Sunday, April 30
by Sue on Sun 30 Apr 2006 09:30 AM EDT
Rene Portland wins basketball games. She brings out the basketball best in her players. She knows her craft. But is Rene Portland is a good coach?
Being a parent is not about exerting total control over your children and forcing them to become the person you want them to be. Even parents of lgbt kids. Portland's methods belong in the realm of the so-called gay conversion progams, not at the helm of a top-ranked university's athletic teams.
I'm not a coach, but I did run track in high-school for several years under a good coach who brought out the best I had to offer (Hello, Mr. Shar, wheverer you are). He set clear expectations, both for performance and behavior. But they were all related to the sport, not an attempt to regulate my entire existance. I was one of three women who lettered that year even though I had the lowest ranking on team. That letter means the world to me because it represents finding something important inside myself that I never knew was there. That came in handy when I had my big gay moment at age 29
Portland is an unabashed homophobe and all the sanctions in the world are not going to penetrate her nasty little mind. She doesn't belong at Penn State, period. Perhaps Liberty University is looking for a coach?
(cross-posted from Big Gay Picture)
Wednesday, April 26
by Sue on Wed 26 Apr 2006 07:34 AM EDT
The Trib's Mike Seate steps up for his turn on the Rene Portland homobashing situation and considers Portland a viable candidate for Pennsylvania politics.
Seate makes some nice comparisons to our illustrious hall of crminals, including Western PA's very own Jeff "Corruption" Habay.
Seate believes that Portland may in fact be on to this trend ...
What a great commonwealth is Pennsylvania!
Monday, April 24
by Sue on Mon 24 Apr 2006 10:03 AM EDT
The Post-Gazette Editors have spoken -- (emphasis mine)
I never thought I'd see the day when ESPN was more in synch with my thoughts than the Post-Gazette. Welcome to that day!
What the hell are the PG editors implying ... that the punishment fits the crime because it was just a little dyke bashing instead of a real case of discrimination?
Penn State doesn't get a pass on this. The University is making it very clear that there is a hierarchy of protection in their anti-discrimination policy. Racial discimination is not tolerated. Homophobia is okay if you are willing to pay $10,000.
Portland violated the University's nondiscrimination policy. There is no hierarchy (or there should NOT be) of protected classes within that policy. Period. She forced Jennifer Harris to go to school and play basketball in a hostile environment, eventually driving her out.
Now the Post-Gazette has dropped the ball, too. They didn't question Penn State's motivation for this wrist slapping maneuver.
Pennsylvania's homosexuals are not second class citizens. Bad enough our relationships are under assault from the right wingers, but now our young people are being denied an opportunity to pursue a higher education in a safe environment at the state land grant university. That is unacceptable.
Shame on the Post-Gazette for bowing at the altar of anything goes athletics.
When the hell is Tony Norman coming back?
Sunday, April 23
by Sue on Sun 23 Apr 2006 09:38 AM EDT
From Sunday's Post-Gazette, sports colunist Ron Cook calls for Rene Portland to be fired.
What in the world is the Penn State administration thinking by allowing Portland to stay on as coach after its half-year internal investigation determined she created a "hostile, intimidating and offensive environment" for at least one of her players whom she believed to be a lesbian?
Ron -- Penn State is thinking they can get away with it. They are thinking that the end justifies the means. Portland wins games so who cares how she gets there? Penn State is reinforcing the stereotype that athletics ALWAYS trumps well ... anything.
You mean to tell me Ron, that not all sports fans are homophobic? That not all sports fans think winning at any cost is acceptable? That some sports folks actually respect diversity and believe that a healthy environment is important to the growth and development of college players?
That Penn State is pandering to the worst stereotypes about athletes and sports fans?
Wait ... there's more .....ESPN's Graham Hayes is disgusted with Penn State.
Portland is a homophobe.
And in this country, she has every right to be.
But that doesn't mean the citizens of Pennsylvania should be obligated to pay her to spread those views among current students or discriminate against prospective students at the state's land-grant university.
It's sad that Portland views the world through such myopic lenses; it's reprehensible that, knowing that, the school still wants her as its coach.
On a disappointing note, Pittsburgh native Suzie McConnell-Serio can only muster up relief that Portland is remaining at Penn State ...
"When it was all said and done, I was relieved she was going back to Penn State to be with those players," said Suzie McConnell-Serio, a four-year starter for Portland in the late 1980s who coaches professionally. "I was relieved she could continue what she has started to keep the tradition going."
McConnell-Serio is on the record of stating that homosexuality is a personal choice, but acknowledging that she'll support her player's personal choices. (Minnesota Lynx player Michele Van Gorp was living an openly gay lifestyle).
Well, Suzie, I guess you don't want to be TOO supportive. After all, a 20 year tradition of lesbian baiting is an important value for young basketball players.
Tuesday, April 18
by Sue on Tue 18 Apr 2006 10:13 PM EDT
Proving once again that athletics trumps anything else in higher education, Penn State has issued a "letter of reprimand" to Rene Portland for her lesbian baiting ways. AND it will go in her permanent file ... ooohhhhh.
This is so utterly pathetic ... they acknowledge that Rene Portland harassed Jennifer Harris, but don't deem it serious enough to warrant any real action. Because Rene Portland is paid to win basketball games. Not to coach these young women. To win.
Any woman, particularly any gay woman, who gives one iota of support to Penn State should really take a step back and think about this past year. Beyond this whole lesbian bashing situation, Joe Paterno made frivolous demeaning comments about cute young girls seducing football players in reference to allegations of rape.
I would no sooner send my female child into that lion's den than I would enroll them at Liberty University. Women are not valued at Penn State. More precisely, the value of women is significantly less than the value of winning ball games.
I know it ain't gonna change. But do you want to financially support a university that has such little regard for women?
Let's hope the lawsuit generates more suitable consequences for this hate-mongering b*tch.