Madonna’s Still At It; "Michael’s" Manager Gets 32K For Boyle’s Homophobic Rants; Oakland Space Was Genderqueer Oasis Before Fire

Madonna’s Still At It

Madonna made her claim to fame with some of the most controversial antics of the 1980s. She continued that into the 1990s with books and relationships. And now she’s at it again, in the beginning of her twilight years, with politics.

Unflattering images of Trump were projected behind her, such as one with his mouth as a urinal and one where his nose grows to the proportions of Pinocchio’s after telling a particularly big whopper – like, say, claiming millions of people voted illegally with no evidence to back it up.

I’m not knocking Madonna, so please don’t misinterpret me. I like her and I look forward to what she’s going to do next. She did this all for charity, which is excellent.

Frankly, I can’t wait to see what she does next.  

You can read the rest here.  

“Michaels” Manager Gets 32K For Boyle’s Homophobic Rants

I support this one 100%. I think this is more about the general statement than the money that was collected. People were repulsed by the woman who went on a homophobic rant at a Michaels’  store, and they are sending a message to all homophobics. They aren’t going to take it anymore.

 “On the night before Thanksgiving, I witnessed a white woman engage in a 30 minute racist rant against the employees at a Chicago Michaels store,” Grady explains. “I am starting this gofundme because I’d like to do something to try to make it up to the employee who was the main target of this racist attack.”

Grady only started with a goal of $400, but wound up raising $32K. 

I’m sorry the manager had to go through that kind of experience, but I’m glad someone started the crowdfunding page and I’m glad people supported it.

You can check this out here.  

Oakland Space Was Genderqueer Oasis Before Fire

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the devastating fire in Oakland, CA that killed at least 31 innocent people this past weekend. It was absolutely horrific for the victims and their loved ones. But I didn’t know this…

Spaces like this are the only way we have any sort of viable arts scene where anyone is making any money. There is virtually [no other] option for a thriving performance space in this city without occupying these spaces. [They also] offer the most support of trans and genderqueer folks. That’s a large part of what last night should have been about, what it started out about. That group of people is totally sidelined in the dominant nightlife culture of a gentrifying Oakland.

My heart literally does break for them. First and foremost for the loss of life, but also partly for the loss of what that space symbolized to so many artists. 

We had a place like that right here in New Hope for many years. I used to go there often. Unfortunately, in the 90s, a greedy real estate developer came along and turned the whole place into offices and retail. It really was a shame, too. New Hope hasn’t been the same artist town since. Many of our artists went to places like Key West, FL. Some of the best artists on the east coast created work there. It was called Union Camp, an old underwear manufacturing building. Now it’s called “Union Square,” and they have trendy little shops and offices that pay very high rent. And, you pay for parking. I don’t go there very often nowadays. 

In any event, you can read more here.

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