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An Opinion on Color Blind Casting 

Let me begin with a huge caveat: I am all for imaginative, subversive, radical casting choices when the production takes into account that these are casting choices that necessarily challenge the text.  Please understand my upcoming denunciation of color/gender-blind casting is only limited to productions that are attempting to fit into the genre of psychological realism, which necessarily must take into consideration all social circumstances of the play's time period.  If a production is going for…

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Writing Prompts 

Feeling stuck with your writing?  Need some writing prompts?  Here are some that I use to keep me writing.  Some of these are good for starting off and others are good for continuing something that's already started.

  • Write the one thing you absolutely know you should not write about.
  • Write exactly what is going on in  your head, verbatim until you find something you can start riffing on.
  • Write about the day after your death.
  • Write about a day-in-the-life of a child you had 10 years ago.
  • Write out the…
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There is (no) LGBTQ+ Community 

I’ve done a lot of thinking and writing about whether or not there is an LGBTQ Community.  I’ve thought about it on a national level, a regional level and a local level.  And I’ve come to the general conclusion, that without a recently occurred tragedy (read Tyler Clementi, Pulse Nightclub) or a cause like marriage equality, there is no community.  Or, at least, not the kind of community that I recognize as such.

This was all brought home for me last night at the memorial that the Social Justice Group I’m…

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - (Safer Spaces Con't) 

In last week’s blog I wrote about safe(r) spaces and who they are for, exactly.  Are safe spaces reserved only for the most damaged, the most oppressed in our society/community?  Or is a space supposed to be safe for everyone?  I mentioned toward the end that I thought a conversation about what respect looks like, what it means and who deserves it is necessary as part of the larger conversation about safe(r) spaces.

Respect is a word that has, at this point in our culture, become so overused that it…

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Safer Spaces for EVERYONE 

I’m a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and, I dare say, a fan of RuPaul, the performer, as well.  I find him to be a very talented performer.  But more importantly, I find his show to be a bastion of wholesome goodness.  The values that are the basis of the show - integrity, disclosure, and kindness - are all important and rarely seen on most reality tv shows.  RuPaul appears to be fair and just in her role as Queen of her Drag Queendom.

Recently, it was brought to my attention that there are some trans people…

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The LGBTQ High School Lunch Room 

A very wise brilliant black trans woman (we’ll call her Helena) once told me, “Just because you’re oppressed, don’t mean you’re not responsible.”  She was referring to one of her trans sisters mistreating her based on her race.  The message: No free passes for bigotry just because you’ve had it hard.  I think this is a lesson we ALL need to learn.

Many, if not most, in the LGBTQ community have had it hard.  Some harder than others, but hard, nonetheless.  Sometimes when I’m in a group of queer people and…

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A Proton Stream for Feminism - Ghostbusters 2016 ROCKS 

Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in this post.  Read at your own peril.

So, I guess you can tell from my title that I LOVED the new GHOSTBUSTERS.  I loved it on so many levels.  First off, it was a really fun, well-put together movie with some super great performances by four very funny women.  Yay.

Secondly, it was a very SMART remake of the original with great in-jokes and references to the 1984 version including cameos by Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson and, in the credits, a great…

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United We Stand. Divided We Fall. 

Last week, the day after the Dallas shootings, I got into a bit of a kerfuffle with some Black Lives Matter folk.  The exchanges happened exclusively over Facebook - in the comments section of an Event page for a Protest of the Killings for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.  The Event was being organized by the Coalition Against Endless War, which is a predominantly white organization.  They were working in tandem with the local NAACP and with the Black Lives Matter groups, though the latter had no…

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Black Man Walking 

In the wake of Orlando and Pride Month, we now have the 153rd, 154th and 155th shootings and killings of low-offense, unarmed Black men by police officers.  As my close friend Cedric Hill said, "They're just shooting us out there.  Willy nilly.  Don't need a reason.  It's scary."  This from a highly educated, very talented and large black man who was raised partially in the Islands and partially here in Newark, NJ.  He's frightened to walk his own streets.  As well he should be.

The fight for community…

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Building on the Pulse 

Between June 13th and June 17th thousands upon thousands of LGBTQ folks plus straight folks came together to mourn the loss of the 50 killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the 52 wounded.  At our vigil in central New Jersey, more than 300 people showed up.

Where are these people now?

Last Sunday morning was the three week memorial of this tragic shooting and the deaths of these 50 innocents.  Yet what do we listen to in the news?  Talks of Brexit, Trump, Clinton’s email server and lead poisoning in…

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