Vacation. I Wish I’d Stayed (Not Really.)

Vacation Anxiety

It has been ten years since we took a vacation that is purely recreational. We’ve traveled, but it has always been tied to a conference or a work trip or so forth. That’s been fun and interesting, but not always restful or relaxing. Now that I’m away I wish I’d stayed This year, we made […]

Black Trans Woman Bee Love Was 21 When She Was Murdered in Clewiston, Florida This Week

Dee Love Trans Woman

  Another Black trans woman has been murdered, this time in Clewiston, Florida. Her name was Bee Love. She was 21 years old, just a week away from her 22nd birthday.  Clewiston is part of the Florida Heartland, a region closer to the Deep South than coastal Florida cities. It has been just 24 hours […]

How to bring Michael Park to General Hospital to reignite with Maura West

Michael Park has been occupying a huge amount of my recent screentime. First, he was a baddie but not the big bad in Stranger Things season three. Then he was married to Laura Linney in Tales of the City. And this week, I found him as a nameless Ivanwald brother in the Netflix docu-series The […]

Meet Fiona, a Cat Available for Adoption in Pittsburgh #PghCatLadies

Adopt a Cat Pittsburgh

Here’s a little update on our kittens. We adopted three of the five we had fostered; our pet sitter adopted the other two. After a day of adjusting to the new family situation, they were back to usual tricks. We continued to bring them down every day, as often as possible, to spend time in […]

UPDATED: 17-year-old Baltimore teen, Bailey Reeves, is 17th Trans Person Murdered This Year

Bailey Baltimore Transgender Teen

The Washington Blade is now reporting that the victim of this crime is named Bailey Reeves. According to the Baltimore Police Department, Bailey was from Rockvile, Maryland. A vigil has been scheduled for Friday at 6 PM in Baltimore. From Planettransgender, we are learning that a 17-year-old trans woman was murdered over the Labor Day […]

Guest Post: The Art of Drag Culture Through the Gaze of E! The Dragnificent

E!

I invited E! The Dragnificent to help me with some blogging related to drag culture and drag artists. She helped me craft the questions for our interview with Aquaria, a Pennsylvania native who is part of the Werq The World tour coming to Pittsburgh. And then E wrote this essay about why she loves Ru […]

Fat, Gay, & in the Way: My latest for the Pittsburgh Current

What does it mean to be fat, gay& in the way? I consider this in my latest for the Pittsburgh Current “At the end of my freshman year of college, my father criticized me for gaining the fabled “Freshman Fifteen,” and I felt shame, even despair. It took me years to acknowledge that this had […]

Shawn, 41, identifies as a gay/queer/bear/cub/ethical slut #AMPLIFY

Allegheny County LGBTQ

Name: Shawn Age: 41 County of Residence: Allegheny, originally from Burlington, CT a sleepy bedroom/hill town community in Hartford County, CT. I’ve also lived in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, MA. MA IS MY TRUE HOME. Pronouns: I’m a cis gay man and don’t care what you call me. How do you describe your identity? Gay/queer/bear/cub/ethical slut […]

Drag Queen Bingo in Pittsburgh and Beyond

Drag Queen Bingo Pittsburgh

Fall is here and that means it is time for the return of OUTrageous Bingo, which kicks off the season on September 7 at Rodef Shalom. OUTrageous Bingo has been entertaining legions of Pittsburghers for over 20 years, benefitting the Pittsburgh Equality Center and Shepherd Wellness Community. OUTrageous Bingo sells out almost monthly which is […]

The ongoing trauma of surviving abuse in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Content Note: Trauma, Catholic Church, Sexual Predators Trauma unfolds differently for some survivors. Some experiences happened in the past and when we do the work of recovery and healing, we can put an end to the traumatic impact on our current lives. That’s the hope anyway. Trauma isn’t just in the past, it is an […]