Help Homeless Youth Cope With Colds, Flu and More: Tissue & Sanitizer Urgently Needed

This month, Equal magazine published a nice two page article on Cathy’s Closet, including the “behind the scenes” story and a list of items we collect.

Their timing is perfect because the onset of cold & flu season combined with the nasty entovirus going around takes a toll on LGBTQ youth as well. The different is that they don’t all have a warm bed to curl up in for the duration nor do they have access to things we might take for granted that we can pick up at the store – like tissue, ginger ale, even soap. And of course, our LGBTQ neighbors living on fixed or limited incomes might also face challenges accessing extra items from month to month.

Pittsburgh entovirus

Two simple things that we might take for granted. Can you please help?

If you are able, please consider dropping tissue and hand sanitizer off at the GLCC in the coming week. Portability is a big concern so pocket size is best. A mini-cold season list

  • tissue (individual packs are best, but boxes welcome, too)
  • hand sanitizer (portable size but refill size containers help us keep everyone supplied and keep pumps around the Center)
  • liquid soap, unscented – all sizes (keeps all of our sinks germ free and ensures folks wash their hands wherever they might be)
  • disinfectant wipes (like Clorox brand) help us keep the Center wiped down. we also distribute to those who need them.
  • personal wipes are distributed so our homeless friends can manage their health a bit better when they are on the go
  • tea bags, especially herbal and non-caffeinated varieties
  • bottles of water. dehydration is a little discussed concern when it comes to illness.
  • new travel mugs and reusable water bottles (we cannot accept used items no matter the condition)

We do not distribute medication of any type, even over the counter. We do host a medical clinic twice a week so if you are interested in supporting those efforts with donated supplies, please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the coordinator.

Donations can be accepted Monday – Saturday from 12-9 PM and Sun from 12-6 PM. Please call ahead to let the team know you are planning to stop by with a donation, especially if you need assistance unloading or avoiding parking. Our number is 412-422-0114. Questions can also be sent to 

Cathy's Closet

September 2014 Issue of Equal Magazine featuring Cathy’s Closet

LGBTQ Things To Do: Delayed Due to Sickness (Maybe Plague?)

LGBTQ Things To Do will not be published today due to some sort of plague virus that has stricken the entire blogging team. We’ll hope for tomorrow, but in the meantime please visit our Community Calendar for a list of all the great things to do this weekend.

Community Calendar

GLCC Events Calendar

And don’t forget that you can add your upcoming event at any time using our handy form.

Community Calendar

Celebrate Autumnal Equinox with Game Night at the GLCC

This year’s Autumnal Equinox is occurring close to Sunday, September 21. Since that’s the third Sunday of the month, you can celebrate the changing of seasons by joining us at the GLCC from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for Board Game Night!

We’ll be exploring a wide range of classic and contemporary games from the GLCC’s collection, but you’re encouraged to bring your favorites as well. Your suggested $2.00 donation helps keep the GLCC operating. So see you there, and Happy Equinox!

For more information on Board Game Night, email or call 412-422-0114.

Game Night Pittsburgh

Classic Games anyone?

LGBTQ Things To Do: September 11, 2014

Each week, we bring you a list of some of the most interesting and engaging things happening in the LGBTQ community. From movies to workshops, dance parties to picnics, youth events to nightlife – we try to cover all of the bases.  Find more information on how to list your LGBTQ friendly event.

We’ve added some photos and images for events that submit listings. We’ll rotate these week to week. Be sure to get listed so you can gain extra attention in this popular feature.


Community Calendar


Farmer’s Market – Market Square (Downtown) 10 AM – 2 PM

HIV Testing Free and Confidential, all ages. 5-9 PM at the GLCC

Jazz Loft Thursdays at Spin Bartini 6-9 PM in Shadyside

The Steel City Kitty Burlesque And Variety Show 10:30 PM – 1:30 AM at The Smiling Moose


Persad’s Real Time with LGBTQ Youth 5-7 PM at the GLCC. Engages youth in creating their own outreach projects to help reduce the incidence of suicide and depression among their peers.

