Monday, June 30, 2014

Pearlie Mae's Sausages and Potatoes

Bustin' the Basics: Pearlie Mae's Sausages and Potatoes
The Weekend meets Monday, Pride meets Daily Work, Progress meets “Old style” and the wallet meets the end of the month! Time to fix something cheap to eat. So sausages meet potatoes!

Pearlie Mae's Sausages and Potatoes

Entertainment legend Pearl Bailey wrote some cookbooks back in the early Seventies. These were full of her “tell it like it is” talk and her “no prisoners taken” style in her kitchen. She always cooked with all four burners! However she neglected to include any measurements. While searching for something else, slave stumbled on one of those forgotten books, “Pearl's Kitchen”, and thought that a down home style recipe would be cheap and easy to fix.

½ lbs loose sausage (could not afford to buy the 4 -5 pieces of Polish sausage the recipe calls for)
5 red potatoes
½ cup chopped onions
1 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs all purpose flour

1 lbs of fresh green beans for a side
slave had some frozen sausage courtesy of my BFF Charlie. The freezer yielded some chopped onion, and in the pantry lived a head of garlic! Slave threw in some left over green onions from the refrigerator. Total cost at the store for produce was about three dollars and change. This works and could have provided at least four meals if slave hadn’t pigged out because it tasted so darned good.

Pre heat oven to 400 for roasting the green beans. Do any chopping you need. Clean the produce, peel and cut up the potatoes into big chunks, quartered if small.

Heat a dutch oven on stove top over medium heat, add the loose sausage and break up, (unless you are using the Polish sausages, then just add to water) Dump in the onion and minced garlic and stir it while it starts to brown about 4 to 5 minutes.

With several folds of paper towels dab up excess grease – if the sausage was greasy, don't have to obsess about this, just use good sense, you don't want it swimming in fat!

Now add the cut up potatoes and about 1 to 1 ½ quarts of water. Let this come to a boil then remove the lid and reduce the heat so the boil continues but the fluids will reduce.

Slave used this time to clean and snap the green beans and mix with 1 tbs of oil. Then spread them out on a foil lined pan.

Once the water has boiled down for about 20 to 30 minutes and reduced by about half. Slide the green beans into the oven. Then 2 tbs of flour in a small bowl and mix in about ½ cup of cold water. Stir this into a runny paste. This is your “slurry”. Give the pot a good stir and drizzle this slurry into it. Stir this until well mixed and let it thicken for the 25 minutes the green beans will take in the oven.

Season the mix to taste with salt, pepper, or any hot sauce your Master prefers.
That's it! Additional bread is an option but not necessary.

This simple meal is not only filling but cheap. Some might be ashamed of eating such a low budget meal. Let slave tell you, there is no disgrace in being without spending cash! The real disgrace would be in serving without caring for those you serve.
Slave would like to thank you all! As of Sunday, this blog had received 10,000 pages views! That is quite a milestone that you all made happen and slave thanks you so much.

So very happy to report that my Master Indy was very proud of His Slave!

So slave will redouble its efforts with this blog. More stories with the recipes!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rev. Troy Perry Picnic Salad

Our summer picnic salad today is to honor one of the greatest LGBT spiritual leaders: The Rev. Troy Perry. His impact both politically and religiously can't be denied. If the LGBT's ever have a Saint, surely it will be this wonderful sexy man of God!

Rev. Troy Perry Picnic Salad

  • a head of cauliflower
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs-chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery-chopped
  • 1 small red onion-chopped About ½ cup
  • ½ cup sweet midgets cut finely
  • 2 tablespoons of that sweet pickle juice
  • ½ pkg bacon--cooked and crumble
  • 1 5oz carton Greek yogurt (then fill cup measure w/mayo)
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste

Wash the head of cauliflower and break apart into small florets. (just the part that looks like a bush.)

Steam these for 6 minutes. Slave used a vegetable stock, you can use chicken stock or just water works fine.
Cook up and crumble the bacon.
Boil the eggs, shell and chop them into a small bowl.
Chop the red onion and the celery also.

When the cauliflower is done spread them on a plate to cool while you get everything else read to assemble. (they don't have to be ice cold, just not still cooking)
Slice and chop the sweet midget pickles.

