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July 4, 1885: Leaves of Grass


AS I lay with my head in your lap, Camerado,
The confession I made I resume—what I said to you in the open air I resume:
I know I am restless, and make others so;
I know my words are weapons, full of danger, full of death;
(Indeed I am myself the real soldier; 5
It is not he, there, with his bayonet, and not the red-striped artilleryman;)
For I confront peace, security, and all the settled laws, to unsettle them;
I am more resolute because all have denied me, than I could ever have been had all accepted me;
I heed not, and have never heeded, either experience, cautions, majorities, nor ridicule;
And the threat of what is call’d hell is little or nothing to me; 10
And the lure of what is call’d heaven is little or nothing to me;
…Dear camerado! I confess I have urged you onward with me, and still urge you, without the least idea what is our destination,
Or whether we shall be victorious, or utterly quell’d and defeated.

On this day in 1855, WALT WHITMAN published the first edition of Leaves of Grass. The first edition consisted of 12 poems, and was published anonymously; Whitman set much of the type himself, and paid for its printing. Over his lifetime, he published eight more editions, adding poems each time; there were 122 new poems in the third edition alone (1860-61), and the final “death-bed edition,” published in 1891, contained almost 400. The first edition received several glowing — and anonymous — reviews in New York newspapers. Most of them were written by Whitman himself. The praise was unstinting: “An American bard at last!” One legitimate mention by popular columnist Fanny Fern called the collection daring and fresh. Emerson felt it was “the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.” This wasn’t a universal opinion, however; many called it filth, and poet John Greenleaf Whittier threw his copy into the fire.

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Sometimes the Prince and the Prince Get Married

Actor and renowned photographer Cris Alexander, 91, passed away March 7, less than 13 days after the death of his lover of 61 years, ballet dancer Shaun O’Brien.

They were finally allowed to marry in 2011 by the state of New York.

 

 

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We’re All In This Together

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A remarkable high-res photo of our planet has been released by NASA.

Shows that we all have a stake in our planets’ future.

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The Latino LGBT Community: Starting a Conversation

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December 14, 2011 · 12:54 pm

Oral Roberts’ Gay Grandson wants to bring the Gay Agenda to Fresno?

From THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT:

“Oral Roberts gay grandson Randy Roberts Potts is bringing the gay agenda to conservative towns all across America. Roberts writes,

The Gay Agenda is performance art designed to foster love and acceptance.

“The Gay Agenda” is a direct community action designed for mid-​size conservative towns across the U.S. To present a clear image of what gay domesticity looks like, we will set up a “home” in each town inside a borrowed storefront. Two men or two women will inhabit the space as a couple for several days at a time, the occupants performing routine tasks: vacuuming the carpet, making coffee, reading the paper, playing cards with friends, ordering pizza, watching TV, etc.. No intimacy beyond what might be acceptable for any heterosexual couple in public will be presented; ie, it will be limited to casual contact — hand-​holding, an arm around each other, a casual kiss hello/​goodbye, etc.

THE GAY AGENDA AS CONCEIVED SHOULD BE INCREDIBLY BORING TO WATCH.

The first performance will be in Dallas, on Oct. 28th, beginning at 7 pm. Randy Roberts Potts and Keaton Johnson will perform the two roles.

Photographer/​visual consultant: Ange Fitzgerald, Videographer: Danny McCullough (of Cottonopolis Films)

The first performance of The Gay Agenda will be in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 28.

Potts and his merry band of radical homosexual activists (I wanted to be the first to say it — you know someone on the Right will!) want to know what conservative town you’d like them to visit next. Top choices on their poll include Paducah, Kentucky, Oklahoma City, Jackson, Mississippi, and Raleigh, North Carolina. (I’d vote for the last one — North Carolina needs some help right now…)

Randy Roberts Potts has been interviewed by recently-​out and now openly-​gay CNN anchor Don Lemon, has made an awesome It Gets Better video, and delivered an excellent sermon during which he discussed his relationship with his former wife, his gay uncle who, sadly, was not out and died by suicide, and his televangelist and extremely anti-​gay grandfather, Oral Roberts.

The Gay Agenda sounds absolutely awesome for its simplicity and its message.

You can follow The Gay Agenda on Twitter and visit their Facebook page.”

ME AGAIN: Fresno is one of the choices available on their Facebook page, but so far only has two votes…

Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/thegaygayagenda

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