Sorry, folks, if this didn't post just now. I have always been IT challenged. Will try again.
In these last 2 weeks, in some respects, life in DC is continuing as usual, but in other ways, it has practically become a ghost town. But now, as the debt limit default deadline nears, maybe there's finally a little movement--at least the two sides are talking about how to end it and save face collectively and allow each side still get something that they can cite as a victory. It might hurt Republicans in general or even in statewide elections, but Congressional districts are so gerrymandered that, unfortunately, Republican Congress members collectively have more clout than their proportion of the population merits, and many of them will be lauded for standing tough. I sincerely hope by the time readers see this blog, that the federal budget battle will be over for the time being.
As mentioned before, Avaristus, a Nigerian fabric artist, is staying temporarily at my home after being invited here by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. He is very puzzled about the current political standoff, something not expected from the USA. He thinks that if the “masses” rise up, politicians will take heed.
Meanwhile, I recently attended a film opening for a short documentary "Love Heals Homophobia" focusing on interviews, mostly with African American pastors, citing biblical texts about loving one another to make the case that Christianity does not support marginalization of LGBT people. Afterward, I talked with a young Jamaican gay woman, Angeline Jackson, a "convener" for an organization called QCJ, Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a university student in IT and has not really been "out," but plans to be more visible when she returns from this U.S. visit. She said that most people she knows at the university and neighbors in her apartment building don't know that she is gay, though some may suspect. She is on guard at all times and tries to avoid public transportation. However, she believes that gay men face even more danger than gay women in Jamaica. Nonetheless, she plans to be more outspoken when she returns from the U.S. and said she would welcome contact and support from Amnesty International.
About the Jamaican teenaage man killed recently for dressing as a woman at a party, she said that his family, who had rejected him, finally took possession of his body. But, as far as she knows, nothing has been done about searching for and punishing his killers, even though the president talks a good game and non-discrimination laws are on the books.