Writing this memoir (A Simple Revolution
) puts me back into a time that was very far in the past, when segregation, sexism, homophobia, and silence ruled everywhere. My generation, spurred by brave souls who had gone before us, broke through some walls, made some changes, and triggered off one hell of a backlash that has come to dominate the national scene—in the last decade especially.
Thinking about those times makes me want to ask questions of younger people—especially LBGT younger people—who are engaged in today’s problems:
What do you see as your most pressing issues?
What in society do you think needs to change? Is it jobs and housing? Is it how to keep a lover? Is it social justice? Is it not wanting to be defined or boxed in?
What do you hope for your future?
Do you feel a need for community around you or is it enough to have Facebook and Twitter? To have a virtual community?
Are cross-generational friendships important to you?
I am genuinely interested in your responses and promise to check back here often. I’m excited to participate in a real dialogue around your concerns.
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January 24, 2012
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January 17, 2012
• Judy Grahn
is among the writers discussed in a recent New York Times article about Matthew Kirschenbaum’s forthcoming literary history of word processing. Judy’s experience with her old Exxon PC was “the most moving testimonial,” for Mr. Kirschenbaum. Grahn explained to him how the computer saved her up to a year while she was writing Another Mother Tongue, a cultural history of gay life published in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
January 10, 2012
• LeAnne Howe’s
poetry was recently published in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, a multilingual anthology of indigenous American poetry edited by professor and poet Allison Hedge Coke to serve as a lasting reference for native voices and a link between South American and North American poets.