June 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, an event long taken over by myth.
Stonewall 50 will bring a month-long celebration to New York City. Up to six million people are expected to attend concerts, film festivals, music festivals, dance parties, and 150 exhibitions - just for starters. World Pride will be part of this celebration. But a major split has also emerged with Reclaim Pride announcing an alternative march at the same time as Heritage of Pride's NYC Pride March.
We will discuss our now-mythologized past, the erasure of lesbians from that story, and recent developments.
ABOUT KARLA JAY
Karla Jay is a professor, influential activist, expert in the field of gender studies, and widely published author. She was a member of the early Redstockings, Gay Liberation Front, and Lavender Menace, and is widely known for 10 books, including Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation (1972); The Amazon and the Page: Natalie Clifford Barney and Renée Vivien (1988); and several more. Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation (1999) tells the story of the author's participation in the Gay Liberation Front and their creation of - and her role in - the first-ever modern-day pride march. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Women's & Gender Studies, and Queer Studies at Pace University in New York City. More bio details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Jay
FOR BLAST MEMBERS ONLY
This event will be popular enough to have a waiting list, so it is limited to BLAST members only. No +1s, so have each member RSVP for herself. Thanks.
2 pm: Parking, gathering, setting up the food, getting plates. Please be on time so you won't disrupt the discussion that starts at 2:30 sharp.
2:30 pm: Karla Jay presentation, followed by questions and discussion.
WHAT TO BRING
• Whatever you want to drink
• Snacks to share
• Photos and memories of your early pride parades
This event will be too much talking for little ones. If you have an older girl who can listen without being bored, and who likes talking about lesbian-feminist political history, she's welcome.
PLEASE CARPOOL IF YOU CAN! Sugar Sands is not a gated community. Free parking in Guest spots or spot G in our parking lot, and especially over in the cul-de-sac at the end of our block. If you need to park at the front curb, be sure you are not in the yellow stripe.
None live here.
First floor, no stairs. Small bathroom with narrow door.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS from I-95
Blue Heron exit 76
Go east about 3 miles
Pass US-1 (Broadway)
Go over the big Blue Heron bridge
Pass Phil Foster, Lake, and West
Turn left at Park (PNC Bank on corner)
Park dead-ends into our Sugar Sands village
Look to the left for building 1201
Come to unit #6 downstairs
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