Monday, April 17
by Sue on Mon 17 Apr 2006 04:18 PM EDT
Courtesy of Pam's House Blend
Same-sex couple Christina Burke (L) and Victoria Burke (R), both from Salisbury, Maryland, pose with Mrs. Bunny and their daughter, Phobe (6 months old), on the South Lawn of the White House during the annual 2006 White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, April 17, 2006. The Burke's are wearing a rainbow lei to indicate their support of same sex union.
by Sue on Mon 17 Apr 2006 09:36 AM EDT
The PG has published several letters to the editor in response to Darryl Metcalfe's uninspiring diatribe on the need for a anti-gay marriage amendment.
The letters tend to be from heterosexual people, some parents of gay adult children, who clearly get that not only is Metcalfe scapegoating gays but that he has no business investing his time and energy into a non-issue while other critical matters go unaddressed. Darryl Metcalfe is not doing his job.
M.W. Sage of Swissvale writes "Care depends on the caring capacity of the individuals involved in providing the care, not on sexual orientation."
William O'Donnell of Elizabeth Township adds, "The theme of his comments is that Pennsylvania should be a two-tiered society -- the we-gets and the you-don'ts."
Kara O'Bryon of Point Breeze indicates that Metcalfe's bigotry has inspired her to take action "It is time for us to stop accepting this thinly veiled bigotry. This is an attack on gay people who, believe it or not, Mr. Metcalfe, are "productive members of society." I've never called myself a "homosexual activist," but I am deeply offended that Mr. Metcalfe has so frontally attacked me and people whom I love and care about and likened their relationships to criminal relationships between brothers and sisters. "
And Diana Slivinska of Ingram knocks the ball out of the park. She writes, "As a married woman, I'll thank Mr. Metcalfe not to take it upon himself to defend me or define me. Unless someone proposes to marry my husband, another's marriage has nothing to do with me. People get married every day, and their marriages have absolutely no effect upon mine."
Interestingly, not a single letter (thus far) in support of Mr. Metcalfe. I hope Western PA legislators are reading the paper. And I hope Western PA queers take heart to realize that we have vocal defenders in the heterosexual community.
Just for good measure ....from 4/6/06
Rosemary Protsko of Bethel Park wrote "Our stealth Legislature is at it again. It can't pass tax reform, lobby reform or an increase to the minimum wage, but it can put energy toward a state constitutional amendment to protect marriage"
Kurt Colborn of Swisshelm Park notes the hypocrisy of PA legislators, "So, our salary-jacking friends in Harrisburg think it's OK to quash free speech, deny that all men are created equal and restrict the pursuit of happiness to the privileged majority. What's important, it seems, is that they use polite language while they do it."
If you know these good folks, thank 'em for taking the time to write to the PG.
Sunday, April 16
by Sue on Sun 16 Apr 2006 08:42 AM EDT
The White House is generously alllowing children in gay families to participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll festivities. However, amid growing controversy about the gays invading a children's event (code for preventing homos from recruiting children), the White House pulled a fast one as Page One Q reports.
The gays queud as early as 24 hours in advance to get tickets which are issued in staggered times. And every gay family in line received tickets. But none of them will be able to participate in the opening festivities when the esteemed Laura Bush is present.
The official excuse is that they gave the early tickets to select groups of youth volunteers. But no one knew this when they sat in line for 24 hours.
Yes, the White House found a way to let the gays in the back door without queering up the main event.
Friday, April 14
by Sue on Fri 14 Apr 2006 10:21 PM EDT
Thursday evening it was my turn to cook and I was feeling uninspired by the dismal pantry contents. Well, actually I was at work and not remotely interested in preparing a meal. So I proposed we dine out. Luckily for us, the Post-Gazette's Munch had reviewed a great little South Side joint ... Cambod-ican Kitchen.
Not being bar crawlers, we had never experienced the 'burgh famous Chicken on a Stick. But as part of our sacred pact to avoid Olive Garden, Red Lobster and any other restaurant found on both McKnight Road and Route 22 in Monroeville, we headed for the South Side.
I had the best meal of 2006 yet. No contest.
The place is super-cute, the owners are incredibly nice and even the semi-drunken college kids were bearable. and the food ...ah, the food!
I am not an "on the stick" kind of girl. Splinters in my food has never been appealing and I hate getting my fingers greasy. <Yes, no wonder I'm a lesbian.> But chicken in pita? That's my kind of appetizer. Except it was incredibly huge and we had also ordered special rolls in rice paper with the most wonderful vinegar dipping sauce ... plus the entrees.
Enough ranting. It is a dee-lishous restaurant and you should get in your car right now and drive there. Go often and spend lots of money so they will stay in business. I am not kidding. Go. Now.
by Sue on Fri 14 Apr 2006 09:39 PM EDT
You thought our first post would be about Darryl Metcalfe's PG opinion piece, didn't cha? We'll save that for later when correspondent Shelly joins the PghLesbian team ....
