LGBTQ Archive

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

Donate Back To School Supplies for LGBTQ Youth

Backpacks or similar bags are de rigueur for school students, no matter what grade. There are always trends in terms of what’s a cool bag, but for many youth – a durable bag that functions is pretty much what they want. So I have this blue backpack that I purchased in August 1998 for grad
Category: Culture

After 11 Years, Ledcat Still Has My Number

This month, Ledcat and I celebrate eleven years of togetherness. Like many LGBTQ couples who (until recently) had no access to marriage, we’ve used our first date as our anniversary. Thanks to smart planning on my part, we moved in together almost two years to the day later. This minimizes anniversary dilemmas. A few weeks
Category: Activism

Allegheny County Email To Domestic Partners

I’ve obtained a copy of the email the County apparently sent to 11 employees accessing domestic partner benefits on Tuesday June 24. I’ve noticed a few concerning issues The email uses this language “effective immediately” with no reference to July 31 or a cutoff date. Media reports added that clarification. Effective immediately is a little
Category: Activism

Ten Fabulous “Special Rights” for LGBTQ Public Employees

In response to the conversation about domestic partner benefits from PA municipal employers such as Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, some have raised concerns that same-sex couples will be receiving “special gay privileges” which is unfair to unmarried heterosexual employees. It is probably fair to look back into history at the civil rights movement and
Category: Other

Why the Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March Is Necessary For Survival

For 8 years, I have watched and participated in the growth of Pittsburgh’s Dyke and Trans March (formerly known as the Dyke March), an effort led by the steady and dedicated investment of Eli Kuti, a local feminist trans man. I am not an event organizer. I did not shape the mission statement and I
Category: Activism

Talking LGBTQ Symbols with @Mashable Made Me Some New Friends

Last week, I was asked by GLAAD to contribute to a piece on the meaning of LGBTQ symbols to my life, specifically lesbian symbols such as interlocking female symbols.  The piece was being compiled by Mashable and was published Friday. It really gave me pause to stop and *think* about lesbian symbols. And do a
Category: Activism

How Can You Resist These Eyes? Like The Page!

Category: Activism