The weather is frigid, and many of our year's resolutions are already laid to waste, but this is still the best day ever to contemplate, "what a long strange trip it's been."
I'm uncommonly excited this week because I'm going to be in Boston in two days, to celebrate the anniversary of one of my favorite social justice groups: GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders).
If you've ever smiled upon a righteous court decision supporting gay parents' relationships with their kids, or defending queer students who wanted to go to their high school prom, or legalizing wedding bells for same-sex couples— or getting the police out of your bathroom and bedroom, or defending disability rights for those living with HIV+— well, GLAD was very likely in the thick of it. They have a talent for pressing the law at the most critical times, in the most critical places, every time you wish someone would stand up for what's right.
I'm speaking at GLAD's 30th Birthday party:
Sex on the Margins: The More Things Change...
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
Reception to follow
RSVP to this Free Event
Joining me will be my brilliant pal, sexual politics genius Michael Bronski (listen to our interview here), plus the indefatigable and charsimatic GLAD Founder John Ward, and GLAD Legal Director Gary Buseck.
I rarely get a chance to be on a mike with this many brilliant minds at once, and I'd love to see you there. We want to give our own take on "The Sexual State of the Union," and then open up the floor to see where our audience thinks the body politic is moving next.
On Thursday, I'll be toasting The Best (and Last!) of Best American Erotica, my handkerchief waving in the wind, at Brookline Booksmith, one of my favorite bookshops in the area. I'll be introducing some of my favorite authors too— because truth be told, I may have published more people from New England than any other area besides San Francisco. What does THAT say? It must be the spirit of those witch trials, they just get under people's skin!
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 PM
279 Harvard St., Brookline, MA, 02446
If you have any drinking/eating/sightseeing experiences I should cram into my Boston visit, please tell me. Is there anything cool going on at the Fine Art Museum? I had a wonderful time there on my last visit.
A reporter from the Boston Globe has been assigned to follow me around for a couple hours. What kind of trouble can I get her into? She said she's done this kind of feature before, on Kitty Dukakis— and Vince Neil of Motley Crue! I love being their third act.
On Friday, I'll be in Portland, Maine for the very first time. What shall I do; where should I go? Can I snowmobile my way to a lobster shack? I'm sure you're already laughing at me. Jon, my partner, is bringing his SURF MAT, and swears he's going to catch a wave. Help me remind him what temperature it is.
I'm doing a BAE event Friday night at Longfellow Books, who've been so gracious to me in organizing this all at the last moment:
Friday, January 25, 7:00 PM
1 Monument Way, Portland, ME
See you there!
I love my bloggy homage to Martin Luther King I composed last year, and if you missed it, it's still timely as ever... read here.