My Family’s Immigration Story

This was not something I thought about as a child in the 1970’s and 1980’s in suburban West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. I knew my living grandparents and their basic backstories and a little bit about their respective parents. I was raised to believe I was mostly an Irish Catholic/little bit of German kid which turned out […]

Persad ‘Art For Change’ Announces Call for Artists

Dear artist friends – Persad Center is currently seeking donations of artwork for the #ArtForChange auction in May. This fundraiser (formerly known as Artfor AIDS) supports many of their critical community programs including the Free Care Fund. It is one of the reasons they are in a position to fiscally sponsor projects like #AMPLIFY and […]

A Friend of Mine Lost Her 35 Year Old Son This Week, Please Help With Final Expenses

Randi tearfully told me about her fear that he was alone when he died. That’s a terrible heartache for her. No platitude can help, but we can show Randi that she is not alone now by helping her with this task of making final arrangements.

Familylinks Holding Winter Coat Drive (LGBTQ Friendly!)

It is quite literally the perfect time to tell you about the Family Links coat drive as we prepare for the most frigid night of the year since February.   They are accepting donations of coats and ‘winter gear’ including hats, gloves, scarves, etc. There is the greatest need for youth ages 13-21 so a […]

Dear Jackie Evancho. Just Say No.

Jackie Juliette Evancho

I read the news that Jackie Evancho is going to perform during the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. And my heart sank. As my readers probably know, her older sister Juliette is a young trans woman who has bravely stood up to hurtful anti-trans discriminatory policies in her school district and is working with Lambda Legal […]

“Fagbug” is back in the region

“Fagbug” is back in the region

I first learned about this story at Pridefest a few years ago.  Erin Davies has her vehicle vandalized, including homophobic graffiti and the always original tag “Fag.”  Erin took action and began driving the vehicle around the nation to educate people about homophobia.  Sure enough, she drove in the Pride March that year.  Erin is […]

Pgh Dyke March 2010

Pgh Dyke March 2010

I am tired after a long day so I'll save my Dyke March 2010 reflections for Sunday. I have posted photos on my Facebook page if you'd like to check them out. Overall, the event was great. The move to Bloomfield was genius for visibility … tons of people came out on the streets and […]

The Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has impact on Pittsburgh's "Don't Ask, Don't Report" issues

The Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has impact on Pittsburgh's "Don't Ask, Don't Report" issues

Keeping up with “breaking” news on an significant legislative issue is tough, but we don't have the luxury of overlooking the big picture, especially when there is an intersection with federal and state/local issues. There are two pressing federal issues -the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) and the passage of the Employment Nondiscriminaton […]

Comment from a communications expert

Comment from a communications expert

Some advice from a highly respected professional on the need for a timely response from the LGBTQ community to breaking news.  This regards the Rick Warren situation, but certainly applies to local, regional and statewide issues as well.  This sums up exactly what went wrong when the State Legislature announced a Pittsburgh based hearing on the […]