Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 16, 2016

I don’t like paying taxes but I’m grateful for the income so I’m not going to complain. I’ll simply write my check and get over myself. At least Hillary took the day yesterday so I’m happy!

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1680 – Legislators of New Hampshire pass the colony’s first capital laws, copied almost word for word from the Plymouth laws of 1671: If any man lie with mankind as he lies with a woman; both of them have committed abomination; They both shall surely be put to death: unless one party were forced, or were under fourteen years of age. And all other Sodomitical filthiness shall be severely punished according to the nature of it

 1954 – The Army–McCarthy hearings convene to investigate conflicting charges made by the United States Army and Senator Joseph McCarthy about allegations of preferential treatment that McCarthy and his aide Roy Cohn had secured for Cohn’s friend David Schine. The hearings include inquiries into the supposed security risks posed by homosexuals employed by the federal government and include instances of gay-baiting by Special Counsel for the Army Joseph Welch. Notably, Welch defines a pixie as being “a close relative of a fairy”. “Fairy” is a slang term for “homosexual” and Welch’s remark is interpreted as a jibe at Cohn, a closeted homosexual.

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Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 15, 2016

Yesterday was a fun friend day! I had lunch with a dear friend at the local deli, met two others for golf in the afternoon, then two more for dinner. I love the catch-up and touching base with folks in Ventura. I love being in Palm Springs with Kelly and I’m also comfortable in Ventura as well. And I’m looking forward to spending three weeks in The Villages in Florida with that community of women, and then the BEST: Sequim, WA. Kelly and I will go up in mid-May for the next 6 months (though we’ll be in and out of SoCal throughout that time). I know all of this sounds crazy to most people but I thrive on the changes. The good news is that there is such sweet familiarity in each of these places. I’m deeply grateful that I’m still able to move around like this. One day I’ll probably lite in one of them, find a comfy rocker, and enjoy life more sedentary with Kelly, but for today, I have people to see and places to go!

Beware the Ides of March, wrote Shakespeare. Happy March 15th. It should be a wild day, politically speaking. It’s a perfect day to do my taxes while being glued to the television. Okay…and do some exercise, perhaps a good 3-mile walk while I listen to MSNBC!

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

559, Turkey – “Men-corruptors” blamed for earthquake and plague in Constantinople. The Empire of the Byzantine Empire claimed that homosexual acts are to blame, as he warned the year before.

1633, Sweden – Christina becomes Queen at age sex. She always wished to be a boy and is given the nickname “Girl King.” When she was fourteen her tutor remarked that “she is not at all like a female.”

1811, UK – Beginning of trial for two Scottish teachers accused of lesbian acts. One of the judges said that sex between women was “equally imaginary with witchcraft, sorcery or carnal copulation with the devil.”

1977 – The ABC sitcom, Three’s Company, premieres. The “sit” in the sitcom is that an unemployed straight chef (John Ritter‘s Jack Tripper) moves in with two female roommates, but in order to satisfy the landlord’s suspicions that there might be sexual impropriety, pretends he is gay. The show stays in the Nielsen Top Ten for the next six years;

1983 – A West Virginia kindergarten teacher, Linda Conway, is forced to resign from her job after parents complain that she LOOKS like a lesbian. She files a $1 million lawsuit against the school board. However, three years later the state supreme court confirms the school board’s right to dismiss her because of her appearance;

1985 – A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that AIDS is most likely NOT spread by casual contact.

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Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 14, 2016

My gluts are reminding me that Kelly and I took a 4.5 mile hike yesterday on the North Lykken Trail in Palm Springs. The wild flowers are blooming, the scenic trail was gorgeous, and the hike overall was perfect for a Sunday morning.

In the afternoon I took the Amtrak bus/train combo from Palm Springs to Ventura. I like riding the train. I sit in the senior car, have an electrical outlet at my seat and a bathroom in the car, and the food car is the next one down….all for $29! Such a deal! The best part is that there is internet and I can write and communicate. Sadly, this morning I saw on the news that an Amtrak passenger train exactly like the one I rode derailed in Kansas and people were hospitalized.

