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Remembering Paula Ettelbrick at her Memorial Service

These remarks were given at Paula Ettelbrick's Memorial Service on November 14, 2011 in New York City. Time proved her prophetic in warning that marriage would narrow our freedom even as it expanded our rights. I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground. So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind: Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned. In Dirge Without Music Edna St. Vincent Millay captures the strangeness of losing someone we love. It is devastating, if inevitable.  But it is harder still to have lost Paula’s critical mind, loving [...]

Notes on Lesbians, History and Philanthropy

" I would argue that lesbians do not know what constitutes our issues, don't know what we ought to do with our political energies, don't know how to support each other and not working in a strong way to build a society that respects and values and cherishes women." This is an outline for a presentation made at a Lesbians and Philanthropy gathering hosted by the Horizons Community Foundation in San Francisco in 1999. There are two broad sections of this talk. The first section offers an analysis of contemporary lesbian life in the US and where lesbians find ourselves today - a sort of annotated history of lesbian politics in the last thirty years. The second section offers some [...]

Mapping The Future of Choice: Sex, Love and Birth Control in the 21st Century

"If silence on questions of values, or questions of sexual freedom, was necessary at one point or political expedient at another, let us be clear that in the next century it is not adaptive. A version of this presentation was at the Planned Parenthood Conference called Mapping The Future of Choice on January 21, 1998. Copyright 1998 Urvashi Vaid Inviting a lesbian activist to speak about Sex, Love and Birth Control is a bit like asking a Priest, both know more than you might think about the subject. It is one of the ironies of history that the movement I come out ~ the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement ~ focuses far more on love and birth today than it does on sexual [...]

Looking Forward: The Future of GLBT Activism

This presentation was made at Northeastern University Law School on March 24, 2005. ©2005 Urvashi Vaid Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame. --- W.H. Auden September 1, 1939 I want to talk about justice and affirmation. About where we find ourselves and where we can imagine being. About what we face. I want to reflect briefly on the broad political context that shapes the work of those of us who are interested in social justice and deep [...]