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From the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS
CAN'T MARRY HERSELF
A two-headed girl who shocked relatives when she announced plans to marry herself has been forbidden by a judicial panel from going through with the ceremony.
Maya and Mina Benjawhari are technically a pair of Siamese twins who share one body but have separate heads and can think independently. The 18-year-old look-alikes have told reporters they "love only each other" and have no interest in men.
While agreeing with the girl's argument that they are two distinct individuals - rather than one person as their family believes- - and conceding that the law does not outlaw lesbian marriages, the court ruled that the proposed union would be incestuous.
Legal scholars say it was the first such case in India.
It is my hope that as more
and more women
rise to reign
in the fullest potential
of our supremacy,
we will harness
passion, and power
and direct it toward
creating a more balanced
and peaceful world.
This is the legacy of Her majesty.
Your Crowning Achievement!
Brides & Brides and Grooms & Grooms
Gay marriage is finally legal in every state!
Hearty congratulations to everyone who supports equality,
liberty, and justice for all. And love.
And heartfelt best wishes for all those brides & brides and
grooms & grooms who can now officially tie the knot.
How fitting that this historic decision should come in June.
June is the Honey Moonth, traditionally the month for
weddings and it is also Gay Pride Month. Love is in the air
all around! This season has always been celebrated as a
juicy time of making whoopy, and also for making plans
and commitments for lasting love partnerships.
If you are among those couples who plan to marry, do
contact me to discuss your upcoming nuptials. I am a
registered clergy, licensed to perform legal weddings.
And as a seasoned ceremonialist, I can help you design
the rituals that will make your wedding an extraordinary
Here are some of the wonderful same sex couples
I have married over the years.
Dorien and Terri
|Edigio and Nikolaos|
|Erica and Sarah|
|Peter and Darren|
|Terry and Gail|
I am as red, as beautiful as the rainbow.
Your heart has just been taken by me.
Your blood has been taken by me.
Your flesh has been taken by me.
Your eyes have been taken by me.
Your saliva has been taken by me.
Your saliva and mine are one forever.
You are a wizard.
- Cherokee Chant To Fix the Affections
Early morning dawning green.
Ah. . . is the willow so green?
In the green fields,
You gave me your love.
- Quecha Song
You are the heaven and You are the earth,
You are the day and You are the night,
You are all pervading air,
You are the sacred offering of rice
and flowers and of water;
You are Yourself all in all,
What can I offer You?
14 Century Kasmiri yogini
The Queen's Correspondence
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to The Queen's Chronicles. It is a joy to connect with you and to share your comments with our sister Queens.
Letters in response to the MAY 2015 Issue:
I had breakfast with you this morning as I chowed down with the Chronicles. So very impressive! Loads of inspiring content, great pictures, and beautiful stories. You're an amazing woman, Donna.
- D.Barbara, CA
Your article on Queening was so wonderful! And the Pearl and Russel Means interview especially.
- Terese, NY
Brava for highlighting the important role of older women in Native culture. May we take their example and step up and speak up in defense of peace, justice, and wellbeing for all.
- Cloud, ND
Awesome newsletter! Thank you for all the wonderful information you share!
- Nancy, NC
I love your Chronicles. This issue was superb! You spoke so eloquently of our need to rise up, reach out, and act for the betterment of all our relations in your latest Chronicle, and you do it sooooooooooooooo well.
- Susan, UT
As always, I love receiving your Ezine. Your writing in style and content is wonderful.
- Dominique, NM
Please keep your letters coming. And do feel free to make suggestions about content you would like to see. Or anything else, for that matter.
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We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.
Robin Bady, NY; Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Marcy Gordon, NY; Rana Gorgani, France; Carol Tandava, NY;
"There is no greater gift you can give or receive
than to honor your calling. It's why you were born.
And how you become most truly alive."
- Oprah Winfrey
and Diane Torr, Scotland;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Suzanne Benton, CT; Judith Bernstein, NY; Agnes Denes, NY; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Shiloh Sophia McCloud, CA; Lorraine O'Grady NY; Sue Hoys Sellars (R.I.P.); Lenore Thomas Strauss (R.I.P.); and Martha Wison; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Mary Pender Greene, NY, Creative Mentorship and Career Building Strategies (Book); Melissa Harris, NY, 99 Keys to a Creative Life (Book); Colette Michaan, NY, Incarnate (CD); Elaine Silver, FL, The Only Real Power (CD); and Laura Simms, NY, Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling (Book); on their new publications.
