Daily Archives: October 20, 2010

David Kopay, former NFL player, gay advocate to speak in downtown Phoenix


ASU officials say that former NFL player David Kopay has had to cancel his lecture on “Sports and Homosexuality,” tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 21, at Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix. Kopay told ASU he had an urgent private matter arise and could not travel to Phoenix.

[Source: ASU News]

David Kopay, one of the first openly gay American professional athletes in team sports, is coming to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus to discuss sports and homosexuality.

The former running back played 10 seasons in the National Football League and shook the sports world in 1975 when he publicly announced to a national newspaper that he was gay.

Kopay’s “Sports and Homosexuality” is the subject of the second fall 2010 Humanities Lecture Series, co-sponsored by ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) student chapter at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communications. His lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21, at the  Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave., First Amendment Forum, Phoenix.

This year’s lecture series examines human issues related to sports, and is free and open to the public.

“When I came out as a gay man, I was confronting bigotry, the silence, and the hatred directed towards gay men and women,” Kopay said in a 2009 speech. “Gay men had always been considered weak and silly and equated with women as being something less. Sure, hatred still exists, but there is a huge difference now. Hatred, dominance and brutality are no longer considered fashionable, celebrated or tolerated. Hopefully more people will continue to embrace change and diversity.”

Kopay grew up in Southern California and entered the University of Washington from 1961 to 1964; he completed his degree in history in 1966. Kopay was named All-American his senior year as well as Rose Bowl co-captain. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 1964, and eventually played for Detroit, New Orleans, Green Bay and Washington, where he played under coaching legend Vince Lombardi.

After Kopay retired from football, he wanted to coach professionally, but said he believes his sexual orientation might have prevented him from getting a job in the NFL. Kopay eventually went to work for his uncle’s business, Linoleum City, a leading supplier of flooring to the motion picture and television industries in Hollywood.

His 1977 autobiography, “The David Kopay Story,” stayed on the New York Times’ best-seller list for 10 weeks, and for the first time let readers into the world of professional football athletes, their sexual exploits, and the homophobia that forced Kopay to stay in the closet during his playing days in the NFL. That same year Kopay championed rights for gays in front of Congress, the National Bar Association in 1979, and the American Association of Pediatrics in 1980.

Since Kopay retired, only two other former NFL Players have come out: Roy Simmons in 1992 and Esera Tuaolo in 2002. Kopay has been credited with inspiring these athletes to be more open about their sexual orientation.

Kopay became a Gay Games Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games in July 2006 and a year later announced a testamentary pledge of $1 million – nearly half of his estate – to the University of Washington’s Q Center, a resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The Q Center’s mission is to create an inclusive and celebratory environment for people of all sexual orientations.

“David Kopay’s story is important for students to hear because it builds awareness for those not familiar with gay issues,” said Anthony Dewitt, NGLJA student chapter president. “By hearing Kopay’s story, my hope is that students can make informed judgments about LGBT citizens and realize we are just like anyone else. We feel this is a wonderful opportunity for all students, especially those in journalism, to be exposed to other voices they might not otherwise get a chance to listen to.”

October 21, 2010
6:30 p.m.

Admission is free. For directions, visit http://cronkite.asu.edu/about/directions.php

For information on parking, visit http://www.asu.edu/parking/pdf/map_downtown.pdf

For more information, call (602) 496-0638 or visit http://sls.asu.edu/lc/humanities/hls.html

Phoenix Historic Neighborhood Coalition meeting Thurs, Oct 21st


Phoenix Elementary School District. #1 1817 N 7th Street

Emerson Court Governing Board Room at Palm Ln parking entrance


Thursday October 21, 2010 7 pm


1. Call to Order/Sign in/Introductions

2. Justin Johnson

  • LD 10 candidate

3. HP office/HP commission updates

  • Whiffen House lost)

4. Ramada Inn Dog Park Endeavor

  • Petition
  • Hearing 11/4 at 12 noon

5. Harry F Pierce House 100th birthday celebration

  • 11/13 @ Salvation Army Complex at 3rd Ave & Fillmore from 11am to 3 pm
  • Other festivities 9 am to 5 pm

6. Reverse Lanes on 7th Ave and 7th St

  • 3 public meetings held.
  • Position?

7. Bashas’ #3, 3320 N 7th Ave,

  • Series 09-off sale all liquor

8. Outreach to other historic districts

9. New draft General Plan?

10. Midtown Phx Light Rail station @ Osborn development typology plan.

11. Nominations for PHNC Board officers (election in November)

12. November 18 meeting:

  • Cancel/change date/DIFFERENT LOCATION!
  • Current room booked from Dec 2010 thru June 2011 on 3rd Thursdays

13. Upcoming events/dates to remember/announcements/future business

a. Sky Harbor Airport’s 75th anniversary this month

b. Kenilworth School’s 90th birthday party Sat 10/23 at 10 am

c. Central United Methodist Church’s 140th anniversary 11/21 (tour 11/13?)

d. Marshall Shore’s Phoenix in a Hurry: Kingston Trio in the Valley, Thurs 11/18, 7pm, Doors open at 6:30, @AZ Hist Soc Museum, $20

e. Encanto Park’s 75th anniversary fundraising gala
(Thanksgiving  weekend details at friendsofencantopark.ning.com)

f. FQ Story Home tour in December – PHNC table?

g. Tovrea Castle book release date?


And don’t forget to cast your ballot by Nov. 2 (Position paper RE: SB1166-like bills to follow)

PHNC Officers:


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Get Crafty in Central Phoenix

[Source: Scoopfactory]

Calling All Crafters

Wanna be one of 35 local artist selling handmade goods at Frances Vintage’s ‘Crafeteria’? Details ahead

If you’ve never been to the Central Phoenix boutique, Frances, and the neighboring candy store, Smeeks, you’re missing out on two of the Valley’s most charming, stylish spaces. No seriously, we dare you to walk inside Smeeks’ candy-colored space—brimming with old school sweets and retro delights such as ‘Twinkie the Kid‘ lunch pails—and not squeal like a school kid. And now Frances is inviting local crafters to join the fun as it hosts its fifth annual “Crafeteria” on December 3.

Voted “Best Indie Craft Fair” by the Phx New Times, this annual holiday open house will feature 35 of the Valley’s most talented independent artists. Working with paper goods, knitted items, sewn fabrics and more, the only requirement is that everything is 100 percent handmade, no exceptions. There will also be live music sponsored by the indie record shop, Stinkweeds, and handmade treats at the Smeeks “Sweets Alley.”

Most important, this Crafeteria is open to all local artists, with the 35 spots to be filled by a panel of judges. There’s no fee to enter, but all applicants must submit photos, a description and a bio, as well as agree to donate at least one item for a prize giveaway. Click here to get all the deets, and good luck. Meanwhile, to learn more about Frances and Smeeks, as well as see a full slideshow, click here to read a Q&A with owner, Georganne Bryant.

Crafty on Central: 10 W. Camelback Rd., 602-279-5463

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