Pittsburgh Archive

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

South Side Bar Location of 2013 Queer Bashing to Close ‘Indefinitely’

A South Side bar where two queer women of color were bashed in January 2013 has been closed indefinitely after a shooting incident this past weekend left a 21-year-old woman shot. She was treated and released. “With this action, a standard has been set and the message has been sent that chronic illegal, disruptive, and
Category: Activism

Joe Stevens: Queer Culture, Female Roots and Making Music as a Trans Man

Ticket GIVEAWAY – at the bottom of the post Joe Stevens has been making music for quite a while, first as part of beloved duo “Coyote Grace” and now on his own. He is coming to Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 25 to perform at Cattivo with Great Caesar and Night Lights. Tickets are $10 and
Category: Activism

Dear Allegheny County Council – I Don’t Trust Your God

I have a very concise message for Sue Means, Chuck Martoni, John Palmiere, Ed Kress, Heather Heidelbaugh, Tom Baker, the members of Allegheny County Council who want to erect a plaque in the County Courthouse with the motto “In God We Trust.”  (h/t 2 Political Junkies) No, we don’t. You might trust in God, but I
Category: Activism

Repent Amarillo Targeted Northside Church – Watch How They Respond #NSFW

A week before Pittsburgh Pridefest, members of Repent Amarillo were spotted protesting outside of Community Presbyterian Church in the Central Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I just found the 50 minute “street preach” video and it is both sad and amusing. It is also something people are going to underestimate.  This is #NSFW because of the
Category: Activism

Being a Fan of the Steelers is a Preference, Being a Lesbian is Not

It is 2014. There is simply no excuse for a college educated 23-year-old man like Eric Waters to use the phrase “sexual preference” unless he is being a snide bigot. Period. I’m referring to a Tribune Review interview in which Waters talks disrespectful trash about his college roommate, Michael Sam – the first openly gay
Category: Activism

Pgh City Council Votes to Update Trans Non-Discrimination Protections

  Something very interesting took place in Pittsburgh City Council today – they directly addressed a matter of transgender municipal equality for the first time in history. The issue is non-discrimination which Pittsburgh City Council first took up as far back as the late 1980’s. In 1990, the City amended the Human Relations Ordinance to
Category: Activism