Tuesday, March 14
by Sue on Tue 14 Mar 2006 08:54 PM EST
On March 15th, the Pennsylvania House of Representative's State Government Committee will be voting on HB 2381, the anti-LGBT, anti-family constitutional amendment that would prohibit recognition of same-sex marriage and all unmarried relationships in the Commonwealth.
by Sue on Tue 14 Mar 2006 08:49 PM EST
Today's Post-Gazette includes a letter from Scott Means, Administrator of the Seeds of Hope Fellowship in Bloomfield. Seeds of Hope is a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.
As a member of the Episcopal Church, I was ashamed to read Bishop Chane display his ignorance of African culture. He clearly presumes that it is acceptable to hold Africans to the moral standards of his own Western culture. Bishop Chane is guilty of the very same intolerance of which he accuses Archbishop Akinola.
Shame on you, Mr. Means! Shame on you for dressing up your homophobia in the guise of cultural relativism. Bishop Chane rightfully calls out Archbishop Akinola for his UNCHRISTIAN stance with regard to the welfare of homosexual Nigerians. This isn't about disrespecting the African culture underpinning the Nigerian homophobia. This is about a man of the cloth failing to uphold his moral obligation to the vulnerable members of his community.
It is xenophobia to claim that African's are culturally wired to be homophobic. Even if they are, it doesn't absolve Archbishop Akinola from his MORAL obligation to protect the human rights of Nigerian homosexuals.
Shame on you, Mr. Means!
Monday, March 13
by Sue on Mon 13 Mar 2006 08:00 PM EST
(Pittsburgh) - The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) will hear ACLU national president Nadine Strossen discuss "Taking Liberties" at its Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium at Carnegie Mellon University. Highlighting the free public event is the presentation of this year's Marjorie H. Matson Award for Civil Liberties and Civil Rights to Pittsburgh gay-rights pioneer Randal G. Forrester.
Pittsburgh's "Civil Libertarian of the Year", Randy Forrester, has been a definitive leader in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual community since his founding of the first gay and lesbian rights organization in Western Pennsylvania, Mattachine (now defunct), in 1969. He co-founded (with partner James Huggins) Persad Center Inc., a community mental health center for sexual minorities, which since 1972 has helped hundreds of HIV-AIDS patients and delivered mental health services to thousands in the GLBT community. He retired in 2001 after
28 years as Executive Director during which Persad grew to a multi-program agency with a budget over one million dollars. Mr.
Forrester? a former member and officer of both the ACLU's Pennsylvania Affiliate and Pittsburgh Chapter boards ? also conceived and founded the Lambda Foundation, which funds programs relating to the GLBT community; helped to create the Pennsylvania Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities; served as chairman of Pittsburgh's Human Relations Commission; and famously ran for Allegheny County commissioner in 1979. For these and other accomplishments, Mr.
Forrester was named #53 in Pittsburgh Magazine's 1999 list of the 100 most influential Pittsburghers of the 20th century.
The Annual Meeting of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU-PA With keynote speaker Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2006 McConomy Auditorium, University Center Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland Free and open to the public.
For more info, contact the ACLU at 412-681-7736.
by Sue on Mon 13 Mar 2006 07:47 PM EST
Susan J. Boulden of Oakmont writes " As a 20-year member of Integrity, the Episcopal Organization of Gays and Lesbians, and a 35-year member of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, I had been praying that someone in our church would address Archbishop Akinola's complicity in the legal persecution against homosexual people in Nigeria."
She goes on to chastise Pgh's own Bishop Duncan for leading a war against the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Church of England
Jno and Anne Hunt of McCandless (wow - Malicious Hart territory) clearly get it. They write "It is tragic for Archbishop Akinola, a professed Christian, to promulgate doctrines of bigotry and hatred instead of the gospel of love, acceptance and respect for all of our fellow men that is the heart of Christ's teachings. "
But here's the best line .... Since silence is consent, how can we possibly tolerate their acceptance of Archbishop Akinola's doctrines of hatred and prejudice?
One more time -- Since silence is consent, how can we possibly tolerate their acceptance of Archbishop Akinola's doctrines of hatred and prejudice?
by Sue on Mon 13 Mar 2006 07:32 PM EST
Sunday evening's edition of 60 Minutes included Lesley Stah's report "The Science of Sexual Orientation" in which she explores recent research into sexual orientation.
Today, scientists are looking at genes, environment, brain structure and hormones. There is one area of consensus: that homosexuality involves more than just sexual behavior; it?s physiological.
