A salute to Madeline Davis

first_imgMadeline Davis, a mentor, role model and trailblazer in the LGBTQ+ community of Buffalo, N.Y., died April 28 at the age of 80. Born in Buffalo, Davis was an activist there for most of her life.A salute to Madeline Davis.With Elizabeth Kennedy, Davis co-authored “Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: the History of a Lesbian Community.” Based on 13 years of research, including 45 oral histories, the book was and still is the definitive study of the lives of working-class lesbians in Buffalo from the 1930s through the 1960s. It documented  butch-femme culture in the bars and in relationships and the struggles lesbians faced just to exist safely as who they were. The book won awards from the American Sociological Association, the American Anthropological Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation.In 1970 Davis was one of the founders of the Buffalo chapter of the Mattachine  Society, an early gay-rights organization. She and other members created “Fifth Freedom,” the earliest magazine for the LGBTQ+ community in western New York. In 1972 she developed “Lesbianism 101,” the first class focusing on lesbian identity offered at a major U.S. university.In 2001, after retiring from her job as chief conservator in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, Davis founded the Buffalo Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Archives. One of the largest LGBTQ+ archives in the U.S., the 200-plus file boxes of materials include T-shirts, buttons, early literature, publications and documents of over 80 individuals, groups and organizations. Housed in the special collections of SUNY Buffalo State and renamed the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York, the collection powerfully documents how a movement for equality can be built in a working-class city.A performer who originally worked her way through college singing folk and jazz in coffeehouses, Davis later sang at political fundraisers for the All Peoples’ Congress — a mass organization of Workers World Party — and in many Pride celebrations. For the first gay rights march on New York’s state capitol in Albany in 1971, Davis composed “Stonewall Nation,” which became a kind of unofficial movement anthem.Davis is survived by Wendy Smiley, her primary partner of 25 years and primary caregiver.The LGBTQ+ Caucus of Workers World Party salutes Madeline Davis for her activism in the struggle and for her long, dedicated history of work for our community.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Edwin J. Moses

first_imgEdwin J. Moses, 55, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020.He was born July 6, 1964 in Lawrenceburg, IN, son of Larry Moses and the late Sharon (Chipman) Moses.Eddie worked as a Foreman for Ken Neyer Plumbing. He was a member of Harley of Cochran Motorcycle Club.Eddie loved riding his bike. His time was spent working, and biking. Eddie was always the life of the party, and everyone loved to be around him. He loved his dogs, Lucy and Shelby, and he especially loved his family.Edwin is survived by his loving spouse of 6 years, Angela Moses (Dillon), children, Edwin “Jade” Moses of Dillsboro, IN, Bailey Ann (Cody Maki) Moses of Aurora, IN, Mandi (Codey Turner) D’Andrea of Vevay, IN; son, Christopher (fiancé Heather Lane) D’Andrea of Lawrenceburg, IN; father, Larry Moses of Aurora, Indiana; brother, David Moses of Aurora, IN; sister, Angela (Steve) Sartore; grandchildren, Maverick, Jordyn, and Lincoln.He was preceded in death by his Mother, Sharon Ann (Chipman) Moses.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Fire Department. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Our prayers go out to all of the health care community and those affected by COVID-19.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Murray, Treanor qualify as Tewaaraton Award finalists

first_imgSyracuse attacks Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor are two of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the country’s best player.Maryland placed two players on the list, including defender Megan Douty and midfielder Taylor Cummings. Florida midfielder Shannon Gilroy rounded out the finalists.Murray, a senior, leads SU with 37 assists and is second in goals (51) and points (88), while Treanor has developed into one of the country’s top players as a sophomore. She has 102 points this season, which includes a team-high 70 goals. Additionally, her 3.5 goals per game rank fifth in the nation.Both players will have a chance to add to their Tewaaraton resumes on Sunday when Syracuse starts its NCAA tournament run against Towson or Stony Brook at SU Soccer Stadium at 3 p.m. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Daniels: U.S. may lose more than just Donovan

