Born Into a Carnival of Souls

Here are a few words I’ve seen scrawled in the alleys of San Francisco’s
Mission District:

We can’t know what we won’t comprehend.

We can’t stop the damage we won’t believe we cause.

These are the crazies, the dregs of the earth, the losers, and every other demeaning and dismissive word used to dismiss the powerless who suffer
the worst of the GOP’s abuses of power.

These people can’t afford to vote their conscience because they’re dying from the lousy choices of people who can.

I saw this scrawled on a wall in late 2016: Why do u want 2 Kill me?

That’s a damned good question.

A mind that ain’t inquisitive really doesn’t got
shit to live for if you can’t explore the
realms of thought you ought not test lest
you be chomped up, like a pop rock, stopped for a
bead from the weed lady, thought it was the bomb
Really wasn’t nuttin but a bag of strong palms

A human ain’t a human if he doesn’t make mistakes
And the name of this song is Swan Lake

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San Francisco Pride, 2017

Here are a few shots from Sunday’s Pride celebration in San Francisco.

I thought about the people I marched with in the GLF in the early 1970’s
and later, with Act–Up, in the 1980’s.

It felt good to hear the speakers honor the work we did in those decades

I thought of friends who passed from AIDS, or later from grief and trauma.

I think they’d be pleased that gay liberation became a global movement
for universal Human rights.

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Gay Power

The Rights of People of Color are human rights.

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The Hug

The rights of Immigrants and refugees are human rights.

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The Rights of Immigrants and Refugees are Human Rights.

Women’s rights are human rights.

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Women’s Rights are Human Rights

LGBTQ rights are human rights.

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Peace

The right to age with dignity and respect is a human right.

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Elder Pride

The rights of the disabled are human rights.

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Generations

Love, defiance and pride are strong weapons against hate and tyranny.

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Love
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Defiance
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F#ck Trump

 

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Pride
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Pride

 

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Pride

 

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Pride

 

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Pride

Redemption song
by
Bob Marley and The Wailers

(C) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved

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A Flight of Ideas: Johnny

Johnny is soft around the middle but that doesn’t bother Pattie.

She nibbles some bits and waits for him to finish his show.

Pattie scrolls through her news feed:

“Today in an action reminiscent of the worst excesses of the
1960’s a feminist icon burst into flames!”

“Oh me, oh my,” Patti sighs, “I’m so nuts and so obnoxious!”

Johnny weeps with Miss America as Ms. Arkansas is crowned.

Ms. Congeniality stalks across the stage to snatch her check
from the emcee.

“I will use my beauty to feed the World!”  Ms. Arkansas sobs.

The crowd goes wild with sincerity

…as a chorus of angels goes  Ooooooooooh….

(c) Rob Goldstein 1989-2017 Image 2017 All Rights Reserved