Arrest In The August 2023 Shooting Death Of Lovely Page

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Chicago police have made an arrest in the August murder of Lovely Page, 54, a Black trans woman. He was detained by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. Alex Rodriguez, 57, has been charged with one felony count of first-degree murder and one felony count of murder (other forcible felony). He was arrested on […]

Know That She Did Rage Against the Dying of the Light, The Life of Joyce Myers Shulick (1959-2023)

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Joyce Myers Shulick was a lesbian hero during her life, but one whose modest contributions fade slowly into the mists of time. I refuse to allow that to happen. It matters that Joyce was here. It matters that she made an impact of any size. And it matters that we acknowledge a life lived always […]

Why Was Minnesota Trans Woman Savannah Williams Brutally Murdered?

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Content Note: this post shares horrifying and brutal details about the murder of a trans woman of color in Minnesota. Read with care. A brutal execution claimed the life of a 38 year old Indigenous Latina trans woman in St Paul, Minnesota. Savannah Ryan Williams was shot point blank after she allegedly had mutual sexual […]

Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ Commission Recognizes World AIDS Day

In 2022, 630,000 human beings died from AIDS including more than 4,000 people in the U.S. Globally,more than one person died from AIDS every minute — almost triple the 1988 rate, the year of the firstWorld AIDS Day. There are two main differences between 1988 and now. Today, the rate is declining,and has been since […]

When 20 year old Black Trans Woman Shandon Floyd Went Missing, Why Didn’t We Look For Her?

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The Crime Shandon Floyd, a 20-year-old Black trans woman from Florence, South Carolina, was found dead in a car in nearby Columbia, South Carolina on Nov. 15 almost a week after she was reported missing. Is it estimated that she died on November 8. As of now, we know Shandon was visiting family and friends […]

This Year In Pennsylvania, These Openly LGBTQ Candidates Won Office

A list of openly LGBTQ people who won elected office in Pennsylvania in 2023. Each time I create a post like this, I am humbled to think of how much has changed since I began blogging in December 2005. At that point, an openly gay man won office on Wilkinsburg Council in the 90s, but […]

The Murder of Trans Man Jean Thomas Butchart

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The Crime As has been noted, a 26 year old white trans man, Jean Thomas Butchart was fatally shot in a Belleville, Michigan mobile home park on August 4, 2023. According to the Macomb Daily: Matthew Torrey Tiggs,22, is charged in a crime spree that began in the Van Buren Estates mobile home park. He […]

GLAAD Published My Essay for the Trans Day of Remembrance

I was asked to write this piece for GLAAD in honor of the Trans Day of Remembrance – Sue For ten years, I have been documenting violence against the trans community by writing memorial posts on my blog, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. While my work overlaps with the work of Transgender Day of Remembrance volunteers, I am […]

Honoring the Dead: Trans Day of Remembrance Events in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania

According to GLAAD and Remember Our Dead, TDOR started in San Francisco in 1999, when trans advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith held a vigil honoring the memory of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was killed in her home two days before her 35th birthday. Ever since, TDOR has taken place on November 20th. Attendees honor Rita and her […]

How Do We Cope When Two Black Trans And GNC Young Adults Are Shot to Death in Ohio?

The Crime Gun violence in Toledo claimed the lives of a Black trans woman and a gender nonconforming gay Black man, both age 21. They were best friends, killed by gunfire in the same incident. Two adults were taken to the hospital in critical condition after a shooting around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A press release […]