Little Pridefests Everywhere

The world has changed, as it inevitably does, and we are challenged with moving into a “new normal” rather than clinging to delusions about yesteryear. No, I’m not talking about COVID-19. I’m talking about Pridefest in Pittsburgh. Once upon a time, activist and wise man Jim Fischerkeller shared with me his belief that Pride moves […]

Does Mayor Peduto’s Office Have an Animal Welfare Advisory Group?

I am seeking information on a possible advisory group to the Mayor’s Office or the City as a whole on animal welfare for my blog Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. My information is the organization HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh fills that role with little to no participation from other groups, individuals, with the exceptions of HAR and Animal […]

Guest Blog Post: When Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Tried to Warn of Rick Santorum’s Bigoted Politics in the early 1990’s

Santorum Gay Community

Guest Blog Post by Billy Hileman. Santorum’s pathetic white supremacist rant that erased the archaeological evidence that 50-60 million people lived on the two continents that white people later named N and S America, was surely harmful. CNN should fire Santorum and promise that they will not employ other white supremacists. We knew Santorum was […]

Q&A With Bill Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh

Bill Peduto Mayor

Competitive primaries evince the best out of elected officials. It keeps us honest, and allows us to stay in touch with the communities we serve. I’m proud to have run in multiple tough races, because I think it’s made me a better elected official. We are launching our election season series ‘Political Q&A’ with progressive […]

Today, I was confirmed by City Council to serve on first City LGBTQIA+ Commission

“Call Me Commish” In December 2008, then-Mayor Luke Ravenstahl launched the first ever LGBTQ Mayor’s Advisory Group after a year or so of planning. I was there during the planning, I was at the public meetings held by the body. I was there to ask for help with City issues. I even sat next to […]

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins Two Steps Above the Crack’d Egg or Just Regular Greedy Rich White Men?

Pittsburgh Penguins PPP

I must admit – I was shocked when I first read that the Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey franchise) accepted a $4.8 million loan from from the federal program set up to help small businesses weather the pandemic, I thought it was a hoax. I mean, they are the Penguins – the good rich mostly white dudes. […]

The 30 Most Read Blog Posts from 2020

Time for our annual round-up of the 30 most frequently read blog posts during 2020. 18 posts focus on violent murders of LGBTQ folx, particularly transgender neighbors. One of those posts was from 2019. One I just wrote on Sunday. This is a ‘trend’ I notice each year and it still hurts a lot. Five […]

Allegheny County Council Proclaimed December 29, 2020 ‘Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents Day’

Allegheny County Council Proclamation

My representative on the Allegheny County Council, Olivia Bennett, made my day when she took time during her holidays to arrange for a proclamation.

How to Observe ‘Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents Day’ in Pittsburgh

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

They have spoken. Both Pittsburgh City Council and the City’s Mayor have issued proclamations declaring Tuesday, December 29, 2020 ‘Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents Day’ in honor of our 15th blogiversary. I thought I should offer some advice on how to properly observe this occasion. You can go off-list if you like. First, I suggest you dive […]

Council of the City of Pittsburgh Proclamation that Tuesday, December 29, 2020 is ‘Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents Day’ in Pittsburgh

This is a temporary version until the hard copy arrive in a few weeks. “WHEREAS, 15 years ago on December 29th 2005, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents was established as an extension of the community organizing work that local activist Sue Kerr was regularly participating in. Sue was acting as the messenger of many local LGBTQ stories […]