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View Article  Philly Inquirer Does Nice Job on Gay Marriage Article

The Inquirer published a nice piece illustrating why gay marriage is truly a civil rights issue.  Its about child custody, health care decisions, financial stability and so much more.  Of course, its a little middle-classy but that's probably who was available for the interview. 

Same-sex couples in New Jersey say last week's state Supreme Court ruling ordering the Legislature to give them the same rights as heterosexual married couples within 180 days - though they don't necessarily have to call it "marriage" - is an opportunity to remedy many of the inequalities they say exist in their everyday lives.

"It's not the sexy stuff - it's the day-to-day issues," said Betsy Codding, who lives with her partner in Haddonfield. "This brings everything very much into the public eye."

When Heggs, 56, had a heart attack and a stroke, a hospital refused to consult Long. Heggs, who was in intensive care, on a respirator, needed a blood transfusion.

The hospital wanted proof that Heggs and Long were together, Long said.

"They wanted to see our marriage certificate," Long said. "They would never do that to a heterosexual couple."

We all worry about this stuff.  Not everyone can afford to pay an attorney to do all the paperwork necessary to secure some rights, especially those in the community toiling away below median income.  Without health insurance and without the extra $5,000 a year to pay for it out of pocket.  I'm fortunate that Ledcat's employer offers domestic partner benefits.  My employer chooses to only extend coverage to the families of heterosexual employees.  They say its about the money.  End of conversation.

It would be interesting to see the Inquirer or the PG take a look at the lives of working class queers and explore the double whammy of being poor and gay.

View Article  Canadian Press Forecasts Santorum Defeat

His defeat ``would cost conservatives one of their most talented warriors'' and could be seen as ``a repudiation of conservatism itself.''

So sayeth the Candian Press referencing a recent article in the National Review. 

Who are they talking about?  Our good buddy, Ricky Sanctimonious.

And its all because he loves him some bush.  W style.  Like most arrogant frat boy men, dumb and malleable bush.

Santorum, 48, is an anomaly among many Republicans who are putting some hefty distance between themselves and Bush in an election year when most voters are fed up with the Iraq war and are demanding change.

``He just can't turn his back on it,'' says Washington political analyst Charles Cushman. ``He's a true believer.''

For Cushman, the staunch Catholic's emphasis on the anti-terror fight is one way to take the focus off his reputation for extremism that goes well beyond antipathy toward gay marriage, contraception and abortion rights.

He's long been something of a political pinata, making headlines for remarks linking homosexuality to polygamy and bestiality. In a book last year, he suggested more mothers should quit their jobs and stay home with their children. Santorum says he meant women in wealthy families who could afford it.

That's my favorite recent spin.  Rich chicks should stay home and get rid of all their illegal nannies.  Then they'd go home to their children, too. Its a win-win for ALL the children. What if the mother makes more money than the father --- should he stay home?   HA HA HA HA.  Only a liberal Democrat lesbo would make that suggestion! 

Would the defeat of Rick Santorum also mean a repudiation of self-loathing spokesfags like Robert Traynham?  Who by the way is John McIntire's new best friend.  I'm guessing that won't trickle down to me.  :-)

View Article  Do Homophobes Prefer Applebees?

This morning the AP gives us an interesting little review of a book proposing that voting can be linked to consumer lifestyles.

A new book, "Applebee's America," contends that your lifestyle -- what's in your refrigerator or your garage -- says as much about your politics as your position on gay marriage or whether you live in a red or blue state.

And if politicians want to succeed, the book says, they would do well to follow the example of successful businesses like Applebee's or Starbucks, which have connected with consumers not just because of the product they are selling, but because of the values and lifestyle they represent.

Hmmm.  Does that mean you can tell a homophobe by the crap that he buys? 

People's product choices are becoming more and more like value choices. It's not, 'I like this water, the way it tastes.' It's 'I feel like this car, or this show, is more reflective of who I am.' More and more people make those choices based on a value."

For example, he says, buying a hybrid car is not just a way to save money on gas, it's also a statement from consumers about "what they want said about the environment."

I can relate to the premis though because I readily acknowledge that I am easily seduced by this kind of stuff.  I love the feeling that I am a hip, trendy, socially-conscious consumer almost as much as I want to be said consumer.  Target makes me feel good because it feels upscale, comfortable and affordable.  Plus, its not Wal-Mart and that's definitely a good thing.  So I can feel lofty about avoiding the evil WM while at the same time indulging my inner middle class whore.  That's a freakin deal man!

