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View Article  Joey Porter Blames Fag Comment on his Childhood

Joey Porter's non-apology:

I would just like to say it was a poor choice of words in the comment I made toward Winslow," Porter said. "If I offended anybody, I apologize for that."

I guess how we used that word freely, me growing up using it, I didn't think nothing of it like that," Porter said. "Like I said, I apologize to anybody I offended on it.

Translation - it doesn't really matter if we offend homos but let's cover our asses with some lame quasi-apology. 

Note how Porter uses this as yet another opportunity to demonstrate his bad ass poseur street cred as demonstrated by intionally poor grammar and a complete failure to take responsibility for his actions.  Sort of like Santonio Holmes and domestic violence.  Minus the bruises.

PG sports columnist Ron Cook calls this particular Porterism the "worst of all" of his "macho, most-feared-man nonsense."  He also points out the obvious.

Porter has made millions from the Steelers and the NFL. He, like any player, coach, team official or league official, has to realize who makes all that jack possible. People from every race, religion, ethnic background and sexual orientation buy NFL tickets and merchandise. It's pretty stupid to use a derogatory term that's insulting to any group.

Bingo, Ron.  Trouble is the Steelers seems to care less about the money spent by domestic violence victims and the gay community. 

View Article  LGBT Affirming Letter to the Editor

A welcoming church

Thank you for Clarke Thomas' wonderfully positive and informative column "Glory to God and All God's Children" (Dec. 6). It is long overdue.

For the record, my church, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side, is openly and assertively GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) friendly. Until now, though, we have not been very public with our views. This is about to change.

This year, our 100th, we are completing our denomination's official GLBT welcoming process and will soon be certified as a Unitarian Universalist Association Welcoming Congregation.

PETE McQUILLIN
Forest Hills

View Article  PG Op/Ed on LGBTQ tolerance

The PG's Clarke Thomas wrote a beautiful piece about increasing tolerance of LGBTQ families within the holiday season. 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men... -- Luke 2:14

Yes, but unfortunately, for many religious people that biblical highlight doesn't extend to an important segment of our fellow human beings -- gays and lesbians. Or their families. Unless, of course, they are willing to deny or to "convert" from their God-given sexual being.

Thomas describes in lovely detail the various manifestations of LGBTQ friendly faith communities, some exclusively gay and others part of mainstream communities.  He also identifies one critical new reason for this outreach -- the increasing number of LGBTQ families with children.

I refer to a U.S. Census statistic that, as of 2000, 34 percent of lesbian couples and 22 percent of gay male couples are raising at least one child under 18 in their home, a significant increase over the 1990 census. Add in gay/straight couples who remain married for the sake of their children, and the figure looms even larger.

One need only take a short stroll through PrideFest to note that changing demographic. There are twice as many strollers as scantily clad sunworshippers. 

The growing gay family phenomenon should prompt churches and church people in this season of goodwill compassionately to re-examine their attitudes toward the GLBT population. For maybe God's hand is at work here -- in the vein of another revered verse in Scripture:

God setteth the solitary in families. -- Psalm 68:6

View Article  Gay Wedding Charges May be Pursued Against Local Presbyterian Minister

Demonstrating once again that hate and intolerance have no room for compromise, a Floridian Presybterian minister is trying to re-start the case against her by gathering names to join him in filing charges -- again (Post-Gazette). 

The Rev. James Yearsley, who filed the complaint against her last year, is gathering the signatures of ministers and elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who want to join him in pursuing the case. It would not be double jeopardy since she was never tried, he said.

"I'm still accumulating names. This means that the whole process starts over," said Mr. Yearsley, who has served churches in Pittsburgh Presbytery but now works in Florida.

Previous charges against the Reverend Janet Edwards, who conducted a marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple in June 2005, were dropped last month due to a procedural violation.

Yearsley had also considered filing charges against the Presbytery itself for "mishandling the matter."  Does he imply they intentionally sidestepped the contextual issue?  Imply perhaps while acknowledging there is no evidence.  Imagine letting a little thing like evidentiary facts stand in the way of beating down the gay community!

Edwards has walked away from the process with a more subtle appreciation for the role of conflict resolution within the faith community:

"One thing I learned from the past 14 months is that the judicial process is not the best place in our church to work out our disagreement -- but it is one place where we do that," said Ms. Edwards, who is on the staff of the Community of Reconciliation in Oakland.

