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November 07, 2008


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Beautiful! Thanks for posting it.

Perfect. Thank you.

Laura and Stacey--thanks to you as well! Here in LA, this piece took double-resonance this week. From the theme of the poem, and the figure of Frederick Douglas, I saw this wonderous and historic moment for our country. But from the lines:

When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful
and terrible thing, needful to man as air,
usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all,

I heard a sadder echo. This week in California, it's hard to imagine how deprived and stripped of dignity we have felt as lgbt people. It is so awkward, so socially skewy, so wrong, and there is such a taste of bitterness right in our throats to lose a majority vote about our lives. And then to stand up, and look around at our neighbors, and wonder.

So I guess that's why I just *had* to post it: it spoke from BOTH sides of an equation still evolving.


Thanks Jenny. Yes, I saw the result on Prop 8 and California and was stunned. It didn't seem possible. Wake up people! I can't make sense of it - it's a turning back of the clock that just shouldn't happen. I'm glad you posted the poem.

I saw the results too - so we've got some work to do. But one of the feelings I have from this week is that "yes we can" change things so that all Americans are treated fairly. Time to roll up our sleeves -- again!

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