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I usually don't bother with campaigns. I'm an issues person but this really gets my goat. Barefoot and Progressive has some new information on the Kentucky Democratic primary for Senate. Dan Mongiardo is running to be the Democratic candidate. Jim Bunning is retiring (which is a blessing). Dr. Mongiardo was the Democratic candidate in 2004 and he lost. It was close. My theory is he shot himself in the foot because he helped create a Republican surge at the polls by packing in the homophobes and the bigots. Remember? That was the year Kentuckians turned out in record numbers to vote on the "God's Plan: one-man, one-woman marriage amendment." Kentuckians have NEVER failed to use the law to coerce the practice of various forms of Christianity and to mandate by law the practice of extreme Evangelical Protestant Fundamentalism. (Remember Stone v. Graham and the law that REQUIRED the 10 Commandments be posted in ALL Kentucky Schools?) Mongiardo was
the co-sponsor of the odious Section 233A of the Kentucky constitution
that reads "Only a
marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as
a marriage in Kentucky. A
legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage
for unmarried individuals
shall not be valid or recognized." So Mongiardo engineered a law to
outlaw gay marriage and civil unions and anything "substantially
similar" including domestic partnerships, registered partnerships,
and common law marriages. It was also the year Bush was re-elected. Why would conservatives in Kentucky vote for a DINO right-wing-Republican-wanna-be when they can vote for an actual right wing wacky Republican like Bunning? Anyway, in a desperate (?) attempt to appeal to people outside of Christian
& Trigg counties, Mongiardo is advertising on Daily
Kos, a liberal blog run by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (Kos). Daily Kos is all about liberal politics in the Democratic party. Mongiardo is being ridiculous. If he is in the Chandler mode of Blue Dog, I-should-be-a-Republican, lets-continue-to-wreck-the-Democratic-party frame of mind then let him be a Republican and run against Paul and Grayson for a shot as the Republican candidate. Kentucky Democrats loose elections because they're Republican lite and, believe it or not, most Kentuckians will vote for the real thing as opposed to a vapid imitation.
On December 19th the Courier Journal in Louisville published an editorial in opposition to the actions of the Archbishop of Louisville, the Most Reverend Jospeh E. Kurtz. Archbishop Kurtz has contributed personal funds and has used funds from the Archdiocese of Louisville to oppose marriage equality in California and Maine. Here's the Archbishop on youtube talking about his opposition. Here is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops statement in opposition to our relationships. The video and the statement are full of the usual lies told by bigots in opposition to our rights.
On December 28th, Chris Hartman, Director of Louisville's Fairness Campaign, provided a feature editorial to the CJ detailing some of the other problematic actions of Archbishop Kurtz. In particular Chris mentioned the new strategy of prelates threatening to use the charitable work done by the Catholic church as a goad to coerce secular cooperation. The Catholic Church in Washington DC pulled the same stunt in its unsuccessful attempt to thwart marriage equality there.
On December 29th the Archbishop protests and declares his innocence. It's more of the usual. Does the Archbishop of Louisville support civil unions and domestic
partnerships? That's what his letter implies. I just can't wait to see him
lobby for that in Frankfort and Washington.
*Fairness to Announce Boycott of Woody*s Tavern * *Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4PM* * * (Louisville) On the night of Monday, September 21, just one month after Woody*s Tavern owner David Norton*s public apology for racist and sexist remarks made one year earlier, Mr. Norton launched another tirade of prejudice and hate against customers in his bar. According to witnesses, a bar patron lifted the corner of a pool table to dislodge balls stuck inside, which prompted a yelling spree from Mr. Norton, who ultimately chased every patron out of his establishment. As he ejected them, he yelled after patrons, calling them *trashy faggots,* and then, referring to a group of African American patrons, stated, *Look at their skin color. You know what's on the tip of my tongue.* Following these incidents, the Fairness Campaign Coordinating Committee has approved a public boycott of Woody*s Bar and Tavern, supported by the organizations listed below.
*Mr. Norton has now proven that not only was his public apology of a month ago empty, but that he refuses to change,* shared Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman. *We, at the Fairness Campaign, believe a stand must be made against this series of injustices, which will undoubtedly persist if Mr. Norton continues to operate his business. We demand Mr. Norton cease ownership and operation of Woody*s Tavern, or, if he will not, that its doors close.*
The Fairness Campaign and its supporters will regularly flyer potential bar patrons and the surrounding community to educate them about the boycott and encourage their participation. A public forum discussing these incidents and the public boycott is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 at the University of Louisville. The boycott will also be discussed at the Fairness Campaign's monthly "Dismantling Racism" dialogue, Wednesday, October 7, 6PM at the Fairness office. The Magnolia Bar and Grille, currently owned by Mr. Norton, will not be included in the boycott, as Fairness leaders have received report of its ownership changing this month. If, by the end of October, the Magnolia Bar and Grille ownership has not changed, it will be included in the boycott effort.
