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July 30, 2009

Car Wash to benefit Louisville AIDS WALK


The Keller Williams Highlands, Fifth Third Bank, & Friends Team of the Louisville AIDS Walk will be sponsoring a Free Car Wash to benefit the 17th Annual Louisville AIDS WALK. Stop by and get your dirty car washed and give us a little donation and no one gets hurt.

The Car Wash will be held on August 8th, from 1-5pm at the Fifth Third Bank branch located at 2000 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205.

For additional information, contact Curt Morrison:
502.403.9498 / curtster3@yahoo.com

July 24, 2009

On gay issues...

I've been meaning to articulate what I've been thinking over the last few months about the focus of our movement vs. the focus of our elected representatives...and someone has beat me to it.

Basicly, it doesn't matter what Peloski, Yarmuth, or Obama have on their agenda. It's what the American people demand that is important. So let's not be discouraged. Let's work harder.

Here's a link to the blog that inspired me, I couldn't express my own thoughts on this issue better than David Mixner if I had all day:

http://www.davidmixner.com/2009/07/observations-from-turkey-hollow-on-the-lgbt-civil-rights-movement-part-three-picking-our-issues.html#more

July 21, 2009

Repealing the Federal DoMA...NEXT STEP!


So looks like the bill to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) is going to be introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), according to Rep. Jan Schakowsky...That's incredible!

It would make sense to me that the next step for us is to lobby our Repreesentatives in Congress to join Nadler & Schakowsky in supporting the bill EARLY ON, like before it's introduced even would be nice.

If you're in Kentucky's Rep. Yarmuth's 3rd district, click here to let him know you want him to join Rep. Nadler in Repealing DoMA!! If you're somewhere else, click here to find your Representative with your zip code.

If you firmly believe in the Repeal of DoMA, join the facebook cause of the people in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District by clicking on above logo.

Info source: Bay Area Reporter, July 16, 2009

July 8, 2009

Cuba's Approach to Gay Rights Kinda Makes Sense...


(Okay...Sorry this isn't about Louisville, or even Kentucky. I'm sorry for being distracted.)
There was an interview with Mariela Castro yesterday about Cuba & how they are approaching Gay rights there. I thought it was really interesting and have posted the link and the igoogle translation below:

Mariela Castro: 'Ser gay en Cuba no es un problema, el problema es la homofobia'

Mariela Castro: "Being gay in Cuba is not a problem, the problem is homophobia 'She does not know when it might happen a gay pride parade on the island, because the regime did not' like to imitate other schemes.
Editors CE | 07/07/2009
The sexologist Mariela Castro Espin Island believes that being gay is not a problem, the problem is homophobia, "hence his intention is" to draw attention to homophobia, which is what must be changed, "he said in an interview with the BBC. "Once you change this, they may make a gay pride parade. We are fighting for the inclusion of all by all. Not to ghettos," said the official, one of the guests of honor at the festivities for the day of pride Gay in London (United Kingdom). Espín Castro told the BBC that he does not know when it might happen a gay pride parade on the island, as the "strategy" of the Cuban government "is different." In his view, the Cuban authorities did not "like to imitate other formulas," but "learn from other experiences, but create other strategies.""We do not march for gay pride (...) do a conference on arts education and respect for freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity," he said. The director of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) said the bill to include gay rights on the island will be approved by the National Assembly of People's Power "after he takes a popular consensus." "We need time to educate the Cuban population. Otherwise people will not approve," he said, for whom the only drawback of this law has not yet been approved in Cuba "are prejudices." According to the sexologists, the Castro regime has made at this time in Cuba has "a strong debate on gay issues in Cuban society and the media" and the UMAP (Military Units to Help production), in his opinion, are just a bad memory. "Castro Espin means that "in Cuba, there is debate, we search for a more dialectical socialism, a socialism that we meet over on everyone, there is room for discussion, but the media says otherwise." "Yes there is freedom of expression because the Cubans say what we think. Who shut in a Cuban? Still anyone. We have the same problems of press freedom worldwide," he said. The official added that in the case of the 57 political prisoners in the prisons of the island, "your problem is not freedom of expression, they are paid by a power that wants to dominate Cuba. They are mercenaries. In the world Mercenaries are heavily punished, "he said. "The Cuban government said it is willing to surrender United States as long as we return to the five Cuban heroes prisoners who were unjustly to discover the plans of state terrorism against the Cuban people who have historically been organized there," said Castro Espin.According to the BBC, "democracy is an invention that still is trying to experiment with all parties agree to the interests of the ruling class, is an abstract word that we all have to struggle to make it a reality." In the case of Cuba, the director of CENESEX said "needs a participatory socialist democracy." "I believe in diversity of views, participation in which all contributed elements. Multi is a falsehood to make you believe you have democracy. So far it has not guaranteed a multiparty democracy," he concluded.
Mariela Castro: "Being gay in Cuba is not a problem, the problem is homophobia 'She does not know when it might happen a gay pride parade on the island, because the regime did not' like to imitate other schemes. Editors CE | 07/07/2009 The sexologist Mariela Castro Espin Island believes that being gay is not a problem, the problem is homophobia, "hence his intention is" to draw attention to homophobia, which is what must be changed, "he said in an interview with the BBC. "Once you change this, they may make a gay pride parade. We are fighting for the inclusion of all by all. Not to ghettos," said the official, one of the guests of honor at the festivities for the day of pride Gay in London (United Kingdom). Espín Castro told the BBC that he does not know when it might happen a gay pride parade on the island, as the "strategy" of the Cuban government "is different." In his view, the Cuban authorities did not "like to imitate other formulas," but "learn from other experiences, but create other strategies.""We do not march for gay pride (...) do a conference on arts education and respect for freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity," he said. The director of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) said the bill to include gay rights on the island will be approved by the National Assembly of People's Power "after he takes a popular consensus." "We need time to educate the Cuban population. Otherwise people will not approve," he said, for whom the only drawback of this law has not yet been approved in Cuba "are prejudices." According to the sexologists, the Castro regime has made at this time in Cuba has "a strong debate on gay issues in Cuban society and the media" and the UMAP (Military Units to Help production), in his opinion, are just a bad memory. "Castro Espin means that "in Cuba, there is debate, we search for a more dialectical socialism, a socialism that we meet over on everyone, there is room for discussion, but the media says otherwise." "Yes there is freedom of expression because the Cubans say what we think. Who shut in a Cuban? Still anyone. We have the same problems of press freedom worldwide," he said. The official added that in the case of the 57 political prisoners in the prisons of the island, "your problem is not freedom of expression, they are paid by a power that wants to dominate Cuba. They are mercenaries. In the world Mercenaries are heavily punished, "he said. "The Cuban government said it is willing to surrender United States as long as we return to the five Cuban heroes prisoners who were unjustly to discover the plans of state terrorism against the Cuban people who have historically been organized there," said Castro Espin.According to the BBC, "democracy is an invention that still is trying to experiment with all parties agree to the interests of the ruling class, is an abstract word that we all have to struggle to make it a reality." In the case of Cuba, the director of CENESEX said "needs a participatory socialist democracy." "I believe in diversity of views, participation in which all contributed elements. Multi is a falsehood to make you believe you have democracy. So far it has not guaranteed a multiparty democracy," he concluded.