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OK, I'm really feeling lazy today and kind of pissed off.  What is it with this disconnect between a 125 turnout for Dykes on Bikes and the very short notice on important political organizing events?  Maybe someone needs to tap into more of the grassroots Miranda Vey's of Pittsburgh and see what happens.  Or invite Dykes on Bikes to join the Value All Families Coalition.  Or ask her to invite people to the training.  Or something!  How many years and years are we going to go without email being an organizing tool for our advocacy community?  It is thoroughly mind boggling.  No wonder blogs are dead and I had to rename this The Radical Vagina to get a gig with a dying local outlet of the MSM.  People love me, except those who think I intentionally undermined my queer credibility by throwing away flyers and undermined my feminist credibility by attending a wet tee shirt contest.  What if I entered a wet tee shirt contest while ripping up flyers AND sending out timely email calls to action via my Blackberry for the talent portion of the show ?  Who wouldn't pay to see that – a soggy fat chick covered in paper shreds begging people to email their Councilman?  Seriously … that's entertainment.

Anyway. Here's a piece of the landmines facing repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  Makes sense to me that you need the military brass to want the gays, especially those with highly prized skills like speaking languages native to countries where we send soldiers. 

The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society is inviting people to attend the Oscar shindig thrown by the Pittsburgh Film Office  Cost is $75 and includes all the usual hoopla.  I hear David Conrad might be there, serving foie gras pigeon style.  <gasps and ducks – unintentional pun>

March 5 is the day for the California Supreme Court to hear the Prop 8 case.  Adam will learn is he's still married.  Here's hoping he doesn't have to return the china and the gravy boats.

From Pam's House Blend, a story about teachinig tolerance in the schools.  Not.

Did anyone else see the Wrester?  My God, it was the saddest movie I've been to in years.  It felt so lonely.

 

 

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  • You are hysterical. I am cracking up picturing you parading around in a wet tee shirt shredding flyers and calling Doug Shields on your cell phone. I love that you give 'em hell on both sides, girl. Why someone doesn't snap you up to write a column is beyond me. I think we should give you one of those gay people of the year awards at the Lambda Ball just for being willing to take on the bar owners and the goody-two-shoe activists. And the feminists. And the white men. And the politicians. My boss is wondering why I'm laughing so hard so I better stop now.

  • You are hysterical. I am cracking up picturing you parading around in a wet tee shirt shredding flyers and calling Doug Shields on your cell phone. I love that you give 'em hell on both sides, girl. Why someone doesn't snap you up to write a column is beyond me. I think we should give you one of those gay people of the year awards at the Lambda Ball just for being willing to take on the bar owners and the goody-two-shoe activists. And the feminists. And the white men. And the politicians. My boss is wondering why I'm laughing so hard so I better stop now.

  • I think I still believe in the old way…Criticize in PRIVATE…praise in PUBLIC.
    It's seems to get things done quicker. You don't have to deal with everyone's defense mechanisms.

  • I think I still believe in the old way…Criticize in PRIVATE…praise in PUBLIC.
    It's seems to get things done quicker. You don't have to deal with everyone's defense mechanisms.

  • Well, to be fair, I think I've done a lot of public praising of the local advocacy groups. In fact, I'm the only blogger, gay or otherwise, that consistently promotes and covers their events as well as continuously encouraging people to get involved.
    The truth is, $0.02, is that I have had many, many conversations in private. I've had discussions over coffee, on the telephone, via email, in person, etc. I even stepped up to help organize the Big Queer Rally and have been very discrete about the behind the scenes goings on with that little event, but rest assured I learned that my place is best kept to the blogosphere.
    I challenge you to point to one thing that has been accomplished more quickly via the current “secret society” mentality of the advocacy community. Statewide, we have no hate crimes law, we have no anti-discrimination law and we can't quite stop the Marriage Amendments from popping up. Locally, we haven't made an inch of legislative or policy progress since the City HRC was established. The County is not ready to pass a similar lawn and the Chief Executive is not going to provide domestic partner benefits anytime soon. We have elected a Mayor that is opposed to civil unions and keeps his gay, male business owners confidantes firmly lodged between him and contact with the rest of the gay community. The big success is a domestic partner registry that has six registered couples and provides not a single new benefit for anyone.
    THe same three or four people do all the work. People aren't stepping up, but people aren't in the loop to step up because they get information days after the fact because the same three or four people do all of the work and don't have time to send out timely email messages or press releases.
    At some point, someone has to break this cycle. It is not being disloyal to point out that the Emperor is wearing no clothes, especially when you have brought some material, thread and a sewing machine along with you.
    Please note that my frustration lies with the systems and the processes, not the individual persons who inherited these tools from previous generations. Folks are trying and do make genuine good faith efforts, but there is just a fundamental problem when resources are so stretched that it takes days and days to get information disseminated to the general public.
    Frankly, I'm tired of being excorciated for speaking some of this truth out loud. There's a whole lot of dirty laundry that I keep private because I recognize a difference between constructive dialogue and catty bitching.
    So, how do you break the cycle? Whose responsibility is it?

