An occasional series where we pose some questions to local LGBTQ folks (and Allies) to learn more about their personal experiences with LGBTQ culture. Click here for a complete list of all LGBTQ&A profiles.
I met Jessi several years ago through her wife, Emilia. If I had to pick one person (aside from Ledcat) that I would want to have my back, it would be Jessi. She was the first transwoman to earn the title Ms. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish (see interview in 2011) and was recently on the scene to support the trans community in Cleveland after the brutal murder of Cemia Acoff. I’ve personally witnessed Jessi push back against transphobia and gender bias because it was the right thing to do. She’s unafraid to live her truth and that’s perhaps the best type of ally anyone can have.
Name: Jessi Valeria Strucaly
Affiliation Active in Trans issues and an advocate for the Leather and BDsM comunitys
Tell us about the very first LGBTQ person you met and what that meant for you. When I was very young there had been a Transwoman in my hometown Mom explained to a min.degree that a young person could understand, but in that hushed voice, the same one you used to discuss an amputee, cancer or someone who had ‘sugar.’
How do you stay informed on LGBTQ issues? Read alot of news and stay active in local circles.
What is the most important issue facing the LGBTQ community today? ENDA!!
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community, what would it be? a further reach into the suburbs. perhaps GLCC satellites.
Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character in television, film or literature? Charles Nelson Reilly.
What is one simple thing a reader can do to support the LGBTQ community? get your ass off the computers and go meet and socialize and get active in the real world.