When a Queen dies

The first girl I fell head over heels in love with was a Cuban American queen named Stephanie.

We met in 1973 one night at a really scummy drag bar on Cahuenga Ave called the Speak.  Upon meeting me she told me that the Speak was a drag bar for queens not women.  I told her I was a sex change and she wanted to see.

We took a quick trip to one of the skankiest ladies rooms I’ve ever been in where we got to know each other  by her hand balling me and making out standing in a stall .

Alas… she had so many problems..

Parents who paid her to stay away and a huge drug problem.

She was a downtown girl Quaalude, Placidil, Seconal Tuinol.  Right from the start she was dancing with death.  I joined a circle of friend some were support and other with nearly as big drug problems were enablers.

Too much pain and the in ability to say that it doesn’t mean shit.

Like Michael Jackson had more doctors than I could imagine having.  I had a couple of Doctor Feelgoods I could count on to help me stay skinny and on the bounce as well as able to crash but maybe I had a better sense of where the borders were or some greater purpose in life.

Stephanie over dosed on Valentine’s Day 1974.  Over the years I saw the pattern repeat itself so many times I learned to avoid sisters with downer addictions.

I wasn’t surprised to see the CSI people coming out with bags of scripts.

I wasn’t surprised to hear he weighed 112 pounds.  Anorexia, bulimia and obesity are common partners of the pill abuse as is cutting.

Sometimes when I hear the horror stories about all the murders I shake my head because in my circle of friend death by ‘accidental” overdose was more common.

As I’ve gotten older other friend some of whom have cleaned up are still dying because of the after effects and continued dabbling.

I’m 20 years drug free and over 8 alcohol free.

I’m not saying Michael Jackson was transgender or transsexual just that he showed some similar problems including disconnect from the real world and withdrawl into Neverland.

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The catholic church comes out against transsexual and transgender rights.

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The catholic church comes out against transsexual and transgender rights.

Articles by the catholic church on transsexualism

The catholic church trying to stop transsexual and transgender people being covered by anti-discrimination legislation.

Analysis of the opinion of the catholic church on transsexualism

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Fort Worth Police celebrate Stonewall’s 40th by Raiding Gay Bar

We used to call them pigs.  Maybe it is time to resurrect that term of disrespect.

The police in this nation have become an out of control army of jack booted thugs who tazer elderly people and haul chldren off to jail for petty  issue while ignoring the theft of billions by white collared bankers and brokers.

From Daily Kos  Read more at:


Breaking: Raid on Fort Worth Gay Bar (Update x6)

by lostboyjim

The posts on the Dallas voice page are verified to be from a reporter from the Voice, so while they may be a bit “first person-ish”, they are from a reporter.

Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 12:45:03 PM PDT

A blog post this morning on the Dallas Voice Blog page on the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. People were arrested for “Public Intoxication”.

This story is now breaking on facebook, with an apparent protest planned for today (location and time still not clearly determined).  I have had a brief IM with a reporter who is working on the story, so the event did occur.

Information as I can compile it below the fold.

This information was just culled from the Dallas Voice blog page.  The only reply I see so far on that blog says in part:

I don’t know what went down once the police got inside, I was lucky that I was leaving at the exact moment that the first agent was walking in the door, but they already had the outside door person up against the wall in cuffs, and the building surrounded with cars.

Arresting people in a bar for Public Intoxication seems strange, and doing it on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall seems like they are trying to spark another Stonewall.

This is the only site I have been able to find any news about this raid.  I will be updating this; this may be a misunderstanding or a setup.  As I find out more news today I will be updating this dairy.

I am keeping this a draft for now until I get at least 1 confirmation on the story, or until the Dallas Voice moves it from a blog entry to their “breaking” page.

There is now a Facebook Group* discussing the raid (* I don’t know if non-facebook users can read that link). The summary of the group:

Last night around 1 a.m., on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Fort Worth Police Department raided the Rainbow Lounge and began randomly handcuffing and arresting patrons and shoving anyone who dared to ask why. It was a sobering reminder that on this pinnacle date in the history of gay rights, we still have a very long way to go. I created this group to give folks a chance to discuss it, share stories, pictures, etc.

Pictures of police arresting people at the Lounge are posted there. There are rumors of a protest being organized for today.  However at this time the location and time are fuzzy (the facebook page says both the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, and the Crossroads in Oaklawn (the Crossroads is the middle of the Dallas gay area), and times from 3:00 to 5:00 pm today (CDT).  If I hear of a firm location and time I will update here.

This is very frustrating to me.  The idea of raiding a bar to handcuff people for PI is startling, the fact that they hit a gay bar on the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall is chilling.

Comments posted by a dancer at the bar.  Again, this is from a post on the Dallas Voice blog page. I am still trying to get stronger confirmation from a verifiable source than blog postings and responses.

