Q&A with Bethany Hallam, Candidate for Allegheny County Council, At-Large

Bethany Hallam Allegheny County Council

I’ve conducted numerous unannounced inspections of the jail, talking with incarcerated individuals about their concerns and needs. I’ve advocated for trans folks who are incarcerated, and fought to expose the archaic process by which the jail classifies the gender of incarcerated individuals (according to the gender listed by the police in their arrest report). The […]

Behind the Blog with the Political Q&A Series

Political Q&A Pittsburgh

I appreciate your tireless work to illuminate the workings of government and highlight the people who want to be in our elected offices. You provide a lens that broadens a voter’s perspective. Thank you, Sue! ~ Erica Rocchi Brusselars Probably the most common response to my political/campaign Q&A series is some comment on the length/intensity/depth […]

Q&A with Erica Rocchi Brusselars, Candidate for Allegheny County Treasurer

Erica Brusselars

The makeup of that [Retirement] board speaks to the fact that our government still doesn’t look like us. It also speaks to the fact of what happens when leaders, the electorate, or voting groups aren’t intentional about looking for, promoting, and supporting diversity and folks with different experiences and backgrounds. This is the next post […]

Q&A with Abigail Salisbury, Candidate for PA State House District 34

Abigail Salisbury

I was excited to see Governor Shapiro take office and announce that he would keep a kosher kitchen in the Governor’s Mansion.  Most of the time, Jewish observances are mysterious and holidays are sort of an “also-ran,” just mentioned in passing when they have some relationship in time with Christian holidays, and people don’t really […]

Q&A with Rachael Heisler, Candidate for Pittsburgh City Controller

Rachael Heisler

In 1998, the city was in such a bad place fiscally that we needed to issue bonds to make our pension payments. We will make our final payment on that in 2025. We have to look ahead, maintain a healthy fund balance (also known as a “rainy day fund”), and make sure that our fiscal […]

It is Time for Campaign Q&A’s for the 2023 Primary Election

Political Q&A

Each election cycle, our blog publishes Q&A’s with candidates for elected office. You can see previous Q&A’s at this link. Candidates can be anywhere in Pennsylvania running for any level of office. Please note that these are not necessarily endorsements, more of an opportunity for candidates to connect with the LGBTQ community, progressive neighbors, and […]

Community Q&A: Chris, 16, Talks About His Identity, His Family, and Enduring Harassment in His Pittsburgh Neighborhood

Chris Eagleton

I I know it is hard, it is hard to live in a society that does not fit you, but there are people like you. It’s hard every day knowing that your identity is up for debate. It is not fair. But the only way to change this is to prove them wrong. They want […]

Community Q&A: Ke’Juan, 15, Talks About Her Identity, Her Family, and Enduring Harassment in Her Pittsburgh Neighborhood

Black Trans Girl

We have to be more mindful when walking home by ourselves, we have to have extra protection and make sure to be with someone in case something happens, we had to block my bedroom window because the neighbor was staring into my room,  we had to put a plan in place so if there was a problem […]

Q&A With Solo Mobile Detail – Bringing the Magic of Detailing to Your Driveway

Solo Mobile Detail

My wife’s favorite hobby is complaining about the dust and crud that accumulates in our car, a Kia Soul. She completely blames me for 1) cats 2) eating/drinking in the car and 3) leaving footprints on the glove box when I cross my legs. I feel unfairly maligned, so it was a stroke of luck […]

A Third Update on the Political Q&A Series on My Blog – Which Candidates Responded and Which Have Not (yet)

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

As of today, we’ve received and published Q&As from 13 candidates. 10 other candidates requested a Q&A, but still haven’t followed through on their commitment. At least 11 candidates ignored my request INCLUDING Josh Shapiro. I recently blogged about the WHY it matters piece of identifying candidates who haven’t followed through on their commitment or […]