Spoon out the yogurt into a 1 cup measure, add the mustard, then top off the measure with a light mayonnaise. Scrape this into a medium bowl and add the pickle juice and taste, you might find a teaspoon of sugar provides what you like, or maybe salt and or pepper. What ever you prefer.

Now, assemble in a large bowl: the cauliflower, pickles, onion, celery, eggs, bacon bits and of course the dressing. Stir gently with a big wooden spoon. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and better, overnight.

This is a great alternative to the traditional potato salad that you find at picnics everywhere. This year for Your Pride Picnic, honor this truly great LGBT leader!

slave admits, he hardly feels qualified to write about the Reverend. However at my Master Indy's encouragement, slave gives it his best shot.

I am so very lucky to serve my Master:


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

There have been many leaders who have fought for LGBT's to be granted their basic civil rights under the law. We have seen leaders fight and demand we be treated as humans. We have seen leaders fight to change the way LGBT's are perceived by the public in general. Now slave wants to introduce you to a leader that some feel has done more for us as humans than any other.

Organized religion had led the way for our repression for nearly 900 years. (Not much longer than that by the way!). They had managed to erase us from their histories, condemn us to death, but far worse, they convinced us that God hated us. The separation from our higher power, or whatever term you wish to use, has to be the most despicable act ever perpetrated on a people. Hundreds of thousands came to believe: “Not even God loves you, So die faggot!”

Then, out of nowhere, came a voice out of the wilderness! “God Loves Gays!” Here was this sexy hunk with a neat trimmed beard. The most sexy eyes that looked deep into your soul. And with a deep southern drawl said “God loves you, and so do I”.

Troy Perry was the oldest of 5 boys, His father was killed when he was eleven. He described his dad as “the biggest bootlegger in Northern Florida”.

Troy felt called to preach. His aunts had been preaching in the streets, (even snake charming). He started to join in giving sermons while still in grade school. Perry was a licensed Baptist preacher at 15 years old. He then attended Midwest Bible College and Moody Bible Institute. He was the preacher at a small Church of God at 19 years old with a wife and 2 children. Then somebody told! It was reported that he had sex with a man. The church administrators forced him out of the church.

The young family moved to California and found a position pasturing a Church of God of Prophecy. There his wife found a secret stash of books about homosexuality he had hidden. In 1965, they were divorced and she took the kids. After a two year hitch in the Army and a failed boyfriend relationship, depression hit him hard.

Sure that God no longer wanted him and had taken away his kids, that even his sexual partners could not love him, he tried suicide. His friends broke in and rushed him to the hospital. Still feeling lost himself, a friend was arrested at a gay bar. After Troy bailed him out of jail, his friend said that he wanted to kill himself. 

Something finally broke through. After hours of once again praying to the only God he knew, He asked: “Lord if you want me to reach out to my people and to preach to them, tell me when to start”. The answer Perry received was: “NOW”!
12 people showed up in response to his advertisement. From that first Sunday, the Metropolitan Community Church rapidly grew into a world wide organization. It has over 300 congregations in 18 countries. The MCC reaches into every culture with its message of Love: “God doesn't have step children!”
From the very first the Rev Troy Perry let it be known that this was an activist church. He led marches and held rallies. When “the Briggs Initiative” was put on the ballot in California, he held a hunger strike and fasted on the court house steps until they had raised over $100,000 for a war-chest to fight the proposed law. 

It was around that time, slave got to meet Rev. Perry. He had come to Saint Louis to preach at the local MCC Church. I had a t-shirt printed up with an orange that had a bar through it. It said: “Save Our Children FROM Anita Bryant”.

Perry then joined Robin Tyler in 1979, planning what became known as the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Since then, Perry has been a featured speaker at all of the LGBT Marches on Washington: 1979, 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2009. Perry has become an internationally recognized spiritual leader and one of the world's leading activists for the civil rights of gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgendered people. He is known for his ability to go head to head with anyone. He is able to use great reason to debate any time, anywhere.

