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.

Press Release: City Council Proclaims September 12 to be ‘Protect Trans Kids Day’ in Pittsburgh

Responding to community organizing after the harassment of a local teen, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously declares Monday Sept 12 the FIRST “Protect Trans Kids” in the city of Pittsburgh. The proclamation was drafted and directed by a group of local transgender teens.  The project was launched by a group of teens with City Councilor Bobby […]

Regina ‘Mya’ Allen, 35, Shot to Death in Milwaukee

Regina Mya Allen

Regina ‘Mya’ Allen was 35 years old and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One of her final social media posts showed she was looking forward to her September birthday, just 22 days ahead. Tragically, Mya won’t have the chance to celebrate that milestone. The day after the post, she was shot to death as she walked […]

September 12, 2022 is Officially Protect Trans Kids Day in the City of Pittsburgh

On Monday, September 12, 2022, the City of Pittsburgh will recognize the first ‘Protect Trans Kids Day’ via a City Council Proclamation drafted and directed by a group of local transgender teenagers.  City Councilor Bobby Wilson initiated the proclamation and was joined unanimously by all other current council members. Wilson’s district saw the launch of […]

How to Request Campaign Yard Signs around Pittsburgh

I know, I know – yard signs don’t generate votes. My campaign staff friends tell me this and I say “phooey” to them. I notice signs. And I especially notice the signs in my own neighborhood (Manchester on the Northside) which is 70% Black and 30% white. I notice which candidates have support. I notice […]

This is One Strange Looking Cat in Our Backyard

I’m an unboxer! I earned enough Amazon gift cards doing survey (OMG so much work) to be able to get this inflatable that I coveted since last year. We tried it out yesterday and there’s literally only one space in the yard where it fits, at 11-feet-tall. We have an inflatable owl and a Christmas […]

COVID – Lingering

So my active symptoms began on Tuesday, August 16, but I was exposed the previous Friday. It has been over two weeks. I feel better, for sure. But I also feel different and not better or at least not myself better if that makes sense. Mostly, I am exhausted physically and mentally. I wake up […]

Haters Gonna Hate or the Latest Northsider Who Thinks It is Okay To Harass Trans Kids & Remove Yard Signs

The #ProtectTransKids campaign is still bursting with requests – we just placed another order for signs and the first batch of stickers went out in today’s mail. You are doing a solid job protecting trans kids, the one at the epicenter of this project, and all of the trans kids (of all ages) who see […]

Black Trans Ohio Woman Fatally Shot in Detroit

Dede Ricks

Dede Ricks, a 33-year-old Black trans woman, was shot to death in Detroit on August 27, 2022. Dede was from Ohio, possibly Cleveland. While police have identified, arrested, and charged a suspect in her murder, there is not much information known about DeDe (sometimes styled Dede) or her family. We do know that she did […]

Pittsburgh Woman Guilty of Harassment of Trans Teen Neighbor Files Appeal, Faces Further Civil Legal Actions

Darian Balcom TERF Pittsburgh

While not unexpected, news of yet another legal hurdle for the O’Donnell-Collar family arrived with notification that their neighbor has appealed her conviction of harassment. On July 26, 2022, District Magisterial Judge Duncan-Williams determined that 50-year-old Darian Balcom was guilty of one count of statutory harassment after two years of behavior targeting her next door […]

Two Trans Folx Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Shot and Killed by Police in Separate Incidents

Last night I read this via HRC Aaron Lynch, a 26-year-old transgender man who was shot and killed by police in McClean, Virginia on July 7. Then I read this on Facebook On May 19, 2022, Maddie, a transgender woman, Korean adoptee, and father of two young children, was shot and killed by Malvern Police (Pennsylvania) during […]