Tuesday, June 10
by Sue on Tue 10 Jun 2008 05:10 PM EDT
Matthew Fusina of Franklin Park seems a little fed up.
by Sue on Tue 10 Jun 2008 05:07 PM EDT
Three of five charges against the Reverend Janet Edwards have been dropped. A trial on the two remaining charges, brought for performing a marriage ceremony for a local lesbian couple, will proceed in October 2008.
by Sue on Tue 10 Jun 2008 04:57 PM EDT
My highly confidential informant found the offending strip. It is called "The Meaning of Lila" and it is a silly little attempt to translate "Will and Grace" onto the funny pages. The challenges of extrapolating the gay guy/girlfriend routine are many and Lila makes the classic mistake of assuming she's "in" the group. Yes, Lila drops the H-bomb. Right in front of Blondie, Hagar the Horrible and those cute little critters from Mutts.
Here's the strip ..
The problem here is the classic heterosexual mistake of assuming that you are so gay-friendly, we won't mind if you use terms that are typically offensive. Like fag, dyke and homo. Those are pretty much "insider" terms which belong to us. Lila is obviously gay-friendly because her best friend, Boyd, is gay. Boyd was outed in mid-May. So it took less than a month for the writers to leapfrog from veiled references to full frontal fag haggisms. My goodness ...
Maybe I spend too much time with homo-flinger John McIntire, but this doesn't bother me nearly as much as the inherent vacuousness of the whole strip -- I read back a few weeks online and it is just ... sad. There's none of the warmth and humor that permeated Will and Grace, which was equally vacuous in its own way. In color. With Jack. And Karen.
Lila, however, presumes too much when it used the word homo. It presumed that readers are thoroughly invested in a gay comic strip character (uh-huh) and that Lila's character had proven her gay street cred enough to warrant using the term (???).
Does the fact that so few people noticed mean that society is indifferent to the gay guy/girlfriend dynamic, that it is still acceptable to drop the term homo in everyday conversation or that very few people actually read this strip?
Saturday, June 7
by Sue on Sat 07 Jun 2008 01:01 PM EDT
I caught this letter to the editor Thursday and have no idea which strip used the term "homo" recently. Anyone?
I confess that I typically read 1/3 of the comic strips. Mutts, For Better or For Worse, Peanuts, Sally Forth, Lio, the one with Danae, the one with the 7 or 8 brothers who are cops and football players, and the Born Loser. Oh and Blondie. On the weekends, I read Opus, Prince Valiant and Fox Trot. I miss Fox Trot in the dailies.
The constant switch in and out of new comics fatigues me. They are all about people with kids and not very original.
So, I didn't see the slur. Anyone catch it? I'd be interested to see it in context before I jump to conclusions (my favorite weekend hobby). :-)
Tuesday, June 3
by Sue on Tue 03 Jun 2008 01:53 PM EDT
Update: The Pittsburgh City Paper's Melissa Meinzer and Chris Potter do a really good job with this story on the CP's website. Good example of how web based media serves the CP readership. And you.
I contacted Shields' office and encountered a reluctance to work with a blogger which was disappointing as I worked very hard to get his letter to Sally Kern picked up by gay media around the country. Ah well ...
City Council President Doug Shields and City Councilperson Bruce Kraus are proposing the development of City domestic registry for unmarried couples which would formalize the process for determining eligibility of City employees for domestic partnership benefits AND provide private employers with a similar resource. According to the Post-Gazette, the registry will also recognize familial relationships defined by mutual support.
I'm waiting for a comment from Council President Shields. I'm also poking around to see what impact this has had in other communities, including Philadelphia.
The PG story is here.
Ledcat and I already have an affidavit of our domestic partnership. It was a pain to get it and put us through more far more hoops than is reasonable. How many heterosexual married couples have to get both names on utility bills -- do you know how complicated that is?
This is an interesting step forward. I'm curious as to how the Mayor rules on this and hopeful this will force the issue of addressing domestic partnership benefits in a potential City-County merger.
Stay tuned ...
Sunday, June 1
by Sue on Sun 01 Jun 2008 12:57 PM EDT
I have to admit I was disappointed when Ledcat and I rolled out of Slapsticks last night, after catching their "Four Funny Females" show. It should rightfully have been called "Some Kinda Amusing Ladies, a Gal with Potential and Gab."
Slapsticks is located on Library road just moments from the intersection with Saw Mill Run Boulevard aka Route 51. It took us 13 minutes to get there from the Northside. The venue is cute and festive and smoke free. The service was just this side of horrible. Our waitperson was clearly unhappy to be assigned to the room and it showed. Next time, I'll bring a bottle of water.
But overall the venue is fine. No drink minimum and comfortable.
The performers though made me a little depressed to be a female in
First up, was young Subhah Agarwal, a CMU student who was clearly inexperienced but had some promise. She had good timing, did a nice job with her ad libs and felt comfortable. I feel somewhat rote in saying that her best work came when she invoked her mother because that plays into the idea that ethnic mommies are funny stuff and clearly the comedic alley for 2nd generation female comedians. However, I think Subhah did the best job when she was skewering American xenophobia. She missed some great opportunities to poke at the host (and her female comedians) for being unable to pronounce her last name (or unwillingly to learn). I'd see her again.
Next us was British born Sally Choppings who gives public speaking presentations on humor. This felt like one. Her jokes were actually funny, but her delivery was very old school. I almost fell asleep waiting for the punchlines. It felt like dated material even though it was sort of universal. Ledcat liked her and said I'm being mean because I expect everyone to be like Gab. Eh.
