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my pride

MY PRIDE

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

© 2017

My pride is not a commodity

it has no corporate sponsors

no bank account 

no value on the stock…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 24, 2017 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Of walls and more walls

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Yesterday, I was heading to the post office from my office via my usual short cut. I was in a rush to get there before it closed.

Suddenly, I noticed a shiny new black iron fence in front of me. There was no way around it. I had to walk two blocks out of my way to get to where I wanted to go.

It was obvious why that fence was there.

In recent years, that area has had a lot of homeless encampments. Someone in their infinite cluelessness…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 9, 2017 at 8:31am — 5 Comments

I STAND WITH THEM

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Even though Ivanka Trump and hubbie Jared Kushner apparently convinced Daddy Dearest not to overturn the pro-LGBTQ executive order that was enacted by former president Barack Obama in 2014, I do not stand with Ivanka and Jared. I stand with them.

Even though in his statement, he, whom I call Not My President, said that he was “determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” I do not stand with him. I stand with…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 8, 2017 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

If we let them massacre the truth, we live in their reality

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I grew up in their version of reality. 

In the 50s, Communism was evil and Capitalism was good. Free speech was censoring movies, books and TV, and questioning students on college campuses. Queers and trans people were sick and perverted, a threat to truth, justice and the American way. A commie lurked around every corner. 

In Catholic school, sex education was telling us not to…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 4, 2017 at 10:32am — 4 Comments

Italians need to speak up against the anti-immigrant madness

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’m tired of Italians in this country who either support the anti-immigrant/anti-refugee policies of the new ultra right wing administration in Washington, or who remain silent and don’t raise their voices in support of the immigrants being targeted.

Don’t these Italians remember or even know about their own family’s history in this country?

If you’re Italian and think that certain people, like Muslims or Syrian refugees, should be registered or…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on January 28, 2017 at 3:06pm — 5 Comments

World AIDS Day

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Simeon, at 16 you helped desegregate lunch counters in your hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. You taught me so much about nonviolent struggle. You were my hero.

Saj, I'll never forget how you outsmarted that NJ state trooper who was so eager to bust us. Your words to me that final time I saw you will remain with me forever.

Steven, thanks for the flower in my hair at Philly pride 1972 and for the good times at La Maison…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 1, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Thanksgiving is a big fat gluttonous lie

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

There’s no denying that the popular story of the first Thanksgiving is a cultural myth, promoted by school textbooks that are anything but history. Just ask the Texas State Board of Education. It’s well versed in propaganda for the kiddies.

Many historians argue, as Richard Greener related in the Huffington Post, that the first Thanksgiving Day was declared by Massachusetts Colony Governor John Winthrop in 1637 “to celebrate the safe return of a band of…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 21, 2016 at 8:44am — 8 Comments

Post election manifesto

Speechless.

Scared.

As a working-class, southern Italian faggot I have never felt in more danger.

I hear calls from the mindless mainstream media for the country to heal and unify. I won't heal. I won't unify with those who voted for the monster the mindless mainstream media helped create. This country can never be "healed" as long as racism, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, etc. continue to make some…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 9, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

PUT DOWN THE RAINBOW FLAG, DONALD TRUMP

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

You heard me. Put it down. I don’t care if it says “LGBTs for Trump.” An audience member at that Greeley, Colorado rally held it and you took it and paraded around the stage with it. You have no right to touch the rainbow flag.

You’re not pro-queer or pro-trans. You’re not my friend. 

Perhaps it was a Halloween joke. Is that it, Donald? Were you actually mocking my community? That’s easier for me to believe…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 1, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Halloween IS a gay holiday

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Halloween has always been a gay holiday. 

The reason is simple: it was the one day of the year when queers could be ourselves without risking our necks. 

Once upon a time in a universe not that far away and certainly not that long ago, life was a hell of a lot tougher for queer and trans folks than a lot of young people today can ever imagine. Not only weren’t there laws protecting sexual and gender identity…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 30, 2016 at 12:34pm — 3 Comments

My annual rant against Columbus

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I hate October 12.

It’s the day I’m supposed to wave la bandiera d’Italia, the Italian flag. I'm proud to be southern Italian, which means, in many cases, being mixed blood, witness my mother’s maiden name “Mecca.” That’s what happens…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 6, 2016 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

This violent country

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Yesterday, my friend Alison and I arrived at the Main Library here in San Francisco only to find that access was all but blocked by police cars and caution tape. A drama was unfolding. A guy had an assault gun and was threatening to shoot others and/or kill himself.

It was another day in an America that has become synonymous with violence: police shootings of unarmed black men, endless wars in other countries,…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on September 25, 2016 at 12:07pm — 9 Comments

Have a seat during the national anthem

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

How many people know that the melody for this country’s national anthem, a song that is impossible for the average person, and many a damn good singer, to sing, was taken from “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a British song about womanizing and boozing?

Seems appropriate, considering how it’s sung at sports events where people partake of enough booze to intoxicate a whole city for a year. 

People may…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on September 2, 2016 at 8:30am — 21 Comments

Pope Francis: an apology is not enough

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

A new day at the Vatican? Could be. At least a little bit of sunshine has been allowed to fall into dusty old windows and halls that have rarely seen much light in the past twenty centuries. 

Returning from Armenia in his papal plane, Pope Francis told reporters on the day after millions celebrated LGBT pride in the U.S.: “I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 27, 2016 at 8:05am — 7 Comments

Why can’t the media say "homophobic attack?”

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

While his fellow journalists were stirring up anti-Moslem sentiments with their inflammatory comments about the Orlando mass murderer’s possible connection to ISIS, CNN’s Cooper Anderson, who is openly gay, cut to the chase in his interview with Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General.

He told her that many LGBT folks in the state saw her as a hypocrite for fighting for years against gay marriage and then trying to portray…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 17, 2016 at 9:40am — 7 Comments

Orlando gay massacre

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I am angry, sad, frustrated, and I don't know how to quell the rage welling up inside me. Forty-nine dead, dozens wounded. An attack on a queer/transgender Latino bar in Orlando, supposedly the largest recent mass shooting in this land of the free and home of the brave, but let us not forget Sand Creek, Wounded Knee and others. 

When will it end? Not while guns and assault weapons are so easy to obtain. The NRA be…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 13, 2016 at 8:10am — 4 Comments

Hillary vs. Trump? Cut me a frigging break!

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Elections are always painful. In this "democratic" country, so few vote, so few actually make informed choices, so few understand what's at stake. How many people pull out their ballots at the last minute while desperately reaching for some slate card to use to fill in the boxes?

They have no clue what the issues are or what the candidates stand for. 

For many years, I watched my own Papa vote against…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 8, 2016 at 7:54am — 13 Comments

Ali's greatest fight was against the military

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It's interesting that boxing champion Muhammed Ali died only two months after Army chaplain Rev. Chris Antal resigned from his post in a letter to President Obama that protested the country's drone program.

"The Executive Branch,” Antal wrote, “continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 4, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Bathrooms: the new threat to democracy

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Have you heard about the latest threat to our democracy?

It’s not some dictator in some country most Americans can’t find on a map, a dictator put into power by the CIA. 

It’s not weapons of mass destruction in some oil-rich country. Or even a runaway chunk of space rock that’s about to blow us to smithereens or send us into a new ice age.

It’s people of the “wrong” gender using our bathrooms, violating our sacred trust in…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on May 2, 2016 at 8:12am — 3 Comments

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