But can this really translate into votes.  Does my Target decorated kitchen, fondness for lattes and preference for thrift store purchases predict my vote?  Or make me receptive to the big D message?  Perhaps but according to the authors, it gets a little murky in the middle.

According to "Applebee's America," a Bush consultant determined that "country music stations, long thought to have solidly Republican audiences, drew nearly as many Democratic as GOP voters," and while "The Simpsons" show was popular with Republican men, "Gilmore Girls" was popular among GOP women.

Just goes to show you can't judge a homophobe by his television preferences. 

Gilmore Girls?  A show celebrating the triumph of a single mom who ran away from her richy rich parents after getting preggers at age 16 and then goes on to <gasp> have sex out of wedlock with multiple men?  Or a show about a non-traditional family (much like my little gay family) who love each other even when things get sticky, complicated and frustrating?  Hmmmm .... could Star Hollow be purple America?

View Article  Starbucks Blogging Ain't What McIntire Makes It Out To Be

I knew I would have an hour to kill this morning in the "East Side" neighborhood formerly known as East Liberty (does changing the name mean there are no more black or poor people living here?).  So I packed along my laptop and scooted into the new Starbucks to give this Starblogging thing a whirl.  My peppermint mocha in hand (its a cold morning), I found a seat.  All the tables are being hogged by other laptop bearing blogeeks and one annoying couple who actually have their legs completely intertwined around the table in a very disgusting example of why you breeders should not rule the world.  No self respecting homo would straddle a table for a few inches of inter-thigh contact.  At least not at Starbucks.

This ain't no picnic.  Aside from the humping breeders, I'm getting glares from people who want my comfy chair.  But its near the outlet so I'm in no mood to be considerate or thoughtful.  They should have gotten up earlier.  Its also drafty in here from the constant flow of customers.  Plus, its hard to eat a blueberry muffin over a laptop.  While surfing the web for homos news of interest to Pittsburgh. 

I'll leave Starbucks to MacYapper and stick with my attic.

View Article  Pgh Media Coverage of New Jersey Gay Marriage Ruling

Here's a link to the PG story on the New Jersey Supreme Court decision                  . And here's where you can see how the Trib covered the issue     .

Hmmmm.  Oh that's right.  No coverage by either paper.  The Post-Gazette ran 17 million letters to the editor when gay marriage was the big political wedge issue here in Pennsylvania last spring, including puh-lenty of column inches for homegrown homophobe and hate-mongerer Darryl Metcalfe to spew his jaundiced views.  

On the bright side, KDKA covered the story.  And WTAE. And even WPXI.   And our good friend John McIntire did an especially nice job on both his blog and his radio show on KDKA.  With yours truly donning the Lesbian Correspondent hat to chime in here and there.

So what's the deal with our local print media?  I fully anticipate the fine folks at the City Paper will give a progressive shout out about the ruling in recognition of its magnitude for us homos here in da Burgh.  But our daily papers have no such excuse.

Perhaps the PG is too busy replacing its actual human staff with cylons to pay attention to little things like pro-gay marriage supreme court rulings.  When you cut our weekly dose of Tony Norman in half, you lose a lot of liberal street cred.  And the Trib .... well, I can imagine the staff has been practicing wailing and gnashing of teeth over the impending Santorum defeat.  Perhaps they just couldn't muster up a gay affirmative article that doesn't include drag queens and cultural events. 

Gay marriage.  Not news in Pittsburgh.

View Article  Womens' Guide to the 2006 Pgh LGBT Film Festival

Thanks to our pal Ehrrin for passing this little gem along ....

Note that this is the first time ever the festival has opened with a women's feature.  And I'll be out of town!!!!!!  Plus, its my birthday weekend.  I'm hoping to catch the Buffy Sing a Along the following week ....

21st Annual Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

October 20-29, 2006

Women?s Festival Movies and Events

 

                                                                                2006 ? 21st Annual PILGFF Kick Off Party

Sunday, October 8 ? 7:00 PM ? 10 PM ?

Nuance ? 900 Western Ave ? North Side

 

Come join the fun as PILGFF celebrates its 21st year of LGBT films in Pittsburgh.  The  programs, mini schedules, passes and packages of tickets will be available. 

 

 

THE GYMNAST -OPENING NIGHT FEATURE

Friday, October 20, - 8:00 PM  SouthSide Works Cinema

 

Opening Night Party to follow at Hot Metal Grille

PICK UP THE MIC

Thursday, October 26 - 7:00 PM - Harris Theater

ALL ABOARD!  ROSIE?S FAMILY CRUISE

Saturday, October 21 -2:45 pm - Harris Theater - Free Screening!

