Tchaikovsky: Tragic Gay Composer

Tchaikovsky: Tragic Gay Composer  Until recently, Russian musicologists have long denied that composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky(1840-1893) was a gay man. He had a string of relationships with men, back from his student days up until his death. Tchaikovsky had a distinct taste for younger men, and his lovers included poets, musicians, servants and other members of… Continue reading Tchaikovsky: Tragic Gay Composer

Alberta Hunter: Historical Footage of A Black Lesbian in her Prime, from 1935

Doing some research for the queer radio show Pink Nation, that I’ve been asked to host on http://www.voxfm.org.au/ tomorrow, Monday, 5:00 PM, I came across this gem! Perhaps I should more politically correctly describe Alberta as African American, except that she spent substantial periods of her life in Europe, having first gone to Paris with her lover… Continue reading Alberta Hunter: Historical Footage of A Black Lesbian in her Prime, from 1935

For the Bentley Blockade: A Nonsensical Verse

Most of Australia is probably unaware that a peaceful battle against a mining giant is taking place in rural NSW as we speak. -And I mean an active battle. A Verse for the Bentley Blockade, from Uncle Dougie’s continuing Nonsensical Song of Protest: Metgasco wants mining at Bentley, But the people united do not, Sing… Continue reading For the Bentley Blockade: A Nonsensical Verse

Agitate in August: (Was March in March, then Agitate in April), Verse of the Day

A pay rise for health-care workers, (naaah!) Coz we know you all love your jobs, And child-care for the rich, it costs more than a titch, So the workers are still being robbed, And it’s nonsense, nonsense, it all sounds like nonsense to me, to me, And child-care for the rich, it costs more than… Continue reading Agitate in August: (Was March in March, then Agitate in April), Verse of the Day

Dougie is Not Happy! But Still Loves to Sing

Well, in general terms I am blessed with a goodly amount of happiness and contentment, joy and love, but in terms of the “state of the nation”, the nation being Australia, I am aghast at what is going on. The values being espoused and the actions perpetrated by our governments seem short-sighted, inequitable and inhumane.… Continue reading Dougie is Not Happy! But Still Loves to Sing

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