LGBTQ Things To Do: April 18, 2014

Every Thursday, we bring you a sample of some of the interesting and engaging things to do this weekend – and LGBTQ friendly, of course!   Be sure to visit our calendar of events page for all of the listings.

**New This Week – we’ve added Thursday evening events to make this listing more robust.

 

Pittsburgh Pride

 

 

Thursday

HIV Testing – Free, confidential testing every Thus 5-9 PM at 210 Grant Street. Testing also available for STI.

Queer Crafters Circle at the GLCC fromo 6-9 PM All ages and levels of experience welcome. Donations of $3 requested to cover expenses.

Screening of “The Marriage Project” at CMU, 7 PM.

(Trans)ition Thursdays at Cattivo, 6-9 PM

PITTSBURGH: Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow - a dazzling, diverse cabaret of performance art works and acts of resistance by queer folks of femme-inine spectrum genders, 8-10 PM at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. 

Friday

Eggstravaganza at The National Aviary, 11 AM – 3 PM East egg hunt, Easter Bunny photos and more.

A Family Bike Ride via Flock of Cycles, starts at 6 PM meeting at Dippy in Oakland. All ages, all levels of experience welcome. Will end with a picnic in Shadyside.

Hot Metal Hardware performance at Cattivo, 9 PM

Last Chance to See A Feminist Comedy Show, 10 PM The Arcade Comedy Theater. Hosted by our “Open Minds Open Mic” founder, Abby Denton.

Saturday

Rope Bite Intensive 10 AM – 6:30 PM at the GLCC. Please call 412-422-0114 for more information.

Eggstravaganza at The National Aviary, 11 AM – 3 PM East egg hunt, Easter Bunny photos and more.

Venture Outdoors – Laurel Highlands Trail Hike, 8 AM – 6 PM. 11.2 miles, first of 7 weekend series of hikes.

Eggstravaganza and Spring Celebration at The Waterfront, 12-4 PM featuring visit with the Easter Bunny, egg hunt, mini-maker faire with I Made It! Market and more. Town Square near Starbucks.

Chatham Spring Carnival and Harvest Grape Festival 11 AM – 1 PM at Chatham University

Holi Festival of Colors, 11 AM – 6 PM, Flagstaff Hill live music, yoga sessions, dancing and vegetarian food

Venture Outdoor’s Easter Egg Geocaching, 1:30 North Park

Spring Fling - Ladies Spring Dance in South Park at the Buffalo Inn, 5 – 11 PM. Tickets available at the door.

**Cathy’s Collection at the Spring Fling. Please bring personal care products to donate.

Cabaret and More at Off The Wall Theater, Carnegie. 8 PM.

Sunday

Easter Brunch at the National Aviary, 2 seatings. Call for tickets and reservations.

Eggstravaganza at The National Aviary, 11 AM – 3 PM East egg hunt, Easter Bunny photos and more.

Phipps Spring Flower Show (final date) 9:30 – 5 PM

PFLAG Westmoreland County, 2-4 PM, Trinity United Church of Christ in Greensburg

2nd Annual Bunny Bowl with Janet Granite at Arsenal Lanes, 9 PM – 12 AM.


 

To have your event listed, simply send the details with contact information to our Calendar Manager (Cindy) at info@glccpgh.org  In return, we’ll include you in this listing and may promote your event via our social media tools throughout the week. Please follow us on Twitter @GLCCPgh for the latest event information.

LGBTQ Links to (re)Use: April 14, 2014

In honor of Earth Day/Month and the green stripe in the LGBTQ Rainbow Pride Flag, we are launching a new feature on our blog: Links to (re)Use (and bonus points to you if you know that I am reusing that title!)

We’ll round-up the most popular tweets and FB shares over the past week.

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Excellent news for our neighbors in Ohio

Court orders Ohio to recognize married same-sex couples http://buff.ly/Q6VXkZ This applies to couples who wed out of state.

