Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 20, 2016

Today is my 69th birthday. I’m grateful for this day, for waking up healthy, for the love in my life, and for family and friends. I feel sadness, too, because it’s the first birthday since I was two years old that I won’t hear my sister Sherry’s voice. I’ll be with Kelly and Dooney and my son today and I’ll feel the love they so freely and openly share with me, and I’ll feel Sher, my guardian angel, on my shoulder…

I heard this tune on a television ad recently. It’s a perfect birthday song..

I’ve been a poor one and I’ve been a queen,
I’ve had my life and the world on a string,
I’ve traveled many roads and I’m so far from done.
I’ve made some wrong turns, I’ve made some mistakes,
I’ve broke some promises back in the day.
I have been hopeless and I’ve had my faith,
Some things I’ve lost and some things I have saved.
All of these moments showed me the way that I’ve gone.
Good to know, there’s so much to live for…
What a day to feel alive!

Day To Feel Alive
Jake Reese

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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!)

1961 -The United States Supreme Court denies certiorari to Frank Kameny’s petition to review the legality of his firing by the United States Army’s Map Service in 1957, bringing his four-year legal battle to a close

1970 – Twenty-three year old David Bowie marries nineteen year old Mary Angela Barnett. A few years later, Bowie explains how they met, “Angela and I knew each other because we were both going out with the same man.”  Angie Bowie went on to a career in Hollywood, though the two divorced in 1980

1978 – The San Francisco Board of Supervisor passes what is described as “the most stringent gay rights law in the country.”  Only one of the eleven supervisors — Dan White — votes against the ordinance

1986 – After fourteen years, the New York City Council finally passes a gay rights ordinance with a vote of 21 to 14.  Mayor Ed Koch tells reporters, “The sky is not going to fall.  There isn’t going to be any dramatic change in the life of this city.”

1988 – M. Butterfly opens on Broadway. The play by David Henry Hwang is bout a civil servant attached to the French embassy in China who falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera diva who is a “man masquerading as a woman.” They are together for twenty years until the truth is revealed. The civil servant is convicted of treason and imprisoned, then kills himself

1990 – Queer Nation formed in New York to eliminate homophobia and increase visibility of LGBT people

2004 – A lesbian minister in Bothell, Washington, is acquitted by a Methodist church jury of violating church rules.

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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 19, 2016

Yesterday, after a good three-mile walk and a 12-step meeting, Kelly took me to PF Chang’s for a birthday lunch though my birthday isn’t until tomorrow. Her mother and sister are coming to visit us today for the weekend so we took advantage of a day together yesterday. I had the kung pao shrimp…holy cow! I think it was the best shrimp dish I’d ever eaten! That sauce! And the shrimp were perfectly grilled.

My iPhone 5 phone was two and half years old and had started to actually growl at me. Seriously! It began making a growling noise that stopped only when I turned the phone off. I’m convinced that these expensive phones are made to self-destruct after two years.

After lunch we walked over to the Verizon store. Both Kelly and I bought new iPhone 6 devices. Because we’re getting older and more stupid as new devices come out, it took well over an hour for the Verizon people to download, upload, and teach us how to use our new toys. I asked the young saleswoman to consider me her grandmother, that I know nothing, and needed her brilliant assistance. She laughed and said that her grandmother was totally computer savvy, that it was her mother who knew absolutely nothing!

My son Erik arrived last night to spend the weekend in Palm Springs with my niece Ellie and ten of the women in her wedding party. (This grand soiree wedding is in June in Chelan, WA, and should be stunning!) Ellie rented a house for her “bach” bash and invited Erik to hang with the gaggle of bridespeople. Being the proper fashionista gay man that he is, he accepted the invitation. He came to our house first to chat with Kelly and me about some life choice ideas he’s considering. (I love him deeply for that and for so much more. Such a fine man…)

The group of presumably straight celebrants had dinner at Trio then went partying at Hunters (a totally gay bar). That’s where Erik and I met up with them. I went only to see my niece who I love dearly. I was impressed that she was still upright but I suspect it wasn’t for long. Hope they made it back to the rented house before either passing out or getting arrested.

It was a fun day! I’m so grateful for my Kelly and Dooney, for my son and my niece, and for the gifts and pleasures of the day. As the magic number 69 approaches, I’m so clear that life is good indeed…

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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!)

1953 – The Diana Foundation was founded in Houston, Texas, by a small group of friends. The Diana Foundation is a nonprofit organization and recognized as the oldest continuously active gay organization in the United States. It hosts two annual fundraising events including its Diana Awards.

1982 – Victor Victoria opens nationwide to generally rave reviews. Blake Edward’s farce, based on a 1933 German film, Viktor und Viktoria, features Robert Preston as perhaps the most relaxed and affable homosexual ever scripted into a major Hollywood motion picture. The movie becomes a box office hit and accomplishes what many years of gay liberation had not: an impression on the general public’s consciousness of homosexuals as compassionate and likable people

1987 – The FDA approves AZT for the treatment of HIV /AIDS

2004, Quebec – the Court of Appeal upholds a superior court ruling that same-sex marriages are legal under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia already permitted same-sex marriage

2012 – The US Supreme Court declines to hear John Lotter’s case. In 1993, he killed transgender man Brandon Teena and was sentenced to the death penalty. The story is depicted in the film Boys Don’t Cry.

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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

It’s Good to be 67…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. March 19, 2015.

And so closes another year in my life. Thank you for joining me on this blogging journey. It’s been a privilege to interact with you and to read your stories of the day. Tomorrow, the 20th, is my birthday. I opens with breakfast with my family at Panera’s, then lunch with Sarah whose book club is buying a stack of my books for their April read, then golf with Regina, then dinner with Erik and Regina. When I reopen my blog tomorrow evening, it’ll be about capturing our histories/herstories one snippet at a time.

Today I’m grateful for sharing this year with you, for my body and my health, for my family and friends, and for the celebrations of tomorrow and to come….

My meditation today from A Woman’s Spirit: With one foot in the past and the other in the future, how can we possibly know what new path we might follow today? Letting go of the noise I carry in my mind changes my life. I can feel it and knowledge what’s here when my mind is open.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1982: Victor Victoria opens nationwide to generally rave reviews.  Blake Edward’s farce, based on a 1933 German film, Viktor und Viktoria features Robert Preston as perhaps the most relaxed and affable homosexual ever scripted into a major Hollywood motion picture.  The movie becomes a box office hit and accomplishes what many years of gay liberation have not – an impression on the general public’s consciousness of homosexual as compassionate and likable people; 1987 – The FDA approves AZT for the treatment of HIV /AIDS; 2004 – In Quebec, the Court of Appeal upholds a superior court ruling that same-sex marriages are legal under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia already permitted same-sex marriage; 2012 – The US Supreme Court declines to hear John Lotter’s case. In 1993, he killed Brandon Teena and was sentenced to the death penalty.

It’s good to be 67…even for just a few more hours! As my friend barb said today, I’m the oldest 67-year old she knows!

What happened with you today?

Keep Writing!

Ronni

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