gay rights en Creator of It Gets Better, Dan Savage, Brings His HUMP Tour to Pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sex columnist, author, and lecturer Dan Savage&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is in Pittsburgh this weekend for&nbsp;</span><a href="">HUMP tour</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a film festival which has garnered a bit of</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;controversy</a>&nbsp;locally<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It's a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;festival of independently made adult films, which was originally slated to screen in Dormont. But because of a local ordinance, the festival will instead be shown in Lawrenceville.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Savage describes HUMP as a film festival of amateur porn that marries funny with sexy. The festival begins at 9 pm Friday at the&nbsp;<a href="">Row House Cinema</a>&nbsp;in Lawrenceville.</p><p>Savage is best known for his syndicated sex advice column, regularly featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper and the&nbsp;<a href="">It Gets Better Project</a>, created to inspire and give hope to LGBT teens.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:39:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30861 at Creator of It Gets Better, Dan Savage, Brings His HUMP Tour to Pittsburgh When Opposites No Longer Attract: Coming Out After Marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coming out can be a difficult process for anyone who realizes that they're lesbian, gay, or transgender. But what are the challenges for LGBT people who have been married, raised families and realize they’re not straight?</span></p><p>This topic is the focus of the book, <a href=""><em>When Opposites No Longer Attract</em></a>,&nbsp;by Michael Testa. It's based on his own personal experience with this situation.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:26:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30735 at When Opposites No Longer Attract: Coming Out After Marriage LGBT Pride Event Expects Record Numbers <p>Members of Pittsburgh’s LGBT community and their supporters are expected to take to the streets in record numbers this Sunday during the annual Pride March, which is part of this week’s Pittsburgh Pride celebration.</p><p>Pittsburgh Pride is the largest LGBT festival in Pennsylvania, according to the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. The nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the city’s LGBT community hosts and organizes the event, which runs from June 6 through June 15.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:13:24 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30610 at How Michael Sam Became Bigger than the Olympics <p>This weekend was a very exciting weekend in the sports world, with the opening of the Olympics. But, something off the field and closer to home was the story that stole all the headlines.</p><p>Michael Sam, a graduating defensive end from the University of Missouri publicly announced Sunday that he is gay.</p><p>Sam was the Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year this past season and played a key part to a surprisingly successful Missouri football team. With this announcement two weeks before the 2014 NFL Draft, Sam is on the fringe of making history by becoming the first openly gay NFL player. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:08:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24189 at How Michael Sam Became Bigger than the Olympics Teacher Sues AIU After Being Denied Benefits for Same-Sex Partner <p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s Law Project have filed a lawsuit against the Allegheny Intermediate Unit on behalf of Bradley Ankney, a math teacher for the AIU.</p><p>The suit was filed after the AIU rejected Ankney’s attempt to add his partner to his health insurance policy.</p><p>Sarah Rose, staff attorney for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said the AIU does provide benefits to the spouses of employees.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:13:30 +0000 Kevin Gavin 15152 at