Pennsylvania Archive

When A Manager Send You Pornographic Email

While debate rages over the “inappropriate email” scandal in Harrisburg, I am reminded of one much-overlooked fact: this happens to a lot of us in our workplaces. And it is not a pleasant experience, precisely because it typically reflects deeper things about the workplace culture rather than a one time “whoops” scenario. Here’s what’s happening
Category: Activism

Turn Out For What? MidTerm Elections In Southwestern PA

Can you name anyone running for in the 2014 November 4 elections? You should. Every member of the United States Congress is up for reelection. And we are electing a Governor. This new video from Rock The Vote, takes an interesting approach though. Instead of focusing on WHO we are electing, it reminds us that
Category: Activism

Pumpkin Spice Latte Memes

Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread? When did PSL become a mainstay of fall (not Fall)? I guess when pumpkin spice latte gained a prominent hashtag aka #PSL which I use all of the time. I love pumpkin spice latte.
Category: Culture

Plaintiff in PA Marriage Equality Lawsuit, Fredia Hurdle, Dies at Age 50

  Fredia Hurdle is remembered as a force of nature by her family and friends in the aftermath of her death on Thursday, August 7, 2014. She is known for her role as a plaintiff in the landmark case that brought marriage equality to Pennsylvania (Whitewood, et al v Wolf, et al) where she and
Category: Activism

ENDA, Religious Exemptions, and Why Non-Discrimination Matters

Most people do not believe this so let me open with a statement of fact – in most of the United States (and Pennsylvania) it is legal to fire someone or deny them a rental unit or service because they are LGBTQ.  It is legal. It doesn’t have anything to do with “right to work”
Category: Activism

Partner of Alleg Co Employee Speaks Out on Termination of Domestic Partner Benefits

  I am scheduled for a total knee replacement 8/2014. I also need to have a hysterectomy as I have tested positive for precancerous cells and have a family history. Eileen Halloran  and her partner have been together for nearly ten years. They have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Five years ago, Eileen’s partner took
Category: Activism

Petition: Keep Domestic Partner Benefits Until PA Passes Statewide Non-Discrimination

UPDATE: Nearly 550 signatures in three days. Let’s keep this going.  UPDATE: Over 150 signatures in less than 24 hours. Will you lend your name?Allegheny County in Southwestern Pennsylvania has announced plans to eliminate domestic partner benefits for employees, effective July 31, 2014. Same sex couples who receive benefits have until that date to legally marry
Category: Activism

Cloning Equality

If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be? I actually put together an entire plan to do this – to study best practices in LGBTQ municipal equality via a
Category: Activism