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Pittsburgh Pridefest – Part Two

I’m going to share my thoughts in a four-part series, built around four distinct events – a face-to-face meeting with Pridefest organizers, a community town hall meeting organized by Roots Pride organizers, the protests at Pride in the Streets on Saturday evening and, finally, Pridefest itself on Sunday. These are events I personally attended/witnessed as
Category: Activism

AMPLIFY! CJ Describes Living Stealth as a Trans Man

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell us what we’ve missed
Category: Activism

Mad Mex ‘Menu Humor’ Targets Trans Community, Then Apologizes

I noticed this on Facebook today on the page of a friend in the LGBTQ community. It is from the menu of a Mad Mex restaurant in Shadyside: Apparently, word got out today. Between this AM and 5 PM, Mad Mex updated their website about this matter. They apologized with more than a hint of
Category: Activism

AMPLIFY! Bob Is First Openly Gay Government Official in Northwestern PA

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell us what we’ve missed
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AMPLIFY! Paula Speaks Out About Bisexual Exclusion and Bi Erasure

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell us what we’ve missed
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Pittsburgh Pridefest – Part One

More than a week has passed since Pittsburgh’s Pridefest and I’ve used a lot of that time to reflect on my experiences in what has been quite an atypical Pride experience. I’m going to share my thoughts in a four-part series, built around four distinct events – a face-to-face meeting with Pridefest organizers, a community
Category: Activism

K.S. Kennedy Moves Like Jagger

What started as a fun little flower order took on a life of its own this weekend when local florist K.S. Kennedy Floral arranged flowers for the Rolling Stones visit to Pittsburgh. It started with a phone call asking about a delivery on the Northside for Saturday afternoon. Owner Kerry Kennedy is based on the
Category: Culture

AMPLIFY! Joy KMT Values Intersectional Healing Spaces for LGBTQIA Communities

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell us what we’ve missed
Category: Activism