Today the Rev Troy Perry and his legally married husband, Phillip Ray De Blieck, are officially retired. However he is still ready at the drop of the hat to spring into action. GOD BLESS Rev, Troy Perry!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

VIVA our Vital Vito with Pancakes Special and Fancy

When slave was researching information on Vito Russo, it came across a piece written by the Rev. Malcom Boyd that described a trip the he and Russo made with friends to Disneyland in 1978:
We arrived just as the gates of the Magic Kingdom were opening. In a short time we found a Carnation breakfast shop. So, as part of a tourist's fantasy, we ordered pancakes with blue berries, swimming in syrup.”
So slave's mind was made up! The tribute to Vito Russo would be pancakes! Not just any pancakes, but special fancy pancakes! Besides, MASTER LOVES BLUE BERRIES!

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 5oz containers plain non fat yogurt + enough skim milk to equal 2 cups total
4 tablespoons melted butter (but NOT hot)
butter or cooking spray, for greasing the pan

(to keep pancakes hot while you finish the whole batch, preheat oven to 200 and lay a clean dish towel on a baking sheet. As you finish each cake, lay on half of the towel, fold towel over the top and slide in oven)

Heat your pan to 330 degrees (if you do not have a temperature control, keep the heat medium high, to test if hot enough, sprinkle just a drop or two of water, careful with this! It will dance when pan is ready.)

In a measuring cup spoon out one of the containers or yogurt. Then enough skim milk to reach the 1 cup mark, Carefully pour that milk out into a medium bowl and repeat with more skim milk. Now spoon out the yogurt from both the cup measure and from the other container. This will give you the equivalent of 2 cups. Many recipes call for buttermilk, which can be made by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and waiting 5 minutes. However slave believes that You will enjoy the rich and thick taste using the yogurt and skim milk!

Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Keep in two small bowls.

In a large bowl, measure in the flour, sugar, salt, baking SODA, baking POWDER. Mix until combined. Remember you will get better results anytime a recipe calls for a cup of flour, to weight it out. 1 cup equals 126g.

Whisk the egg whites until fluffy.

While that is whipping, in another bowl stir the yolks and melted butter into the yogurt mixture. It will look so rich and have such a great taste!

Pour that liquid on top of the dry mix in the large bowl. Using a fork, mix the batter just enough to bring it together. Don't try to work all the lumps out.
TIP: The more you work a pancake batter, the flatter and thinner they will turn out, not what you're looking for!

Fold in the fluffy egg whites carefully with a spatula. Just until mixed through. Then ladle into the pan. Don't get carried away and fill the pan! Make a few small ones first just to get the hang of it. Remember even the best chefs will tell you that they throw away the first one!

When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake and the griddle-side of the cake is golden (lift an edge with the spatula to check) Then gently flip the pancake.

If you have never done this, don't worry! Messes can be cleaned up! It may take practice to do this well, but it just takes time, OK? Don't be ashamed if you can't flip them with the saute pan like you see on television. It will be fine.

Continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the pancake is set. Transfer to the towel-lined sheet, and put in oven. Spray or wipe the pan with a buttered paper towel. Only use a little bit, it will quickly turn a very dark brown and your fluffy pancakes will not be as pretty!.

As you go along, your cakes will get to be the right size and look very nice. It is all just a matter of doing it.

If you like to sprinkle some blue berries into the pancake, do it when first ladled into pan and please remember – less is more!

Serve either with a dusting of powered sugar, or the old fashioned way and let them butter and add syrup themselves.

Doesn’t some crisp bacon sound good with this? Or maybe sausages links? If so: cook them up first and keep them warm in the oven along with the pancakes.

Then you can add all of the blue berries you wish!
You get the picture. Don't worry about making too many. Put wax paper between each, wrap them well with plastic wrap and freeze them!

Slave is so damn lucky to be serving my Master Indy;

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

Now let's find out about the man of the hour: Vitto Russo!
Vito Russo was just another baby boomer growing up in East Harlem. A skinny, geeky kid that was no good at sports! Nobody would have ever guessed he was to become one of the most powerful and influential voices of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement.
If you would have ask him, his only real interest at the time was MOVIES. What he saw on those big screens was a magic that captivated him.

According to him, he never once believed that being gay was wrong. On the inside he knew he was different and that it was alright! If all he did was to articulate that to future generations, his position as a leader would be assured.

