Pittsburgh Archive

PA To Host 19 Events Honoring the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

Thursday, November 20 will be the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR.) According to the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition: At least 19 organized vigils will be held in communities throughout the commonwealth for TDoR on November 20th, 2014. This is large increase from just a few events held in Pittsburgh and Southeastern Pennsylvania before
Category: Activism

Pittsburgh Municipal Equality Index Score Increases for 2014

The 2014 HRC Municipal Equality Index has been released. Pittsburgh residents have gained significant benefit from the 2014 court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, but has only made slight actual gains in terms of municipal initiated efforts to address equality. Pittsburgh’s most noticeable ongoing weakness is evident in the “gender identity” indicators. The scoring
Category: Activism

Giveaway: Tickets For Indecent Divas Cabaret This Weekend

Our friends at Off The Wall Theater have once again offered you the chance to explore the local arts scene – this time through a limited performance. Indecent Divas is a cabaret “with sass and questionable class” featuring Anna Elder and Rebecca Covert¬†for an evening of bawdy music, risque humor, and lots of wicked surprises!
Category: Culture

Ten Pittsburgh Holiday Things To Do

For the first time in a decade or longer, I’m not working on a holiday gift project of some type like a toy drive or a food or blanket drive. No drives. Organizing a drive or a giving tree is exhilarating and rewarding, but it consumes hundreds of hours. My personal seasonal activities were usually
Category: Culture

Exploring The Art and Craft of Lesbian Blogging

Today, November 1, marks the launch of the *real* NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month. This group-blog idea was founded in 2006 as a little sibling to National Novel Writing Month. Now managed by BlogHer, NaBloPoMo has a simple aim – post something every day. They offer blogging prompts, a blogroll and the opportunity to
Category: Activism

Pittsburgh Plays It Forward With Holiday Toy Project

Play It Forward is a terrific resource for regional families during the holidays. Building upon the idea of toy sharing, organizers collect gently used toys, stuffed animals and more to redistribute to families in need. I think it is an excellent idea and the fact that they received over 50,000 toys in 2013 suggests that
Category: Culture

The Early History of Halloween and Gender Norms in Pittsburgh

Guest Blog Post from Joe Wos, a Pittsburgh based cartoonist and storyteller. He discovered some interesting material about the history of Halloween in early 20th century Pittsburgh. ¬†The media coverage of gender normative behavior isn’t that far off from current misinformation around gender identity and gender expression. You can find Joe on Twitter @WosIsMe Imagine
Category: Activism

Five Lies About Autumn in Pittsburgh

In a sad twist of irony on irony, my blog post about Pumpkin Spice Latte memes has now become the most read post in the history of this blog. Oh, the humanity. In my defense, I don’t own yoga pants. I also only wear leggings or tights underneath other items of clothing. In the spirit
Category: Culture