Youth Drop-In Night at the GLCC for young people ages 13-18. 7-10 PM

TransPride National Conference Meet n Greet 5 PM, Opening Keynote with Dr. Drai 7:30 -8:30 at the First United Methodist Church on Centre Avenue. Note all events are free.

Persad Center’s Second Friday Night Series in Washington PA. 6:30 – 8:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church

Bleacher Bums at Comtra Theater 20540 Rte 19, Cranberry Township, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 through Sept 30.

Artistic Vision Pgh – Art Exhibit and Community Health Auction at the former Quiet Storm in Garfield 5430 Penn Avenue. Free Admission with Craft Brew. Curated by Most Wanted Fine Art.

Carmen de Lavallade “As I Remember It” at Kelly Strayhorn, 8-10 PM The legendary dancer, choreographer, and actress uses film, dance and storytelling to share her life. Friday and Saturday.


GLCC Volunteer Orientation, 210 Grant St Lower Level. 1-4 PM. Learn about the history of the organization, the current programs and services, take a tour and find out how you can best get involved. RSVP to 412-422-0114 or

TransPride National Conference 9 AM – 6 PM, featuring speakers Brynn Tannehill and Dana Beyer at the First United Methodist Church on Centre Avenue. All events are free.

Household Chemical collection, 9 AM – 1 PM, at Settler’s Ridge Cabin. Safely dispose of your unwanted cleaners, paints and more.

First Food and Friends, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, First United Methodist Church on Centre Avenue. All welcome for a free weekly hot meal.

Pagan Pride Day Morgantown WV 2014 11 AM – 6 PM

Penny Arcade Comedy, 811 Liberty Avenue from 1-2:30 Audience participates in creating skits.

As You Like It, 2-4 PM. Pittsburgh’s Shakespeare in the Park, Frick Park. (Sat and Sun)

Play by the Fire with us …. no adults allowed Teen Night (13-18) at the Pittsburgh Glass Center 6-9 PM Free but registration is required.

Makeup N’ Martinis Launch Party for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, 5-8 PM at The Alloy Studios

Magical Girl Wrestling Federation Inaugural Show benefit for the GLCC. 8-11 PM at Mr. Roboto Project $7 admission, concessions sold to help pay for wrestling mats.

Cocktails for a Cause 9 PM – 2 AM at Cattivo to benefit for Team for Kids

Melissa Ferrick in Concert at Club Cafe, Doors at 6, Show at 7.

Eve Goodman in performance 7-9 PM at the Backstage Bar

Bleacher Bums at Comtra Theater 20540 Rte 19, Cranberry Township, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 through Sept 30.

NA LGBT at the GLCC from 9-10 PM.

Carmen de Lavallade “As I Remember It” at Kelly Strayhorn, 8-10 PM The legendary dancer, choreographer, and actress uses film, dance and storytelling to share her life. Friday and Saturday.

TransPride Pgh Fall Showcase 7 PM – 12 AM at Cruze Bar

Burghlesque at the Cabaret at Theater Square 10:30 PM hosted by Kierra Darshell

Just Jingles Dead Rock Stars 27th Birthday Throwdown Drag Show at Cattivo 11:30


Carmen de Lavallade – As I Remember It


Men’s Group for GBTQ men ages 18+. Gather to socialize, plan activities and support one another. GLCC 210 Grant Street.

Heritage Market by Rivers of Steel at Waterfront Pumphouse, 10 AM – 2 PM

Soergel’s Corn Roast, Soergel’s Orchard in Wexford, 8 AM – 6 PM

TransPride Pgh Conference Variety Open Mic, 1-3 PM at First United Methodist Church. Hosted by Abby Denton.

As You Like It, 2-4 PM. Pittsburgh’s Shakespeare in the Park, Frick Park. (Sat and Sun)

PFLAG Pittsburgh 2-5 PM at Third Presbyterian Church

Steer Queer Town Hall Meeting 5-7 PM at Biddle’s Escape in Regent Square.

A Free Viewing of House of Oddities: The Story of The Atrocity Exhibition at Brew on Broadway Coffeehouse 7-9 PM


We’d love to feature your LGBTQ and LGBTQ friendly events and activities in a future edition. Simply visit our Community Calendar page to share all the details and get listed with the GLCC.

If you have questions, please email


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