Fire Island, of course! And some other stuff too!
Keywords: gay long island, fire island, cherry grove
It’s Memorial Day! That means a 3-day weekend for many folk! And boy are there lots of gay things to do this weekend on Long Island!
Of course, Fire Island will be in full swing, with The Pines and Cherry Grove poppin’ for the rich and middle class gays, respectively! There are extended ferries, drag shows and pool shows all weekend with the likes of Logan Hardcore and Ariel Sinclair and dance parties galore! You can find the ferry schedule on line! And here is an insider secret – if your day trippin’ and want to check some of your bags, you can do so at The Ice Palace! It is my favorite place to stay at when on Cherry Grove (which is usually half my summer!) because they have good prices, a great staff (shout out to the awesome Operations Manager and friend, Wendy!) and great shows. I’ll see you there!
If you cant get away for more than a few hours, then head on over to The Lizard Lounge on Friday night for The Long Island Gay List Meet-up! Check out all the info on this cool and emergeing social group on facebook!
Wherever you go, whatever you do – be safe, have fun, be yourself and wePRIDEny.com will see you on Tuesday! I’m off on Monday y’all – ill be on Cherry Grove, lip locked with my lady! Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Twitter and morons don’t mix…or do they?
Keywords: rick santorum twitter, daniel velasquez, @dkvelasquez
When I saw this posted up online, I loved it! Rick Santorum, republican moron extraordinaire posted a tweet stating…
“An unborn child is a human life, and like any one of us, worthy of basic dignity, respect and protection.”
Riiiiiiiiiiight. To which smarty pants awesome guy Daniel Velazquez replied
“So are homosexuals, but I don’t see you respecting them or their rights. #justsayin”
Well put Daniel. That kind of made my day. I wonder if he replied to it. Jerk.
Teen lesbian couple shot in Texas, try to find justice through surviving girl
Keywords: mary and mollie , portland texas, mary kristine chapa
Last month a horrific thing happened. Not that they don’t happen every day. But this time, I really struggled with bringing you the news on the topic. To me, it was so upsetting that I didn’t even tell my girlfriend about the story – until today.
On June 22nd, teen lesbian couple Mollie & Mary were hanging out in Violet Andrews Park in Portland, Texas. That night, possibly around midnight, Mollie & Mary were shot in the woods in the head. Brutal. They were found the next morning by a couple in the park. Mary Chapa survived, remarkably. Sadly, Mollie did not. Since coming to , Mary has been intent on working with police to find the man who committed this horrid crime. Mary has helped develop a sketch of the man who shot them.
Hopefully they will find him and justice will be served. Until then, my prayers will be with both girls family. Now you see why I couldn’t even initially report it. Too sad. Hits too close to home. God bless you Mollie.
Theatre Three Festival of One Act Plays highlights LGBTQ characters – as people.
Keywords: theatre three, port jefferson, jacqueline hughes, sheila sheffield platt, gay characters, lgbt pride, imaginary orange, four and twenty wretched dates, 10-18-02, joan st onge
For the past month, Theatre Three in Port Jefferson has been running a festival of one act plays for local audiences. This festival has been running at the theatre since 1998 and has a long standing tradition of producing original content and world premier plays to the stage, all brought to life by local actors. This year was no exception as out of the six short plays performed, two brought “out” the sexuality of their gay characters while beautifully personifying them. This is not to say that other LGBTQ folk were not in the pieces staged – however just as in real life, we do not always know (nor do we need to know) someones sexuality to understand their current contemplation.
The first one-act to “out” a character was “10-18-02″ by Rosemary Frisino Toohey. In this short scene we share an important and at times uncomfortable elevator ride with four perfect strangers travelling to what seems to be “the end”. Within minutes the audience is connected to the characters and their stories of arrival to the hereafter. The theater is charged with the energy and anticipation brought forth by the actors and their situation. Then, we find out that the young woman who seems to comfort us by maintaining calm in this awkward setting is indeed, a lesbian.
Jacqueline Marie Hughes portrayal of a woman who died from breast cancer is one that has you simultaneously aware of her sexuality and forgetful of it. With Jacqueline, no pretenses are set and no stereotypes cue you to her sexuality. Her character is a woman and her sexuality is addressed calmly and with class when she quietly corrects the groups assumption that her partner was a “he”. I appreciated this little reminder highlighting our society’s hetero-normative way of thinking. We live in a world where “straight” is assumed, and we walk around asking women if they have a ‘boyfriend’. Jacqueline’s character proudly states her sexuality – there is no hesitancy. The choice for this delivery solidifies her character as a strong, proud woman. Furthermore, her thought out declaration of her sexuality is role model worthy for the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ individuals who cannot exclaim who they really are for safety, familial or other reasons. Her character talks you through her professional highlights, her struggle with disease and feelings for her partner whom she never married. While watching the show, many audience members think about how this woman dealt with such an illness and the loss of a gorgeous head of hair. But as an LGBTQ person, Jacqueline’s raw and emotional portrayal has you thinking about your own reality, rights and what it would be like if your own partner was sick. It truly strikes a chord. Heterosexual people take this for granted, whereas it is always in the mind of an LGBTQ person.
As the scene progresses, an LGBTQ person and cancer patient can both feel proud. Jacqueline plays her character as a cancer survivor, even in the after life. In addition, no anti-LGBTQ sentiment is expressed by other characters. I was thankful for this, as it is not needed every time we address our community. Gay does not have to be synonymous with hate, so I personally want to say ‘thank you’ to the playwright and cast for their choices.