Vito Russo had no intentions of becoming political at all. In fact he literally did sit in a tree watching the Stonewall riots. It was interesting, but it did not hit home to him until a few months latter. However when it did, the spark lit a blaze that fired a new generation of activists!

Out of the established Mattichine Society had come the Gay Liberation Front led by Craig Rodwell of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Book Store. The GLF was working a whole list of issues. A few of the members felt they would have a stronger effect if they focused on just one. By Dec of 1969, they broke off and formed the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA). Their issue: “secure basic human rights, dignity and freedom for all gay people”. This group led by Jim Owles was best known for its form of protests known as “Zaps”. Where their group would take over the office of their target.

Russo was one of GAA's earliest members. The organization rented an old fire station as its headquarters for meetings and planning. Russo saw the possibilities as a Gay Civic Center and organized dances there. Then he stumbled onto a way to merge the two things he loved most in life: “tricking” and watching movies!

One night he came in with a sheet to hang on the wall and a stack of movies to show. It was an instant success. Remember this was long before the advent of videotapes and players, long before DVD's and YouTube downloads. After a movie had played around the theaters, it was shelved until the advent of television that resurrected a few of them, to run late at night between the advertisements.

Vito immediately noticed a whole different magic watching as a group with other gays. He became almost obsessed with the images of gays on screen, the way Hollywood portrayed them both before the “Morality Code” and after. He was lucky enough to have a job where he could study films and started a ten year effort to write a book that became “The Celluloid Closet”.

Russo did not give up his activism. While he gave speeches on gays in films he also gave speeches demanding basic human rights for the LGBT's. He had a way to develop friendships with people from any class. His long lasting relationships with the likes of Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin were well known.

In 1973, Vito was MC for the rally following the New York’s Gay Pride Parade. He was quickly forced to quell what threatened to become a melee! Different groups had started verbally fighting. The lesbians did not feel as if their voices were being heard. The drag queens were loudly “boo”ed and jeered. Russo worked frantically to hold things together, finally calling on his friend Bette Midler to make an appearance singing her hit song “Friends” to calm things.

Latter that night, word began to reach New York that a horrendous fire had destroyed a gay night club in New Orleans. Out of that tragedy, leaders of the community pulled together.
The “Zaps” continued for a few years and Russo burred himself into his lectures and in 1981 his book was published.

The Celluloid Closet” was extremely important because it forced people to look at the messages being taught. After the “Code” which forbade ANY mention of homosexuality, slowly the gay characters were reintroduced (they had been there since the first Edison films). The big difference now is that they had to be portrayed as a menace and had to die. If not by the hand of the hero, then they had to have the good sense to kill themselves! The message to any questioning youth or to any LGBT watching films was “You have to DIE”. This was a powerful almost hidden suggestion that slipped deeply into the public psyche.

The Celluloid Closet” showed scene after scene of how this was drummed into the viewers. It was an eye opener.
The book was an instant classic and Russo was more in demand than ever.
1983, Russo wrote, produced, and co-hosted a gay community TV series called Our Time for public television. It was the nation's first LGBT hard news and documentary on the small screen.

In 1985 Russo had been diagnosed with AIDS. He understood, perhaps more than most, about how media portrayals defined the public view on an issue. Russo co-founded Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, (GLAAD). Immediately they protested against The New York Post's defamatory and sensationalized coverage of the new disease.
To this day GLAAD continues to pressure news media to end homophobic and defaming reporting. GLAAD lobbies the movie and music industries and keeps a close monitor of how LGBT's are treated. GLAAD has developed what it calls “The Russo Test” to index how a character is portrayed.

Russo became a co-founder of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in March of 1987. This organization forced the CDC and the FDA to change the way they approached life threatening illness in general and forced a change in the way AIDS was treated medically.
The film “How to Survive a Plaque” documents the history of ACT UP.
In November of 1990 Vito Russo passed of AIDS-related complications.
Russo left us a legacy few can match. His story is the story of the LGBT movement. We may not notice, but his imprint is on every new movie or TV show we watch.

