In what can only be described as one of the worst public relations disasters in history, the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation has cut off funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening. This has to be one of the most boneheaded political miscalculations that will have serious ramifications for Komen: supporters won't forget this for years to come. Planned Parenthood (PPFA) is one of the most beloved, progressive organizations in the country, and while attacks from conservatives against PPFA are common, attacks from within the progressive community is a whole other issue. Komen argues the reason for defunding is due to Rep. Cliff Stearns' (R-FL) congressional investigation into PPFA's use of government resources to fund abortions. This is clearly an orchestrated move by the senior officials at Komen to work with conservatives to continue the war on women. Karen Handel is the new Vice President of Public Policy at Komen Foundation, and a former candidate for governor in Georgia and has previously vowed to cut off any state-allocated funds to PPFA. It's absolutely shocking that the Komen Foundation, an organization that provides necessary breast cancer screening services to women, has been corrupted by conservative officials who have placed politics over the health of women. I'm throwing a flying chancla to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation.
Marriage equality is coming to the state of Washington! Orale! By a 28-21 vote, the State Senate voted to advance a marriage equality bill to the House where it is expected to easily pass. Marriage equality is coming to America one state at a time! If you don't like gay marriage, don't get in one. Problem solved.
Much love to Martha Boggs, owner of Bistro at the Bjiou restaurant in Knoxville, TN, for asking State Senator Stacy Campfield to leave her restaurant for making disparaging remarks about gay bullying and saying that it was "virtually impossible" for heterosexuals to contract AIDS. Campfield is profoundly ignorant. After the incident, Boggs received emails and Facebook posts supporting her. She wrote a thank you note and claimed that she is only a hillbilly trying to do the right thing. Well, I must be a hillbilly too 'cause I would have done the same thing. If I'm ever in Knoxville, TN, I will be sure to dine at the Bistro at the Bijou. These small acts of justice always renew my faith in the goodness of people. Ms. Boggs es buena gente! --Sergio Lopez