Pennsylvania Archive

Municipal Government and Publicly Out LGBTQ Employees

Does it matter if local and regional government employers hire and appoint openly LGBTQ people to leadership roles? This question has launched many a Facebook chats, unleashing discussions on everything from outing people to privacy concerns to dislike of being labeled as “the gay <insert title>.” These are valid points to consider. In my mind,
Category: Activism

The 44 Year Old Bridesmaid

I’ve never been a bridesmaid. I’ve been the lector (the person who reads during a Catholic Mass) many times over, but never a bridesmaid. Don’t get me wrong, this has its advantages. I can wear whatever dress I want, I often was included in the pre-wedding festivities and my outlay of cash was minimal. But
Category: Activism

UPDATED 24 Year Old Trans Man Dies By Suicide in Pittsburgh

The news about the death of Leelah Alcorn outside of Cincinnati brought to my attention a similar tragedy much closer to home. On Saturday, December 13, 2014, 24-year-old Andi Woodhouse died by suicide near the 10th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh. Andi was from Lebanon, PA. He was in Pittsburgh temporarily for some services and he
Category: Activism

Election 2014 Don’t Let the Trans Community Bear the Brunt of the Anti-LGBTQ Attacks Alone

There are many reasons to vote and many critical elections impacting Southwestern PA. It is easy to give in to the sense of inevitability or futility and not bother to turn out, but that’s exactly what our opponents want to see happen. The act of voting IN SPITE of the odds is an act of
Category: Activism

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