Vito we still hear your voice and your tireless energy brings a lift to our steps. We are PROUD!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Orange You Proud Cake

The Hell Upstairs!
For slaves post today let me warn you that not all of Pride consists of celebrations and victories. There have been some tragedies that we must remember.

Then let us rejoin the happy throng with a SUPER easy cake! Perfect for the summer celebration!

Orange You Proud Cake
1 box Yellow Cake Mix (chose sugar free yellow cake mix, reducing calories by about 50 calories a slice)
Diet Orange Crush – You can use almost any flavor though, lemon lime soda works great as well.
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Lite frozen whipped topping
Color sprinkles.


Butter your cake pan while oven pre-heats. NOTE: slave is using a dark pan so instead of 350, the oven is set to 325!
Dump cake mix into a large bowl.
Add the vanilla.
Set your timer (slave just uses the timer on the microwave) to 40 sec.
Pour 12oz of diet soda into the cake mix
As soon as the timer hits 30 seconds, start to whisk.
Whisk for
30 seconds

Pour into a pan – Bake according to the box (you can do this in a muffin pan if you like)
Test with a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is done!

Let cool! Then top with the whipped topping. And sprinkle the colors over the top for a prideful cake.
Remember: in Australia they call these sprinkles: “Hundreds and Thousands” slave just thinks that's the neatest term!

 This cake freezes well, then by the time you are ready for desert it will be thawed out!

Told you is was easy! You could do this blindfolded, maybe hand-cuffed, in leg irons.... oops, sorry, slave got carried away! ;-)

Serving my Master Indy!

On Sunday, June 24th, 1973, The LGBT community of New Orleans were celebrating the last day of Pride weekend. Sunday afternoons at the Upstairs Lounge usually meant a sing along around a piano. That Sunday, dozens of members of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), got together there for drinks & talk. It was the fourth anniversary of Stonewall. The club hosted free beer and dinner for 125 patrons.
The group was so friendly that two gay brothers, Eddie and Jim Warren, decided to bring their mother to join them. So Inez was proudly introduced to the other patrons. Yet there was still no Gay Pride Parade in New Orleans. Almost two dozen gay bars dotted the French Quarter, but gay life in the city remained largely underground. It is said that after the free food and beer ran out about half of the people had drifted off for the night.
Then just a few minutes before 8PM, the door buzzer sounded. Gay bars still had to keep the doors locked and have a doorman screen who could get in. This involved unlocking a steel door to the flight of stairs leading down to the ground floor. So the heavy metal door was opened and ALL HELL broke lose!
In less than a second, an explosion of flames engulfed the entire bar. Amazingly some escaped, some through running upstairs, some wiggled out through the bars on the windows falling to the street below. Reverend Bill Larson of the MCC could only make it halfway out. The firefighters left him fused to the window frame. Rev. Larson's body was not removed from the window throughout the initial investigation, and symbolized the city's uncaring attitude towards the mostly gay victims.

Thirty-two lives were incinerated in less than 18 minutes!
The death toll was the worst in New Orleans history up to that time, including 1788 when the entire French Quarter burned to the ground.
It was the largest mass murder of gays and lesbians to ever be reported in the United States.

Even at first, the media and police response to the fire were not sympathetic.
Some family members who knew, refused to claim the remains (little more than ashes). That would be admitting someone in their family was “queer”. Radio commentators joked the remains could always be buried in FRUIT jars. The press ran quotes like: "I hope the fire burned their dresses off,"

The States-Item described the scene this way: "workers stood knee deep in bodies. The heat had been so intense, many were cooked together."

Detective Major Henry Morris, of the New Orleans Police Department said, "Some thieves hung out there, and you know this was a queer bar."

The news coverage was mean. At best, the police response could be described as “uncaring”. However the reaction from religious organizations of New Orleans was a disgrace! One after another of the churches and cathedrals refused to hold memorial services.

Finally, Father Bill Richardson of St. George’s Episcopal Church, believed the dead should have a service and graciously allowed, the use of St. George’s sanctuary. A prayer service was held on that Monday night attended by about 80 people. For this action, He was officially chastised by his bishop!

