We're celebrating the life of LaWanda Page tonight born on this date in 1920 and passing sadly in 2002.  She's best known for role as Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son, a revolutionary show for its time with a revolutionary role for her playing a religious woman the subject of Redd Foxx's non-stop barbs.

Was she controversial?  Only to the white community many of whom had never before having encounter her character and world view.

But she was much MORE than simply Redd Foxx's foil on a TV show.  Come look!!!


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  • Travis

    I don't mean to beat a dead horse with this topic, but I wanted to post this article from The Guardian about Dionte Greene, the young black gay man from KC who was murdered on Halloween. The implication here is that the down-low can be deadly for those who come into contact with it. If we haven't done it already, the topic of hate crimes alone is controversial enough to merit its own discussion.

    1 · December 2

  • Mo

    Thanks to everyone who participated.
    To those who wish to indulge the topic further; here are some links that address
    - biphobia & monosexism in both the heterosexual and homosexual communities
    - common assumptions about bi individuals
    - and of course HIV/AIDS and the downlow

    till the next one
    Same bat time, same bat channel

    1 · October 20

    • Travis

      Thanks for all the links, Mo. I think we kind of brushed the topic of male bisexuality itself under the rug, which is a whole can of worms. The NYT ran a huge article on this topic this year: http://mobile.nytimes...­

      1 · October 20

    • Steve

      I think perhaps that's an entirely meetup in itself. I thought if we went "there" we'd never again come up for air again so I did gear us more to the socio-economic aspects of the topic. And anyway, what could possibly be controversial about bisexuals? (<:

      1 · October 20

  • C. C.

    I'm so sorry I missed this! Had a family emergency and had to hop over to Augusta. :-( Maybe next time!

    October 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Once more a great exchange of facts and ideas

    October 19

  • Steve

    I couldn't help but post this. Don't ask me about search strategy. It wasn't deliberate. I do have one question: though:


    1 · October 14

    • Travis

      Last I heard, you're supposed to post it on Craigslist, say you're bisexual, married and a top and wait for replies from 80% of Atlanta's gay population.

      1 · October 14

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is this a nice picture book? In color?

      October 16

  • Stacey O.

    I suggest that some may find this movie interesting.

    1 · September 23

    • Steve

      Thanks for linking to this Stacy. I hope all attendees will watch this!

      September 23

  • Stacey O.

    The movie is called "Cover".

    September 23

  • Steve

    Is this an early derogatory soul song about a gay man sung by a straight black female? Or perhaps it's just about a phony straight guy? Or perhaps it's purposely been left open to interpretation? You decide.

    1 · September 23

  • Mo

    This is about people who wear their pants low huh

    4 · August 5

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