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.

Brokeback Mountain in Pittsburgh

Brokeback Mountain in Pittsburgh

Opens in Pittsburgh on 1/13/2005.  Sue

NBC's Today Reviews Brokeback Mountain: Labels Character Predator

NBC's Today Reviews Brokeback Mountain:  Labels Character Predator

From Pam's House Blend and GLAAD Gene Shalit of the Today show offered a strange review of Brokeback Mountain, characterizing Jake Gyllenhaal's character as a sexual predator because he's gay.  He dredges up a classic predator/victim gay stereotype that indicates, IMHO, that Shalit was uncomfortable with the movie.  Homophobic?  Yes.  Should GLAAD have called him […]

America helps the white Katrina survivors ….

America helps the white Katrina survivors ….

Caught this little tidbit in Newsweek Katrina—Welcome: 'White Couple' Newsweek Jan. 9, 2006 issue – As Katrina evacuees scrambled to find homes, whites were given incentives to rent in some places, while blacks were charged extra or politely turned away 66 percent of the time, according to a five-state report by the National Fair Housing […]

AFA at it again: NBC's Book of Daniel LGBT connections

AFA at it again:  NBC's Book of Daniel LGBT connections

This from 365gay.com (Terre Haute, Indiana) NBC affiliate WTWO has become the first station to announce that it will not carry the program “The Book of Daniel” following pressure from the American Family Association. <snip> The American Family Association has been calling for its members to complain to NBC affiliates about the show which features […]

Not a good time to be a woman at Penn State …

Not a good time to be a woman at Penn State …

The women at Penn State aren't fairing well in the hands of the current Administration.  Women basketball players have been enduring the homophobic tyranny of Rene Portland for years.  and this from today's Post-Gazette … The only sour note is that JoePa appears not to have understood the seriousness of a sex assault charge made against a […]

Stop anti-LGBT activists from writing discrimination into the Pennsylvania Constitution

Stop anti-LGBT activists from writing discrimination into the Pennsylvania Constitution

NOTE: On January 24, the Pennsylvania Family Institute will be introducing their amendment.  Click and do something NOW. This from the ….  12/07/2005     Urgent – Ask Your Legislator to Not Sponsor the Marriage Amendment   We need your help to stop anti-LGBT activists from writing discrimination into the Pennsylvania Constitution. Representative Scott Boyd […]

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

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

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

From Arizona – First Out Lesbian Named to State Senate

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

Confessions of a Rick Santorum Intern

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

Mama, Its Thrifty Not Cheap

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 […]