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It’s the start of a new year, that special season when Houstonians break out their winter T-shirts, when the grass changes colors from brown to green and when Pride Houston unveils the new theme and logo for the June pride parade and festival. The grand unveiling ceremony is at F Bar (202 Tuam) on January 17 and 7:30 pm. The Grand Marshal Nominees for 2012 will also be revealed. Finalist from the 2011 Pride Star singing competition will provide entertainment throughout the evening.
The annual Winter SolstiCelebration has gotten so big, it’s now spread across two days. In its 19th year, the event uses music, dance, ceremony and more to observe the Winter Solstice. And don’t forget the Yule Fest. Canned food and winterwear donations are encouraged.
DEETS: Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. Through Saturday. $15. EarthRhythms.org.
“Our ceremony will include the dedication of new panels created by family and friends of a loved one lost to AIDS,” said C.U.R.E. co-founder Roseann Rosetti. “The new panels will be presented to The Names Project Foundation to be included as part of the nationally acclaimed AIDS Memorial Quilt.”
Anyone with a new panel to present may attend the ceremony.
“If you would like to present a panel in honor of someone you know and love, C.U.R.E. will be honored have you dedicate and present your panel at our World AIDS Day ceremony,” Rosetti said.
The panels will be sent to the Names Project’s home in Atlanta to be sewn into blocks for exhibit.
The White House issues its own take on last week’s ceremony at the
Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., where President Barack
Obama signed into law repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Advocate.com: Daily News
Nice video from the White House. At the end, the President says “this is done.” It’s really not done until DOD creates new regs, the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Jt Chiefs approve those regs, Congress doesn’t undercut the regs, and we all get to make sure the regs don’t undercut a full and timely repeal. Things are moving along, yes – but it’s not done yet. I fear next year is going to be tricky moving ahead on this. I hope I’m wrong.
UPDATE: Joe is at the airport – he already had tickets to California for Christmas before the DADT signing ceremony was announced (and I, sadly, am already in Chicago). But Joe was able to attend the ceremony this morning, and will report to us shortly (if he can get Internet access in the airport in Philly, it’s not working too well in DC) with photos. In the meantime, here is Joe’s Twitter feed, where he live-tweeted much of the ceremony.
Should begin shortly after 9:15 AM ET, but may start late.
I’m at the ceremony. John is in Chicago so couldn’t make it. But, the White House invited a wide range of people. Most important, there will be a lot of the servicemembers who made this happen. And, there are a lot of folks, like us, who pushed the White House. GetEQUAL’s Robin McGehee will be there with her son, Sebastian. Also, Jonathan Lewis and Paul Yandura, who played key roles in setting up GetEQUAL, got invited. I’m heading to the airport right after the event, but will take photos and possibly get some video.
I think this is a big step for the direct action group GetEqual, whose tactics didn’t receive a lot of establishment respect. The White House, while shaken by some of the protests, clearly offered the olive branch by inviting both Lt. Dan Choi and Robin McGehee to Wednesday’s White House signing ceremony.
The signing will not be held at the White House. The invite list is apparently quite long — the ceremony is being held in an auditorium.
In case you’re wondering, your blogmistress, despite being one of the thorns in the side of the WH at times, has also received an invitation.
That’s heartening, since it also means recognition of the Netroots. Via Twitter I know that John Aravosis (certainly not a WH fan), Andy Towle, and other bloggers are invited, so perhaps the White House would like to use this opportunity to start anew. Time will tell, of course.
As far as my attendance goes, it is a life filled with an abundance of hilarious bad luck, bad timing and bad health. Usually it’s a conflict with my day job when it comes to invites of this nature; this time it’s the damn hysterectomy. YES the plumbing of the damned — it’s removed and it’s still screwing with me, lolol.
Let’s put it this way – I drove a few miles today and mailed a couple of small boxes at the PO, went to one store and came home. My abdomen is now throbbing sore and definitely feels like I overdid it (like stitches pulling). Anyway, attending would be a logistical nightmare for me. I’m not physically ready for a long drive, dealing with flying/the airport or standing for long periods yet. Also, I cannot lift more than 10 lbs for quite a while, so no bag or laptop and gear for me either. Crushing fatigue can strike without warning too. Oh, and folks have to be on site by 7AM on Wednesday. LOL. The reality is (even as I hilariously, sadly bargained with Kate about how it might be possible to go) it takes months to fully recover from a hysterectomy even without complications involving my other issues (fibromyalgia, neuropathy). The smart thing is to sadly and politely decline attending the historic event.
I do hope to see, as I watch the event on the tube on Wednesday with the rest of you, that there are many members of the military attending — those who lost their jobs due to DADT, and we can, in ceremony, close this chapter and move on to full impementation of repeal. Pam’s House Blend – Front Page