On the first of July a full service was held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Reverend Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, officiated along with Methodist Bishop Finis Crutchfield, who passed away just 14 years latter from complications of the HIV virus.
It was reported that after the service, Reverend Perry announced a side entrance for those who wanted to avoid any TV cameras that waited outside. Of the estimated 250 people there, not one took advantage of that offer.

According to the official story and popular histories: a troubled hustler who was thrown out of the bar earlier was quickly blamed. He was never charged, nothing as ever proved. The man: Rogder Dale Nunez, had been diagnosed with “conversion hysteria” in 1970 and had visited numerous psychiatric clinics. He had been in psychiatric custody for awhile, but had gotten out long before the incident. Nunez was known to drink and get in trouble. People latter reported that in a drunken stupor he claimed to have started the fire, but never officially.
Was it guilt? He is said to have committed suicide the following year.

Pardon me: but slave has to ask, wasn't he just too convenient a scapegoat for the authorities? So the faggots burned, they did it to themselves!
Today, many people have learned about a term used in the 1991 movie Backdraft. It was a fantastic movie by Ron Howard. Back in 1973 this was NOT general knowledge.

Let slave explain: “Backdraft” refers to the explosion which occurs when a fire has depleted the oxygen in its particular area, then a door or window is opened, allowing fresh oxygen into the extreme heat.

In the case of the Upstairs Lounge: the fire was set with an accelerant in the enclosed stairwell. It was then allowed to burn up the oxygen. Whoever did it waited. At THAT point, the buzzer was hit, knowing that the upstairs door would be opened and fresh oxygen rush into the space.

Would this fact be known to a street hustler, a drunk trouble maker with a history of mental problems? Was it just a fluke? A coincidence that even today the press can pontificate how wrong we were by blaming this unfortunate incident on homophobia?

One of the problems of writing any kind of history is projecting conventional wisdom of today on to people in the past. slave has the safety of 41 years distance to reflect. Yet toady we know so much more about things such as “backdraft” and “survivor guilt”. Certain elements of this story just stick out to slave, who is not an expert.

Who are the heroes? Certainly all of the 30 souls we know the names of and the two remaining “unknowns”. Also the LGBT leaders who rushed to New Orleans raising money and to provide consoling and support to the community there.

slave copies their names from

Partners, Joe William Bailey & Clarence Josephy McCloskey, Jr. perished together.
Duane George "Mitch" Mitchell, assistance pastor at MCC, died trying to save his partner, Louis Horace Broussard.
Mrs. Willie Inez Warren died with her sons, Eddie Hosea Warren and James Curtis Warren.
Pastor of the MCC, Rev. William R. Larson, formerly a Methodist lay minister.
Dr. Perry Lane Waters, Jr., a Jefferson Parish dentist. Several victims were his patients and were identified by his x-rays.
Douglas Maxwell Williams
Leon Richard Maples, a visitor from Florida.
George Steven Matyi
Larry Stratton
Reginald Adams, Jr., MCC member, formerly a Jesuit Scholastic. Partner of entertainer Regina Adams.
James Walls Hambrick
Horace "Skip" Getchell, MCC member.
Joseph Henry Adams
Herbert Dean Cooley, Upstairs Lounge bartender and MCC member.
Professional pianist, David Stuart Gary.
Guy D. Anderson
Luther Boggs
Donald Walter Dunbar
John Thomas Golding, Sr., member of MCC Pastor's Advisory Group.
Professional linguist, Adam Roland Fontenot, survived by Douglas "Buddy" Rasmussen, who led a group to safety.
Gerald Hoyt Gordon
Kenneth Paul Harrington, Federal Government employee.
Glenn Richard "Dick" Green, Navy veteran.
Robert "Bob" Lumpkin
Four men were buried in Potter's Field, Ferris LeBlanc, Unknown White Male, Unknown White Male, Unknown White Male, the City refused to release these bodies to the MCC for burial.
(A few anonymous individuals stepped forward and paid for the three unknown men's burials, and they were buried with another victim identified as Ferris LeBlanc in a mass grave at Holt Cemetery.)

A sidewalk memorial plaque rests outside the building, dedicated on the fire's 30th anniversary in 2003.

A new movie about the Upstairs Lounge Firebombing is about to be released. Will it shed new light, confirm the gossip, or support the official story? Whatever conclusions it draws, it will be an important reminder of the tragedy and history of our LGBT heritage.

