Queer: December 2003 Archives

And the youth, looking upon him (Jesus), loved him and beseeched that he might remain with him. And going out of the tomb, they went into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days, Jesus instructed him and, at evening, the youth came to him wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

-- from a fragment of a manuscript found at the Mar Saba monastery near Jerusalem in 1958. The fragment shows that the full text of St. Mark, Chapter 10 (between verses 34 and 35 in the standard version of the Bible) included this passage.

[via 365gay.com]

I not a big fan of marriage - gay or otherwise. I would prefer a world where we Americans all get to have health insurance and a decent retirement and the ability to leave our estates to someone we love regardless of our domestic arrangements. However, if we're going to provide lots of benefits to married people that single people can't have, then damn it same sex couples should be able to have them too.

The NY Times "Weddings & Celebrations" page on Sunday made sure we remember who really counts. On a day when they reported on the marriage of Terrence McNally (a quite commercially if not always artistically successful playwright) and Thomas Kirdahy, they stick it down on the page without a photo, after the heteros. I would have expected that to be the featured event on the page, given that he lives in NYC and his plays are regularly produced in big theatres.

Which ceremony did they choose for the "Vows" feature? Senator John Warner's third marriage, in DC, to an Alexandria, VA real estate agent.

Nice priorities.

So, did anyone else experience wonky sound while watching Angels last night? I have friggin' digital cable and their digital recorder from Time Warner. One would hope they could get sound right.

This is my World AIDS Day post, in a way. Last night James and I were talking with fabulous health care activist Karen Timour at a sort of "kick-off" party -- generously supported by Counter, for the ACT UP Oral History Project.

Karen told us about a program we didn't realize existed. New York State's ADAP (The AIDS Drug Assistance Program) will pay for the health insurance of people with HIV, assuming they make less than $44,000 per year, which is a pretty generous number for most people I know. Go here to learn more and download the application. Spread the word! I'm sure we all know people who need help paying for their health insurance.

Appropriately, we had just come from a program, titled Pink Mafia: Movement and The Bent Minor, of short queer films dealing with youth issues at Galapagos/Ocularis. We went mainly to see Matt Wolf's Small Town Boys:

Smalltown Boys imagines the historical relationship between AIDS activist artist David Wojnarowicz and Sarah Rosenburg, a teenage lesbian on the Upper West Side in 1994. In a "fake documentary" story, Sarah fights to save the television show My So-Called Life from cancellation on ABC in 1994. David is dying in the face of culture wars and an aggressive AIDS activist movement during the late eighties and early nineties. The collision of biographical fantasy and historical fiction calls the efficiency of contemporary modes of political protest into question. Wojnarowicz spread his seed -- in a lineage of political rebellion through different cultural times -- like a disease. Smalltown Boys addresses a precarious generational transition and the shifting fantasies of aesthetic and political liberation.

The Ocularis event also included a chance for us to see Scott Trelevean's brilliant Salivation Army again. Here is what James wrote after we first saw it last summer.


One more item: Matt Wolf's film uses footage by ACT UP documentarian James Wentzy. If you haven't seen his documentary on 15 years of ACT UP, you have another chance on December 15.


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