Wednesday, August 29
by Sue on Wed 29 Aug 2007 08:24 PM EDT
So, there's this Senator from Idaho. Maybe you've heard about him? I've had a ton of email messages asking me when I'll blog about it. I did a segment on McIntire yesterday. And I've spoken at length with all the important homos in my life about the whole situation. Here's my quick summary:
First, hypocrite with a capital HYP. No question. Closeted gay man actively oppresses us. Not cool.
Second, police "sting" = entrapment. I'm so not okay with arresting people for their thoughts or intentions. Toe tapping and bag placement do not constitute a violation of the law, regardless of their intent. My understanding is that the police officer played along, using established signals to communicate his interest. A friend explained to me that it is physically impossible for the scenario to have gone down without the police officer doing some fancy footwork of his own.
Third, the wingnuts are going to eject Craig faster than Mark Foley can compose an email. He'll resign so a R appointee can take the "incumbent advantage" in the upcoming election. You heard it here first.
Finally, the hysteria around men having sex in the bathroom is pathetic. Good grief, people, get a grip. The predator in the bathroom is not a gay man looking to make a connection with another adult. My friend explained to me in great detail how much effort the individuals take to have some modicum of privacy and not expose their sexual activities to other people.
Sunday, August 26
by Sue on Sun 26 Aug 2007 03:23 PM EDT
Hey. This morning, Ledcat and I rolled out of bed early to head up to North Park to celebrate Bark in the Park with Animal Friends. Mona was ecstatic about it, but the boys stayed home.
When we arrived, we saw that the police had detained two individuals and word in the park was that they were protestors there about the geese massacre. We were unable to confirm that fact, so I thought I'd throw the incident out to see if anyone knows exactly what went down and why? I have my suspicions, but I'm waiting for details before I share them with the world.
The event was nice. Saw some old and new friends and we met a dog named Sushi that could be Mona's older sister. In fact, someone else mistook Mona for Sushi. Mona didn't care -- there was petting involved. Mona also made a paw print painting for the fridge.
Mona participated in the tennis ball activity where she was supposed to "choose" one either by sniffing it or picking it up in her mouth. She opted to claim them all by laying down on top of the entire pile. When it came time to claim her prize, she stuck her head in the box and came up empty. So I picked out a cute little plaid purse that squeaked. She approved and brought it home where Xander promptly claimed it as his "man bag" and has had it with him at all times ever since. Deus tried to take it, but Xander stood his ground. It coordinates better with his ensemble anyway.
Anyway, I hope someone can clue me in on the police activity....
Wednesday, August 22
by Sue on Wed 22 Aug 2007 09:01 PM EDT
Got plans on September 7? You might want to catch the latest film from the Pgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society -- Tick Tock Lullaby -- at the Southside Works.
Here's the blurb ....Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society is pleased to present Tick
Monday, August 20
by Sue on Mon 20 Aug 2007 09:40 AM EDT
I have to admit I'm not at my best so this will be very short (I have bronchitis).
There's a new Lutheran Bishop in town.. And he is neither friend nor foe to the homosexual community, so he says.
Essentially, they are in a holding pattern until 2009 which does allow the church to continue to dialogue without current pastors living under the fear of being evicted.
Well, it is nice to see a religious leader acknowledge that there are worse things a Lutheran could do, than go with a boy or two, even if the parish-hood, thinks their trashy and no good ... but there are worse things they could do!
Friday, August 17
by Sue on Fri 17 Aug 2007 06:30 PM EDT
Why I was listening to Gary & Beth on 92.9 Lite FM this morning, I can't tell you. But Mona was in the backseat so I was just too occupied to change the station. They were taking calls about "must have" back to school crap. I heard all about shoes, backpacks, binders, etc. Then this guy named Larry (I really think that was his name) calls in to say his son wanted skateboarding shoes and other stuff. *yawn*
Larry then says that his son likes "dissing" tee shirts. Apparently, there are shirts that mock people and they are popular. Beth groaned and said she doesn't like those. Larry defends his parenting by saying he only buys funny shirts. Such as:
Nice, huh? Gary and Beth's response? They just get him off the air and move on to the next caller. No comment about how NOT FUNNY that shirt is. No statement that mocking gay teenagers (or gay preteens) is a hurtful, obnoxious, awful behavior.
