LGBT Archive

Nine Things You Never Thought To Donate To The Winter Gear Drive

As you know, I work hard during the winter to gather your gently used items and help the GLCC redistribute them to neighbors. There’s an Amazon Wish List that you can use. The wish list includes some of the basics – blankets, coats, gloves. So let me help you understand some of the other needs.
Category: Activism

Support the GLCC During National Coming Out Week

In honor of National Coming Out Week, the team at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents invites you to “come out” to Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Center. You have several ways to do that First, you can visit the Community Center in person, perhaps with items for the Winter Gear Drive. The GLCC is located at 210 Grant Street
Category: Activism

Reg Henry: LGBT Is A Ridiculous Acronym

While there is a certain artistry to deconstructing the propensity of acronyms, Post-Gazette columnist Reg Henry once again decided to add a little homophobic & transphobic thrust into his column du jour. In this case, Henry was condemning what he described as acronyms that are killing honest words. Among these are DOD, STEM, IED and
Category: Activism

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