Friday, April 2
by Sue on Fri 02 Apr 2010 06:21 AM EDT
If you are a Tony Norman fan, go here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=105546826151304
Thursday, April 1
by Sue on Thu 01 Apr 2010 09:41 PM EDT
From the Philly Gay News ...
Representative Cohen is also the primary sponsor of HB 1393, the Medical Marijuana Bill.
Interesting turn of events. Marriage amendment quashed. Marriage legislation alive in PA Senate. I wasn't anticipating this and, frankly, it worries me. While I certainly want progress on multiple equality issues, I worry that this dilutes resources we need to pass HB 300. Cohen is a cosponsor of that legislation as well.
by Sue on Thu 01 Apr 2010 08:31 AM EDT
The Post-Gazette has a lovely description of a (somewhat) authentic Hungarian wedding which took place in Duquesne over the weekend at the Hungarian Reformed Church. The bride's brother is a member of the LGBT community who recently relocated out of state. Here's the interesting part:
Wednesday, March 31
by Sue on Wed 31 Mar 2010 11:13 PM EDT
First, a link to the blog of Senator Daylin Leach, Daylinsights. He's taking on AG Tom Corbett.
Well, truth well said. This is about pandering and politics, not protecting Pennsylvanians.
Joe Hoeffel has also been front and center on this issue.
We need leaders to stand up to political maneuvering which hurts Pennsylvanians. We should be working to ensure more people have access to health insurance, not throwing up roadblocks -- especially funded by our tax dollars.
Speaking of Joe, check out this article in the Philadelphia City Paper. Once again take note, that most Pennsylvanian's barely register that we have a governor's race much less identify with a candidate. Given that a single vote could have determined the entire Steel City endorsement, it shows how much of an impact you can have as one person. Pretty awesome to contemplate.
by Sue on Wed 31 Mar 2010 10:44 PM EDT
Courtesy of the GLCC News Blast and worth your attentiond
If you've been following the story about the young lesbian banned from taking her prom date to the school prom or the young man who was permitted to do so, but booted from his home -- you should learn more about GLSEN.
KidFest is back at the GLCC.
Good stuff to know.
by Sue on Wed 31 Mar 2010 06:45 PM EDT
Stuff is going on .
From Pam's House Blend ...more on the role of the Human Rights Campaign and the repeal of DADT. Things are a bit strained. Sheesh. While admin officials say repeal is the way to go, the DOJ files briefs in legal cases. Ahhhh.
LGBT Point of View thinks Code Pink has something to teach today's LGBTgeneration about activism. They tried to citizen arrest Karl Rove.
Ricky Martin came out. Debate is raging as to what this means for the Latino community. Here's one point of view.
For context, another significant coming out from the Latino music community. Her name is Rita Indiana and she's from the Dominican Republic and she's nowhere near as famous/wealthy as Ricky Martin. The link provides links to videos and some samples of her music. Check it out.
From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force comes more on the horrific latest chapter in the papal sexual abuse scandal. It is just sickening.
Buffalo City Council just approved domestic partner benefits WITH a veto proof majority. Hurrah!
The Stonewall Democrats have a petition up to support the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act. If you think Constance should get to take her girlfriend to the prom, go sign the petition. It will take two minutes and you'll be making a statement supporting queer kids everywhere. WPXI has a little more up about the legal battle over Constance's prom.
Don't forget to check out exciting Pgh blogs
Ms. Mon's Salon on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website.
Pgh native and woman of might Jeanne Clark blogging at Ms.com (Jeanne is a long time ally who called out Dan Onorato on DOMA at the Steel City endorsement meeting)
And to remind us that many persons of faith stand strong behind the LGBT community, Reverent Janet Edwards at the Washington Post.
And, in closing, my favorite referral Google search .... "best lgbt hair salons in pittsburgh"
by Sue on Wed 31 Mar 2010 08:23 AM EDT
You must read Reg Henry today. Now. Click right now and do it.
Tuesday, March 30
by Sue on Tue 30 Mar 2010 10:52 PM EDT
This is one of my favorite songs ...
by Sue on Tue 30 Mar 2010 10:41 PM EDT
Ledcat came home and put the dogs out, then went upstairs. She happened to glance out the window in time to notice that our neighbor TOOK HER GARAGE down, leaving a giant gap in the yard where the garage wall had once been. She made it back down to the yard just in time to recall the dogs who were like "Hmmm, let's go see this new space."
