Friday, June 25
by Sue on Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:58 AM EDT
Here it is:
Spare me the "best gay president ever" whining. President Obama has failed the LGBTQ community in almost every way possible. The incremental change is indicative of a cowardly, fearful approach to equal rights, not the fiery advocacy we were promised.
There are many local and national gay advocates who would have you dance around with joy over being tossed a few crumbs in lieu of a slice of bread. While you dance, people in your community are suffering without healthcare, under tremendous tax burdens, without access to decent housing or job security and the list goes on and on.
The folks with privilege just don't get it. But they rarely have.
by Sue on Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:52 AM EDT
Wednesday, June 23
by Sue on Wed 23 Jun 2010 09:49 AM EDT
I truly do not understand City Council. How can only two of our electeds want to keep drilling out of the City?
The Gulf Oil Spill is still gushing. The corporation and the bureaucrats are bungling the heck out of it. People's livelihoods are drying up. And the environment is dying.
How a man as learned as Councilor Patrick Dowd thinks regulations are the way to go --- in spite of very recent history --- staggers the imagination. How Councilors like Burgess and Lavalle who represent the economically vulnerable that are always screwed by these situations can not stand up and say that poor Pittsburgh residents deserve safe water undermines their credibility as legitimate students of the history of environmental racism. But maybe they never claimed to be so.
I am very sad.
Sunday, June 20
by Sue on Sun 20 Jun 2010 09:43 PM EDT
Their consensu is that the lack of footnotes precludes distinguishing children of legal citizens from children whose parents are not legal residents.
by Sue on Sun 20 Jun 2010 09:37 PM EDT
This is pretty amusing if banal.
by Sue on Sun 20 Jun 2010 07:58 AM EDT
Honey, most of us play straight at least some part of every day. Like when someone says 'are you married?" and I know it is not appropriate to disclose because it might interfere with the therapeutic or professional relationship. I play straight just fine.
Newsweek's openly gay columnist Ramin Setoodeh essentially says gay actors are not convincing as straight characters.
Sean Hayes' costar Kristen Chenowith fired off a response. Setoodeh defended himself, saying he meant to ask if a macho actor would be accepted as out (I think).
How can Mr. Catholic Mel Gibson play some of the roles he does and be believable? Would anyone care if his wide eyed revenge seeking brooder was a Baptist?
The PG brings the Newsweek born dustup to the CLO where openly gay actor Malcolm Gets plays a straight cop.
Saturday, June 19
by Sue on Sat 19 Jun 2010 11:36 AM EDT
I received a voice mail message from Montgomery County Commissioner and former Gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel thanking me for my contributions to his campaign. It was a real lift to me. That's the reason I'll stick with politics and the reason it matters when you thank your elected officials -- it just feels good to be appreciated and valued.
So, thank you Joe. Thank you for running a race I wanted to support and thank you being gracious enough to call this little blogger.
by Sue on Sat 19 Jun 2010 11:16 AM EDT
I used to get up early and try to post something each day before heading out to work, but work has grown more demanding so I'm getting up earlier and heading straight there. We've been understaffed and there's just a lot filling up my days -- sometime, I can't even read the paper or <gasp> check Facebook or Twitter.
So I am trying to catch up on Saturdays.
This is my fifth year of blogging so I have to admit that a mental break from LGBT advocacy hasn't been unwelcome. I've been increasingly aware that Sue the woman has been a little lost in the symbol of Sue, lesbian blogger. I realize I've focused so much on politics that I've lost sight of other equally important issues that matter to me, issues around how people are suffering -- including people who happen to be LGBTQ -- for reasons that have nothing to do with their sexual orientation or gender identity and everything to do with social structures that oppress and discriminate vulnerable people.
Oh, I'm not quitting. Work will settle down and I'll get fired up about something. :-) I am lining up a great interview, doing some work with CORO around campaign training and just trying to pull out of the soul sucking ventures into things that are more soul sustaining. I might even go to church.
For today, however, I must prepare for errands. The joy of the weekend, eh? :-)
by Sue on Sat 19 Jun 2010 10:59 AM EDT
Just an FYI on how the Pennsylvania House delegation voted on the potential repeal of DADT. Aye is good, No is not.
I've already discussed the non-surprising NO vote of Critz who has repeatedly told us he is not a liberal. Another D who voted against the repeal is District 10's Christopher Carney from Northeastern pA.
I urge you to drop a line to our Western PA allies, thanking them for their support.
Our parents taught us that a simple thank you is so important for positive relationships. The same holds true for politics.
by Sue on Sat 19 Jun 2010 09:57 AM EDT
Doylestown, PA is considering an anti-discrimination ordinance, potentially becoming the 17th PA municipality to do so.
The legislation has drawn the typical support and opposition from those who espouse the 'though police' argument ... it gets tiresome that people cannot distinguish between their thoughts and their actions.
Doylestown is in Buck County, a Philly suburb.
You can find out more on how to support this effort on Facebook.