Pittsburgh Archive

Victory in the Campaign to Establish a Memorial for Andre Gray

With 24 hours to spare, the fundraising leg of the #RememberAndre campaign successfully surged past the $5,000 mark. This project has been established to create a permanent memorial to the life of Andre Gray, a young bisexual man of color who was murdered at the young age of 34 in his Lawrenceville apartment. At the
Category: Activism

Why I’m A Sponsor of the Transpride Pgh Conference

My blog is an official sponsor of the 2015 TransPride Pittsburgh National Conference September 18-20. I just now sent in my check and completed the paperwork. This is part of my intentional acts to show that trans lives matter to me. I chose TransPride Pgh because it functions as sort of an umbrella group for the
Category: Trans

Talking Social Media At Podcamp With Tara Sherry-Torres

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of co-presenting at Podcamp Pittsburgh X with Tara Sherry-Torres of Cafe Con Leche. Our conversation focused on how we use social media to engage our communities. It was an interesting conversation with some great questions from the audience.  
Category: Activism

Be Part of the LGBTQ AMPLIFY Q&A Series

  Saturday morning, the owner of the art gallery where I am an artist in residence was driving in East Liberty. When he pulled up to a redlight, a man on a bicycle stopped to lean in the window and say “You guys rock because of The Amplify!” What struck me is that not only is this random
Category: AMPLIFY

Update on the Campaign to Remember Andre Gray

Last weekend, we were striving to raise $3500 for the memorial bench to honor Andre Gray and his dog, Boss.  Honoring those we’ve lost is an important ritual in our society, almost a necessary part of the healing process. This really powerful piece ran in the Post-Gazette Pet Tales column.  Boss — who was not yet
Category: Activism

Larry Traces His Coming Out to JFK and A Frat Brother #AMPLIFY

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to
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Jesse Believes in the Power of [Trans]cendence #AMPLIFY

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to
Category: Activism

Andre Gray Would Be 35 This Saturday #StoryOfHisLife

  I can’t remember how we celebrated my 35th birthday (in 2005), but I’m relatively sure it involved dinner with Ledcat and probably my parents or friends. I’m sure there was cake and singing. Probably my then-coworkers gave me a card and treated me to lunch. The things that you do. Looking back, I’d tell
Category: Activism