clear the meaning and ramifications of the term: In the life. And you will adore him for writing it!
-Jim Legare 5-20-17
GLBTQ Petition (Link to my Texas Travel and Leisure website)http://texastravelandleisure.com/petition/petition.pdf
…Because life’s too short to spend it in the closet.
Like the balloons escaping from their imprisonment, our spirits cannot be contained. Although, the colors are not the official tones of the Rainbow Flag, let us use our imaginations. We shall change the world.
As the giant pink triangle unfurls over Twin Peaks for the Gay Parade up Market Street, SF, so, too, our multi-toned spirits shall drift skyward. May we all find our place in the stratosphere.
It is merely a matter of following the helium balloons, and your pure imagination -to borrow the term from the late and legendary Gene Wilder.
-James Legare 6-17-17
Take a Page From the South: A Black, Queer, Socialist Practice
-link by Laura Flanders. Murphy Jackson, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Atlanta, works to end systematic oppression.