Third was the most significant disappointing comedian I've seen in a long time (including Gab's shlubs from the Brillobox who just sucked period). Her name is Nancy Marshall and ten years in the LA public school system gave her fodder for two jokes. Two. And one of them was a fat joke about herself. Because you can't be a plus-sized woman and not mock yourself, right? I mean fat is funny. Well, it can be except her jokes were from the 1980s and there was no biting zing in them. Sitting on a size 2 woman to make an impression is more obvious than the fact that customer service was not a skill set for our waitress. I just sat there with my jaw on the ground. That's the best she can do? She actually made VCR reference as if it were relevant. She was soooo disappointing. Ledcat kept kicking me so I wouldn't say anything. She did make one funny joke about being more patriotic than thin people. It was funny.
Then Gab was up and she was smoking. Maybe it was part relief at being able to laugh, but I found all of her material amusing even what I've seen many times before. Gab did some new political stuff that was very good -- she should pursue that because she has a flair for it. President Obama should give her lots of material.
Overall, it was a good experience. It does prove, however, that we need more women to step up to the mike. We need a female led comedy workshop for all the wannabee comedians out there (ahem, Gab). Wouldn't it be great to bring a group of funny women together at Hoi Polloi for a night of learning from someone and a small intimate crowd to try something out on? I mean if the unemployed Seth Rogan crowd can waste their time hanging in a pot haze at the Brillobox, we can do it, too!
And for those of us who are actually fat, a chance to do some clever work instead of Roseanne Barr retreads. Good lord.
Thursday, May 29
by Sue on Thu 29 May 2008 10:02 PM EDT
Mike Seate of the Tribune Review posits some new additions to Pittsburgh's lexicon. One of these is the term "gaybee" referring to children parented by gay people.
I like this one:
This wasn't funny. Am I too senstive b/c of the lesbian reference? Or is it just not funny?
This is pretty much the only reference to lesbians the Trib has made in weeks. What do you think?
by Sue on Thu 29 May 2008 09:50 PM EDT
Craig Galik of Duquesne is not pleased. Apparently, when he tunes in to the Ellen DeGeneres show, he doesn't expect to see any lesbian claptrap. Imagine his horror when Ellen spoke about her plans to marry partner, Portia De Rossi. On television. In front of viewers. Gay stuff.
Either Craig is the only person on earth who doesn't know that Ellen is a lesbian or he is just an idiot. Actually, I'm pretty sure its the latter based on these statements:
This is exactly the narrow-minded thinking that is so seductive to people lacking the capacity for original thought. Craig postulates that there is more discussion of gay issues than Jesus-flavored religious issues on television. That's simply preposterous. You can't turn on a news station without smacking into some religious advisor or another commenting on the latest political issue. We can't have a discussion on anything -- from access to healthcare to hemlines -- without contemplating what Jesus would do about it. Craig also seems to forget that entire stations devoted to Jesus flavored religions dominated the airwaves long before LOGO came churning along. It has been a long, long time since it wasn't cool to talk about Jesus on television. Exactly one day longer than there has actually been television.
What Craig is trying to do is pit any discussion of gay issues as a suppression of his religious liberties. He does it poorly and with a distinct lack of poetry, but I'm sure he got a few amens out of the PG readers. It is just amazing that Christians can somehow redefine themselves as a persecuted minority on one hand and yet force all three Presidential candidates to prove their Jesus-love in order to win the nomination. Amazing.
To answer Craig's question about the Founding Father's wanting us to talk about gay issues as freely as religious issues, I say a resounding YES. Freedom to exchange ideas was a big Founding Father priority, not the content of said ideas. See the difference, Craig? They wanted a society where you get to be a small-minded bigot and I get to love a woman without impinging on each others liberties.
If you don't want to hear about the personal life of a lesbian, stop watching a television show named after and starring a lesbian. There's nothing radical about that.
Tuesday, May 27
by Sue on Tue 27 May 2008 08:16 PM EDT
You probably saw the giant face and know that we have a new dog. I've been blogging like mad about her over at http://pghmona.blogspot.com.
But the LGBTQ worlds needs some attention, too.
First up, the latest letter to the editor in the Post-Gazette. Jay Jarrell of McMurray drags out the arguments that marriage is about purpose, ie. the next generation. He uses big fancy words to make his point, completely ignoring the evidence that many non-human life forms engage in non-purposeful sexual activity. Because it feels good. Ah, poor Mr. Jarrell. Maybe someone needs to buy him a few early Prince albums and help him understand that marriage does not equal sex and procreation. (I'm secretly guessing that he is one of those guys who watches news stories about parents who make disastrous choices and thinks that there should be laws about who gets to parents.)
Second, there was no mention of PghLesbian Correspondents (PLC) in the Cutting Edge this week. Sigh.
The Philadelphia Boy Scouts are suing the City. Philly is tossing them out of a publicly funded building b/c the Scouts discriminate against adults and children who are LGBTQ, not to mention the Scouts with LGBTQ family members. The Scouts are crying foul because other homophobic groups still get to rent some space at a public rate.
I try not to support the Boy Scouts. In fact, one of my favorite work moments was when a heterosexual coworker spontaneously spoke out against the agency participating in a Scouting for Food drive because the Boy Scouts policy conflicts with our own nondiscrimination policy. I felt so good! I mean, let's do our own food drive. Hurrah!
The GLCC is looking for volunteers to help staff a LGBTQ volunteer team for the upcoming WQED pledge drive. This sounds like fun.