There but for the grace of God go I…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1971 – More than two thousand protesters march on the steps of the Albany capitol building demanding an end to laws that discriminate against gays and lesbians; 2006- First time a member of a royal family comes out – Prince Gohil in India.

2006, India – Prince Manvendra Kumar Singh Gohil of the former state of Rajpipla comes out as a gay man making him the first openly gay royal in the world.

2012, Denmark – Marriage equality legislation proposed in the Danish Parliament, goes on to be passed on June 15th.

2012, New York – On behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, the Center for Constitutional Rights files a lawsuit claiming that Scott Lively violated international law with conspiracy to engineer a genocide of LGBT people in Uganda. The case is still open.

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Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 13, 2016

Politically, the last few days have been among the craziest I’ve ever seen. I’m sure there have been other times of full-blown bizarrity (I made up this word today!), historically speaking, but these days have been frightening and disappointing, though sprinkled with a touch of humor.

The humor comes from the buffoonery of the Republican candidates right from the start with that crazy field of 17, each out-stupiding (another made-up word) the other for our entertainment. The humor that followed – such as Rubio’s comments about the size of Trump’s personal body parts – was outlandish and embarrassing for a United States presidential race.

The fear comes from the rise of Donald Trump whose words and actions rival those of Adolph Hitler. ( I can’t believe both of those names are even in my blog!) I’m writing a book about WWII and have done several years’ worth of research. As I read about Hitler and watch Trump on television, I’m appalled, and truly horrified, at the similarities.

I read an article yesterday entitled The Rise of American Authoritarianism by Amanda Taub, about several studies on people who are authoritarian and why Trump is rising politically. Taub reports that Trump embodies the classic authoritarian leadership style: simple, powerful, and punitive. She said of Americans who are authoritarian: Authoritarians are thought to express much deeper fears that the rest of the electorate, to seek the imposition of order where they perceive dangerous change, and to desire a strong leader who will defeat those fears with force…whose politics went far beyond the acceptable norms. Trump’s their man. Hitler was their man in the 1930s in Germany. The parallels indeed inspire fear…

The disappointment came the other days with my candidate choice, Hillary Clinton, for whom I will still vote because, for me, there is no other option. At the Nancy Reagan memorial (geez, other name I never thought would be in my blog!), Hillary praised Nancy for bringing AIDS to the tables of conversation in the 1980s. Yeah, she did, but her form of conversation was ridicule, lack of compassion, and a complete unwillingness to do anything to turn the epidemic around. And Ronald Reagan didn’t even mention the word AIDS aloud to the American people until 1987, after thousands had already died! (Nancy also did no service to the “war” on drugs/alcohol, either. We should have just said no to the Reagans.) The Reagans were no friends to any of us in the AIDS era, when thousands of us held our sons, brothers, friends, and lovers as they died horrible deaths at such young ages. The Reagans do not deserve our attention.

And yet Hillary, who was there at the memorial, who should have remembered, who should have known, made such a bad mistake… and our wounds reopened. Of course we need to process this, as does, she, but do we abandon her for Sanders who will lose to Trump in November? Do we allow this painfully sad and disappointing moment be the reason we hand over our country Trump, to authoritarian rule? I, for one, cannot.

I stand with Hillary…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1984 – Claiming an “absence of compelling need” for such legislation, California governor George Deukmejian vetoes a gay rights bill that would have prohibited job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

1991 – Paris is Burning premieres in the US. It’s a documentary that shows New York’s drag scene in the 1980s.

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Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 12, 2016

I was chatting with Regina yesterday about the issue of aging. We spoke fondly of a person who is 20 years older than I (not my mother who is 21 years older!) and it struck me that in 20 years I’ll be 89. That’s ONLY 20 years! Not very far away, and that’s IF I get to live that long!

I’m going to be 69 next week. How on earth did THAT happen? I feel so much younger (and so much wiser), and I certainly enjoy life a heck of a lot more today than I ever have in my entire life. Twenty years.

Twenty years ago, 1996, I was 49 and still working at the University of Michigan. It was the year I graduated with my doctoral degree from UNF. My son and I had not yet reunited. My second granddaughter and two grandsons were not yet born. My first book was not yet published. My Dad and my sister Sherry were still enjoying life. Twenty years.

