Update on the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT – Connecting Facemasks with LGBTQ Neighbors

Pittsburgh Face Masks

Things are going along pretty busily. As of tonight, we have request for 98 individual masks and 250-350 by organizations including SisTers Pgh, Garden of Peace, and Shepherd Wellness Community. We want to make sure LGBTQ community has access to facemasks, especially that trans and queer folks feel safe and dignified. We are acutely aware […]

Please Donate to #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Voices on #GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday LGBTQ Pittsburgh

  We are in the midst of several ‘giving’ projects, including supporting our LGBTQ community groups for the holidays. We need gift cards, socks, backpacks, board games, cookies, volunteers, and more. These are important projects. That being said, #AMPLIFY is also an important project. I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on the unexpected deaths of […]

Would you organize a fundraiser for #AMPLIFY?

AMPLIFY

As we prepare to resume publication of #AMPLIFY Q&A’s contributed by LGBTQ neighbors, someone asked me about fundraising. We would love to work with your organization or group to raise funds for the project. Your efforts will go toward growing the archive, processing the voluminous data already collected, and ensuring efforts to include ever more […]

Ten Clothing Donation Tips for the #AMPLIFY @GWSWPA Collection Event

We are hosting a collection of items to be donated to Goodwill – we receive a $.10/pound of usable donations. So you can pass along your extra stuff to a great LGBTQ friendly organization AND help fund our work. This will be a series of posts leading up to that collection with tips and suggestions, […]

More Info on How to Donate Items to the Children of Kala Thomas #SayHerName

You have generously helped Kala’s family reach 10% of their crowdfund goal to meet the needs of her four children in 24 hours. Kala had two sets of twins. The eldest are 8 years old and the babies are 3 months old. Please consider a modest donation to ensure that the family does not have […]

TransPridePgh Seeks Donations of Cosmetics, Makeup for Workshop

Lyndsey at TransPride Pittsburgh reached out to me with a request. They are putting together a workshop on makeup application for trans feminine folks who have requested it. And they need supplies of new, unopened products for the workshop and for distribution. The requested items are:  Concealer Foundation Lipsticks, Lip liner Blush Mascara, Eye liner […]

A Friend of Mine Lost Her 35 Year Old Son This Week, Please Help With Final Expenses

Randi tearfully told me about her fear that he was alone when he died. That’s a terrible heartache for her. No platitude can help, but we can show Randi that she is not alone now by helping her with this task of making final arrangements.

The Kindness of Neighbors

Cathy's Closet

When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened! This weekend, a lot of strangers did me a big kindness by donating to Cathy’s Closet. One drive was Friday night at the Blue Moon Bar in Lawrenceville (yes, that Blue Moon of Sharon Needles […]

Two Women Who Restored My Faith in Humanity Yesterday

1.  State Representative Naomi Jakobbsen of Illinois left the bedside of her dying son to vote yet on “marriage equality” – a measure that passed with a cushion of one vote. Tragically, her son died before she could return to the hospital. How do you adequately say thank you to someone who would do this? For […]