Archive for the ‘Birmingham Pride’ Category

>Pride Week in Birmingham

June 8, 2010

>While awaiting the results of today’s elections in other states, I’ll fill you in some area “goings on.”

Quick update. the Bessemer City Council voted today to annex the 350 acres I wrote about here. The vote was 6-1. As expected, Jeffco Comm candidate Jimmie Stephens, looking for votes, voted against the annexation rather than voting in the interests of the citizens of Bessemer.

But this is a Big Plus for Bessemer as it will allow a developer to build warehouses and such near the Norfolk Southern Hub. Things are rockin’ in the Bessemer area.

This is Pride week in Birmingham. That includes Bessemer, as we don’t have our own Pride celebrations here. Yet. Someday. Here are some pictures from the last Pride or two.

On Wednesday the film, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, will be showing, and a short panel discussion will follow. What is the local importance of Pride? What should the message be? I will be on the Panel, representing Equality Alabama.

On Saturday the Pride Parade takes place, and once again I will be driving the Alabama Stonewall Chevy pickup. Our guys will be blowing bubbles and tossing out candy and maybe some beads. Step-off is at 8:30 at Five Points South.

Bubbles and jewels help make the night beautiful.


Last minute adjustments before the parade.


Patricia Todd and Jennifer rode on our truck last year!


The mis-informed haters are sure to be there.

Sunday is Pridefest at Sloss Furnace, beginning at noon. I’ll be there as well, promoting and signing my book, Those Others: Navigating the “Riddle of Homosexuality” in 1965 , promoting Terri Sewell for congress and helping with the Equality Alabama table.


Lamar was one of the performers at last year’s Pridefest.


Libertee Belle and Z at Pridefest last year.

Come and join in the fun. More information on these and other events can be found here.

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>Iran, Pride and Sisters

June 16, 2009

>Many Facebook profile photos have changed over the last few days to this, in support of the protests occurring in Iran.

A friend from Iran is reporting that the hard line government is planning to kill more protesters, like 400 or so, today, to put a stop to the unrest. People are being urged not to attend the rally. Intimidation is what the government is trying, and it might be working, if it keeps people from gathering.

Right now, militia members are beating protesters with sticks and foreign reporters have been ordered to quit reporting (that will never happen).

What I am wondering is why didn’t we react this way in 2000 when the hard line government gave the election to George W. Bush. I mean, protesting in the streets. I don’t think the government here would have attacked us. Wait, Dick Cheney was coming into power. Maybe they would have.

We had to wait 8 more years for change. Let’s hope Iran doesn’t have to wait that long for the change they desire.

But regardless of the outcome, Iran, and other suppressed countries, will not be the same.

More Pride

As promised, here are some more pictures from Birmingham’s Pride Celebration.

Here’s a crowd shot, though not the best. But even cowboy’s enjoy drag.


This is Dominique Divine, Miss Rising Star.


These are members of Magic City Sisters, a group that raises money for various charities, and 100% of the money raised is donated. (Can you recognize the two who are former residents of Bessemer? Yes, we have Sisters here in The Marvel City.)

From their web site:

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc …. Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride. If we can do this while raising money for charity and being our natural fabulous selves, then there is room for YOU to be as fabulous as you are and as you were meant to be.

The Flags are Flying

June 6, 2008

Channel 6 reported last night that the Rainbow Flags are flying in Birmingham!

This video is dedicated to Mayor Larry Langford. Listen to the words, mayor. For the rest of us…Dance!

Actually the video isn’t that great, but the song is nice.

I want to urge everyone to come to the parade Saturday. You don’t have to be gay to enjoy a parade, but if you are gay, you have no excuse. You should either be part of a group taking part, or on the sidelines cheering us on.

If you are not gay, please lend your support. Show the mayor that Birmingham is an accepting city, and is proud of all its residents. The line up for the parade starts at 6:30…the parade kicks off at 8:30. Just go to Five Points South and join the crowd lining up for the parade.

