AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell us what we’ve missed […]
The Renaissance City Choirs of Pittsburgh will present a show to benefit the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc. This third-annual event will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Washington & Jefferson College’s Olin Fine Arts Center, 285 E. Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Reception with the performers will follow the […]
Flannel is not the enemy. The youth in Pittsburgh based queer performing arts group Dreams of Hope took our #TakeTheHighRoad message of support to McGuffey High LGBTQA students a few steps further – producing this lovely video with their own unique messages. What can I add? You might still want to post your own photo […]
Students in a Washington County school are attempting to harass and intimidate their LGBTQ peers with what seems to be a coordinated “anti-gay” activities, including wearing coordinated clothing and targeting the lockers of LGBTQ students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “anti-gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt […]
It happened again. Ledcat and I ventured out to a local venue where we found ourselves donning the veil of discretion we know so intimately. The tacit agreement to not hold hands, not use endearments, not draw attention. It is a traveling closet that one uses when necessary. How on earth, you might ask, does […]
Well, Luke Ravenstahl was on Letterman. I guess Matt Staniszewski has followed in his footsteps by being the object of a Jimmy Kimmel bit. Sort of? I’ve received links to this video from a zillion friends. Props to Kimmel for the good pronounciation.
In another fun example of Western PA’s descent into a red haze, we have this story from “Little Washington” PA – Councilman Matt Staniszewski sent out a mass email with the statement “Bryan is gay.” He admits he did it. The email was sent as part of a test run of a new emergency alert system. […]
Congratulations to Emmett Patterson, a 17 year old transman for receiving national recognition from GLSEN for his advocacy work in Washington County. Emmett founded Washington County’s first Gay Straight Alliance. Kudos to him and we hope he enjoys spending time with Chaz Bono, whom he identifies as a hero and source of solace while struggling […]