Here's PghLesbian previous coverage on Janet's story

View Article  Joey Porter Calls Cleveland Tight End a "Fag"

Hmmmm.   Thursday night the Steelers beat Cleveland in what turned out to be a good game (for us in Pittsburgh) played in frigid temperatures.  That wasn't good enough for hallowed Steeler linebacker Joey Porter.  Porter took umbrage with a late hit by Cleveland's Kellen Winslow on a Steeler player.

Here's the quote from the Tribune-Review minus the f-word:

"It was late, that's what (slur) do," Porter said. "He's soft. He wants to be tough but he's really soft."

Nice.  Fags hit late.  Who knew?

I caught this story on KDKA tonight (not up on the website yet).  Interesting how most people thought it was unsportsmanlike and "inappropriate" language.  No one was saying that about Michael Richards were they?  If a white player used a racial slur in the same situation, he'd be crucified. One guy said he didn't mind it all.  At least he's honest. 

Outsports has this comment:

Expect a public apology from Porter to "anyone who was offended" by this afternoon.

That about sums it up.  We aren't exactly the city of taking responsibility are we? 

View Article  Holiday Variety Show at the Square Cafe

Here's something to do Friday evening if you are in the mood for some entertainment with a decidedly liberal bias ....

Happy Holidays! Variety Show
Friday, Dec 8, 7:30 pm

Come laugh, cry, complain, commiserate and celebrate what the holidays are really all about!

Featuring:Gab Bonesso
Jason Kirsch
Bill Eberle
Sarah Claire
Autumn Ayers
Tracy Drach

Free!
BYOB

Square Caf?

http://www.square-cafe.com/events.htm

1137 S. Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Map and Directions

Now I'd like to go see this show.  We are fans of most of the performers (and unfamiliar with the rest).  BUT ... I cannot put myself through another evening of listening to the Shrieking Laughter of Eberle's friend who seems to think she's part of the entertainment. It is one of the worst sounds I have ever heard in my life and I grew up next to a steel mill!  So bad that it will keep me from attending this fine event.  Is it ridiculous for me to say that you should go?  Perhaps ... you need to experience her for yourself.  And complain to Bill and Gab in hopes that someone will finally have the cahones to tell her to shut up. 

But that's just me. 

View Article  Just Call Him Pappy Dick --- Mary Cheney is Pregnant

Mary and Heather will be two mommies.  According to the Washington Post, Mary is pregnant and expected to deliver in the spring.   They live in very homo-unfriendly Virginia to be near to the Dark Lord which does not bode well for Heather's legal status with regard to the baby.

However, while the LGBTQ bloggers speculate madly on the potential fallout from this revelation, I feel compelled to mention that this is Dick Cheney's grandchild.  If he wants Heather in the baby's life, a little thing like the law won't stop it from happening.  It hasn't stopped him from far greater abuses of power so why all the fuss now?  The man parented a lesbian, his wife wrote a lesbian novel and they still ain't flipped on the political issue. A baby won't change that. He doesn't need legal support because he has what really counts -- power and wealth.

On the bright side, the wingnuts are showing their true unChristian colors over this latest little lesbian tidbit. 

I wonder who will preside at the baby's christening -- Jimmy Dobson?  Franklin Graham? Fred Phelps?

h/t Pam's House Blend

View Article  AFA of PA: Closing Gay Bathhouses Will Stop AIDS

Oh that Diane Gramley and her whacky homobaiting ideas.

Today, as you may know, is World AIDS Day a day set aside to acknowledge the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The key is that progress in fighting the epidemic is possible through a united effort.

Ms. Gramley and her AFA morons think that the key to fighting the epidemic in the United States is to marginalize and criminalize homosexuality as well as pretty much any sexual activity outside of the man-woman marriage they hold so dear.  So they've founded the AIDS Truth Coalition.  <stop laughing!>

"While Christians and churches mobilize to fight the HIV pandemic on far away continents, let us not neglect the major catalyst for AIDS here in the United States of America: homosexual promiscuity, tolerated and encouraged by pro-'gay,' 'safer-sex' advocates," said Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans For Truth and member of the AIDS Truth Coalition. "It's time to acknowledge the pink elephant in the room: fighting AIDS without talking against homosexuality is like fighting lung cancer without talking against smoking."

