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Joe Stevens: Queer Culture, Female Roots and Making Music as a Trans Man

Ticket GIVEAWAY – at the bottom of the post Joe Stevens has been making music for quite a while, first as part of beloved duo “Coyote Grace” and now on his own. He is coming to Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 25 to perform at Cattivo with Great Caesar and Night Lights. Tickets are $10 and
Category: Activism

Five Things On My “Happened To Me” List

So this week was one filled with some interesting twists. Not quite a “To Do” or bucket list but close enough. I was targeted by Gender Identity Watch as a “anti-lesbian lesbian blogger” because I am an ally to the trans community. This is commonly known as being “TERFd” which you can learn more about
Category: Activism

Here’s Why Keurig and Influenster Appreciate My Negative Review

My recent review of the Keurig 2.0 coffeemaker has drawn a range of responses (and visits from the Keurig PR machine.) I recognized that people will disagree with my assessment or that they have different priorities in terms of their coffee machines. But I was disappointed when another “Influenster“ (a reviewer through the website Influenster.com)
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Will You Be At Opening Night of the Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival?

We are one month away from the opening night of the 29th International Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival also known as ReelQ. I’ll be sharing some previews of the films scheduled for this year and once again, sponsoring a film. The opening night film is pretty impressive. It is called Blackbird and this is the Pennsylvania
Category: Activism

LaToya Johnson-Rainey is An Ally to the Trans Community

Many months ago, I received an email from LaToya Johnson-Rainey, owner of A Hair Boutique. She had heard about the (then) upcoming Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March and wanted to know how she could help. LaToya ended up donating water to the march, something very much appreciated. And practical. In other words, supportive without asking for
Category: Activism

The Story of My Life Is Probably Not Neo-Folk

Your blog is about to be recorded into an audiobook. If you could choose anyone — from your grandma to Samuel L. Jackson — to narrate your posts, who would it be? I’m not a fan of the band One Direction but I do like the song “The Story of My Life” - and this sentence captures
Category: Family

The Hand Me Downs That Saved Lives During the Polar Vortex

Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life. Just yesterday, I met with the team at Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Center to talk about the next Winter Gear Drive. Last year, we collected thousands of assorted
Category: Activism

Review: Keurig 2.0 Is Even Less Eco-Friendly Than The Original

Last week, I received a Keurig 2.0 brewing system to review. I hadn’t signed up for it and have been pretty vocal about my opposition to the Kcup mentality in the past. But I decided to try it myself and see if the loyalty and hype really offset the environmental concerns. Unfortunately, I think the
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways