you know where I was going with this one, right?
It isn't a lack of queer news to report. HB 300 is still alive and kicking in committee, but the lack of a budget puts that squarely on the back burner. An inclusive-ENDA has been introduced in the House and Senate. Doyle, Specter and Casey are all co-sponsors so Altmire is the rogue guy. His “blue dog” status on health care reform is the bigger issue.
Locally, the County is asking for nomination for the Human Relations Commission. My understanding is that complaints and investigations will be conducted by the County Personnel Department. What's interesting is that the only thing they really need to investigate will be complaints, outside of the City, based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender discrimination as every other claim could be bumped to either the City or State Human Relations Commission which have paid staff investigators. I'm impressed with how quickly things are moving … I got wind of the progress from someone's FB status indicating that they had been asked to apply. The ordinance was approved on July 1, 2009.
Meanwhile, the Mayor's LGBT Advisory Committee is still in its formative stages. The conversation started in May 2008. The first meeting was December 2008. Hmmm.
This week, NetRoots Nation (#NN09) comes to town and former President Bill Clinton will give the Thursday Keynote. Wouldn't it be cool if he stopped by the LGBT Welcome Reception at the Warhol that evening? I mean I know President Clinton doesn't just stop by anywhere obviously. Still. Cool.
The GLCC is moving next month. Right now, they are focused on a $150,000 capital campaign to renovate their new space. Look for more on that soon. OUTrageous Bingo begins on August 22. Get your tickets early.
Ledcat and I are headed to the Lambda/GLCC Family picnic at North Park today.