Blogging for LGBT Families 2011 – Don’t Devalue the Aunties

Once again, it is time to participate in the blogswarm for LGBT families sponsored by the blog Mombian. I've given some thought to my topic this year and decided to write a response to the perception that not having children makes us less than a family. I think there is more than one person who perceives LGBTQ families without children […]

Easton, PA Extends Domestic Partner Benefits

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

I'm a little behind the curve, but kudos to Easton, Pennsylvania for doing what Allegheny County leadership won't by extending domestic partner benefits to your employees.  Yes, I mention Allegheny County because I was genuinely shocked to read that only 5 municipalities across Pennsylvania have addressed this equal rights issue, especially given how many private sector […]

Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in Bethlehem Controversial on All Fronts

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Bethlehem gave preliminary approval to the establishment of a local Human Relations Commission and the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes.  A final vote is set for June. Not so fast. Steadfast sponsors of the bill voted against it as amended because it would have no investigatory powers (???) […]

Tennessee rolls back LGBTQ protections with implications for corporate America

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Yesterday, Tenneessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that prohibits TN municipalities from having stronger anti-discrimination laws than are in place statewide.  This means Nashville's provisions including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes are invalid.  No new laws can be passed unless on a statewide level. Controversy has erupted […]

On The Spot: Local fundraiser to support women and girls in need of feminine hygeine products

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

For 13 years or so, I took pads and tampons for granted.  My family had more than its fair share of economic struggles, but my Mom always made sure I had these feminine hygeine products when needed.  When I was on my own, it never occured to me that they weren't a necessity.  Yes, I'd […]

Pittsburgh’s 6th Annual Dyke March

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Pittsburgh's 2011 Dyke March is set for Saturday, June 18 from 2-5 PM in Bloomfield.  The March first relocated to Bloomfield in 2010 and enjoyed a successful march with a lot of community visibility.  2010 also marked the first year the Pittsburgh Police provided appropriate protections which enhanced the experience of all marchers.  What an […]

Blog for Equality Pgh: My Thoughts

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

I am honored and so pleased that 20 of my fellow bloggers took the time on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 to contribute to this project.  Blog for Equality Pgh 2011 may be the most important of our blogswarms as we face increasingly well-funded and hostile opponents to LGBTQ equality.  Why does this matter?  Well, I […]

While We Are Talking Equality …

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Other good stuff happened … In New York, openly gay State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell has announced the introduction of a marriage equality bill.  He announced it by Twitter.  You can follow him @DanielJODonnell  How can you not follow this guy?  It would be like denying yourself a breath of fresh air.  I just nearly gassed […]

How the Pennsylvania Family Institute plans to “ignite” change in Pennsylvania

Over the past few days, bloggers have taken note of a piece by Andy Birkey in The American Independent describing a carefully planned campaign by “Family Policy Councils” in now Republican controlled states.  Essentially, an infusion of cash from an unidentified source will fund a three prong approach: Each family policy council has a three-prong plan […]

Good Legislative Stuff Happens in PA, too

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

It is hard to keep up with the good stuff, but I'm sure you want to know about it …. Anti-Discrimination HB 300 sponsored by Representative Dan Frankel SB 910 sponsored by Senator Lawrence Farnese These bills will expand the Human Relations Act to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes. […]