Thursday, August 31
by Sue on Thu 31 Aug 2006 07:44 AM EDT
A group of wingnut bigots has been picketing Lucille's, a Johnstown gay bar for the past several months. The group's leader, self-styled Anabaptist Preacher Ron McRae, has an illustrious career of hating everyone from Catholics to Mormons to everyone's favorite group, the homos. From the City Paper report, it appears McRae worships at the feet of Fred Phelps.
Christianity in action, folks - demeaning and slandering people. Good to know Jesus is in their hearts.
The bar's owner, Tom Schnur, has worked with local police and the Human Relations Commission to contain the protestors, carefully trying not to add wind to their sails. Here's hoping boring the protestors will prove fruitful.
Tuesday, August 29
by Sue on Tue 29 Aug 2006 08:53 PM EDT
Every single day for the past month (or more) someone has found their way to this little blog by typing the keywords Yarone + Zober + Gay into various search engines. MSN, Yahoo, Google, Ask.com, Dogpile ... you name it, they've surfed here ....
The answer is I don't know. He was recently married and is, according to MacYapper, now getting divorced and living temporarily with Jim Ferlo. Does that make him gay? Nope. Does it make him not gay? Nope. Do I think its worth contemplating? Not particularly.
But PghLesbian is now like the Magic 8 Ball on homo issues. I get all sorts of strange inquiries looking for gay data on assorted Pgh notables ... asking about assorted Steelers, state and local politicians, media mavens, and sometimes an actually openly gay person. And many, many such inquiries on Rick Santorum.
Stop trying to put all these uncomfortable heterosexual people in our closet! You spawned them, you have to learn to live with them. Don't kick them to the curb and think we'll be happy to take them in. Not every homophobe is a self-loathing closet case. Sometimes they are just jerks who should know better.
by Sue on Tue 29 Aug 2006 08:37 PM EDT
I ran out of time today b/c I agreed to guest blog for John McIntire while he is off on his honeymoon. I didn't budget enough time for both blogs so alas you'll have to check out his site for my latest insight ... plus learn all about the high-profile life of an official correspondent ....
Monday, August 28
by Sue on Mon 28 Aug 2006 07:44 AM EDT
Homophobia - how to win friends and influence people? In the case of Pittsburgh's Episcopal Bishop Duncan, that seems to be the situation as the Russian Orthodox Church has offered to restore ties with those US Episcopal Churches that oppose gay ordination (365gay.com)
You recall the scenario ...
We've touched on the Russian Orthodox homophobia here at PghLesbian before. You may recall that they teamed up with skinheads to violently assault gay Russians trying to stage a Moscow Pride march. From May 2006:
Sounds like quite the spiritual leadership team
And another report from a member of the German Parliament who was assaulted when he participated in the Pride Parade.
Does this mean we are going to have hordes of well-heeled Episcopal women clutching their Books of Common Prayer and teetering alongside next year's Pride Parade in their Mahnola knock offs and shaking their well-manicured fists in our direction? Cause that would be an interesting site. I'm fairly sure the PFLAG moms could take them.
I'm just as sure that "Pittsburgh is not Sodom" would not catch on as a new city slogan, but I could be wrong.
Bishop Duncan had to send off a letter acknowleding that some of the Anti-Gay-Episcopal Network ordain women to determine if that's a barrier to reunification. If the Patriarch says that it is, I wonder what they'll do --- transfer all the women to New Hampshire?
Sunday, August 27
by Sue on Sun 27 Aug 2006 06:33 PM EDT
As reported earlier, Jimmy Dobson and his merry band of bigots are rolling into town in mid-September for a very special "Stand for the Family" hatefest as only the Christian wingnuts can muster ....
Never fear, however, for Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community is taking action and taking a stand. Sayeth Marriage Equality organizer and Pittsburgh hometown girl Dana Elmendorf ...
Multiple events are planned with the most prominent being rallies before and after the FotF event.
You can get involved with the planning. The first meeting will be Tuesday, August 29, 2006 from 7 - 9 PM at the GLCC in Squirrel Hill. Just show up.
Some agree with the planned action, others think it feeds into the agenda of the bigots. What's a given is that if we do nothing but stay home and complain, they win.
by Sue on Sun 27 Aug 2006 09:32 AM EDT
It has been awhile since I blogged about our favorite advice columnist Cat Specter. I've discovered that when she drops the snappy Carrie Bradshaw demeanor and simply offers advice, she's not bad. When she hauls out the flip little one liners and quips, she comes off as trying too hard (we all know that girl!) and the column goes downhill. Here's my favorite lines this week ...
Cat's Call: Stilettos don't mean easy. They mean business.
It's good to let personalities play out before sex is added to the mix, but it's also good to test-drive a car before buying it.
Cat's Call: Sexual "wait times" shouldn't be necessary.
Saturday, August 26
by Sue on Sat 26 Aug 2006 11:15 PM EDT
Hurrah! Hurrah! Patricia Todd's electoral victory has been acknowledged by the Alabama Democratic Committee, guaranteeing her a slot on the ballot for the November primary where she faces no Republican opponent.
I know there should be more insightful analysis here in our little space. But I have spent the past few hours celebrating our friends' 30th anniversary. Other couples with us mark this year as their 31st, 21st, and 17th. Its our third anniversary. We played croquet and volleyball, ate the most delicious pork roast and tried to figure out how many ways we were threatening Rick Santorum's marriage. All in all, a delightful evening and one I don't want to diminish by delving into petty bigotry and the underlying racial implications.
See you in the AM.
by Sue on Sat 26 Aug 2006 12:27 PM EDT
She won the election fair and square. Her name is Patricia Todd, she's openly lesbian and ran for a seat in the Alabama state house representing Birmingham. And she won! But the mother in law of one of her Democratic opponents (there were no Republicans in this race) filed a coomplaint about an arcane rule that has been disregarded since 1988, most notably by the party's current nonimees for Governor and Lt. Governor. And word from Pam's House Blend is that the rule itself may not have been valid.
So a Democratic party committee overturned the election results. Where it stands now? The party executive committee may overturn the overturn.
Check out these bloggers for more insight into this mayhem ...
Pam's analysis of the turmoil
Birmingham Blues has more good stuff ...
We'll follow this and hope for the best with today's meeting ....
by Sue on Sat 26 Aug 2006 12:06 PM EDT
A Brazilial artist has depicted Barbie as a lesbian. Gasp!
Barbie's parents ain't happy.
by Sue on Sat 26 Aug 2006 08:51 AM EDT
PghLesbian made Pittsburgh N'@ Ledcat noticed this late last night while I was trying to nurse my cold, a difficult feat when its 90 zillion degrees and you are too cheap to turn on the AC for a weekend. I did pull myself up with a piteous whine to toddle down the stairs and see it for myself
That's just simply cool. And since cool was not a good description for our house last night, at least we had a cool state of mind ...or something like that.
Summer cold combined with sunburn does not make for blogging excellence ... I'll try later ...