According to the office of Councilman Bruce Kraus, the Domestic Partner Registry legislation will be signed by Luke with a swishy flair at Pride events over the weekend. (I added the part about the swishy flair. Kraus' staff were more professional).
I love this. Luke opposes civil unions, but somehow gets to be the Mayor of Gaysville over a very modest piece of legislation. Meanwhile, his promise to appoint a LGBT liaison and an LGBT advisory committee remain unfulfilled. He is the smartest Mayor ever for pulling this off and he doesn't have to move a single iota on any of these issues. Seriously. We should wait til he's posing with his homo buddies and then cover his car in HRC stickers. Seriously.
According to the City Personnel Dept, it could take up to 90 days for the Registry to be set up. Once the procedures are in place, they will contact the 60 families already registered with the City and tell us where to show up to sign the official new registry application; everything transfers. It will cost $25.00 to register. I was assured they would get our transitions ironed out before opening up the door to other couples. Which is only fair since we've been paying into the system itself for years. Trailblazers. 🙂
Still no word on how families who can't easily meet the established criteria can get help with the whole thing. I'm hoping a personal chat with Councilman Kraus will help our politicians remember that not every gay family in Pittsburgh is a middle class, two income, Starbucks patronizing, white family. And not every gay family is going to come to PrideFest. So once the hoopla is over, who helps those who need these benefits but cannot access them?
I know a lot of PrideFest is about the hoopla and the smoochy-faces with the politicos and the donors and the mighty whites. I get that. It would be nice to be all grassrootsy and frolic in the sun and enjoy ourselves, but this is event is as much for the straight community to applaud themselves for being so gay-friendly as it is for gay folks to, well, continue to be gay like the other 364 days of the year. Only with HRC stickers and petitions.
I still plan to have fun. I love festivals and there's music and booths and old friends. There's Pride Cafe with Joey Murphy and Colelea. There's the Dyke March on Saturday. There's Joan Rivers. There's Gab Bonesso's show at Club Cafe late, late Saturday night. There's the people watching. It is probably going to be a blast and I honestly do appreciate all of the efforts to produce the event.
But you will never catch me writing a paragraph like this, courtesy of the man called Potter:
Ravenstahl's willingness to support it is at least as admirable. Ravenstahl has met with local GLBT groups in the past, but he's also a Catholic whose supporters tend to be more conservative than, say, the voters in Shields' East End district. Ravenstahl could easily have made a less principled move — and one more politically convenient — by allowing the bill to become law without his signature. Instead, he's bravely coming out in support of those who have, well, come out.
I prefer cynical Potter to dig up the truth. Ravenstahl meets with gay supporters who give him campaign contributions. Being brave would mean honoring his existing promises to our community. Being brave would mean local LGBT advocates, including his supporters, holding him accountable for those promises. Being brave would be assuring us that we won't lose our rights or our benefits if he pursues a merger with Allegheny County. Being brave would mean taking an internal look to determine why only five (5) same sex couples are accessing domestic partner benefits.
Just give us back Potter. You can keep the bar owners and the Starbucks' lesbians. We need our broody malcontented alternative editor.