Giant Eagle Makes Commitment to Keep Cedar Avenue Store Open

Earlier this week, I blogged about a petition to keep the Cedar Avenue Giant Eagle store open. Late Tuesday afternoon, Giant Eagle tweet this to me as their formal response. After more than 30 years of owning and operating Giant Eagle supermarkets throughout the city of Pittsburgh, Bill and Marie Bricker have decided to retire […]

Make Pittsburgh Great Again?

The Incline has an in-depth look at the contested race for City Council in District Four. You should really, really read it Each time I hear/read Coghill say “Back to Basics” – I hear/read “Make America Great Again.” Is it just me? Look at the key phrases in this quote. It is a bit eerie. […]

Petition: #PghNorthside Wants @GiantEagle to Remain a Good Neighbor

The Northside neighborhoods have a few grocery stores – a Kuhn’s in Brighton Heights, a handful of corner grocers throughout the neighborhoods and two Giant Eagle stores. One is on Brighton Road near the border with Ross Township and the other in on Cedar Avenue, in the heart of East Allegheny.  We typically refer to […]

38 Year Old Black Trans Woman Alphonza Watson is 8th TWOC Murdered in 2017

Alphonza Watson was 38 years old. She lived in Baltimore and this week, she became the 8th known trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2017. Police found her about 4:15 a.m. and took her to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died shortly thereafter.  Witnesses said they heard someone yelling for help, then heard […]

Perry High GSA Students to Launch In-School Food Pantry

This is the Donation Link –> https://www.gofundme.com/perrys-inschool-food-pantry#   My respect and admiration for LGBTQ youth increased even more today after a conversation with Perry High School librarian and GSA sponsor, Sheila May-Stein. The students in this Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – the second largest in the Pittsburgh Public School system – are in the midst […]

Statement From Lenore “Lee” Dingus, Seneca and Co-founder of Echoes of the Four Directions

As part of my earlier post, I reached out to several local women in the native community. This is a response from one woman – she offered it to me as a quote, but I thought her comments warranted their own post  and she agreed to let me publish in their entirety ~ Sue Submitted […]

I’m Honoring #DayWithoutAWoman by Fundraising for a Pittsburgh Vigil to Honor Trans Women of Color

I wasn’t sure exactly how to honor this day. I work from home and don’t have plans to really shop or spend money of any sort this day. As a two women household, abstaning from household or caretaking labor is not possible because there is no one who is not woman-identified to pick up (or […]

Rest In Power, Dakota James

Dakota James Missing Person

I read with mixed emotions the news that the body of 23-year-old Dakota James had been found in the Ohio River near Neville Island. Dakota has been missing since January 25, 2017. There’s no appropriate comment, nothing I can think of that would bring comfort to the exhausted family who lost a 23-year-old adult child […]

LGBTQ Things To Do in Western PA #AMPLIFY

LGBTQ Things To Do Pittsburgh

Welcome to the current edition of our new feature  – a signal boost to the efforts of our #AMPLIFY contributors to strengthen our communities. Our first posts were well received! This list is not all-inclusive or comprehensive, but we’ll do our best to share the items our contributors ask us to promote. If you’d like to […]

Chris, 40, is an Aspie Queer Girl With Some Kinks #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Queer

Name: Chris Rickert Age: 40 County of Residence: Allegheny County. Born in upstate NY, moved to Pittsburgh to attend CMU. Never left. Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? I’m an Aspie. A queer girl with some kinks. Italian-Scottish-Irish-German. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Coming out was definitely […]