Facemask Q&A with HauteButch Founder & Designer Karen Roberts

Karen Haute Butch

The fear, oppression, and sheer frustration that comes along with having a fierce sense of style and living in a society stuck in out-dated mindsets where women should embrace feminine “appropriateness” is what keeps HauteButch thriving even on our darkest days. One important part of the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT is highlighting safe and affirming places […]

From 60 Minutes: Doctors say they would prefer people wear masks to holding out hope for a vaccine

Sunday evening, 60 Minutes took a deep dive into the COVID-19 vaccine research. It was interesting, but what caught my eye was a question Scott Pelley posed to one of the researchers on camera and others off-camers:  “Would you rather have a mask or a vaccine?” The answer: mask. Masks save lives now. Pelley goes […]

Help Get Facemasks to Trans and Queer Households

The Pittsburgh MasQue ProjecT still needs your help. We connect the trans and queer community with face masks throughout Western Pennsylvania. This includes maintaining a vendor list and direct distribution on a monthly basis thanks to generous donors. Why do trans and queer households need a dedicated facemask project? Discrimination. I suggest you read this […]

Help Connect Trans and Queer Community With Masks via #PghMasQUeProjecT

We have 17 days left to raise $6500 via our ioby crowdfund. Fortunately, ioby has partnered with the Elsie Hillman Foundation to give us a 100% match on individual donations up to $500. So we really need to raise $3250 in 17 days, access the match, and rest easy for a bit knowing we can […]

The Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT Needs Your Brown Lunch Bag Help This Labor Day

Mask Project Pittsburgh

UPDATE: Thank you Amy, Dre, Shelby, Eileen & Sandy, Sara-Summer, and Jim for responding to this need. The Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT continues to distribute face masks to trans and queer households throughout the region. We have about 400 people on our distribution list plus several trans and queer organizations. We’ve distributed about 4500 masks since […]

Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT Finalist for ‘Best COVID Fundraiser’ in Pgh City Paper

Vote For Us Best of Pittsburgh

For a project launched in early April, receiving a nod four months later as a finalist in a local reader’s poll is fulfilling. And so it goes for the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT to be a finalist in the “Best COVID Fundraiser” category – the sort of intimate, hometown recognition that really works for a grassroots […]

Urgent Need for Student Sized Face Masks After Donor Changes Their Mind

Urgent Appeal for Student Face Masks

In July, the Pittsburgh Masque Project leadership group decided to increase our monthly allotment to students from 2 masks per month to 4 masks per month. We were motivated by the concerns everyone has about back to school. One small support we can offer is providing enough masks for students to deal with lost masks, […]

Trans and Queer Mask Project Approved for Crowdfund Match Through Elsie H. Hillman Foundation – Please Donate

Where to get face masks in Pittsburgh

The quick summary – our project is part of a crowdfund appeal with a 100% match. Every dollar you contribute is immediately matched, thanks to the Elsie H. Hillman Foundation support of Pittsburgh based COVID-19 projects. Please go donate right now and come back to read the post. This project has been funded by love […]

Pittsburgh Based Trans and Queer MasQUe ProjecT Urgently Needs Youth Sized Face Masks

Donate Face Masks for Students

We need your help to help students #MasQUeUp for back-to-school. Please share this post with anyone who might be able to help. Wondering where to donate face masks? The Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT is issuing an appeal for donations to provide face masks to school-aged children in LGBTQIA+ households throughout the region. The project needs 100-150 […]

Help Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT Fund Campaign to Encourage Mask Use #MasQUeUP

Clearly, not everyone realizes the importance of properly wearing a mask. The Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT wants to expand our promotional and educational efforts. We need your help to finance these efforts. We have to be creative because we can’t use flyers or table at events or for the most part literally connect with our community […]