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SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

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LEO / VIRGO

SEPTEMBER 2017

"Memory" collection for London Design Festival - Martyn Thompson.

"Memory" collection for London Design Festival - Martyn Thompson.

I’m on my way into New York City... feeling relaxed in a sleepy early morning way with a seeping undercurrent of urgency. Tomorrow I head to England for the London Design Festival and there’s a lot more I want to do today than there is really time for. This is always the way... I suffer from “over achiever”...

Chris and Bobby - Simone Silverman

Chris and Bobby - Simone Silverman

It’s been an amazing Labor Day weekend — my friends Bobby and Chris got married in Woodstock ... literally tons of people came to the wedding — from all over America.There were bonfires and brunches and endless performances as many of those gathered are engaged in industry of entertainment !!! I’ve never seen 2 people more happy to be together— who felt more suited.It was a celebration of freedom— the freedom of an only recently legalized right to choose.May it stay that way.

Sylvia Ray Rivera (front) and Arthur Bell at gay liberation demonstration, New York University, 1970.Photo - Diana Davies

Sylvia Ray Rivera (front) and Arthur Bell at gay liberation demonstration, New York University, 1970.Photo - Diana Davies

I’ve stopped reading the news. I’d fallen into a habit of perusing bbc.com before bedtime... most unhealthy — ignorance is not bliss but it makes for a better night’s sleep. It’s hard to take in what is going on around me. My 56 years on the earth bear witness to the brave struggle for,and the certain achievement of, greater equality for all sorts of people — us “ minorities”... it's heartbreaking to see this being undermined in the country I’ve made my home for the last 2 decades. To realize that so many people are opposed to this progress... What are they afraid of?

"Martyn Thompson" - Skyler Smith

"Martyn Thompson" - Skyler Smith

Often I’ve felt a stranger in this world. If I wanted to make a category of myself it would be “Queer Immigrant”. This has always been an outsider position. I became a foreigner aged 7 when I left the country I was born in. On starting school I naturally gravitated to the girls and not the boys... I was too good at dancing. I felt different... observing... looking in... to identify the places and people and ideas amongst which I am safe.

 "Leo" - Sidney Hall

 "Leo" - Sidney Hall

Chris is a Leo. He loves a crowd. The last dozen years of his life have focused on the creation of the “Secret City” — an integrated community performance art piece that celebrates not only the creative but being creative together — to share looks, attitudes and notions — to connect your inner and outer selves — to connect with others and “mingle”... as he says. It’s entirely unique.... a big idea... Leo’s have big ideas...

Ted Tarcher, member of the Oakland Pom Poms, Gay & Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, California, June 28, 1987.  Photo - Tom Levy/Chronicle 1987

Ted Tarcher, member of the Oakland Pom Poms, Gay & Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, California, June 28, 1987.  Photo - Tom Levy/Chronicle 1987

Often life’s great struggle is to feel a part of... I’m a part of The Secret City. It is one of my communities...a time and place I am comfortable. I love those moments in my daily life that make me feel at home in myself — a passing exchange in a store... a smile on the street. I got talking to my cab driver earlier today... we shared no racial or religious background and historically we had almost nothing in common, yet we totally connected because we cared about the same things... we shared a point of view
— a desire for people to accept each other.

Happy September x M

The White Butterfly - Martyn Thompson.

The White Butterfly - Martyn Thompson.