Thursday, February 25
by Sue on Thu 25 Feb 2010 05:51 PM EST
by Sue on Thu 25 Feb 2010 05:00 PM EST
I promise I will post about the Mayor's LGBT Advisory Council meeting. I can't promise to be particularly witty. I've been debriefed by no less than five people about this meeting, including someone from the Mayor's team, so I'm already a little over it.
However, I spent more than 12 months pushing for this Council to take shape and do something so I promise to stick with it for the long haul.
I did live tweet the event. You can read all about it here http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23LukeLGBTcmt
That's all I've got for right now.
by Sue on Thu 25 Feb 2010 07:48 AM EST
Some good news from the PA
The PG does a thorough job with this story, explaining how the concept of custody rulings continues to evolve around the best interests of the child. The idea that one type of parent is automatically a better custodial parent because of their identity (mother, white, married, etc) is set aside.
I also like that the higher court slapped down the lower court judge for clear gender bias in his ruling.
Wednesday, February 24
by Sue on Wed 24 Feb 2010 07:38 AM EST
Tonight, the Mayor's LGBT Advisory Committee will be holding its first meeting with representatives of the community. I will be live tweeting the meeting so you can be there, too!
The invitation asked us to bring along our top three concerns/issues related to the LGBT community in Pittsburgh. I have one very concrete, easy to address proposal (AND a solution that won't cost money). Do you have any suggestions? You can email or tweet me if you do.
Tuesday, February 23
by Sue on Tue 23 Feb 2010 09:55 PM EST
The issue has some life in the WV Senate, but this is definitely good news.
by Sue on Tue 23 Feb 2010 08:32 PM EST
This was posted as a DailyKOS diary yesterday. Thoughtful people are not buying into the idea that we must capitulate on equality to run a viable candidate in the general election.
Let's ask the gay employees of Allegheny County if we can do better.
by Sue on Tue 23 Feb 2010 11:45 AM EST
My list of PA and Pgh politician tweeps continues to grow. I"m up to 87 accounts now. http://twitter.com/PghLesbian24/politicians-pgh-and-pa
Republicans are jumping on board the social media wagon at a much faster rate than Democrats. I did add the PA House Democratic Campaign Committee and Dan Keller who is running for the House seat in the 20th district (against Chet/Adam Ravenstahl who has no actual presence except for an allegedly hefty war chest).
But this morning, I learned that US Congressional candidate Mary Beth Buchanan is tweeting. From her page, I found SIX GOP clubs that are using Twitter. Three updated within the past 24 hours, 2 within the past month and 1 last tweeted in June 2009. I also found another GOP State Senator and the Senate Republican Caucus.
The local GOP is actually conducting a full-scale social media training, including Twitter, for committee folks. They are embracing this technology. Democrats can't let Bill Peduto and Natalia Rudiak do all the heavy lifting. Complacency is not a good organizing tool.
Surely all those $3000 fees that ACDC will be collecting this go around can pay for a little training?
Monday, February 22
by Sue on Mon 22 Feb 2010 08:37 AM EST
I caught this op/ed piece in Sunday's Forum section of the Post-Gazette a little later in the afternoon. I'm glad I held off writing about it because some interesting contextual information on DADT has since been released.
CMU graduate student Karen Mesko shared her painful journey as a member of the Reserves which she entered after realizing that being in the closet as a gay woman would be too difficult for full-time enlistment.
One part struck me. Because some of her coworkers at her civilian day job were also Reservists, she didn't even have the luxury of being out in her civilian life. That one factor created a permanent wedge, she writes.
This sounds like a horrible way to live and a succint explanation of how DADT has a negative impact on the troops it ostensibly exists to protect. Forcing people to lie to one another erodes the cohesion necessary for full effectiveness.
It also erodes the human beings living with this weight on their shoulders. We don't know if Mesko's work environment would have been welcoming to her identity as a lesbian, but the presence of other Reservists trumped whatever environment the corporate culture created. Other Reservists can be anywhere and I had never considered that prior to this article.
Kudos to Karen for sharing her story. I urge you to read in its entirety.
In related news, Servicemembers United announces that Senator Lieberman will introduce legislation to repeal DADT.
Debate over the repeal process itself has been swirling for months (years?). Legislative action or Presidential decree? Time frames? It is incredibly complicated. I've been following the blog/national LGBT organization debate for months and I'm still confused.
SU's press release has this to say
From what I gather, most folks agree to suspect implementation of the policy so no one else will be discharged and the establistment of termination date for the policy. Its just that no one wants to be the fall guy in the 2010 midterm elections.
Another related note. The New York Times runs a piece on research indicating the LGBTQ soldiers don't disrupt units as has been much ballyhooed by opponents of the repeal.
Rip the bandaid off quickly and be done with it. The US is going for a more delayed approach; I wonder if this data will have any impact?
Can we really afford to lost any more thoughtful, bright, articulate women like Karen Mesko before this is resolved?
Specter supports the repeal. Casey hasn't taken a public stance.
Sunday, February 21
by Sue on Sun 21 Feb 2010 09:20 AM EST
A race is on for a local state House seat currently held by Mike Turzai (R) who voted in 2006 to amend the PA Constitution to "protect" marriage. Democrat Sharon Brown of McCandless is challenging him. Turzai is not supporting HB 300. The marriage equality bills and hate crimes legislation haven't been introduced in the House so our litmus test is a bit thin. Well, except for amending the Constitution. Whatever you think of that.
We'll keep you updated on Brown's campaign.
Speaking of HB 300, you can follow its progress here.
Maria of 2 Political Junkies reminds us that anti-choice can be very anti-woman, pointing out something I such much bandied about on Twitter yesterday - Utab is criminalizing miscarriage. It has been the case that causing someone else to have a miscarriage was a crime. Now Utah can begin monitoring women's behavior to determine potential fetus threats. A little too The Handmaid's Tale for my taste, eh? We are not incubators.