Monday, August 18, 2008

Cornelius Unlimited Express

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to another full throated posting of the In's and outs of the GLBTQ community and beyond. I'm in a "Living my life like it's Golden" attitude as the year continues to wing it's way to 2009. I'm ready, if you're ready. So let's go em and how!....

In memorandum: The recent tragic death of Bill Gwatney, local business man and State Democratic Chair, is one of those incidents that remind us that life can be fleeting in the midst of senseless crime. My condolences go out to his family, business associates and staff. I briefly met Mr. Gwatney at a ASD meeting after he addressed the group about caucus politics. He seemed approachable and filled with information about how to affect change through the system. While I was pursuing a chance to be a delegate to this year's Democratic convention I noticed that he was always making sure that process was moving as dictated by the national rules and regulations. According to his obituary, "Arkansas lost one of its greatest cheerleaders with the passing of, William A. Gwatney, 48 of Little Rock, a treasured favorite son whose respect for and appreciation of the everyday citizens of his home state was proven daily through his unending contributions to community and public service.
Bill distinguished himself in the Arkansas state Senate, first elected in 1992 and serving until 2003. He championed many causes most notably the Patient Protection Act, allowing patients the right to choose their doctor from willing providers. In addition, he was extremely instrumental in the legislation leading to ethics reform in Arkansas politics. I know he will be desperately missed by those on both a personal and professional level. May he go with God's speed.

Presumptive Platform: This week is the pre-cursor to next weeks blow out Democratic Convention in Denver, CO. Talk about a Rubik's cube of political wrangling that's worthy of the cat call, "welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!" To add to this spectacle of political high jinx's, I recently received a e-blast from an intrepid reader sharing a link to some thought provoking words from Senator B. Obama, concerning his commitment to and respect for LGBT families. Mr. O stated," We have to do more to support and strengthen LGBT families. Because equality in relationship, family, and adoption rights is not some abstract principle; it's about whether millions of LGBT Americans can finally live lives marked by dignity and freedom. That’s why we have to repeal laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. That’s why we have to eliminate discrimination against LGBT families. And that’s why we have to extend equal treatment in our family and adoption laws. I’ll be a president that stands up for American families – all of them." Boy does this guy have a perfect answer for everything, except that recent strange answer during the Presidential Forum at Saddleback Church. When asked by Pastor Rick Warren about conception, he said "that he couldn't answer because it was above his pay grade." Say what? Then let's not forget the word Monte that the Democratic Platform committee is playing with deleting references to "gay families, transgendered, or lesbian." Even though the current version is suppose to be inclusive and a working foundation for the GLBTQ community overall. It's obvious that some of the committee members do have a problem with the "G" word. So what's new about that in 21st Century?

Politics & Wine :The Stonewall Democratic Caucus will host a WINE-TASTING EVENT at the
Historic F. O. Rogers House
400 West 18th St.
Little Rock, AR

September 25, 2008
at 6pm

A "Friend of the Community" Award will be presented to Robbie Thomas-Knight
for more info contact :
Viva Vegas Via Little Rock: Do you want some Vegas Style entertaining in your local Drag spot? Then you've got to stay tune as we continue to gather the details about the latest incarnation of what constitutes doing drag in Central City. Just when I thought I had heard it all...well I haven't. It's coming this week...

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