The end of an era: the closure of A Pleasant Present

The rumor is true.  A Pleasant Present, the wonderful gift and pride shop in Squirrel Hill, is closing its doors after 16 years in business.  I stopped by yesterday to chat with owner Michael Ferraro. He explained they will continue the close out sale (40% off!) through mid-July and close their doors forever.  Ferraro is […]

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American Eagle takes a page from BP …

… and not in a good way. We've all heard about the ridiculous/offensive/hateful decision of BP to spend millions ($50 I believe) on a PR campaign, $50 million that would clean up a lot of dying birds and sealife.  Or lost compensate people for lost income.  You get the point. Here in Pittsburgh, we have […]

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Bash Back – Latest Pittsburgh Actions

Bash Back, a radical transfolk/queer group, has had two recent actions in Pittsburgh.  One involved an evangelical church that promises to cure homosexuality.  The other involved our favorite bakery, Peace Love and Little Donuts. You recall a recent favorable review published in Cue Pittsburgh?  Here's the response from people who care about these things. In the […]

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Fayette County prison guard gender stereotyping suit settled

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

We first discussed this back in December 2009 when the Tribune Review reported on a federal lawsuit filed by a state prison guard in Fayette County.  He claimed he was being harassed because he did not conform to gender expectations, including being too effeminate on the radio.  (What does that even mean, asks the female […]

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ENDA – Stop and think, you know this one

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

If you use the Google blog search on the federal legislation known as ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act), you'll see a fair amount of information, outrage and distortion of facts on all sides of the debate.  The truth is that there is a very real opportunity to pass federal legislation that would protect gay Americans […]

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Attention Pgh Area LGBT Executives

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

This caught my eye … Out & Equal Workplace Advocates invites emerging LGBT business leaders to apply for its 2010 Executive Forum, set for April 19-21 in New York City March 10, 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is inviting qualified applicants to take part in the 2010 Out & Equal Executive Forum’s class for […]

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Homophobia Disguised as Religious Bias Claim Tossed Out

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Mellon fired an employee, in part due to his disrespectful treatment of his LGBTQ coworkers and in part due to his inappropriate work behavior.  The employee, Avraham Schwartzberg of Squirrel Hill, filed a lawsuit claiming he was discriminated against because of his religion; he's an Orthodox Jew.  He was a member of the company's group […]

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Piittsburgh: There is no “LGBTor Q” in Diversity!

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

ARTICLE V: DISCRIMINATION (b)   It shall be the public policy of the City to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, age, nonjob related handicap, or disability in employment; and (n)     SEXUAL ORIENTATION.    Male or female homosexuality, heterosexuality and bisexuality or perceived homosexuality, heterosexuality […]

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Good Workplace News for Pgh Homos

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Good news for members of the LGBTQ community working for a handful of our local employers. From the Post-Gazette … Mellon Financial Corp., US Airways and GlaxoSmithKline were among 142 companies ranked as the Best Places to Work for Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Workers. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2007 rankings include companies that […]

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AFA sets up Anti-Gay Ford Boycott Website

Our homo-bigot friends at the American Family Association have taken their gay hate campaign up a notch by setting up a website dedicated to boycotting Ford.  Because Ford hates freedom and is out to destroy the fabric of American families by selling cars to homosexuals. h/t to Feministing

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