"the" Mrs. Astor

Friday, November 14, 2008

Le Compt Larmot kisses Lady Stewart after raising the rainbow flag over Twist.

That was a fun day. But what doesn't sound fun is tomorrow's protest against the ban on gay marriages at City Hall. What are these organizers thinking? The mayors and the commissioners have consistently supported every gay issue and bill 100%, even in defiance of the county and state. Not one person involved in this has adequately explained the choice of protesting at the one institution here that has been on our side. What about Police Headquarters? How about starting the protest at the one place that refused to symbolically hoist the flag the other day and the one place where vehement anti-gay actions still spew out despite all the "sensitivity training"?

There is a reason why Miami Beach, with its large gay population, remains so poorly organized and bad planning like this is the main one. It makes you just want to stay by the pool.


At 10:47 AM, Blogger Tosca15 said...

Penny and I will be at the protest in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow. It's at Ft. Lauderdale City Hall which is the perfect place, since that's where the infamous Mayor Jim Naugle's office is located.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

Burn it down, while you are there.

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Tosca15 said...

With great pleasure.

At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Marc said...

Hello Alexis,

I asked one of my friends who is an organizer of the event, and she provided this answer to the question: "Why Miami Beach City Hall?"

"This is a national initiative that is coordinating protests outside City Halls across the country at the same time on the same day. It isn't a protest against this specific City Hall, which is actually very friendly-in fact the Mayor is sending a representative to speak at our rally. The rally is about getting a large number of people out to express our thoughts and feelings about what has happened, and to assert that we will not stay quiet about homophobia. It's also about building community and political momentum; preaching to the choir is deeply under-rated! And finally, for many of us, this is our home, and we would like to re-assert that it is a place with a significant queer history, and hopefully a queer future."

To me, this makes sense -- to gather by City Hall (not against it) in order to coordinate with this huge national event, especially since the mayor knows this is not against her or the city government.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Countess Bedelia said...

The National Day of Protest is taking place at City Halls all across the country at the same time. It started with a blog post a week ago and has attracted national and international attention with over 1,000,000 expected to show up to show solidarity for gay marriage across the U.S. and put attention on the need for federal legislation to make it uniform across the country. It really is a grassroots phenomenom fed solely by the internet. It has galvanized the country. I put up links on my blog if you want to find out more about it.

I'll by waving my sign at the Albany, NY City Hall!!!

At 10:17 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

OK, Marc: I accept your explanation and--as advised the organizrers--I will be there.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

My dear,Countess... I will be there with the troops. Thanks for clearing this up, but you know my loyalty to the mayor, Matti Botwer.

We will be Trooping The Color in your honor...


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