Cathy is 61 years old. Her professional career has spanned nearly four decades in a rural community just outside of Pittsburgh. As she faces her final days with a diagnosis of end stage pancreatic cancer, she finds herself without the financial means to pay for her final expenses - a funeral, gravesite and a headstone.What Cathy does have are wonderful friends, her "family of choice" which has rallied to raise the money before Cathy passes so she can leave this world with peace of mind. ...more
Standing on the corner of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, I wasn't a guy, I was just a 16 year old ci-woman with a deep voice and a different, more confident way of moving than these kids had seen. But I wasn't gonna take away their learning lesson. What if I was a guy? What about it?
Sunday December 29 marks the eighth anniversary of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. Over those 8 years, I’ve personally written between 2500 and 3000 blog posts – exact count is hard to determine due to some behind the scenes software “stuff” I can’t explain well....more
A few weeks ago, I posted a little challenge on my blog to ask people to send me a Christmas card and promising to donate $1 to Pittsburgh's LGBTQ Community Center in exchange - to bolster their membership campaign. It was a very off-the-cuff thing so I didn't expect a huge response....more
It's perfect isn't it.... the lives we see on Facebook... usually happy faces of people doing fun stuff ALL of the time. This time of the year you see pictures of Santa, Gingerbread houses, and an ungodly amount of cookies being baked. ...more
One night in college we all dressed up, left the dorms and headed downtown. One of my friend’s cousins was visiting from Miami. He’s gay. I don’t remember where all we were headed, but Boneshakers, a gay club back in the day in Athens, was one of our destinations. We had fun, and I thought, aren’t I so progressive, going to a gay club?...more
You recognize that guy, right? No, not THAT guy on the right - the duck on the left is Uncle Scrooge McDuck in his role as "Ebeneezer Scrooge" from Disney's version of A Christmas Carol. This was when he threw open the windows to let his neighbors and his family into his heart, into his life after coming to realize that it was not too late....more