Greetings from Provincetown – it’s Fourth of July, Independence Day. I’ve just put the finishing touches on my annual Co-Dependency Float. It looks great. If you think so. We pull it ourselves. The bunting is black and blue.
The trip to my Irish Homeland was too short but it was lovely to be among my people – big heads, widows peaks, lots of winking and like me, they enjoy a good vest. The driving was like a trust walk in a long-term relationship retreat weekend, but no one got hurt. And Triple A will cover the side mirror. The landscape is the landscape of my heart and who knew there were so many variations on green?
I returned just in time to do the Garden Party on the Pier for the New York GLBT Community Center and left there and went to the Hammerstein Ballroom to do a set in the End the Violence concert sponsored by V-Day. I’m not sure what time zone I was in at the time, but the events were wonderful and great fundraisers for two of my favorites.
The annual packing and moving to Ptown happened almost without a hitch. FYI, if you get a large enough rental car, you can fit two bikes in the back seat. Someday I might even be able to untangle them. The June crowds in Ptown were lovely and relaxed before the insanity that is July and August. The new staff at the Crown and Anchor are great. Cashetta, a gay magic act; the drag magic of Randy Roberts; the comedy stylings of Miss Richfield 1981; the entertainment extravaganzas of Ryan Landry all make up the entertainment hub that is my place of employ. I’m the only real woman on the bill, so it’s a big responsibility.
Sad news has its way with us though. My friend, Eric Rofes, a long time activist, educator, agitator, thinker in the gay movement, died here suddenly of a heart attack on June 26. He lived in San Francisco, taught at Humboldt State and was here for the summer finishing his 13th book, a work on the gay movement in the 70s. It is a huge loss for all of us. Friends gathered here for a memorial and came to our house after. Say a prayer for his partner of 16 years, his friends and family.
Do yourself a favor and get Alison Bechdel’s new book, Fun Home. I hope Eric got to read it. It is stunning and richly deserves the wonderful reviews it has been getting She herself is a dyke to watch out for who has arrived!
I’ll be working here in Ptown until I go off to the Gay Games in Chicago. I am participating – no not as a shot putter – but in the opening ceremonies. I’ll also be doing a show on Monday night July 17th at the Park West, one of my favorite venues.
Okay, the parade is about to begin, I better hoof the float uptown. Happy What’s Left of Independence Day!