 

EL CALENTITO

Thursday, October 26 - 9:15 PM - Harris Theater

SAVING MARRIAGE

Saturday, October 21 - 5:00 PM - Harris Theater - Panel Discussion to Follow.

 

CAMP OUT

Friday, October 27 ? 7:00 PM - SouthSide Works Cinema

 

GYPO

Saturday, October 21 - 7:30 PM ? Harris Theater ?

After Girls Night Out ? Images ? 964 Liberty Ave (special discount with ticket stub)

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SING-A-LONG

Friday, October 27 - 9:15 PM - SouthSide Works Cinema

MY GIRLFRIEND DID IT

Sunday, October 22, 2006 3:00 PM Harris Theater ? Free Screening

LOVE LIFE

Saturday, October 28 - 5:00 PM - SouthSide Works Cinema

 

FEEL LIKE A WOMAN:

Sunday, October 22 - 7:15 PM - Harris Theater ?

Women?s Shorts Program

LOVING ANNABELLE

Saturday, October 28 - 7:00 PM ? SouthSide Works - Girls Night Out 2 ? Hot Metal Grill

 

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL

Tuesday, October 24 - 7:00 PM - Harris Theater

20 CENTIMETERS

Sunday, October 29 - 4:45 PM

SouthSide Works Cinema

 

LGBT AVANT GARDE RETROSPECTIVE

Tuesday, October 24 ? 9:15 PM - Harris Theater

Various New Experimental Programs.

EATING OUT 2: Sloppy Seconds ?

CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE

Sunday, October 29 - 7:15 PM

SouthSide Works Cinema -

 

MOM

Wednesday, October 25 - 7:00 PM - Harris Theater

Closing Night Party to follow Eating Out 2 at The Cheesecake Factory

 

 

  

The 2006 Pittsburgh International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, produced by the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society, runs October 20-29 at multiple venues.  All films and special personal appearances are subject to availability.  Visit http://www.pilgff.org for complete schedule information. 

 

View Article  Rob Rogers on the Republican Response to FoleyGate

From the PG

View Article  CBS Blogs Ban Use of Word "Gay"

This is odd and ridiculous.  The blogs on the CBS news website automatically filter obscentities, derogatory language and so forth.  Apparently, that list includes the word "gay" which appears as ***. 

Huh.  Now we are being identity stripped in the name of good taste.  Huh.

View Article  Gay Shout Out To Tony Norman

Much belated congrats to PG columnist, editoral person and all around great guy Tony Norman for receiving the Best Column Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for "Sad Irony of Blacks as Bigots on Gay Rights"

Since when is it moral to obey a cease-and-desist order from those who interpret others' strides toward freedom as less legitimate than their own?

As King proved with countless sermons, no group has a monopoly on suffering. All culturally determined redemption songs are part of humanity's collective blessing.

The awards:

The awards recognize print, photography and broadcast journalism in Western Pennsylvania that best illustrates the diversity and fullness of life for black Americans.

Yeah I'm late on this one, but we need some good news and I just heard a lovely round of Tonyisms on KDKA this evening as part of the Free For All Fridays on John McIntire's radio program.  You can never praise an ally too much.  Even if he is a breeder.

View Article  Pittsburgh Presbytery: No Sexually Active Homos Allowed

From the PG:

In response to a national church decision that appears to allow local option on the ordination of sexually active gay clergy, Pittsburgh Presbytery declared yesterday that it will continue to accept only clergy who "live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness." It also reiterated a prohibition on its clergy conducting marriages for same-sex couples.

That's our options.  Switch teams or remain chaste. 

The Rev. Jim Glatz, pastor of Union Presbyterian Church, compared clear standards on sexual behavior to the effort to keep fire in a fireplace, instead of allowing it to burn down the house. He alluded to ministries destroyed by clergy sexual misconduct.

"Sex is a good gift of a loving God that needs to be kept within the loving union of a man and a woman," he said.

Forcing homosexuals to be chaste by denying them marriage is a nice sidestep. Don't ask, don't pray?  Don't ask, don't bless?  Don't ask, don't fear?  Which is it ....

Perhaps Reverend Glatz should put a bit more of his energies into taming the out of control heterosexuals in his pastoral areas and less into demonizing homosexuals.  Where's the fun in that?

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