  • Well, to be fair, I think I've done a lot of public praising of the local advocacy groups. In fact, I'm the only blogger, gay or otherwise, that consistently promotes and covers their events as well as continuously encouraging people to get involved.
    The truth is, $0.02, is that I have had many, many conversations in private. I've had discussions over coffee, on the telephone, via email, in person, etc. I even stepped up to help organize the Big Queer Rally and have been very discrete about the behind the scenes goings on with that little event, but rest assured I learned that my place is best kept to the blogosphere.
    I challenge you to point to one thing that has been accomplished more quickly via the current “secret society” mentality of the advocacy community. Statewide, we have no hate crimes law, we have no anti-discrimination law and we can't quite stop the Marriage Amendments from popping up. Locally, we haven't made an inch of legislative or policy progress since the City HRC was established. The County is not ready to pass a similar lawn and the Chief Executive is not going to provide domestic partner benefits anytime soon. We have elected a Mayor that is opposed to civil unions and keeps his gay, male business owners confidantes firmly lodged between him and contact with the rest of the gay community. The big success is a domestic partner registry that has six registered couples and provides not a single new benefit for anyone.
    THe same three or four people do all the work. People aren't stepping up, but people aren't in the loop to step up because they get information days after the fact because the same three or four people do all of the work and don't have time to send out timely email messages or press releases.
    At some point, someone has to break this cycle. It is not being disloyal to point out that the Emperor is wearing no clothes, especially when you have brought some material, thread and a sewing machine along with you.
    Please note that my frustration lies with the systems and the processes, not the individual persons who inherited these tools from previous generations. Folks are trying and do make genuine good faith efforts, but there is just a fundamental problem when resources are so stretched that it takes days and days to get information disseminated to the general public.
    Frankly, I'm tired of being excorciated for speaking some of this truth out loud. There's a whole lot of dirty laundry that I keep private because I recognize a difference between constructive dialogue and catty bitching.
    So, how do you break the cycle? Whose responsibility is it?

  • Sue Kerr. Don't. Stop. Telling. The. Truth.
    Fuck those that think you should be a cheerleader for their agendas. You are right on the money about the political agenda.

  • Sue Kerr. Don't. Stop. Telling. The. Truth.
    Fuck those that think you should be a cheerleader for their agendas. You are right on the money about the political agenda.

  • Is it just me or does anyone else see the hypocrisy of progressive organizations and their supporters trying to GAG a member of the media?
    How is that any different than the bar owner and bathhouse advertisers exerting editorial control over OUT in Pittsburgh? I mean don't we all “privately” bitch and moan about the excessive sex and party focus of that newspaper and wish they had more news and lesbian stuff and actual content? Doesn't everyone “publicly” say what a great guy Tony is and how nice his family is (both of which are true)? So which is it people? Why would such a nice family man produce a bar rag unless he needs to please his advertisers and review porn to feed his family?
    So which is it people? More versions of OUT or independent media? Pick your poison.

  • Is it just me or does anyone else see the hypocrisy of progressive organizations and their supporters trying to GAG a member of the media?
    How is that any different than the bar owner and bathhouse advertisers exerting editorial control over OUT in Pittsburgh? I mean don't we all “privately” bitch and moan about the excessive sex and party focus of that newspaper and wish they had more news and lesbian stuff and actual content? Doesn't everyone “publicly” say what a great guy Tony is and how nice his family is (both of which are true)? So which is it people? Why would such a nice family man produce a bar rag unless he needs to please his advertisers and review porn to feed his family?
    So which is it people? More versions of OUT or independent media? Pick your poison.

  • Have you been living in a cave?
    Tell us did Kathi Boyle and Bruce Kraus PRIVATELY have some chats with Steven Hereforth and Peter Karlovich about the pornography, Rent Boys, poppers and glory holes? No, they took the money and turned a blind eye. Now two men are dead. Good job keeping things private.
    .

  • Have you been living in a cave?
    Tell us did Kathi Boyle and Bruce Kraus PRIVATELY have some chats with Steven Hereforth and Peter Karlovich about the pornography, Rent Boys, poppers and glory holes? No, they took the money and turned a blind eye. Now two men are dead. Good job keeping things private.
    .

  • Lambda gave the Gay of the Year Award to the DELTA FOUNDATION? That's fucking hilarious. It would be awesome if they followed that up by giving it to this blog. I would so buy a ticket to hear what she had to say.

  • Lambda gave the Gay of the Year Award to the DELTA FOUNDATION? That's fucking hilarious. It would be awesome if they followed that up by giving it to this blog. I would so buy a ticket to hear what she had to say.

  • What I don't get is why you aren't handling PR for these events? You are good at it so why don't they get YOU the information hot off the presses and let you pass it along? Wouldn't that be the simplest solution?

  • What I don't get is why you aren't handling PR for these events? You are good at it so why don't they get YOU the information hot off the presses and let you pass it along? Wouldn't that be the simplest solution?

  • One more comment on something that needs to be clarified. In previous posts it has been mentioned that the Lambda Community Service Award was given to the Delta Foundation. That is not a true statement. It was actually awarded to the “event” Pride in the Street.
    At the time, July 2007, The Delta Foundation had not been “revamped”. That being said, the “event” was very well attended and everyone I spoke to had a great time. That is why I personally voted for the award.
    Anne

  • One more comment on something that needs to be clarified. In previous posts it has been mentioned that the Lambda Community Service Award was given to the Delta Foundation. That is not a true statement. It was actually awarded to the “event” Pride in the Street.
    At the time, July 2007, The Delta Foundation had not been “revamped”. That being said, the “event” was very well attended and everyone I spoke to had a great time. That is why I personally voted for the award.
    Anne

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