The show interviewed two sets of male twins to explore issues of nuture vs nature. While overall the piece is interesting, I was somewhat disturbed by how close Stahl danced to the line of stereotyping, such as when she tried to identify gay mannerisms in an attempt to understand how gay men are "feminized" physiologically.
I was also somewhat disappointed that Stahl neglected to clarify sexual orientation from gender identity. One of the younger male twins is very "girly" and clearly said he is like a girl, even that he thought he was a girl in the womb but became a boy b/c his mother preferred boys.
Lesley, wanting to be a girl is not the same thing as being gay.
Other nuggets ...
* Sexual orientation may be more closely connected with hormones than genetics.
* The more older brothers a man has, the greater his chance of being gay.
* Well, only for man who are right handed.
Sunday, March 12
by Sue on Sun 12 Mar 2006 06:07 PM EST
This is awesome. I found this through Pam's House Blend
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. takes a local homo-hater to task.
An open letter to Donna Reddick:
I'm writing this for Desiree. She's a student at Miami Sunset Senior High, where you teach business technology. A few days ago, she sent me an e-mail recounting an incident that happened on campus last week.
It seems that on three successive days, the morning announcements, which are televised throughout the school, featured student-produced segments on the subject of gay rights.
On the first day came comments from students who took the pro position. On the second day came remarks from a counselor who spoke of the need for students to respect one another. On the third day came you.
You and a few students, actually. One told classmates homosexuality was ''unacceptable in the eyesight of God.'' Another said gays were ``unrighteous.''
The coup de grace, though, was you invoking Sodom and Gomorrah and telling students homosexuality was ''wrong
And then this wonderful ending
Just once, I'd like to read a headline that said a Christian group was boycotting to feed the hungry. Or marching to house the homeless. Or pushing Congress to provide the poor with healthcare worthy of the name.
Instead, they fixate on keeping the gay in their place. Which makes me question their priorities. And their compassion. And their faith.
If you love me, feed my sheep.
For the record, Ms. Reddick, the Bible says that, too.
Just go read it. It is a great Sunday evening post!
by Sue on Sun 12 Mar 2006 09:47 AM EST
Hurrah for Catherine Specter! This week's version of the PG column Cat's Call manages to avoid being racist or sexist. She even musters up a little "catty" rant that is mildly amusing if not actually funny. Otherwise, it was boring as can be. I guess that's the best we can expect.
Note that this week Cat adroitly defended her advice on premarital tweezing. I can't wait for her to defend her advice on kowtowing to racism. She should talk with Jane Little of Mt. Lebanon about complicit silence.
by Sue on Sun 12 Mar 2006 09:30 AM EST
In today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jane Little of Mt. Lebanon responds to the question of why the worldwide Christian community remain silent about the homophobic outrages in Nigeria which are endorsed by the Nigerian Anglican Church. (One response appeared last week.)
Ms. Little writes " Surely the bishop knows that the tension within church communities is so great that to rise up against Peter Akinola could pull down the churches in a battle for the soul of the church, and that is the reason for the silence. We are not "cowed," but cautious in the face of an evil almost beyond comprehension."
Her letter ends with this statement. "The heavy task is to find a way out and to continue in a mission that befits the church and its followers, being not cowed, but cautious."
Ms. Little, you forgot to include the gay community in this pronouncement. What about us lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people -- what response befits us in the face of this great evil? Here in America, WE are the ones being stripped of our civil rights, our families, our access to health care and equal opportunity. WE are the ones being beaten up by off duty soldiers. WE are the ones being denied lifesaving CPR. Our LGBT brothers and sisters are facing criminalization of their very identity in Nigeria.
How much outrage will it take Ms. Little for you to agree that the "the reason for the silence" is no longer acceptable?
Saturday, March 11
by Sue on Sat 11 Mar 2006 01:43 PM EST
UPMC?s Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art 2006 ?
by Sue on Sat 11 Mar 2006 01:27 PM EST
The Catholic Church strikes another blow for homobigots everywhere. 365gay.com reports that Catholic Charities of Boston will no longer provide adoption services because they choose not to comply with the states human rights law requring them to not discriminate against GLBT parents. The Catholic Church wants a special exemption from the law.
They want to be free to discriminate AND accept state funding. Only in W's America!
Today in Pennsylvania, there are over 21,000 children in the foster care system (I know this from my day job). That is in a state that ALLOWS gays to foster and adopt children.
It is pathetic -- absolutely pathetic -- that the right wing is trying to use CHILDREN as leverage against gays. Vulnerable children are fodder for their latest attempts to paint queers into a corner or back into the closet. They are going to keep these kids in foster care for years longer by turning away gay foster and adoptive parents. That's some family values for ya.
I'm looking forward to Bishop Wuerl's response ....