Print Shop Art Show Saturday; Pridefest Sunday
Art Opening. I plan to attend an art-show opening reception this Saturday evening. My friend Jerry was tentatively scheduled to come in from Manhattan to join me, but we would have had to arrange in advance a specific time and place near Newark Penn Station to meet, in that my cellfone has stopped working after four years and I can't contact SafeLink to see if they'll replace it. You see, that Lifeline program's Technical Support department operates mainly by fone, and my fone doesn't work! Further, their email contact form does not work. I keep getting a demand that I fill in the complete serial and model number for my "Inoperable Equipment", even tho I did fill in the exact information given on the card that came with that fone. No ordinary email address is given, just a rigid feedback form that does not accept my information.
There's not even a fax number to which I might send an electronically-generated fax. So what I am apparently to be reduced to doing is writing a letter, printing it out somehow, and sending it off by postal mail. My printers at home aren't working right now. The printer in my color, multifunction machine is out of ink, and the replacement cartridges are not just ridiculously expensive but also not available in-store at Staples in Bloomfield, tho they used to be. I'd have to order them over the Internet and either have them delivered to my house or arrange to pick them up at a specific store. My monochrome laserprinter has some mechanical problem in which the mechanism that is supposed to lift a shield out of the way keeps slipping back in the way, so nothing prints. I feel that I understand simple mechanics enuf that I should be able to fix this myself, but have not yet taken off the side panel that hides where the problem occurs. The South Orange Public Library has a means by which a person using wifi can send a document to the library's printer and pay a modest fee per page, and I confirmed that that option is still available, at 15¢ a page. I don't know if the Vailsburg Branch of the Newark Public Library will let me move a letter off my laptop's hard drive via flash drive onto one of their wired computers to print a hard copy. It would be good to know all my options.
This is a wondrous age when everything works, but a very frustrating era when any of the technology upon which we rely, fails. I might have prevailed upon Jerry to let me use his fone to call SafeLink, and then reimburse him for the minutes I use, but he has to buy fone cards rather than pay overages on a mailed bill, so I'd rather not impose upon him. In any case, arranging to meet without our cellfones proved too difficult, so I am not to meet Jerry on Saturday.
This is the emailed invitation to Saturday's event. The line-centering is their idea.
For an Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 19th, from 7-11pm
Join us on Saturday, July 19th for the opening reception of the Intimate Utterance Exhibition, curated by Mata Ruda. The exhibition is an intimate dialogue in a private language by a friendship of artists better known for their public voice.
That notice does not contain the address of the Print Shop, but you don't have to go to the event page noted to find it. The address is 304 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102 (opposite Essex County College and over the former Skipper's Plane Street Pub).
To learn more about the Newark Print Shop visit:
For further information visit the event page:
Pridefest, Sunday. I saw, posted on the South Orange Public Library's bulletin board several weeks ago, this poster about a "Pride Week" of events in the 'burbs. I complained here last year that there should be no such suburban event, but all Gay Pride events should be held in Newark. What happened last year is almost certain to happen again this year and every year in which competing events are held outside and inside Newark: most white people will go to the suburban event; most black people will go to the Newark event, and we will have dueling, SEGREGATED "Pride" events. (I have not actually attended any suburban events, so don't really know how white the crowd is, but I was born and raised in the suburbs, so would be very surprised if the suburban Gay Pride events are well integrated. Newark's near-in suburbs are a lot blacker / more "diverse" — don't you just love that euphemism? — than, say, those of Cleveland, but Montclair (one of three municipalities in which events were held) is only 27% black, Maplewood (where most events were held) is 35% black, and South Orange (where other events were held) is 29% black, as compared to the region's central city, Newark, which is now about 52% black.
I mention at top right of this blog that I am the man who in 1970, as a member of the organizing committee, offered the term "Gay Pride" for events surrounding the first march (that is, walking demonstration or parade) in Manhattan to celebrate the Stonewall Riots of the previous summer. It was never our intent, as creators of the annual march and associated celebrations, that they be racially segregated. Rather, we intended all-inclusive events, as symbolized later by the Rainbow Flag (designed in 1978). It disgusts me that Gay Pride celebrations in this area almost certainly ARE segregated. Certainly there were few white people at last year's Newark Pridefest, apart from people staffing information tables and the like. That must end. The suburban events should be done away with in future years, and all would-be celebrants encouraged to get together in beautiful Downtown Newark (and I mean that description of Downtown literally, not facetiously).
