LGBT en Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras <p></p><p></p><p>Honduras is one of the world’s deadliest countries, overrun by gangs and violence.</p><p>Women, journalists, lawyers and members of the LGBTQ community have been singled out as victims. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27798 at Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras Pittsburgh City Council Says Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Is Discriminatory <p>Pittsburgher Dan Burda’s partner of eight years, Rohn, passed away from a heart attack this year. Like many families of the recently deceased, Burda and his loved ones wanted to donate Rohn’s skin, tissue and organs to someone who needed them.</p><p>But they were not allowed to do that because of a long-standing FDA ban on such donations from any man who has had sex with a man.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:51:45 +0000 Liz Reid 27549 at Pittsburgh City Council Says Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Is Discriminatory Jason Collins Gets a Chance and Makes History <p>NBA center, Jason Collins walked onto the court Sunday after signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. As he checked into the game in the second quarter, Collins became the first openly gay man to play one of the nation's four major professional sports.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak says on the part of the Brooklyn Nets, the signing was not made just to make history. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:12:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24910 at Corbett Backs Gay Rights Bill On Discrimination <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is supporting a measure to ban the discrimination of Pennsylvanians based on sexual orientation and gender identity.<br /><br />The proposal would update the commonwealth’s anti-discrimination law to include what supporters call basic protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians.<br /><br />The governor insists he’s not changing his stance on the issue, claiming it’s the first time he’s had any kind of position.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:26:35 +0000 Mary Wilson & The Associated Press 21615 at Exploring the Wider Impact of LGBT Homelessness in Pittsburgh <p>Homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people is more prevalent than any other statistical group in America.</p><p>Forty percent of homeless <a href="">youth in America</a> identify as LGBT. The same statistic applies to the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p><a href="">Lyndsey Sickler</a>, chair of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, and Nayck B. Feliz, associate director of <a href="">Project SILK</a>, work firsthand with young LGBT Pittsburghers who experience homelessness.</p><p>Feliz said this high homeless population has negative societal ramifications for the Pittsburgh region.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:40:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21273 at Exploring the Wider Impact of LGBT Homelessness in Pittsburgh PA’s Hate-Crime Law Still Leaves Many Groups Out <p></p><p>Jane’s whole life has been like one long hate crime.<br /><br />As a teenager, her classmates beat her to a pulp because she shaved her legs. Her family believed that praying would cure what the belt didn’t.<br /><br />Jane was born a man. Today, she is a woman.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:24:55 +0000 Emily DeMarco | PublicSource 20326 at PA’s Hate-Crime Law Still Leaves Many Groups Out Reel Q Festival Features Some Divine Indie Films to Sample <p>The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival or <a href="">Reel Q</a>, runs October 11-10 and will offer 15 full-length films.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Paper Film Critic <a href="">Al Hoff</a> previews some of the best feature flicks including <em>I Am Divine</em>, <em>GBF</em>, <em>Alice Walker Beauty and Truth</em> and <em>Interior. Leatherbar.</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:01:11 +0000 Katie Blackley 17958 at Reel Q Festival Features Some Divine Indie Films to Sample A Virtual Time Capsule of Pittsburgh's LGBT Nightlife <p>Harrison Apple has been exploring the underground. In speakeasies, bathhouses and after hours clubs, he&rsquo;s found a hypothetical time capsule of a rich gay nightlife in Pittsburgh between 1960 and 1990.</p><p>Now as Artist in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Center for the Arts, Harrison not only exhibits <a href="">his own work</a>, but has been successful in bringing award-winning author and gay rights historian <a href="">George Chauncey</a> to CMU&rsquo;s 2013 Kim and Eric Giler lecture in the humanities Thursday afternoon. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:31:44 +0000 Katie Blackley 17957 at A Virtual Time Capsule of Pittsburgh's LGBT Nightlife Rep. Sims: Same-Sex Marriage 'Inevitable' in PA <p>State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), the first openly gay member of the General Assembly, said same-sex marriage &ldquo;will become law&rdquo; in Pennsylvania, either through legislation or judicial action.</p><p>Sims spoke Wednesday with <a href="">Essential Pittsburgh </a>about his LGBT anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality bill.</p><p>He said most believe gay marriage will someday become legal in Pennsylvania, which is the only state in the Northeast without laws providing for civil unions or same-sex marriage.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:06:21 +0000 Tim Camerato 17880 at Ending LGBT Discrimination in Pennsylvania <p class="p1">Although protections exist in Pittsburgh and in Allegheny County, there is currently no comprehensive protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression throughout Pennsylvania. Democratic State Representative Dan Frankel aims to provide that protection to LGBT individuals at the state level. Frankel has authored a bipartisan bill with a record number of cosponsors to amend Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act.</p><p class="p1">According to Frankel, there needs to be a uniform statute to provide protections across the commonwealth.</p><p class="p1">“It’s the last vestige of legalized discrimination that Pennsylvania still embraces,” says Frankel. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:39:13 +0000 Reid Carter 15212 at Ending LGBT Discrimination in Pennsylvania Lawmaker Denies Hearing on LGBT Discrimination Bill <p>The Republican chairman of a key state House committee isn’t planning to schedule a hearing on a bill to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>The measure was referred to the State Government Committee, which is made up of 15 Republicans and 10<br>Democrats, and its ranking Democrat has prodded the chairman for a hearing.<br><br>But Representative Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County said he believes the majority of his panel opposes the bill.