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  1. Interesting piece about the Christopher Street pier. It's a tough issue. I like the idea of trying to maintain some overtly gay identity in a place that has such an important gay history. But I also understand that the residents of the area have a legitimate complaint. Some of the compromises that have been offered seem pretty reasonable... I hope the kids don't take their attitude too far and end up on the losing end of the stick.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 22, 2006 9:57:30 AM

  2. I have to side with the residents on the Christopher St Pier controversy. I agree it's important to keep it a free space for gay people to congregate, but I also agree that these kids can be out of control. When I was 14 I loved going to Christopher St to be around other gay people when I didn't even fully know what I was myself. My friends and I never felt the need to literally go screaming through the streets when we were down there. We could enjoy the river and each other along without making other people feel uncomfortable. I don't even want to go near the Christopher St pier on a summer evening anymore with all the kids constantly causing trouble. It's not like I'm some old fart with unreasonable views. I'm only 30 and even I think those kids act like animals on occassion. Greenwich Village is a quiet place to be enjoyed by everyone. There's no need for riots. If we want to be respected by the residents, we should respect them.

    Posted by: MT | Mar 22, 2006 10:33:21 AM

  3. OK, does their name HAVE to FIERCE!... I almost pissed myself when I read that.

    I love how the "kids" have no respect for the heighborhood and feel it's their right to continue what they're doing. I think it's a small window on what's happening with the next generation in general, it's cool to be rude.

    Posted by: Greg | Mar 22, 2006 10:42:15 AM

  4. Well, it's not really racism. It's classism. Most of the kids there come from Jersey City and get off at the Christopher Street path station. The neighborhood is now inhabited either aging white liberals or silver-spoon assistant editor/wall street types, neither of whom likes their reality served so freshly. The area has always been home to these kids though and is frankly part of the neighborhood charm that you should be expecting if you move there. It's like moving to the Upper East Side and protesting the abundance of plastic surgery or moving to the Upper West and complaining about the excessive strollers.

    Posted by: MO | Mar 22, 2006 11:13:33 AM

  5. I live in the West Village, and the behavior of these kids is often reprehensible. Educated radicals indeed! I doubt if most of these kids know the meaning of education or what it means to be really radical.
    All interested parties should come to the Community Board meeting tomorrow night.

    Posted by: Arnie H. | Mar 22, 2006 11:24:18 AM

  6. It's a tough issue to be sure. I lived near W.10th & Bleecker for 2 years and I'd thought I'd seen it all in my gay life, until the night I was menaced and chased to my doorway by a gang (really!) of 15-year old black & Latino drag queens, all because I turned around and gave them a look for screaming in the middle of the street at 3AM. Funny now, but actually quite scary then. These days, I'm only scared by the stretched faces at the Food Emporium on E.72nd Street.

    Posted by: Joe.My.God. | Mar 22, 2006 12:08:53 PM

  7. Gentrification is not antithetical to activism. However, the LGBT centres need to recognise, as do we Canadians, that gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth are also the segment of the community most at risk for suicide and many other wrong choices that lead to HIV, drug abuse, and prostitution, let alone academic deficiency.

    So, it is fine that retiring Boomers, and gentrified Gen Xers keep the area safe and desirable, but make sure that your brothers and sisters in Gen Y, and Z are not beyond your area of concern. No one else will in your country.

    Posted by: Raymond | Mar 22, 2006 12:11:31 PM

  8. Kudos to the Board of Supervisors in SFO for their courage in tackling the Archdiocese of San Francisco (RC) on the adoption issue.

    It would also please me to allow both the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to force the Anglican Communion, and Cantuaris and Ebor to decide who represents the Church in both countries.

    Frankly, Anglicanism, like Orthodoxy, works under the principle of " primus inter pares" and neither Canterbury or Constantinople are Roman Popes.

    If the African Anglicans decide what constitutes the last word on sexual theology, then schism is not only warranted, it should be welcomed in Truth and Faith and Love.

    Posted by: Raymond | Mar 22, 2006 12:28:13 PM

  9. No, it's not necessarily classism either, its about quality of life and mutual respect. Mo, any history of GV will point out that it has always been occupied by liberals (aging or not) so that's nothing new. But the free-for-all behavoir of these kids seems to get worse and worse. So the woman I know who has lived in the area for 25 years should just shut up and accept that kids will piss, crap or suck dick on her doorstep? It is that bad at times. How's that for "reality freshly served"?

    Posted by: jon luddite | Mar 22, 2006 2:08:21 PM

  10. I think the reason some Russian man storm out of Brokeback is because they're in a hurry to get home and furiously beat off.

    Posted by: Deschanel | Mar 22, 2006 2:52:18 PM

  11. People have been sucking dick on the doorsteps in the West Village for decades. It's just that now there is a greater class disparity between the suckers and the, um, doorsteppers. The 'kids' hanging out there are certainly no better or worse than the 'adults' hanging out at Ty's or The Hangar.

    Posted by: MO | Mar 22, 2006 3:10:24 PM

  12. Mo, would you approve of kids pissing and shitting all over the streets and blasting their boomboxes all night long so you couldn't sleep on the block where you live? I don't think so. These kids are mostly wild and disrespectful and I hope that you will confront a group of them on your doorstep sometime soon.

    Posted by: Arnie H. | Mar 22, 2006 3:34:03 PM

  13. Several times in this blog, we have spoken about theocracies and the LGBT struggle for human and civil rights.

    At the present time, only liberal and theologically contextual elements in Christendom, Judaism and Islam support those rights.

    It would be safe to say that Judaism presents the best face ( despite their homophobes, they are progressing and not basing Israeli law on the Holiness Code in Deuteronomy.

