Pittsburgh Archive

Unofficial Calendar of LGBTQ Pride Events in Pittsburgh

I was pretty disgusted when I read that Iggy Azalea will be headlining Pride in The Streets, but not particularly surprised. Rather than recreate the wheel of all the reasons why you should be disgusted, I opted to focus on something else – the lack of information about the many *other* interesting things happening to
Category: Activism

UPDATED: Free Summer Things To Do In Pgh 2015 Edition

Time for the annual round-up of free (or low-cost) things to do in Pittsburgh this summer. This is by no means comprehensive, just a sample of things we like to do or things that we’ve heard about from friends.   NEW this summer is Art City USA which is a pop-up, city-sized public arts festival
Category: Culture

This Is How Food Stamps Benefit ALL Farmers Market Customers

A terrific program designed to help neighbors use their food stamps – SNAP – at local farmers markets has a wonderful benefit for all of us: the option to use our debit/credit cards at the same markets. Fresh Access Food Bucks offers SNAP recipients a chance to redeem their benefits for tokens that can be
Category: Activism

Five Ways to Improve Accessibility of Your Special Event in Pittsburgh

I just got off the phone with an event organizer who responded really well to my simple request for an accommodation at their upcoming event. I just needed a chair – a simple request, but it is an event without designated seating or even “a lot” of seating. So having a polite, accommodating conversation was
Category: Activism

A Vigil for Andre Gray

    I stood in an empty lot, my bag resting on the park bench as I adjusted the hood of my sweatshirt. A few minutes earlier, I was eating dinner across the street. ┬áThen the media outlets called and told me if someone wasn’t available to interview instantly, they would kill the story. Kill
Category: Activism

Being Seen While Creating Art for Change!

Here’s a cute anecdote. Way back in 2004, Ledcat and I attended a gala event for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force thanks to complimentary tickets. We don’t normally attend gala anything because they are way out of our budget range. So we toodled down to the O’Reilly Theater and were mingling with the fine folks
Category: Activism

LGBTQ Community Vigil For Andre Gray Scheduled

  Please join the LGBTQ community as we honor the life and mourn the death of our brother, neighbor & friend – Andre Pokie Gray. Everyone is welcome. The vigil has been organized by various community groups and with the blessing of Andre’s family. Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Time: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Category: Activism

Who Was Mike V?

Friday night, a small group of people took to the streets in Shadyside, displaying a banner that read “RIP Mike V.” Then some vandalism happened and I’ve spent most of the day fielding inquiries about Mike, anarchists and vandalism. What would he think? (I don’t know.) Who is behind this? (Don’t know that, either.) Do
Category: Activism