We split the vote! I am honored to be voted Lesbian of the Year and for the blog to be voted Best LGBT Media Publication by readers of the Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter. My health struggles prevented me from being there in person last night, but I am very happy for the winners and nominees. […]
WTAE broke the story about Darlene Harris alleging Bill Peduto is registering homeless people to bolster his chances of winning reelection. You can see the whole clip here. “I was told by his people that they’re registering them to vote on Watson Street in the Hill (District),” Harris said. “So, you know, talking about politics, […]
Now is the time to show up. In person. With a spouse, partner, friend and/or your children. Show your ire and our collective might. Bring a sign or not. Just be there. Stand on the front line or on the fringe. Just be there. Chant and raise your hand or use your phone to document […]
Name: Joel Age: 35 County of Residence: Allegheny. Grew up in Crawford. College in Mercer Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? Gay, Trans Guy, Polyamorous, Christian, Parent, Husband. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I first came out to my husband as trans in 2012. I was […]
My alma mater is Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia (1988-1992.) I studied Political Science with a minor in Philosophy/Religion. Marymount is a very small Catholic affiliated private university. I went there because it wasn’t in Pittsburgh and they offered me a full academic scholarship. That’s about all of the thought I put into it while […]
Name: Chrissy Costa Age: 40 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Chicago Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? Lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? When I accepted my sexuality I sought a therapist to help me come out to my family. I had become distant […]
I have a vague memory from childhood of weaving a little basket from strips of paperboard into a square, but it wasn’t Easter. It was closer to summertime and it had something to do with our Catholic Church. I also remember helping to construct a quasi-Maypole and the girls took turns with the streamers. Was […]
There’s been some furor lately in the electoral race for an East End magisterial judge seat. Incumbent Judge Dan Butler is under scrutiny for not performing marriages – he doesn’t perform any marriages. The tricky part is that he belongs to a socially conservative Jewish congregation that defines marriage as between a man and a […]
The Black Femme Excellence Co is organizing a community-wide baby shower centering black and brown pregnant folks in this region who are expecting or recently gave birth. This is part of the nationwide movement to organize ‘Bey-B’ showers to celebrate the wonders of black parents, including LGBTQ parents. It is also a tangible way to […]
Are there issues impacting your LGBTQ neighbors that aren’t visible or part of the local dialogue?
I think everyone is affected by our education system. We need to be taught compassion and understanding for marginalized communities. So often the narratives of people of color and people in the LGBTQ community are either not told or not given the equal space of white narratives. It is easy to see people that are seemingly different from you as “others” when you are not exposed to their stories, their kindness, their humanity while growing up and come to the realization that their narrative is our collective human narrative.