Candra Keels, 20 Year Old Queer Woman of Color, Murdered in Domestic Dispute

This morning, the family of 20-year-old Candra Keels of Rochester, NY are burying their loved one who was murdered allegedly at the hands of her girlfriend. Officers responded to 15 Denver Street about 3 A.M. for the report of a fight. There they found Candra Keels with a stab wound to her torso area. Keels
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UPDATED: Trans Woman of Color Lamia Beard Murdered in Norfolk

Lamia Beard was just 30 years old. Her body was found Saturday morning, January 17. Her life and death were shown further disregard by police & media misgendering as well as victim blaming. From The Virginian Pilot: According to a news release, Beard was found shortly before 4 a.m. in the 700 block of E.
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The Housewife Who Wears Pajamas Under Her Coat

What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things? Forgive me, but I need something a bit light for a topic. This seems well-suited a blog prompt. As
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The Legacy of Cathy Cairns

One year ago today, Cathy Cairns departed this life with her best friend at her side and the comfort of knowing her final wishes had been filled. Among those wishes was a desire to be buried with her parents - a wish you helped to fulfill with thousands of dollars in donations. As we wound
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The Full Obituary of Madeleine Hershey

Yesterday, I read about the death of a member of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community. Her name was Madeleine Hershey and she was 51 years old. I knew her only very casually, but I was struck by her family’s decision to self-publish her obituary.  This is what I read: Below is Madeleine’s obituary and information about celebrations
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Five Places To Donate Feminine Hygiene Supplies in Pittsburgh

A recent article on The Huffington Post titled “For Homeless Women, Getting Their Period Is One Of The Most Difficult Challenges” has been a topic of much discussion on Facebook. I’ve written about this in the past, but here are the talking points Tampons, pads and related supplies cannot be purchased with SNAP (food stamps)
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FOUND 14 Year Old Boy Missing in Pittsburgh

UPDATE – Da’Juan has been found safe, according to local police.   Because #BlackLivesMatter – I hope you will share this post.    
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Governor Elect Tom Wolf Takes Two Important LGBTQ Visibility Steps

I’ve been pondering the issue of why LGBTQ visibility in municipal government matters. By pondering, I mean this is something I’ll write about again and again. And again. By visibility, I specifically mean the presence of LGBTQ individuals in positions of senior leadership and responsibility. I think we all agree that a diverse workforce is a good
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