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Weekend open thread


By Adam Bink

A quiet weekend. Planning on reading and more half-marathon prep running!

What are you up to, and what are you reading?


  • 1. AnonyGrl  |  September 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    A friend of mine is getting married today… and the weather here in NY is absolutely PERFECT. You could not ask for a more wonderful day. Here is his FB post from this morning…

    "What a stunning day to get married. Want to know what makes it more stunning? I don't have to sneak across statelines like a fugitive to do it. I would like to thank everyone for there hard work calling, emailing there senators. Coming to protest and fight for our civil rights. Thank you for making my wedding special and " normal "."

    Thought I would pass it on to you, since YOU all helped make it possible for him to marry the man he loves at home with his friends and family attending. So I add my thanks to his, and to all the other people's in NY who are able to marry today because of what you do. Thank you!

  • 2. Elizabeth_Oakes  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    A sweet and long life to your friend and his new spouse, and hope it's a beautiful wedding!

  • 3. Ronnie  |  September 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Subscribing & sharing……

    "Gay Victims & Gay Heroes 0f 911 10 Year Anniversary"(video) from the guys at Gay Family Values……

    Video Description:
    "Memorial to Gay heroes and patriots of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania The total GLBT number of deaths may never be known. Not all of the victims were Out.

    Americans should hang their heads in shame. To have treated "victims" of this tragedy in such a disrespectful manner based on who they love."

    (me) Not just LGBT History but American History as well. Rest in peace to all of the victims of the 9/11 attacks named & unnamed including Mark Bingham (United Airlines Flight 93), Father. Mychal Judge (World Trade Center Twins Towers, the North Tower), Daniel Brandhorst & his partner Ronald Gamboa along with their 3yo son David (United Airlines Flight 175), Grahm Berkeley (United Airlines Flight 175), Jeffrey Collman (Flight Attendant, American Airlines Flight 11), & Sheila Hein (the Pentagon). My deepest condolences to their families and friends. To the survivors breathe deep, embrace the tears, absorb the emotions, stand strong, exhale.

    [youtube oD2ZWncAAuI&sns=fb youtube]

  • 4. Fr. Bill  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Great job guys. This needs to go viral especially in CA NC Maine and wherever NOM and the other H8ers are telling their lies.

  • 5. Don in Texas  |  September 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

    David Charlebois was a Pilot and First Officer of American Airlines Flight 77. David was among those killed as their airliner piloted by a hijacker crashed into the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

  • 6. Don in Texas  |  September 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Brief bios of LGBT victims on 9/11 are here.

  • 7. DaveP  |  September 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Thanks Ronnie. I was in the Castro yesterday and the huge rainbow flag in the plaza was flying at half-mast to honor all heroes and victims of 9/11, in particular Mark Bingham and Father Judge.

  • 8. Chrys  |  September 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Tried on our wedding gowns for the first time today, and set up appointments with the seamstress for the (minor) alterations needed. Working on the programme, deciding on flowers and decorations. Starting to panic as it's now only a few weeks away…

    Going to see Wicked tomorrow. 🙂

  • 9. FlexSF  |  September 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I'm studying the old, middle and new kingdom of Ancient Egypt. They were a fascinating bunch. "King" Hatshepsut was a female! However, reading about them is troubling. With every change of the guard they moved in a new direction, but when the "conservatives" among them regained control of the land they destroyed the artifacts of the previous dynasty. I have a feeling that our absurd Republican party has many similar traits. Let's give them hell while we can!

  • 10. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    The next few days are going to be interesting.

    NC gay marriage ban proposal revised for next week

  • 11. Reformed  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    As far as reading, just finished "All That is Bitter and Sweet" Ashley Judd. Excellent book giving a raw perspective on the state of the worlds most vulnerable existing outside of our relatively comfortable lives in developed countries. Ashley is very inspiring through her choices to pursue humanitarian work and demonstrates what can be accomplished by empathetic people who seek to make a difference.

  • 12. Christian  |  September 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    This fat bastard is reading the textbook for my database class and doing nothing close to preparing for a half-marathon.

  • 13. Ronnie  |  September 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Op-ed: Lessons of 9/11 Remind Us That Equality Matters
    Capt. Joan Darrah reflects on what it would have meant for her partner, who was still kept secret from the military in 2001, if she had been killed in an attack on the Pentagon.
    By Capt. Joan Darrah, U.S. Navy (Ret.), op-ed contributor


  • 14. Ronnie  |  September 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Our Heroes
    As the nation remembers September 11, we look back at the edition of The Advocate that followed in 2001. In the days after the attack, we chronicled some of the gay men and lesbians who showed humanity’s true spirit — and who were among the thousands of Americans killed.


  • 15. Ronnie  |  September 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    "VIDEO: Broadway Unites, Sings "New York, New York" In Support Of 9/11 Day of Service"
    Video description:
    "The Broadway League hosted a special event on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in Duffy Square, as the Broadway community marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This event was an encore of the iconic performance that took place one decade ago when Broadway performers helped inspire New Yorkers to return to normalcy with a landmark outdoor performance.

    Watch the performance, introduced by Joel Grey, which featured Grey, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Montego Glover, Amra-Faye Wright, Kara DioGuardi and cast members from "The Book of Mormon," "Rock of Ages," "Jersey Boys," "Priscilla Queen of the Dessert," "Sister Act," "Memphis," " Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark," "The Addamms Family," "Mamma Mia," "Chicago" and more."

    [youtube FhDPyia9su0&feature=related youtube]

  • 16. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  September 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hmmm… I'm not receiving any email notifications of new posts on P8TT since September 7. Is it just me or something big happened? Please, if anyone knows about something bigger that has happened days ago, drop me a line here.

  • 17. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  September 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    via Felyx:
    Amendment to ban gay marriage may be put on state ballot
    North Carolina marriage amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman

  • 18. Paul in Minneapolis  |  September 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    James Livingston, a Twin Cities-area Catholic priest, has published an anti-gay column in Monday's Minneapolis Star Tribune. Unfortunately, comments are not allowed on this column, but you can see it at…. You can use the "Submit a letter or commentary" link on the page to submit a reply.

  • 19. grod  |  September 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

    @Paul in Minneapolis It is not unexpected that Fr. Livingston would adopt the stand that he did. He draws on his experience as a chaplain to a support group for Catholic LGBTs. In the proposed letter remind him that what this Equality movement is seeking is civil marriage equality not religious marriage equality. Re his views about sexual orientation, I'd refer him to Fr. Bill who is a regular contributor to this site. G

  • 20. Seth from Maryland  |  September 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

    i uselly fly to New York on Sundays to work a few days ,but my wife and me came on friday to be with a friend, her husband was one the of the firefighters who lost his life on 911, she always takes this day really hard and need someone to be there with someone

  • 21. Seth from Maryland  |  September 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    those anyone know how we are polling in minnesota?

  • 22. fiona64  |  September 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Apropos of nothing, my latest eBook is out: Around the World in 80 Pages consists of ten short stories, each one in a different locale. Thanks for having a look, friends.

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