And an update on the FIVE pending marriage equality cases in Pennsylvania

Did you know that PA has 5 Pending Marriage Equality Cases? There are 65 across the country | @LambdaLegal http://buff.ly/1hHWGi7

Our trans sister Monica Jones was found guilty of “walking while trans” in Arizona. This is a true injustice.

Guilty verdict for Monica Jones, activists urge reform – 346 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times http://buff.ly/1hHVdIu

Our friends at ReelQ shared this tweet and it seemed to be very popular. You should follow them for updates on LGBTQ films.

RT @ReelQ: Controversial New Gay Film Explores A ‘May-December’ Love Affairhttp://buff.ly/1oRtpvb via @huffpostgay

The “Oh Joy Sex Toy” comic from Bitch Media is always a popular share. We love #sexpositive content, but this is definitely not safe to open at work.

Oh Joy Sex Toy: A Comic About the History of Vibrators | Bitch Media  http://buff.ly/1i3gj8Q #nsfw

This bit of censorship caught our attention. (h/t  @LGBTQNation)

Parent wants book about ‘Two Boys Kissing’ removed from school library http://bit.ly/OuhylY

Important information on suicide prevention (very glad to see this shared multiple times)

LGBT SUICIDE PREVENTION (PART 1 of 2) | The Network for LGBT Health Equityhttp://bit.ly/1lM69wA

This image was popular on both Facebook and Twitter.

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Because This is My Community Center: Robbie’s Story

This is an occasional series profiling the volunteers and supporters who give back to our community center. They do everything from answer the phone to staff tables at outreach events to help with fundraising. These are their stories about their corner of the GLCC.

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Robbie volunteering at the CRIS desk. Action shot!

Your Name: Robert W. A.K.A Robbie

Tell Us A Little About Yourself: I have been involved with the GLCC for 10 years. Be it youth night or volunteer. I studied American Sign Language for 3 years. I do not have a degree in it due to circumstances. I would like to get back into college for either Massage or Personal Trainer.

What Is Your First Memory of the GLCC?  I was 17 when a friend from high school brought me and another friend to the center when it was still located in Squirrel Hill.

How Are You Connected to the GLCC?  I am a volunteer. Mostly with the Friday Night Youth night. You will also see me at Outrageous Bingo helping with the seating and running.

Something About The GLCC That People Should Know, but Probably Don’t: We have one of the largest selection of GLBTQIA books and media libraries in the country.

What Volunteers Opportunities Should People Know About?  OUTrageous Bingo can use help with setup and breakdown.

What Sorts of Things Could People Donate to the GLCC? Snacks and Drinks for the youth to enjoy during Youth Drop-In (Pepsi, Coke, Lemonade,Etc)

What Pittsburgh celebrity or “personality” would you like to invite to the GLCC and why? I would like to invite the Bubba Show radio hosts. They are working on preventing bullying and I think that the youth as well as other young people would benefit from the program.

GLCC could ALSO stand for …. Great Lifelong Community Connections

How Are You Connected to the GLCC Via Social Media? Connected via Facebook.

Thank you, Robbie!

If you are interested in learning more about our Youth Programs or similar programming, please email info@glccpgh.org or call 412-422-0114.

If you’d like to get more involved with the GLCC, our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday May 10 from 1-4 PM. Register by phone 412-422-0114 or via email info@glccpgh.org.

We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter @GLCCPgh and Facebook - we post many volunteer opportunities on both media.

Pittsburgh Volunteer

Thank you!

Allegheny Co DHS Liaison and the LGBTQ Community

Every Tuesday, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services LGBTQ Liaison is at the GLCC to meet with the community in a safe, familiar environment. More information can be found on their website.DHSLogo

The DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice is the new structure of the original DHS LGBTQ Advisory Council, which was established to advise the Director and Senior Staff of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services on issues related to the human service needs of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) residents.

Representing diverse subpopulations among service providers and the LGBTQ community, similar to the original design of the advisory council, DHS LGBTQ Community of Practice participants will continue to identify evolving needs of the community and advise the Department regarding culturally sophisticated, inclusive, and responsive practices that meet these needs, as well as providing all interested parties an opportunity to share information and resources across a wide range of topic areas.

