Pixie, 26, is Androgynous, Non-binary, Genderqueer and Lesbian, But Identifies as Pixie #AMPLIFY

Name: Pixie Colbert Age: 26 County of Residence:  Allegheny, grew up in Fayette County Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them How do you describe your identity? I am a strong-willed, sweet hearted, intelligent, extroverted introvert, androgynous, non-binary, genderqueer, lesbian. I perform drag as Mr. Ace Phoenix. I am not a fan of labels. Period. I feel I can identify as a lot
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Tylor, 30, Is a Pansexual Trans Man Who Wants Better For Young People #AMPLIFY

Name: Tylor Age: 30 County of Residence:  Allegheny, previously Crawford and Venango counties Preferred Pronouns:  he/his How do you describe your identity? I am a pansexual transman. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My coming out experience was scary. My mom had found a note I had wrote to
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Nayck, 50, Identifies As a Black Gay Domini-rican in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

  Name: Nayck Age: 50 County of Residence: Allegheny County, previously Philadelphia Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? That can be a loaded question. I was born in the US, of Dominican parents and grew up in Puerto Rico. I’m of African descent, and consider myself gay. I guess that makes me a black, gay Domini-rican. Please
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We Asked #AMPLIFY Contributors About Their Favorite Characters

We are pulling out some of the responses to the AMPLIFY survey for a closer examination. These are open-ended questions and people take liberties with their interpretation. What I did here was use a word cloud program that eliminates common words like ‘the’ and generates word size in proportion to frequency. So the largest words
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Monica Loera, 43, First Trans Woman Murdered in 2016

Very sad news from Austin, Texas. A 43 year old transgender woman was murdered earlier in the month. From TransGriot According to the Austin Police Department, 43 year old Monica Loera was engaged in a conversation with a man in front of her home along the 300 block of East Powell Lane in north Austin
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Jill, 49, Wants Young LGBTQ People To Have a Safe Place to Go In Cambria County #AMPLIFY

  Name: Jill Age: 49 County of Residence:  Cambria, grew up in Somerset Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Woman, female, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was 23. Married to a man who very much understood me. Met a woman and spent the next
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Congrats to Michael Fuoco For His 2nd GLAAD Media Award Nomination

What seems like a very long time ago, I contacted GLAAD about Pittsburgh media coverage of a story involving the University of Pittsburgh and the trans community. In fact, it was just April 2012 when I did that and one of the most responsive reporters involved was Michael Fuoco of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His coverage
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As A Gay Man, Ryan Wants More Scrutiny of Bath Houses and Non-Profits #AMPLIFY

Name: Ryan Age: 42 County of Residence: Allegheny.  I grew up in NE Ohio until the age of about 23. Preferred Pronouns: He, she, it, they, etc? How do you describe your identity? I’m an adult, white, gay, male, humanist, Democrat. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? It happened in stages, false
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Welcoming Pittsburgh Forum on LGBTQ Refugees

This looks really interesting. Unfortunately, I seem to have some sort of sickness so I don’t think I’ll be able to attend. I also continue to wonder why the City tends to schedule these types of events during the middle of the workweek when so few people can attend. I realize that’s when the employees
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Dani Janae, 23, Identifies as a Black Femme Lesbian Poet & Trauma Survivor #AMPLIFY

Name: Dani Janae Age: 23 County of Residence:  Allegheny, attended college in Crawford County Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? I identify as a black femme lesbian, poet, trauma survivor. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My coming out process was gradual. I started by self-identifying as
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