Sue is founding editor 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) LGBTQIA Pittsburgh’s Best Lesbian Activist - 2020 (SisTersPgh, People’s Pride of Pittsburgh) Outstanding Blog - 2019, 2022 (GLAAD Media Awards) 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.

Blessed bigotry: Pope Benedict XVI is Anti-Gay Person of the Year

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From the Washington Blade EDITORS’ NOTE:As 2005 draws to a close, many media outlets will announce their selections for person of the year. In past years, Blade editors have selected a Story of the Year instead. This year, the Story of the Year was, in our view, the extraordinary efforts of one individual to not […]

From Arizona – First Out Lesbian Named to State Senate

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From PageOneQ  … Good news from Arizona … History was made Tuesday, Jan. 3, when the first open Lesbian was named to the Arizona Senate. By a unanimous vote during their weekly meeting, the Pima County Board of Supervisors named Paula Aboud (r) to the vacant District 28 State Senate seat for the remainder of […]

Confessions of a Rick Santorum Intern

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My favorite line of the morning thus far from 2 Political Junkies Rick Santorum – a man of strict principles, until he needs to win an election. This calls for full confession — in 1991, I spent six months as a legislative intern for then-Congressman Rick Santorum.  I was 20 years old and hopelessly heterosexual.  […]

Mama, Its Thrifty Not Cheap

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This past November, we coughed up $25 to support the Homeless Cat Management Team's fundraiser (yes we feed feral cats) and came away with our very own Enjoy book.  I made a solemn vow that this would be our ticket out of the Olive Garden and into a bright local restaurant scene!  Then … bonus […]

ACT UP!

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   > JOIN ACTIVISTS IN PROTEST AGAINST THE RADICAL RIGHT > Philadelphia SUNDAY JANUARY 8 at 7 PM AT “JUSTICE SUNDAY III” > > Jerry Falwell. > Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council. > James Dobson from Focus on the Family. > Rick Santorum. > > All coming to Philadelphia on Jan 8 to rally on “Justice Sunday” to pack the Supreme […]

Justice Sunday

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Here's a take on Justice Sunday from the winner of the Best LGBT Blog …Pam's House Blend As you can see, the AmTaliban has its splash of color up there for the big shindig, all prominently featured on the web site. Sadly, one of them is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Alveda C. […]

From Dallas Voice – Mary Cheney and 2006

Read an amusing take from General Gayety columnist Leslie Robinson. Here's my favorite Mary Cheney: “I resolve to hold my partner’s hand in front of cameras. Even if I have to pretend I’m just helping her up.” Mary Cheney is not a good person.  I believe that Mary Cheney exploited the LGBT community for her […]

NYC Lesbian Becomes City Council Speaker

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This GOOD news from 365gay.com   New York City) Christine Quinn has earned a double distinction, becoming the first woman and the first out lesbian to serve as the speaker of New York City Council. The Manhattan Democrat becomes the second most powerful person in city politics, after Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Some of my friends […]

Resolutions – Looking Back

2003 was my resolution year.  Frustrated with feeling disconnected from the LGBT community, I resolved to try at least one new lesbian friendly activity each month.  In hindsight, I feel very proud of my resolve and continue to reap the benefits of the contacts I made during that year.  And, of course, that resolution led […]

Starting 2006 on the Left Paw

  Greetings from the official pet delegate of the Pittsburgh lesbian correspondents! 2005 was a year of change for Miss Mona.  I moved to a nice new home with a big back yard, soft blue couch and another person to tend to my every whim.  In the process, I acquired 4 more cats to deal […]