Yes, certainly trans and queer persons of color (TQPOC) are out front, giving voice to their outrage, but with them stand many from all parts of the rainbow coalition that we call the LGBTQIA community.
In some regard, the issue was always about two things: (1) The Delta Foundation itself as well as (2) their choice of Iggy Azalea.
The following press release from the recently formed Roots Pride Pittsburgh, and details the controversy with the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh’s recent decision to headline Pride in the Street with Iggy Azalea.
Every June, I post some semblance of this list. These points apply to Pride each and every year.
The GLSEN board of directors has voted and is now working with the national office on a transition process to cease operations. The idea is that organizations with paid staff and adequate support can better meet the needs of LGBTQIA youth.
HIV?AIDS is preventable and the epidemic can be stopped if we can find ways to overcome the nine prevention obstacles affecting the Trans* community.
Blogger’s note: Since I began writing this post, the protest effort has morphed into planning for an alternative e Pride called Roots Pride Pittsburgh. If you missed it, there is a great post over at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, about the Delta Foundation’s finances. I’d encourage you to check it out. The author paints a clear picture of how the supposed goals of the group and their activities don’t seem to be aligned. I want to[Read More…]
But underneath that is a longstanding and very justified frustration with an organization run mostly by a few white persons (including Bryan) which makes itself out to appear like the all- powerful wizard.
One of the single most important things that ought to grow from this protest is for people to come understand what is happening and why. We have to hear and grasp the motivations and underlying feelings if we are to move ahead and affect change that makes what comes better and more inclusive than what has been.
The next production at Pittsburgh Public Theater is a hilarious comedy that you don’t want to miss. I’ve read the script, and this week, I had a chance to sit down with the very handsome, smart, and funny Tom Lenk, who stars in Buyer and Cellar. Some of you may know Tom from his appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he has a long resume and the comedic chops needed to take on this exciting show.[Read More…]