Trudy Ring: I Advocate...
It has replaced the ACLU as the right wing’s leading bête noire, becoming the subject of preposterous and utterly false conservative smears that claim it is practicing genocide and demasculinizing American men. Taking a stand against these canards is reason enough to support the venerable nonprofit health care organization (it’s 95 years old this year), but also, if you think Planned Parenthood is only about making sex safe for heterosexuals, think again. In addition to contraception and abortion, Planned Parenthood clinics either directly provide or refer clients to a broad range of sexual and general health services, including testing for HIV and other STDs, cancer screenings, infertility treatment, and prenatal care, and the group is an advocate for honest, comprehensive sex education. And, as Planned Parenthood notes on its website, it is dedicated to providing “high-quality, sensitive, and appropriate” care to LGBT clients. Your donations help Planned Parenthood keep its services affordable, so think about sending a holiday contribution its way. Volunteers are always welcome too! PlannedParenthood.org
…The Stephanie Miller Show.
Miller, who came out as lesbian in 2010, hosts a three-hour nationally syndicated progressive radio chatfest every weekday morning, and it’s sure to brighten your commute. In addition to political commentary and interviews, there’s plenty of celebrity gossip and off-the-wall humor supplied by Miller, “voice deity” Jim Ward, and “boy toy” Chris Lavoie, plus weekly appearances by well-informed wits including Hal Sparks (of Queer as Folk fame). Also, try to catch her Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour if it comes to your town. StephanieMiller.com
Check out my interview with Stephanie here.
…Vintage Costume Jewelry.
I’m too zaftig to fit into most vintage clothing (and it’s usually fragile and not exactly easy-care), but I have a collection of sparkly earrings, brooches, and other baubles from the ’60s, ’50s, and earlier to help bring out my inner Joan Holloway. It’s fun to poke around secondhand stores and eBay for retro bijoux, plus there are some websites dedicated solely to selling vintage jewelry. And my loved ones know it’s always a welcome gift!
This online service allows you to get discount tickets to theater, concerts, comedy, films, sporting events, and other fun stuff in major cities coast to coast. You can augment your culture consumption and discover options you might otherwise have overlooked, all without busting your budget — tickets are usually half price, and there’s even an occasional free offer (usually with a nominal service charge). I use it a lot for theater — I can find everything from shoestring black-box shows to star-studded national touring productions, such as Bring It On: The Musical. Registration is quick and free. Goldstar.com