Friday, January 13
by Sue on Fri 13 Jan 2006 07:20 AM EST
Received this today from Steel City Stonewall Democrats
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:51 PM
Subject: Town Meeting: PA Constitutional Amendment
An amendment to the PA constitution has been proposed that would both limit marriage to one man and one woman and deny all unmarried partners a status "substantially equivalent" to marriage. The purpose of this meeting is to present what we currently know to the community, and begin to organize to defeat this amendment.
When: January 18, 2006
Where: GLCC in Squirrel Hill
Prior to this meeting, we urge interested people to take any or all of the following actions:
1) sign the petitions against the amendment being circulated by several volunteers or online at http://www.steel-city.org/marriagepetition.php
2) call your state legislator and urge them to *not* cosponsor the amendment. You can find the name and contact information for your legislator at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/
3) set up a visit with your legislator in his/her home office. Information on setting up a visit with your legislator can be found at http://www.center4civilrights.org/news/docs/set_up_meeting.doc
This meeting is organized by Steel City Stonewall Democrats, working with the ACLU of PA, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, and the Value All Families Coalition.
Thursday, January 12
by Sue on Thu 12 Jan 2006 05:49 PM EST
Gary at American Agenda is not happy about the latest attempt to constitutionalize homophobia in Pennsylvania. (I love the Frothy reference)
Go here to sign the petition to stop the anti-gay marriage amendment.
by Sue on Thu 12 Jan 2006 03:53 PM EST
There is nothing to add. The movie opens Friday at Loews and The Manor theaters. From the City Paper
Brokeback ... more »
by Sue on Thu 12 Jan 2006 03:47 PM EST
Can ANYONE tell me exactly how many Costas roam these hills? Every time I turn around, I see reference to yet another Costa kin either holding some obscure office or being appointed to something.
Guy Costa should just be hired by KDKA since he gets almost as much airtime as pretty boy Jeff Verszyla. Given that it might snow this weekend, I'm sure we'll see Guy tomorrow night.
Seriously, how many are there?
Wednesday, January 11
by Sue on Wed 11 Jan 2006 10:09 PM EST
It took a bit of poking around, but I found this call to action to boycott Larry H. Miller.
Let the gay wrath unfold ...
by Sue on Wed 11 Jan 2006 10:04 PM EST
Today's Gene Shalit has apologized for his inflammatory review of Brokeback Mountain.
In reviewing the fictional movie "Brokeback Mountain", I expressed my opinion of "Jack", one of the fictional characters. It is my responsibility to my audience to present my views of the film and the actions of the film's fictional characters. My view of "Jack" may be contrary to the views of others, but we are all entitled to our opinions.
In describing the behavior of "Jack" I used words ("sexual predator") that I now discover have angered, agitated, and hurt many people. I did not intend to use a word that many in the gay community consider incendiary. Baron Lytton wrote in 1839 that "the pen is mightier than the sword," and this matter proves again how hurtful words can be. I very much regret using them.
The GLAAD website carried an assertion that instead of reviewing "Brokeback Mountain", which is my job, I "used the occasion to promote defamatory anti-gay prejudice to a national audience." This is untrue. It is unfair to me and must be corrected. Everything in my life and in my family's life demonstrates beyond doubt that I am not homophobic. Indeed, the contrary is true, and everyone who knows me knows it.
I certainly had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone in the gay community or on the community itself. I regret any emotional hurt that may have resulted from my review of "Brokeback Mountain."
Everyone is happy. Now GLAAD is asking people to thank Gene Shalit for apologizing. That's getting a little bit out of hand. Like sending a thank you note for a thank you note ... He apologized. Let's move on to the bigger fish, like the AFA ...
by Sue on Wed 11 Jan 2006 09:55 PM EST
More from 365gay.com .... the Utah Gays calling for boycott over Brokeback Mountain.
I'm not exactly what this means other than not going to the theatre that isn't showing the movie you want to see anyway.
by Sue on Wed 11 Jan 2006 09:47 PM EST
Tonight from 365gay.com comes this
In a thinly veiled threat of another boycott the American Family Association and 41 other groups are demanding that Ford live up to a commitment to end funding to LGBT organizations and cease advertising in the gay media.
But it seems the AFA has learned a lesson from their first attempt ...
While letter does not specifically threaten the carmaker with a boycott it says, "We can not, and will not, sit by as Ford supports a social agenda aimed at the destruction of the family."
The letter also imposes a January 20 for a reply. "Should you decide to respond, please do so by letter since we can no longer trust Ford to keep its verbal word," the letter concludes.
So let's get this straight (ha). The AFA threatens a boycott, Ford caves in so the AFA declares victory. Then, the gays come to the table and Ford agrees to continue advertising in the gay media.
BUT just when you think it all makes sense .... comes this ...
