Monday, September 20
by Sue on Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:38 PM EDT
GLCC Wisdom Wellness Series
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
210 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
Monday, June 7
by Sue on Mon 07 Jun 2010 07:58 PM EDT
According to the HRC, yes.
Interesting news, but compliance could take years and count on faith based hospitals opting out.
You can help by contacting the Pennsylvania Hospital Association to encourage implementation.
Thursday, May 6
by Sue on Thu 06 May 2010 07:58 AM EDT
The PG ran a nice little article about local running groups. Among those listed:
It is good to see an article with a reference to a LGBTQ component of the community that ist woven into the story, just like community groups and chapters of national running groups.
I knew someone in this group who loved it. He told me there were walkers. Hmmm .... I need a LGBT wii fit plus group. :-)
Monday, May 3
by Sue on Mon 03 May 2010 05:50 PM EDT
I have to give Ron Razete of Peace, Love and Little Donuts credit. His anti-gay bigotry was on display in the Post-Gazette, the Pgh City Paper, national blogs and the Urban Spoon and he didn't miss beat nor repent a single vile word he spewed.
But getting a two page spread in Pittsburgh's LGBT magazine, Cue Pittsburgh, is stunning. How on earth did he get free publicity from a gay publication?
It does prove my point that he's using the "peace, love, hippie" theme as a marketing ploy, but I'm intrigued how this played out. Did the wingnutters go looking for a palatable gay media source? Was this calculated or just chance? Did the wingnutter know what kind of magazine was interviewing his daughter?
The undeniable fact is that Cue Pittsburgh missed the boat in a big way. I wonder if the editorial staff is paying attention to local LGBT news if they simply "forgot" about the donut scandal? I am puzzled. It would be one thing if they were reviewing heterosexual owned businesses and overlooking gay owned companies, but this guy really hates us. How does Cue plan to respond? Will they step up and take responsibility for putting gay money in the pocket of a rabid homophobe? I truly hope so.
Thursday, April 15
by Sue on Thu 15 Apr 2010 09:18 PM EDT
h/t Bilerico Project
From the Daily Pennsylvanian ...
This was a student led change that will increase premiums by pennies and allow the University to live up to the standard of non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Next up, the students plan to push for similar extension of benefits for staff and faculty.
Kudos to Penn!
by Sue on Thu 15 Apr 2010 09:08 PM EDT
Now some of you may be shocked to learn that if Ledcat were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, I could be denied access to her bedside -- denied input on her treatment -- because we are not legally married. Even with the paperwork, who needs the stress of stopping to find paperwork when you are in the midst of a medical crisis? What if you can't find it quickly enough? What if you have to stop to explain it or review it or defend it while your loved one is calling for you from another room? What if your partner's family isn't particularly fond of you and plays the blood relation trump card?
What if? What if? What if? This is a big fear for me. Ledcat and I have pretty good relationships with our mutual in-laws, but there's always the what if.
Solutions? Pittsburgh Pride has one of them and a very concrete solution. It is an ACLU Seminar that shows you how to address this very issue. We attended last year and I think it was one of the best events I've ever attended. The problem is that setting up a domestic partnership legal agreement is expensive. Heck, getting a Pittsburgh recongized domestic partnership listing in the registry can be out of reach for working class folks. So the seminar is a great "how to" step, but we must press on for full equality.
This is a step forward, but we must also remember that a Presidential memorandum may expire upon the end of his term. Its legal status is not 100% clear.
Another concrete step is to contact your state rep and explain why this needs to be addressed. Share your real story.
Our families, especially yours, deserve your action. We must continue to be vigilant. And we must keep up the pressure on both the state and federal levels.
Stay tuned for more details on what is happening in PA and be sure to show up at the ACLU Seminar.
Monday, March 29
by Sue on Mon 29 Mar 2010 06:56 PM EDT
Ledcat and I attended this last year and it was very nice. My massage was a little vigorous, but the hand wax was really cool. I also felt super hip with my henna tattoo. :-)
Friday, March 26
by Sue on Fri 26 Mar 2010 05:59 PM EDT
This is an updated version of a very useful resource. It is a .pdf file which you can download or you can go to the Allegheny County Health Department website.
HEALTH SERVICES DIRECTORY UPDATED FOR UNINSURED & UNDERINSURED
Guide to Remain Valuable Tool Until Health Care Reform Fully Goes Into Effect
The Allegheny County Health Department has updated its directory of local health centers and clinics that serve people with minimal or no health insurance.
?Until the new health care reform law fully goes into effect and expands access to health care, our guide will remain a valuable resource for the uninsured and underinsured,? said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.
The directory has been expanded to include additional resources such as help for compulsive gamblers, Neighborhood Legal Services, the
First published in 2007, the directory is intended primarily for social service agencies and other community organizations dealing with the uninsured, but individuals also may find it useful as a handy guide to health care providers.
