Another update on LGBTQ holiday giving projects

I got word tonight of some heavenly folks making a donation to purchase the remaining gift cards for the SAGE elders. I’ll share all the great details later. We have now fulfilled the specific wishes of the LGBTQ youth and our LGBTQ elders and arranged for the Garden of Peace QTPOC Holiday Party to be […]

With Anti-Transgender Editorial, Post-Gazette Officially Proves that Pittsburgh Never Was #StrongerThanHate

The phrase ‘a new low’ seems inadequate to describe the mean-spirited, churlish, vicious, nasty, hateful bitterness of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board. But writing out that serious of descriptive words repeatedly is equally insufficient to capture the true evil this Board has embraced. This week, they published this scathing indictment of Twitter’s new speech policies […]

Pittsburgh Man Says He Was Assaulted in Local 7-Eleven Because He Is Transgender

Zahair Martinez Pittsburgh

Zahair Martinez, a Black transgender man living in Pittsburgh, claims he was assaulted inside a 7-Eleven on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh by a group of seven people. This was 10:15 AM on Sunday December 2. Martinez spoke with WTAE “ZAHAIR MARTINEZ TELLS ME HE WAS TARGETED FROM THE SECOND HE WALKED INTO THIS DOWNTOWN […]

F. Dok Harris: “This hate is growing and fermenting. So take a stand and give back in a way that can really help the people who are at the most risk.”

Franco Dok Harris Pittsburgh Current

Check out this story at the Pittsburgh Current and watch/listen to the podcast below. Generous Donation Makes Holiday Brighter For LGBTQ Youth I suggested the story to Pittsburgh Current because we never hear the media covering stories of generosity to the LGBTQ community.  We hear about Secret Santas visiting Wal-Mart every year and anonymous affluent […]

Baptist Pastor Arrested for Murder of Trans Woman Keanna Mattel in Detroit

Keanna Mattel

Baptist pastor Albert Weathers, 46, was arraigned Monday for the murder of transgender woman, Keanna Mattel, according to a post at Planettransgender. Weathers is charged with open murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The 36th District Court set bond at $1 million according to The Detroit News. Other details suggest […]

Keanna Mattel, 35, is 24th Trans Neighbor Murdered in the US during 2018

Keanna Mattel

I learned terrible news tonight from Detroit where a 35 year old Black trans woman was murdered Friday morning, the 24th transgender victim of fatal violence in the US this year. Her name was Keanna Mattel. Note that Keanna’s surname has been spelled with one ‘l’ and with two. We are using the spelling on […]

Update on 2018 Holiday Giving Projects – Please Remember Your LGBTQ Neighbors

Pittsburgh – yinz have done great, so far.   Here is what is needed right now * $100 in Giant Eagle gift cards in any denomination for the #LGBTQ elders at Persad ASAP * 23 backpacks filled with supplies for trans neighbors (list in link below) who will be attending the Garden of Peace Holiday […]

Suzanne, 39, never felt that honoring her orientation was even an option #AMPLIFY

female bisexual Pittsburgh

  Name: Suzanne Age: 39 County of Residence: Allegheny, but grew up in Armstrong County. Northern Armstrong County bordering Clarion and Butler counties, different parts of Allegheny County, and Mexico City Pronouns: she/her/hers How do you describe your identity? female bi-ish lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I consider that I […]

Find Joy Together Saturday Night with Renaissance City Choir

  Find holiday joy with Renaissance City Choir this Saturday! Get tickets now at http://rccholiday2018.bpt.me We find joy in being together as a loving community. This concert will feature Gloria by John Rutter, a piece composed for brass, percussion, organ, and choir. RCC will be joined by members of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra to share this piece with our audience community. […]

Leo, 24, Fears the Erasure of Nonbinary/Bisexual/Pansexual/Asexual/Demi Narratives in the Queer Community #AMPLIFY

  Nonbinary people are starting to have a voice here but the amount of times I’ve had the pronouns are important conversation with a cis gay man who tells me “well that just wasn’t in my time, you were either gay or you weren’t and there wasn’t in between” is too many times. Name: Leo Age: 24 […]