(New York City) Two more stations have cancelled NBC's "The Book of Daniel" bringing the total to four.
KAMR-TV in Amarillo, Texas, and WTVA-TV in Tupelo, Mississippi each said they were bowing to community demands to drop the series which features one of primetime's few openly gay male characters, has a lesbian supporting character and is written by a gay screenwriter.
No wonder the AFA refuses to give up. Its working! 4 whole television stations have demonstrated that censorship, intolerance and capitulation are their guiding principles.
Hurrah for the homophobes!
Tuesday, January 10
by Sue on Tue 10 Jan 2006 08:27 PM EST
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 20:10:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Capital Region Stonewall Dems <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Pa. Anti-Gay Amendment UPDATE: 14 Days Left; NEW Resource Page
Here's the bad news:
As of this writing, some members of your state legislature are still planning to introduce an anti-gay "marriage" amendment to the state Constitution on Jan. 24. In fact, this amendment would be a "bait and switch" proposal that would ban public domestic-partner benefits, the possibility of civil unions, and even put at risk partners' medical decision-making rights, wills and contracts. A similar amendment in Ohio has even caused several domestic-violence cases to be thrown out (the two people involved weren't married and God forbid we give their relationships any "legal recognition").
Here's the good news:
Our best chance of stopping this amendment is now, before it can go to the House floor. (Trust me: I work at the Capitol.) So several pro-LGBT groups are joining together to ask people across the state to do the most effective thing in these critical two weeks -- contact your state representative's local office and ask to meet with him or her. Meeting face-to-face with someone who's affected personally is often the most persuasive thing for an elected official. And it's much harder for a state legislator to say homophobic things when someone who votes in their district asks -- in person, "Why would you risk my right to visit my partner in the hospital, or to make medical or financial decisions if she (or he) is incapacitated? Why would you take away my health insurance?"
To help you, we've been constantly updating our new, non-partisan resource page on this issue: www.capitalstonewall.org/amendnew.html
Or click here for a short letter you can print and mail in. We can look up your state representative's name and deliver your letter for you. If you're sending the letter through us, please mail it to us by Jan. 17 so we can deliver it before the amendment is introduced.
If you want to contact your state representative directly but you're not 100 percent sure who that is:
If you're not sure which district you live in, you can look it up at http://www.legis.state.pa.us (top right corner). You may need your full zip+4 zip code -- to get that, visit http://wip4.usps.com./zip4/welcome.jsp
If your state representative is a Democrat, you can e-mail him or her through http://www.pahouse.com/contact/contact_all.asp
If your state representative is a Republican, you should be able to e-mail your state rep through their website -- you can find it through www.pahousegop.com.
If you have a question, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Need a little motivation? Here's something from our resource page:
Since July 1, 2000, when civil unions became legal in Vermont, more than 7,500 couples have united. Only 78 have been dissolved in court. (source: 365gay.com, Dec. 15, 2005) That's the equivalent of a 1 percent divorce rate after 5 years. How are things going for opposite-sex couples? ?Given the divorce rates of recent years, the risk of a marriage ending in divorce in the United States is close to 50 percent.? (source: State of Our Unions 2005, National Marriage Project)
Again, if you have a question, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for all you do.
Co-chair, Capital Region Stonewall Democrats
P.S. Please let us know what you hear from your state representative.
P.P.S. Please forward this update to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and others who might be willing to help -- including straight friends!
by Sue on Tue 10 Jan 2006 08:00 AM EST
Fresh off a scintillating ;-) discussion with John McIntire about the merits and woes of NBC's Book of Daniel, I find this at 365gay.com.
Terre Haute, Indiana) Police in Terre Haute are investigating death threats against the manager and program director at KWBF-TV after the station decided to run the NBC series "The Book of Daniel".
Executives at the station have been given security, and guards are posted at the studios.
Terre Haute's NBC affiliate refused to air the show's premiere Friday after pressure from the American Family Association and area pastors. KWBF, a WB affiliate then agreed to run the series. (story)
Threats to the station began pouring in shortly after it made the announcement. They continued after the show aired and police were called in.
Station manager Gary Robbins defends the decision to run the series and says despite the threats there are no plans to cancel it.
"We've had hate mail, we've had hate phone calls... but there's no profanity in this show, there's no indecency, there's no nudity," he said.
Death threats??? Over a television show that's about 10 degrees less contentious than Desperate Housewives and much less provocative than any crime drama on the air.
This shouldn't be such a big deal. But the television employees in Terre Haute shouldn't have to deal with this kind of crap. This is what happens when you cave into censorship ... you feed the beast which only continues to hunger for more. These homo-haters would eat their young if it brought attention to their cause.
Do your part to fight back Hug a homo. Or take a homo to lunch.