Local LGBTQ Links We’re Reading – December 29, 2017

Every Friday, we share the links of the latest LGBTQ news with a regional tie. It is important to pay attention to local letters to the editor, essays, op-eds, and more.

Understanding the Quiet Gay Activism of Mister Rogers 

Pittsburgh queer folks quoted in this HuffPost piece On ‘Coco,’ ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ And Chosen Family At The Holidays

Pittsburgh was also mentioned in this piece Amazon Search for HQ2 Linked to LGBT Rights? from the Washington Blade

The New Pittsburgh Courier reprinted an op-ed from Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor disputing the notion that Black Christians were leveraged against LGBTQ rights in the Alabama Senate race.

The Courier also ran a blistering inditement of Roy Moore’s homophobic comments about the openly gay son of Doug Jones.

Pittsburgh native and Vanderbilt student Stephanie Wang is writing a regular series profiling the faculty members involved in the LGBT Policy Lab.

Pittsburgh has lost another openly LGBTQ voice among local media as Deanna Garcia has departed WESA to join the communications team at The Pittsburgh Foundation. This is a significant blow for our community which now has only one openly LGBTQ journalist with a mainstream outlet (David Highfield at KDKA.) The bright spot is having another openly LGBTQ voice in the Foundation world and we wish Deanna all the best – she’s been a tremendous bright spot and important voice for LGBTQ folks and so much more.

Pittsburgh native and Longtime Arlington politician will retire, but he’s not leaving

City Theatre Presents the Pittsburgh Premiere of THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

Sean’s Big Gay Blog reflects on Christmas in a gay family (in Pittsburgh)

A religious freedom think tank lays out the argument that winning the PA Gubernatorial race in 2018 is imperative for Republicans. It is as bad as you expect.

Erie native Marc Felion reflects on 14 years of producing ‘Feast of Fun’ podcast in a cover piece for the Windy City Times

Lisa Szymanski, R.N., public health nurse with the Erie County Department of Health, wrote for GoErie about the value of PrEP.