In today's Tribune-Review, the editors whine that homos are trying to steal Easter from the little children. The Family Pride Coalition has organized about 200 gay families to join the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the White House, a long standing family tradition. The families plan to wear rainbow leis to symbolize their pride.
The fine family-friendly folks at the Trib seem to believe that this "politicizes" the event. Ironically, they make this pathetic bleat about 3 paragraphs after pointing out that it took over 75 years for the White House to include African-American children in this family tradition. Hmmm ....could there be a connection between the African-American civil rights experience and the queer civil rights experience? Oh my!
This is yet another pathetic attempt by the wingers to paint the gay community as a threat to children. With NOT A SINGLE MENTION of the children in the gay families. The children who just want to be able to join in a good ole American tradition without having to pretend their families aren't gay. If they just showed up without the gay pride paraphenalia, everything would be okay for the poor breeders who don't want to have to explain tolerance to their spawn.
Do you think Jesus would be hanging out with a bunch of privileged kids rolling eggs at the White House perhaps posing for photo op with the token minority child? OORRRRR would he be down the street at the shelter feeding eggs to hungry children and their families? Hmmmm ....
Saturday, April 8
by Sue on Sat 08 Apr 2006 09:17 AM EDT
My little pile of things to be returned (books and cds) was all set to go, along with my not so little pile of money to pay my late fees. Ah .... so now I have to trudge into Oakland which means parking in Shadyside. I recognize that is not the great tragedy of this situation, but still it is disheartening.
The library has a rather cool selection of LGBT books and media. And magazines. Good resource especially if you'd like to get connected with the community.
Monday, April 3
Saturday, April 1
by Sue on Sat 01 Apr 2006 08:29 AM EST
An article in the Wall Street Journal discussed the lack of unity among Evangelicals around immigration issues. Apparently, our Christian friends are unable to find consensus on this topic - some favor Christian compassion while others believe that law breakers should be punished ...
Despite their past unity on other issues, some evangelicals are divided over how to treat people who are breaking the law and worried they will be tainted as racist if they advocate penalties. "When someone speaks out, they're portrayed as being against immigration," says Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group. "They're being more cautious, afraid of being misconstrued."
Tony, how much speaking out have you done about white collar crime which destroys hundreds of thousands of lives every single day? How about the President's illegal activities -- have Evangelicals united around that? Or any other crimes -- poaching, dumping, rape, molestation, tax evasion ...
This issues involves a lot of Hispanic Evangelicals who oppose punishing poor undocumented workers. It comes down to how you interpret the Bible -- crack down on law breakers or help strangers .... now which was a parable that Jesus used? Hmmm...
This is an interesting non-debate because it really brings to light that there are two issues that connect the Evangelical community - gays and abortion.
Guess what Jimmy Dobson? You can proclaim immigation an issue that doesn't define an evangelical, but I'm guessing the 2006 elections will prove different as the Evanglical voting block splits on this very front burner issue.
by Sue on Sat 01 Apr 2006 08:15 AM EST
Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel writes a passionate op/ed in today's Post-Gazette. Frankel, a Democrat and long time progressive ally of the LGBT community, examines the potential damage the marriage protection amendment will do to the gay AND unmarried straight communities. Including senior citizens.
The impact could be far reaching - health insurance coverage, foster care and adoption, hospital visitation, domestic violence protection, pension security --- for unmarried HETEROSEXUAL families.
The right wing is trying to whip Pennsylvania residents into a frenzy just before the spring primaries. This is not about a threat to marriage, it is a about a threat to incumbent Republicans. If it was not acceptable for the state legislature to secretly vote themselves a pay raise, is it any more acceptable for them to hurry up to amend the constitution?
The wingnuts deny the plausibility of these drastic outcomes. But they cannot guarantee anything. One need only look around at other states to determine where this path may lead us -- it ain't pretty. Frankel lays it out nicely.
Read his piece. Then make a note to yourself to pick up your phone on Monday and call your legislators. Tell them that the amendment is unnecessary and that you don't want to write discrimination into our constitution. This ball is fueled by politics. Once it rolls, it will only gain momentum. Now it the time to take action.
I am not willing to gamble with people's lives and health. I agree with Sen. Joe Conti, a Bucks County Republican, that this amendment is "unnecessary, mean-spirited and timed for political gain before the upcoming primary election."
Thursday, March 30
by Sue on Thu 30 Mar 2006 04:00 PM EST
From 365gay.com comes word that the State Supreme Court will let a 1913 law stand that prohibits clerks from issuing marriage licenses to people from states where their marriage would be illegal. Originally passed to prohibit interracial marriage, the law has been used to prevent non-Mass. same-sex couples from marrying.
According to Pam's House Blend ...The next step, the court indicated, is to sent the case back to the MA Superior Court to review whether gay civil marriage is legal in Rhode Island and NY, where the matter is winding its way through the courts in those states.