Newsmaker: Vanessa Davis
Noteworthy: Davis has started a fundraiser for the annual Pittsburgh Youth Pride Prom. Slated for June 7 at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore, the annual gathering provides a safe environment for the region's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teenagers. A key organizer of the dance, Davis hopes to collect $12,000 to defray costs for the teens. Donations may be made to the Pittsburgh chapter of the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Residence: Regent Square
Family: Husband Zachary, 29.
Occupation: Director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Buffalo; Master of Science in biomedical anthropology from Binghamton University in New York.
Background: Before arriving at the nonprofit, Davis was an educator who helped New York social workers understand gay and lesbian youngsters.
Quote: “The proms are really important to the youths in the Pittsburgh region. While high schools increasingly allow students with same-sex dates to attend their events, many students still don't feel comfortable — or safe — doing that.”