What do you want on your Pride Day stages?
I have to differ with Susan Cole's assessment of the Pride stages (NOW, June 22-28). I don't believe the music of Tom Robinson, Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet, Parachute Club, Carole Pope, the Nylons, the Soul Attorneys, Phonocomb, Meryn Cadell and Mollies Revenge, and the comedy of Scott Thompson, Elvira Kurt, Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella on the Pride stages to be "weak."
The board and general committees of Pride throughout the six years I spent as entertainment co-chair directed that any volunteer dollars were to be spent on local acts to support our local musicians.
It was only possible to book "international acts" by depending on the generosity of local branches of multinational labels through sponsorships, and the committee, because its executive board changed yearly, just was not organized enough to give commitments beyond eight months in advance. International acts have schedules a year or more in advance.
I finally quit the committee in early 98 when it was decided (with no consultation with entertainment) to spend tens of thousands of dollars on multiple sky-stage platforms and to lower the honorarium to less than a cab ride home for performers.
The Pride committee needs to take a long look at the future of this event and hold more consultations with the community to assess what people really want from their Pride stages. Why is there no time, for example, for political speeches?
I hope people will either phone, fax or write the committee or show up at its Pride assessment meeting at the 519 in July to volunteer or offer constructive criticism for the future.
Where you can get more of Kuru online
While reading about Brother Love Canal in your Pride issue, I noticed a glaring error. Singer Leslea Keurvorst's own band is not Kuku -- it is Kuru.
Readers can find out more (and download an MP3) at their Web site (http://celebrate.at/kuru).
Spare me stereotypes of anti-sex lesbians
The last thing I needed to read during Pride week was some outre lesbialite dismissing dykes everywhere with a handful of nasty stereotypes and generalizations (NOW, June 22-28).
Any number of NOW articles, reviews and/or personal ads would show up Gen Tait's straw dykes for what they truly are. Since I am a woman, and I've known a few, I can assure NOW readers that all dykes have amazing, joyous (sex) lives and write kick-ass poetry.
If you're lucky, there's dyke softball in the fall
Yes, as a lesbian Massachusetts resident who has visited Provincetown regularly for 25 years, I'm afraid Gen Tait is mostly correct about the possibilities for lesbians there.
Even when I was younger and single, and there were slightly more women's bars in town, I recall the difficulty I had in even getting someone to dance with me in broad daylight at a tea dance. What few women who weren't scared to death by my even asking would run off hurriedly as soon as the song changed (and I don't think it was my appearance!).
About the best time to have a chance for more wide-ranging socializing is during Women's Week in October, when for a brief time dykes nearly equal the male population and a wider range of events (softball, anyone?) occur.
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Don't talk to me like that on Pride Day
The Pride parade was
wonderful, but I have lost all respect for the event because of one bad apple. On a public side-street stage, I was shocked by the remarks of a band's singer when he said, "Tonight my bandmate is going to have his first homosexual relationship, tonight he is going to get f**cked up the a**!!"
Is this what they mean by loud and proud? No, this is simply loud and offensive. Pride organizers should be ashamed. I won't be attending Pride again.