May 2009

Moments ago, the California Supreme Court announced its deeply disappointing decision to uphold Proposition 8.

From The Courage Campaign

While we are pleased that the court recognized the legal marriages of the 18,000 same-sex couples married in 2008, we are saddened by the Prop 8 decision.

But we don’t have time to mourn the failure of the state court to restore marriage equality to California.

It’s time to go on offense. To be fearless in our fight for equality. Starting right now:  Go to Courage Campaign.

I’m in Atlanta right now and a rally is planned from 5:30pm to 10pm at Piedmont Park.  More protests will be happening throughout the nation.  

Thanks to Betty Couvertier for this link.


Tulane University’s class or 2009 graduated on Saturday, May 16th at 9a.m. and my nephew was one of them.  The commencement ceremony was held in the Superdome, yes the very same Superdome that housed people during the devastating events caused by Katrina.

The ceremony started with New Orleans jazz being played.  WOW!  Talk about authenticity. 

The commencement speaker was Ellen DeGeneres, that famous, good looking lesbian that has won 12 Emmys, has an award winning TV show and is also the new face of Covergirl Cosmetics.  She married the actress, Portia de Rossi.  That’s the Ellen I’m talking about.  She can now add receiving the President’s Medal from Tulane to her list of accolades.

Because I was sitting in the nose bleed section, I couldn’t run over and ask what she Portia and I were doing later – but it did cross my mind.  I even told my family not to wait up, just in case. HA!

I am very proud of my nephew who graduated from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. When he was about three, I videotaped him studying ants.  He loved learning about nature and how things developed, even at that age. 

Thanks Ellen for making A’s graduation the best one I’ve ever attended.  It was good to be a lesbian on May 16th in the New Orleans Superdome.

PS. The lovely Harry Connick Jr. was there as well.

It’s a 1×6 Wednesday! Every other Wednesday, 6 very different bloggers will come together to answer a single question. The 1×6 group consists of: AriciaBWABWGlennisha MorganSteadyCat, and StudWithSwag.

This week’s question: How do you feel about corrective rapes in South Africa? What are the human rights consequences?  Please visit Aricia’s Fatal Attraction to join the discussion. 

My 18 year old niece is visiting me in London and I’m quite pleased.  Though I have lived in Europe for many years, I have never been visited by any family members, ever. Maybe it’s because I didn’t invite them or maybe Georgia is just too beautiful to leave for longer than a day?  Which was okey dokey with me and probably them  as well …  but every now and then I wondered what it was like to  feel tightly connected to a family while living without one. 

On her first day, I cooked, we went walking and then to a movie.  The second day, she went out shopping for make up, fingernail polish,and people watching with BD while I worked on my deadline.  Today jet lag caught up with her and she slept all day.  When she awakened, I took her to eat delicious Thai cuisine.  Tommorrow we’ll do an all day marathon of things on her list.  She has set the alarm clock so we can start bright and early.   We have been talking about the  many different languages  being spoken and the foods  – just in my neighborhood. She is very innocent and sweet but a lot more worldly than I’d expected.  I don’t know when she became this way because I’ve rarely spent any time with her. 

I didn’t think I would enjoy myself so much, but I am.  I just wanted everyone to know.  Cheers.

PS.  She doesn’t know I have a blog, but since I’m an adult, I’m entitled to a few secrets. 🙂

P.P.S.  I have added photos of things she/we’ve seen.  My feet hurt.  The End.