Chanel Scurlock, 23, is the 8th Black Trans Woman Murdered in 2019

Her name was Chanel Scurlock. She was 23 years-old. And this week she became the 8th Black transwoman to be murdered in 2019. Her body was discovered on Wednesday, June 5, outside Lumberton, North Carolina. Local law enforcement and media are dead naming and misgendering Chanel, resulting in ongoing challenges collecting the facts and finding […]

Paris Cameron, 20, was the 6th Black Trans Woman Murdered in the US in 2019

Paris Cameron

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I read about the death of a Black trans woman in a triple homicide in Detroit. From The Advocate: “Officers responded to a call at 5 a.m. in the 3400 block of Devonshire where an unknown gunman shot a 21-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The two […]

I Miss When It Felt Good to Be at Persad

Persad Center Delta Foundation Pridefest

I went in for my weekly therapy session today. It is Pride week! I didn’t expect banners or balloons, but I guess I expected some energy and vibes? Instead, it just felt the same as it has for months – a sad place with anxious folks (staff) dealing with a world that does not appreciate, […]

Black Trans Woman Chynal Lindsey, 26, Slain in Dallas on First Day of Pride Month 2019

Chynal Lindsey Transgender

  Pride month begins with the tragic news of the discovery of the body of 26 year-old Chynal Lindsey in a Dallas lake. “Dallas police say a black, transgender woman whose body was pulled from White Rock Lake Saturday died of obvious homicidal violence.White Dallas police said a passerby called them at about 5:45 p.m. […]

“Can you take a 13-year-old Caucasian boy?” Guest Blog Post for #LGBTQFamiliesDay

Lesbian Foster Family

This is a guest post written by a friend who is a foster parent. Her son has given permission to share pieces of his story to signal boost the vital role of LGBTQ foster families. This is part of our contributions to the #LGBTQFamiliesDay project. Content Note: Abuse, Trauma, Homophobia, Family Rejection “Can you take […]

We #AMPLIFY Stories from 50+ LGBTQ Parents in Western Pennsylvania on #LGBTQFamiliesDay

Welcome to another year of LGBTQ Families Day, a ‘day of blogging (and more)’ about LGBTQ families, sponsored by the blog Mombian and the Family Equality Council. Once again, I’ve decided to share #AMPLIFY posts highlighting the voices of parents, step-parents  and grandparents and other caretakers of children.  If you are a LGBTQ person with ties […]

Eli, 37, is a Queer Bisexual, Trans Man, and Small Business Owner #AMPLIFY

Trans Man Lawrenceville

  By telling our stories, we expose others to narratives they may not be familiar with. This includes reaching potential allies, and folks who are struggling with their sexual and gender identities, as well as those who feel isolated because of them. Name: Eli Shumaker Age: 37 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Clinton, Centre counties Pronouns: He/Him […]

New Locations for TrueT Pgh, SisTers Pgh, and Pittsburgh Equality Center

LGBT Pittsburgh Organizations

Three Pittsburgh organizations have opened new doors (or will soon) to engage and serve the LGBTQ communities. This is good news – new space, new opportunities, new access. We reached out to each for more information on their new digs. We’ll update as more information becomes available. Pittsburgh Equality Center (formerly the GLCC) Address: 5840 […]

Q&A with English Lesbian Musician Lucy Spraggan Who Performs at @ClubCafeLive on 6/17

Lucy Spraggan

Openly lesbian English musician, Lucy Spraggan will be in Pittsburgh during June, performing at Club Cafe on Monday, June 18 at 8 PM (doors at 7 PM) Tickets are $12. We had a chance to talk with her about her art, her LGBTQ experiences, and her work as a foster parent. Her show is part […]

How and Why to Invest in This Blog: Pride Edition

Every so often, I put up a post to encourage you to invest in this blog and our assorted projects. Winning a national award for this blog from GLAADseems like a good moment to consider what resources it takes to produce and how you can help. As you can probably see, we’ve recently joined the […]