On December 10, 2008, I sent a series of follow up questions to Deputy Chief of Staff Kristen Baginski, who had promised to procure some information for me during the Q/A meeting about the Mayor's GLBT Advisory Committtee. See earlier post for details.
On February 25, 2009, I received the following response from the Mayor's team. Note that the name has changed: it is now the LGBT Advisory Panel.
The change to LGBT is an understandable attempt to be more culturally sensitive. The change from committee to panel? Just another question to be answered.
Sue – There is nothing new to report re the LGBT advisory panel. We’re getting ready to choose the panel – once that happens we will have the inaugural meeting. Charles Morrison, the head of the City’s Human Relations Commission will be monitoring the process to make sure the panel is representative of the community.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
414 Grant St. Pittsburgh, PA15219
I never asked if there was anything new to report; I was interested in the old questions from December about the selection and nomination process. The information about Charles Morrison is interesting and I immediately sent him an email. His hands are probably tied, but it is interesting that he's been brought in to ensure representation.
I'll be frank with you. It will be fascinating to see how far the progressive elements working on the campaign have managed to push the Mayor in terms of breaking up with his gay white male business owner trifecta. If the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is going to give the Kerry Stoner Award to Peter Karlovich and Steven Hereforth (see comments in previous post — it has been confirmed), there is clearly no real fallout or accountability for “pay for play” or potential criminal conduct. So why not include them on the advisory panel? These men are untouchable. He has nothing to lose.
Pure dazzlement, dahling, and merely a hint of the excitement in store on March 4, 2009, when the Pittsburgh Public Theater rings up the curtain on “The World Goes 'Round,” a knockout revue of the music of Kander and Ebb, whose Broadway blockbusters have lit up the Great White Way for decades. All to benefit the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, which continues to provide medical, legal, housing and other vital services to those battling HIV/AIDS.
The hot numero of chic wining, dining and showtime will also bestow the Kerry Stoner award on long-time PATF supporters Peter Karlovich and Steve Herforth, the great guys who've turned their magnificent Mt. Washington manse into Party Central for countless fundraisers.
At the very heart of it was the indomitable Dolores Bold who's chairing the Broadway bash with dear friends (and cocktail party hosts) Dr. Elliott Kramer and Bill Modrak — a threesome who define all that is elegant; PATF director Kathi Boyle; Robin Fernandez; Richard Parsakian (he designed the gorgeous ambience!); Joe Salandra and Jennifer Grafe; Nachum Golan and Steve Hough; Dr. Larry Leahy; Faye Sampson and Dennis Huber; Dr. Paul Hennigan and Colleen; Jan and Ernie Meade; Joanie and Sam Kamin; Stacy Weiss and Will Carpenter; Judy and Katherine Krause; Mary McVay and son Tim; Beth and Michael Kuhn; Violet and Judge Bob Gallo; Colleen Travis; Stephanie Bozic; Sue Zitelli; Kitty Gleason; and Gordon Fisher with Wes Scott.
Peter J. Ennis, Esq., President
Mary Frances Dean, Esq., Vice President of Development
Reverend Brenda Gregg, Vice President of Programs & Board Development
Regina Vercilla, Secretary
Vernon H. Carter, Treasurer
Kevin J. Altomari
Chip Eagle, Esq.
Elliott J. Kramer, DPM
Daniel Mathews, CPA
Rev. Dr. James McLemore
Timothy McVay, Esq.
Thomas Mills, MD, MPH
Erika Mullenbach, Esq.
The Honorable Tonya Payne
Christopher Robinson, MSW
Wesley B. Scott
Richard J. Voller