LGBTQ Prom and More

GLSEN's Pittsburgh chapter is holding another LGBTQ safe prom. 

Unified, Safe Prom For All May 24, 2009
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Best Western – Parkway Center Mall

GLSEN Pittsburgh is proud to present Unified, Safe Prom For All.

Tickets ($25.00) can be purchased by check or money order made payable to “GLSEN Pittsburgh.” Please include name(s) of ticket holder(s). Mail to GLSEN Pittsburgh, PO Box 110288, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-0288. No paper tickets will be mailed. Include your email if you would like electronic confirmation of your purchase. Your name on our paid ticket list will serve as entry to the event.

Reservations no later than Friday, April 24, 2009

Joe the Plumber is back and he doesn't want homos near his kids.  Responding to a question on marriage equality, he says:

Wurzelbacher: At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary–it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.

How on earth can you call someone a friend that you wouldn't let near your children?  That's beyond absurd.  Should that be some sort of red flag that you don't really consider these people your friends?  Please.  I've had people tell me not to talk about being gay in front of their children (like I'm going to lecture a child about equality) which I translate as don't *be* gay in front of my child.  I'm outta there.  The only people I tolerate that crap from are my relatives for the sake of family harmony, but I shy away from spending any real time with them.

Expect a big announcement from the GLCC this week about their new digs.  I've heard about the possible location and find it pretty exciting. 

Obma might consider a lesbian for the Supreme Court.  Now that would be BIG.  Her name is Kathleen Sullivan and she sounds eminently qualified.

Philly turned out quite a crowd to march for LGBTQ rights.

HB 300 had 48 proposed amendments, including one that protects the Boy Scouts from homosexuals.  The Appropriations Committee vote could come in June.  Philly Gay News has more.  You know this might be strategic, but it does seem the foes of equality might not want a straight (no pun intended) on legislation they fear would pass on its merits.  I'm much more confident that the SW Pennsylvania delegation might do the left thing now that Dan Onorato has taken a public stance.

The PGN also has a 100 day gay report card on Obama.  The appointments are pretty intriguing. There's some debate in a national LGBTQ leaders and bloggers forum in which I participate as to what Obama's recent language change on DODT might mean.  He may not be forging ahead as quickly as we like, but we definitely have momentum. 

Did I mention that Carrie Prejean, Miss California, accepted my friend request on Facebook?  I read an account of her interaction with an HRC leader (in the same forum) and decided “What the hell!”  She had like 4,000 friends and it is fascinating to read the comments. You can clearly see where she might want to be the right wing darling of the moment.  I have yet to find an embeddable version of the big NOM commercial. 

Speaking of embeddable, WQED aired two segments last week. One was an On Q piece about Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art, the annual art auction for Persad.  The other is a “state of gay Pittsburgh” panel discussion.  I can't view either at the WQED website so I have no clue about the latter's accuracy.  I quite curious if the panel itself was a diverse crossection of the LGBTQ community.  I'm hoping the videos are up on YouTube soon. 



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  • I finally caught it this morning. I didn't know two of the panelists, but I thought they were both very articulate. I also really like Betty's discussion on the miles left to go in terms of cultural sensitivity and youth issues. I was a little taken aback at Chris Moore's inartfulness with the language. Using “gays” instead of gay persons or people who are gay came across poorly. His comment about drag queesn, especially with a panel limited to gay men and lesbians, was a throwaway remark that also reflected poorly on whomever prepared this segment.
    Overall, it was a pretty good segment. I'd like to see the station continue exploring LGBTQ issues, but I hope someone internally addressed these issues. I'd also like to see diversity in terms of the B, T and Q persons in our community.
    Betty was particularly good on why we need marriage equality. She's a wonderful spokesperson for the community.

  • I'm glad to hear that Betty was there. She has been a long-term activist in our community. But I wonder if the others on the panel were also long term activists. It would be helpful to hear from people like Billy Hileman who have been around the community for a long time. If the host was disrespectful of our community I hope someone called him on it. And I agree, if these shows are going to be aired, it would be helpful if the word was put out in advance to make sure everyone in our community is included. And we shouldn't forget that the drag queens played an important role at Stonewall.

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