Home Run

72 countries have laws criminalizing homosexuality and in nine it’s punishable by death. In too much of the world LGBT individuals live in fear, are subject to violence, unable to fulfill their human potential. Perhaps, the most frightening thing is the risk of being murdered by one’s own father or a male sibling.

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A few individuals are lucky enough to escape home and seek a new life in a country with more humane laws and attitudes. The goal is to reach one of the 22 nations that recognize the rights of LGBT citizens, the majority of which are in the Americas and Western Europe.

One successful strategy for young people is to learn the language in preparation of studying abroad. When an individual reaches a safe haven such as the United States, it’s possible to apply for asylum within the first year of arrival and begin the long, arduous process of providing proof of persecution.

The Center For Immigrant Protection in San Francisco helps people residing in the US with pro-bono legal representation and referrals to other available services in the area. More information is available at cipsf.com.

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Two Lives

I’m a fan of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, so I jumped at a chance to visit them at 27 rue de Fleurus.

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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the famous Bay Area couple talk about their time together in Paris and beyond, even learning a few things I didn’t know about them.

Gertrude Stein And A Companion by Win Wells was directed for Theatre Rhinoceros by Katheryn Wood and John Fisher during its brief stage-run (28 December 2016 through 8 January 2017) in San Francisco.

Stein was played by Kathryn Wood and Toklas by Elaine Jenning, while Haley Bertelsen stood in for various other characters mentioned including Mable Dodge, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Leo Stein, etc.

The Rhino turns forty this year, making it one of the oldest queer theater companies in the US. Productions are done at the Eureka Theatre on Clay Street in San Francisco.

Last year the company began an ongoing reading series at the GLBTQ Museum on 18th Street in the Castro. These are usually the first Monday of the month. Contact Theatre Rhinoceros for more information.

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Sixth Floor

Me, Myself, And Her directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi (Italy) 2015 is an elegant, sophisticated work about two career women with differing views of sexual identity.

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It begins with a christening, one of many family-oriented events that run throughout the film. What seems to be a stable, ideal love relationship slowly unravels.

This excellent, dramatic feature screened earlier this year at Frameline 40, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Now it’s available on DVD and VOD via Wolfe Video across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, WolfeOnDemand.com, and many major retailers, just in time for the holiday season. Contact Wolfe Video for more information.

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Mincing Words

No, it’s not a cooking show!

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Tom Ammiano’s new one-man show is an entertaining romp through his two terms as a member of the California Assembly. Whether he’s sitting in his office, standing on stage, or running for office, the jokes keep coming. He knows how to get a laugh.

His sense of humor has undoubtedly served him well in all of his careers: teacher, comic, and politician. During his tenure in public office he’s championed health care, affordable housing, LGBT issues, as well as labor, immigration, and prison reform.

Mincing Words runs 8 September to 15 October 2016 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street (off 22nd), San Francisco.

Along with his remarks about well-known politicians in various levels of government, he also introduces several characters that embody undesirable traits making them perfect foils for humor.

San Francisco values, of course, from a Jersey guy now deeply rooted in the West.

Shows run Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. Contact the Marsh for more info and tickets.

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Out Now

Coming Out directed by Alden Peters (USA) 2015 utilizes modern technology to deal with the fundamental gay right of passage.

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A young filmmaker turns the camera on himself, as well as family and friends, to document what is still a difficult process for many.

It begins with his personal revelation to his older brother Rick during a drive and moves systematically from what Alden considers to be the easiest to the most difficult person in his life, his father, a man who seems to embody the all-round masculine guy.

Yet his relationships are only one aspect of sexual acceptance. Even more important is his internal journey. Finding out what it means for him to identify as a gay man.

Coming Out will be released on DVD 4 October 2016. Contact Wolf Video for more info about this charming and engaging work.

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