~PITTSBURGH LESBIAN CORRESPONDENTS~

 

By Sue Kerr

http://www.pghlesbian.com/ 

Sue is founder and editor-in-chief of Pittsburgh Lesbian CORRESPONDENTS. Her favorite things include coffee, soap operas, cats (and dogs.)

2/1/17

17 #AMPLIFY Quotes About Hope, Intersectionality and LGBTQ Identity​ January 16, 2017 by Sue Kerr

 

 

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We asked #AMPLIFY contributors

What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania?

Hope matters. It sustains us, it inspires us and it bonds us as a community. But hope tempered with truth is even more vital. We can’t dream or wish away the impact of racism on the LGBTQ community, the movement, the accomplishments and the day to day lives of our actual neighbors. I can’t offer you an analysis of what Dr. King would say about storytelling projects. I can offer you some responses to the question about hope that speak to the issue of an intersectional understanding of our community. These are not the only responses, just a handful to give you an idea. We encourage you to read through the archive fora more robust understanding how the hopes of the LGBTQ community manifest.

We have accomplished so much, I do have hope that we will be able to hold onto the advantages we have made. I would like to think that the community includes a lot of well meaning people who will help to fight the racism, classism, ageism, and otherisms that still separate us. – Jan, 67, Allegheny County

As more and more projects arise to address specific concerns – like the Garden of Peace Project and Proud Haven – we seem to be, slowly, recognizing the extent of work we have to do, and signaling a willingness to engage in difficult work. – Erik, 46, Allegheny County, formerly Clearfield and Crawford counties

That we all work together, accepting our individual differences, and that we realize that good things happen when we are visible and reach out. – Mike, 46, Erie County

That we can get to a point where everyone, regardless of race, social class, income, gender assigned at birth, or sexuality, has access to the resources that they need in order to live comfortably. – CJ, 26, Allegheny County (pt) and Alaska

Solidarity across color lines. – kelly, 55, Allegheny County

My greatest hope is that we can all live as fully ourselves everyday with no fear of harm based on who we are, and no shame based on what hate we have internalized. – Joy, 35, Allegheny County

intersectionality. – Sam, 40, Allegheny County

That we will include intersectionality when making space/events for each other. – Coley, 26, Allegheny County

That Western PA becomes a place where discrimination is illegal, where trans folks feel safe to exist, where black lives matter, and where the laws and the community are on our side. – Ashe, 29, Allegheny County

That we are represented racially in everything in our community. – Jazmine, 46, Allegheny County

That we can fight queer and trans oppression through an intersectional frame work including fighting racism, classism, ableism, ageism, and so on. And that we can make space for healing and for having fun while doing so. – Corvus, 33, Allegheny County

More Inclusiveness and Diversity. I wish folks could see past color one day and we fight this battle together instead of having so many battles within our own community. – Naheen, 29, Allegheny County

My greatest hope is that the community will acknowledge the racism and segregation that exists with in it and begin, or continue to, take steps to obliterate it. The hypocrisy of expecting people outside of the community to acknowledge discrimination and “otherizing” when it is prevalent in our own community needs to stop. Whether it is because of skin color or the label that one is comfortable with, i.e. bisexual, equality is necessary for us to really walk our talk. – Staci, 52, Allegheny County

That the stuff I just wrote about above isn’t what happens – that Pride is inclusive; that the LGBTQ community becomes more inclusive both racially and across the community as a whole (including letting people of color lead the way); that support networks develop and exist and thrive; that the LGBTQ community breaks the white privilege barrier down. – Rachel, 30, formerly Allegheny County now Bucks County

That we deepen our conversations and commitments to undoing white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, imperialism and capitalism. Together. – [http://jay%2C%2033%2C%20says%20stories%20are%20part%20of%20queer%20liberation%20/#AMPLIFY]Jay, 33, Allegheny County

My greatest hope for the LGBTQ+ community here in WPA is that we will continue to grow in the direction that promotes positive communication between one another, inter-sectionality, & inclusive safe spaces. – Emma, 28, Allegheny County formerly Beaver, Bradley and York

That we develop enough resources for our youth and elders as well as safe spaces for all of our community. We have to become more inclusive of people of color within our community, particularly as it relates to power. – Shari, 57, Allegheny County formerly Indiana County

Read all of the responses here.  And if you can donate to our work, please do so. Every donation has an impact.

AMPLIFY is a project of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. 

 

History of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

 

 

In November 2004, Sue Kerr was invited to do a guest segment on a local talk radio program under the guise of being the “unofficial” Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondent. She did this over the course of one year and three radio stations. That’s where her home became designated “Lesbian Central” and she developed an interest in these things called blogs.

By the winter of 2005, she  was hooked and created her own little blog and decided that the name Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents was a good fit. Expecting only her friends to read, she focused on scintillating topics like “letters to the editor” about LGBTQ topics and reporting on local LGBTQ events, from political rallies to comedy shows.

She soon realized that writing about the lesbian experience – no matter the topic – was unique and in fact political. So she joined the ranks of political bloggers whilst remaining true to topics like cats, soap operas and generalized rants.

As time went on, the blog featured a range of guest bloggers – from Kevin Acklin to Heather Arnet to Bram Reichbaum and … Ledcat. The Correspondents traveled to DC for a weekend conference of “citizen journalists” and later participated in Netroots Nation. Sue as asked to contribute to other groups blogs.

We’ve taken breaks. We’ve always come back because there are stories untold and voices not heard and issues unaddressed. The advent of Facebook and Twitter diffused blogging as Sue opted not to write a post about each topic, instead promoting links to other reputable sites.

In 2012, Sue decided that the blog needed an infusion of new points of view. She invited Trish Mifflin to join the team. Ledcat became more active, Then Jen Tyrrell from nearby Bridgeport, OH joined us.

The blog theme was redesigned and new opportunities await. Sue maintains that we are a political blog simply because the act of speaking out as an LGBTQ person is a political act, no matter the topic. So together we continue to explore life in the tri-state area as a team.

Some blog highlights

  • First live blogging of a City Council hearing (2006)
  • First live tweeting of a County Council hearing (2009)
  • Represented Western Pennsylvania at the first national LGBT bloggers convening (2009)
  • Invited to contributie to Bilerico, the nation’s largest LGBT group blogging site (2010)
  • Represented Western Pennsylvania at Netroots Nation LGBT Connect (2012)
  • Named “Favorite GLBT Media Publication”  by Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter (2012)
  • Invited to serve on national LGBT Connect Planning Committee for Netroots Nation (2013)
  • Invited to represent Western PA at the 4th Annual LGBTQ Social Media Convening sponsored by the National Association of LGBT Journalists (2013)
  • Expanded blog contributors beyond self-identified lesbians to diversify our team (2012)