Saturday, December 25
by Sue on Sat 25 Dec 2010 09:40 AM EST
Hmm ... I missed this yesterday in the Post-Gazette.
Frankel's optimism stems from the long-term view (useful in politics, eh) that our cultural view toward LGBTQ people, families and issues has shifted. Not IS. Not WILL. It has shifted and the polling data shows that. See my little riend's pronouncement that Ledcat and I cannot marry "stupid" She'll be voting in four Presidential cycles. That my friends is the long-term view.
The piece goes on to explore how state level inaction has generated much hubbub at the local level. 18 locals. It has also fed into the hatefest such as in Lancaster which disbanded the Human Relations Commission to save money. Really? I'm sure the African-American residents feel real good that their experiences with housing discrimination got axed to save money. Nice.
I can't resist posting this quote.
Umm. I think there was a time when "certain choices" like owning people was Biblically sanctioned, not evil. What would Mr. Wenger have argued if that point were brought up? Is it the "calling" of choices discrimination that make them evil because that sounds a lot like moral relativism, not so much grounded in moral certainties. He uses the term CHOICE four times in this quote which must simply be to downplay that people don't HATE gays, they just choose not to hire them. It is a lifestyle choice not to associate with gay people, but it is just a matter of housing patterns that mean no black people live in your cul-de-sac. Hmmm.
It hasn't taken long for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to galvanize advocates and increase pressure (probably on both ends to be fair)
I wonder if Tom Corbett will keep Stephen Glassman as chair? That will be telling.
I'm glad the discussion isn't around marriage. We have to use building blocks. We need to look inward at Western PA and focus on elections as well as hold our current electeds to some standard of doing something. It is not 2009. We need to move on and see something happening.
I'm going to go watch some lady slather honey on a ham.
Sunday, December 12
by Sue on Sun 12 Dec 2010 09:07 AM EST
Hatboro, PA, passed an anti-discrimination ordinance which included sexual orientation and gender identity.
Then the Mayor vetoed it.
The Mayor of Hatboro thinks it is best left to the state rather than local volunteers (??). Hatboro Council is mustering forces to overturn the veto. To lend your supportive voice, contact them.Share your story.
But look at those numbers (and this is mainstream media). 17 municipalities + 11 more. That's a lot of Pennsylvania and, clearly, a lot of activism on the part of gays on the ground.
My sources tell me that national organizations have been on the ground in Eastern PA working on these initiatives. I'm not sure if the same is true in Western PA. I'm not saying it isn't, but we don't have the sort of news outlets necessary to get this information. Note that my original story comes from the mainstream Philly Inquirer. Yet here in Pittsburgh, we struggle to access mainstream resources because the Post-Gazette cannot get its technology sorted out.
It is amazing to see what gays are accomplishing and even better that mainstream media in Eastern Pennsylvania are producing informed, thoughtful pieces on these accompishments. They don't even need the rabble rousing bloggers :-)
by Sue on Sun 12 Dec 2010 08:52 AM EST
Well ... where to begin. At last count, I have 600 email messages about DADT in my box and reading through them is dizzying.
The Pentagon study endorsed the repeal of DADT, finding that 70 of enlisted mend women essentially see no negative impact. 70 percent. The Pentagon recognizes that repeal decisions from the courts are inevitable and a legislative repeal is the best way to maintain control over the situation.
OK. Seems pretty straightforward.
Nope. Repeal got all caught up in the ensuing debate over tax repeal and did not pass. DADT was part of the defense reauthorization bill which as a spending bill was part of the larger debate on finances. Some analyze the political bungling. Stand alone repeal bills have now been introduced.
So now we wait.
BTW, West Virginia's Senator Manchin was the only D to abandon ship b/c he still thinks there needs to be more time to explore implementation. Oh, and he needs to talk to West Virginians. Manchin is just like the Western PA Republicans in Democrats clothing. Only he has pretty hair. Beware.