Activism Archive

Vigil Weds Evening in Philly To Honor Slain Trans Woman, London Chanel

  Friends and family of 21-year-old London Chanel will gather Wednesday at the William Way Center to honor her life and mourn her untimely death. ** Please note that some of her friends spell her name Londyn.  London’s family is taking her body home to Texas for burial We lost a beloved member of our
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Doug Shields Statement on Pridefest

In the spirit of accountability, I have reached out to members of the Delta Foundation’s Community Advisory Board for their reactions to the controversies surrounding Pridefest. I already shared the response of State Representative Dan Frankel. This is the response of former City Councilman Doug Shields who is currently part of the staff of City
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Billy Hileman on Pridefest Controversy: ‘I Stand With The Protestors’

Late last week, longtime LGBTQ activist Billy Hileman began posting images on Facebook calling out the Delta Foundation around their decision to invite Iggy Azalea to perform at Pittsburgh Pridefest. Hileman coordinated Pridefest organizing in the 1990’s. He agreed to answer a few questions for me. “Defending Iggy doesn’t work. Iggy Azalea has no business
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Rep Dan Frankel Statement on Delta and Pridefest

Trish Mifflin did a great job summing up the situation about the Delta Foundation. I have been reaching out for some statements. State Representative Dan Frankel has been a member of the Delta Foundation Advisory Board for several years. I asked him to comment on this matter. His formal statement is I don’t speak for
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It’s way past time to talk about Delta

(Opinions expressed in this article are mine, and not those of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents or any other organization.) I have to admit to feeling some ill-concealed glee that, finally, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is eating some public crow. Schadenfreude, I think the Germans call it. I think there’s been a kind of “code of
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UPDATED: London Chanel, 21, Eighth Trans Woman of Color Murdered in 2015

Very sad news from close to home in Philadelphia – 21-year-old London Chanel was murdered early Monday morning and then promptly misgendered in the reporting. Fortunately, her friends weighed in quickly and the media updated their reporting. How sad that’s part of the ritual of mourning our trans sisters – fact checking the media. A
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Unofficial Calendar of LGBTQ Pride Events in Pittsburgh

I was pretty disgusted when I read that Iggy Azalea will be headlining Pride in The Streets, but not particularly surprised. Rather than recreate the wheel of all the reasons why you should be disgusted, I opted to focus on something else – the lack of information about the many *other* interesting things happening to
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Win Two Passes to See Renaissance City Choir Perform for Washington County GSA

The Renaissance City Choirs of Pittsburgh will present a show to benefit the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc. This third-annual event will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Washington & Jefferson College’s Olin Fine Arts Center, 285 E. Wheeling Street, Washington, PA  15301. Reception with the performers will follow the
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