Jason Victor Serinus 
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Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

Bravo to Judy Juanita for bringing this issue to our attention. The bottom line is this. Beyond signs and assignments, there is humanity. There the truth lies.

I, a gay white man, was an usher for years, even while I was transitioning into my current profession as a music and theater critic. If I had encountered a situation such as this, I would have looked Judy in the eye, listened to her story, and felt her energy. Once I did that, it would have become clear that there was a misunderstanding somewhere. Then I would have gone about explaining the situation to both sides, and sticking with it until it was resolved (unless some "higher up" shooed me away).

By now, it is likely that the ushers who were involved with this situation have heard about what happened. It would be great to hear from them. Certainly Berkeley Rep has no right to deny them free speech.

One last thing. I learned a long time ago that no straight person can adequately understand a LGBT person's situation in a homophobic society. Ditto for men and women, whites and blacks, etc. Anyone who wasn't there, yet declares they know what "really" happened and what Judy Juanita is really about, isn't talking about either the situation or her; they're talking about themselves.

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Posted by Jason Victor Serinus on 07/16/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Pride and Joy

East Bay Pride, organized through the Pacific Center, took place in Ho Chi Minh/Willard Park in Berkeley for many years during the '70s (perhaps into the early '80s). It was a lovely, low key affair, with small stages, and lots of lounging around. It's a shame that organizers of this year's event, many of whom were not born when these events took place, fail to mention them.

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Posted by Veteran on 08/31/2010 at 9:10 PM

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