Summertime Traditions For Our LGBTQ Family

LGBTQ Families

My family includes two humans – myself and my partner of 11 years, Ledcat. We have some extended family, some family of choice and a slew of furry family members. I participate in the Blogging for LGBTQ Families event because I think it is so important to raise the visibility of all families, especially queer […]

Six Types of Free Things To Do in Pittsburgh This Summer

Time for the annual round-up of free (or low-cost) things to do in Pittsburgh this summer.   “Movies in the Park” are a much-loved tradition in these parts. Both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have summertime movie offerings. The City locations and offerings can be found at this link. It is a .pdf […]

Family of 7 Year Old Trans Son Shares Their Story – Very Moving

Family of 7 Year Old Trans Son Shares Their Story – Very Moving

  A terrific story and video from Huffington Post about a family’s embrace of their young transgender son. Watch and be uplifted.

Take Part In The LGBTQ&A 2014 Pride Edition

LGBTQ&A

  Last year, I launched a feature “LGBTQ&A” to learn a little more about members of our community and allies. We ran over 30 profiles from Mayor Bill Peduto to Dyke and Trans March Founder Eli Kuti to Ledcat. This year, we’d like to include your story! To be eligible, you simply need to have […]

UPDATED Decision Day PA: What Happens After The Marriage Equality Ruling(s)

marriage equality PA

Marriage equality has come to Pennsylvania after a decision was handed down today. A stay was not issued, but we encourage you to read this FAQ by the ACLU of Pennsylvania for more information. More details coming after tonight’s Decision Day Rally.   Congratulations to Oregon! From Freedom to Marry: Eighteen states – CA, CT, […]

Love at First Sight

So, tomorrow is Ledcat’s birthday – she’ll be 51! We are celebrating with massages, facials and cake (of course.) This is also another birthday – my sweet cousin Theresa shared a birthday with Ledcat. She would have been 49 tomorrow, but she unexpectedly died four years ago. My phone just sent me a birthday reminder […]

I’m Not Going To Thank You

Pittsburgh Snow Lesbians

In your imaginary award acceptance speech (yes, we know you have one), who’s the very last — and most important — person you thank? The absolute most boring part of any awards show or event is when someone spits out a laundry list of people to thank. It is one thing to thank your family […]

Ice Cream Sunday

Klavon's Ice Cream

What’s your biggest junk food weakness? Tell us all about it in its sugary, salty, glory. When Laura and I first began to date (in 2003), we discovered a mutual fondness for ice cream and for the activity of visiting an ice cream spot – there are dozens in Pittsburgh. I grew up going to […]

Saying Farewell to a Furry Member of The Family: RIP Natasha

Pittsburgh cat

This past weekend, Laura and I had the sad task of putting our 17-year-old cat Natasha to rest. It was a decision we made together and knew was for the best, but it was still sad. 17 is a long life for a cat and for the great majority of it, Natasha had a healthy […]

The Aunts Come Bearing Mr. Bacon and Monsieur Tofu

Pittsburgh Lesbian

After a long day at work or school, what are your favorite ways to wind down and decompress? This photo is from July 2012.   This is my nephew EM (his parents prefer not to use his name online) who was about 9 months in this photo I think. He and I hung out in […]