City Council, downtown businesses honor Stickle

Leena leads the audience in a toast to the memory of Jamie Stickle at a benefit show at Pegasus. Photo by Mara Rago.

Pittsburgh City Council designated March 22 as Jamie Lynn Stickle Day in honor of the Sidekicks manager whose body was discovered by city fire­ fighters inside her burning Jeep Feb. 8.

City Council members on March 19 signed and issued a proclamation that read:

“Whereas, Jamie Lynn Stickle was known and loved throughout the City of Pittsburgh; and
“Whereas, Jamie worked tirelessly over the past 12 years to raise money for breast cancer research, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the Mon Valley AIDS Task Force, the Shepherd Wellness Commu­nity, the Pittsburgh AIDS Walk, the Pittsburgh National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Steel City Softball League among others; and
“Whereas, friends of Jamie Lynn Stickle have established a ‘United for Jamie’ campaign along with a day of remembrance, ‘United for Jamie: The Light­ ing of Liberty Avenue, A Celebration of Her Life and Times,” which will take place on March 22.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh applauds the work and dedica­tion of Jamie Lynn Stickle and declares March 22, 2002, Jamie Lynn Stickle Day in the City of Pitts­ burgh.”

Councilman William Peduto and Council Presi­dent Gene Riccardi sponsored the proclamation.

Stickle, 33, was well-known in Pittsburgh’s gay and lesbian community as an employee at downtown businesses including Sidekicks, Images and the for­ mer Fourth Avenue Stock Exchange.

Stickle’s body was found in her burning Jeep when city firefighters were called to extinguish a car fire in the parking lot outside George Warhola Scrap Metal on the North Side where Stickle rented an upstairs apartment.

Police are still seeking suspects and trying to determine a motive in Stickle’s apparent murder. A fund has been established to raise money for a re­ ward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Downtown gay businesses including Pegasus, Sidekicks, Images and the Liberty Avenue Saloon co­-organized the “United for Jamie” events held March 22.

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh has announced the addition of a community page for Jamie Stickle to its Web site. The GLCC said its community page honoring Stickle is designed as a place for the community to share and heal. Visitors to the site are encouraged to send photos of Stickle and post their thoughts and remembrances of her.