LGBT Archive

Why This Lesbian Won’t Leave Facebook

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been investigating/poking around the Facebook names policy crackdown – it hit my radar after two Pittsburgh drag performers mentioned being caught up in the thick of it. I smelled a conspiracy and it turns out I was a bit right. As it
Category: Activism

PA State Senator Jim Ferlo & Quietly Gay Men In Politics

  This afternoon during a press conference to discuss proposed Hate Crimes legislation, State Senator Jim Ferlo came out. The 63-year-old long-time public servant and reliable progressive is due to retire at the end of this term. Ferlo spoke for five minutes about a proposal he sponsors to amend the law. Then he asked the
Category: Politics

Cathy’s Closet in the Media

URGENT APPEAL – the GLCC has asked the community for their help. Please donate tissue and hand sanitizer if you can to help homeless youth and others facing this unpleasant beginning to the cold/flu season.   Today, I received one of those phone calls that make my heart swell – another community organization saw that
Category: Activism

The Hand Me Downs That Saved Lives During the Polar Vortex

Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life. Just yesterday, I met with the team at Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Center to talk about the next Winter Gear Drive. Last year, we collected thousands of assorted
Category: Activism

Pittsburgh Dad Makes First Reference to Gay Neighbors

I like Pittsburgh Dad. He rings true to me – this strange amalgam of adult men in my family and my friend’s fathers. Yep, he’s corny. Yep, he’s sometimes tries too hard. Yep, he’s a little too loose and easy with the insults of others. That’s what I mean – he sounds real to me.
Category: Activism

Top Ten Brad Takei Moments in the “To Be Takei” Documentary

Includes Spoilers! Laura and I met the Takeis several years ago at a function at ToonSeum in the Cultural District. It was a very heady moment when George Takei stopped at the registration table and said “George and Brad Takei are here” then thrust out his wrist for his paper bracelet. One of the perks
Category: Activism

In 2013, 72% of anti-LGBT Homicide Victims Were Transgender Women

This is an important piece from BuzzFeed about the epidemic of violence against trans women, particularly trans women of color. This snapshot commemorates the one year anniversary of the murder of Islan Nettles, a crime that remains unsolved. Out of 18 anti-LGBT homicides in 2013 included in a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, almost
Category: Activism

Can I Bring My Gay Friend to the GLCC Youth Programs?

Earlier this week, I represented Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Center (the GLCC) at an event for teen girls in a program called GirlGov . My assigned task was to describe advocacy opportunities with the GLCC. But as so often is the case, my actual reason for being there was something entirely different. The set-up was like speed
Category: Activism