Local LGBTQ Links We’re Reading – December 29, 2017

We are reading about: Marc Felion, PrEP, religious liberty, WESA, Pittsburgh Foundation, Deanna Garcia, Mister Rogers, Amazon, New Pittsburgh Courier, Roy Moore, Doug Jones, City Theatre, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Feast of Fun and more.

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Bookending My Reproductive Justice With Margaret Atwood

In March 1994, I was rushed to the hospital and scheduled for surgery after months of excruciating uterine cramping. I underwent a laparoscopic procedure to remove endometrial growth from inside my abdominal cavity and also remove my appendix. I was hospitalized for three days, maybe four. I was a graduate student at LSU. I had […]

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Top Blog Posts from 2017

This annual roundup is always very sobering for me because most of the posts are typically my coverage of violence against LGBTQ people. I’ve written elsewhere about why this matters and I will continue to do my best to provide good information on these important stories. 15 posts out of the top 20 most read […]

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My Family History Christmas Edition: Grandma’s Date Nut Pudding Recipe

Date Nut Pudding Handwritten Recipe

For most of my childhood and young adulthood, my paternal grandmother baked these puddings for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She made one per household for her three adult children, one for her own household, and one for the family meal. She may have baked more on occasion as a gift for a friend or hairdresser or […]

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Honoring 250 Contributions to the #AMPLIFY Archive

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

On Thursday, we published #250 in the AMPLIFY LGBTQ project.  Wow. That’s 250 in 30 months. An average of 8.3 Q&A’s per month since June 2015 when we began publishing. We are going to take a break from AMPLIFY during the holidays and into early January while I have surgery. We’ll resume publishing Q&A’s at […]

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Local LGBTQ Links We’ve Been Reading This Week – Dec 22

I’m making a point to dive deeper into local and regional LGBTQ news coverage, from the Pgh mainstream media to the regional newspapers. Every Friday, I will share links that struck me (for good and for bad.) If you see something that should be included, please email pghlesbian @ gmail dot com. 

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Dezmanian, 28, is a Black Man Who Happens to be Gay #AMPLIFY

Black Man Who Happens to Be Gay

This Q&A from Dezmanian is number 250 in the #AMPLIFY series. We are honored to signal boost to his story.  Name: Dezmanian Age: 28 County of Residence: Allegheny Pronouns: He, Him, His How do you describe your identity? Black 2-spirited gay cisgender male Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I told […]

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Dakota, 27, Wants You to Support Queer Activists & Queer Art #AMPLIFY

Describe your geographical community. 

“Pittsburgh is an urban community that is mostly LGBTQ-friendly, but I’ve found that’s often on a surface level… which I think is true for the way Pittsburgh appeals to lots of minoritized groups. There are community spaces for queer folks, medical providers who cater to our specific needs, nonprofits dedicated to our causes, and local businesses owned by members of the community. But it often feels like Pittsburgh’s blue-collar roots are at odds with contemporary queer community-building. Queer folks, to me, feel very disparate and broken up into cliques — sort of how the city is split up into so many tiny neighborhoods. As I write this answer, I’m realizing that I don’t think I’ve ever let my guard down to feel like my full self in any of the five years I’ve been living in Western PA.”

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Enter to win The Greatest Showman Prize Pack! #Sweepstakes

Step inside the magical world of P.T. Barnum and experience the birth of show business. 20th Century Fox presents the greatest holiday movie of the season, The Greatest Showman! Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing […]

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Am I Still Allowed To Talk About My Uterus?

The hysterectomy. It is a go. After a lot of phone calls and delays, twists and turns, and tweets, it happened. I’m scheduled for January 10, 2018. That’s the first time I think I’ve typed 2018 on this blog. January 10, 2018 is the date that I will no longer have a uterus which suddenly […]

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