What's worse is that this isn't live radio. They could have dumped that call. They could have cut him off. Or they could have responded. Nope, they decided to get the little slam in without Gary or Beth sullying their reputations directly.
I sure hope the children of both Gary and Beth know better. I hope they know what to do when Larry's kid is shoving the "gay boy" into the lockers and kicking him with his skateboard sneakers. I hope their children have friends in the Gay-Straight Alliance. I hope their friends have gay parents/siblings/relatives. I hope they experience firsthand what value diversity and tolerance can bring into their young lives.
I hope they are more brave and upstanding when it comes to defending people than their parents.
This from the company that brings you the City Paper each week. Maybe Gary and Beth should pick up a copy once in awhile.
Thursday, August 16
by Sue on Thu 16 Aug 2007 08:33 PM EDT
When I was in high school and college, I loved this show. When I grew up and learned that Patty Duke was playing two roles while living with undiagnosed bipolar disorder, I loved the show even more. I think I had a secret desire to go back to the "good old days" and actually believed the 50's might be it. I had a passing flirtation with the 20s and the late 1800's, but the 1950's where it for me, man. Until I left the nest and learned what the squabbles about bussing us kids during the 1984 WM high school merger really meant -- - funny how those same phrases are coming to light now regarding the Duquesne students ... 23 years later. Sigh.
Anyway, Patty Duke is my dirty little secret. I also loved teen romance novels set in the 50s of which the WM junior high library was well stocked. To balance it out, I read a lot of boys stories, too. In fact, I would hide my brother's copy of "Boys Life" (from Boy Scouts) when it arrived and read it under the covers at night. My all-time favorite was "My Sister Mike" about the tomboy who got the guy without compromising who she was. For a long time, I thought I wanted to get the guy, too. Took me awhile to figure out I wanted to get the tomboy. LOL.
by Sue on Thu 16 Aug 2007 03:39 PM EDT
UPDATE: Dr. Emilia Lombardi is NOT participating in this event.
Date: Aug. 17, 2007
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Carryin' On is the Teenie Harris exhibit I wrote about last month.
by Sue on Thu 16 Aug 2007 03:33 PM EDT
The Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) recently announced plans to launch a month-long fast in September at the front door of the Oakland military recruiting station.
I have taken some time before posting this. While I do post about direct action issues on a semi-regular basis, I have not always been in POG's corner on some of their tactics nor in the corner of other direct action groups that are self-described anarchists. That being said, I am opposed to the war in Iraq and support a troop withdrawal. I am also intrigued by how well-laid out this tactic seems to be, similar to how impressed I was with the direct action at the CMU National Robotics Institute.
I've also noticed that when I do blog about direct action tactics, it generates a lot of response from POG and their supporters, which I appreciate of course. The problem seems to be finding and respecting common ground. My impression from some of the commenters is that it is all or nothing and that's just not going to build a bridge with me. At the same time, it doesn't sway me from believing that individuals *like me* can make a difference.
There's a long list of events, including a rally, picket, candlelight vigil, and a festival at the very end. So you and I can get involved. I'm planning to head down and liveblog at some point, depending on my own schedule.
What do you think?
Wednesday, August 15
by Sue on Wed 15 Aug 2007 09:50 AM EDT
I should preface by saying the CTN has repeatedly ignored my requests for comment. I received this through a local queer events email list.
As we reported two weeks ago, a local woman, Jessi Seams, alleges that Celebrate the Night, a lesbian variety show in honor of National Coming Out Day, discriminated against her by refusing to allow her to audition. Jessi, a transwoman, provided email from CTN claiming she was denied because she had been an escort, an allegation Jessi denies. CTN eventually acknowledged that they refused to allow Jessi to perform because a background search on the Internet found spaces where Jessi still identified herself as male. To date, CTN has not explained why they misled Jessi about the situation and continues to state they are transfriendly.
CTN's statement as per the Queer Events List:
I'm going to be kind here b/c I do recognize that CTN is an amateur organization.
