Friday, May 6
by Sue on Fri 06 May 2011 10:10 AM EDT
Today marks the 1st Pridefest for Johnstown! Congratulations.
The event is sponsored by the Highlands Community College Allies Club and the Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter.
Lots of good stuff happening in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, May 4
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 09:06 PM EDT
(scroll down for links to the 2011 Blog for Equality participating blogs)
I'm sad that we need to rally the troops once again to stand up against yet another attempt to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution in order to "protect marriage." Sigh. But I'm happy the troops are there to be rallied.
Here's how it works
- Your post should be up before or on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
- Any blogger can participate.
- Write a blog post on any angle of the issue that you like (or don't like). Length is not important.
- Contact me (email, twitter, facebook) with a link so we can track participation.
- Spread the word to other bloggers who might want to chime in.
In my recent half dozen posts, you'll find more details including the 5 Western PA legislators serving on the relevant committee alongside the legislation's sponsor and committee chair, Daryl Metcalfe - R, Cranberry. Let me know if you need more details.
- This is the Equality Pennsylvania petition to which you may want to direct your readers.
- This is the link to the actual bill should you find that helpful.
That's it! Once your post is up, please use your social media tools to spread the word. I can attest that these "swarms" are read over and over and over again throughout the year. Together we can send a message to Pennsylvania that the lives of LGBTQ persons are not political fodder.
Thanks to Maria at 2 Political Junkies for logo design.
FWIW, there are four separate pieces of legislation that are LGBTQ+ on hate crimes, civil unions, marriage equality and civil rights protections. I am looking forward to sprinkling some of that goodness into the conversation.
2011 Participants **New contributors for 2011
Einstein's Desk ** Blog for Equality Day
Angels of Sodom ** Blog for Equality '11
2 Political Junkies - Dayvoe Blog for Equality Day
2 Political Junkies - Maria Signs of Spring in PA
The Pittsburgh Comet Trib is Succinct, Eloquent on Topic of Liberty
Burgh Baby ** An Equal Opportunity to Suck Face
topherhoff ** Blog for Equality Day 2011 - Pittsburgh
intense chaos ** Blog for Equality
Thomas C. Waters ** LGBT Equality in PA: Far from a reality
Examiner.com (A.J. Mayowski)** Equality and the Killer
Six Kitties (Ledcat) Blog for Equality Day 2011
A Spork in the Drawer The Thing Is, They're Losing and They Know It
After the Bridge Blog for Equality Day
PGH is a City Blog for Equality Redux
Three Rivers Anthology ** Blog for Equality Day
Amadi Talks Blog for Equality Pittsburgh 2011: Here We Go Again
Ms. Mon's Salon A Reminder That We Are All Created Equal
Deal Snob Pittsburgh Blog for Equality Day May 10, 2011 (Blog for Fairness)
The Radical Middle In Honor of Blog For Equality Day
Here's What I Have To Say ** Blog for Marriage Equality Day
The Narrative in the Blog sent in this submission a little late, but very welcomed! Blog for Equality Day 2011
Other links of note:
The Tribune Review Editorial Board: "But constitutions are not for denying rights; they're for enumerating them. This is poor form, the antithesis of liberty, and the effort should be rejected."
Other shout outs to note:
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 11:23 AM EDT
They have a fancy new website which makes it easier for me to find the press releases since they keep kicking me off their email lists ...
On HB 1434
The word "marriage" is the issue. Marriage a legal term used to describe a civil institution. I want access to that institution. I don't give a hoot about the religious constructs of marriage. But there's no way to parse the word and people who think we can magically come up with a solution which satisfies everyone are thinking desperately. No one is coming to take over the church ceremonies. Relax and save your hysteria for the natural gas companies where it is well deserved.
Setting aside the other LGBT legislation, I just shake my head that so many issues will go unaddressed while elected officials rally around this. I'm sure it will be the toast of Cranberry Township tomorrow night when Metcalfe, the Pennsylvania Family Institute and rightwing darling Lila Rose will be gathering for the PFI Annual Dinner. I wish I had ability to infiltrate. With a Flip Cam.
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 10:49 AM EDT
UPDATE: I didn't dig deep enough when I originally posted. Western PA Reps Krieger and Mustio also cosponsor this legislation. My apologies.
Metcalfe's plan to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution begins in the State Government Committee of which he is the Majority Chair. As Chair, he has the power to bring the amendment to a committee vote. It would be best to squelch that and you can help by contacting the other members of the committee.
The message is very clear. There are many more important issues than this and we need our elected officials to focus their time and energy on them -- the economy, transportation, taxes, health care, the environment, etc.
Note that there are several Southwestern PA committe members. It is not too early to galvanize your networks to make the calls and make it personal -- people in our neighborhoods need jobs, healthcare, focus on energy issues, education, etc. The links will take you to the reps contact page - phone, email, webforms, etc. Just a few clicks if you live in Moon or Penn Township and you can help put this divisive issue aside to focus on your family priorities.
