Sunday, June 27
by Sue on Sun 27 Jun 2010 08:23 PM EDT
From the San Francisco Chronicle;
No word yet on motive, but word is that the shooter and the victims were acquanted. Another reminder why we need to push for our rights and create truly safe spaces to be ourselves.
by Sue on Sun 27 Jun 2010 03:20 PM EDT
Does this not sound like big fun?
I do the hula hoop on Wii Fit Plus and its a hoot (hoop?). I seriously debating trying it in real life with only the fear of utter embarrassment holding me back --- hips, don't fail me now?
Saturday, June 26
by Sue on Sat 26 Jun 2010 10:24 AM EDT
Today the PG reports that Mayor Ravenstahl is "ketchin up" on his job by appointing 23 people to 10 different boards.
The nominations need City Council approval. There's lots of wrangling about people with expired terms doing a fine job in their current positions. Funny how that never comes up when it comes to City Council elections. Daniel Lavelle, for example, didn't say Tonya Payne was doing a fine job. But I guess it is different when we are discussing unelected positions that have potential allegiance to their City Council liaison. Nothing like transparency.
Of course, Luke dropped the ball (imagine my shock!) by waiting this long to fulfill this job requirement. Expecting City Council to hurry up and do their end of due diligence on 23 appointments is pretty typical tyranical (or bratty tantrum prone) behavior.
But here's my question. How many of these 23 folks are openly gay? The Mayor has set up his committee, sponsored Pridefest repeatedly, kept the dykes from being run down ... lots of stuff. But board appointments, that's key to saying he values the input of the LGBT community in an official capacity.
Yes, my expectations are high. I want continued progress, not anyone resting on their laurels and none of this behind the scenes pink-washed good old boy campaign donor "trust us we've got it' crap. We need equality and we need to keep up the pressure on young leaders to do the right thing, continuously.
by Sue on Sat 26 Jun 2010 10:02 AM EDT
Addendum: This is irony. There is no such thing as a swipe button. I officially think we should elect Dan Onorato as Governor. He has my blessing. (Also irony in case that doesn't translate from written word.)
by Sue on Sat 26 Jun 2010 09:38 AM EDT
A few days ago, I wrote a little chastisement of Reverend Burgess' vote for regulating the drilling for natural gas within the City in lieu of standing against it. I received an off the record email from a Burgess supporter explaining the nuances of the law and the Council's ability to defend citizens in this matter. I was amazed that the writer commented that City Council should be putting on a united front instead of inner-squabbling.
Seriously? Reverend Burgess wasn't that concerned about "unity" when it came to LGBTQ equal rights so it is incredible now to try to persuade me that he's the voice of unity. He bitch slapped us by refusing to have his picture in magazine, incredibly sad since he should have familiarity with the challenges LGBTQ people are facing in his district and the African-American community. It was a magazine for God's sake.
I'm waiting for some feedback on the legal arguments from the Councilors who want me to have clean drinking water, not those who do not practice what they preach.
by Sue on Sat 26 Jun 2010 09:04 AM EDT
Tis tempting to tap into the oh-so-easy comparison of the Furry convention and the "National Right to Life" convention which winds up tomorrow.
The PG mentions a long-term pro-choice activist who is among the longest term attendees at this conference and has a mutually supportive 'right to protest' relationship with an anti-choice priest. Good stuff.
To my knowledge, the conference attendees did not engage in activities to support Pittsburgh's living children who are living in poverty, poor health or on the adoption rolls. Just saying.
Friday, June 25
by Sue on Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:58 AM EDT
Here it is:
Spare me the "best gay president ever" whining. President Obama has failed the LGBTQ community in almost every way possible. The incremental change is indicative of a cowardly, fearful approach to equal rights, not the fiery advocacy we were promised.
There are many local and national gay advocates who would have you dance around with joy over being tossed a few crumbs in lieu of a slice of bread. While you dance, people in your community are suffering without healthcare, under tremendous tax burdens, without access to decent housing or job security and the list goes on and on.
The folks with privilege just don't get it. But they rarely have.
by Sue on Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:52 AM EDT
Wednesday, June 23
by Sue on Wed 23 Jun 2010 09:49 AM EDT
I truly do not understand City Council. How can only two of our electeds want to keep drilling out of the City?
The Gulf Oil Spill is still gushing. The corporation and the bureaucrats are bungling the heck out of it. People's livelihoods are drying up. And the environment is dying.
How a man as learned as Councilor Patrick Dowd thinks regulations are the way to go --- in spite of very recent history --- staggers the imagination. How Councilors like Burgess and Lavalle who represent the economically vulnerable that are always screwed by these situations can not stand up and say that poor Pittsburgh residents deserve safe water undermines their credibility as legitimate students of the history of environmental racism. But maybe they never claimed to be so.
I am very sad.