Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I met Bertae when she was a child. She was always so sweet. I met her after I met Lill through Carmen and Anna Maria who were the first chicana lesbian couple I met through my wonderful teacher and mentor Professor Klausner way back in 1981. We worked together on the first Women of Color Califia in Los Angeles.
and speaking of women of color a long time butch activist and so much more Yolanda Vargas Retter passed away Saturday August 18, 2007. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
I will paste some information about her so you'll know who she is too. On Sunday after the last Sparks home game we (Bridgette, me, Ginger and Leslie) were talking and laughing and commenting about Yolanda's endless conversation about butches and femmes. That means she was in our midst. I mourn the death of these two friends and everything they mean to me. Spoken and unspoken.
Saturday August 18, 2007, the Los Angeles lesbian community lost a longtime uber-activist, intellectual and gad-fly extraordinaire Yolanda Vargas Retter, a preeminent Latina lesbian-feminist, community scholar and librarian who died in her Van Nuys home of cancer. Born December 4, 1947 in the United States, her mother was Peruvian and her father American. She was raised first in El Salvador and then in Connecticut.
She is survived by her partner of 13 years Leslie Stampler who said, “She would want to be remembered for how she lived, not how she died.” Leslie said a memorial will take place in 6 to 8 weeks. I will send an email when I receive information.
Most recently, Yolanda worked as archivist for the UCLA Chicano Studies Resource Center. She also volunteered as the chief coordinator of the Lesbian Legacy Collection at ONE Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern Californiawhere she built an extensive collection of Los Angeles lesbian history.
She also devoted time, energy and vision to the West Hollywood-based June Mazer Lesbian Archives. In the 90s Yolanda was the librarian overseeing the Chicano Resources Center at the Los Angeles County Public Library community library inEast Los Angeles. Yolanda also ran Lesbian Central in the late 80s at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Centerwhen it was located on Highland Avenue.
She was a passionate advocate for lesbians as well as the need to expand community history to include and celebrate women of color. She never tired of a life-long passion for ensuring that less-empowered communities not themselves exclude as they fought oppression.
As community historian and scholar Stuart Timmons relates, Yolanda wrote more than
a dozen articles and co-authored at least four books on LGBT topics. To quote Stuart Timmons:
“She called herself a lesbian history and visibility activist and preferred the term herstorian.” Her dissertation (Universityof New Mexico) was called “On the Side of the Angels: Lesbian Activism in Los Angeles 1970 – 1990.”
“As an Internet author Yolanda created web sites for LA lesbian history, for lesbians of color, and other projects. I believe due to her health these may not be posted, but were important at a critical time. In its day, her lesbian site was rated among the top 5% by Lycos. Yolanda was an exemplary resource manager, especially for disenfranchised people.”
“One of the most important parts of Yolanda’s work was her relentless insistence that people of color, especially lesbians, speak for themselves. This used to be a somewhat controversial idea, but has become broadly accepted. On the Internet, in her work as a librarian (both at USC and UCLA), as a historian, and over and over and over again in individual circumstances, she really dedicated herself to preserving otherwise overlooked history, and in the most authentic possible context.
“Yolanda was a very strong personality, unafraid to ruffle feathers, but she earned very wide respect in the community.”
Yolanda’s uncle was Alberto Vargas, the famous pin-up artist, and her grandfather was a Peruvian photographer of note. She held a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s as well in Library Science. She held a PhD in American Studies.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Gay Mafia Comedy Competition!"
With guest performances by
and surprise guests
Hosted by Jerry Calumn
2138 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz
Los Angeles, 90027
serving dinner -- full bar -- valet parking
$10 suggested donation
No Reservations Required
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Musical Concert South Pacific at the
Fri. Aug 3 8:30 PM South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Reba McEntire, Ensign Nellie Forbush; Brian Stokes Mitchell, Emile de Becque; Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Paul Gemignani, musical director; David Lee, director; Mark Esposito, choreographer; Armelia McQueen, Bloody Mary; Aaron Lazar, Lt. Joseph Cable (USMC); Conrad John Schuck, Capt. George Brackett (USN)
and; Michael McKean, Luther Billis
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the stage musical. For the 1958 film, see South Pacific (1958 film).
For other other uses, see South Pacific
South Pacific is a musical play, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by both Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The story is based on two short stories by James A. Michener from his book Tales of the South Pacific, which itself was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. The issue of racial prejudice was sensitively and candidly explored, particularly for a 1949 work. James Michener claimed he was pressured to ask Rodgers and Hammerstein to remove the song You've Got to Be Carefully Taught, because of its biting comments about racial prejudice.
South Pacific is generally considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time  , and a number of its songs, such as "Bali Ha'i," "Younger than Springtime," and "Some Enchanted Evening," have become worldwide standards. South Pacific is the only musical to date (
Meanwhile, the restless U.S. Navy sailors, led by the entrepreneurial Seabee Luther Billis, lament the absence of women or combat to relieve their boredom, when Lieutenant Joe Cable of the U.S. Marine Corps arrives on the island to take part in a dangerous spy mission that might help turn the tide of the war against Japan. As only officers can sign out boats, Billis convinces Lt. Cable to accompany him to the mysterious and valuable
The two couples prosper, and proposals of marriage are made; however, Nellie has deep-seated ethnic prejudices, and Emile is a widower with children from his marriage to a Polynesian wife. Nellie has to choose between her long-held biases and her heartfelt love of Emile. Similarly, Cable refuses to marry Liat due to her race, infuriating Mary. Though recognizing, and being ashamed of, their bigotry, Nellie and Cable feel that they have no options, due to pressures of society and their own upbringing.
Dejected and with nothing to lose, Emile agrees to join Cable on his dangerous mission behind Japanese lines, successfully sending back reports on enemy forces. The Americans use this information to intercept and destroy Japanese convoys, "Operation Alligator" gets underway, and the previously idle sailors, including the reluctant Luther Billis, are sent into battle. Cable is killed during the mission, and Emile narrowly escapes a similar fate to return home to the now-understanding Nellie and his children.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I will still try to do some of the above activties in between looking for work and working at other jobs. I have a lot to be grateful for like .....amazing friendships and lots of supportive people in my life. Folks who care and listen. I edited my first radio piece entirely by myself after Curtis re-taught me what I knew minimally. He added the music or rather the Margaret Cho little diddy that was passed on to me by Steve. See how nothing is done on one's own? We need to help each other. I am looking forward to the Latina Lesbian Conference coming up in September here in Los Angeles.