The lead unit in the parade will be a Veterans group. How fitting, on the week that Sam Nunn, one of the principle lawmakers responsible for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, speaks out telling America it is time to revisit the policy. Gays and lesbians now and always have fought to defend our freedom, even when they do not enjoy the rights and freedoms they are fighting for.

Alabama Stonewall Democrats will be in the line-up. Watch for our bubble blowing pick up truck, and speaking of Stonewall Democrats, join us at our next meeting June 19, 5:30 at Logan’s in Crestwood. We heard at the Interfaith meeting the other night that we need to get more political, and certainly if policy is to be changed it must come through the governing bodies, local, state and federal. And face it, the Democrats are the only ones who (somewhat) consistently stand up for our rights. So join us.

And make friends with us on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/alabamastonewall
Join our group on Facebook: Alabama Stonewall Democrats Group

>The Flags are Flying

June 6, 2008

>Channel 6 reported last night that the Rainbow Flags are flying in Birmingham!

This video is dedicated to Mayor Larry Langford. Listen to the words, mayor. For the rest of us…Dance!

Actually the video isn’t that great, but the song is nice.

I want to urge everyone to come to the parade Saturday. You don’t have to be gay to enjoy a parade, but if you are gay, you have no excuse. You should either be part of a group taking part, or on the sidelines cheering us on.

If you are not gay, please lend your support. Show the mayor that Birmingham is an accepting city, and is proud of all its residents. The line up for the parade starts at 6:30…the parade kicks off at 8:30. Just go to Five Points South and join the crowd lining up for the parade.

The lead unit in the parade will be a Veterans group. How fitting, on the week that Sam Nunn, one of the principle lawmakers responsible for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, speaks out telling America it is time to revisit the policy. Gays and lesbians now and always have fought to defend our freedom, even when they do not enjoy the rights and freedoms they are fighting for.

Alabama Stonewall Democrats will be in the line-up. Watch for our bubble blowing pick up truck, and speaking of Stonewall Democrats, join us at our next meeting June 19, 5:30 at Logan’s in Crestwood. We heard at the Interfaith meeting the other night that we need to get more political, and certainly if policy is to be changed it must come through the governing bodies, local, state and federal. And face it, the Democrats are the only ones who (somewhat) consistently stand up for our rights. So join us.

And make friends with us on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/alabamastonewall
Join our group on Facebook: Alabama Stonewall Democrats Group

The "T"

June 5, 2008

Last night a Town Hall Meeting was held at Covenant Community Church and several issues were presented by panelists as well as members of the audience. Inclusion of the “T” was a hot topic. “T” is the T in GLBT and means “transgender” and one aspect is whether “T” can be included in Alabama’s hate crimes law…which someday may pass*. Of course, the immediate response is “Duh,” of course transgender people should receive the same protections as other sexual minorities, but the nuts and bolts (no pun intended) of the issue requires analysis of what version of the bill could actually pass, etc.

* The house version of the bill did pass this year, but senate filibustering did not allow it to be brought up in the senate.

Transgender is always a topic that interests people, for a variety of reason, whether they admit it or not. That is why this post (Thomas Beatie) was my most popular post ever, and still gets hits on a daily basis. Some people are interested because they have a family member or friend who is dealing with such issues. Others are interested only because they see an issue of human rights. Some just think it is hot.

The Lady Chablis, in her book “Hiding My Candy”, defines “T” as “[n.] The truth”, and certainly, that is a part of a transgender person’s conflict. Discovering themselves and determining how and when to let others know. The Doll (The Lady Chablis’ stage name) defines “My T (to know my T, to tell my T)” as “[n.],[v.phr] Knowing where my candy’s hidden; knowing that I even have candy”. OK.

If you saw the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil“, The Lady Chablis played herself in the movie. I met The Lady Chablis in Savannah and saw her show at Club One.

Watch this clip, and in addition to learning about The Lady, you will hear her say “One thing I believe in with every human being is if your soul and your spirit says its the right thing, then it is the right thing.”

The Lady Chablis “pours the tea” or tells the truth, as she defines the phrase in the book.

