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Sue Kerr
Sue Kerr is founder and editor of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents (, the longest-running LGBTQ blog in southwestern Pennsylvania. She has an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and has been blogging since 2005. She is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Women’s Blogging Society and a contributor to Bilerico and other national LGBTQ blogging sites. She was named to Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 for her LGBTQ advocacy and has received multiple regional awards for her blogging. You can follow her on Twitter at @PghLesbian24.

Entries by Sue Kerr

The First Time I Called 911

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 6:01 PM

Trigger warning

Write about a defining moment in your life when you were forced to grow up in an instant (or a series of instants).

My mother has always lived with depression and a host of other ailments, many resulting from a childhood bout of encephalitis that...

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Remembering Andre Gray

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:10 PM

For the past eight months or so, I've been getting to know about the life Andre Gray, a 34 year old bisexual man of color from the East End of Pittsburgh. Sadly, Andre's life was cut short before I had the chance to meet him, a turn of...

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Fat Is a Feminist Issue: Concert Tee Shirts

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:22 PM

This post first appeared at Shakesville as a guest post.

I'm not a big fan of live music so my collection of concert shirts is pretty limited. My partner, Ledcat, on the other hand, loves both -- she has a closet filled with shirts and an impressive...

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Flannel Is Not the Enemy

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:26 PM

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. LGBTQA students in McGuffey's GSA had organized a local Day of Silence as part of their ongoing work to build safer schools. In...

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#TakeTheHighRoad When It Comes to Anti-Gay Days

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:06 PM


As I read about the "Anti-Gay Day" organizing at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pennsylvania in Washington County, I was disappointed but not shocked. Claysville is about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh, where I live. My partner grew up in a similar rural...

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Community Art and Demolition Derby

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:38 PM


At first, I was skeptical.

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. Then...

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Eli Conley's Music Opens Spaces to Connect the Queer and Trans Communities

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:35 PM

One of my favorite blog features, unexpectedly, has been my occasional series of interviews with musicians traveling through Pittsburgh. I'm not a huge live music fan, but I do enjoy the chance to engage performers around issues that matter to my readers. And those encounters have in turn given me...

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Sleater-Kinney and 2.5 Wave Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Last night, I saw my first riot grrrl concert when Sleater-Kinney took the stage in Pittsburgh for the first time in 19 years.

The show was sold-out. It was good. My ears hurt. I recognized about half the songs after marathon listening sessions in the prior weeks. I didn't care...

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Is There An Art to Blogging?

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Is there an art to blogging?

It was not a question I considered too closely until this past fall. A local art gallery, Most Wanted Fine Art, invited me to participate in a project involving art and eyewear: #ArtisticVisionPgh. I was asked to use my blogging...

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24-Year-Old Trans Man Dies By Suicide in Pittsburgh

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 5:42 PM

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, 24-year-old Andi Woodhouse died by suicide near the 10th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh. Andi was from Lebanon, PA. He was in Pittsburgh temporarily for some services and he worked at a local McDonald's.

I remember reading about his death, but he was...

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Pittsburgh Reaches Out to LGBTQ Elders During Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 12:06 PM

Funny how social media conversations can lead you down unexpected paths.

I had recently posted about the creative name variants people use when they send holiday cards to our family (we are an unmarried lesbian couple who have been together for 12+ years) -- this is a pet peeve! A...

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Christians Do Not Need an Olive Branch From the LGBTQ Community

(406) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch.

He's suggesting that we allow Christian business owners "conscientious objector" status with regard to discriminating against LGBTQ persons in...

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My Elf on the Shelf and the Legend of Belsnickel

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Elf on the Shelf is creepy. The face, the disproportionate limbs, the mythology dating back to the mid-1990s -- it is all creepy, commercialized and secularized. Obviously, it is destined for greatness.

The history of Christmas as a holiday and tradition is rife with cultural appropriation, secularization and lots of...

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I Am the Eccentric Relative in My Family

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:35 PM

I was trying to answer a question about the "most eccentric" person in my family when I realized that I have assumed that mantle.

My one grandmother was the type who covered the furniture in plastic and served the kids Pepsi Free with sugar-free spearmint drops. She was pretty...

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Gizzy Fowler Death Marks 10th Known Murder of Trans Woman of Color in US in 2014

(8) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 8:29 AM


Twenty-four-year-old Gizzy Fowler, a trans woman of color, was found dead in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee earlier this week. This is the 10th known murder of a trans woman of color in the United States during 2014.

According to

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Blogging Defiantly: Teaira Whitehead and The Brothers Karamazov

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:55 AM

This post is part of my month long exploration of relationship of blogging and art as part of the NaBloPoMo challenge.

There's a passage in the acclaimed novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky that has resonated and haunted me for decades. I read the novel in a...

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Numinous Market -- Women of Color Creating a Healing Space in Pittsburgh

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 2:29 PM


A friend in Pittsburgh has put together the first Numinous Magic Market and Healing Workshops - an event created by people of color for people of color, featuring an array of workshops and vendors focused on a healing space. The founder...

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Joe Stevens: Queer Culture, Female Roots and Making Music as a Trans Man

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 8:21 PM

I suspect I'll always remember when I met Joe Stevens... well, I will not technically meet him until Sept. 25, when he performs in Pittsburgh with Great Caesar and Night Lights. Formerly of Coyote Grace, Joe is one of the first openly transgender performers to contribute to the alt-Americana/alt-indie folk...

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Top Ten Brad Takei Moments in the To Be Takei Documentary

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Includes Spoilers!

My partner Ledcat and I met the Takeis several years ago at a function at ToonSeum celebrating a Batman event. It was a very heady moment when George Takei stopped at the registration table and said "George and Brad Takei are here" then thrust out his...

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After 11 Years, My Partner Still Has My Number

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:11 PM

This month Laura (aka Ledcat) and I celebrate 11 years of togetherness. Like many LGBTQ couples who (until recently) had no access to marriage, we've used our first date as our anniversary. Thanks to smart planning on my part, we moved in together almost two years to the day later....

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