Rainbow flag flies at US monument
Gay rights activists, who worked to get a rainbow flag installed permanently at the newly created Stonewall National Monument, are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn’t actually on federal land but on property owned by the city.
The distinction may seem like a minor one because the flag is still flying either way. But to the group that had lobbied for the flag to be added to the site, the Park Service’s surprise announcement that the city, not the federal gov- ernment, would be maintaining the flag and its pole seemed like a betrayal.
“They’re trying to make the gay community insignificant,” said Scott Gorenstein, a spokesman for Wednesday’s flag dedication event. “They’re trying to make us disappear. We’re saying we are here, this is our flag.”
The Park Service denied that any slight was intended, but the dispute threatened to dim the mood at the dedication ceremony, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Many observant and funny people become comedians. They know how to lure their audience with satire and storytelling. But what if you are an introvert? Like 27-yearold Tanika Godbole, who finds verbal communication difficult and stressful?
So, the Mumbai-resident channels her creativity through cartoons with a serious heart. Missfit Comic, to be read on Facebook, takes on sexism and misogyny with sarcasm and realistic puns. “I want to make people think, make them laugh. I do that through my comics without being present in the same room,” says Godbole.
“The name ‘Missfit’ is a play on ‘Miss’ to highlight the feminist undertones of the comic,” says Godbole, a selftaught artist. Inspired by international web comics, she felt the urge to address issues that are prevalent in India and started drawing them herself. “My mother and a few friends were my first readers. Now I get positive feedback from strangers, and my comics are slowly gaining popularity.”
Talking about her most popular comic
(Get married and everything will be alright), she says, “It was in-