Local LGBTQ Links We’re Reading – February 9, 2018

Here are the LGBTQ related links we’ve been reading this past week. Let us know what we missed. I’m just getting restarted on this feature so I am sure I’ve missed some pieces. Please leave a comment if you know something I should include. A local business owner’s gay son is making an impact in […]

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Tonya ‘Kita’ Harvey is 3rd Trans Person Murdered in 2018 #RIP

  Tonya Harvey was a 35-year-old Black trans woman living in Buffalo, New York. According to the Buffalo News, she was fatally shot on a dead-end street around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and declared dead at the scene. (References to misgendering and deadnaming at the link.) At 5:30 in the afternoon. She was killed in the […]

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#Hysterecovery and Mental Health

It is hard to ask for what you need when your requests are denied. I keep asking people to drop off Turners Iced Tea and coffee creamer, but no one has because they think I’m joking. So asking your surgeon to please call you on a Friday afternoon because you think something is wrong? Asking your boss for just a few more minutes on your break because your body feels like hell? Asking your insurance provider to reconsider your appeal about coverage? Asking your preschooler not to cuddle because your entire abdomen is inflamed? Asking your partner to please do this one more thing on top of everything else extra they are doing? 

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Regarding State Senator Guy Reschenthaler and Animal Friends, Humane Action Pittsburgh

Just to be very clear – no one has suggested that Animal Friends or Humane Action Pittsburgh are endorsing Guy Reschenthaler. I have stated that they are giving him a platform by inviting him to speak at their meeting – this is the problem. This is how spin works. People pick up fragments of a […]

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Animal Friends, Humane Action Pittsburgh Give State Senator Guy Reschenthaler Platform

The animal rights world has its own rules and intersectionality is not often among them. But even I was shocked to see two local animal welfare/rights organization create a platform for State Senator Guy Reschenthaler (State Senator Guy) to talk about his strong commitment to critters. Who is this State Senator Guy? He’s very pro-fracking […]

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Nominate Your Favs for the Pittsburgh Magazine Readers’ Poll

I’m not a glossy magazine type of person, but I’ve noticed Pittsburgh Magazine stepping away from the frou-frou and toward more actual journalism recently. That’s encouraging. It is the time of year for their annual Readers’ Poll. So I’m going to make a list of all the folks I think deserve your vote. This sort […]

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#AMPLIFY Update February 2018

#AMPLIFY Tee Shirts

Hello everyone. This is a quick update to let you that we’ll begin publishing #AMPLIFY posts again in March 2018. I had hoped to start backup in February after recuperating from my hysterectomy, but my recovery is taking a little longer than I expected. Nothing terrible, just a slow process especially during the winter. To […]

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LGBT Activists Say Amazon Should Avoid Pennsylvania For Lack of Statewide Protections

When I first heard about this effort a few months ago, I was intrigued – holding Amazon accountable to its own policy of affirming LGBT rights by choosing a new location (HQ2) in a state that has statewide nondiscrimination policies. Pennsylvania does not. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia do, but the state does not. “Employees, their families, […]

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Maria

She’s not gonna like this, but I feel compelled to tell you something about Maria. She’s one of the founding bloggers at 2 Political Junkies and her blogging career stretches back into the early 2000’s. Soon after I launched this blog in late December 2005, Maria emailed me with lots of positive and encouraging things […]

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Touching Base

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

I haven’t blogged much of late. Still in recovery mode, what I amusing refer to as #hysterecovery – well, amusing to me. My health is okay. I have one of two little possible sources of problems that I have to manage. I drove today for the first time, 1.6 miles to be exact. I couldn’t […]

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