Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I think that gay pride celebrations should include public readings of names of all the artists, writers, architects, philosophers, musicians, entertainers of all kinds, kings, queens, presidents, jurists, scientists, legislators, Biblical figures (David and Jonathan: "Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women," for example), explorers, mathematicians, inventors, athletes -- leaders of every kind, in every field -- who were documentably gay and lesbian. A lot of people would be astounded and have to face some "inconvenient truths" they try desperately to deny.
Blogger/Facebook friend Mark Huffaker put this out on his page. It relates to what's going on in Wisconsin. Try to guess the speaker, then scroll down to the bottom of the post for the answer.
This little guy is amazing at four years old. More to the point, he’s filled with the joy of performing, a joy I hope he carries with him all throughout his life. It’s good but repetitious until around 1:40. Shortly after that he catches sight of parents or friends and just lights up. Enjoy!
From Wikipedia and two other sites: "In a banquet scene, Nianknuhm and Khnumhotep are entertained by dancers, clappers, musicians and singers; in another, they oversee their funeral preparations. In the most striking portrayal (above), the two embrace, noses touching, in the most intimate pose allowed by canonical Egyptian art. An embrace scene of this kind is seen extremely rarely, even with representations of the deceased embracing his wife or with scenes of mother and daughter or mother and son.
"[Theirs] is the only tomb in the necropolis where men are displayed embracing and holding hands. In addition, the men's chosen names (both theophorics to the creator-god Khnum) form a linguistic reference to their closeness: Niankhnuhm means "joined to life" and Khnumhotep means "joined to the blessed state of the dead'" and together the names can be translated as 'joined in life and joined in death.'
"These men also shared titles in the palace of King Niuserre of the Fifth Dynasty. The shared titles were 'Overseer of the Manicurists in the Palace of the King,' and 'King's Acquaintance and Royal Confidant.' Throughout the tomb there are scenes of the men embracing each other."
Predictably, there are some Egyptologists who doubt the men were in a homosexual relationship, pointing out that there was an ambiguous attitude toward homosexuality in the Fifth Dynasty, others citing the fact that both men were married and had children.
Both of those conditions exist in this and in other countries today, however, and same-sex relationships are thriving, even in the face physical danger and continuing assaults on rights and legal protections. Also, the tomb that was funded and constructed for the two men by the Pharaoh was not built to contain the men's wives or children, just the two men themselves, surrounded by what even the doubters admit are scenes, extraordinary in ancient Egyptian culture, depicting their undeniable love.
And I especially love this one: the naming of names at a Pride festival is a wonderful idea.
It totally doesn't not surprise me that Hitler said - though my first guess was Glenn Beck and my second guess was Sarah Palin.
That kid is amazing, though in his defense the song is really, really repitious too.
And I loved the ending. Whenever any mentions the ambiguity of same-sex relationship in ancient times, I've never understood how that somehow means a sexual relationship wasn't possible.
Thank you. :)
Your Friend, m.
I agree that your style of multi-subject posts is fresh & fun.
Love you, W!