Tommi Avicolli Mecca's Blog – August 2013 Archive (5)

Unsung hero of the March on Washington

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

As we commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom today, let us not forget an important person, a gay man, who helped make that march happen.

Held five decades years ago on August 28, 1963, the march featured Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, probably the best known, and most often quoted, speech from his many years as a civil rights leader. One of the largest…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 28, 2013 at 7:02am — 1 Comment

I am Chelsea Manning

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

With these words, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has confirmed what for some time has been speculated about her gender identity. Manning was recently sentenced by a military court to 35 years in jail for releasing more than 700,000 pages of classified materials to WikiLeaks, including videos showing U.S planes ruthlessly gunning down journalists and Iraqi civilians, including…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 24, 2013 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

God save us nelly queens

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

José Sarria is dead. 

A giant in LGBT history, he left us yesterday, August 19, at the amazing age of 90. If you don’t know who Sarria was, then read on and learn about the meaning of the word courage.

Sarria, who was born in San Francisco in 1922 to a Colombian mother and a Spanish father, was out way before it was fashionable to throw open your closet doors and, if you’re a celeb, hire someone…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 20, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

No place like home

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Dorothy had been trapped in Oz for a long time, running around with a heartless tin man, a cowardly lion and a brainless scarecrow in search of a wizard who’s nothing more than smoke and mirrors. But the moment she had waited for all these years finally arrives. She clickes her ruby slippers three times and bids a fond farewell to her glorious adventures over the rainbow. 

The first thing she notices upon her…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 13, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

When mere words are not enough

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

She was passionate about her work helping the underdog. That’s an understatement. The truth is that she came alive when she was fighting the good fight against injustice.

Cris Gutierrez arrived several years ago at the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, where I work, as a volunteer intern to fulfill a requirement for one of her law classes. After completing her counselor training, she spent months that…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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