A photo by Thomas Yang, Visual Editor at The Pitt News, of marchers at Pittsburgh's People's Pride Parade in 2019. One person in the foreground on the left is masked up and holding up a black sign with red paint on it that reads, "NO COPS AT PRIDE" in all caps. The person in the foreground on the right is wearing a rainbow headband and holding up one side of a large black banner that reads, "The Queer Punk SLAMJUNK" in yellow paint. Both marchers are bearing portions of their bodies and wearing rainbow accessories. The person on the left is wearing a type of tape or binding that covers their nipples in a shade that nearly matches their skin, and they have body paint that reads, "BRING BACK THE BRICK," while the person on the right is wearing a black crop top and pants, with their shirt reading, "the queer punk SLAMJUNK" on it in red with what appears to be a multiple genders symbol.

Happy Pride! + An Update

Hello, hello!

Happy Pride to everyone in and out! I hope you all have been having a wonderful and safe season despite all the horrible crap going on in the world right now. You are special and cherished and amazing, friend, simply by being you, and I’m proud to be among such fine folks.

NYC’s Pride Parade kicks off at the end of June with other events ongoing throughout the rest of the month, but I’ve been moved by Pride events around the nation– especially the parents offering affirming hugs to those of us without supportive families, but I was particularly moved by the People’s Pride in Pittsburgh, founded by Ciora Thomas, a Black trans woman in Allegheny County, PA, who also founded the organization that hosts the People’s Pride Parade, SisTersPGH. Ciora also serves on Governor Wolf’s LGBTQ Advisory Board and has done important work in the community such as gender inclusivity training with the Wilkinsburg School District and leading a demonstration against the inhumane treatment of trans inmates in the carceral system. SisTersPGH is an organization that helps provide queer and trans/nonbinary people with important support and access to resources, including emergency relocation, temporary housing, employment and education assistance, access to food and toiletries, and more.

A photo by Thomas Yang, Visual Editor at The Pitt News, of marchers at Pittsburgh's People's Pride Parade in 2019. One person in the foreground on the left is masked up and holding up a black sign with red paint on it that reads, "NO COPS AT PRIDE" in all caps. The person in the foreground on the right is wearing a rainbow headband and holding up one side of a large black banner that reads, "The Queer Punk SLAMJUNK" in yellow paint.  Both marchers are bearing portions of their bodies and wearing rainbow accessories. The person on the left is wearing a type of tape or binding that covers their nipples in a shade that nearly matches their skin, and they have body paint that reads, "BRING BACK THE BRICK," while the person on the right is wearing a black crop top and pants, with their shirt reading, "the queer punk SLAMJUNK" on it in red with what appears to be a multiple genders symbol.
Photo Credit to Thomas Yang, Visual Editor at The Pitt News
A photo by Thomas Yang, Visual Editor at The Pitt News, of marchers at Pittsburgh's People's Pride Parade in 2019. To the far right is a Black couple wearing orange outfits walking together, one person's arm around the other while the other person holds up something in the air that isn't visible in the photo. Behind them, in the middle of the photo, is a person in a striped blue, red, and white shirt with black coveralls holding up a sign that reads "Pride is Political" as well as the names of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. The final person in the photo is wearing a black top and a colorful scarf, waving a rainbow Pride flag.
Photo Credit to Thomas Yang, Visual Editor at The Pitt News

It’s an incredible group, and I hope you’ll consider supporting them if you’re able to! They accept donations and volunteers, and they appreciate sharing of their work and support at their events.

It’s been a while since I posted on here, and I just wanted to say hi! It turns out that just as I’m terrible at small talk in person, I’m also terrible at writing when I have nothing to really say. lol My initial plan with this blog was to update it every two weeks or so, but that clearly just hasn’t happened. It made me super anxious to try to figure out what banal topics to come up with when I had nothing to say, and I didn’t want to be disingenuous with people and be something I’m not. So I’ve decided not to force that.

Maybe one day I’ll be better at the type of blog that does general chit-chats with people, but for now, I’m going to allow myself to be who I am and stick to using this blog of mine to only share when I have something specific I feel the urge to share. If you’re interested in chatting with me more often about specific things, I’m much more active on my Instagram and Twitter accounts. :] [smiley]

So that’s all for now! I hope you all are having a wonderful Pride month, that all of your Pride events are accessible and cop-free, and full of the beauty of community that centers and uplifts queer and especially trans BIPoC! Mwah!

Love,

Jessi