Thursday, September 14
by Sue on Thu 14 Sep 2006 07:38 PM EDT
Local Presbyterian minister Janet Edwards has been formally accused of violating Presbyterian Church law when she performed a wedding ceremony for a lesbian couple in 2005 (PG).
Ledcat and I were guests at the wedding. It was a very sacred event and I feel rather sad that Janet is under fire. Sad, but not surprised.
Hurrah to Janet for not bowing to bigotry. We should all be so steadfast in our faith.
KDKA's John McIntire had Janet on his radio program Wednesday night. Click here for that story.
Previous PghLesbian coverage of this issue.
Tuesday, September 12
by Sue on Tue 12 Sep 2006 07:47 AM EDT
A bloodthirsty homophobic Ugandan government has stood quietly by while the President's brother outs gays, lesbians and bisexuals in an attempt to rid the nation of the sin of homosexuality.
They previously outed 40 gay and bisexual men. Many are now in hiding for fear of their lives. Others have been turned away from their families, lost their jobs and homes and been shunned by their communities.
Modern day witch hunts.
This is the very sort of thing we joke about here in the US along with reeducation camps, forced sham marriages, etc. It seems so impossible.
But then you read that the executive director of the NJ State Democratic Committee (yes DEMOCRATIC) referred to a transgender person as "that." (go read the transcript, its rather vile).
And the openly gay Minnesota State Senator voting to protect traditional marriage. He's a Republican. Maybe that explains it?
Saturday, September 9
by Sue on Sat 09 Sep 2006 10:56 AM EDT
Yesterday, I received an email missive from WGF Executive Director and Good-Friend-of Lesbians-Everywhere Heather Arnet about a topic near and dear to my heart ... Katie Couric's ascent to the CBS anchor seat.
We caught her debute on Tuesday, missed Weds and saw Thursday and Friday. Ledcat and I agree that she's doing a fine job and relish how powerful it is to see a woman in that position. Its powerful (to me) that I take note of her outfit (where as I couldn't tell you what Bob Schieffer wore) only to completely forget about it when she starts doing her job. Its powerful to me that there is a different dynamic than I am used to but that its a good and recognizable dynamic which fits my actual world experiences as a woman.
I like it!
And Heather is hoping you like it, too.
You'll remember the Women &Girls Foundation for the very high-profile Girlcott of Abercrombie & Fitch. Katie was one of the first shows to bring national attention to the heroic efforts of our girls. Heather is now calling for women throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania to use those same tactics to support Katie and women everywhere.
You can forward a link to this post instead of the email or ask me and I'll send you the original email.
This is a really simple thing to do. We cannot afford to continue to just sit back and let the men in charge make decisions about women's lives. Its important for women everywhere to have Katie Couric on the air and its important than we take a few moments to voice that opinion.
Please, just do it.
by Sue on Sat 09 Sep 2006 10:22 AM EDT
Stunned is the lesbian to realize this slipped under blogging radars ..
From RawStory comes the startling fact that Karl Rove's father (stepfather to be technical but KR called him "Dad") was an openly gay man until his death. This comes from a new book Karl Rove: The Architect and the Master Plan for Absolute Power. Rove has spoken movingly of his father.
So your DAD is gay, you still love and value him and yet you make his community public enemy #1 in your relentless pursuit of power? What the hell is that about?
In other news .... Ellen DeGeneres, openly lesbian comedian, will host the 2007 Oscars. I liked John Stewart, but kudos to Ellen. I just wish anyone who hosts it could be actually funny instead of pandering to network censors and middle America and all that crap. And I must admit that if I see Ellen fawn over yet another misogynistic hip-hop performer and sell our her sisters in her quest to be the most beloved entertainment host of the decade, I'll vomit. Still ... we'll see what happens ...
Maintaining a low blogging profile these past days. You know when you just don't feel the inspiration .... its hard to blog. It scares me when I lose my impulse to be snarky ... it even got to the point where I turned off the 6 PM news for a Frasier rerun and the gossip section of Rolling Stone! I hate that section.