*WHAT:* Announcement of Fairness Campaign*s Boycott of Woody*s Tavern
*WHEN: *Tuesday, October 6, 4PM
*WHERE:* Corner of East Burnett and Brook Street, near Woody*s Tavern
*WHO:* blkout commonGround Fairness Campaign Jobs With Justice Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression University of Louisville Office of LGBT Services, Brian Buford, Director W.E.N.C.H. WIT (Women In Transition) # # #
Actually.He is.It comes as a shock to no one but me that
actor Hal Sparks, Queer as Folk's
Michael Novotny, is from Franklin County.You know, Frankfort--the place with great big marble government
buildings and unbridled homophobia with a dash of the establishment of religion
for one and all.That's the one.Straight boy from small town Kentucky plays
gay boy on TV for five seasons and is really good at it.Film at eleven.
Well, actually not.You'll need to rent Queer as Folk
from Wild and Wooly if you don't own it already.It's probably in reruns on Logo, Insight
Channel 127, I think.I don't have
cable.You'll have to look it up.And you should.You should watch Queer as Folk even though it's in reruns and all the actors have
moved on to other projects and this is not a paid commercial endorsement.
You should watch it because it's very, very gay.Love it or hate it.Despise the characters or decide they're just
like the girls, or guys, you know at the bar or the gym or sitting next to you
on the couch.Wonder what it would be
like to have a mom like Debbie Novotny or Jennifer Taylor.Would you really want to date Brian?Seriously?How about Ben?Queer as Folk gives you something to
think about and there's eye candy.Oh
yes indeed there is eye candy.It's a
guy-centric show so you gals need to brace yourself for that.I have to admit I haven't kept up with L Word so I get there are different
dynamics at work.All the boys are pretty;
they spend a lot of time at the bar and the gym.Money doesn't seem to be a problem for any of
them and the mythical land of Liberty Avenue is lined with gay friendly and gay
owned businesses and surrounded by a gay ghetto where you can swish down the
sidewalk holding hands and know you're surrounded by other community minded
folks.That would be the queer community
not the "live by our rules or go to hell" community that one keeps
finding oneself unfortunately mired in here in Kentucky.Queer
as Folk is not exactly set in the real world.
So you only watch things set in “the real world?”Right. You might want to go back to your
knitting.Anyway, before Queer as Folk what exactly did we
have?Will and Grace?Yeah.OK, except that I get around more than Will
and I'm a big fat queen with smart mouth and short attention span.Big Gay Al from Southpark?Tara and Willow
on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?Willow started out with Oz.Remember?Here’s a little history lesson.Queer as Folk hit the airwaves in the US
in 2000.The good citizens of Kentucky
wrote gay marriage out of our constitution in 2004.Voters in California wrote gay marriage out
of their constitution in 2009.Do you seriously
think the real world is ready for us and we don't need a place like Liberty
Avenue to at least think about?
And that reminds me.Queer as Folk had a life before it
debuted on Showtime.It’s actually a
remake.Queer as Folk was originally created for the BBC and started out
there with a two series (as in seasons) run.Their Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh was Canal Street, Manchester.The names and some of the characters changed
when they came across the Atlantic to the US but you can probably recognize
everyone and the story if you set down and watch it.The up-tight and prim were shocked by Queer as Folk UK.I guess it was OK for Mr. Humphries to mince
across the screen in Are You Being
Served?but Stuart and Nathan (their
Brian and Justin) lock lips and the howls of outrage drowned out the chimes of
Big Ben.You can thank Russell Davies
for all of this hoopla.Mr. Davies went
on to re-invent Dr. Who after
creating Queer as Folk.He also created Bob and Rose (a bisexual couple?It's difficult to say), and, one of my favorites, Torchwood.Does it matter
that Russell Davies is openly gay and has a partner?You bet.The lead actor in Torchwood,
John Barrowman, is also openly gay and had a civil union with his spouse in
December 2006.It's illegal in Kentucky
but we wish him well anyway.Barrowman's
character, Captain Jack Harkness, is openly bisexual.It's complicated.You'll have to watch.
Hal Sparks was in Louisville in February of 2009.He was the Valentine's Day headliner at the
Improv Comedy Club in Fourth Street Live.I missed it.The good folks over
at LEO, however, caught up with Hal and asked him how he was doing and what was
going on in his life.He's in a
band.He was going to skip out and visit
his mom and sister while he was in town.He doesn't play Louisville very much but has been in Lexington quite a
bit.I did some checking around to see
what the other QAF alumni are up to.Gale Harold (Brian) is in Desperate
Housewives now.Randy Harrison
(Justin) and Scott Lowell (Ted) are doing theater.Peter Paige (Emmett) is directing.Life goes on.I was surprised to discover that Russell Davies left the BBC in April
2009 and moved to Hollywood.Who knows
what he's cooking up.I'll get back to
you on that.