In twenty years, provided I am alive and well, I expect to still be sharing life with Kelly, still be traveling the world though maybe not doing bicycle adventures so much, still playing golf, still writing books and screenplays, maybe being a great-grandmother (if the grands have kids by then), wondering who will still be here, and still grateful for the gifts the Universe provides.

Twenty years? Who knows? Twenty years… All I really know is that all I have is this moment. I can’t predict the future nor do I wish to try to do so. The best I can do is live and love as best I can, in this one moment, taking care of my body and my health and my relationships, building moment upon moment, until perhaps one day I will look back and marvel at how amazing the last twenty years – as these past twenty years – have been.

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1976 – At a campaign stop in Los Angeles, Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter tells an audience that, if elected, he would be willing to issue an executive order banning discrimination against gay people in housing, employment, immigration and the military

1995, Cambodia – Same sex couple married in the village of Kro Bao Ach Kok. It was allowed because one of the partners already had children from a previous marriage. If they were both childless, the marriage would not have been allowed because they couldn’t produce children. There were about 250 guests at the wedding including Buddhist monks and high officials from the province.

2004 – The Wisconsin State Senate approves of an amendment to the state constitution (20-13) that would ban both same-sex marriages and civil unions

2004 – Oregon’s attorney general issues an opinion on same-sex marriage, stating that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples would contradict current state law. At the same time, he also concluded that the Oregon Supreme Court would probably strike down those statutes as violating the state’s constitution. Partially as a result of this, the Wisconsin State Senate voted to approve an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriages or even civil unions.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

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Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 11, 2016

Our friends Beau and Cecelia arrived yesterday from Apache Junction, Arizona on their way back up to Port Townsend, WA. It’s always good to see them and we had another wonderful time. We walked through the very crowded Palm Springs Street Fair last evening, enjoyed some yogurt along the way.

While we were cruising the Fair, the four of us were stopped in our tracks by a gorgeous piece of art. It was a 24” x 36” aluminum piece, all shiny black with a very multicolored female figure arising from a pool of white. The artists told us that he depicted her as rising up into her own. That’s exactly how we saw her as well and the four of us fell in love with the piece. Kelly and I made arrangements to meet with the artiest a week from Saturday at the Desert Art Fair after we agreed on a place for her in our home. As we walked away, Beau and Cecelia put their arms around us and said, “It’s a perfect wedding present because we all found it together.” And they bought it for us! What a generous, loving thing to do! The artist will deliver the piece in a few days.

For my entire life I searched to belong… anywhere, community, friends, organizations, anywhere. I always felt as if I were always on the periphery, never truly “part of.” I counteracted that with being a well-known activist, author, and educator. Today I have a loving partner, dedicated friends, a precious family, and a sense of place…and, ironically, I’m hardly known by anyone anymore beyond my circle of love. And I’ve never been happier…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

222, Italy – Elagabalus was assassinated at age 18 in Italy because of his relationship with Hierocles, a charioteer

1998 – Torben Lund and Yvonne Herlov, the first two openly gay and lesbian members of the Danish Parliament, took office

2003 – the first transgender person, Reuben Zellman, is accepted in the Reform Judaism Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Zellman is now the assistant rabbi and music director of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, CA.

2007 – first openly LGBTQ person, Rabbi Toba Spitzer, chosen to head an American Rabbinical Association, in Arizona.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

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Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 10, 2016

Yesterday was just sweet. We woke up, walked over to the gym and had a good workout, went to a CoDA meeting, bought groceries for ourselves and a friends who’s ill, then spent the remainder of the day at home. We even made up some games to play on our putting green for fun and to improve our putting games.

At the CoDA meeting, the topic of conversation was about trust, always something I’ve pondered over the decades, mostly because I had very little. After I realized I was a lesbian, at the ripe old age of 11, I didn’t trust anyone. I thought my family would disown me and my friends would reject me if they knew. The odd thing is that I had no evidence of that. I never heard my family talk about homosexuality in any way but for some reason, I believed that they’d “lock me up and throw away the key.” (My mantra.)

I didn’t trust myself because my heart always betrayed me. (How could I pretend to like the guy who was my date when I really wanted to be with the girl who was with her date in the back seat of our car?) And I had developed ulcerative colitis so I didn’t trust that my body wouldn’t act out and become loud or even incontinent.

