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Breaking: Ted Martin to step down from Equality PA

Breaking: Ted Martin to step down from Equality PA

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…]

Memorial Day: Leonard Matlovich

Memorial Day: Leonard Matlovich

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

May 29, 2017 0 comments Activism, general
Pittsburgh Pride: The Resistance Is Progressive

Pittsburgh Pride: The Resistance Is Progressive

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.

May 28, 2017 0 comments Activism, Gay Pride, general
Diversity, Inclusion, and the Progressive Movement

Diversity, Inclusion, and the Progressive Movement

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.

February 26, 2017 0 comments Activism, general
A Gay Man Sees “Twelfth Night”

A Gay Man Sees “Twelfth Night”

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.

Election Grief: Turn it into action!

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…]

November 11, 2016 0 comments general
Trump and Marriage Equality

Trump and Marriage Equality

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…]

Understanding the 2016 Election Results (part 1)

Understanding the 2016 Election Results (part 1)

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…]

November 9, 2016 0 comments Election, general
How to Find Your Polling Place

How to Find Your Polling Place

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.

October 27, 2016 0 comments Activism, general, Vote!

Review: A Gay man sees “The Fantasticks”

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.

October 23, 2016 0 comments general
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