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South Side Bar Location of 2013 Queer Bashing to Close ‘Indefinitely’

A South Side bar where two queer women of color were bashed in January 2013 has been closed indefinitely after a shooting incident this past weekend left a 21-year-old woman shot. She was treated and released. “With this action, a standard has been set and the message has been sent that chronic illegal, disruptive, and
Category: Activism

Giveaway: 2 CD Box Set of The Violet Flame from Erasure

  Enter to win a Deluxe 2CD edition of The Violet Flame from Erasure! THE VIOLET FLAME the brand new album from the iconic ERASURE Produced by Richard X and featuring the new single “Elevation.” Available NOW! In addition to the standard CD, The Violet Flame will be available on Deluxe 2CD edition, with a
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Hate Crimes, OUTrage and Privilege in Pennsylvania

Let me start with a very clear statement – the assault of two gay men in a Philadelphia neighborhood by a crowd of people was a terrible act of violence and I am very glad that they both survived. I’m also aware that this experience may resonate in their lives for a long time and
Category: Activism

Drag Performers Parody Video “That’s Not My Name”

I love the Ting Tings so this definitely caught my attention. The Legendary Children of Atlanta and Brigitte Bidet released a parody of a Ting Ting hit retitled “WTF Zuck” in response to the Facebook enforcement of the “real names policy.”  And there’s no such thing as too much parody in the world. Especially parody with
Category: Activism

Why This Lesbian Won’t Leave Facebook

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been investigating/poking around the Facebook names policy crackdown – it hit my radar after two Pittsburgh drag performers mentioned being caught up in the thick of it. I smelled a conspiracy and it turns out I was a bit right. As it
Category: Activism

PA State Senator Jim Ferlo & Quietly Gay Men In Politics

  This afternoon during a press conference to discuss proposed Hate Crimes legislation, State Senator Jim Ferlo came out. The 63-year-old long-time public servant and reliable progressive is due to retire at the end of this term. Ferlo spoke for five minutes about a proposal he sponsors to amend the law. Then he asked the
Category: Politics

Giveaway: Enter to win JHUD from Jennifer Hudson

  Enter to win JHUD from Jennifer Hudson! JHUD the new album from Grammy and Academy Award winner JENNIFER HUDSON Featuring “Dangerous,” “Walk It Out” and “It’s Your World” Available September 23 iTunes: http://smarturl.it/JHUD?IQid=yt Amazon: http://smarturl.it/JHUDAm?IQid=yt Are you #TeamJHUD? Stay connected to http://jhud.jenniferhudson.com/ for a chance to unlock exclusive album content and win prizes! http://www.jenniferhudson.com
Category: Culture

Preview of the #WeAreFamily Video via GLCC and OUTrageous Bingo

I had this little idea last year – the opening of the OUTrageous Bingo season would coincide with the possible entry of the Pittsburgh Pirates into post-season playoffs. What better way to celebrate the awesome #WeAreFamily tee shirts designed exclusively for the GLCC by Commonwealth Press than to make a video? Great minds think alike
Category: Activism