Slave should acknowledge that finally, last year, on the 40th anniversary of the event, the Roman catholic Archbishop of New Orleans, Gregory Michael Aymond, issued a statement of regret that the local church leadership and former Archbishop Philip Hannan had ignored the arson attack at the time. He stated “The church does not condone violence and hatred. If we did not extend our care and condolences, I deeply apologize.”

As we approach the last weekend in this years Pride, let us pause for a minute to remember not only the victims of the Upstairs Lounge, the causalities of AIDS, the Matthew Shepards, and countless others who succumb to violence even today. Then let us continue to joyously celebrate who we are and what we have accomplished together!

Slave will be out there with you:
To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Harvey Milk Memorial Oriental Kebab Tortilla Wrap

The Harvey Milk Memorial Oriental Kebab Tortilla Wrap

1 pound chicken breast tenders
¼ cup soy sauce
6 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
6 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
¼ cup orange marmalade
3 TBS Balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
½ cup left over peas (without sauce)
1 small can of bamboo shoots, cut into slivers
1 pkg tortillas (even get gluten free if you like)


Cut the chicken tenderloins into bite sized chunks. Please be sure to cut out the small white strip! This piece of gristle will only annoy and get caught in the teeth. This is a small task that perhaps no one will notice. However it is just one of the parts of serving that satisfies a slave. You know you have taken this effort to please.

While slave is at it, please, when you are in the kitchen preparing a meal for someone — be happy! Sing to yourself if necessary. This WILL make the food taste better. No one will ever convince slave any different!

Mix the soy sauce, the whites of the green onions, minced garlic, and ginger with the oil. Pour this into zipper bags along with chicken and let marinade. It can sit in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or best overnight.
Note this is ONE time you do not have to marinade the chicken in buttermilk first!

Make the sauce:
In a medium bowl combine the marmalade with the red pepper flakes. Add the vinegar a Tablespoon at a time stirring it in. You want the consistency of a good dipping sauce. Cover and this can also sit in the refrigerator overnight if you wish.

Clean and slice the mushrooms and shred the cabbage.
Mix the peas and cut up bamboo shoots into the cabbage.

Drain the chicken pieces on paper towels and heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Fry, stirring, until not only fully cooked but also crispy! You want a slight crunch.

To assemble:
In a clean non-stick pan on medium heat, heat each tortilla until warm. They don't have to cook.

Place a few sliced mushrooms on the tortillas, spoon the cabbage mixture on them. Then add some pieces of crispy soy chicken and top with bits of green onion. Then spoon a bit of the marmalade sauce on top.


Fold up the bottom to hold the food in. then fold over the arms to hold it.
This makes a unique street food. It balances cooking traditions from around the world to honor one of our great leaders. Harvey Milk reached out to all of the ethnic groups and genuinely cared for their interests even when it was not politically expedient.

Hope you enjoy this interesting take on different cultures!

Let slave tell you about this leader named Harvey Milk. You do know that he did more than just act as target practice for a deranged man (who was NO relation to me by the way!)

Anita Bryant vs. Harvey Milk! 

Since the award winning movie “MILK” tells so much about the story of Harvey Milk, slave thought it best to focus on just one point. It was a fight that directly effected every LGBT citizen in the country. While portrayed in the film, its importance was a bit watered down in the interests of showing other parts of his life.

