Sue is the founder of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents blog, established in 2005.. She has an MSW from the University in Pittsburgh and a BA in Political Science from Marymount University. Her undergraduate claim to fame is a six month stint as an intern with then Congressman Rick Santorum in 1991. Born and raised in West Mifflin, Sue attended college in Washington DC, then graduate school in Louisiana and ended up in Kentucky doing social service ministry. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1997. She now lives on Pittsburgh’s Northside with her wife, Laura. She was among the first out LGBTQ people named to Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 in 2004 and is a graduate of Leadership Development Initiative Class VII. After being fully and permanently disabled in 2010, Sue has continued to serve the community. She founded the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project to address hunger and environmental issues. In 2015, she launched the #AMPLIFY LGBTQ archive in conjunction with a two-year artist in residence stint with Most Wanted Fine Art. Sue and her wife have fostered over 25 kittens through Pittsburgh CAT and Homeless Cat Management Team, and now manage multiple community cat colonies in their neighborhood. In 2020, Sue cofounded the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT to support the queer and trans community during the pandemic, distributing tens of thousands of face masks and other supplies throughout the region. In 2021, Sue created the #PghCatFolx projects to support neighbors working with community cats. Under that heading came the Dr. John P. Ruffing DVM Pet Food Projects, memorializing one of her very best friends who died in 2007. In 2021, Sue worked with community leaders to develop and establish a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities (PLC) where she currently serves as Board President. PLC absorbed the #PghCatFolx projects. Also in 2021, Sue was the first person in history appointed to the City of Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Commission and was unanimously elected as one of three inaugural co-chairs. Her blogging has garnered numerous awards Favorite GLBT Media Publication - 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter Reader’s Poll) Favorite GLBT Social Media - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter Reader’s Poll) Best Local Blogger - 2016, 2019 (Pittsburgh City Paper Reader’s Poll) LGBTQIA Pittsburgh’s Best Blogger - 2020 (SisTersPgh, People’s Pride of Pittsburgh) Outstanding Blog - 2019, 2022 (GLAAD Media Awards) Sue has also personally been honored Person of the Year - The Advocate Magazine, 2022 15 Lesbian Icons - LGBTQ Nation, 2023 LGBTQIA Pittsburgh’s Best Lesbian Activist - SisTersPgh, People’s Pride of Pittsburgh 2022 Sue believes in identifying and filling gaps in supports & services rather than recreating the wheel. She uses both her undergraduate and graduate degrees on a regular basis as a blogger and activist and regularly circulates her 1991 internship photo just to shake things up on her social media feeds. Her own experiences with cPTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other health challenges have fueled her health blogging and activism. She also writes extensively about her family history, drawing on her amateur genealogy hobby. The blog regularly reviews arts and cultural events as well as exploring restaurants, soap opera storylines, and hyper-local news. Sue and her wife Laura have been together since 2003. They were married on a very cold February 2, 2021 in their backyard at a very small ceremony co-officiated by their pagan priestess friend, Anne, and then-Mayor Bill Peduto. They have six niblings, four in Pittsburgh and two in Philadelphia.

The reasons my blog is not sustainable. Nor am I.

My blog is not sustainable People often point out to me that my blog model is not sustainable. They seem to think this is important information for me, something I don’t know. Mediasplaining, perhaps? Should sustainability aka financial self-sufficiency define the value of media? Or the folx creating the media? Should it define anyone? Does […]

Two Arrested in the Death of Trans Woman Cecilia Gentili

Cecilia Gentili

In February, friends and family gathered to mourn the unexpected death of beloved trans activist, Cecilia Gentili. This month two people have been charged Monday for allegedly distributing the heroin and fentanyl that caused her death. The Crime Text messages, cell site data, and other evidence showed that 52-year-old Antonio Venti of Long Island sold […]

87 Trans Voices on the Trans Day of Visibility

Transgender Awareness Week

The Trans Day of Visibility is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. I spend too much time – by necessity – writing about violence targeting the trans community. Today, I offer you different content. From 2015-2018, we collected stories directly from […]

If Pittsburgh Trans Folx Need a Sign, the Protect Trans Kids Project is Here

Protect Trans Kids

The Protect Trans Kids Project (#PTK) is needed now more than ever. Thus, Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities is reinvigorating this public show of support for the trans community. You can request a sign, sticker, or pen at this link. There is no charge for these items, but we do rely entirely on donations. #PTK took a […]

Updates Are People or Spreading My Truth

An update is important, especially when the storyline involves people we value. That’s probably why we love franchise movies so much – we want another chapter, a way to stay connected to characters who are important to us. That includes those who are fast and furious as well as those who avenge us. See what […]

PA House Republicans Introduce Package of Anti-Trans Bills

A week before the Trans Day of Visibility, a group of Pennsylvania legislators have introduced a package of anti-trans bills targeting students and educators. Surprise – they are Republicans. The package of bills are framed around protecting free speech as well as also defending parents and teachers. ‘Parents rights’ transcend the rights of students. They […]

Meraxes Medina, a 24 year old Trans Latina, Killed in Los Angeles. LAPD is Concerned About Multiple Shootings.

Meraxes Medina

The Crime On March 20, 2024, the body of a Latina trans woman was dumped on a Los Angeles street where she was found by Los Angeles police officers. The cause of her death was a gunshot wound to her head. Her name was Meraxes Medina. Note that some of the original reporting misgenders Meraxes […]

Review: Wicked Little Letters is a Delightful Romp

Wicked Little Letters

Spoilerish Delightful, the word that comes to mind after watching the movie Wicked Little Letters. The film returns to a long forgotten episode from the 1920’s. Featuring Olivia Colman as the prim spinster Edith Swan seemingly targeted by an onslaught of lewd anonymous letters filled with the unique cursing of the English, the cast boasts […]

How to make this blog sustainable

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Trans Man Alex Franco, 21, Shot to Death in Utah

Alex Jordan

The body of a 21 year old Utah trans man discovered Tuesday morning in “remote desert area in Utah County,” according to authorities. Alex Franco appears to have died from a single gunshot, but police are waiting on coroner’s full report. According to Taylorsville Police, Alex’s body was found in a western part of Lehi, a […]