Facebook, Queer Folks and What’s In a Real Name

Facebook has recently been enforcing their “real/legal names” policy, resulting in a disproportionate number of members of the LGBTQ community being forced to change the name displayed on their Facebook profile. This includes a significant number of drag performers and members of the drag community. Facebook policy around names: Facebook is a community where people
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Phooey on Healing

Name five things that heal your soul. Speaking of healing, I’m sick. I felt sort of “meh” on Sunday and cruddier the past few days. Today, I feel like I’m in a swimming tank. So sorry for sneezing on your blog. This is a ridiculous prompt, more appropriate for a yoga class or a lifestyle
Category: Health

Brynn Tannehill Speaks to the National TransPride Pittsburgh Conference

I “met” Brynn online a few years ago through a network of LGBTQ leaders. She came to Pittsburgh to offer a keynote address at the National TransPride Pittsburgh Conference in September 2014. I think she’s brilliant as she discusses acceptance, visibility and tolerance. You can keep up with Brynn’s regular contributions to Huffington Post. ┬áBrynn
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Victory! City of Pgh Will Continue to Offer Domestic Partner Benefits to Employees

I am so very relieved. I just got off the phone with the Personnel Department of the City of Pittsburgh. They confirmed for me that after a review, the City has decided to maintain its existing policy with regard to domestic partner benefits. No one will lose coverage if they remain unmarried. New employees can
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Getting It Right When It Comes To Mental Health

When was the last time you were completely stumped by a question, a request, or a situation you found yourself in? How did you handle it? I recently received an email from someone I know only through Twitter, asking for my feedback on the inpatient unit at Forbes Regional Hospital (part of the Allegheny Health
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Giveaway: Isabel Rose Album “Trouble In Paradise”

Enter to win Trouble In Paradise from Isabel Rose! Trouble In Paradise the new album from sassy, swinging, sexy song stylist ISABEL ROSE Featuring “Reflections” (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Remix) and “Trouble in Paradise.” Already with a movie (Anything But Love, Samuel Goldwyn), a novel (The J.A.P. Chronicles, Doubleday) and a critically acclaimed debut
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Joe Stevens: Queer Culture, Female Roots and Making Music as a Trans Man

Ticket GIVEAWAY – at the bottom of the post Joe Stevens has been making music for quite a while, first as part of beloved duo “Coyote Grace” and now on his own. He is coming to Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 25 to perform at Cattivo with Great Caesar and Night Lights. Tickets are $10 and
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Five Things On My “Happened To Me” List

So this week was one filled with some interesting twists. Not quite a “To Do” or bucket list but close enough. I was targeted by Gender Identity Watch as a “anti-lesbian lesbian blogger” because I am an ally to the trans community. This is commonly known as being “TERFd” which you can learn more about
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