The three other characters in the elevator are played with just as much intensity and passion. You connect with all of them, within minutes. This play gets you thinking and feeling. If you are straight, it gets you thinking about gay people in general, increasing our visibility. If you are gay this play resonates within you as it touches upon gay rights, sexuality and LGBTQ health issues. My favorite thing about this play comes at the end when the passengers arrive at their separate destinations and we learn what I have known all along – that gay people aren’t going to hell…bad people are.
In “The Imaginary Orange” , Sheila Sheffeild Platt delivers an amazing performance of a single, older woman who has a meeting with her former lovers daughter, where the relationship is discussed for the first time. Just as in “10-18-02″, we do not know Sheila’s character is lesbian until later in the scene. First we see her as a person and musician. Sheila’s delivery of lines in which she reminisces of times with her lover are flawless and carefully constructed. Her character speaks freely but also seems to chose her words wisely and intently. She speaks of the past and her wrong doings with an ease that seems as if we are watching Sheila in her own backyard while also portraying an undertone of the anger and guilt she seems to harbor inside.
When the women’s relationship is brought to light, Sheila’s eyes and posture portray the hurt over harboring a secret love for so long. She speaks of what it is like to love someone you shouldn’t with the realness of someone who has lived through it, still holding on to the bitterness of such a plight. Many of her lines struck chords in me as she spoke, reminding me of the hurt and pain one feels when living and loving “in the closet”. She also speaks of her sexuality during a different time. You can engage in the frustration her character felt when watching her lover go home to her husband. You feel her joy just as intensely when she waxes poetic about her former lover. And you also feel uncomfortable when Sheila is addressing her wrong doings as well as missteps she took along the way. This play and character reminds the audience yet again that gay people are here, visible and have been around for a long while. It also reminds the audience of the pain felt over love lost, regardless of sexuality.
Lastly, in “Four and Twenty Wretched Dates” by Chris Morse we are treated to a series of 24 bad dates. Out of the 24, only 2 were about same-sex couple issues, both the butt of a joke. But it was nice to see that thrown in none the less. The direction of the scene by Jeffery Sanzel, was flawless. The layers entrenched in the dates displayed as well as the over all picture pained by and with the actors was both entertaining and artistic. Joan St Onge played the sassy narrator and was the icing on top of the comedic cake, easing the piece along with impeccable timing. The two same-sex dates in the play were funny – both were comical mix up’s in which the person explained “you see, when my friend said they were setting me up with Chris, I thought they meant a guy/girl” and the audnece got a good laugh when the scenario was reversed. It would have been nice to see an intentional same-sex date thrown into the play, but since the festival itself did such a great job of integrating LGBTQ individuals, i’ll settle!
Theatre Three, Thank you for bringing LGBTQ characters and issues to light and increasing our visibility as people, not just “gay people”.
Theatre Three is located on Main St. in Port Jefferson. They are open year round and are always running both theatrical pieces as well as special events. You can check them out here!
Ewwww….Unicorn Poop is weird, but pretty.
Keywords: unicorn poop, pegasus cake, facebook, share, gross, pretty, poop, unicorn pee, sorry, pegasus cake
Oh my! While trolling the facebook pages of several comical pages, I came across people sharing this picture! Unicorn poop! I dont know what that is – it looks like a hot steaming pile of chemical goodness! Maybe its what happens when one eats that rainbow Pegasus unicorn cake I wrote about the other day (more on that later). Maybe it actually is that cake’s own poop. Either way you slice it – pretty funny. That picture then led to this one….entitled….
Yeah. That’s right. Troubling.
I’m probably going to have to stay off Facebook for a while after finding this.
I’m not sure if that wall is actually rainbow and real or not, but I would really like to know. Anyone? Readers can you help me?
ROYGBIV comes to visit me in bed!
Keywords: ceiling, sick, rainbow, roygbiv, spectrum, colors, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet
Beautiful!! I have been home sick this week – more on that later or tomorrow- however yesterday when I was lying in bed wishing I felt better – a Rainbow appeared on my ceiling! My girlfriend took a picture of it! I was so excited I actually got up to touch it! You could see every color beautifully – it was a sign from God if you ask me! He was saying – get better, stay gay and keep on truckin’. Or something like that. Either way, it absolutely made me feel better!
If you are out there and you see a beautiful rainbow appear naturally somewhere – snap a pic and we can start a reader rainbow gallery!
Have a wonderful day y’all!
GayCities 4th Annual Photo Challenge
Keywords: pride, nyc, gaycities, photo challenge
WELCOME BACK!!!!! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!! Mine was absolutely amazing, if you follow me on Twitter, you already know how much I loved every second of the past few days of my life. I will certainly be reporting on that, but there are a ton of things going on this morning, So I figured I would send out a few articles to hold me over until I really have time to sit down and cover the weekends festivities.
Over on Gaycities, they are holding their 4th annual Pride Photo Challenge- giving you the opportunity to win a trip for two courtesy of JetBlue and Kimpton Hotels. My site has absolutely no relation to GayCities, nor are we a part of the contest- but I figured everyone loves(and deserves) a free trip, and most of my readers were likely partying this weekend at Pride, so why not spread the word and help someone win a little mini vacation?
All you have to do is submit your best Pride photos by July 2, then wait and hope for the best as they will be picking the winning picture shortly after. The photo above is from the gallery of this years submissions- they have a ton of cool pictures over there, it’s so worth sending your picture in- you never know what could come out of it!