Jim Berendt, author of “Midnight…” says “In the South, people regard other people’s lives as works of art.” That may be the “southern way” of looking at others, but it sure has been lost here in Birmingham. One only has to follow the story of Larry “Flip Flop” Langford and the Pride flags. After refusing to allow the flags on city property, he said that the flags could be put up after some pressure from William Bell and other councilors. But late yesterday, he reversed himself again and said the city would not put the flags up.

We have been assured by Central Alabama Pride that the flags will be up, however, in time for the parade (of course they were supposed to be up during all of Pride Week) but that could mean Pride Committee members on ladders which might not be a good thing. Let’s hope they find a bucket truck to use.

This parade on Saturday will include a 100 foot rainbow flag from Atlanta, and another large flag from Memphis, so we will not be short on rainbow color that day. Come join us (6:30, line up, 8:30 Parade, Five Points), and show the Mayor that Birmingham does support the gay community. With Pride.

>The "T"

June 5, 2008

>Last night a Town Hall Meeting was held at Covenant Community Church and several issues were presented by panelists as well as members of the audience. Inclusion of the “T” was a hot topic. “T” is the T in GLBT and means “transgender” and one aspect is whether “T” can be included in Alabama’s hate crimes law…which someday may pass*. Of course, the immediate response is “Duh,” of course transgender people should receive the same protections as other sexual minorities, but the nuts and bolts (no pun intended) of the issue requires analysis of what version of the bill could actually pass, etc.

* The house version of the bill did pass this year, but senate filibustering did not allow it to be brought up in the senate.

Transgender is always a topic that interests people, for a variety of reason, whether they admit it or not. That is why this post (Thomas Beatie) was my most popular post ever, and still gets hits on a daily basis. Some people are interested because they have a family member or friend who is dealing with such issues. Others are interested only because they see an issue of human rights. Some just think it is hot.

The Lady Chablis, in her book “Hiding My Candy”, defines “T” as “[n.] The truth”, and certainly, that is a part of a transgender person’s conflict. Discovering themselves and determining how and when to let others know. The Doll (The Lady Chablis’ stage name) defines “My T (to know my T, to tell my T)” as “[n.],[v.phr] Knowing where my candy’s hidden; knowing that I even have candy”. OK.

If you saw the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil“, The Lady Chablis played herself in the movie. I met The Lady Chablis in Savannah and saw her show at Club One.

Watch this clip, and in addition to learning about The Lady, you will hear her say “One thing I believe in with every human being is if your soul and your spirit says its the right thing, then it is the right thing.”

The Lady Chablis “pours the tea” or tells the truth, as she defines the phrase in the book.

Jim Berendt, author of “Midnight…” says “In the South, people regard other people’s lives as works of art.” That may be the “southern way” of looking at others, but it sure has been lost here in Birmingham. One only has to follow the story of Larry “Flip Flop” Langford and the Pride flags. After refusing to allow the flags on city property, he said that the flags could be put up after some pressure from William Bell and other councilors. But late yesterday, he reversed himself again and said the city would not put the flags up.

We have been assured by Central Alabama Pride that the flags will be up, however, in time for the parade (of course they were supposed to be up during all of Pride Week) but that could mean Pride Committee members on ladders which might not be a good thing. Let’s hope they find a bucket truck to use.

This parade on Saturday will include a 100 foot rainbow flag from Atlanta, and another large flag from Memphis, so we will not be short on rainbow color that day. Come join us (6:30, line up, 8:30 Parade, Five Points), and show the Mayor that Birmingham does support the gay community. With Pride.

Central Alabama (Birmingham) Pride…and Scotty boy

May 29, 2008

Pride begins in Birmingham this week, and key events are listed below. But I have to comment on “Scotty Boy” first.

Scott McClellan’s new book, What Happened, is reported to be a tell-all about the Bush White House, and there is plenty to hear and read about it all over the place. But why are so many of us not surprised to hear the things he wrote? We have known all along the administration misled the public (and the congress) in the run up to war. We knew there were no weapons of mass destruction. We knew Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney were involved in the Valerie Plame leak.

