This probably deserves a longer post, but in case...
Delta Foundation has been embroiled in controversy this Pride season. It appears little Delta says can be taken as accurate information and their problems are greater than a lack of transparency.
I’m pleased to say, thomascwaters.com isn’t going anywhere and I’ll keep blogging as long as I have readers and opinions I believe are worth sharing.
I am however, going to become a broken record telling all my readers why it is crucial to turn out and vote in every election. Because Freedom is free, and the cost of freedom is voting.
The time for full non-discrimination protection for all Pennsylvanians is now.
It is within this history we have to understand and see the structural and overt racism that continues in our modern world. It is against this history that people exclaim “black lives matter.”
People all the time ask what LGBTQ activists ought to work on after marriage is complete and nondiscrimination is done. We have to care more about our youth and end bullying and brutality.
Pride is all about a conscious effort to examine the status quo and decide where to add your voice for change. For Pittsburgh Pride, in 20125, the issue is complex. Do you support Roots Pride Pittsburgh or the status quo?
My list my five reasons the Irish victory for marriage equality matters for Americans.
HRC released a new booklet/guide that provides valuable information in a readable format.
Time will tell how these laws pan out. Some believe they will be ruled unconstitutional, others see a very long road ahead to undo the damage they are now doing. Time will tell.
A recent study in monkeys is being touted as great news and a real break through when it comes to finding a vaccine to protect people from being infected with HIV. The quote here is from a report on latinoshealth.com: … the research team has incorporated the vaccine in monkeys by means of adenovirus 26, a common cold virus, to help develop antibodies. A second vaccine containing a surface protein of HIV is then added.[Read More…]
While it advances an end to discrimination, Equality PA has begun the process of asking, “What’s next?” To answer this important, strategic question, they need your input.
Two scholarly papers published concurrently in Science and Cell lay out the foundation for a very promising HIV vaccine.
Heightened Scrutiny, and treating LGBT as a protected class opens the doors for full equality, and such a decision could bed part of the Supreme Courts ration ale in there decision expected before the end of the month.
These are examples of what Pride means, and who “makes” Pride a reality. It is not the organization, but it is the community– the people who are being with each other, and no organization can claim responsibility for that. The community will find a way to “do Pride” regardless of what an organization does or doesn’t do.
I walked around PrideFest today, and as I did, person after person thanked me for the writing I’ve been doing about the Pittsburgh Pride controversy. I’ve tried to write with clarity and give voice to the issues within the emotions and passionate agendas. I think my own perspective is also present, but I keep hearing that my commentary has been balanced, fair,and informative. Few things make me, the blogger, happier than to have a reader[Read More…]
The Delta Foundation has another Pride in the Street with a performer who is mostly marketed towards the gay make constituency that Delta doesn’t recognize that they cater to. This is not progress, it is the status quo.
Five ideas or thoughts expressed during the Roots Pride Pittsburgh Town Hall meeting here in Pittsburgh PA.
Pittsburgh PrideFest and the PrideMarch are two events where you prompt change by being present and a part of them. We need to occupy these events and claim these spaces as fully inclusive.
I believe a planned facilitated meeting is potentially very good first step and I will publish more about it when available. But it is just one step, and much more will be needed in time. Every journey has begin some way however. The decision to bring Iggy Azalea ended up causing a reaction and that reaction is the start of a journey that may create greater inclusion, greater diversity and real respect.