Pittsburgh Mayor Signs “Mayors for Marriage Equality” Pledge of Support

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has evolved in his understanding of the LGBT community and has now embraced marriage equality. He affirmed this by signing the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry pledge. Mr. Ravenstahl said he made up his mind after speaking with gay friends and staff, as well as members of his LGBT task […]

Adventures in Swag – Helping Our Neighbors

This week, I’m attending the Netroots Nation conference in Rhode Island. The exhibitors hall opened up today and I spent a few hours staffing the Netroots Connect LGBT table along with Ledcat. I took a quick trip around the exhibits but I’ll go back when things fill up a bit. So far, we’ve received two […]

Pitt Responds to Allegations of Trans Discrimination

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

The University of Pittsburgh has filed a motion to dismiss a complaints alleging discrimination against transgender students due to their restrictive bathroom policies. The complaint was filed by Rainbow Alliance on behalf of students. It remains unclear if any faculty or staff member has filed a similar complaint. “The complaint does not identify any actual […]

NetRoots Nation 2012 – Reporting From The LGBT Pre-Conference

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Greetings from Providence. It is somewhat chilly here, but what a beautiful town. We are near the capitol building in a fancy, schmancy hotel with a great view and no vending machines (i know, i know.) After a 15 hour travel saga that was mostly uneventful thanks to Megabus, we made it here and spent […]

Miss Pennsylvania is Transphobic; Other Miss Pennsylvania Questioned About Marriage Equality

What a contradiction. Today comes the news that Sheena Monnin, Miss Pennsylvania, opted to turn in her tiara because she’s unhappy about  the inclusion of transgender women in beauty pageants.  “I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012,” the e-mail released by Miss Universe said. “I refuse to be part […]

Lancaster Paper Rejects Paid Same Sex Marriage Announcement

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Jeffrey Klouser and Brent Weaver have been together 7 years and plan to marry out of state. To commemorate a momentous occasion they, like man couples, took out an ad in the local newspaper’s Celebrations section. Unfortunately, the paper’s management decided that such a simple affirmation of a relationship was not in line with community […]

You Just Don’t Get It: More Response to Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

The other day, I shared some of my personal thoughts about the allegations against Father Dan Valentine of St. James Parish in Sewickley on my Facebook page.  I had some back and forth with friends who were commenting on how they would respond if their kids disclosed and how they would never feel comfortable leaving […]

Letter to The Editor: Post-Gazette – Marriage Equality

You know, its been awhile since I posted a letter to the editor – that’s partially due to the major fail on the part of the search engines for the Trib and the Post-Gazette.  Brandon Mitchell of Greenfield shares his optimism in response to President Obama’s affirmation of marriage equality. I cannot express the feelings […]

Prepping for NetRoots Nation 2012

Ledcat and I are very excited to be off to Providence, Rhode Island for the 2012 NetRoots Nation Conference. It is especially cool because we have scholarships so this a mini-vacation (best we’ll do for this year) as well as conference. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to absorb, but the chance to […]

When Your Life is Touched by Pedophilia and Child Molestation Once, Twice, Three Times

It is a terrible burden to carry – the realization that someone you trusted violated other children. I know this because tonight I learned that a third person in my life is being investigated for “inappropriate contact via Facebook with minor children.”  The second person was a Catholic Priest in my home parish of  Holy […]