Saturday, December 16
by Sue on Sat 16 Dec 2006 08:16 AM EST
Joey Porter thinks he's being treated too harshly for describing Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow as a "fag" following a recent game. Apparently, Porter grew up in the neighborhood where men don't take responsibility for their actions, but point their fingers and petulantly stomp their feet when they are called on the carpet for misbehavior. Here's Joey from Friday's Post-Gazette:
While it is an interesting point, I doubt Joey is leading the charge against drug and alcohol abuse in the NFL. He's just deflecting attention and trying to minimize the seriousness of his offense.
Joey also thinks its the media's fault.
Earlier in the week, he blames his childhood b/c "everybody used that word." Today its the media. How much longer til he actually blames the gay community? Note how he thinks his fans are simple sheep without the capacity to recognize a slanderous comment when they hear one.
But in one sense, the fans are to blame. Whether Hollywood or professional sports, we create these meglomaniacal bastards to keep us entertained and amused vis a vis the cult of celebrity. Pay someone $14 kajillion for anything and it goes without saying that you've created hubris beyond all proportions of decency. I'm sure that short of actually murdering someone - perhaps a child - in cold blood, these is little Joey Porter could do that would cause his fans to turn on him OR force him to grow up and act like a man instead of a spoiled little child.
Except lose football games.
Wednesday, December 13
by Sue on Wed 13 Dec 2006 09:38 PM EST
Joey Porter's non-apology:
Translation - it doesn't really matter if we offend homos but let's cover our asses with some lame quasi-apology.
Note how Porter uses this as yet another opportunity to demonstrate his bad ass poseur street cred as demonstrated by intionally poor grammar and a complete failure to take responsibility for his actions. Sort of like Santonio Holmes and domestic violence. Minus the bruises.
PG sports columnist Ron Cook calls this particular Porterism the "worst of all" of his "macho, most-feared-man nonsense." He also points out the obvious.
Bingo, Ron. Trouble is the Steelers seems to care less about the money spent by domestic violence victims and the gay community.
by Sue on Wed 13 Dec 2006 09:17 PM EST
Thank you for Clarke Thomas' wonderfully positive and informative column "Glory to God and All God's Children" (Dec. 6). It is long overdue.
For the record, my church, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side, is openly and assertively GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) friendly. Until now, though, we have not been very public with our views. This is about to change.
This year, our 100th, we are completing our denomination's official GLBT welcoming process and will soon be certified as a Unitarian Universalist Association Welcoming Congregation.
Sunday, December 10
by Sue on Sun 10 Dec 2006 09:05 AM EST
The PG's Clarke Thomas wrote a beautiful piece about increasing tolerance of LGBTQ families within the holiday season.
Thomas describes in lovely detail the various manifestations of LGBTQ friendly faith communities, some exclusively gay and others part of mainstream communities. He also identifies one critical new reason for this outreach -- the increasing number of LGBTQ families with children.
One need only take a short stroll through PrideFest to note that changing demographic. There are twice as many strollers as scantily clad sunworshippers.
by Sue on Sun 10 Dec 2006 08:52 AM EST
Demonstrating once again that hate and intolerance have no room for compromise, a Floridian Presybterian minister is trying to re-start the case against her by gathering names to join him in filing charges -- again (Post-Gazette).
Previous charges against the Reverend Janet Edwards, who conducted a marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple in June 2005, were dropped last month due to a procedural violation.
Yearsley had also considered filing charges against the Presbytery itself for "mishandling the matter." Does he imply they intentionally sidestepped the contextual issue? Imply perhaps while acknowledging there is no evidence. Imagine letting a little thing like evidentiary facts stand in the way of beating down the gay community!
Edwards has walked away from the process with a more subtle appreciation for the role of conflict resolution within the faith community:
Here's PghLesbian previous coverage on Janet's story.
Friday, December 8
by Sue on Fri 08 Dec 2006 06:56 PM EST
Hmmmm. Thursday night the Steelers beat Cleveland in what turned out to be a good game (for us in Pittsburgh) played in frigid temperatures. That wasn't good enough for hallowed Steeler linebacker Joey Porter. Porter took umbrage with a late hit by Cleveland's Kellen Winslow on a Steeler player.
Here's the quote from the Tribune-Review minus the f-word:
Nice. Fags hit late. Who knew?
I caught this story on KDKA tonight (not up on the website yet). Interesting how most people thought it was unsportsmanlike and "inappropriate" language. No one was saying that about Michael Richards were they? If a white player used a racial slur in the same situation, he'd be crucified. One guy said he didn't mind it all. At least he's honest.
Outsports has this comment:
That about sums it up. We aren't exactly the city of taking responsibility are we?
Thursday, December 7
by Sue on Thu 07 Dec 2006 09:54 AM EST
Here's something to do Friday evening if you are in the mood for some entertainment with a decidedly liberal bias ....
Happy Holidays! Variety Show
Come laugh, cry, complain, commiserate and celebrate what the holidays are really all about!
1137 S. Braddock Avenue
Now I'd like to go see this show. We are fans of most of the performers (and unfamiliar with the rest). BUT ... I cannot put myself through another evening of listening to the Shrieking Laughter of Eberle's friend who seems to think she's part of the entertainment. It is one of the worst sounds I have ever heard in my life and I grew up next to a steel mill! So bad that it will keep me from attending this fine event. Is it ridiculous for me to say that you should go? Perhaps ... you need to experience her for yourself. And complain to Bill and Gab in hopes that someone will finally have the cahones to tell her to shut up.
But that's just me.
by Sue on Thu 07 Dec 2006 09:47 AM EST
Mary and Heather will be two mommies. According to the Washington Post, Mary is pregnant and expected to deliver in the spring. They live in very homo-unfriendly Virginia to be near to the Dark Lord which does not bode well for Heather's legal status with regard to the baby.
However, while the LGBTQ bloggers speculate madly on the potential fallout from this revelation, I feel compelled to mention that this is Dick Cheney's grandchild. If he wants Heather in the baby's life, a little thing like the law won't stop it from happening. It hasn't stopped him from far greater abuses of power so why all the fuss now? The man parented a lesbian, his wife wrote a lesbian novel and they still ain't flipped on the political issue. A baby won't change that. He doesn't need legal support because he has what really counts -- power and wealth.
On the bright side, the wingnuts are showing their true unChristian colors over this latest little lesbian tidbit.
I wonder who will preside at the baby's christening -- Jimmy Dobson? Franklin Graham? Fred Phelps?
h/t Pam's House Blend
Friday, December 1
by Sue on Fri 01 Dec 2006 06:58 PM EST
Oh that Diane Gramley and her whacky homobaiting ideas.
Today, as you may know, is World AIDS Day a day set aside to acknowledge the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The key is that progress in fighting the epidemic is possible through a united effort.
Ms. Gramley and her AFA morons think that the key to fighting the epidemic in the United States is to marginalize and criminalize homosexuality as well as pretty much any sexual activity outside of the man-woman marriage they hold so dear. So they've founded the AIDS Truth Coalition. <stop laughing!>
To save lives you see! For Jesus! They've even issued some "talking points" for Christian parents. Because preaching about the evils of homosexuality is the best way to cure AIDS. For Jesus!
Ohhhhhh, nice reference to gay-lingo! For actual facts on HIV/AIDS, click here.