That was the setup for developing relationships. I trusted no one, not even myself. As a result, my relationships were often and fleeting. I figured if anyone really knew me, they’d leave. So I left first (with the one exception where she left me).

Today I’m deeply grateful that I have CoDA and a program that allows me to explore and understand my issues. For nearly 15 years I’ve allowed myself the opportunity to know my character defects and to work with a Higher Power who loves me even when I fail. Today I get to have a loving relationship with a woman with whom trust and vulnerability are among the agreed-upon primary aspects of who we are as a couple. If I feel myself beginning to question my sense of trust, for myself, for her, I am able to talk about it with her without acting out or leaving. And the colitis? It has been quiescent for 25 years.

Today, as I approach my 69th birthday in ten days, I am deeply grateful, and truly and finally precious and free…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1778, Pennsylvania – From George Washington’s letters: Lt. Enslin of Col. Malcolm’s regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy with John Monhort, a soldier. His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with the Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes order Lt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return. Enslin wasdismissed with Infamy.”

1985 – William Hoffman’s play about AIDS, As Is, opens at New York City’s Circle Rep Theater. Less than six weeks later, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart opens at the Public Theater;

1987 – AIDS advocacy group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) is formed in response to the devastating effects the disease has had on the gay and lesbian community in New York;

1994, German – Paragraph 175, the section of the German Penal Code that outlawed sexual acts between men is repealed. It was used heavily by the Nazis to persecute gay and bisexual men.

2009 – In Tel Aviv, Uzi Even and his life partner was the first same-sex male couple in Israel whose right of adoption has been legally acknowledged. The Israeli Court rules in their favor.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 9, 2016

My dear friend, Rev. Mike Piazza, writes daily in a column called Liberating Word. Many of his pieces touch me and today was no exception. He wrote about a meditation book in his library called Freedom Days: 365 Inspired Moments in Civil Rights History by Janus Adams. Mike wrote:

It recounts historical events and stories about heroic people, some famous, many unknown, but equally brave. The trouble I have with the book is that so much of it is deeply depressing. It isn’t ancient history. Many of the events took place in my lifetime, and, worst of all, although a lot has changed, there is still a great deal that needs to be done.

 There was a story today on Facebook that a young African-American man wrote about his brother who everyone said looked an awful lot like him. The author talked about how disturbing it was that his brother had been arrested for “matching the description” of someone who had committed a crime. The only way his brother fit the description was that he was black and wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt. They thought he had blood on his shirt; tests proved it was only ketchup. In a lineup, the witness did not pick him out; still, he spent four months in jail simply for having the wrong color skin.

 People wonder why we have to remind the world that “black lives matter.” When politicians reject that phrase and say “all lives matter,” they are saying that black lives don’t really matter as much as the white lives that always have mattered more in this country. If you doubt that try reading the history of civil rights in this country as your daily devotion and see if your soul can stand the pain. If it can then something has died inside of you and needs resurrecting before this Lent is over.

Amen…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1969, Los Angeles – LAPD Savagely Beat Gay Man to Death During Dover Hotel Raid. The Dover operated as an early version of the soon to become popular bathhouse scene. It was also the scene of a number of raids by LAPD’s vice squad for the easy bust of “faggots”. During a raid by the LAPD Vice Squad on March 9th, 1969, four months prior to the Stonewall riots in New York City, Howard Efland, a male nurse who checked into the hotel under the pseudonym of J. McCann. By the end of that day Efland would be brutally beaten outside the hotel by police in front of numerous witnesses. While several witnesses claimed that Efland died at the scene. Arresting officers Chauncy and Halligan said Elfland was alive then claimed that halfway to the station from where they had arrested him, he kicked open the door and fell out onto the Hollywood Freeway. No one was ever held accountable for the murder of Howard Efland. On March 2nd. 2016, Back2Stonewall’s Will Kohler talked with LAPD’s  Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Liaison which is attached to it’s Community Relations Department who has promised to look into the Efland case after 46 years. Hopefully they will finally bring some closure to the family of Howard Efland.

