Two Big Federal Wins for Marriage Equality

Thursday brought news of two significant rules that will have an immediate impact on LGBTQ families. First, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a ruling on Medicare: Gay married couples are now eligible for nursing home care through Medicare-funded private insurance in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision against the Defense of […]

VA to Hold Cyber Seminar on Health Needs of LGBTQ Veterans

The Pittsburgh area VA has something interesting planned for Wednesday – “Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs”. The seminar is free and open to the public.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 at 12 noon.  To participate in real time, use this registration link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/231686862 The registration form asks for […]

Let’s Tax Fireworks to fund Veterans Programs in Pennsylvania

Texas has a “special tax” on fireworks to fund rural fire departments. I think that makes sense – there’s a clear connection between stupid people who intentionally set things afire and rural fire department resources. I propose a similar tax – 2% – on the sale of fireworks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to fund […]

Memorial Day Makes Me Angry

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Growing up in West Mifflin, I had no real idea what Memorial Day was about. We typically had a cookout and there was a parade near our house. It was next to a cemetery dated back to pre-Revolutionary War times so I had a sense of history, but not necessarily any connection to veterans in […]