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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
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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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A Reel Take On the Movie ‘Boys’

Boys is a sweet movie about teenaged boys who run a lot and kiss sometimes, and that’s alright, although I’m not familiar with the legal aspect of things. It’s the sort of movie that’s shot in a way that makes you think “teenaged boys kissing is alright in my book!” and then you think, “I
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Eli Conley: Music Opens Space to Connect Queer, Trans Community

Singer-songwriter Eli Conley will be in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 15 from 7-9 PM at Biddle’s Escape in Regent Square. It struck me that the second trans male singer-songerwriter who has come to Pittsburgh in the past year is part of the Americana music tradition (Joe Stevens was the other.) Eli’s unique voice as a
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Secrets Resonate Through Off The Wall Production of Ibsen

Ghosts.  It might be more aptly known as Secrets. Helen Alving has spent her life putting duty before her personal desires. In spite of her careful attempts to fulfill her duties to her degenerate husband and protect the victims of his debauchery – their son and his illegitimate daughter toiling as a parlor maid under
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Sleater-Kinney and 2.5 Wave Feminism

  Last night, I saw my first riot grrrl concert when Sleater-Kinney took the stage in Pittsburgh for the first time in 19 years. The show was sold-out. It was good. My ears hurt. I recognized about half the songs after marathon listening sessions in the prior weeks. I didn’t care when I didn’t recognize
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Ibsen at Off The Wall Makes Me Rethink Realism

This weekend, Off The Wall Theater is debuting a modern version of the Henrik Ibsen classic “Ghosts” and it has interesting implications for Women’s History Month. The history of Ghosts is as rich as the story line is intriguing. Strongly criticized by theater critics of the day as “abominable, blasphemous, disgusting, sordid” and shunned by
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Resiliency and Growing a Thick Skin

Last night, Google sent me a little alert informing me that I’ve been TERFd (again!) on a website related to harassing the trans community, especially trans women. My sin is being an ally to trans people (again!) If you’d like to better understand how & why this group of radical feminists bear such animosity for
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