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For Anna

She saw me first and in her own blend of English and Spanish asked what time the package store was going to open? She had a shopping cart that had been unloaded with 4 large black bags of cans sitting on the side of the building. Oh Senora, Mushas del les grandes blosas I tried in my poor Spainish. She laughed. We talked sometimes not know what the other one was saying but having fun trying. Soy 74 anos de edad, Oh me I am 70 holding up my fingers to show her. “What is your name, Ricardo, you Senora, Anna.” Where are you from, de donde eres? Here America, you? Cuba. Oh Cuba, Cuba es in pas hermose, Cuba is a beautiful country.” I know the song Guantanamera, and we began to sing, Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera, Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera. Then Anna sang, Yo soy un hombre sincero, De donde crece la palma,  Yo soy un hombre sincero, De donde crece la palma, Y antes de morirme quiero Echar mis versos del alma. Yes I thought those are the words that I know. I am a truthful man from the land of the Palm Trees, Before Dying I want to share these poems of my soul. We sang again, Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera.

Forgetting where we were standing on a street corner in West Hartford Ct. But who cared. Certainly not myself and certainly not Anna. We reminded everyone as we were surrounded by commerce and wealth where we stood, Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero yo mi suerte echar, Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero yo mi suerte echar, El arroyo de la sierra, Me complace mas que el mar.  Yes,  “With the poor people of the earth I want to share my fate. Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera.”  We danced and laughed like teenagers. Oh, Senora, bye, bye, adios, I am going to the doctor, voy al medico. We pecked each others cheek, gave a hug and I went down the street whistling Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera, turned back and waved. What a wonderful way to start the day.

Anna came to this country 10 years ago. She liked Castro but was too poor, “Now here,” she said, “I collect cans.”


About the song

Originally written in 1929 as a patriotic song about Cuba, the rhyme scheme and structure of “Guantanamera” (purchase/download) has always lent itself easily to evolution and adaptation. Both of these things are necessary for any good protest song and that is exactly what it became famous for. The tune has evolved through the years and used in struggles for peace and justice across Latin America and the U.S. In America, “Guantanamera” has been used during anti-war demonstrations, union strikes, marches for an overhaul of the US immigration system, and civil rights for immigrants. In more recent demonstrations, it was sung at Wall Street and around the country where folks were commenting on the balance of wealth.

When employed in the United States, the verses sung tend to remain concise – sticking to the verse about being an honest man. This states “My verses flow green and red” and references blood on the land – an allusion to revolution, though it’s almost never used to incite violence in the US. The final verse speaks about casting one’s lot with the poor.

We find this in Song Facts “Guantanamera” is Spanish for “Guantanamo,” a city on the southeast tip of Cuba where the notorious Guantánamo Bay military base/detention camp is located. The United States has leased the area under a treaty signed in 1903, but the song has nothing to do with it. The refrain “guajira Guantanamera” means “peasant girl from Guantanamo.” A Cuban bandleader named Joseito Fernandez had a radio show in the 1930s called “La Guántanamera,” and he regularly performed the song, changing the verse lyrics every time to be about whatever he felt like talking about – only the “guajira Guantanamera” part remained constant.

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Apostle of the Cuban Revolution

Born in Havana, Martí began his political activism at an early age. He traveled extensively in Spain, Latin America, and the United States, raising awareness and support for the cause of Cuban independence. His unification of the Cuban émigré community, particularly in Florida, was crucial to the success of the Cuban War of Independence against Spain. He was a key figure in the planning and execution of this war, as well as the designer of the Cuban Revolutionary Party and its ideology. He died in military action during the Battle of Dos Ríos on May 19, 1895. His death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt.

More on Marti see HERE.

Jose Marti: What the revolutionary means to Cubans from Aljazeera.

Some verses of the song.

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crece la palma
Y antes de morirme, quiero
Echar mis versos del alma
Guantanamera, guajira guantanameraMi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido
Mi verso es de un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo
Guantanamera, guajira guantanameraCultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazón con que vivo
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo
Cultivo la rosa blanca
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Con los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
El arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

I’m an honest man

From where the palm trees grow
and before I die, I want
To share the verses in my soul
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

My verse is light green
My verse is fiery crimson
My verse is a wounded doe
Looking for shelter in the mountains
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

I cultivate a white rose
In July as in January
For a true friend
Who gives me his honest hand
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

And for the cruel one who breaks
My beating heart
I cultivate neither thistles nor nettles
I cultivate a white rose
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

With the poor people of the earth
I cast my lot
Mountain streams
Please me more than the sea
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

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One night only in Hartford!
Friday, March 31
Direct from Palestine: Shoruq Children’s Debka & Girls Hip-Hop Performance
The Artists Collective (1200 Albany Ave., Hartford)
Event begins at 7pm, doors open 6:30pm
General Admission $15, Student Admission $5
I hope you can join us for this once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Tickets can be purchased online here:
Video of the performers can be viewed here:

Thanks to Josh for sending this along.

