Being Unfriended on Facebook Without Drama. It Can Happen.

Facebook Unfriending

Earlier this fall, I was poking around Facebook when I realized that I had not read any status updates from a certain person whom I’ll refer to as Glenn. We aren’t tight or really actual friends who hang out in real life – friendly colleagues is a fair description. I respect their work, their values […]

Forgiveness (and Peace) Begin With Me

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The Prompt: Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them. So – wow. This is a very difficult question to address. Forgiveness is not my strong suit. I’m more of a ‘let’s pretend everything is okay’ type – but […]

Luke Spencer. No Apologies.

The Prompt: Who is your favourite character of all time? So this is tricky because “all time” means of all the time and I’m not good with commitment. I also have a penchant for disillusionment – am I alone in finding Little Women disappointing as an adult? I mean – the domestic goddess Meg scenes […]

The Week in LGBTQ: April 21, 2013

A summary of our most popular tweets. Please follow us – @PghLesbian24 Now this is how to do a #giveaway http://bit.ly/123c05c #SupportLocalBiz #Pgh #[email protected]_R @BillPeduto Facebook Meme – This Person is Voting Peduto http://bit.ly/17b4nsQ @BillPeduto @PeopleforPeduto#Race4Pgh How We Teach Our Sons To Rape | The Belle Jar http://bit.ly/16WmRiB Thanks to @MMASammichfor the referral. #SAAM How To Discuss HIV Health Issues With Non-Poz Folks | http://bit.ly/ZsQ2V6: http://bit.ly/[email protected] #HIV Stigma? We “get” […]

Change the Conversation: Untitled by Anonymous

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I am posting this contribution from Anonymous. Trigger Warning – Sexual assault, child molestation, victim blaming.  Sexual assault is a serious problem. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. While Sexual assaults have decreased more than 60% in the recent years there […]

Changing the Conversation About Soap Operas?

A few months ago, I was asked to participate in a Change.org effort to send a message to the soap operas that “rape does not equal romance.” I declined. Why? Well, I do agree with the message but  I also know the soaps. And I thought it was pointless and wouldn’t work. I really regret […]

Lessons From Steubenville – Rapists Destroy Their Own Lives By Raping Women

Trigger Warning – references to sexual assault, rape apologists, and rape culture   Let me be absolutely clear – it is not what they didn’t say, it is what they DID say. They weren’t guilty of “rape essentially” – they are guilty of rape. Their lives did not fall apart – they destroyed their own […]

The Legitimacy of the Rape Debate (Trigger Warning)

It is hard to know where to begin with the wretched “legitimate rape” comment from Todd Akin, Senate candidate from Missouri. “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. […]

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips – Not What You Might Expect

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