Netroots Nation Coming to Pittsburgh This Month

Netroots Nation Pittsburgh

Along with working on the #ProtectTransKids projects, I’m also coordinating the local LGBTQ participation in the Netroots Nation conference later in the month. This includes four key elements Creating a queer panel discussion on the Dobbs decision. It is Thursday at 2:30 PM and it called DOBBS AND ROE: QUEER, GENDER-EXPANSIVE VISIONS FOR ABORTION CARE. […]

Q&A With Trans Neighbor About TERF/Transphobic Stickering in Pittsburgh’s East End

TERF stickers Pittsburgh

Content Note: transphobia, TERF, fascism, harassment, images How do you describe your identity? I’m butch. I think of it as the gender and sexuality equivalent of those 2-in-1 shampoo conditioners. Butch works really well for me personally because I identify as a lesbian and as non-binary and trans masc. For some people, those identities are mutually […]

Guilty Verdict for Local Woman Harassing Black Trans Teen and Her Family

This morning, a magistrate judge ruled that local woman Darian Balcom was guilty of harassment after erecting a 9-foot billboard in her backyard. The sign read ‘Transing is Abuse and Homophobia’ and Balcom direct the sign in to the window of a 15-year-old Black trans teen living next door with her multiracial, queer family. , […]

When They Said “Happy Anniversary” and No One Clapped

On our anniversary (July 18), we went on a dinner sunset cruise here in Erie. It wasn’t fancy, but it was nice. They asked for people to share birthdays and anniversaries so I impulsively told them it was our 19th anniversary. Laura looked at me and sighed. She was right. I asked the server if […]

‘No Means No’or What to Say When I Tell You I’m Being Harassed or Stalked

There are few basic things we should agree on if you are someone I consider a friend and confidant. First, no means no. People have the right to set boundaries around their bodies, their time, their energy, their families, the sex lives, their hearts, and whatever else they want. They do not owe anyone an […]

VIDEO: 150 #ProtectTransKids Yard Signs on Pittsburgh’s Northside

Protect Trans Kids Yard Signs

As of yesterday, there are 150 #ProtectTransKids yard signs all over the Northside neighborhoods … take a look at the video below. We have requests for 400+ signs and expect a delivery next week. Anyone in the region can request a sign at no cost. We are accepting donations to help with production costs GoFundMe […]

Baby, Don’t You Dare Sleep While I Drive

Missed exits

This morning after I dropped my wife at her office, I came home and dragged out the snowshovel with a beatup broom to the front street. One of the trash bags with our cat litter had broken open and the trash folx just left it there in the middle of the street. The edges of […]

Update on the #ProtectTransKids Yard Sign Distribution in Pittsburgh and Beyond

A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities responded to concerns of a LGBTQ family being targeted by a neighbor. The specific focus at that time was targeting their 15-year-old Black trans daughter by hoisting a 9-foot transphobic sign in their backyard facing her bedroom window. Previous encounters included implicit threats to their then 17-year-old Black […]

Ke’Juan is a Proud Black Trans Girl With a Message for Pittsburgh

Ke’Juan and her Dad, Sean, ‘unboxed’ the next batch of Protect Trans Kids yard signs today. Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities and volunteers from the Northside distributed 50 signs on the Northside this week. We have received requests for nearly 150 signs. 50 more were delivered today, 50 more next week. We can keep going as long […]