Contemplating that question, I organized an impromptu workshop on bisexuality and was astonished to find 130 Quakers, one of every ten General Conference attendees, overflowing into five meeting rooms and an auditorium for two days of lively discussion based more on experience than on abstract theories. Finally I was surrounded by bisexually-identified F/friends, formally considering the topic of bisexuality. Thus identity led me to activism.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Stephen Donaldson Memorial Summer Desert
While various models by Kelvinator (at nearly twice the price of a Model T Ford) and some from Frigidaire were around in the early 1920's: The first home refrigerator to see widespread use was the General Electric introduced in 1927. Over a million units were produced.
Within two years, the Uneeda Bakers (Now Nabisco) was marketing a recipe that used these new kitchen marvels. It was incredibly easy. Just use THEIR special “Famous Chocolate wafers”, cover them well with a sweetened whipped cream and leave in your refrigerator overnight! The next day, slice the roll on the diagonal and voila! Zebra-like slices that had become more than just cookies and cream but rather a creamy summer dessert.
It became known as the Ice Box Cake! Ever have one as a kid? Slave was very tempted to do a two ingredient dish for this posting, but you know how I've just got to do something to it to make it special.
So Here is the Stephen Donaldson Memorial Summer Desert!
1 box of Ginger Snap Cookies
1 12oz tub of non-fat cool whip, thawed
1 3oz box of peach flavored gelatin
1 ½ cups boiling water
slave used a throw away foil 8 x 8 cake pan, so that it could be taken as a gift.
Mix the boiling water into the pkg gelatin and stir for at least 2 minutes to devolve well. Whisk in the Cool Whip until well blended.
Place this in freezer for no more than 2 hours to firm up!
Prop up the pan so that you can stack the cookies without them falling over.
Now start stacking the ginger snaps with a spoonful of this topping between each. Lay them into the cake pan and start the next row.
Layer the remaining topping over the logs and cover with foil. Now leave in refrigerator overnight.
This will allow the caterpillar to become the butterfly.
Then if you wish, you can freeze it to take to a picnic. After the meal it will be just right to cut into and enjoy.
Simple right? Wonderful taste! And sorta easy!
While all of slave's cooking is for Master Indy, at times He allows me to take a special food gift to someone lucky.
Today's LGBT Hero: Stephen Donaldson
Bisexual support and empowerment campaigns did not really start until the 1970's, shortly after The Stonewall uprising.
One of its first leaders was rather hard to define. He was an emotionally troubled hero who often went by the name Stephen Donaldson. Note: this is not the same person who writes fantasy books.
He is given credit for establishing this movement in 1972. His partner was a bisexual female. They each had been active in “homophile” organizations. The very fact that they were in a sexual relationship angered both gay and lesbian activists. Immediately issues of trust and genuine commitment to the cause were raised.
After nearly two years as a sailor, I got kicked out for "homosexual involvement," Bitter at this homophobic expulsion, which deprived me of the identity I loved more than any other—that of a sailor—and as a bisexual no longer feeling comfortable with the gay liberation movement, I found myself in June, 1972, attending the annual Friends (Quaker) General Conference in Ithaca, New York; its theme for the year was "Where Should Friends Be Pioneering Now?"
This group led by Donaldson's writing adopted what became know as the "Ithaca Statement on Bisexuality".
The Statement, which may have been "the first public declaration of the bisexual movement" and "was certainly the first statement on bisexuality issued by an American religious assembly," appeared in The Quaker Friends Journal and in The Advocate in 1972.
In the journal “Sexuality”, Merl Storr reported, “It is easy to forget in the present climate just how hostile academia in general, and lesbian and gay studies in particular, were to the very idea that bisexuality might be a serious topic of discussion.”
In fact even in the last few months an article circulated on the internet concerning wither there existed any “proof” of bisexuality!
After a series of meetings, the Committee of Friends on Bisexuality was formed, with Donaldson (using the name Bob Martin) as its chair until he left the Quakers in 1977.
Donaldson appeared in 1974 on a New York Gay Activists Alliance panel with Kate Millet. Where he voiced the belief that ultimately bisexuality would be perceived as much more threatening to the prevailing sexual order than homosexuality, because it potentially subverted everyone's identity (the idea that everyone is potentially bisexual was widespread) and could not, unlike exclusive homosexuality, be confined to a segregated, stigmatized and therefore manageable ghetto.
Stephen Donaldson passed in 1996 from complications of the AIDS virus.
He had started one of the first “homophile” student organizations at a major university.
Been kicked out of the Navy and lead a successful and pioneering campaign to have his discharge changed to honorable.
Really provided the publicity needed to start and define, the “Bisexual Movement”
But perhaps his greatest legacy was a result of his having been brutally gang-raped repeatedly in prison.
He would not remain silent about it! That is what men did at the time. There was no such thing as rape support or therapies for prisoners!
Officially rapes never occurred in prisons!
The next day Donaldson held a press conference, Thus becoming the first male prison-rape survivor to publicly recount his experiences. What followed was a "massive and prolonged" publicity, which had to be conducted under his legal name: Robert Martin. All the Washington newspapers carried the stories; it was picked-up on the wire services, and all three network-affiliated TV stations carried filmed interviews.
The injuries to Donaldson's rectum were so severe that they required surgery. He had to spend a week in the Washington D.C. Veterans' Hospital. He remarked "The government sewed up the tears in my rectum which the government occasioned."
Nobody ever had questioned whether the trauma of gang-rape was being adequately treated. The result was no treatment at all. Donaldson's campaign succeeded in changing that. However in this battle he paid the ultimate price.
Donaldson became president of Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc. in the mid 1990's. His legacy organization, now known as Just Detention International helps prisoners cope with the psychological and physical trauma of rape, and works to prevent it from happening. It contributed to gaining the passage of the first US law against rape in prison Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. The issue of rape and prisoners' rights continues to receive national and state attention. Donaldson was perhaps the first activist against male rape in the United States to gain significant media attention.
He was truly another ordinary guy who was forced to become an extraordinary LGBT hero!
Slave is honored to be allowed to serve my Master Indy, and under His direction, pass on these bits of LGBT History to you
To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F315Y4I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vAT4sb0934RTM via @amazon
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