first_imgA few weeks ago, I wrote a column that overflowed with optimism at the rapidly growing scene that has been soccer in the U.S. over the last decade.But that was before American soccer star Landon Donovan had an interview with ESPN FC, ESPN’s soccer blog, revealing his reservations about continuing his career.While the 30-year-old Donovan had made references to his potential retirement after the conclusion of the 2010 World Cup, it seemed more of a response to the U.S. national team’s disappointing second round exit than as a statement to be taken seriously.Now, after Donovan’s interview – something that has become an increasingly rare occurrence since the World Cup – Donovan’s U.S. soccer future seems much more bleak than ever before. While you never want to think one player is bigger than the team or, in this case, the entire soccer scene in the United States, Donovan may be one player that proves that old adage wrong.Since he first burst onto the scene as a young player, making his first appearance in a World Cup game at the tender age of 20, Landon Donovan has quickly become the most successful American soccer player in history.And no, that’s not an overstatement.As far as all-time statistics go, Donovan leads the U.S. national team in almost every category. He holds the record for most goals (49), most assists (48), most games started (130) and most points (146). The only category that Donovan has yet to conquer is total appearances (a number he could easily overtake should he continue playing through the next World Cup), as he currently sits in second place behind Cobi Jones.So when Donovan admitted in the tell-all interview that he has struggled with motivation throughout much of the latter part of his career and said there is only a “50-50” chance he will play in the 2014 World Cup, it was no surprise that his statements had reverberations throughout the U.S. soccer community.After all, Donovan has meant more to American soccer than just a set of records.His rise to soccer stardom has directly paralleled soccer’s popularity in the United States – the sport’s popularity even hit its highest point to date all thanks to one single goal by Donovan.Ranked as the 20th greatest moment in sport’s history over the last 20 years by ESPN, Donovan’s last minute goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup sent the U.S. team into the second round of the tournament and U.S. sports fans into a soccer frenzy.That game would go on to become the most watched soccer game in ESPN history with nearly four million households tuning in to see Donovan’s heroics. On average, the number of American households watching the 2010 World Cup was up over 60 percent from the previous World Cup just four years earlier.Under Donovan’s watch, American soccer has made great strides.While the league started with 12 teams in his first MLS season, it has now grown to 20 teams just 10 years later. Sure, the overall increase in talent in the league has a large part to do with the fact that the league is growing. But Donovan set a precedent for a path not often used by good American players before him – for America’s best and brightest soccer stars to stay in the U.S. domestic league even after his career took off.Over his career, Donovan has motivated thousands of young soccer players to continue playing the sport and, along the way, has convinced even more Americans to become soccer fans.With that being said, the potential retirement of U.S. soccer’s greatest player, in the midst of his best form and highest popularity, could send U.S. soccer back into the Stone Age as far as the future of the sport is concerned. After all, Donovan is the face of American soccer.To put it in perspective, just imagine a player like LeBron James retiring from basketball at this stage in his career – having just won his first NBA Championship to go along with a gold medal in the Olympics, James is at the peak of his career.The same is true of Donovan’s career at this point. Donovan comes off a championship-winning MLS season with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he currently boasts nine goals and 14 assists this year despite battling constant injuries.The loss of Donovan would not only hurt the U.S. national team’s chances at improving on its second round exit in the most recent World Cup, but more importantly it would hurt soccer’s chances for continued growth in the United States as well.Donovan is more than just a soccer player; he has become a brand, a walking promotion for American soccer.The day Donovan plays his last game for the national team will mark the end of an era of considerable growth in American soccer, and only time will tell if Donovan’s influence on the game can ever be replicated.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism. What do you think Landon Donovan’s retirement would mean to the fate of American soccer? Email him at [email protected] or on Twitter @npdaniels31.last_img read more