Wednesday, March 14
by Sue on Wed 14 Mar 2007 09:29 PM EDT
Earlier this week, I attended a community meeting to learn what Bill Peduto has to offer us here on the Northside. I must admit I was prepared to buy when I walked in the store, but I completely fell in love with the merchandise. I liked what he had to say about taxes, the gay community, economic development and the value of reading 69 page reports. Not much time for details tonight as I am busy working my Nancy Drew groove ...but here's a shot of what made the meeting fun .... Peduto Cookies!
As far as heterosexual men go, Bill comes in slightly below John McIntire and slightly above Dayvoe. Not too bad ...
Sunday, March 11
by Sue on Sun 11 Mar 2007 09:27 AM EDT
I missed this letter to the editor from Keith Kondrich of Swisshelm Park (the most Euro sounding neighborhood in Pittsburgh). Keith took exception with the supporters of Ann Coulter:
One need only spend the day paying attention to all the harmless jokes and stereotypical comments to realize how widespread it can be. My hair stylist and her colleague had a large discussion about the homophobic implications of the comment "That's so gay." I don't want to go to a gay owned salon and hear someone say "That's so gay." It is offensive to me and its exactly the subtle kind of humor that reinforces homosexuals as a less desirable group of people.
The PG also heard from Jack Kelly on the faggot issue this week. While not a fan of Ms. Coulter, Jack seems more preoccupied with urging cons to avoid sinking to the depths of the left rather than any critical analysis of homophobia. Big surprise. Let's see how our weekly Kelly deconstructionists David at 2 Political Junkies and Bram at Pgh Comet weigh in on this column.
Saturday, March 10
by Sue on Sat 10 Mar 2007 07:02 PM EST
15 months after the launch of www.pghlesbian.com along comes www.pghgay.com, Pittsburgh's Gay Men's Blog. Mozarti, a lifelong friend of mine (since second grade), takes his homo-thoughts in a whole different direction than us lesbo correspondents. He covers everything from homophobia in the Catholic Church to homoerotic fixation with men's underwear.
We need to gayify the 'burghosphere a bit more. Can www.pghtrans.com be far behind?
Friday, March 9
by Sue on Fri 09 Mar 2007 10:04 PM EST
It has been a super-duper busy week for me at work and home so not much not time for blogging. Here's a few interesting snippets
The Tribune-Review's columnist Matt Sober dances with the homo issue once again as he tackles Ann Coulter -- really, isn't she such an easy target after all? Anyway, Sober has the good sense to recognize that faggot actually is an offensive slur. Then he devolves into a strange comparison to Seinfeld episodes and mixed metaphors and some other inane stuff. It is not a particularly good column, a bit too much on the folksy appeal to the yinzer 40something type column. But at least he recognized that us gays have been under siege far too much of late and someone should go pick on somebody else.
Now here's something interesting. A professor at California University of Pennsylvania (CUP) is claiming that the university is complicit in the oppression of gay students.
The University, of course, denies the allegations. Apparently, someone targeted an African-American student with racial harassmment and the university failed to respond appropriately. She had to leverage a television interview to get some justice done. Now, O'Donnell's charges come to light.
Is anyone surprised the queer students might be treated differently? Not that its okay, but CUP isn't exactly the bastion of civilization ... and I can speak from firsthand experience that queer students are not well treated at the University of Pittsburgh. The article does not list a single incident or the perspective of any students. Surprised that gay students didn't talk with the reporter? Huh ...
OK, I gotta draw this long day to a close. I'm getting my house ready to rent and its exhausting. Never ending cleaning.
Wednesday, March 7
by Sue on Wed 07 Mar 2007 07:32 PM EST
OK, maybe it has just been a long day in the trenches. Because I can't understand Reg Henry's latest column. In what I think is meant to be irony, he positions her "babe" status against her man qualities -- being a hateful jerk.
Ah, Reg, labeling Ann Coulter a cross-dresser because of her faggot comment. Sigh.
Now Reg is clearly a smart guy and gets the appeal of Ann Coulter to the wingnuts.
There you have it.
Saturday, March 3
by Sue on Sat 03 Mar 2007 08:52 AM EST
Reverend Edwards once again faces church court charges for performing a lesbian wedding. Previous charges were dropped due to technicalities, which some suspect was a convenient way for the Presbyterian Church to sidestep the larger issues around gay and lesbian members of the faith community.
Click here for our previous coverage on this issue.
Would that all Christians walk in such humility when confronted with someone who disagrees with them.
Friday, March 2
by Sue on Fri 02 Mar 2007 09:01 PM EST
This is the type of civil disobedience that makes me proud to be a member of the Thomas Merton Center. Unlike the incident last year where a cameraman was struck during an allegedly nonviolent protest.
by Sue on Fri 02 Mar 2007 08:56 PM EST
Imagine if Joey Porter mated with Ann Coulter ... they could spit out homobigot puppies left and right, well mostly just right.
I just had to chime in on this. The Tribune Review printed a list of Joey's highs and lows during his Steeler tenure. I won't recant all the amazing athletic feats he accomplished -- bully for him for doing the job he was amply compensated to do. But here's how Scott Brown sums up Porter's homophobia:
WTF? Outspoken? Some said were offensive? In what reality is calling Kellen Winslow Jr. a fag not offensive? He was trash talking so everything he said was intended to be offensive.
Brown was more outraged by Porter's horse-murdering dogs than his blatant bigotry. Nice, huh?
Now if I could just connect this to police secondary employment, the mayoral endorsement or Dennis Regan ...
by Sue on Fri 02 Mar 2007 08:34 PM EST
Here's what she said today at the Conservative Political Action Conference. h/t 2 Political Junkies:
Here's a clip at Crooks and Liars.
The Human Rights Campaign has issued a press release calling for America's leaders to repudiate this new low in political discourse.
Is anyone surprised? Really? I can't even muster up an indignant response so I'm going to go kiss my sweetie and curl up with this great novel called Baghdad Burning.
Thursday, March 1
by Sue on Thu 01 Mar 2007 09:42 PM EST
Sometimes greed can be a dyke's best friend. In this case, it means Joey Porter will take his trash-talking bigotry and hit the road for greener pastures. I don't care if he made 879 tackles last year and was Most Valuable Stud three years running or even if he did single-handedly hold back the entire Steeler team so Jerome Bettis could have his moment in the sun ... I don't even care that his team mug shot is plastered all over the city on the anti-homicide billboards urging people to report murders.
I think we're better off without him and his arrogant disrespect for any creature other than himself. We are not fans of Joey Porter.
This lesbian couldn't be happier.
h/t Pitt Girl