Amy Ferris, PA; and Rev. Yemaja, England; on their new jobs.
Edie Weinstein, PA, on her first cardio-versary.
Meryl Meisler, NY, on receiving a NYC Art Teachers Association Higher Education Mentor Award.
Diane Saarinen, GA, on her big move.
Please send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."
It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sally, NY;Sandy, CA; Serpentessa, NY; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Sue, CA; Susan, NC; Susan, NY; Terese, NY; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; and Yvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.
Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Eleni, NY; Gaetana, NY; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Beedee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA;Sheryll, CA; Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY; who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.
Ali, VT; Annie, NY; Barbara, NY; Barbara, CA; Carol, NY; Chrys, NY; Deni, NY; Diane, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Sidney Abbott, NY
Dana Alder, WI
Nuala Brison, Ireland
Sharon Brown, AZ
Bonnie Cohen, NC
Lynn Dell, NY
Kathleen MAdigan, IL
Barb Robbie Smith, IL
Dorothy Sutter, NY
Sandra Theresa Trilling, MD
Linda Boor, MD
Deni Deyonker, NY
Phyllis Johnson, IL
Sharon Mesmer, NY
Sharman Speed, TX
Diana Thorpe, IL
Jo Ann Wolf, AZ
Please pray for me. I heard my company is gonna fire me. I am gonna file for comp. I think that pays 3/4 of pay? This is terrible. I'm very worried. I found out if they fire me for absence (due to my medical treatments) I will not get unemployment and I lose my medical coverage. I'm completely devestated and panicking. I am in debt and have no money saved. My treatment was horrible, four tubes in my stomach and the side effects were unbelievable. I still have vertigo from last week. I have to do these for six months. God help me! Thank you so much.
- Jo Anne, NY
Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.
"I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having
from anyone is to be seen, heard, understood, and touched by them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand, and touch another person."
NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Hello from Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia.
Thank you for including information about Australia's Sorry Day in your email. It is indeed an important day for all Australians regardless of cultural and racial heritage. I am from European heritage and am learning to listen and acknowledge the many things that Australian Aboriginal and Torrs Strait Islander people tell us about their lives, heritage and the toll that colonialism and post-colonial law and society has had on them over nearly 230 years since first white settlement on this continent.
Over two decades ago our Reconciliation Movement was started as a way of Australians learning about and putting into practice respect and equity for Aboriginal and Islander Australians. The emphasis is on Indigenous and other Australians working together for a fairer society and to promote the healing of wounds from past harmful attitudes and practices.
As an active lesbian feminist I always try to be mindful of Australian Indigenous peoples in my everyday life and in my social justice activism and education work professionally, in the community and indeed on a personal level. My commitment to women and to sister lesbians is sharpened and strengthened through knowing and working with marvelous Indigenous women.
Nowadays when meeting or gathering publicly it is often the practice to ask an Aboriginal elder from the part of the country where we are located to open the gathering by giving a Welcome to Country introduction. If no Aboriginal elder is available or it is a small gathering we will start by acknowledging the traditional custodians as the Aboriginal first people of that part of the country.
Despite recognition through our High Court (1992) and subsequent native title legislation it is a great shame for many white Australians that still today our governments have not apologized or given compensation for stealing land from Indigenous peoples. Other injustices and inequities persist that call for greater awareness and action, so I thank you again for making Sorry Day information available to a wider audience.
- Lavender,Living on Bundjalung Country.
We would like to acknowledge the Bundjalung people who are the traditional custodians of this land. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present and children of the Bundjalung nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people visiting this site.
The Aboriginal flag, created in the early 1970s and adopted by Australian governments in the 1990s is flown at official events alongside the traditional Australian flag. The red represents the earth, the black the people's skins and the gold the sun.The Torres Strait Islander flag is also officially sanctioned. The traditional headress centre-piece is backgrounded by four colours:
Green - represents the land
Black - represents the Indigenous peoples
Blue - represents the sea
White - represents peace.
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