Describe your geographical community.
“Pittsburgh is an urban community that is mostly LGBTQ-friendly, but I’ve found that’s often on a surface level… which I think is true for the way Pittsburgh appeals to lots of minoritized groups. There are community spaces for queer folks, medical providers who cater to our specific needs, nonprofits dedicated to our causes, and local businesses owned by members of the community. But it often feels like Pittsburgh’s blue-collar roots are at odds with contemporary queer community-building. Queer folks, to me, feel very disparate and broken up into cliques — sort of how the city is split up into so many tiny neighborhoods. As I write this answer, I’m realizing that I don’t think I’ve ever let my guard down to feel like my full self in any of the five years I’ve been living in Western PA.”
Step inside the magical world of P.T. Barnum and experience the birth of show business. 20th Century Fox presents the greatest holiday movie of the season, The Greatest Showman! Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing […]
The hysterectomy. It is a go. After a lot of phone calls and delays, twists and turns, and tweets, it happened. I’m scheduled for January 10, 2018. That’s the first time I think I’ve typed 2018 on this blog. January 10, 2018 is the date that I will no longer have a uterus which suddenly […]
The family and friends of Ann Veglia-Eisler, 48 years old, are asking for your help to locate their missing loved one. Ann ‘Annie’ Veglia-Eisler turned 48 at the end of November. She’s from Baden, Beaver County, but she was most recently staying with her brother in Upper St. Clair. Ann is a white cisgender woman, […]
So what’s up with this new feature? Why am I publishing links? First, I used to do this back in the day – I wrote round-ups of LGBTQ links with ties to this region. It kept me informed on actual news and opinions. So I thought as I approach my 12th anniversary (December 30), it […]
We’ve been working with three local LGBTQ projects to support our neighbors during the holidays. Here’s an update. Persad’s SAGE project works with LGBTQ elders (50+) and each year identifies clients who have minimal or no family engagement. Coupled with living in rural communities on fixed incomes, their holiday support isn’t really strong. In years […]
What motivated you to take part in this project? Maybe my answers will help someone else. I didn’t have anyone to say these things to me and I wish I had.
Very good news in the disappearance of Seleana ‘Nina’ Wyley – she has been located and is reported to be safe. She made contact with family friends. I do not have any details or specifics, but we do have this confirmation from local LGBTQ activist Amber Sloan from M.A.D.E. IT Pittsburgh.
She was 26 years old. Her name was Brandi Seals. She lived in Houston, Texas. She was a black trans woman. And she is now the 25th transgender person to be murdered in the US during 2017. According to reports from Houston media, it was just around 6 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, when neighbors […]
UPDATE: Nina has been found safe. Today, December 13, 2017, is the 21st birthday of Seleana ‘Nina’ Davis. Nina has been missing since December 6, 2017 when she was last seen in the South Side. Her family has tried repeatedly to file a missing persons report, but apparently there is some little known legal issue […]