Authentic Lives

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.

Web Extras

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). 

More Brashear

Meet the faculty from this Pittsburgh high school who helped to create a culture of understanding.


We thank the following organizations for their assistance in the production of “Authentic Lives.”

Allegheny County Health Department/DHS

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and The Bulletin

City of Pittsburgh

The Delta Foundation

Dreams of Hope

Eons Fashion Antique

Equality Pennsylvania

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

WITF Harrisburg

Authentic Lives aired on Jan 25, 2018.

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