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Many thanks to Equality House for saying it like it should be said.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Comrade Frank O’Gorman

Tribute to Frank from us, YES!!,  Making trouble, standing up, out and proud. Always willing to lend his voice, heart, compassion and mind. As Frank said “maybe we were born for these times.” To be silent is not an option. He knows why we are not a one issue lot, understands that our struggle as LGBTQ folks must be united with all struggles around the world. From demos and rallies denouncing the military industrial complex, to wars and more wars, marching for freedom for the people of Palestine, to freedom for LGBTQ folks and justice for immigrants.  Sees the many connections and acts on them. Nice as nice can be, cute as a button to boot. Furbirdsqueerly loves Frank and we know that Frank loves us.

Frank with the bullhorn at the HRC Awards Dinner in Boston. Queers Without Borders joined with activists from New England to protest. Also in the picture are, Jeri Marie, Alvin with flag, Richard, Bernardo, Paul and Regina. Timmy was somewhere around also dressed in an outfit for the occasion.

Queers Without Borders Contingent at NYC PRIDE in support of Bradley (Chelsea) Manning.

L to R; Jeri Marie, Richard, Ricky, Paul, Frank, Tasha.

A night some of us will never forget. (If Mr Blumie only knew) A night of Diversity Awards Presentation, MCC Hartford.

Frank, Jeri and Sen. Blumenthal. Getting an award at MCC for their tireless efforts on behalf of the LGBT community. The invitation to this event had this to say about Frank:

Frank O’Gorman is a gay Christian, activist, and a member of Dignity/USA (until the Hartford chapter disbanded). He is now a member of MCC Hartford, and a convener of People of Faith CT, a faith-based, progressive, activist organization in Connecticut     (

Frank has been instrumental, passionate, and untiring in his efforts to bring a queer Christian perspective to movements for social justice and peace in Hartford, and to build bridges between various activist communities across lines of ideology, race, social class, and religion. (more…)

Huffington post Queer Voices has an article by James Michael Nichols, 10 Year Old Busts Myth About Trans People With Powerful Sign, that brought both tear of joy and tears of sadness to our eyes. How proud we are of Rebeka. What an inspiring young leader. With young folks like Rebeka standing tall there is so much hope so much beautiful hope. Here is a photo from the article of Rebeka and her sign.

Mr. Nichols begins his article this way:

“A brave transgender 10-year-old girl named Rebekah spoke at a rally last weekend in support of transgender students and their right to be protected from discrimination in the public school system.”

Rebka’s mother Jamie Bruesehoff, what a wonderful mom said, and again we quote from Mr. Nichols :

“Transgender youth are at incredibly high risk for depression, anxiety, and even suicide,” Bruesehoff continued. “It’s not because there is something wrong with them; it’s because something is wrong our society. The research shows one key thing changes those statistics: support. It is very clear that students who are supported in their homes, their schools, and their communities have a very different experience than those who are not. Every child deserves to safely, and with dignity, access an education. Transgender rights are human rights.”


“My kid is lucky. She has the support she needs,” Bruseshof continued. “She fits in society’s box as a girl. Not every other child is so lucky. We have to constantly be fighting for those who are most vulnerable, those who don’t fit society’s expectations for a girl or a boy and those whose skin color, religion, or immigration status put them at even greater risk. We must keep striving to lift up the voices of those most vulnerable! Their voices are beautiful and bold and need to be heard!”

We Thank Mr. Nichols for this article.

A very big hug and thank you to Mrs. Bruesehoff.

To Rebeka we say, keeping on trucking girl. Us old Queer folks at this blog love you dearly.


2016 Digital Be-In poster, feat

For a great article, Big Shebang for Human Be-In written by Caitlin Donohue published on 48 Hills 1/12/2017 go to HERE.

For more info see HERE.