Black Trans Woman Nikai David Fatally Shot in Oakland, California, 50th Trans Victim of 2021

Nikai David

Friends of Nikai David are in shock after learning of her murder this past week. The 33-year-old was a model and aspiring social media influencer who had celebrated her birthday not even a week ago. Police said just after 4 a.m., officers responded to a shooting on Castro Street in West Oakland and found Nikai, […]

Political LGBTQ&A with Gregory O. Yorgey-Girdy, Judge-Elect

Greg Yorgey-Girdy

  As gay people, we are not one to sit around and be quiet. We have a history of being marginalized. In 2020, we had one of the highest voter registrations. It’s queer people getting out and doing it. A few days after Election Day 2021, the Victory Fund released a list of known out  […]

Update on Santa Claws Gift Card Drive – 2 caretakers adopted, 24 to go

As of December 2, we have two caretakers “adopted” for the holidays. That leaves the following caretakers to be adopted with a gift card donation. Al and Karen (72), West Mifflin, 5 catsBarbara (79), Oakland, 25 catsCindy, Hill District, 18 catsDenise, (61), Carnegie, 20+ catsErica, (30), Regent Square, 10+ catsHolly, Northside, 10+ catsJuly, (78), Moon […]

Trans Woman Cris Blehar, 65, Murdered in Kentucky in May 2021.

Cris Blehar

Cris Blehar was a 65-year-old white trans woman whose life was taken on May 19, 2021 in the Meade County, Kentucky region. Cris has served our nation and retired from the US Air Force. According to local news, a suspect has been charged with her murder and a trial date has been set for June […]

Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Commission Statement on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day • December 1, 2021   Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Commission Honors Those Who Have Died  from HIV/AIDS, Elevates the Dignity of Persons Living With HIV, and  Joins The Call To End The AIDS Epidemic By 2030  Forty years ago, in June 1981, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published an article  describing five cases of Pneumocystis […]

Verizon, Verizon, Why do you treat me so bad?

We’ve been with Verizon since the dawn of cell phones so you’d think we’d be used to their corporate bunkum and balderdash by now. But like a fool I let my guard down about an upgrade deal only to have my heart stabbed with the death of a thousand keystrokes that only a sales chat […]

Morning Things – Feeding the Backyard Cats

Feeding Feral Cats

This is what we get to do each day – morning and night – we have two feral cats in our yard named Oksana and Mx Pajamas. They wait at the back door like little dogs. In this clip, our occasional guest Tommy is waiting. He was curled up in a little ball when I […]

30 Years After My Internship with Rick Santorum, the Official Photo Still Has Political Capitol

Rick Santorum Photo

This photo was taken 30 years ago, December. It was cold. DC is cold in December. I remember this sweater and coat, I felt so grown up. The woman who took the photo was Santorum’s secretary, Deborah (I think.) I was sort of hesitating about traveling in just for the photo, but she insisted I […]

Santa Claws Magic for Walt on the Northside

For the holidays, we are asking you to adopt a community cat caretaker to thank them for their year round work. Walt is a retiree in his 70’s living on the Northside. This is a very special caretaker. He has a colony of 26 cats, all TNVRd. And every one of them is a black […]

Santa Claws Magic for Stephanie in New Derry

Adopt a Family Christmas

For the holidays, we are asking you to adopt a community cat caretaker to thank them for their year round work. Stephanie is a 30-year-old disabled woman living in New Derry in Westmoreland County. She currently cares for 10 cats in her colony. In her own words “I do it because I don’t want them […]