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File #: 2022-1025    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 11/23/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/29/2022 Final action: 11/29/2022
Enactment date: 11/29/2022 Enactment #: 666
Effective date: 11/29/2022    
Title: WHEREAS, Sue Kerr was born on October 22, 1970, in West Mifflin, PA, and earned an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Political Science from Marymount University; and
Sponsors: Bruce A. Kraus, All Members
Indexes: PROCLAMATION - MR. KRAUS
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WHEREAS, Sue Kerr was born on October 22, 1970, in West Mifflin, PA, and earned an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Political Science from Marymount University; and

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WHEREAS, Sue became a resident of Pittsburgh in 2005 when she moved in with her wife, Laura Dunhoff, with whom she has fostered over 25 cats in the Northside; and

WHEREAS, Sue is a gifted writer and in 2005, established the award-winning blog, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents which acts as a messenger of many local LGBTQ stories to her, in particular, documenting the campaign of terror targeting trans neighbors through a series of over 250 memorial posts honoring the victims' lives and acknowledging their deaths; and

WHEREAS, she established the #ProtectTransKids projects in 2022 in response to the harassment of a Black trans teenage girl by a neighbor; and

WHEREAS, in 2020, Sue cofounded the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT to support the queer and trans community during the pandemic, distributing tens of thousands of face masks and other supplies throughout the region; and

WHEREAS, in 2021, Sue worked with community leaders to develop and establish Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities to raise community awareness and promote grassroots engagement for neighborhood quality of life, animal welfare, anti-poverty, and LGBTQ+ issues in Western Pennsylvania and currently serves as the Board President; and

WHEREAS, in 2021, she was elected unanimously as one of three inaugural co-chairs of the LGBTQIA+ Commission which advises city government on issues pertaining to the Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ community and which acts as a resource to create dialogue by elevating LGBTQIA+ voices and advancing communication between the LGBTQIA+ community and city government; and

WHEREAS, Sue was an outspoken critic of the decision of eight Pittsburgh radio stations to air a 60-second anti-transgender ad targeting youth, and worked with advertisers and community members to pull the ads from seven of the e...

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