Noting that the response of "politically correct AIDS organizations" is to distribute condoms, even at homosexual bathhouses, LaBarbera said, "Passing out condoms at sex clubs designed specifically to facilitate men having reckless, anonymous sex with other men is preposterous. Wouldn't it make more sense to mobilize all government agencies--federal, state and local--to close down these disease- spreading centers to save men's lives?"

To save lives you see!  For Jesus!  They've even issued some "talking points" for Christian parents.  Because preaching about the evils of homosexuality is the best way to cure AIDS.  For Jesus!

We now have famous preachers like the sadly compromised Rick Warren, who seems to have fallen in love with non-Christian "christians." Pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politician Barack Obama is now one of his chosen companions, invited to speak at Warren's Saddleback Church.

How sad that Scripture must now be kept in the closet, while deviant sin comes out.

Ohhhhhh, nice reference to gay-lingo!  For actual facts on HIV/AIDS, click here.

View Article  Some good news from Virginia regarding lesbian custody

Hallelujah!  A higher court ruling in Virginia bodes well for a Vermont lesbian whose former partner fled to Virginia rather than allow the former partner to visit their daughter.  Its been a long tangled case, but essentially the Virginia courts recognize that Vermont has jurisdiction in the case.  Vermont has ordered shared custody.  Here's more from Lambda Legal:

?The Virginia Court of Appeals rightly recognized that federal law protects parents against the very thing Lisa Miller did ? parents can ?t shop around looking for a court to give them sole custody.?

(Richmond, VA, November 28, 2006) ? Today, the Virginia Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has no say in a custody dispute that began in Vermont between Janet Jenkins and her former partner Lisa Miller.

?This has been a long road for Janet and now she?s that much closer to seeing her daughter again,? said Greg Nevins, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal?s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta. ?The Virginia Court of Appeals rightly recognized that federal law protects parents against the very thing Lisa Miller did?parents cannot shop around looking for a court to give them sole custody.?

Janet Jenkins (formerly Janet Miller-Jenkins) filed an appeal with the Virginia Court of Appeals seeking to enforce a Vermont court order saying she must have regular visitation with the now four-year-old daughter she and her former partner, Lisa Miller (formerly Miller-Jenkins), had when the two women were joined in a Vermont civil union. After the women ended their relationship, Miller moved to Virginia with the women?s daughter, and she asked a Vermont court to dissolve the couple?s civil union and sort out custody of the child. When the Vermont court ordered visitation for Jenkins, Miller filed a new lawsuit in Virginia court, successfully using that state?s antigay marriage law to have herself declared the child?s sole legal parent. The conflicting court orders - one from Vermont ordering regular visitation for Jenkins, and the other from a lower court in Virginia naming Miller the sole parent - led to today?s decision from Virginia?s intermediate court. Earlier this month the Vermont court found Miller in contempt for violation of its order for shared custody.

The 14-page decision by Senior Judges Willis and Annunziata and Judge Clements says, ?We hold that the trial court erred in failing to recognize that the PKPA [Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act] barred its exercise of jurisdiction. Accordingly we vacate the orders of the trial court and remand this case with instruction to grant full faith and credit to the custody and visitation orders of the Vermont court.?

Today?s decision was the result of Jenkins? appeal, which argued that the federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act and Virginia?s Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act make it clear that the Vermont court alone has jurisdiction in the matter and cannot be interfered with. Furthermore, the federal kidnapping law (PKPA) requires that the Vermont order be enforced in Virginia.

View Article  ABC Soap Opera Introduces Transgender Character

The soap which turned Erica Kane's daughter into a lesbian has done it again.  All My Children, a long running soap opera on ABC, has plans to introduce daytime television's first transgender character (365gay.com).

The characer is Zarf, a flamboyant rock star who will kiss aforementioned lesbian Bianca Montgomery and then eventually begin transitioning from male to female.  How far the storylinen will go depends on fan reaction.  Fans have ardently embraced Bianca's story over the past several years, particularly her romance with former love Maggie.  However, along the way, AMC had to have Bianca raped and impregnated, murder her rapist and have her child kidnapped for multiple months.  Just your typical lesbian stuff.  Imagine what they'll do with a transgendered woman?

AMC is working with GLAAD and transgender advisers.  Let's see what happens.  Unfortunately, Ledcat and I don't get ABC so I may have to rely on internet summaries.

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