President Bush is said to be puzzled by the revelations, but that is no surprise. Bush? Puzzled?

But is the book really a “tell-all”? I haven’t heard Scott or any reporters talking about Scott’s role in allowing Jeff Gannon press passes so he could launch soft ball questions to the press secretary. Gannon remember (real name James Guckert) was really a gay escort (aka prostitute) who was featured on a military studs website. I hope no one takes offense at this picture, but it was all over the news a few years back.

Now you know that in a White House so boned up about security, that somebody had to realize that Jeff’s background included posing nude and making money with his body. Scott McClellan comes to mind, in part because of his reputation for cruising gay bars in Austin before going to D.C.

McClellan said at the time there was no breakdown in security, but most journalists take weeks to get clearance to work in the White House press corps. Somebody had to vouch for him, or maybe even lie about supposedly getting clearance for Gannon. Cruisy McClellan seems the likely choice.

And speaking of things gay, Pride begins in Birmingham this week. See a listing of all the events

at Central Alabama Pride. Highlights include:

Pride Art (works by local artists for viewing and sale) at the Harbert Center (2019 Fourth Ave N.) Friday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm.

Interfaith Prayer Service at Hill University Center (1400 University Blvd) Saturday, May 31, 7 – 8:30 pm.

Town Hall Meeting at Covenant Community Church (5117 1st Ave N) Wednesday June 4, 7 pm.

Parade Five Points South Saturday June 7, 8:30 pm. Arrive early.

Pridefest at Sloss Furnace Sunday June 9, 12:30 – 10:00 pm. Vendors, music, drag, politics, advocacy.

There are plenty of other offerings, like Cosmic Bowling and a cook out at Lakeview Yacht Club and more, so check out the web site.

>Central Alabama (Birmingham) Pride…and Scotty boy

May 29, 2008

>Pride begins in Birmingham this week, and key events are listed below. But I have to comment on “Scotty Boy” first.

Scott McClellan’s new book, What Happened, is reported to be a tell-all about the Bush White House, and there is plenty to hear and read about it all over the place. But why are so many of us not surprised to hear the things he wrote? We have known all along the administration misled the public (and the congress) in the run up to war. We knew there were no weapons of mass destruction. We knew Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney were involved in the Valerie Plame leak.

President Bush is said to be puzzled by the revelations, but that is no surprise. Bush? Puzzled?

But is the book really a “tell-all”? I haven’t heard Scott or any reporters talking about Scott’s role in allowing Jeff Gannon press passes so he could launch soft ball questions to the press secretary. Gannon remember (real name James Guckert) was really a gay escort (aka prostitute) who was featured on a military studs website. I hope no one takes offense at this picture, but it was all over the news a few years back.

Now you know that in a White House so boned up about security, that somebody had to realize that Jeff’s background included posing nude and making money with his body. Scott McClellan comes to mind, in part because of his reputation for cruising gay bars in Austin before going to D.C.

McClellan said at the time there was no breakdown in security, but most journalists take weeks to get clearance to work in the White House press corps. Somebody had to vouch for him, or maybe even lie about supposedly getting clearance for Gannon. Cruisy McClellan seems the likely choice.

And speaking of things gay, Pride begins in Birmingham this week. See a listing of all the events

at Central Alabama Pride. Highlights include:

Pride Art (works by local artists for viewing and sale) at the Harbert Center (2019 Fourth Ave N.) Friday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm.

Interfaith Prayer Service at Hill University Center (1400 University Blvd) Saturday, May 31, 7 – 8:30 pm.

Town Hall Meeting at Covenant Community Church (5117 1st Ave N) Wednesday June 4, 7 pm.

Parade Five Points South Saturday June 7, 8:30 pm. Arrive early.

Pridefest at Sloss Furnace Sunday June 9, 12:30 – 10:00 pm. Vendors, music, drag, politics, advocacy.

There are plenty of other offerings, like Cosmic Bowling and a cook out at Lakeview Yacht Club and more, so check out the web site.