Most of the providers listed in the directory use a sliding fee schedule based on household income and family size for patients with no insurance. The fees may be as little as $25 or less and possibly even waived in cases of extreme financial hardship.
The 34-page guide lists more than 40 local clinics and health centers as well as resources available to help with other needs, including prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and transportation. It also features a listing of health insurance options for the unemployed and low-income families.
Saturday, March 13
by Sue on Sat 13 Mar 2010 07:58 AM EST
I received this via an email list.
Call to Action: We Need Your Help
With the House of Representatives expected to vote on health insurance
reform as early as next week, the Allegheny County Democratic Party and
Organizing for America (OFA) are stepping up our efforts as we head into the
"Final March for Reform."
OFA is hosting "Final March for Reform" events across Allegheny County,
ranging from phone banks to letter writing parities and Congressional office
visits. Click herehttp://my.barackobama.com/PACalltoAction to sign up to
attend an event.
Our opponents are already planning to spend millions more on their campaign
to kill reform. We must fight back and show our members of Congress that
Pennsylvanians support health insurance reform-and that we will be there to
back them up when they support reform. Can you donate an hour to two this
weekend to fight back?
Sign up here:http://my.barackobama.com/PACalltoAction
President Obama's plan for health insurance reform will put an end to the
outrageous rate hikes crippling Pennsylvanians and prohibit their worst
abuses like denying care based on a pre-existing condition. At the same
time, the President's plan makes health insurance more affordable by
providing middle-class families with the largest health care tax cut in
This is a critical moment for reform and everything we have worked for over
the past year is on the line. Join me on the "Final March for Reform" by
signing up today to attend an event.http://my.barackobama.com/PACalltoAction
Very Truly Yours,
Jim Burn, Chair,
Allegheny CountyDemocratic Committee
Wednesday, March 5
by Sue on Wed 05 Mar 2008 09:15 PM EST
We received our current issue of the GLCC News this past week after what seems like a long hiatus. Is it just me or has it been awhile? Maybe its just me. I really look forward to this connection with the Community Center. The professional quality just keeps getting better and I really like that.
Anyway, the organization is making strides in updating their use of technology with a brand new email list and they have posted some of the articles from the newsletter online here. Still, I feel compelled to share.
Here's what I find most interesting ...
Ben Cook, GLCC Youth Program Coordinator has a nicely done piece about the GLCC's work with youth. This program is, in my humble opinion, the hallmark of the organization. Well, maybe second only to the Phone Line. I think Ben is a great guy and does really good work. Plus, he actively mentions kids who identify as queer or questioning. This article also features the "Most Ironic Line" in the whole newsletter. Tucked on page 3 after a feature on Celebrate the Night with absolutely no mention of any of the controversy surrounding probably THE most controversial gay happening of the entire year, Ben writes:
Is it just me? Do you see it?
There's a mention of PUMP's "40 Under 40" which includes Ben! Go, Ben!
The GLCC is hiring for two paid positions: Community Resource & Information Specialist and a Grant Writer.
Someone named Scott Itano (???) writes a nice piece about finding a LGBT-Friendly Physician. He gives a shout out to two local practices. I'm not a fan of one of them, so I'm going to instead give a shout out to my PCP for being so groovy. I went to her simply because she replaced my former doctor who had left for greener pastures in Sewickley. She was great -- she asked me a ton of LGBT sensitive questions. Plus, she already knew the main side effects of the meds prescribed to me by other doctors. Wow. So if you need a great PCP, drop me a line and I'll give you her name. Awesome. Still, Scott's article is quite useful and one of the most neatest things in the newsletter.
I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have a PCP who is gay friendly and medically reliable. Awesome.
An old friend, Gary McKillop, focuses on the importance of donations and volunteers to the work of the Community Center. It is interesting to me, but I'm a professional human servicey type. I think these "asks" could be more powerful if they included anecdotes or somehow the "voice" of the people served. I know I was always impressed by *something* if I spent more than 30 minutes in that building ... a phone call, a drop in visitor, a listing on the bulletin board, a volunteer's story. You should do that -- go spend some time there and just soak up how important this resource is to the community.
There's write up of the GLCC's strategic planning direction. I was disappointed that there is no mention of diversity, at least thus far. I think that's a significant issue in terms of those who hold power and decision-making authority and those who are served (or not served) by those folks. Still, I know that any mention of diversity raises hackles on certain necks ... so keep reading. Or go read something else.
There's a new GLBT Corporate Network which is working with local corporations. Awesome news. If you have a GLBT group at your workplace, you can hook up with them. There's only a telephone number contact so email me and I'll send it to you.
If you read this blog, you should be a GLCC News subscriber. Hopefully, they will be able to move toward an online published edition (with ads! the ads are great!). Maybe YOU could volunteer to help them do that. Or volunteer on the Phone Line. Or the Youth Group. Make a donation. Go for it!