Alleg Co Council: Excerpts

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Adam is reporting that Rich Fitzgerald is saying the attendance is unprecedented.  At one point, the line to get into the room was 100 deep.  Good show, friends.

Allegheny County Council: More Excerpts

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La'Tasha Mayes Black struggle is like gay struggle. Mlk is a natural ally. With new voices of Pittsburgh. Women of color for repoductive justice. Homophobia is like sexism or racism. Thanks amanda green. <La'Tasha was a speaker at the rally this past Saturday.> Alan Wakefield Always with the religious. Do people actually expect laws to […]

Official Response on Ordinance from Vince Gastgeb (R)

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This came from a constituent of Councilman Gastgeb who wrote in favor of the ordinance. Thank you for taking the time to write. It is my understanding that the Bill will be going through some amendments over time. In addition, there is a public hearing scheduled for Thursday. With this as well as other anticipated […]

Allegheny County Hearing: Thoughts and More Testimony

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Please remember that Adam is using a smart phone to capture and send me these excerpts from the testimony from a standing room only room.  We will happily accept updates and corrections.  This afternoon, Gary Van Horn confirmed with the County that 80 speakers were set to address County Council on this topic.  I love […]

Alleg Co Hearing: Further Updates

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Reverend Janet Edwards Vote for the ordinance Am a christian. Greives that most of her peers oppose. 1. You're allowed to be angry, but you're not allowed to hurt. And gay people are hurt. They need protection. And anyway, religions are protected. So everyone claiming that it would make religions have to hire gay people […]

Alleg Co Hearing: More Updates

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Over 80 speakers are lined up.  Adam and I are doing our best.  Well, I have the easy part. Peter Harvey, Fair Housing Partnership Fair housing partnership In favor of fair housing 😉 Talking about race, and how there are still problems. Loads of housing discrimination still. Including gays. Landlord “we don't rent to fags.”. […]

Alleg. Co Hearing: Sort of Live Blogging

Christopher Hixson from the local blog After 8 Pgh is sending me posts from the Allegheny County hearing.  These are his interpretations and commentary.  Please email me any corrections on names and affiliations.  Great job, Christopher.     Testimony of John Michael Curlovich Says this meeting is déjà vu from city law. Filed first suit […]

CP on Big Queer Rally; More on Club Pittsburgh

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The City Paper's Marty Levine does his usual excellent job with in-depth coverage of the recent Big Queer Rally. Levine focuses on how the crowd responded to the participation of so many local politicians that many interpreted as a strong show of support for the LGBT community. But it was the number of elected officials […]

The Post-Gazette: Human Rights are for everyone

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It is pretty simple.  Human rights.  Not special rights.  Not gay rights.  Rights for human beings who are denied opportunities because we are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer.  The Post-Gazette editorial board agrees. Similar laws are on the books in other Pennsylvania cities, but the protection it would afford individuals based on gender identity […]

Onorato on Human Rights Commission ordinance? Ask him yourself …

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The question popped up at the Big Queer Rally as to how County Chief Executive Dan Onorato would vote on the proposed Human Rights Commission.  No one seems to know.  Now you can ask. Onorato to host cyber town hall meeting Pittsburgh Business Times Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will host what is being billed […]