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“In the beginning was Pat Rocco! He was one of the original entrepreneurs of gay civil society in California....Pat Rocco helped invent our world.” - Charles Francis, President, Mattachine Society of Washington, the Los Angeles Blade after Rocco’s death on Nov. 8.

“Wow, I never knew that. I don’t care what happens as long as they tell good stories, and they do.”

- Marvel Comics master Stan Lee upon learning that Marvel wanted to make X-Men character Iceman gay. Lee died Nov. 12 at 96.

“I can’t believe I need to say this, but every vote should be counted everywhere. Because if you’re scared of every vote being counted, you’re scared of democracy.” – Out re-elected Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Twitter Nov. 12 about the Florida and Georgia recounts.


The problem with mythology is that sometimes it gets written into books and memorized by school children. Explorer Christopher Columbus, for instance, did not “discover” America. Rather, his incorrect calculations sailed him to the Caribbean. And on Columbus Day 1989, Native American activist Russell Means poured torrents of fake blood over Columbus’ statue in Denver to shock Americans into awareness that the Italian American hero had been a cruel slave trader who also forced indigenous peoples to mine gold en masse, “speeding death from malnourishment, overwork and disease,” writes colonialism scholar Kris Lane in the Washington Post. LA County and LA City decided to remove the Christopher Columbus statue being removed from Grand Park in downtown symbol of oppression on Nov. 10, to the applause LA Nov. 10 Photo via KNBC News of a small crowd of about 100 people. “This is a natural next step in the progression to eliminate the false narrative that Christopher Columbus discovered America,’’ said out LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation. “Columbus himself was personally responsible for committing atrocities and his actions set in motion the greatest genocide in recorded history. His image should not be celebrated anywhere.’’ “Minimizing — or worse, ignoring — the pain of Los Angeles’ original inhabitants is a disservice to the truth. The removal of the Columbus statue in Grand Park is an act of restorative justice that honors and embraces the resilient spirit of our County’s original inhabitants. With its removal, we begin a new chapter of our history where we learn from past mistakes so we are no longer doomed to repeat them,’’ said LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who authored the motion to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

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