But this doesn't say anything, does it? It doesn't even use the words "discrimination" "transgender" or "inclusion," much less "we made a mistake." Cause clearly they don't think they have and they have no intention of acknowledging or rectifying their discrimination. "We cannot and will not please everyone" pretty well sums it up.
Does it please you, dear readers, that a woman in transition was accused of being a sex worker, denied the opportunity to face her accusers and in the end, discovers it was a cover for the real discrimination?
Does it please you, dear readers, that an organization honoring all women and the coming out process blatantly disrespects the unique (aren't they all?) coming out of a sister in transition?
Does it please you, dear readers, that CTN will not clarify their policies on background checks nor confirm if they are universally conducted?
Does it please you, dear readers, that CTN has subtly implied through various email messages that Jessi's behavior was vaguely threatening throughout the process with no real specifics? Doesn't that nicely reinforce the stereotype and tap into lesbian fears that she's really a man?
Does it please you, dear readers, that CTN will review their policies for next year? If policies are discriminatory, isn't now the time to address them? How will they do so? Will they contact the Pittsburgh Transsexual Support Group or Persad for assistance in reviewing those policies?
Personally, I need a bit more to go on before I would drop $20.00 at this point.
There should be more breaking on this story today. Live from Lesbian Central ....
Tuesday, August 14
by Sue on Tue 14 Aug 2007 04:02 PM EDT
I have been stricken with that most awful of beasts .. the summer cold. I've literally been in bed for most of the past 48 hours with a giant pack of tissues, a brown paper sack (thanks Office Max newspaper insert) and an unending supply of Gatorade. Today, I decided to pull myself up the stairs for awhile so here I am. If in fact, some huge gay news had happened I would have caught it on KDKA as that is the only channel we get upstairs and i was forced through all three hours (plus, the noon broadcast) yesterday. I just couldn't write about it. Yes, I know about Karl Rove. Ding, dong and all that good stuff.
It was a nice weekend at Lesbian Central. We had ice cream (yum), stopped by The Vault for iced tea (more yum) and I scored three books at the library (just in time for sick days). I told The Vault guy about the "lesbian-friendly man vibe" designation and he was very down with it. If a tee shirt is made, I get free iced tea for life. Life, baby. Then we met a fabu guy (Hey, James) at the Body Shop at Ross Park. Plus, I had steak which I so never do. I wonder if that's what made me sick?
Sunday was awesome -- our friends, LuLu and Sas, invited us to go kayaking. We met up with them and their groovy friend Hercules at the kayak place in Perryopolis. I was very intimidated at the prospect of rolling upside down and getting stuck in the kayak, but once I assured myself that the opening was wide enough to allow for underwater escapes, I was ready to roll. To our dismay, we were trapped on the transport vehicle with a party of 22 yinzers replete with cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon, wizened sun-worshipping women and lots of authentic retro tee shirts. Thankfully, no one had on a Borat "suspender thong swimsuit" but then again, I wasn't looking too closely. My favorite part of the transport (in a school bus!) is when the driver raced the train to the crossing. Mind you we are in a school bus, pulling a big trailer with at least a dozen canoes and kayaks. Ah, welcome to Fayette County.
Kayaking was fun. Watching drunken yinzers literally dump their trash into the Youghiogheny River was not. I personally picked up three beer cans (1 unopened), a sandwich wrapper, miscellaneous paper, and two types of dipping sauce containers from Subway. Then at our rest stop, I swam halfway across the river to recover soggy hohos so the fish wouldn't die on the plastic. Sas did some impressive swimming as well. Ledcat scooped up crap. LuLu and Hercules were kept busy saving me when I flipped my kayak. Three times. Rest assured, the yinzers took the time to save the bottle of vodka they accidentally toppled into the water.
My least favorite moment was finding the smoulding fire. I was a Scout. I knew we had to put it out which took awhile. I reported it and the chick at the desk laughed in my face.
So kayaking fun. Hazelbaker's Canoe Rentals and Crap not such a classy outfit.
I'm starting to cough nonstop so back to bed for me. Don't tell Ledcat I wrote this. By the time she reads it, I'll be better.