Queer and transgender people are not only underrepresented in the media, but reporting on these communities is often focused on the negative: hate crimes, health risks, sexual assault, houselessness, and bullying. The mission of “Authentic Lives” is to showcase positive stories and explore the vibrancy of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Pittsburgh region – and beyond.
For much of the transgender community, the first steps in transitioning are relatively small. Those next important steps- “coming out” to friends and family, trying a new look, and building a support network can be some of the most important and self-affirming parts of a transition.
Art, Expression, and Identity
Art is often an expression of one’s true self – a medium utilized by many individuals in the queer community to explore their identities. Meet two Pittsburgh area artists whose work provides insight and understanding into the experiences of LGBTQIA+ artists.
A Fresh Cut
Barbershops and salons can be difficult to navigate for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Meet three Pittsburgh hairstylists with great respect, care, and understanding of their queer clients. We visit Dye by the Sword, Robin Walker’s Barber Salon, and 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon to learn about their inclusive, gender affirming approach to hair care.
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Watch the Documentary
(Premiered January 25, 2018) From education to employment, health care to housing, transgender Americans fight daily for their right to exist. How is Pittsburgh responding? This documentary spotlights some of the concerned organizations working on behalf of the region’s transgender population – and also profiles transgender men and women as they define their own authentic lives while navigating an evolving city.
In “Authentic Lives,” you’ll find out how our city rates when it comes to working toward equity and inclusion for its LGBTQ population. Meet people dedicated to finding a solution to the homelessness faced by many of our LGBTQ young people and some of the activists standing up for our transgender people of color. We’ll take a class with the young people who helped make history in our city schools. And the healthcare providers who strive to give kids and families peace of mind. Both on air and on this web page, join us for Authentic Lives.
The Big Picture
Meet Wendi Miller, picture framer, business woman and pioneer.
A Place For Equality
Theresa Bosco shares the mission of The Pittsburgh Equality Center (formerly the GLCC).
Meet the faculty from this Pittsburgh high school who helped to create a culture of understanding.
Allegheny County Health Department/DHS
The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and The Bulletin
City of Pittsburgh
The Delta Foundation
Dreams of Hope
Eons Fashion Antique
The Human Rights Campaign
The Miller Family
The Pittsburgh Equality Center
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Public Schools
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review
S.W. Randall Toyes & Giftes
THRIVE of Southwest PA