Wow. 24 hours without access to my blogging admin site has been torture. Thankfully, no significant breaking LGBTQ news in Pittsburgh. Someone did post a comment accusing me of being part of the anti-technology problem which is pretty funny to post. On a blog. With Twitter updates right next to the comments. I got a good chuckle out of that.
There is news in the Angie Zapato trial. Allan Ray Andrade was found guilty of 1st degree murder and other charges relating to the brutal murder of 18 year old Angie Zapato. Andrade murdered Angie because she was a transwoman. Go to Pam's House Blend for a specific feed dedicated to Angie's death and the trial. Or follow the hashtag #zapato.
I just got off the phone with my blog guru down in Dallas, Texas who was overjoyed at this verdict. A few years ago, a group of men bludgeoned two gay men to death. The friends got off with no charges and the actual murderer was sentenced to five years because the judge equated being gay to being a prostitute. As if either of those identities means you deserve less justice than people who are not gay or not prostitutes.
What else is going? Tomorrow night is Lesbian Spa Night courtesy of Adagio Health, the GLCC and the Lambda Foundation. Ledcat and I are attending and our friend, Joe, will be there with his delicious GLOW facials. Plus, massage!
I can't reveal the details, but I'm helping in an investigation related to naughtiness. Not that kind. Stay tuned for details.
That's it for tonight. Rest easy knowing some justice has been given to the memory of Angie Zapato and her loved ones.
Then get up tomorrow and remember that our elected officials here are waffling on something simple as not being fired for being gay. The message Dan Onorato and Luke Ravenstahl send by sidestepping LGBT equal rights issues is very powerful. If our highest ranking elected officials cannot get their minds around equality, how on earth can we expect the high school bully or the landlord or the keeper of the bathroom keys to treat us with respect.
People hate us and cowardice shores up that hatred.