While earning good grades and participating in a sport might be easy and and effortless for some, it is quite an achievement for a young man or woman who battles hunger, an unpredictable home life, and other challenges.
When I read the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, I do think of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. I also think of Penny Proud, London Chanel and Candra Keels. But I also think of Andre and the two other young queer people of color who been murdered in Pittsburgh in the past two years.
I got an email from a cousin of mine last week. "Shannon, Your dad wanted me to send you this horrible letter from our church- also sending you wha...
Football chose him until he chose art. Football was a dream realized, art a dream deferred.
Change will take all of us. Come to Vegetarian Summerfest or any vegan fest for the ethics or the environment or your health, stay for the kickass camaraderie and food. Make this the Summer of Veggie Love.
We Nick Jonas our issues: glitter up the problem with some star power (with visible abs), charge some hefty ticket prices and explain that, if we all just come together, everything will be fine.
This past weekend wasn't just the unofficial start of summer; it's the official start of Pride season. In the coming month the sunlight will not only stay out longer but cities will start flying the rainbow flag to celebrate their LGBT communities.
As my new plumber opened a box filled with porcelain pieces I learn he is from Chicago, and a Bears fan. He spends the season in what he calls "The Bus", an old '74 school bus in the parking lot of Solider Field, and has invited me and my dog to the Windy City for tailgating.
Last week marked the first week in my month of travel. I started off in LA for a week and change. Next was on to Chicago. After that comes Pittsburgh, rounded out by a trip to Connecticut.
On any given night Withers and his team are under bridges, on the steps of churches and in McDonald's bathrooms offering free check-ups, over-the-counter medications and treatments.
In April, a group of students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania organized an "Anti-Gay Day" in response to the National Day of Silence.
How can we support the LGBTQA youth at McGuffey High School and through Washington County and other rural Pennsylvania towns? Here's what we came up with on the ground in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We invite you to join us.
On March 31, 2014, two young men suddenly appeared in a dark alley in Pittsburgh. Their subsequent encounter with my partner, Allen, changed our lives forever. It turns out Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to have a massive heart attack. But for these two strangers, Allen would undoubtedly have died that night.
Unlike many memoirs, Kaufman's Hill, John Hampsey's remembrance of his boyhood in a middle-class Catholic Pittsburg neighborhood, is not a born out of an intense personal experience or extreme personal adventure.
My friends at Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) dragged a car all around the country, wheat pasting photos of supporters onto the car only to end up smashing the vehicle at a country fair.
It seems rather fitting that the birthday of the late Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) -- the renowned, award-winning creator and host of the creative children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood -- falls on the first day of Spring each year, March 20.