That Time We Merged Our Separate Giant Eagle Advantage Cards

Giant Eagle Advantage Card Shared Account

I remember early in our relationship days, Ledcat and I went grocery shopping together at the Waterfront Giant Eagle near my home. This was probably 8-10 months in to our relationship (now going on 162 months, thank you.) It wasn’t a joint shop for a shared event, it was two independent shops using one cart. […]

Joseph, 28, is a HIV+ queer and gay man in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

A HIV+ queer and gay man Pittsburgh

  Name: Joseph Onstott Age:  28 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: he/him/his they/their How do you describe your identity? A HIV+ queer and gay man Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I feel like straight people have this idea in their head that it’s an overnight process when it is anything […]

FOUND! Nina Wyley, a 20-Year-Old Gay, Black Woman, is Missing in Pittsburgh

UPDATE – Nina has been found safe.  Nina Wyley is a 20-year-old black, gay female from East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She’s been missing since December 6 when she was last seen in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Her family is gravely concerned about her. Nina is 5’6″, weighs 180 lbs, and has light brown eyes. […]

Guest Blog Post: Bloomers Woman’s Space Broke Barriers in Pgh #LGBTHistoryMonth

Bloomers Pittsburgh

October is LGBT History Month. I’ve asked several people to share their thoughts on regional historical events that left an impression on them. Some contributors are LGBTQ, some are allies. All are people I think you will enjoy hearing from this month. If you would like to submit a guest post, please click here. Bloomers and […]

South Side Bar Location of 2013 Queer Bashing to Close ‘Indefinitely’

Margaritaville

A South Side bar where two queer women of color were bashed in January 2013 has been closed indefinitely after a shooting incident this past weekend left a 21-year-old woman shot. She was treated and released. “With this action, a standard has been set and the message has been sent that chronic illegal, disruptive, and […]

“Death In June” Pgh Show Will Go On – @RexTheater Responds

Death In June

As I mentioned earlier, “Death in June” is scheduled to perform at The Rex Theater on May 29. The Rex Theater is managed by Grey Area Productions. Scott Forsyth, the Booking/Production Manager of The Rex, responded to my concerns thusly: (general sic for typos) You did note that Douglas P is openly gay, and is […]

When I Wish Upon a Well

wishing well

Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true? Yes, I have. But I cannot recall the wishes. I can’t remember that last time that I came across a wishing well. So I’m sharing a parody of a song that has a line “I made […]

My Family Herstory: Part Two

Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo? Edna Kerr was my great-grandmother (my paternal grandfather’s mother.) She was widowed soon after this photo and left to raise 4 children on her own. This cropped image is from an […]

CoffeeHouse Tour 2014: Delanie’s Coffee on the South Side

Coffee House Review

Part of my 2014 Adventures in New Experiences is a little mini-resolution to try at least one new coffeehouse each month. For January, I chose Delanie’s Coffee on the South Side. It in the 1700 block near our favorite restaurant (Cambod-Ican Kitchen) so we’ve walked by a dozen times. Usually a soon to be expiring […]

Pittsburgh City Council Elects First Openly Gay President

Bruce Kraus Pittsburgh

January 6, 2014 ushers in the much-anticipated progressive Peduto Administration to the Mayors Office, but also marks another significant milestone for the City with the election of the first openly gay man as President of City Council. In 2008, Bruce Kraus became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to City Council. He was reelected in […]