Activism Archive

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
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Cathy’s Closet in the Media

URGENT APPEAL – the GLCC has asked the community for their help. Please donate tissue and hand sanitizer if you can to help homeless youth and others facing this unpleasant beginning to the cold/flu season.   Today, I received one of those phone calls that make my heart swell – another community organization saw that
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Facebook, Queer Folks and What’s In a Real Name

Facebook has recently been enforcing their “real/legal names” policy, resulting in a disproportionate number of members of the LGBTQ community being forced to change the name displayed on their Facebook profile. This includes a significant number of drag performers and members of the drag community. Facebook policy around names: Facebook is a community where people
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Brynn Tannehill Speaks to the National TransPride Pittsburgh Conference

I “met” Brynn online a few years ago through a network of LGBTQ leaders. She came to Pittsburgh to offer a keynote address at the National TransPride Pittsburgh Conference in September 2014. I think she’s brilliant as she discusses acceptance, visibility and tolerance. You can keep up with Brynn’s regular contributions to Huffington Post. ┬áBrynn
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Victory! City of Pgh Will Continue to Offer Domestic Partner Benefits to Employees

I am so very relieved. I just got off the phone with the Personnel Department of the City of Pittsburgh. They confirmed for me that after a review, the City has decided to maintain its existing policy with regard to domestic partner benefits. No one will lose coverage if they remain unmarried. New employees can
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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
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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
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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
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