1989 – Noted gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe dies of AIDS in Boston at the age of 42. Mapplethorpe’s work is later at the center of a major arts funding controversy in the United States.

2004, New Jersey – Asbury Park begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples but they’re later nullified because they were illegally issued.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 8, 2016

Self-love isn’t selfish. It’s the foundation for our lives. When we nurture ourselves first with loving thoughts, actions, and healthy boundaries, we create an overflow to freely share with others.

Holli Sharp, Science of Mind

While the concept of loving self first is sometimes debatable, I fully agreed with it. For most of the years of my life, I detested myself. Before I came out, I refereed to myself in the third person as “that damned queer.” After I came out, I just believed I was worthless. Ironically, I felt mostly competent when doing my work in the AIDS program then in higher ed, but personally, I was a wreck.

And then I learned about self-love and a big “aha” whomped me upside the head like a 2 x 4, and I knew what my personal work needed to be.

Today, I’m the most important person in my life and my self-love is powerful. I do believe that my self-love is one of the many gifts from my Higher Power, the gift that allows me to love others, especially my beloved, with tremendous passion. My self-love allows me to be vulnerable, to be truly visible to my beloved. My self-love is forgiving – of myself, of others – and allows me to feel tremendous gratitude for my health, my body, my abundance, my family and friends, and for my beloved.

I’m grateful for these days of my life, grateful for the sadness I feel for the loss of my sister Sherry is counteracted by the fact that I know she’s my new guardian angel and is with me every moment. I’m grateful for the life Kelly and I are building, even in this later stage of life, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that the Universe has presented to me.

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1702, UK – Anne became queen of Great Britain. Around 1671, she had met Sarah Jennings with whom she had a close relationship for nearly 50 years. Her relationship turned negative over time due to politics. Sarah started rumors that Anne was a lesbian and threatened to make their love letters public. Anne dismissed Sarah from the court forever. Ahhhh, love hath no fury….

1970 – In the wee morning hours, New York City police raid a gay bar called the SnakePit, arresting 167 patrons. At the police station, one of the arrestees, an Argentine national named Diego Vinales so feared the possibility of deportation that he leapt from a second-story window of the police station, impaling himself on the spikes of an iron fence. He survived, though firemen were forced to cut out a section of the fence with Vinales still skewered on it, in order to move him to the hospital. One journalist remarked, “It is no crime to be *in* a place that is serving liquor illegally, the only crime is to run such a place. There were no grounds for hauling the customers away.” Though charges against other patrons are dropped, Vinales was rebooked for “resisting arrest” and officers are stationed outside his hospital room to prevent another escape

1979 – The New York Times runs a front-page photograph of six men being executed by firing squad in Iran for allegedly having committed crimes of “homosexual rape.” Since the Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power just four weeks earlier, there have been growing reports of gay men — as well as Jews, Baha’is, “blasphemers,” “heretics,” former members of the Iranian aristocracy, and others — being blackmailed, imprisoned, tortured, dismembered, hanged and/or shot. By the time Khomeini gets around to celebrating his first anniversary of his Islamic revolution, the body count is in the thousands.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 7, 2016

A much needed quiet day yesterday to reflect on the trip to Cuba and to spend time with Kelly and Dooney. My only big deal of the day is that I’d like to cut off Bernie Sander’s finger that he reportedly pointing at Hillary Clinton during the debates…. Looking forward to the end of this part of the election process so we can get on with real issues between the two candidates, whoever they may be (God help us!). Hillary is my choice…

We saw the new Tine Fey film today, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Based on the title I thought it would be another Tine Fey wild film. It wasn’t. It was an excellent drama (with some humor, for sure) about the Afghanistan war. Go see it…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1967 – CBS airs “The Homosexuals”, an episode of CBS Reports. This first-ever national television broadcast on the subject of homosexuality has been described as “the single most destructive hour of antigay propaganda in our nation’s history.”;

1972 – East Lansing, Michigan becomes the first U.S. City to ban discrimination in city hiring on the basis of sexual orientation;

1986 – Desert Hearts, considered the first positive lesbian film, released;

1988 – Shortly after the release of his first big mainstream hit, Hairspray, its star, Divine, dies of heart disease in Los Angeles at the age of 42.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni