GLSEN's Pittsburgh chapter is holding another LGBTQ safe prom.
|Unified, Safe Prom For All||May 24, 2009
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Best Western – Parkway Center Mall
Joe the Plumber is back and he doesn't want homos near his kids. Responding to a question on marriage equality, he says:
Wurzelbacher: At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary–it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.
How on earth can you call someone a friend that you wouldn't let near your children? That's beyond absurd. Should that be some sort of red flag that you don't really consider these people your friends? Please. I've had people tell me not to talk about being gay in front of their children (like I'm going to lecture a child about equality) which I translate as don't *be* gay in front of my child. I'm outta there. The only people I tolerate that crap from are my relatives for the sake of family harmony, but I shy away from spending any real time with them.
Expect a big announcement from the GLCC this week about their new digs. I've heard about the possible location and find it pretty exciting.
Obma might consider a lesbian for the Supreme Court. Now that would be BIG. Her name is Kathleen Sullivan and she sounds eminently qualified.
Philly turned out quite a crowd to march for LGBTQ rights.
HB 300 had 48 proposed amendments, including one that protects the Boy Scouts from homosexuals. The Appropriations Committee vote could come in June. Philly Gay News has more. You know this might be strategic, but it does seem the foes of equality might not want a straight (no pun intended) on legislation they fear would pass on its merits. I'm much more confident that the SW Pennsylvania delegation might do the left thing now that Dan Onorato has taken a public stance.
The PGN also has a 100 day gay report card on Obama. The appointments are pretty intriguing. There's some debate in a national LGBTQ leaders and bloggers forum in which I participate as to what Obama's recent language change on DODT might mean. He may not be forging ahead as quickly as we like, but we definitely have momentum.
Did I mention that Carrie Prejean, Miss California, accepted my friend request on Facebook? I read an account of her interaction with an HRC leader (in the same forum) and decided “What the hell!” She had like 4,000 friends and it is fascinating to read the comments. You can clearly see where she might want to be the right wing darling of the moment. I have yet to find an embeddable version of the big NOM commercial.
Speaking of embeddable, WQED aired two segments last week. One was an On Q piece about Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art, the annual art auction for Persad. The other is a “state of gay Pittsburgh” panel discussion. I can't view either at the WQED website so I have no clue about the latter's accuracy. I quite curious if the panel itself was a diverse crossection of the LGBTQ community. I'm hoping the videos are up on YouTube soon.