Miss Erie Pride 2015: Embrace Who We Are Meant To Be #AMPLIFY

  Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant
Category: Activism

RIP Keyshia Blige, Another TWOC Whose Death Went Undiscovered

We are on the road to participate in Erie Pridefest this weekend when I read this news on Facebook via The Guardian – another trans woman of color had been killed earlier this year, but the information didn’t hit the news until now. The reason? Misgendering by the police and the media. Her name was Keyshia
Category: Activism

Daniel Wants To See More Diverse Employers in Western PA #AMPLIFY

Note: I’m publishing this a little early because on Wednesday I’ll be traveling to Erie to get ready for Pride! Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are
Category: AMPLIFY

Another TWOC Murdered in Kansas City Missouri, #SayHerName Jasmine Collins

Reporters covering the murder of TWOC Tamara Rodriguez in Kansas City have brought to light another death that occurred on June 23 but went unacknowledged because of misgendering. 32-year-old Jasmine Collins was stabbed to death, allegedly over a pair of shoes. From The Advocate: Police in Kansas City, Mo., tellThe Advocate that a 32-year-old trans
Category: AMPLIFY

My New Doctor Didn’t Fat Shame Me

I went to a new doctor this morning, an allergist. My rhinitis has been horrible since early spring to the point that Ledcat convinced me to see my PCP because my typical treatment wasn’t working very well.The PCP gave me some stop-gap suggestions and referred me to the allergist, suggesting that I might need allergy
Category: Activism

Alex Describes Erie’s LGBTQ Community as Live and Let Live #AMPLIFY

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to
Category: Activism

ReReading The Feminine Face of God

Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you? I consume a vast amount of words each day, mostly online. I read or skim hundreds of articles each day both for my personal interest and for my professional duties.
Category: Faith and Religion

Review of the Movie ‘Tangerine’

Last week, Ledcat and I decided to catch the indie-film ‘Tangerine’ at The Harris Theater. The film follows two trans women during the course of one Christmas Day in Los Angeles. Alexandra and Sin-Dee are best friends with aspirations, hopes and lots of street smarts. Sin-Dee is on a quest to track down her erstwhile
Category: Culture