Rumors Abound in 2017 Pittsburgh Democratic Primary

WTAE broke the story about Darlene Harris alleging Bill Peduto is registering homeless people to bolster his chances of winning reelection. You can see the whole clip here.  “I was told by his people that they’re registering them to vote on Watson Street in the Hill (District),” Harris said. “So, you know, talking about politics, […]

Does it Matter if a Mayor or District Magistrate Will Perform Same Sex Marriages?

There’s been some furor lately in the electoral race for an East End magisterial judge seat. Incumbent Judge Dan Butler is under scrutiny for not performing marriages – he doesn’t perform any marriages. The tricky part is that he belongs to a socially conservative Jewish congregation that defines marriage as between a man and a […]

Election Wrap Up

There are simply no words to describe how I feel to know that Bill Peduto is the Mayor-Elect of Pittsburgh. As a woman, a lesbian, a social worker and a person living with a disability  – I just can’t find the right words. Relief? Thankful? Even hopeful?   Other notable electoral news across the queerosphere […]

Do PA Mayors Performing Marriage Have Ethical Responsibilities Regarding the Legal Status of LGBTQ Couples?

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As I read about Braddock Mayor John Fetterman performing a wedding ceremony for two gay men from Regent Square, I had mixed reactions. On the one hand, it is an act of civil disobedience designed to create a more equal society and I support that step. But on the other hand, it puts an LGBTQ […]

LGBTQ History in Pittsburgh – The Election of Bill Peduto as Mayor

Last night, it was a real thrill to be standing in the crowd at the Federation of Teachers and watch as Bill Peduto was confirmed as the Democratic nominee for office of Mayor of Pittsburgh. We arrived early and I couldn’t stop smiling. It was a very unique mix of people watching the numbers on […]

Pets Fur Peduto: Bill Peduto and Animal Welfare Policies

I was recently asked what Bill Peduto will do to address animal welfare issues when he is elected Mayor. While he has listed over 100 policy proposals on his website, there is no clear cut stance on animal welfare. So I gleaned a few suggestions you might want to consider. First, I have been informed […]

Bill Peduto – We Need a Mayor Who Never Forgets What Pittsburgh Can Be

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Bill Peduto’s tv commercial is available via YouTube. Five generations of my family worked in the mill right there on the South Side – my great-grandfather died a few blocks away from that spot. Still, my father and his cousins and even my brother worked in the mills through the 70s and 80s and …today. […]

Jack Wagner’s Friends at Marcellus Shale

I thought he was concerned with the members of the City of Pittsburgh community? Oh wait … 

LGBTQ&A: Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto, Longtime Ally

An occasional series where we pose some questions to local LGBTQ (and Allies) to learn more about their personal experiences with LGBTQ culture. Bill Peduto, current City Councilor in District 8 and candidate for Mayor, has a long history as a staunch ally for the LGBTQ community. Bill was a founding member of Steel City […]