Wednesday, February 2
by Sue on Wed 02 Feb 2011 06:49 PM EST
A nice editorial in the PG on the unacceptable plan to roll out the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell "slowly."
Excellent point. Equality rolls along at such a slow pace, far more slowly than public opinion. I recently joined a group made up of people I don't know. I wasted no time talking about Ledcat in the same way the others discussed their spouses. Not a peep of dissent or a rolling of the eye. In fact, people comment on our relationship as an example of doing things right. It is out of context here, but the example goes to show that most people embrace or don't care.
Wake up, military leaders. Welcome to 2011.
Tuesday, January 11
by Sue on Tue 11 Jan 2011 10:09 AM EST
Folks, it is a good time to get your fingers stretched and send in your own letters. Politicians pay attention to people contacting them personally, but they also watch the opinion sections of the media. If you need an angle, consider writing in about Chick Fil A if you are a customer. Talk with the franchise owner of the restaurant you visit and ask them point blank if they would support an organization like the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Then write a letter. Very simple, but imagine how many people you can educate.
Two letters today ....
Daniel Robinson of Tarentum writes a pretty incoherent letter that seems to say he doesn't hate gay people, but his hands are tied because God told him being gay is wrong.
Thursday, December 23
by Sue on Thu 23 Dec 2010 09:09 AM EST
The Tribune Review does not disappoint with this op/ed piece from Pat Buchanan. Here's a sample ...
That's the best line. I cringed for the good Catholics I know everywhere. The rest of the piece his the usual low notes. Sheesh.
Saturday, December 18
by Sue on Sat 18 Dec 2010 08:42 PM EST
I have to make some sort of comment on this historic day. Today, the Senate voted to approve a stand alone bill that repeals the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. President Obama has promised to sign this week.
This is a significant piece of civil and equal rights advancement for the LGBTQ community. Ledcat says that the importance lies in the military culture which is more conservative than the general population. The integration of openly LGBTQ persons into the military is a big stepping off point for the attainment of other civil rights. It is a significant litmus test for continuing culture shifts.
She wrote a paper in law school on this very topic in 1990 so it is also the fulfillment of something she has followed for years.
I don't profess to know how LGBTQ military feel tonight. I have had contact with advocates and activists who have been shedding tears. And I've been pondering what to say myself. There's a lot to be said. Thanks to those who drove this, appreciation for individuals like Senator Webb from VA who opened their minds and changed their votes, thanks for the strengthening of our defense and the safety of my brothers and sisters in the military.
There are political lessons that strike close to home - Pat Toomey's support of repeal, WV Senator Manchin's lack of support.
There's a lot to understand, my friends. Gay folks can't come out tomorrow. It has to be signed into law and an implementation timeframe identified. There will be backlash. Complications will emerge regarding spousal benefits and so forth.
But, it is a good night to be gay in America.
Saturday, September 25
by Sue on Sat 25 Sep 2010 12:34 PM EDT
The erosion of DADT may come case by case as discharged military seek redress through the Courts and the military is unable to meet this criteria of "furthering government interest".
The same government which refused to debate this on the Senate Floor can't make a substantial court case to show why this policy is necessary. The Republicans use rhetoric of fear, hatred and intolerance to rally their base and the Democrats expect their progressive base aka "us" to be content with the drip drip drip approach.
Do we really expect the ACLU to take up every discharge case? Does that mean our campaign contributions are better invested in judicial races and legal organizations than advocacy groups? I mean that ACLU is accomplishing something.
A few more injured members of our military will receive top notch nursing care when the best and brightest are rightfully restored to "our" armed services.
Monday, September 20
Saturday, September 18
by Sue on Sat 18 Sep 2010 10:11 AM EDT
The PG has it here.
The repeal. It cometh. Your activism is still critically important. Make no bones about it. This about intentionally bringing about systemic change in our political system as well as the military culture. It is important albeit really, really late in the game.
The challenge for our elected Dems is to realize that LGBTQ activists are able to acknowledge progress, but continue to call for accountability and follow through on their promises to create a more equal and just society. I experienced this when Dan Onorato supporters were outraged that I did not consider his work on the Allegheny County Anti-Discrimination Ordinance substantial enough to warrant the term "ally." It came down to arguing about what happened behind the scenes with the LGBTQ political elite, or basically he-said/she-said. How is that actual progress?
Then there's the fact that criticism is just not "appropriate" in what passes for liberal Democratic circles. You can't critique the President, the candidates or the party. I must point out that it remains perfectly acceptable for anyone to critique State Senator Jane Orie's appearance, I mean politics. That's fine.
Don't rock the boat. You might tip over and force a gay Marine to save you.
Sunday, July 11
by Sue on Sun 11 Jul 2010 09:32 AM EDT
LezGetReal.com has something up on the Pentagon pushing back on the LGBT community's outcry over the ridiculous survey the Pentagon has mailed to 400,000 members of the military.
Confidential? No outside influence? No torture took place? Ooops.
Let us remember that no such survey took place when the armed forced were integrated or when women began assuming combat roles. They figured it out without using inflammatory rhetoric to stir up bias, bigotry and fear.
The military really sucks. This is yet another farcical move in the long line of delays and pandering to homophobes who don't want the repeal.
It is really hard to determine what is making my head spin more this morning, Pennsylvana politics or national politics.
Saturday, July 10
by Sue on Sat 10 Jul 2010 08:25 AM EDT
What a joke. The Pentagon survey sent to nearly half a million members of the military plays right into fears that the troops will be forced to encounter homosexuals in the shower.
Saturday, June 19
by Sue on Sat 19 Jun 2010 10:59 AM EDT
Just an FYI on how the Pennsylvania House delegation voted on the potential repeal of DADT. Aye is good, No is not.
I've already discussed the non-surprising NO vote of Critz who has repeatedly told us he is not a liberal. Another D who voted against the repeal is District 10's Christopher Carney from Northeastern pA.
I urge you to drop a line to our Western PA allies, thanking them for their support.
Our parents taught us that a simple thank you is so important for positive relationships. The same holds true for politics.