Mock: Define yourself before other people do it for you

Define yourself, Janet Mock said Tuesday night, because if you don’t, other people will define you—and they will “chew you up and spit you out.” In a wide-ranging discussion with about 200 students, faculty and community members at Carnegie Mellon University, Mock said her strong sense of self has helped her endure her time in […]

Stryker: Trans issues at ‘a historical moment’

We’re at a “historical moment in the media” for trans people, says Susan Stryker, historian, author, filmmaker, activist and director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. Stryker delivered the annual Margaret Morrison Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on Monday. Part of CMU’s celebration of Women’s History Month, the lecture is […]

Bisexuality In The News, New Group Forms in Pittsburgh

Bisexual Umbrella

  March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month. There have been several important media pieces lately that might interest you. Chronologically: New York Times piece “The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists” which has some troubling elements A response piece on Autostraddle which delves into those elements “The Journalistic Quest to Write an Accurate Story About […]

The journalist and the inventor

If you haven’t heard, the “Dr. V” case is burning up the Internet tubes, especially LGBTQ blogs and journalism websites. A writer for Grantland—a sports and pop-culture website owned by ESPN, which is in turn owned by The Walt Disney Co.—was assigned to investigate a miraculous new golf club and its inventor, Dr. Essay Anne […]

My Commitment to Public Education – Learn More

Public Education Pittsburgh

Today’s blogging prompt involved finding a headline in my local paper and this is what I found Teacher Evaluation Fight May Prove Costly I could tell you about my  public education in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the West Mifflin School District. I could tell you about what I’ve learned through my work as a […]

A court ruling against bigotry

A court ruling against bigotry

From The New York Times … A public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision. The case, involving a clash between religious freedom and antidiscrimination principles, divided along familiar ideological lines, with […]

Gay- Friendly College Fair

Gay- Friendly College Fair

The Post-Gazette reprinted a piece from the New York Times on what amounts to a gay college fair in Greenwich Village. All this is good news for the young gay applicant. Of course, being gay does not lend an advantage, and the embrace is not universal inside admissions offices, and out. While much of the […]