    Islamic moderate states imprison for life, while the fundamentalist states do state murder. I abhor murder, and am proud that my nation, like other civilised nations, abolished capital punishment.

    Under the "protection" of both the UK and the USA, Iraqi soldiers are "cleansing" Iraq of gays and lesbians with murder. Of course, US troops work on DADT even where that murder is happening. Read Doug Ireland and read more.

    Also, in Afghanistan, the home of the resurgent Taliban and Osama bin-Laden, and the Heroin Drug Lords, and under the control of Puppet Karzai, the strict Taliban Sharia law was "voted upon". A new Christian convert from Islam faces death for that act.

    Holy Hypocrisy, Batman !!!!

    Posted by: Raymond | Mar 22, 2006 4:28:06 PM

  14. I've been to Christopher Street. Drunken bears were far more prevalent than loud teens. Yet somehow the bears at ty's and the hangar and the dugout and whereever else aren't a problem? They too are pissing "all over the street" and "sucking dick in the doorways" and hooting and hollering.

    If you want your neighborhood to change, then close down the nightlife, the sex shops, and affordable eateries and replace them with trendy shops and fufu bars and restaurants. You moved there because it was a little seedy, but you've aged and now what was seedy is to you now unseemly. Time to head up to the Upper West Side ...

    Posted by: MO | Mar 22, 2006 5:18:55 PM

  15. God damit. Did I have to see Moby with his shirt off?

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Mar 22, 2006 10:13:26 PM

  16. Wow, Mo, you are just SO cool, living life in the urban grit. Whatever. Poseurs like you are a dime a dozen. Those kids that are out of control are the problem, not the residents who live there 24/7 and are just trying to live their lives with some degree of civility. When did having consideration for others become a bad thing? And the thought of being chased out to the UWS? Grow the fuck up.

    Posted by: jon luddite | Mar 22, 2006 11:07:54 PM

  17. Loud People Suck

    Posted by: M | Mar 23, 2006 2:48:00 AM

  18. I'm sick of these savages roaming the streets like animals. why can't these monkeys behave responsibly like everyone else? I'm tired of having to be tolerant of these people just because I am gay. Either lock them up or send them back to Jersey City...better yet, ship them down to New Orleans. Most of you agree with me and you know it.

    Posted by: honest truth | Mar 23, 2006 11:02:48 PM

  19. Hey Honest Truth, I think I recognize you. Did you live all around me everywhere I looked when I was growing up in the south? I thought I recognized you. How have you been? Still an asshole? Cool. Tell ya mominem I said hi.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Mar 24, 2006 12:59:36 AM

  20. >>San Francisco Board of Supervisors drafts resolution condemning Vatican's stance on gay adoptions.

    Larry Buhl, PlanetOut Network
    Fri Mar 24, 7:17 PM ET

    SUMMARY: Citing research on child development, an Adoption Institute study released Friday recommends that barriers to gay adoption be removed.

    Children adopted by gays and lesbians fare no better or worse than those raised by heterosexual adults, and barriers preventing gay parents from adopting should be removed, said a report released Friday by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, entitled "Expanding Resources for Children."

    "Based on both the available research and growing experience," the report concludes, "adoption by gays and lesbians holds promise as an avenue for achieving permanency for many of the waiting children in foster care."

    The report is part of an extensive yearlong project intended to provide a research-based context for the ongoing debate over adoption of children by gays and lesbians. Report findings include:

    Children reared by gay and lesbian parents fare comparably to those raised by heterosexuals on a range of measures of social and psychological adjustment.

    Tens of thousands of children in the foster care system are disadvantaged by laws that bar gays and lesbians from adopting them.

    Even in states that don't bar gays and lesbians from adopting, individual agencies and workers sometimes discriminate against gay and lesbian applicants or don't realize that gay parenting is permitted.

    "The bottom line is that adoption by gays and lesbians is a fine thing to do," Adam Pertman, executive director of the Adoption Institute, told the PlanetOut Network. "There is simply no credible research showing that children are harmed when they're adopted by gay and lesbian parents, but lots of evidence to indicate that they do well in those homes."

    The study was released amid new efforts nationwide to prevent gays and lesbians from adopting. Gay adoptions are explicitly prohibited by law only in Florida, while Utah has a de facto ban on gay adoptions that allows only married couples to adopt. However, social conservatives in at least 16 other states are trying reopen the debate on whether gays and lesbians can be fit parents. And in recent weeks the Catholic Church pressured Catholic Charities in Boston and San Francisco to not serve gays and lesbians wishing to adopt.

    Pertman hopes the study will move the policy debate away from demagoguery and open up the pool of potential parents and reduce the legal and policy restrictions. He also suggests that it's helpful when workers, supervisors, and agency leaders examine their attitudes and beliefs about gay and lesbian parenting.

    "Sixty percent of all adoption agencies in the U.S. take applications from gays and lesbians," Pertman added. "The reality on the ground is moving ahead of the policy debate."

    Less than half of the approximately 110,000 children available for adoption find homes every year, so it makes no sense to restrict the pool of eligible parents, according to Joe Kroll, executive director of North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) in St. Paul, Minn. On its Web site NACAC states that all prospective foster and adoptive parents, regardless of sexual orientation, should be given equal and fair consideration. NACAC also opposes rules and legislation restricting the consideration of parents based on their sexual orientation.

    "People keep asking why can't kids get placed when there are so many parents who want to adopt," Kroll told the PlanetOut Network. "But most perspective parents want 2-year-olds. The kids waiting for homes are older or have problems and you have to recruit heavily for those kids. Whoever can parent these kids, as long as they're determined to be fit parents, should be allowed to adopt them."


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