PA State Human Relations Commission Expands Discrimination Classes to Include Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

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This is a pretty significant move, but please note that this is NOT the same thing as the General Assembly passing legislation. Like the other two statewide rights (marriage equality and second parent adoption) for LGBTQ people, this has not come from our elected officials in the General Assembly. The Commission issued a guidance that […]

Pittsburgh Municipal Equality Index Score Increases for 2014

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The 2014 HRC Municipal Equality Index has been released. Pittsburgh residents have gained significant benefit from the 2014 court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, but has only made slight actual gains in terms of municipal initiated efforts to address equality. Pittsburgh’s most noticeable ongoing weakness is evident in the “gender identity” indicators. The scoring […]

UPDATED: Why I Won’t Ask Mayor Bill Peduto To Marry Me

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If you were one part human, two parts something else — another animal, a plant, an inanimate object — what would the other two parts be? I’ve always felt like a mutant, in part due to being ostracized as a poor kid with big eyes and huge glasses and in part due to being an adult […]

Pittsburgh: Not So Equal After All

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Pittsburgh received 72 out of 100 possible points on a recent national survey of municipal equality released by the Human Rights Campaign.  The city was not ranked in 2012.  The index was divided into 6 categories: non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and relationship with the LGBT community. Pittsburgh […]

LGBTQ&A: Stephen Glassman Has Something to Discuss With You

An occasional series where we pose some questions to local LGBTQ folks (and Allies) to learn more about their personal experiences with LGBTQ culture. Click here for a complete list of all LGBTQ&A profiles. Stephen Glassman is a true pioneer in Pennsylvania LGBTQ history. His appointment to the PA Human Relations Commission and subsequent appointment as Chairman was […]

Pittsburgh PrideFest 2014 and Beyond: Five Things to Consider

We were on 5th Avenue at 11 AM to line up for the Pride Awareness March and hung in until the very end of the day, trekking our way back to our car after 6. The march was terrific – we ended up at the bend where 5th turns into Liberty and so we had […]

All the Red Equality Memes!

So I spent my day pouring through Supreme Court updates and … collecting memes as they unfolded. Memes based on the red HRC equality sign. I found over 35 versions. Check them out here.  Memes with bacon, Siracha sauce, apples, Muppets, SNL characters, and what I think is a sloth. People are very creative. Grumpy […]

Heinz Affirms Donations, “Partnership” With Anti-Gay Boy Scouts

Do you like bigotry with your condiments? Heinz has donated to the Boy Scouts and plans to continue that relationship regardless of their anti-LGBTQ policies. The New Civil Rights Movement shares: Ketchup-maker H.J. Heinz Company gave $12,000 to the Scouts during the fiscal year ending April 27, 2011 — and stands by those donations. “The H.J. Heinz […]

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Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

I have yet to blog on Pitt’s absurd and dangerous decision to impose “bathroom rules” on their trans students, staff, faculty and guests. I have been gathering some information both in terms of how to best help our trans sisters and brothers be safe and to figure out … well, the possible motivation. I would […]