Local LGBTQ Links We Are Reading – April 30, 2018

This semi-regular feature compiles some links from around the region on LGBTQ themes. It is important to read the information and to pay attention to what your local media is sharing around LGBTQ topics. Best of all, consider submitting your own letter to the editor to your local outlet. Create the content.

Here we go …

Diana Nelson Jones explored a summit that dealt with violence in the home, among teens, violence against the LGBT population, sexual assault, sex trafficking, poverty and fractured families. Walkabout: Communities must bring an end to violence against women, girls via the Post-Gazette.

Philly’s LGBTQ softball league celebrates 35 years on the field Explored by WHYY

The Pitt News covered Lance Bass’s appearance at the University of Pittsburgh where the openly gay talked about his boyband days and more.

The Hollywood Reporter mentioned a Pittsburgh blog nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

The Allegheny College News covered a campus GSA sponsored event featuring Pittsburgh drag performer Bambi Deerest.

The New Pittsburgh Courier highlighted a first person essay by LGBTQ student Nsai Temko originally published in PublicSource

Next Pittsburgh profiles the 2018 ReelQ LGBTQ Film Festival programs.

Public Source explored the ongoing dialogue around a North Allegheny High School contractor’s social media presence with a note about the impact of their comments on transgender students.

WESA 90.5 FM also explored the impact of the Name Change Project on the regional transgender community.

The Arizona Sonora News asked “How does sexual assault impact minorities?” and cited a University of Pittsburgh Men’s Health Study report.

The TribLive site ran an AP story Bills to curtail LGBT rights are failing in U.S. legislatures

The Post-Gazette interviewed a Trump appointee about the EEOC and sexual orientation/gender identity cases. With roots in small-town Pa., EEOC chair leads charge on workplace rights in Trump era

New trailer for FX series ‘Pose’ glimpses ball culture and Billy Porter via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This Trib duo won a Keystone Press Award: Bobby Cherry and Kristina Serafini, second place, Photo Story, “Bell Acres Transgender Person”

George Hickok of Charleroi wrote to the Observer-Reporter about the role of the loyal opposition. Monica Burke is a research assistant in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. LGBT MEGADONOR PUSHES DISCRIMINATORY ‘ANTI-DISCRIMINATION’ BILL IN PENNSYLVANIA | OPINION

Philly has first march celebrating LGBT people of color from Philly.com

Hermitage native Claire Wolfever, a 23 year old trans woman, pled guilty to a 2016 shooting of her former coworker at the Wal-Mart in Hermitage. The coworker has recovered. Wolfever’s sentencing may be as soon as June. The Shenango Valley media response has been horrifyingly unprofessional, biased, inaccurate, inconsistent and close to what you’d expect if a group of tween mean girls were set loose to create a parody of journalism after watching 48 hours of FOX News.  note: all the trigger warnings your can imagine at these links. not a single one of them reported with accuracy or fairness. not a single one.

Local drag performers October Obermine, Lita D’Vargas, Vile Lynn and Veruca La’Piranha created a drag show with a “Happy Birthday Hitler” type theme in partnership with Brewer’s Bar. It was alleged to be satire. Debate raged across social media with end result that the event was cancelled, Brewer’s pulled down their FB page, and while D’Vargas issued a heartfelt acknowledgement of where planning went wrong, others implied they have plans for a forthcoming ‘Mammy themed’ drag show. Satire is a tool, not an inherent right that comes with the desire to be provocative. The City Paper has a write-up.  For the record, I’m not convinced much was learned here. Racism is a problem in the regional LGBTQ community. We need to deal with it before the ‘Mammy themed’ drag show becomes a reality.

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe just did so many awful things in his latest diatribe. Here’s the coverage

This list is not comprehensive, but does offer insight into the depth and breadth of coverage of our community. Please feel free to submit a link you want us to include in a future edition of this feature pghlesbian at gmail dot com