<br> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 14935 at At Lutheran Assembly, Calls for Full Inclusion of LGBTQ Community <p><strong>UPDATE: &nbsp;August 15 5:00 am</strong></p><p>The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) &nbsp;has a new leader. &nbsp;Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod was elected as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA&nbsp;at the church's national conference in Pittsburgh. &nbsp; Bishop Eaton was elected on the fifth ballot with 600 &nbsp;votes compared to 287 for Bishop Mark Hanson who has led the ELCA for the last 12 years.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:21:30 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14868 at Pittsburgh to Require Some City Contractors to Offer Domestic Partnership Benefits <p>Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that requires contractors who enter into a contract of $250,000 or more with the city to offer same-sex domestic partnership benefits to its employees.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:11:38 +0000 Jessica Nath 13602 at Expanding Domestic Partner Benefits in Pittsburgh <p>For Pittsburgh city councilman <strong>Bruce Kraus</strong>, the reason he introduced the Equal Benefits Ordinance to council can be summed up in one word: equality.</p><p>“It’s the right thing to do,” says Kraus of the ordinance, which will require private companies contracted with the city for jobs of more than $250,000 to extend benefits to domestic partners, including those of the same sex. “It sends a message of inclusiveness,” he adds. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:29:15 +0000 John Lavanga 13218 at Expanding Domestic Partner Benefits in Pittsburgh LGBT Health Concerns <p>According to <strong>Dr. Ron Stall</strong>, director of the <a href="">Center for LGBT Health Research</a> at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, the dearth of investment in sexual health research, especially for the LGBT community, is something of an American tradition. Primarily due to the hot-button nature of conversations about sexuality and sexual practices, “the US has been slow to invest in sexual health in general.”</p><p>This additional roadblock makes the advances that have been made in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV all the more impressive. According to Stall, thanks to breakthrough drug research, HIV “has now become a chronic manageable disease much like diabetes,” for those who are aware of their illness and have access to drugs. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:28:33 +0000 John Lavanga 13219 at LGBT Health Concerns AG Kane Will Not Defend Against Suit Challenging PA's Marriage Law <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Thursday that she will not defend the state law effectively banning same-sex marriage from a legal challenge in federal court, meaning the task will be left up to Gov. Tom Corbett.</p><p>"I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's (law), where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional," Kathleen Kane announced Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:30:03 +0000 Kevin Gavin & The Associated Press 12944 at Portion of Liberty Avenue to Close as Crowd Awaits Supreme Court Rulings on LGBT Issues <p>As of earlier Tuesday afternoon, more than 300 people on Facebook said they are heading downtown Wednesday morning to catch live coverage of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 — two cases involving same-sex marriage.</p><p>Delta Foundation organizers are expecting an even larger crowd downtown.</p><p>“Liberty Avenue will be shut down to vehicle traffic between 9<sup>th</sup> and 10<sup>th</sup> because we’re expecting so many people,” said Christine Bryan with the Delta Foundation. “We’ll have a large television set up, and a stage and various speakers.”</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:03:50 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12065 at More than 100K Expected to Attend Pittsburgh Pride Festival <p>Pittsburgh’s gay pride festival continues to grow, with organizers expecting more than 100,000 people to enjoy the celebration on Liberty Avenue.</p><p>When the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh took over the festival in 2007, about 3,000 people attended. Six years later, the organization is expecting to break the 100,000 mark.</p><p>Gary Van Horn, president of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, attended his first Pride festival in 1996. He said he never expected <a href="">Pittsburgh Pride</a> to get as large as it has.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:58:37 +0000 Michael Lynch 11291 at The Cultural Impact of Pittsburgh Pride Fest <p></p><p></p><p>This weekend the <a href="">Pittsburgh Pride Festival</a> is expected to generate huge revenue for the city and bring thousands of individuals and families to Liberty Avenue. The parade and concerts at Pride Fest have become mainstream collaborations with city groups like Visit Pittsburgh and major sponsorship.</p><p>Pittsburgh Pride's website quotes Richard Florida in his best-selling book on economic growth, <em>The Rise of the Creative Class</em>, “the most successful regions welcome all kinds of people. The presence of an LGBT community in large numbers is an indicator of an underlying culture that is open-minded and diverse. People look for cities with lots of gay people when they are hunting for a place to live and work. The presence of gays signals an exciting place, where people can fit in and be themselves.“</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-0a9e1680-3b76-471a-2f52-fdb7745051a4" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">But how representative of Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community is Pride Fest? And how do you go about organizing a large scale festival such as Pride, in a way that's inclusive for all aspects of the LGBTQ community and Pittsburgh as a whole?</p><p>We'll have a conversation about Pittsburgh PrideFest and its cultural impact with <strong>Gary Van Horn</strong>, President of the Delta Foundation, which organizes PrideFest and <strong>Sue Kerr</strong>, Editor of <a href="">Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondence</a>, an LGBTQ Blog. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:21:02 +0000 Heather McClain 11334 at The Cultural Impact of Pittsburgh Pride Fest Day of Silence Calls Attention to LGBT Harassment <p>Students from southwestern Pennsylvania will join with those around the country to participate in the national Day of Silence on Friday.</p><p>Students in middle schools, high schools and colleges will take a vow of silence to draw attention to bullying and harassment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people.</p><p>Nationally, researchers say 160,000 children skip school each day due to fears related to bullying.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:20:42 +0000 Tim Camerato 8072 at