One Year Anniversary of Pittsburgh MasQue ProjecT

Today marks one year since Lyndsey Sickler and I spoke the Pittsburgh MasQue ProjecT into existence. Dramatic, perhaps. But this year has taught me that it is up to us to save ourselves. We are the calvary. Mainstream institutions haven’t shown up or acknowledged the realities of our lives during the pandemic, especially media outlets […]

COVID-19 Vaccine #2 Side Effects Have Sidelined Me

Got Moderna shot #2 on Tuesday. Wednesday was rough, but not awful. Thursday much worse. Friday feels awful already. I know this is not a prelude to actual illness so I will just ride it out. I have no energy to explain details, but I wanted you to know why I’m dropping balls. I haven’t […]

Pittsburgh Pays Tribute to Trans and Queer ‘MasQue ProjecT’ To Mark One Year of Distributing Face Masks

Here’s the press release: Pittsburgh – A face mask distribution project centering the trans and queer community in Western Pennsylvania marks a milestone with an online tribute, Saturday, April 3, at 8 PM via Zoom. Hosted by local artist, Alistair McQueen, the event will feature guest co-hosts Gisele Fetterman and Bruce Kraus.   On April […]

TONIGHT: Weekly MasQueerade Virtual Meetup to Focus on 3 Western PA Transgender Victims of Fatal Violence

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Each Saturday night, the Pittsburgh MasQue ProjecT brings you a virtual meetup to offer some respite from the isolation of COVID-19 in a fun, casual atmostphere. You can find out more at the project Facebook page. Tonight’s edition will be specifically focused on discussing and processing the horrible murders of three trans BIPOC in rural […]

Nine Face Mask Stores That Are Trans and Queer Owned or Friendly

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We’ve compiled a series of Q&A posts with LGBTQIA and allied vendors of face masks. These folks are located across the nation. They all have online stores and could benefit from your support. Many of them sell far more than masks so if you have any last minute gifts or just feel like shopping a […]

Facemask Q&A with Dan Rugh of CommonWealth Press

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maybe im a bad businessperson but not everything needs to say something.  Wearing a mask says something in itself. ~ Dan Rugh, CommonWealth Press

Distributing Face Masks in Gay Bars – How the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT is Ahead of the CDC Recommended Curve

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Spoiler: The Pittsburgh MasQue ProjecT has distributed more than 10,000 masks to trans and queer households since early April. Please help us keep doing good work by sharing this post. Sign up for masks http://bit.ly/FaceMaskRequest Our efforts to distribute face masks to the region’s trans and queer households has redoubled with the horrifying increase in […]

Facemask Q&A with Oneita Parker of The Proper Bunny

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Just if you are queer and / or suffer from mental illness you are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of people like you struggling as well as succeeding everyday. No matter where you feel you are, you can always help someone else. Be safe, be kind and always be YOU. One important part […]

We Did It – We Raised $11,000 to Distribute Face Masks to Trans & Queer Folks Throughout 2021

(Type in original headline corrected – obviously I’m tired!) Holy smokes – we did it, yinz. Combining matches and a lot of pleading by me, we successfully raised $11,000 for the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT. These funds will be used through 2021 to cover our operational expenses. The funds will be administered by our fiscal sponsor, […]

Facemask Q&A with Alyah Baker of Show & Tell Concept Shop

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Show & Tell was built, first and foremost, to meet the needs of BIPOC and Queer and Trans communities. As a member of both communities, I’ve experienced racism, profiling, and terrible customer service when trying to do simple things like buy food or clothes or get proper health care. For this reason, access and safety […]