Went to Podcamp Pittsburgh 11 and Made History

Ah, Podcamp. Each year, I try to put together a panel on different topics based on my current interest. 2010 – I was on a panel about political blogging organized by Bram Reichbaum of The Pittsburgh Comet 2011 – I was on a panel about using social media to good deeds organized by Chris Whitlatch
Category: Activism

Trans Woman Rae’Lynn Thomas, 28, of Columbus, Ohio Murdered By Mother’s Ex-Boyfriend

Rae’Lynn was 28 years old. She was a performer and loved fashion. She transition at age 18, according to her family. And she was brutally murdered in cold blood by her mother’s ex-boyfriend who lived in the family home. From mic.com: Renee Thomas said her daughter transitioned 10 years ago. Rae’Lynn’s aunt, Shannon Thomas, said
Category: Trans

Giveaway #FlorenceFosterJenkins Prize Packs

Enter to win a Florence Foster Jenkins Prize Pack! Every voice deserves to be heard! Paramount Pictures presents Florence Foster Jenkins Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Nina Arianda. Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep)
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

8 Facebook Tips for (Very) Small Business Owners

I’m helping a small business owner whose Facebook page was hijacked by a disgruntled former employee. A few things I’d like to share with other small business owners – useful mostly if you don’t have a strong working knowledge of Facebook and a very small team (no marketing person.) 1. Social media is an asset,
Category: Social Media

Jill, 48, Has Ties to Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland Counties #AMPLIFY

Name:  Jill Age: 48 County of Residence:  Washington, formerly Allegheny and Westmoreland counties Preferred Pronouns:  I am a human being How do you describe your identity? I am me. Short and fat and happy. Lol. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I feel I have always been out.
Category: AMPLIFY

Enter to win “Imagine” from @SirIvan

Enter to win “Imagine” from Sir Ivan! “IMAGINE” — the new single from Billboard chart topper and “Peaceman” SIR IVAN. From the album Peaceman Shines (available now): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/peaceman-shines/id1069198216 Win special “Imagine” The Remixes USB flash drives including incredible mixes by Mike Rizzo, Jason Nevins, Chris Cox, Ralphi Rosario & more! “Imagine” The Remixes is available
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Erykah Tijerina, 36, of El Paso Latest Trans Woman Murdered in the US

Erykah Tijerina was 36 years old. Her sisters describe her as “funny, giving and unapologetic.” Sadly, she is also the latest transgender neighbor to die a violent death in the United States. Her Facebook posts are filled with love and family and hopefulness. Erykah’s body was found Monday in her El Paso apartment complex. She
Category: Trans

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

Caitlyn, 51, Lives Her Authentic Self as a Trans Woman in Erie #AMPLIFY

  Name: Caitlyn Strohmeyer Age: 51 County of Residence: Erie Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers How do you describe your identity? Woman/transwoman/transfeminine Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My first memory of wishing I had been born a girl was when I was around 5 years old. When I was in the first
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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