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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

News Roundup for June 20

Bob Kappstatter at the Daily News takes a look at the political aspirations of term limited Council members, who are rumored to be eyeing runs for State Assembly and/or Borough President. The termed-out Bronx pols are: Helen Foster, Larry Seabrook, Oliver Koppell, Maria Baez and Joel Rivera.

More trouble for the clerk's office at the Bronx Supreme Court - two couples were told they arrived too late to be married yesterday, even though they were there before the 4 p.m. closing time, the New York Post reports.

The Village Voice has a story on the challenges of being gay or lesbian in the Bronx, where the community just held a Bronx Pride celebration for only the second time in seven years.

1 comment:

  1. As one of the biggest supporters of equal rights for everybody, I'm not sure if the idea of gay pride paraders or Puerto Rican independence day parades or Black history month is really the way to go about getting attention for equality and respect for one another. I think the public tends to be turned off by watching parades other than the usual Thanksgiving Day parade.

    My idea has always been to live a respectful life, by not looking for great treatment because you're gay or Caucasian, but because your behavior and works are great.

    People have long respected historical characters like the gay Leonardo Da Vinci, the Puerto Rican baseball star Roberto Clemente because of their contribution to their work.

    I also think that when you give a special day to pay tribute to an ethnic group or a minority that everyone else is being left out. The Bronx Council on the Arts is always funding organizations that are for writers of color or Latino actors.

    But everyone is struggling with their art. Using that criteria, do you think it would be too much to ask a Caucasian theatre company or to have a Caucasian pride day?


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