THe first half of this blog report is basically to tell you about a wondrous event I’m going to be a part of next weekend. The second is about something far more serious. I hope you’ll take the time to read both!
Next Saturday night (August 24th) I’m going to be performing with one of the greatest entertainers of all time CAROL CHANNING!!!!
“Jazz Baby” Carol Channing in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’.
The two of us will be together for ONE NIGHT ONLY! at the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove on Fire Island. Carol Channing -aside from being an AMERICAN SHOW BUSINESS ICON- is still brilliant, glamorous funny and all at the shockingly tender age of 92! I’m bringing my band, under the leadership of the extremely talented and lovely Lance Horne, to kick off the evening and then Carol is going to come out and sit down with me for a good old show-biz girlfriend GAB-FEST!!!! I am beyond excited!!!
Carol Channing and I will be at The Ice Palace in Cherry Grove August 24th! Artwork by Glen Hanson
There are a few tickets left so BUY THEM NOW!
A big thank you to Daniel Nardicio and his ICON Series for bringing the two of us together.
I’m sure you know that our Queer family in Russia are under increasingly serious and violent attack by the forces of fascism. Led by Vladimir Putin and The Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill Russia has made it illegal to be gay and you are subject to arrest for merely saying so. “Gay Propaganda” such as saying, “I’m gay” or “I’m trans” means you are a threat to the children or Russia and can be arrested. This is sickening.
The International Olympics Committee has said that anyone who is overtly political at the Olympiad will be disqualified, ineligible to compete and ejected from the games. Olympians are not allowed free speech. This is disgusting and shameful! Who sponsors this bullshit? Look into it.
Read more from the Huffington Post and The Gay Star News:
“Gay Star News asked the IOC what they thought about plans for athletes to wear rainbow pins or hold hands during the opening and closing ceremonies. They also asked if the IOC would provide a safe space — or Pride House — for LGBT athletes, spectators, dignitaries and others during the Games, to celebrate gay sport and community, as has been done in previous years. The IOC’s spokesperson replied, “[T]he IOC has a clear rule laid out in the Olympic Charter (Rule 50) which states that the venues of the Olympic Games are not a place for proactive political or religious demonstration. This rule has been in place for many years and applied when necessary.” Indeed, Rule 50 of the IOC’s charter states, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
So instead of actually standing up for LGBT athletes, the IOC is essentially siding with Russia and issuing a warning to lesbian and gay athletes. The IOC has made it clear that they have a double standard when it comes to accepting all athletes. The Pride House in Vancouver was historic in that it provided a safe space for LGBT athletes from around the world. The IOC clearly didn’t see this as a violation of Rule 50 a few years ago, but it seems as though athletes must now be forced to step back into the closet for the 2014 Winter Olympics.”
In other words Gay Olympians and their partners will not be acknowledged or accommodated or protected by the IOC in this year’s Olympics.
And this is just the reporting on what may happen to visiting athletes.
THE QUEERS OF RUSSIA ARE IN THE THROES OF CONSTANT, ON-GOING LIFE-THREATENING DANGER!
I woke up the other day after having a dream about queers who were in let’s say “Internment Camps” because calling them concentration camps seems to upset the ostriches. I realized there is really a potential for this to be happening and all I could do was freak out, read and follow the example of my friend Casey Legler on their Tumblr Page “Edward Merton Casey” and use my voice and my art to draw attention to these facts and show my love and solidarity with my oppressed international family of beautiful, innocent, loving Queers. So I recorded a new installment of THE DRUNK NEWS! Hopefully, it will make you laugh while you think about what’s happening…
Click the above photo to watch “The Drunk News! Putin is the New Kitty Litter”
Here’s the link to the tumblr page of Edward Merton Casey. It’s inspiring!
WIth LOVE and HOPE for peace, health, prosperity and justice for the queers of Russia and Greece.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond