Theresa Kail-Smith Named Pgh City Council President

After genuinely worrying about the potential to put a Christian pastor with a disturbing history into the role of President of Pittsburgh City Council, I am truly relieved even buoyed to share that they unanimously chose Theresa Kail-Smith From WESA Pittsburgh City Council unanimously voted to make District 2 Councilor Theresa Kail-Smith Council President on […]

The Criminal Complaint Against Gary Van Horn Illustrates (Again) Divides in Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community

The local LGBTQ community is abuzz with the revelation that Delta Foundation President Gary Van Horn has started a Pittsburgh chapter of the Rosco P Coltrane fan club and “unofficially” brought Allegheny County Sheriff Mullen, a few notaries, and his friend “Timmy” along with him. (see images below to interpret that allusion.) Gary has been […]

Mairin, 31, is an out and proud lesbian in Philadelphia with Pittsburgh roots #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Philadelphia lesbian

Working around dress codes has always been difficult for me. I dress in men’s clothing and it isn’t always acceptable in professional settings (it is also not always easy to find clothes to begin with!). Every time I start a new job or show up to a dressy function, I worry what people are going […]

We Successfully Raised $2600 for TNR Supplies to Help the Homeless Cat Management Team Cat Lady Lending Library

Feral Cat Pittsburgh

Thanks to our friends at ioby and a whole lotta great cat lovers, we met our goal today several days ahead of schedule. We set out to raise $2500 and ended up raising $2600 which will help cover fees and such. The funds will be used to purchase TNR equipment for volunteers to use, equipment […]

Coroner Reports Death of Black Trans Woman Elisha Stanley was Accidental

Elisha Stanley Cause of Death

Earlier this year, we reported on the September 16 death of 46-year-old Pittsburgh native, Elisha Stanley, who had traveled to her hometown to visit family. Elisha was a Black trans woman and her death was sudden and unexpected so understandably people were very concerned both for the loss of her as an individual and the […]

82 Trans Stories from Western Pennsylvania Honor Trans Awareness Week

The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, we have Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues the community faces. I’ve curated 82 stories from our #AMPLIFY project to illustrate the multi-faceted experiences of transgender neighbors in Western Pennsylvania. Our project asks people to describe their […]

Pittsburgh Needs Policies for Urban Wildlife and Homeless Domestic Animals #NaBloPoMo

The Prompt – Is Pittsburgh a cat or dog city? (Or alligator city?) Explain your answer. I’m a cat and dog person, but I have more cats right now. Thus, I plead the Fifth on this one. I wish the CITY as an entity had more concrete policies with regard to homeless cats and dogs. […]

The Pittsburgh Nation #NaBloPoMo2019 #NaBloPoMoPgh

The prompt Have you ever met a stranger from Pittsburgh while traveling? Tell us about that experience. I’ve been so busy blogging about the election that I almost forgot NaBloPoMo! I meet Pittsburgh folks all of the time. So much that I often try to wear Pgh gear when traveling to draw them out. In […]

Updated (Again) – Western Pennsylvania Elected FIVE Openly LGBTQ Candidates in the Rainbow Wave

The LGBTQ Victory Fund reported on 13 Pennsylvania LGBTQ candidates who won their elections this week, including two from Western Pennsylvania: Jessica Semler in Etna Borough and Bruce Kraus in City of Pittsburgh. Add two THREE more names to this list.  Edward Alo and Anthony Saba, both openly gay, were elected to Crafton Borough Council. […]

#NaBloPoMoPgh Writing Prompt Day Six #NaBloPoMo2019

These prompts are for anyone interested in or connected to Pittsburgh Some of you grew up here, some relocated as adults. If the prompt isn’t a perfect fit, feel free to adapt to your circumstances – insert your own towns, tweak it a bit, write about something else entirely. Pittsburgh has deep ties to labor […]