bullying Archive

Washington County High School Students Stage ‘Anti-Gay’ Protests

Students in a Washington County school are attempting to harass and intimidate their LGBTQ peers with what seems to be a coordinated “anti-gay” activities, including wearing coordinated clothing and targeting the lockers of LGBTQ students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “anti-gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt
Category: Activism

LGBTQ Liberation and Equality in Pittsburgh

The road to equality and/or liberation is bumpy. I use the term “equality and/or liberation” because the juxtaposition of those goals (destinations?) indicates one significant reason for the bumpiness. Indiana and Arkansas happened this week. A lot of my friends (including me) tried to figure out the nuances of RFRA laws, something that only became
Category: Activism

How The Selfie Transformed My World

I absolutely hate photos of me. Or I used to hate them. Now I sometimes like some of them a little bit. Like many women, I am my own worst critic about my appearance. I’m fat, ugly, crooked teeth, scar on my lip, etc, etc, etc. But the thing I’ve hated the most are my
Category: Culture

Overheard At Work: “Tone Down the Gay”

Daily Prompt: Hear No Evil Tell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t. One day, I attended an early morning work meeting (this was awhile ago) and made casual conversation with the others in attendance by sharing an anecdote about the gas company waking Ledcat and me up super
Category: NaBloPoMo

LGBTQ&A: Jessie Ramey Believes That LGBTQ Kids Are Part of Yinzercation

An occasional series where we pose some questions to local LGBTQ folks (and Allies) to learn more about their personal experiences with LGBTQ culture. Click here for a complete list of all LGBTQ&A profiles. I met Jessie through her advocacy for public education. It became almost immediately apparent that she understood LGBTQ issues for students (and
Category: LGBTQ&A

LGBTQ&A: Central PA Native Zack Ford Pushes Us to Think

An occasional series where we pose some questions to local LGBTQ folks (and Allies) to learn more about their personal experiences with LGBTQ culture. Click here for a complete list of all LGBTQ&A profiles. Zack is someone I met online before we met in real life at a conference. He’s from Harrisburg so we occasionally chatted
Category: LGBTQ&A

To This Day by Shane Koyczan – Spoken Word Performance About Bullying

  To This Day by Shane Koyczan   To This Day When I was a kid I used to think that pork chops and karate chops were the same thing I thought they were both pork chops and because my grandmother thought it was cute and because they were my favourite she let me keep
Category: Culture

GLSEN Pgh Invites You to Brainstorm! Trivia Night

GLSEN Pgh is working with On The Nose Events to redefine their fundraising and it worked! At least – this event caught my eye amidst the barrage of Facebook notifications I receive daily. So much that I asked GLSEN to tell me more about it. Brainstorm! is a trivia night – the type of event
Category: Activism