Wednesday, March 1
by Sue on Wed 01 Mar 2006 10:29 AM EST
Another story from today's Post-Gazette According to a policy paper from the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University,denying us marraige can lead to mental health problems.
The stress of being a second class citizen will do that you. Having to rush to your partner's hospital bedside while realizing you left the power of attorney documents at home and hoping you can get in to see her? Stressful. Worrying about dividing up property after one partner dies? Stressful.
Being gay is not stressful. Being in an intimate committed relationship is no more stressful than for heterosexuals. Being in a committed gay relationship in a society which deems you second class, which denies your most basic civil rights ... now that's stressful.
The authors state that the potential harm to gay men and lesbians and their communities is significant enough to call for laws and policies that allow for same-sex marriage in the United States.
by Sue on Wed 01 Mar 2006 10:16 AM EST
Monday's Post-Gazette featured Buchanan Ingersoll PC's Nontraditional Couples and Families practice group which specializes in LGBT legal work.
[Maureen] Cohon, the wife of Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon, said her firm's nontraditional couples practice began quietly when a friend in a gay relationship asked her about guardianship for a child and drafting a will.
After eight months of talking to people in the gay and lesbian community to make sure there was a demand for such services, Buchanan Ingersoll launched the practice in 2002.
There were just four clients that first year. Two years later, there were about 40, "and it just goes up every year," Mrs. Cohon said.
According to the article, the U.S. Census counted 594,391 same-sex couples nationwide in 2000, including 3,693 in the six-county Pittsburgh region.
3, 693 in this region! That's a lot of queer families and kudos to Buchanon Ingersoll for recognizing an important legal service area.
Without the protection of marriage, it is critical that LGBT couples seek as much protection under law as possible. It is also expensive and not perfect which is why the struggle for true equality under the law must continue.
Tuesday, February 28
by Sue on Tue 28 Feb 2006 10:06 AM EST
The songwriter of Willie Nelson's "gay cowboy" song was on NPR's What Do You Know this weekend. He's was wryly funny discussing how this song emerged from the Urban Cowboy phase of the early 80's. He also pointed out that Brokeback Mountain is about sheepherders, not cowboys. LOL.
So I was waiting for Aaron MacGruder to go there. Its too delicious for him to resist skewering. I say that with all the love a middle class white lesbian can show for this strip. Sure enough, this week it happened. Click on strips for the details.
Sunday, February 26
by Sue on Sun 26 Feb 2006 07:48 PM EST
Last night, your intrepid correspondent headed out the turnpike to Seven Springs (aka the middle of friggin nowhere) for an evening of laughter and yuks at a charity fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Foodbank. Our goal was to see KDKA talk host and friend-of-the-lesbians John McIntire as well as a bunch of other funny people of whom we had no knowledge.
When I drove past the tee pee themed barbecue restaurant, I should have noticed the little red flags.
That place was a literal cess pool of yinzers and yinzerette wanna bes. At least 75% of the audience had their glory moment in 11th grade and kept the hairstyle to prove it. The biggest laugh of the night seemed to be reserved for the buffoon imitating callers to WDVE rather than the highstyle humor of Alan Cox and other Pittsburgh luminaries. Well, that and anyone who used the phrase "limp dick."
But the fun for us homos was the incessant stream of homophobia filling the crowd. They didn't laugh at the Brokeback Mountain jokes b/c they are stupid homophobes who wouldn't know satire if it broke into their doublewide and stole their prize beer can collection. As the jokes rolled on, our discomfort grew.
Obviously, I can take a homo-themed joke. It wasn't the jokes that bothered me. It was the almost universal gay-loathing that filled that room after every mention of man-on-man sex. It is when I have to start worrying that someone is going to get in our faces b/c we "look" like lesbians. It is when someone asks me why I came and I have to censor myself b/c I probably need to not tell them I do a lesbian correspondent bit with one of the comedians. It is when I have to refer to my partner as my "friend" just in case someone is going to hassle us.