Our awesome contractor friend came out to measure tonight and will start putting up the new fence section tomorrow. Our neighbor admitted she forgot we had dogs. I don't think ANYONE who walks by the backyard forgets we have these dogs, but I can definitely say that a relaxing evening does not begin with unexpected disruptions in your fence line.
I will not again say "can this week get any worse?" LOL. Apparently, the answer is yes and it is only Tuesday.
Thank goodness for Ledcat quickness.
by Sue on Tue 30 Mar 2010 10:29 PM EDT
The Steel City Stonewall Endorsement meeting was held Sunday afternoon on the Northshore. For a glimpse into "live" coverage, check out the hashtag PghGayPick. I was a little caught up in the 140 character frenzy because I wrote most of these tweets and can't interpret a few of them :-) Kudos to tweeps @Bram_R and @Maria_In_Pgh (who was doing double duty scribbling notes for the soon-to-be-published 2 Political Junkies blog post).
The event was packed, drawing 76 voting members including 19 new members. There were more than 100 people in attendance. The evidence shows that the Steel City endorsement has gained in prominence and import. It will be interesting to see how the organization changes over the next year in response to lessons learned from this endorsement experience.
The endorsements have been posted on the Steel City page, so check out that information. The event was quite significant both in who came (Congressman Mike Doyle, for example) and who didn't (Congressman Joe Sestak, for example). Sestak did not capture the endorsement which truly shocked many in attendance. I can't help but wonder if a personal appearance would have made a difference?
Another interesting turn of events was in the PA House District 20 (Don Walko's vacated seat). Adam Ravenstahl didn't show up, but was apparently expected. That was just a weird gaffe given that he expressed a desire to build a relationship with the LGBT community in his questionnaire.
This wasn't the best first step. Someone gifted me with his official name tag which I will enshrine in my political memorabilia box. Mark Purcell and Tim Tuinstra did show up and battled it out. I think Tim is more LGBT friendly, but Purcell did a bang up job driving home his support of repealing DADT and I think that's why he won the group's support--- ironic that he won't be able to actually do anything about DADT in this office, but there ya have it.
The biggest stunner of the night was the endorsement in the Governor's race. Joe Hoeffel and Dan Onorato tied to each receive a "Highly Recommended" statement of support from the organization.
In the course of their speeches, Hoeffel affirmed his strong belief in full equality for the LGBT community and his commitment to progressive values. Onorato announced plans for the still forming Allegheny County Human Relations Commission to oversee the extension of domestic partner benefits to County employees. This is good news for Allegheny County which I will continue to follow.
I was disappointed in Onorato. He started off strong, laying out his accomplishments as Chief Executive. Then he just grew angrier and angrier about "the blogs" distorting his record and suggesting he take action on domestic partner benefits. The most disappointing moments were his 1) suggestion that Montgomery County has intentionally not passed its own human relations ordinance when he should be fully aware that they do not have a home rule charter and 2) completely blew the question on DOMA. He had no idea that Pennsylvania has a statewide DOMA in place and was unable to answer a question about supporting its repeal. His gay advisors did not prep him very well for the Q & A session.
Some have suggested that I am disproportionately hard on Onorato. I disagree. He's from my neck of the woods and I've been following these issues for the past several years. It is important that the folks in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania understand that we have a vibrant progressive community clamoring for equality and willing to work for it. If we don't hold our own elected officials accountable on those issues, we risk confirming the impression that we are a region defined by Darryl Metcalfe and Jane Orie. I want the rest of the Commonwealth to remember that we've elected Bruce Kraus, Dan Frankel, and Amanda Green. That we unelected Rick Santorum. Ms. blogger and longtime ally Jeanne Clark came to this meeting, for pete's sake. Some may believe Pittsburgh and Western PA are far behind Southeastern Pennsylvania's progressive community. I, for one, do not agree.
The growing weight of the Steel City endorsement is good news for the region and the statewide LGBTQ community. I've been very pleased that so many people have reached out to me since our "tweetfest" on Sunday, asking how they can get involved. This demonstrates that the social media project is a rousing success even in its infancy, but also proves that people get motivated around a range of issues --- some were struck by the ascendency of the Ravenstahls, others by the movement on domestic partner benefits.
We will continue to disagree on the Governor's race and other issues. As I've learned more about the endorsement process for the Liberty City Democrats, I'm excited for the opportunity Steel City has to create forums for the dialogue to drive the endorsement process. The fact that so many people are reading the blogs and the tweets is positive news -- people are paying attention. And that is a very important lesson to all candidates -- the LGBTQ community, too, is paying attention.
Congratulations to Steel City for a successful, exciting endorsement meeting. Stay tuned ...