Ind. fair to honor collapse dead befo...

Ind. fair to honor collapse dead before resuming

There are 11 comments on the St. Augustine Record story from Aug 15, 2011, titled Ind. fair to honor collapse dead before resuming. In it, St. Augustine Record reports that:

The Indiana State Fair was reopening Monday for the first time since a strong gust of wind caused a deadly stage collapse, but was pausing first to honor and remember the five people killed in the accident.

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Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#1 Aug 15, 2011
Why is this placed in the Transgendered forum?
SirAndrew

Kihei, HI

#2 Aug 15, 2011
This is the gay forum. And why is this story here??

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Since: Oct 07

Appleton WI

#3 Aug 15, 2011
TerryE wrote:
Why is this placed in the Transgendered forum?
'Roboblogger' is a program that scans the internet for articles that include keywords related to certain topics. From the article...

"Jamal M. Edwards, the center's president and CEO, said she was one of the organization's "brightest stars" and worked to improve the lives of women, especially those who were lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Santiago attended the concert with her partner, Alisha Brennon, who was severely injured, Edwards said."

Many articles on Topix are posted in more than one forum.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#4 Aug 15, 2011
Tre H wrote:
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'Roboblogger' is a program that scans the internet for articles that include keywords related to certain topics. From the article...
"Jamal M. Edwards, the center's president and CEO, said she was one of the organization's "brightest stars" and worked to improve the lives of women, especially those who were lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Santiago attended the concert with her partner, Alisha Brennon, who was severely injured, Edwards said."
Many articles on Topix are posted in more than one forum.
Of course, now the Fundies will claim this is divine judgement on her for her "sick lesbian lifestyle."

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#5 Aug 15, 2011
Tre H wrote:
<quoted text>
'Roboblogger' is a program that scans the internet for articles that include keywords related to certain topics. From the article...
"Jamal M. Edwards, the center's president and CEO, said she was one of the organization's "brightest stars" and worked to improve the lives of women, especially those who were lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Santiago attended the concert with her partner, Alisha Brennon, who was severely injured, Edwards said."
Many articles on Topix are posted in more than one forum.
The most relevant part of the story preceded those lines:
Peninsula Clario wrote:
Four of the victims died at the scene: Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; and 49-year-old Glenn Goodrich of Indianapolis. Nathan Byrd, a 51-year-old stagehand from Indianapolis who was atop the rigging when it fell, died overnight.

Santiago managed programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago and was named to the Windy City Times' "30 Under 30" list in 2007.
Santiago died and her parnter was badly injured.

Since: Jul 11

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Aug 15, 2011
It doesn't matter so much as to the sexual orientation of those who died. The tragedy here is that the structure was not built well-enough to provide safety for those taking shelter underneath it from the high winds. Lives were lost. The nature of those lives is secondary to the tragedy that has befallen these people. Families of all kinds have been hurt from this and all of them deserve our compassion and care.

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Since: Oct 07

Appleton WI

#7 Aug 15, 2011
nhjeff wrote:
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The most relevant part of the story preceded those lines:
I realize that. I was just explaining why this ended up in the gay/lesbian and transgender forums. It was posted by roboblogger, which is a program, not a human editor.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#8 Aug 15, 2011
IrishmanLA wrote:
It doesn't matter so much as to the sexual orientation of those who died. The tragedy here is that the structure was not built well-enough to provide safety for those taking shelter underneath it from the high winds. Lives were lost. The nature of those lives is secondary to the tragedy that has befallen these people. Families of all kinds have been hurt from this and all of them deserve our compassion and care.
This is true. But it seems that Christina was the most locally-famous victim of the disaster. I think it was a nicely written espousal of who those victims were, neither emphasizing nor downplaying her sexuality. If she had been a leader of, say, the local Sierra Club, she'd have gotten similar press. And if her spouse had been injured, that would also have been mentioned.

It's gratifying to me that papers are beginning to report on our relationships in the same matter-of-fact way that they report on heterosexual couplings.
How I Seeit

Watseka, IL

#9 Aug 16, 2011
A stage collapses, concert is called because of 'foul weather', 5 people are killed (haven't heard on the news yet who they were or their age), Sugar-land doesn't get to be heard, other concerts cancelled.
Chronological listing of occurrences {time-wise} & "otherwise"!
How I Seeit
Indy

Bloomington, IN

#10 Aug 20, 2011
It is not being reported, but all four of the women who had died, were lesbians. The two collage age women were partners. Tammy, the older woman who died had a female partner of 10 years and is now suing the state. Christina was the only one being reported as a lesbian, because she an advocate for gay issues.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#11 Aug 20, 2011
Indy wrote:
It is not being reported, but all four of the women who had died, were lesbians. The two collage age women were partners. Tammy, the older woman who died had a female partner of 10 years and is now suing the state. Christina was the only one being reported as a lesbian, because she an advocate for gay issues.
Very interesting. Could you imagine that if a man and a woman died--husband and wife or fiancees--that fact wouldn't be reported.

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