I mock the attendees. But I still think they deserve basic human rights like the freedom to marry, to reproduce at will and walk about their daily life unmolested by bigotry. That's what makes me different.
Not returning to Seven Springs am I.
by Sue on Sun 26 Feb 2006 01:27 PM EST
A quick round of the PG's latest gay coverage ....
First, the ugly. From Jennifer Freker of Bethel Park a letter to the PG editor ....
God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!
You tell 'em Jennifer. Make sure we know all about the abnormalities of a Godless society and how much friggin' bravery it takes to calls gays "sick and perverted."
Listen up you homohater... before you continue spewing about the Pledge of Allegiance being ripped out of the schools, you should take a look at how YOU have excluded God from your personal beliefs. Remember the parts about loving your neighbor? The things Jesus said. People like you give Christianity a bad name.
Now the good, a letter from Devin Browne of the Hill District pointed out that while homos are good enough to teach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, our families aren't deserving of equal health insurance coverage ... he correctly writes:
This restriction is something most conservative megacorporations gave up years ago.
Grande latte, hold the gay
Lesbians drink mochas anyway. Next.
Monday, February 20
by Sue on Mon 20 Feb 2006 07:44 PM EST
Our own Bob Casey told a crowd of 600 attending a HRC gala event that he will fight discrimination against gays. Unlike Senatorum and his loyal spokesfag Robert Traynham.
The Casey campaign is cause for raging debate in local progressive circles, especially among those who decry his prolife/antichoice position.
Me? I'm torn. I think Casey is our guy and I don't see the point of the "Run Barbara Run" signature files that pop up every once in awhile (referring to Barbara Hafer of course) from the leftie progressives who email me.
But .... BUT .... recent events at the DNC do not bode well for queers and the Democratic party. Howard Dean would strike anyone as more gay friendly than Bobby C. Until he abolished gay outreach and struck every reference to queers in the grassroots report.
So I'm in Bob's corner b/c I still think he's the man to beat Senatorum. But ...
Sunday, February 19
by Sue on Sun 19 Feb 2006 01:21 PM EST
OK, disregard the trite football phrasology..
From our friends at Steel-City Stonewall Democrats, here's the skinny from social conservative Lynn Swann on gay marriage ...
Drum roll ... while marriage is between a man and a woman, he does think private contracts should take care of us queers. With no governmental protections.
Now for my personal diatribe ... here's why Lynn Swann sucks. Not only is he an elitist jerk, but he shows up at the Super Bowl MVP gig to promote hs campaign. Now Franco Harris shows up to support the Steelers. Pulls out a Terrible Towel! That's classy.
Swann's showboating was almost as pathetic as Terry Bradshaw staying home to pout b/c they wouldn't pay him to show up. At least Bradshaw's buffonery is limited to those who pay money to see his movies and fail to click away during his commercials. Lynn Swann might actually do some real damage to people who don't matter in his realm.
by Sue on Sun 19 Feb 2006 12:45 PM EST
The DNC's Annual Grassroots Report was released last week. Not a single mention of the LGBTQ community. Nada. Howard Dean eliminates the gay outreach post, then wonders why people are upset .... and now this ....
So what's happening in the Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh LGBT democratic wing ....You tell me.
Here's what BlogActive and LGBT political activist Mike Rogers has to say about the LGBT politicos we should trust.
by Sue on Sun 19 Feb 2006 12:31 PM EST
In an expected (but pathetic) twist to the Penn State Lesbian Discrimination case, lawyers for anti-lesbian coach Rene Portland and the University argued that the non-discrimination policy was a non-binding contract.
You expect this from Portland who obviously didn't bind herself by the policy. Plus, she's also claiming that former player (and plaintiff) Jennifer Harris was NOT dismissed based on her sexual orientation. Just in case that doesn't wash, Portland has a backup plan to say it wouldn't matter anyway. Yuck.
But it was the University's policy. Why have a policy that you have no commitment to honor? Unless you just want to appear cooperative and homo-friendly until it begins to actually cost money. Hmmm....
Penn State sucks. I am officially putting away the PSU baseball hat my honey brought me last fall.