National Coming Out Day – 2018: The Stardust

Reinforcing “National Coming Out Day” … 🏳️‍🌈

Art by Rob Goldstein

Gay men are telling their stories for National Coming Out Day.

This is mine

Some context

I was born in South Carolina.

My family lived in a housing project in downtown Charleston.

My Mother was a night shift waitress at a local greasy
spoon: The Coffee Cup.

Unknown to me, she was a ‘Mother’ figure to some of the
younger gay boys who hung out at the gay bar.

In 1967, when I came out at the age of 16, my Mother took me
dancing at the Stardust Lounge, Charleston’s only gay bar.

In writing The Stardust, I’ve used the accent I had at the time.

Geechee, an African-American dialect spoken on John’s Island,
South Carolina influenced my accent.

I wrote ‘The Stardust’ in 1984 as theatrical piece and used poetic
form to shape the lines.

My goal was for the piece to work as performance…

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Google Doodle honors baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente

🇵🇷 … this is simply amazing!! I’m honored to share … a Puerto Rican icon! #BoricuaPride … 🇵🇷

Repeating Islands

celebratingRCI opened my laptop this morning to see Roberto Clemente, drawn against the outline of the island and flag of Puerto Rico. Steven Musil (CNET) reports on the Puerto Rican professional baseball player who died in a plane crash on the way to deliver aid to victims of a massive earthquake in Nicaragua: Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker (1934-1972). Musil reports:

Roberto Clemente’s legacy as one of baseball’s greatest players is matched only by the memory of the selfless sacrifice he made trying to help others in need.

The son of a sugar cane worker in Puerto Rico, Clemente showed athletic promise at an early age, joining the Puerto Rican amateur league in 1952 at the age of 16 and signing a minor league contract with a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate two years later. In July 1954, Clemente’s first home run in North America resulted in an extra-innings walk-off win for the triple-A Montreal Royals.

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