Sue Kerr

Sue Kerr


At a Glance:

Sue Kerr has been a Project Contributor since January 2012, has written 33 entries and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Bio

Sue Kerr is a Pittsburgh based advocate, social worker and blogger. In 2005, she founded Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, the region's most comprehensive LGBTQ blog. She quickly became one of the city's most well-known political bloggers for her rigorous exposure of LGBTQ issues. She attributes being labeled as a political blogger to the fact that simply living as an openly LGBTQ person, especially in socially conservative Southwestern Pennsylvania, is a political act.

Sue was born and raised in Pittsburgh, the daughter of five generations of steelworkers. She received her BA in Political Science from Marymount University and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a fierce believer in the intersection of social justice and LGBTQ advocacy.

While her blog focuses primarily on local and regional issues, she has been invited to contribute to Pam's House Blend and several statewide blogs to highlight issues of national concern. Sue is a co-founder of The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society. She has the distinction of providing the first "live blog" of a Pittsburgh City Council hearing as well as partnering with another local blogger to "live tweet" the Allegheny County Council's hearing on a non-discrimination ordinance. She's creative in using social media even when historic buildings and limited Internet access stand in the way of transparency.

In 2011, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette invites Sue and her partner, Laura, to submit a response to homophobic slurs used by the Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison in an interview with a national men's magazine. Sue has also been a guest discussing LGBT issues on local talk radio programs as well as sought out for background information and comment by local print media. She has written for the Pittsburgh PrideGuide and was the host of Pittsburgh's first lesbian podcast, Sister Shout.

In 2004, Sue was named one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 young leaders. In 2010, she was the first lesbian to be named to the "Listed" by local blogger Infinonymous along with openly gay City Councilman, Bruce Kraus. In 2011, Sue was asked to co-chair a social media initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation, one of the nation's oldest community foundations. The same year, Sue was also a finalist for a "Locker Room Leadership" award for her social justice work as well as a nominee for the "Women Greening Pittsburgh" award.

In 2012, Sue was asked to serve on the LGBT Connect planning committee for Netroots Nation 2013. That same year "Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents" was named Favorite GLBT Media Publication in Western Pennsylvania.
Sue founded The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and runs a small social media consulting company working with non-profits and political campaigns.

Sue and her partner live in Pittsburgh.

Sue Kerr: Recently Filed

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Pittsburgh City Council Elects First Openly Gay Prez

Filed by Sue Kerr | January 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, in a significant milestone, the Pittsburgh city council elected its first openly gay president, Bruce Kraus.Read More


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A Look Back: 2013 in LGBTQ Soaps

Filed by Sue Kerr | December 31, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Overall, 2013 was a banner year for gay men on daytime TV soap operas. For the rest of the LGBT community? Not so much.Read More


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Pittsburgh Allies Stand Up To Westboro Baptist

Filed by Sue Kerr | June 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pittsburgh-based comedian Davon Magwood and Commonwealth Press, a local business, found creative ways to respond to the bigotry of Westboro Baptist Church.Read More


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The Lesbian Social App That Builds Community

Filed by Sue Kerr | June 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

You can be part of an important social change - eliminate the phrase "I don't know what's happening in my community" from your vocabulary by supporting "Wing Ma'am."Read More


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Pittsburgh 7-Eleven Franchise Owner: Meet and Discuss Trans Slur Incident

Filed by Sue Kerr | May 10, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

An employee at a Pittsburgh 7-Eleven used a transphobic slur, and the owner's response has been insufficient. It is important that business owners take steps to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome in their establishment.Read More