Politics Archive

An Open Letter to the Senator Heinz @HistoryCenter Regarding Donald Trump

Dear History Center, Frankly, I’m disgusted that you took money from the Trump Campaign to host an event last night with Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence. Your institution is predicated upon the idea that we can learn from history. Trump’s campaign is predicated on the idea that facts, historical truths and alternative narratives are subject to
Category: Culture

City of Pgh Accepting Applications for LGBTQIA Advisory Committee

Mayor Bill Peduto is looking for applicants to serve on the soon to be re-established advisory group. Participants will meet monthly and serve on at least one subcommittee. Applicants must submit their information via an online form; the City has partnered with multiple community groups to allow individuals access to the application even if you
Category: Activism

Municipal ID Program Could Benefit LGBTQ Community in Pittsburgh

A proposed initiative would make municipal ID cards, known as Bridge ID, available to Pittsburgh residents. This could afford LGBTQ residents some unique opportunities. The IDs are particularly useful to connect individuals with services and supports. A report released last week describes the benefits and systems necessary to implement a city wide ID program. From
Category: Activism

Maybe I Underestimated Rich Fitzgerald on LGBTQ Issues

I’ve been disappointed with Rich Fitzgerald. He’s not especially progressive and his antics with Chelsa Wagner are exasperating. Worst of all, he made the decision to strip County employees of their domestic partner benefits after the Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality – a truly terrible and regressive policy decision. It one of the single
Category: Politics

This Lesbian Supports Hillary Clinton for President

Let me be clear – if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I will vote for him. I will enthusiastically support him. No hesitation, no bitterness, no hissy fits. Just pragmatic decisions to keep the country moving forward. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. However, I think Hillary is the better candidate. And I don’t have
Category: Politics

Rachel Maddow Schools Rick Santorum on Civics

We love Rachel Maddow. She’s the best thing about cable, closely tied with Melissa Harris-Perry. She has first name status in our home: “Wanna watch Rachel tonight?” “If we hurry, we can catch Rachel!” MSNBC is practically the only channel we watch on cable. Granted we have the lowest tier of channel options, but it
Category: Culture

It’s way past time to talk about Delta

(Opinions expressed in this article are mine, and not those of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents or any other organization.) I have to admit to feeling some ill-concealed glee that, finally, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is eating some public crow. Schadenfreude, I think the Germans call it. I think there’s been a kind of “code of
Category: Activism

My modest proposal to prevent “bathroom panic”

A number of states—mostly of the far-right-wing variety—have now introduced legislation that would forbid transgender people from using a public restroom if it doesn’t correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. (Pennsylvania hasn’t tried this yet, but I’d be surprised if some legislator doesn’t have a draft bill sitting on his or her desk.
Category: Activism

It’s not so damned funny

Too many liberals underestimate conservatives, and while we’re laughing, they’re rolling back our rights. There’s a Republican (really, are you surprised?) state legislator from Georgia who is being widely mocked this week. Rep. Tom Kirby introduced legislation making it illegal to splice human embryos with non-human cells. Kirby even gave an interview to a local TV
Category: Activism

First Ever Trans Specific Civil Rights Bills Introduced in PA General Assembly

PA Representative Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) has introduced  the first ever transgender specific civil rights bills in Pennsylvania history. The Transgender Health Benefits Act HB304 is based on a piece of Philadelphia legislation  that allows for transition related healthcare for government workers, but the state bill covers public, as well as private and Medicaid plans. Despite this progress,
Category: Activism