On Thursday November 20, 2008, I had the good fortune to attend The C Word 5, an annual event at the Center sponsored by the Lesbian Cancer Initiative, sub titled "Coming together Around Cancer". This was the second time I went to this event. This forum is a great opportunity to come together for the purpose of community building and networking.
There was a lovely buffet dinner for us complete with hor d'oeuvres, sandwiches, dessert and beverages with an opportunity to socialize. During the socializing and networking part of the program I was able to visit some of the organizations who provided a table. Besides the Center CARE group and the Lesbian Cancer Initiative, The Cancer Advocacy Project of the City Bar Justice Center, The Creative Center, Creative Healing Plus, God's Love we Deliver, the Research-recruitment and minority outreach project of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, The St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center, You Can Thrive!/Flatiron Acupuncture and Team Survivor were represented. I got a hat, a key chain, a bag, an umbrella, some pens, some buttons and ribbons, as well as alot of literature about these groups.
Jenny Saldana, a Dominican writer, actor, producer, speaker and breast cancer survivor read from her short stories about breast cancer. Her stories were touching and moving and sometimes funny.
And then, we saw a movie called "A Horse is not a Metaphor", an autobiographical avante garde film about ovarian cancer by feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer. It was brilliant. The music was composed by Merideth Monk. It will be shown in New York in February at MOMA. This film was very moving for me.
The keynote Speaker was Dr. Jenny Romero an oncologist from the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. She spoke about cancer and what we now know about prevention. She seemed to link many cancers to smoking and drinking. She also answered questions and it was quite interesting.
And what was the cost of this evening of socializing, networking, gathering information, eating and being entertained? Nothing. It was absolutely free to lesbians, bi-sexual women and transgendered people and those who love and care for us. I felt very cared for.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
If you have a chance, check out the following video on you tube; Keith Olberman gives a compelling reason and Ashton Kutcher gives a compelling response as to why there shouldn't even be a Prop 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVUecPhQPqY&feature=related