Tuesday, May 10
by Sue on Tue 10 May 2011 10:20 PM EDT
Other good stuff happened ...
In New York, openly gay State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell has announced the introduction of a marriage equality bill. He announced it by Twitter. You can follow him @DanielJODonnell
How can you not follow this guy? It would be like denying yourself a breath of fresh air. I just nearly gassed myself with weed killer in a death match with poison ivy so the fresh air analogy is the best you are gonna get from me right now.
So New York is a battleground. More than 1,000 folks turned out for a lobby day on Monday and the Governor supports the legislation. There's always a but ... however, today we are just going to bask in the good news.
Next, we have word from The New York Times
And then some very sad news from Uganda which is reportedly set to pass their anti-homosexuality bill. The one that includes "punishment by death."
It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that were I living in Uganda, I could be executed. I strongly encourage you to follow the link and delve into some of the nuances of that legislation.
Then come back and tell me that I have nothing to fear from those right wing Christians who SUPPORT this legislation. They may not be trying to kill me, but ... they are unabashedly denying my humanity.
Hurrah for New York and the Presbyterian Church. Prayers for the people of Uganda as they struggle for their very lives.
Saturday, July 17
Saturday, May 8
Monday, May 3
by Sue on Mon 03 May 2010 08:58 AM EDT
We like to keep up with local media coverage on LGBTQ issues, but things occasionally slip by us.
The Tribune Review ran a little AP piece on world condemnation of a Papal comment linking homosexuality and pedophilia.
The Vatican backed away from that winner of a comment, but I'm curious why the Trib ran this. Overall, the article condemns this attitude, but there seems to be a distinct trend in the Trib --- they run content that is anti-gay such as Pat Buchanan's column alongside local interest pieces about lesbian teenagers saving the world with food drives or some such thing. So I can't help but wonder which editorial instinct ran with this piece -- the part that wanted to get out the homosexuality/pedophilia story or the part that condemns it? You never know.
by Sue on Mon 03 May 2010 08:48 AM EDT
If you have been sort of "meh" about immigration <ahem> reform in Arizona and/or international affairs that don't involve sporting events, you should take a quick read of this piece in today's Post-Gazette, reprinted from the New York Times.
Not only is Uganda attempting to make gay advocacy illegal and potentially punish gay people with the death penalty, but Americans are helping them out in the name of "religious liberty." Yes, religious freedom to persecute the gay community in a very poor African nation is a high priority for certain American pastors.
Tuesday, March 9
by Sue on Tue 09 Mar 2010 08:33 PM EST
Sunday, March 7
by Sue on Sun 07 Mar 2010 12:09 PM EST
Thought this is something interesting worth noting ....The conference is April 1-3 at the University of Pittsburgh. Just one of those things you might not realize takes place in Pittsburgh (unless you subscribe to the Queer Events list).
Saturday, April 19
by Sue on Sat 19 Apr 2008 11:12 AM EDT
Melissa Etheridge is going to Philly, Reading and Columbus, Ohio, but not Pittsburgh. I hear she just doesn't sell well here. Very sad.
Now that Melissa caught your eye, read on please.
Equality Advocates PA wants to build on the great turnout of gays and gay allies to the Pittsburgh hearing on SB 1250, the so-called marriage protection amendment. They want you to turn out for the next hearing Harrisburg and a big rally on May 5. Buses will be scheduled to transport folks from Pittsburgh. Anyone want to go and carpool? You guys should be really proud of yourselves for setting the bar so high vis a vis the turnout here in Pittsburgh. Way to go, homos! You rock.
Scary international news from Rome (365gay.com)
And in Kyrgyzstan (Pink News):
But in Columbia, some good news ...
If you interested in a different perspective on gay issues, follow the link on the right the the Pink News site. Lots of good stuff and an international perspective on US issues. Did you know that other countries have elections with candidates from more than two parties (or one party, really, right?). That candidates in Europe take pro-gay stances that are controversial. That you don't have to surgically implant the Bible to your body to be taken seriously?
Thursday, March 20
by Sue on Thu 20 Mar 2008 07:29 PM EDT
I love when there's good gay stuff in the City Paper. It reminds me that journalists with actual journalistic street cred pay attention to our community and find us interesting and informative.
I fully expected the paper to cover Doug Shields' showdown with Sally Kerns. I was kinda disappointed they gave Diane Gramley so many inches to spew her bigotry and that they didn't talk to any of us gay people about the whole situation, but this isn't the first time I've disagreed with editorial decisions about content. And, on the plus side, Gramley's own words pretty much prove my point that she's an idiot, without any homosexual accents.
To my intrigue, the CP's Melissa Meinzer wrote a really informative piece about Pitt's Rainbow Alliance providing support for Iraqui individuals who are LGBTQ.
Sometimes it takes such a smack in the face to make us appreciate that dealing with Gramley and Kerns is the worst I've contended with recently. And underscore the imperative for us to step up and demand leadership on LGBTQ issues, both local and international.
I'm hoping all of you are taking a page from the Rainbow Alliance's book and making some calls to your elected officials about marriage amendments.
Wednesday, June 27
by Sue on Wed 27 Jun 2007 07:13 PM EDT
I haven't been feeling especially bloggy lately, which usually means I scour the Internet for interesting gay tidbits that don't require a lot of commentary. This is today's version ...
Russian Christians have attempted to purge the Moscow River in the wake of a gay cruise that sailed those very waters.
Huh. That's an interesting approach. Because I'm sure the very worst impurity involving the Moscow River is that it touched a boat that touched gay people. No need to trifle with pollution or anything like being a steward of the earth or such nonsense. Let's get rid of gay cooties instead.
In other news, the UK Gay News provides a transcript from Persian of an interview with an exiled lesbian Irani woman. She describes the torture she endured during years of imprisonment as well as her exile both from her home country and her entire culture. It is very moving and disturbing.
You'll be amazed to learn that <gasp> gays are less safe now than ever before in Iraq.
And, finally, Orthodox Jews did some big time damage to the city of Jerusalem during a destructive temper tantrum over the gay pride parade. To the tune of $100,000. City council members are calling for the money to be repayed. Good for them.