Pride is in the Person, not the Parade: A Guest Blog Post by Billy Hileman

A guest post from longtime LGBTQ activist and former Pride committee member, Billy Hileman. This is in response to decisions by the Delta Foundation that excluded Richard Parsakian’s participation as curator of dance performances at the festival, and separately left him no choice but to withdraw the historic rainbow pride flag. For the first time in […]

WARNING! Pittsburgh Magazine is Dangerous to your Queer Health

Pittsburgh Pridefest

A guest post from longtime LGBTQ activist and former Pride committee member, Billy Hileman, in response to a newly published long form piece in Pittsburgh Magazine about the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. Note that I was quoted in the magazine article and am cited in Billy’s post. He originally wrote this as a Facebook status […]

Phat Man Dee Talks About ‘Creative Love Energy’ and #LGBTHistoryMonth

Phat Man Dee

In honor of LGBT History Month, I’ve asked several friends to share something that they consider significant with regard to the regional LGBTQ experience. Here, Mandy L Kivowitz-Delfaver also known as Phat Man Dee, responds. I’ll admit that she made me tear up quite a bit.  ~ Sue My friend Sue Kerr of the wonderful blog […]

Guest Blog Post: Bloomers Woman’s Space Broke Barriers in Pgh #LGBTHistoryMonth

Bloomers Pittsburgh

October is LGBT History Month. I’ve asked several people to share their thoughts on regional historical events that left an impression on them. Some contributors are LGBTQ, some are allies. All are people I think you will enjoy hearing from this month. If you would like to submit a guest post, please click here. Bloomers and […]

Guest Blog Post: History Repeats, But Our Response Can Change #LGBTHistoryMonth

LGBT History Month Sarver Pennsylvania

October is LGBT History Month. I’ve asked several people to share their thoughts on regional historical events that left an impression on them. Some contributors are LGBTQ, some are allies. All are people I think you will enjoy hearing from this month. If you would like to submit a guest post, please click here. ~ […]

One Angry Queer Responds to the Trump Trans Military Ban

Reposted with permission from One Angry Queer written by my wonderful friend and colleague, Ian Awesome.  Follow them on Twitter @OneAngryQueer ~ Sue OK. The Trump trans military ban. If you know me you of course know two things about me: I used to serve in the military and that I’m some kinda wacky kinda trans that […]

Guest Post: You Can Help LGBT Students in Pittsburgh Public Schools Right Now

Pittsburgh Public School transgender

Guest post by Rayden Sorock As you probably know, there have been numerous attacks on LGBT students’ rights recently, many of which revolve around the much-disputed “bathroom issue.” Here are several things you can do RIGHT NOW that will make a real difference in the lives of LGBT and gender-expansive youth in local public schools. […]

LIHEAP helps you pay your heating bills! A LGBTQ Perspective

LIHEAP LGBT

Guest blogger: Rayden Sorock Did you know there is a program that will help you pay your heating bills if you make under a certain amount of money a year? The eligibility cut off is pretty generous – if it’s just you in the house and you make less than $17,655 a year, you can […]

The Early History of Halloween and Gender Norms in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Halloween

Guest Blog Post from Joe Wos, a Pittsburgh based cartoonist and storyteller. He discovered some interesting material about the history of Halloween in early 20th century Pittsburgh.  The media coverage of gender normative behavior isn’t that far off from current misinformation around gender identity and gender expression. You can find Joe on Twitter @WosIsMe Imagine […]