Ledcat and I have a full day of anti-snark funk breakdown activities planned so stay tuned for your usual blogging fun ....
Monday, September 4
by Sue on Mon 04 Sep 2006 10:00 PM EDT
Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community is taking a stand against the hate and fear spread with glee by wingnuts like Focus on the Family and their other lunatic (but rich!) family values crowd organizations.
As we reported last month, Focus on the Family patriarch Jimmy Dobson and his merry band of bigots are rolling into town later this month for a good old fashion hatefest/rally for the family values candidates event.
Not to be underestimated, LGBTQ organizers have been working diligently on response efforts. What's great about this approach is that its not merely a reaction to FotF. Its a thoughtful response to the role of faith in the lives of contemporary homosexuals. Here's the plan in a nutshell:
Monday, September 11 - GLAAD media training, Gay & Lesbian Community Center
Tuesday, September 12 - Town Hall meeting on "Religion in the 2006 and 2008 elections", Andy Warhol Museum
Sunday, September 17 - An evening with Lars Clausen, First United Methodist (this guy rode a unicycle across America)
Monday, September 18 - Gay civil rights film and discussion, Friends Meeting House
Wednesday, September 20 - Stand With All Families Rally, Mellon Arena
Here's what the organizers have to say ...
Sounds good so far. I am very bummed because I will be out of town for work that entire week. I'll miss all the fun. Thankfully, Ledcat has plans to be there with bells on and will give me all the scoop.
So dust off your protest signs or, if you prefer, sign up for one of the other events. Get your Casey for Senator bumper stickers on your car and plant those yard signs. Make no mistake (as I've said before) that Papa Jimmy is coming to town to rally for Ricky making visibility an issue for that evening AND on election day.
Stay tuned for event details. Or visit Marriage Equality PA.
by Sue on Mon 04 Sep 2006 09:17 AM EDT
The World Knights of the Klu Klux Klan want to pull the troops out of Iraq. The downside is that they want to redeploy them to the US-Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. This along with the usual hate-rhetoric about gays, blacks, Jews and latinos were on full display during a weekend rally by the KKK at the site of the Gettysburg address. (PageOneQ)
About 30 members of the Klan showed up. More than 200 counterprotestors were on hand along with 150 law enforcement officials. That's causing quite a stir.
You go, homo-protestor.
Saturday, September 2
Friday, September 1
by Sue on Fri 01 Sep 2006 07:46 AM EDT
From 2 Political Junkies ...
by Sue on Fri 01 Sep 2006 07:15 AM EDT
A documentary about the Rev. Mychal F. Judge, a gay chaplain with the New York Fire Department who died on 9/11, will be screened in Pittsburgh on Sept. 11.
Ian McKellen narrates "Saint of 9/11," which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. All five festival screenings were sold out.
An obituary published at the time said the chaplain died amid a rain of debris as he went to the Twin Towers to minister to victims. He was 68 and lived in a Franciscan friary across from a firehouse.
His head was struck by debris, according to friars at the Holy Name Province of the Franciscan Friars. Firefighters carried his body to St. Peter's Church on Barclay Street, then to the firehouse, in a scene captured in a memorable Reuters photo.
When TWA Flight 800 exploded off Long Island in 1996, Judge helped console families of victims. Not long before his death, he went to Northern Ireland on a peace mission with a New York police officer who had been shot and left paralyzed.
The Pittsburgh showing of the documentary, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society and Pittsburgh Filmmakers, will be at the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland. The 90-minute movie will start at 7:30 p.m. on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Admission, $5, will benefit the Shepherd Wellness Center. Firefighters and members of the clergy will be admitted for free, with proof of identification.
Thursday, August 31
by Sue on Thu 31 Aug 2006 02:20 PM EDT
This Thursday 8/31 is K'vetsch!
This month it's going to be held at Garfield Artworks (just a couple
It's Pittsburgh's only queer open mic. There'll be a featured
Admission is $5, but if you perform, it's FREE!