Seth Grove - York County
Jim Cox - Berks County
Matt Gabler - Clearfield and Elks Counties
Linda Schlegel Culver - Northumberland and Snyder Counties
George Dunbar - Westmoreland County (Jeannette, North Huntington, Penn Twp, Irwin, North Irwin, Penn)
Eli Evankovich - Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties (New Kensington, Penn Township, Murrysville, Upper Burrell, Lower Burrell, Allegheny Township, Arnold, Export, Bethel Township, Cadogan Township, Parks Township, and Gilpin Township)
Glen Grell - Cumberland County
Marcia Hahn - Northampton County
Rob Kauffman - Cumberland and Franklin Counties
Jerry Knowles - Berks and Schuykill Counties
Timothy Krieger - Westmoreland County (Greensburg, Hempfield Twp, Delmont Borough, Hunker Borough, New Stanton Borough, Salem Township, South Greensburg Borough, Southwest Greensburg Borough. Unity Twp, Youngwood Borough) **COSPONSOR**
T. Mark Mustio - Allegheny County (Aleppo Twp, Ben Avon Heights, Collier Twp, Edgeworth, Findlay Twp, Haysville, Kilbuck Twp, Moon Twp, North Fayette Twp, Ohio Twp, Osborne, Robinson Twp, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills) **COSPONSOR**
Brad Roae - Crawford County
Jerry Stern - Blair County
Babette Josephs (Minority Chair) - Philadelphia County
Tony Payton, Jr. - Philadelphia County
Steve Samuelson - Lehigh and Northhampton Counties
Greg Vitali - Delaware County
Tim Briggs - Montgomery County
Eugene DePasquale - Montgomery County
Florindo FaBrizio - Erie County
Kenyatta Johnson - Philadelphia County
Eddie Day Pashinski - Lucerne County
Steven Santarsierio - Bucks County
by Sue on Wed 04 May 2011 09:40 AM EDT
From the Trib ...
It is a bit challenging to come up with someonething new about this one other than quiet disgust. John Morgan at The Pennsylvania Progressive plans to out closeted legislators who cast any affirmative vote on this one.
While we can hope this illustrates the distance between Metcalfe and the "rest" of the Republicans, I suspect this will not go quietly into the good night. Democrats have voted for this in previous terms so we can take nothing for granted.
Please take a moment to sign the petition up at Equality Pennsylvania's site.
Monday, May 2
by Sue on Mon 02 May 2011 05:40 PM EDT
Congrats to our winner: Elena Kuptsynova!
And thanks to http://www.opusoneproductions.com/ for supporting local blogs!
by Sue on Mon 02 May 2011 05:00 PM EDT
I used a random number generator to select winners for the two giveaways (TOTEM and Uh Huh Her). The winners have been contacted and I'm hoping they are all sorts of excited. I'll announce their names as soon as they get back to me.
Thanks to everyone for playing!
by Sue on Mon 02 May 2011 01:20 PM EDT
Dreams of Hope has a summer camp week that sounds awesome.
Dreams of Hope
Summer Arts QAMP!
August 16 - 20th
Dreams of Hope is hosting an overnight camp from August 16 - 20th for LGBTA youth ages 13-17. The camp will be held at the Emma Kaufmann Camp on
In addition to Special Workshops designed specifically for Dreams of Hope on Drumming, Spoken Word, and LGBT and Allies Support and Education, camp will include:
High and Low Ropes Course; Athletics; Instruction and Recreational Swimming; Water Skiing; Canoeing and kayaking; Knee Boarding; Tubing; Arts & Crafts; Hiking; Ceramics; Campfires; Karaoke
Grow their artistic abilities and talents.
Improve their self confidence and self-esteem.
Participate in fun and challenging activities.
Develop friendships with young people from other geographic areas, ethnicity, and socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
Explore issues they face in their schools and neighborhoods, and learn how to combat the obstacles they face.
Have a space where they can relax and be themselves!
Cost is $500 per camper, which includes: Three meals a day plus snacks, all camp activities, round-trip transportation from
FORMS DUE: July 1, 2011 - to secure a place at camp
After July 1, applications will be considered if there is space.
Space is limited to 24 campers, so go on our web site, call, mail, or email to request your registration packet. (Please include your name, address, phone and email.)
Dreams of Hope?www.dreamsofhope.org/camp? firstname.lastname@example.org?(412) 361-2065
Summer Arts QAMP!?
by Sue on Mon 02 May 2011 10:52 AM EDT
I watched the media coverage and Presidential press conference last night with a strange mix of relief and sadness. I can't rejoice in someone's death, but I am hopeful that his death will lead to a better world for all of us.
From Pam's House Blend ...
Is this the final proof that Barack Obama is the legitimate President of the United States?
Pam herself posts extensive media clips with a little sober commentary of her own and the transcript of the Presidential remarks.
Towleroad has clips of the spontaneous rally at the White House last night.
Politgot from Metro Weekly has similar clips with much more detail and on the ground interviews.
Thoughts from Bilerico
And from The Advocate a hat tip to President Bush
Finally a few reminders of the losses to the LGBTQ community from LezGetReal.
So what does all this mean? A simple reminder that while these are LGBTQ media outlets, they do step outside of the "gay agenda" to report. Clearly, this is a significant moment in American history, including the LGBTQ community. I'm not seeing references to "agenda items" like the repeal of DADT or the repeal of DOMA to provide family benefits to LGBTQ soldiers. I'm reading good reporting and interesting commentary on an event that transcends our identity as gay Americans. But those are valid issues to raise in the coming days and returning to our struggle for full equality in our nation, a nation a little more secure, is one of the things that does make America great.
Friday, April 29
by Sue on Fri 29 Apr 2011 02:44 PM EDT
Adagio Health is offering two free tickets to their 40th anniversary party on May 19, 2011 at Rodef Shalom. Keynote speaker is Victoria Kennedy. The tickets are coutesy of the Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society.
Click here for more details