Tuesday, January 11
by Sue on Tue 11 Jan 2011 10:09 AM EST
Folks, it is a good time to get your fingers stretched and send in your own letters. Politicians pay attention to people contacting them personally, but they also watch the opinion sections of the media. If you need an angle, consider writing in about Chick Fil A if you are a customer. Talk with the franchise owner of the restaurant you visit and ask them point blank if they would support an organization like the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Then write a letter. Very simple, but imagine how many people you can educate.
Two letters today ....
Daniel Robinson of Tarentum writes a pretty incoherent letter that seems to say he doesn't hate gay people, but his hands are tied because God told him being gay is wrong.
Saturday, January 8
by Sue on Sat 08 Jan 2011 11:40 AM EST
The PG Community Forum is beginning to grow on me. Today, we find another pro-equality letter to the editor from Attorney Bruce Wilder of Downtown.
Short, sweet and to the point and with an affirming message for same sex parenting.
The comments reflect the usual stupidity and brilliant support.
OK, I have to ask. Lots of kind grow up with Mom and Grandma, or Dad and Aunt Ruth or even Grandma and Grandpa as their primary caretakers. Setting aside the circumstances that lead these children into non-traditional families, folks rarely imply that being raised by a mother and grandmother irrevocably damage a child because of the "what do I call these two women" perspective. Yet, the myriad of homophobic slams about "which gay man is the mother" with regard to Elton John seems to actually carry weight. Does anyone ask what the children of twice divorced Madonna, mother to three children with three different fathers, call her and/or their fathers? Of course not, because its more interesting to focus on her dating life. But no one cares. Does Lola call her Mom, Mum, Mommy, Madre, Madonna, Hey You, etc? I have no idea and I've never seen it mentioned. I'd venture to say any confusion the children experience has more to do with the paparazzi and coping with any fallout from divorce, just like most children. Elton John is not a mother. He is a parent.
Thursday, January 6
by Sue on Thu 06 Jan 2011 10:31 PM EST
Missed this in the Post-Gazette earlier in the week (I'd blame the search engine, but we've already been down that path).
This is a snippet. I urge you to read the whole thing.
It is followed by a lively dialogue. My favorite comment is this:
What does that mean? A laymen's twist on survival of the fittest? That gay kids deserve to die because they aren't strong enough to stand up to bullying? Big ugly words from someone who hides behind a fake name. And so so sad.
These are people who might vote on our equality rights if the right wing has its way. Be vigilant.