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You and I have very different ideas about what canonization looks like. In my opinion, we need to spend more time and energy recognizing, praising and supporting all of the actions of others that fight homophobia, racism and all of the status quo that perpetuates the suffering you speak of.
Every June, I post some semblance of this list. These points apply to Pride each and every year, and are applicable to Pride anywhere, even though I’m in Pittsburgh PA and writing with our Pride at the center of my thinking. Here’s my list of 12 tips for making the most of LGBTQIA+ Pride: • Remember why we are celebrating Pride in June, and where the notion of a yearly remembrance and celebration came from.[Read More…]
We know about Leonard Matlovich because he outed himself, but there are thousands and thousands of lesbian, gay, bi and trans persons who have served and died for our country and the cause of Freedom and Democracy
We (queer activists) aren’t acting for the whole of the queer community or marginalized communities if we are calling for gay rights at the expense of clean drinking water, unpolluted land, and the constant feeding of high profits to the companies that cause environmental damage.
When we stop acting out of the false idea that our perspectives are broad enough to apply to everyone, and start seeking out the power of operating as a diverse and inclusive group, we will begin to make greater strides ahead as progressives.
Received this from Equality PA, and thought it was worth passing on. With the recent statement rescinding the guidance to follow Title IX (Nine) and protect transgender students from discrimination, the Trump administration is sending a message to transgender kids that the President of the United States doesn’t have their backs. Every student should be treated fairly and equally under the law, and protecting transgender students helps ensure that they have the same opportunity as[Read More…]
There is a lot of chatter on Social Media about Trump ending marriage equality. In the midst of the pain and hurt so many of us are feeling, it is important not to exaggerate or make problems that don’t really exist, and this is one of them. First of all, Trump can’t simply end marriage equality. Nationally, marriage equality exists because the Supreme Court found that is was unconstitutional to keep same sex couples from[Read More…]
Social Media was ablaze with first rumors, followed by reports that the heart throb behind Logo’s “Meeting Prince Charming,” was a sex worker in the past. The media coverage, including the gay press has been unfortunately pretty negative and stigmatizing, which is surprising for 2016. You would hope we have come a lot further along than that. From Mic: Gay sites like Unicorn Booty and Next posted pictures of Robert Sepulveda Jr.’s former Rentboy.com profile,[Read More…]
Rosenberg names these efforts advocating for queer characters as not being meaningful political activism, and she may be right there. I’d argue that they are valuable cultural activism.
This is part 2 of a post. Here is the first part. So what needs to change about Pride because of what happened in Orlando? Or I think I’d rather ask it this way: was the LGBTQ community as well prepared as it could have been to deal with such a devastating attack on queer people? I’m not sure we were. Pride is an opportunity for the community to celebrate while remembering the history of[Read More…]
This post first appeared in December 2013 queer (kwîr) adj. queer·er, queer·est 1. Deviating from the expected or normal; strange: a queer situation. 2. Odd or unconventional, as in behavior; eccentric. See Synonyms at strange. 3. Of a questionable nature or character; suspicious. 4. Slang Fake; counterfeit. 5. Feeling slightly ill; queasy. 6. Offensive Slang Homosexual. 7. Usage Problem Of or relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgendered people. n. 1. Offensive Slang Used[Read More…]
The other night, my husband and I had the opportunity to see Equus at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Equus has won an enormous number of awards, but I actually knew almost nothing about it, except it involved a horse and some nudity. After seeing it, I’d be hard pressed to think of a single play which is as erotic and intellectually evocative at the same time. If you love very good theater, this show is one[Read More…]
Received this press release: HARRISBURG, Pa. – At its board of directors meeting on June 4, 2017, the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania accepted the resignation of Executive Director Ted Martin. Martin’s last day with the organization will be June 30, 2017. “It has been a tremendous honor for me to serve as executive director. I never foresaw myself staying for seven years back in 2010, but I am glad I did,” said Martin.[Read More…]
Pittsburgh City Paper recently published a story, by Rebecca Addison, titled, “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade.” In it she details the issues some in the LGBTQ community have with the Delta Foundation, and highlights a counter march being organized in protest of the linkage of the (formerly called Pride March) EQT Equality March. Some question why confront Delta and raise criticism directly before Pride month. The folks who feel[Read More…]
Of all the stories of love and attraction within the play, the love Antonio has for Sebastian is the only one not ridiculed or made out to be folly.
Concerned about the safety and well-being of the LGBTQ community? Donate and volunteer at Persad Center https://persadcenter.org/ and/or other organizations that serve our community. Worried about food insecurity? A local organization that uses social media to move access food to places and people that can use it. Fantastic. Check out http://412foodrescue.org/ You can volunteer and support this organization! Committed to children’s education? Through this website – pick an educational project that inspires you and donate: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Feeling strongly about[Read More…]
In some real ways, this feels like deja vu to me as a blogger. Thomascwaters.com began in ernest, in the aftermath of the 2008 election, where Obama won and Prop 8 passed. I had no idea what to do with the emotions I was feeling and the ideas flooding my brain, so I decided to pour it out into blog posts. And here I am following another major election in the same boat– overflowing with[Read More…]
If you are unsure where to vote, you can use this link to find your polling place. https://www.iwillvote.com/home/ Here is another link for PA voters. https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/pollingplaceinfo.aspx I didn’t find this link as easy to use as the “I will vote” link, but here it is anyway.
I thought about this all important wall this past week, as I sat over coffee, listening to a younger friend lamenting how he can’t find anyone to date.
Tom is running a kickstarter to raise funds for two new videos. Take my lead and put a couple of bucks towards this awesome project.