Fortunately, Newark gay men and lesbian women have refused to give up their own celebrations in Downtown Newark. See the Newark Happening website for detailed information. The march starts at 1:00pm from Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard. I hope there's easy parking around there, and there might be, given that it's a Sunday. I marched once, in 2010 (see pix in my post of November 21, 2011), but haven't woken up on time since. I'll try this Sunday. Last year I did get to the information tables and such in Washington Park after the march, and discussed that here on November 18, 2013. I found the following list of activities for Sunday at the Newark Happening website of the "Greater Newark Convention and Visitor Bureau[, ...] the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey."
Sunday, July 20thThere is also an over-produced website at Newark Gay Pride.org. It has banners moving around, so I find it off-putting. The banner items are supposedly clickable (a hand icon appears if you hover the cursor over them), but clicking does not take you to a details page. Even more off-putting is this bit of insulting lunacy just below the moving banners: "CELEBRATING NEWARK'S LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER COMMUNITY!" "Queer"? What is wrong with these people? There is no such thing as a bisexual or "transgender[ed]" person. Bisexuals are cowards and/or liars who will not accept being gay. "Transgendered" people are lunatics who need to be snapped out of their insane delusions. And "queer" is an insult.
- Community Church Service * Free * Washington Park * 11AM
- Pride Parade * Grand Marshall Ms. Theresa * Free * Broad Street & Raymond Blvd to Washington Park * 1PM
- Pride Festival * Free * Washington Park * 1PM-8:30PM.
- PrideFest After Party * 58 Park Place * 830pm - 11pm
Alas, there is still a lot of work to be done on gay rights. Two insane developments in the comic-book industry this week show remaining problems in the straight world. The first is the just-announced death of "Archie" of Archie Comics, who is shot dead while trying to defend a gay friend. Didn't the publisher realize that there are a lot of people who will think, "Serves him right. That's what you get for defending perverts"?
The second absurdity is that "Thor" of the X-Men comics is being changed to a woman. The first thought is that he is to undergo a "sex-change operation", but that is apparently not what's to happen in October at all. Entertainment Weekly explains how a comic-book series is to create a WOMAN named "Thor"!:
In the new series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman, there’s a whole new Thunder God–or Goddess, rather. It all comes out of the Original Sin story arc. "For reasons that will be revealed in Original Sin, Thor won’t be able to pick up the hammer," says Alonso. "Someone has to pick up the hammer. And someone does. And they become Thor." That someone is a lady—whose precise identity won’t be revealed immediately. "There are several women in Thor’s life, and one of them is going to be the new Thor. You aren’t going to find out who it is for some time. This is a slowly unfolding mystery."
Jimmy Fallon and his writers apparently did not see that, but assumed that Thor was to undergo "sexual-reassignment surgery", that is, that he is to be castrated and otherwise surgically and chemically mutilated in the insane attempt to "change his sex", which cannot be done. Every single cell in his body would continue to bear the XY chromosomal configuration that, in human beings, only a male can have. That chromosomal configuration cannot be changed, so "sex change" is impossible. All that IS possible is that an intolerant society can drive a tragically sad and confused man to hate himself so badly that he persuades himself that he is 'really' a "woman trapped in the body of a man", and that he can change his unalterable biological reality by surgical and chemical mutilation. Jimmy Fallon on The Tonite Show thus joked on Wednesday, July 16th, that Thor becomes an Ex-Man. Tee hee. Isn't that funny? Castrating a person driven out of his mind by intolerance is so funny! What next? Jokes about Josef Mengele castrating Jews in concentration camps? Today, we might be required to regard Mengele as a hero, an early exponent of sex changes!
How long will it take society to decouple gender and sexual orientation, and accept that a fully male and manly person can be 100% oriented to men? Until everyone understands that being a man does not require that he be attracted to women, and that you don't have to be a woman to be attracted to men — so an unhappy man doesn't have to persuade himself that he is "really" a woman, then devastate his body and ruin his life to try, impossibly, to 'become' a woman — we will still have work to do. Lots and lots and lots of work.