Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's in a name?

Back when I was in high school, I was part of the Father Nash Youth Fellowship.  I mention this only because of the name - Father Nash had died long before I was even born, but because someone had named this organization after him, his memory lived on and indeed folks asked "just who was this Father Nash?"
There are airports named for people, and schools, and other organizations, and of course streets.  When you head over to Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, you just might ask yourself who was this Louise Davies?  If you find yourself down along the Embarcadero and see the sign that reads  Herb Caen Way. . . you just might wonder about that Caen fellow.  Naming things for people creates some excellent teaching moments.
Now I don't agree that every single thing should have a name attached to it.  The name and the location should, in my opinion, have some logical connection.  All of this brings me to Vicki MarLane - this is an excellent idea if ever I heard one!  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is being petitioned to rename the 100 block of Turk Street after pioneering transgender drag performer Vicki Marlane.  (Since lane is part of her name already, just highlight it with a capital L).  The legendary Compton's Cafeteria riot (where trans women revolted against a police raid in a pre-Stonewall uprising in 1966) was right there at that corner and in addition, Ms Marlane performed for many years at Aunt Charlies, right across the street.
Yes, this is a name change that makes perfect sense.  It would provide recognition to Vicki Marlane and her incredible talent and also be a visible testament to the many contributions of the trans community in San Francisco.  I invite you to sign the petition HERE.

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