Sunday, October 29
by Sue on Sun 29 Oct 2006 08:27 AM EST
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.
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.
by Sue on Sun 29 Oct 2006 08:12 AM EST
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.
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. :-)
Saturday, October 28
by Sue on Sat 28 Oct 2006 11:13 AM EDT
This morning the AP gives us an interesting little review of a book proposing that voting can be linked to consumer lifestyles.
Hmmm. Does that mean you can tell a homophobe by the crap that he buys?
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.
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?
by Sue on Sat 28 Oct 2006 10:57 AM EDT
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.
Friday, October 27
by Sue on Fri 27 Oct 2006 08:44 PM EDT
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.
Monday, October 16
by Sue on Mon 16 Oct 2006 09:32 AM EDT
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 ....
October 20-29, 2006
Women?s Festival Movies and Events
Sunday, October 8 ? 7:00 PM ? 10 PM ?
Come join the fun as PILGFF celebrates its 21st year of LGBT films in
Sunday, October 15
Saturday, October 14
by Sue on Sat 14 Oct 2006 07:53 AM EDT
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.
Friday, October 13
by Sue on Fri 13 Oct 2006 10:32 PM EDT
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"
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.
by Sue on Fri 13 Oct 2006 10:26 PM EDT
From the PG:
That's our options. Switch teams or remain chaste.
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?