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Being Seen While Creating Art for Change!

Here’s a cute anecdote. Way back in 2004, Ledcat and I attended a gala event for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force thanks to complimentary tickets. We don’t normally attend gala anything because they are way out of our budget range. So we toodled down to the O’Reilly Theater and were mingling with the fine folks
Category: Activism

What Do You Want to Know About Your LGBTQ Neighbors?

Do you have a burning question about LGBTQ life in Western Pennsylvania? As I’ve been working on the AMPLIFY! LGBTQ project, I’m pondering the types of questions that will get to the heart of the lived experiences of our neighbors – from Waynesburg to Erie. So I’m going to open the floor to you, dear
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Community Art and Demolition Derby: Support #PghArtCar2015

At first, I was skeptical. My friends at Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) dragged a car all around the country, wheat pasting photos of supporters onto the car only to end up smashing the vehicle at a country fair. Then they make art out of the car scraps, selling the art to buy another car.
Category: Activism

Giveaway: 2-CD Deluxe Editions of Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink from Tori Amos

  Enter to win 2-CD Deluxe Editions of Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink from Tori Amos! Featuring remastered audio, special B-sides, live tracks, and other rarities! Available April 14 Little Earthquakes (Deluxe Edition) http://smarturl.it/LEdlx2CD Under The Pink (Deluxe Edition) http://smarturl.it/UTPDlx2CD Lucky winner will receive 2-CD Deluxe Editions of both Little Earthquakes and Under The
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Art All Night Bans All Weapons at Community Art Event

Some good news from Art All Night, a community art event held annually each spring in Lawrenceville. They have put an official no-weapons policy in place, for volunteers and the public. No guns – permit or not. As you may recall, last year we found a volunteer openly carrying a handgun in his waistband. From
Category: Activism

A Reel Take: Boys (Jongens)

  Dutch director Mischa Kamp’s 2014 feature film, Boys (Jongens) is a quiet reflection on two teenage boys first loves. The film was originally created for television and this doesn’t show at all, it’s far from the content that i remember seeing as a young teenager watching after school specials. In many ways the “made-­for-­TV” feeling of the
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An Open Letter to @ColinMeloy About #Bisexual Jokes

Dear Colin, Last night, I was in the audience for The Decemberists Pittsburgh concert at The Benedum. The crowd numbered about 2,800 and the house was sold-out (per the usher.) Our seats were pretty good (Orchestra, Row T) and while we did have one screamer near us, for the most part it was a congenial little
Category: Activism

CBS Daytime Soap Reveals Transgender Storyline Twist

This week, The Bold and The Beautiful revealed a significant plot twist with the disclosure that Maya Avant is a transwoman. The show had played up a “big secret” moment involving Maya’s college-aged sister, referencing family rejection and denial. Maya first appeared on screen in December 2013 as an old-friend of Dayzee with a troubled
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