I was one of the dance entertainers last night at Rainbow Lounge. I was dancing on a box in the VIP lounge and was looking right at the first guy that was arrested. The male patron was standing at the bar doing nothing but having a having a drink and a fun time (like people do in bars) when an officer entered that section of the club and made a beeline straight towards him. The officer forcefully spun the man around, shoved him against the bar and placed plastic restraints on his wrists. The officer then marched the man out the club. The guy was stunned and obviously really scared.
I then noticed another officer in the VIP section and several other officers filtering into the club. I made the decision at that point to go ahead and get dressed in case they were going to start arresting everyone in the entire place.
When I got inside the dressing room there were other dancers already in there getting dressed. They were panicing and saying that this is not something they have ever had to deal dancing in Dallas.
I got dressed and walked out the door and saw that several more officers had made their way into the club. I went into sort of a surreal haze at that moment. I was so disturbed and saddened because it occured to me in that moment that being after midnight, it was actually the exact same day as the Stonewall Riots. I just couldn’t believe what was happening.
I was still standing near the entrance to the VIP lounge with a friend when an officer approached a man standing there. The man had water in his hand. The officer asked him how much he had had to drink and the man said that he didn’t have to answer that. The officer then said that he was going to arrest him for public intoxication. The man said,”You can’t do that I am just standing here right now drinking water.” At the time the officer shoved the man over towards the wall near the dressing room and then back to the rear wall near the men’s restroom, then down onto the floor. Several other officers, made their way back there to hold that ONE MAN down on the ground as they placed restraints on him. At the time I noticed that all of them did not have FWPD uniforms on. Some of them were actually State Police.

Health Reform? Women Say It’s About Work, Wages

From Women’s E-News


Run Date: 06/26/09 By Molly M. Ginty
WeNews correspondent As Congress debates at least 10 health care proposals, prominent women’s advocates say work and wage issues make the single-payer model the best deal for women. So far, it’s mustering little support from lawmakers.

(WOMENSENEWS)–As the battle to reform U.S. health care heats up, Cindy Pearson is staying focused.

“This push is our No. 1 priority now,” says Pearson, executive director of the Washington-based National Women’s Health Network. “It’s an important time because Obama is voicing his concerns about health care and because both houses of Congress are developing legislative language on the issue that women’s advocates will have a chance to discuss, review–and possibly change–before it comes up for a vote in the fall of 2009.”

Pearson says that her group is encouraging women to educate themselves about health care reform, attend local and national events and lobby representatives for the proposals they want.

She cites women’s involvement in shaping other health care legislation–including the Family Medical Leave Act and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, both passed in 1993, as proof that they should get involved now. “Women have affected public health policy in the past and the only way we can do so now is by making our voices heard,” she said.

Ten health care proposals are now before Congress.

Most Popular Proposals

The three most popular proposals all require that Medicaid be expanded; that most people continue to get insurance coverage through their employers; and that every citizen have health insurance, with government subsidies available to individuals and families to help make that coverage more affordable.

After these common elements, the proposals diverge in some key ways.

The first proposal, which emerged from the May hearings led by Senate Finance Committee Chair Montana Sen. Max Baucus, would create an insurance exchange (an organized market for the purchase of health insurance) through which individuals and small businesses could buy coverage.

The second, introduced June 9 by the Committee on Health, Labor, Exchange and Pensions, which is chaired by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, would include the exchange as well. However, it would make subsidies available to more Americans than the Baucus plan, covering more of the nation’s 45 million uninsured.

The third plan, drafted by the Obama administration and the House leadership, was unveiled June 19 with the endorsement of three House committees: Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce and Education and Labor. It does not include the type of insurance exchange recommended in the Baucus and Kennedy proposals and is not as wide-reaching as the Kennedy plan.

The Obama “Tri-Committee” plan does require employers to either cover workers or contribute to a government fund. And it fulfills Obama’s campaign promise to create a government-sponsored health plan that rivals private plans. “If the private insurance companies have to compete with a public option, it will keep them honest and it will help keep their prices down,” Obama said at a June 11 town hall meeting on health reform in Green Bay, Wisc.

One of the ten proposals up for consideration is a single-payer model, in which a publicly financed entity (a “single payer”) reimburses providers for their services (instead of private insurers).

Single-Payer Model Best Serves Women

Though single-payer legislation is not being considered in the Senate, the House is weighing it in the form of the U.S. National Health Care Act (HR 676), which was introduced January 26 by Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

Prominent advocates for women’s health say the lagging single-payer model would serve women best. The National Women’s Health Network, for instance, has endorsed this model since 1978.

“Most of the leading health care proposals on the table would tie insurance coverage to employment in a way that is problematic for women,” said Judy Norsigian, executive director of the Boston-based Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Dr. Susan Hasti, a spokesperson for the Chicago-based Physicians for a National Health Program, agrees. “Women are more likely than men to have inadequate coverage because they are self-employed, work part time, have low-paying, no-benefit jobs, rely on their spouses for coverage or lose their insurance when they change jobs,” she said.

Reproductive services, including abortion, would likely be covered by single-payer legislation and are also likely to be covered by an 11th plan not yet on the table: the U.S. Universal Health Service Act (HR 3000), which California Rep. Barbara Lee plans to reintroduce during this legislative session. According to Norsigian, none of the other proposals under consideration would cover reproductive services as comprehensively.

As Lee’s plan and others come before Congress, the Washington-based Raising Women’s Voices, a coalition of social reform groups based in Washington and New York, is encouraging voters to organize “Women’s Speak-Outs for Health Reform” in their communities.

National grassroots campaigns are also underway. One became visible on June 25, when thousands of women descended on the U.S. Capitol for a mobilization and rally for affordable, quality health care for all. The rally was sponsored the Washington-based Health Care for America Now.

Norsigian says a single-payer system would save up to $400 billion annually in health care administrative expenses and would help eliminate medical debt, which is 30 percent more common among women than men.

Molly M. Ginty is a freelance writer based in New York City.

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