GIVEAWAY: New Kelly Clarkson Album ‘Piece By Piece’

I’ve always liked Kelly Clarkson – I like her power ballad songs, her true-story lyrics and I like that she doesn’t capitulate to Hollywood standards of body image. I thought her recent television special was sweet. I don’t really like this album cover, but I like the music. Clarkson is the singer we should support.
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Women of Color: Herstory Month in Pittsburgh

Since 2008, Women of Color HERStory Month® has recognized the exceptional social, economic, political, spiritual and cultural contributions of women of color, creates a forum for women of color to participate in activism, civic engagement and leadership development while also educating the region about Human Rights and Reproductive Justice for all people. This month long
Category: Activism

Snow Dogs

As a rule, my crew love the snow and loathe the bitter cold. So this weekend is confusing.    
Category: Pets

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
Category: Activism

Kristina Grant Infiniti, 47, is 11th QTPOC To Be Killed in 2015

A 47-year-old trans woman, Kristina Grant Infiniti (also known as Kristina Gomez Reinwald) was found murdered on Sunday, February 15, 2015.  Kristina was a Latina with Cuban heritage. The police according to a NBC6 report are now calling the case a homicide. Note that this news report uses Kristina’s old name. Police didn’t find any sign
Category: Activism

The Tweet Seats – Celebrating Bricolage Urban Scrawl

I was quite thrilled and honored to be one of two local twitter users invited to live-tweet an upcoming fundraiser for Bricolage as an extension of their “tweet seats” initiative. While many theater companies include social media in their media plans, few do so for fundraisers. This is an innovative approach to community engagement and
Category: Culture

40 Under 40 Pgh Updates Nomination Form To Be More Trans Inclusive

Since 1999, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP have teamed up to recognize young leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania through the ’40 Under 40′ initiative. I was among those honored in 2004 – one of three white lesbian and gay nominees. Each year, I encourage people to submit names because I know it can have an impact. I
Category: Activism

22 Year Old Ohio Trans Woman Stabbed to Death By Father

22-year-old Bri Golec has recently returned to a transgender support group in the Akron, Ohio area. She had participated a few years ago, then stopped attending. Recently, she began to more assertively explore her gender identity. Sadly, Bri will not have the chance to continue her journey after an altercation with her father,  Kevin Golec,
Category: Activism