                                          Anita Bryant

In the eight years since the Stonewall Riots gay activists had managed to secure several city and county ordinances across the country. These granted a small level of protection for the LGBT citizens.
Then in 1977, a political coalition “Save Our Children, Inc.” formed in Miami, Florida, to overturn one of these county ordinances. The law simply banned discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation. This coalition was publicly headed by celebrity singer Anita Bryant. She claimed the ordinance discriminated against her right to teach her children biblical morality. It was a well-organized & financed campaign that was the beginnings of “The Moral Majority”. Evangelical ministries from all over the country began to pour money into this effort to flex their growing political might.
At one rally Bryant held up a pamphlet about homosexuality she claimed was being distributed at area high schools (a statement she later had to admit was a lie), and said Dade County homosexuals "are trying to recruit our children into homosexuality"
The statement made headlines, the retraction never did.
Two months before the referendum vote, Bob Green, speaking for Bryant, vowed to lead her cause in all cities in the United States that protected sexual orientation from discrimination, saying that gay activists waged a "disguised attack on God", and Bryant would "lead such a crusade to stop it as this country has not seen before".
The ensuing political fight was a steam roller over the basically unprepared gay supporters.
San Francisco Sheriff Richard Hongisto had campaigned with Miami's law enforcement community to save the protections. When he returned home he said that Save Our Children made an issue of the very existence of San Francisco: referring to the city as "a cesspool of perversion gone rampant". Bob Green expressed doubt that saving San Francisco was possible. Reverend Jerry Falwell spoke at a rally as the vote neared, telling the audience, "I want to tell you we are dealing with a vile and vicious and vulgar gang. They'd kill you as quick as look at you."
In the weeks after the Dade County vote, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, and Palm Beach, Florida and Austin, Texas, all rejected ordinances to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.
When the repeal went to a vote, it attracted the largest response of any special election in Dade County's history, passing by 70%.
The goal of “Save Our Children” was to crush the gay rights movement and purge this filth from our country. The defeat of the ordinance encouraged groups in other cities to overturn similar laws. “Save Our Children” with Anita Bryant in the lead became a juggernaut repealing gay rights ordinances in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Wichita, Kansas and Eugene, Oregon. She was on her own “March to the Sea” this time the tsunami was headed right at California. All sights were set on the BIG PRIZE: “The Briggs Initiative” in California.
In 1978Proposition 6” would have made the firing of openly gay public school employees mandatory! Under it's proposed provisions even voting against the initiative was cause for such dismissal.

California state senator John Briggs had been in Dade County with the Bryant group when the votes were being counted. The huge voter turnout impressed him. He had his sights on running for Governor of California. Since California had no such law to overturn, he proposed a law to forbid employing openly gay public school teachers and other workers. The bill also allowed the dismissal of any public school employee for supporting gay rights including voting against Proposition 6, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Briggs named his organization California Defend Our Children (CDOC) to avoid legal problems with a Connecticut charity (who had to sue Bryant's group from using their name). Still the tactics were the same.
What was different was a young newly elected city supervisor named Harvey Milk!

He forged a coalition of activists and mobilized them under the slogan "Come out! Come out! Wherever you are!" to defeat the initiative. In what became the No On 6 campaign, gay men and lesbians went door to door in their cities and towns across the state to talk about the harm the initiative would cause.

At his urging, gay men and lesbians came out to their families and their neighbors and their co-workers.
Today it might be hard to understand the bravery it took for people to “come out”. It was still very much of a heart wrenching decision that tore families apart. If this law passed it would force being fired. The chance of getting another job was historically slim. Harvey knew this and with his patience and guidance led his people through one of the toughest choices of their lives.
The efforts of Harvey Milk can not be exaggerated. This man was ready to stand face to face anywhere and in front of any crowd to debate Briggs. He, more than any other one person should be credited with stopping the tidal wave from “The Moral Majority!”
He spoke in their churches and community centers, sent letters to their local editors, and otherwise revealed to the general population that gay people really were "everywhere". This included people they already knew and cared about. In the beginning of September, the ballot measure was overwhelming ahead in public-opinion polls, with about 61% of voters supporting the discriminating law while 31% opposed it.
slave does not want to diminish in any way the hard work of thousands who fought this discrimination from becoming law. While no one man could have led the battle alone, it took a man of his leadership and determination to galvanize the opposition.
Most political pundits said it was a “fools errand”. Huge amounts of money and powerful forces were poised to simply wash the LGBT's into the Pacific Ocean.
Harvey Milk proved them wrong! 
On election night, November 7, 1978, the initiative was soundly defeated! It even lost in Briggs’ own Orange County, a conservative stronghold.
Not three weeks latter, on November 27th, Milk was gunned down at his office in San Francisco’s City hall.

In this month of Pride let us not forget the brave leaders of every gender, who fought for us and many who gave their all.
We march in their footsteps and we are PROUD!
This slave is so happy to be serving Master Indy.


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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