1. What is your name(s) and your role with the Department of Human Services?

My name is Anna Klahr and I am the DHS LGBTQ Affairs Intern. I am a graduate student at the School of Social Work at Pitt and will be graduating with my MSW in April. There will be a new Liaison that will replace me when I leave DHS. (NOTE: Anna was our first liaison and we wish her much success in career.)

My name is Shauna Lucadamo and I am the DHS LGBTQ Affairs Project Manager.

2. DHS can sometimes be stigmatized as “child welfare” or some other punitive program. Help us lift that stigma by telling us what DHS actually does?

DHS provides publicly-funded human services to Allegheny County residents. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of members of the community, particularly for the county’s most vulnerable populations. DHS and our contracted agencies provide a wide range of services, including services for older adults; mental health and drug and alcohol services (including 24-hour crisis counseling); child protective services; at-risk child development and education; hunger services; emergency shelters and housing for the homeless; non-emergency medical transportation; job training and placement for public assistance recipients and older adults; and services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

3. Why did the County assign a liaison to the LGBTQ community? 

We felt that there was an opportunity to connect with individuals in the community and assist them in answering questions about what DHS does, connect them with available resources, as well as help them navigate the system if needed.

4. Can you give me some examples of why someone might come to see you at the GLCC?

There could be a wide variety of reasons, but for example, we might meet with a community member who was interested in accessing mental health services, was at risk of becoming homeless, needed support finding help for a drug or alcohol addiction, or was looking for food assistance.

5. As a social worker, I often get calls from people in the community looking for resources. Are these the types of inquiries you could answer?

- Food Stamps/Hunger Resources – YES
- Shelters/Affordable Housing – YES
- Mental Health Services (especially finding housing or case management) – YES
- Aging Services (often for parents and other relatives) – YES

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6. A friend is interested in becoming a foster parent and wants to work with an agency that places LGBTQ adolescents. Can you help her?

There are many foster care agencies that a family can work with to become a licensed resource family for a child. No agency exclusively serves LGBTQ youth. Rather, all out of home placements are made by the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF), and families from a variety of agencies offer welcoming homes to LGBTQ youth. If someone is interested in being a resource family for an LGBTQ youth, they should find a foster care agency that they find to be welcoming and supportive, and make sure the agency knows that they would welcome LGBTQ youth. CYF collects information from each provider about which of their families are willing to consider serving 1) a lesbian, gay or bisexual youth and 2) transgender or gender nonconforming youth.

7. Are parenting classes just for people who are sentenced there by court for being involved with CYF? Are there any for someone who just wants to learn some new techniques or find support?

We have a number of resources for parenting support that we could connect someone with, depending on their individual situation and specific needs, which we would determine when we met with them.

8. If someone comes in to meet with you, do they have to give you their name and contact info? Can they ask questions without doing that or just use their first name?

We will only ask people to give as much information as they are comfortable giving, however if they are in the system already we might need more details to be able to better serve them and answer their questions, and if they are under 18 and we learn or suspect that they are in an unsafe situation or suspect elder abuse, we are mandated reporters (as is the staff of the GLCC) and we will be required to contact CYF or other DHS offices for assistance.

9. Someone does want to talk with you, but works during your GLCC hours. How can they get in touch with you?

They can contact us via email at DHS-LGBTQ@alleghenycounty.net, or they can contact Shauna Lucadamo at 412-350-2436

10. Someone lives in Butler County, but isn’t sure that their DHS is LGBTQ friendly. Can they call you with basic questions or for a referral?

We can provide individuals with a list of questions to ask that may help them determine whether an organization is LGBTQ friendly or not. Some programs require referrals to come through specific sources. Where that is not the case, we can support the individual in getting connected.

You can sign up for the DHS-LGBTQ Community eNewsletter (and submit information as well.)

When the new interns are assigned to our site, we will be sure to update you. If you have questions or want to talk with the Liaison staff, you can call the CRIS desk phone line on Tuesdays between 1-3 at 412-422-0114. You can also submit questions via email to info@glccpgh.org (general questions only, no personal details please.)

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