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.
If there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that a proper introduction to your partner of ten years is a difficult thing to write. You’ve been reading about her (and reading her posts) for 8 years – without further ado, here is Ledcat’s LGBTQ&A.
Name: Laura Dunhoff
Affiliation: aka Ledcat
Tell us about the very first LGBTQ person you met and what that meant for you. In high school I knew that the brother of a friend was gay, but he was much older. It wasn’t until I was a junior in college at Penn State that I found out that I was gay and then met other gay people that I hung out with. It meant a lot to me to know there were other people like me, that I wasn’t all alone.
How do you stay informed on LGBTQ issues? I keep informed on gay issues by reading Huffington Post, CNN and the Post Gazette.
What is the most important issue facing the LGBTQ community today? The most important issue facing our community is to get comprehensive non-discrimination laws passed so that members of the LGBT community cannot be fired or evicted for being LGBT.
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community, what would it be? I would like to see a LGBT social group formed that does a wide range of social activities outside of the bars. A group that would go to Kennywood, to Sandcastle, on picnics, hikes, to dinner, hold potlucks etc.
Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character in television, film or literature? I don’t have any favorite LGBT characters.
What is one simple thing a reader can do to support the LGBTQ community? Vote. Advocate for equal rights for the LGBT community. Stand up and be counted.
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