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View Article  Around the Nation ...

Elena Kagan's nomination drew fire from Republicans because of her controversial decison around Don't Ask, Don't Tell while at Harvard. 

Speaking of Kagan, here's some footage courtesy of the Bilerico Project of wing-nut hater extraordinaire, Tony Perkins, testifying against here.  Why isn't he building a soup kitchen or something? 

Pam has a rather depressing analysis of the crumbs tossed by the White House and a sound ass-whipping for the gay apologists aka The Pink Beltway.  Maybe we could do something with that here in Pgh given our Belt System ... the Pink Belt?  I like it!  Onorato and his Pink Belt.  Sounds like a 1950's ladies undergarment for our "special time" of the month.  LOL.

We might have a state budget. It is depressing b/c when the feds don't come through, human services could take fatal blows to funding.  So line up, private citizens, because your poor and unwanted will need all that extra money you have from taxes that aren't raised.  Ha.

Fourth of July plans?  We are having a cook out tonight and tomorrow I will be in my idea of hell -- trapped on a river cruise for multiple hours to watch fireworks.  What we do for our loved ones.  Ah, love ...

View Article  Dear Post-Gazette

Your search feature is not working. It brings up stories from three months ago with the current date.  I have emailed and called repeatedly to no avail. If you can post about the blog changing, you can post about the status of your search feature. 

It is embarrassing that the Trib trounces you in terms of technology.  Do you seriously expect me to renew my PG+ membership if I can't even search for an article?

Sincerely,

Sue

 

ps:  I called 311, too. 

View Article  A court ruling against bigotry

From The New York Times ...

A public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.

The case, involving a clash between religious freedom and antidiscrimination principles, divided along familiar ideological lines, with the court's four more liberal members and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in the majority.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority, said it was constitutionally permissible for public institutions of higher education to require recognized student groups to accept all students who wished to participate in them.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., writing for the four dissenters, said the decision represented a triumph for the principle that there is "no freedom for expression that offends prevailing standards of political correctness in our country's institutions of higher learning."

Strike another blow against the ongoing attemps to pit equal rights for the LGBTQ community against "religious freedom" in the public realm.  Religious freedom is always limited in public institutions, but that very freedom permits individuals and groups to set up their own private religious institutions.  You can't have it all ways.

 

View Article  Independence Day - In Honor of those who survive ...

View Article  Fatal shooting in San Fran's Castro District before Pride Parade

From the San Francisco Chronicle;

One of three victims of a shooting in San Francisco's Castro District late Saturday night has died from his injuries, according to the medical examiner's office.

Stephen Powell, 19, was shot in the torso about 11:30 p.m. at Market and Castro streets during the city's "Pink Saturday" celebrations, police said. The medical examiner's office could not confirm his city of residence.

Powell, along with a 19-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man who were shot in the leg, were taken to a hospital. Powell was subsequently pronounced dead.

The woman and older man are expected to survive, according to police.

A 19-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, and police said they recovered the handgun used in the crime.

No word yet on motive, but word is that the shooter and the victims were acquanted.  Another reminder why we need to push for our rights and create truly safe spaces to be ourselves.

 

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View Article  Steel City Hoop Union

Does this not sound like big fun?

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

It has come to my attention that some folks don't know that the Steel City Hoop Union still meets every Tuesday evening at the Union Project.  Just bring yourself (and your mom, your dad, your grandma, your uncle, your girlfriend, your boyfriend . . . . ) and we'll bring hula hoops, music, and instruction if you'd like some.  It's so much fun you'll forget it's exercise.  If it's hot, bring some water.  We hoop outside in nice weather, indoors if it rains.

Hoop Union Tuesdays
6:30 to 7:30 pm, Rain or Shine
Union Project
Corner of Stanton and Negley
$5 for grown-ups, $2.50 for kids under 12

If you hoop, we want to meet you, if you don't we want to teach you!

Hoop Union Tuesdays are brought to you by the Union Project and Steel City Hoop Union.  Visit us on Facebook!

I do the hula hoop on Wii Fit Plus and its a hoot (hoop?).  I seriously debating trying it in real life with only the fear of utter embarrassment holding me back --- hips, don't fail me now?

 

View Article  Mayor Ravenstahl Appointment -- Any Gays?

Today the PG reports that Mayor Ravenstahl is "ketchin up" on his job by appointing 23 people to 10 different boards. 

The nominations need City Council approval. There's lots of wrangling about people with expired terms doing a fine job in their current positions.  Funny how that never comes up when it comes to City Council elections.  Daniel Lavelle, for example, didn't say Tonya Payne was doing a fine job.  But I guess it is different when we are discussing unelected positions that have potential allegiance to their City Council liaison.  Nothing like transparency.

Of course, Luke dropped the ball (imagine my shock!) by waiting this long to fulfill this job requirement. Expecting City Council to hurry up and do their end of due diligence on 23 appointments is pretty typical tyranical (or bratty tantrum prone) behavior.

But here's my question.  How many of these 23 folks are openly gay?  The Mayor has set up his committee, sponsored Pridefest repeatedly, kept the dykes from being run down ... lots of stuff.  But board appointments, that's key to saying he values the input of the LGBT community in an official capacity. 

Yes, my expectations are high. I want continued progress, not anyone resting on their laurels and none of this behind the scenes pink-washed good old boy campaign donor "trust us we've got it' crap.  We need equality and we need to keep up the pressure on young leaders to do the right thing, continuously. 

View Article  Swipe

Addendum:  This is irony. There is no such thing as a swipe button.  I officially think we should elect Dan Onorato as Governor. He has my blessing.  (Also irony in case that doesn't translate from written word.)

View Article  Marcellus Shale and Ricky Burgess

A few days ago, I wrote a little chastisement of Reverend Burgess' vote for regulating the drilling for natural gas within the City in lieu of standing against it.  I received an off the record email from a Burgess supporter explaining the nuances of the law and the Council's ability to defend citizens in this matter.  I was amazed that the writer commented that City Council should be putting on a united front instead of inner-squabbling.

Seriously?  Reverend Burgess wasn't that concerned about "unity" when it came to LGBTQ equal rights so it is incredible now to try to persuade me that he's the voice of unity.  He bitch slapped us by refusing to have his picture in magazine, incredibly sad since he should have familiarity with the challenges LGBTQ people are facing in his district and the African-American community.  It was a magazine for God's sake. 

I'm waiting for some feedback on the legal arguments from the Councilors who want me to have clean drinking water, not those who do not practice what they preach.

View Article  The Anti-Choice convention

Tis tempting to tap into the oh-so-easy comparison of the Furry convention and the "National Right to Life" convention which winds up tomorrow. 

The PG mentions a long-term pro-choice activist who is among the longest term attendees at this conference and has a mutually supportive 'right to protest' relationship with an anti-choice priest.  Good stuff.

To my knowledge, the conference attendees did not engage in activities to support Pittsburgh's living children who are living in poverty, poor health or on the adoption rolls.  Just saying. 

 

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