Listening to My Black Friends as a White Woman

I’m in a strange place in my head for reasons both personal and political so I’ve been struggling to blog coherently about recent events. Let me clarify – to blog about the experiences of actual black neighbors who have been killed by police officers and the experiences of people who have to witness and process
Category: Activism

Bisexual Voices in Western PA #AMPLIFY

It is Bisexual Visibility Week and to honor this important resource, we are compiling the contributions from #AMPLIFY folks who identify as bisexual and/or pansexual. GLAAD has joined with BiNet USA, America’s oldest advocacy organization for bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified, and unlabeled) people, for our third annual Bisexual Awareness Week. #BiWeek begins on September 19,
Category: Bisexual

TWOC Crystal Edmonds Murdered in Baltimore

Crystal Edmonds, 32, a trans woman of color who lived in Baltimore died Friday from gunshot wounds to the back of her head. Crystal is the 21st known transgender person to be murdered in 2016 in the United States. She is also the third person whose death I’ve blogged about this week and the second
Category: Trans

Hayley, 46, Wants To Keep That Pride Feeling Year Round #AMPLIFY

Name: Hayley Age: 46 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Adams and Franklin counties Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity?  I am a white, lesbian, pescatarian, feminist woman. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I fell in love with a student in college. It was the typical “falling in love
Category: AMPLIFY

Maine Trans Woman Found Dead in Reservoir

On the heels of learning about the brutal murder of T.T. in Chicago this past weekend, I was saddened to read more tragic news on the Transgriot blog. 43 year old Lexxi Sironen’s body was found floating in the Kennebec River on September 6 at 8:15 AM EDT near the water reservoir of the Brookfield
Category: Trans

Brian, 35, ‘It’s okay to be whatever you want’ #AMPLIFY

As part of our role as the Official Social Media Sponsor of the ReelQ LGBTQ Film Festival, we are featuring a few Q&A’s with those involved. Today, we are delighted to share the AMPLIFY contribution from Brian who is hosting a fundraiser for the organization on Saturday evening. Be sure to check out Brian’s cultural
Category: AMPLIFY

Trans Woman Murdered in Chicago on September 11 UPDATED

Updated with T.T.’s full name. T.T. Saffore was 27 years old, according to her friends quoted in a Windy City Times story covering this crime. She was a hair stylist, enjoyed being around children and a support for other trans women in her neighborhood. She had family support. She is also the 20th known trans
Category: Trans

Proud To Be The Social Media Sponsor for #ReelQ31

We are so pleased once again to be the social media sponsor of the ReelQ Film Festival, set for October 6-15 at the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. You can find the complete schedule of events here. Follow the hashtag #ReelQ31 for the latest on the festival! Opening Night Screening & Party – October 6,
Category: LGBTQ

Pumpkin Spice Latte Memes and All of The #PSL Goodness

I’m a pumpkin fall junkie so just for random fun, here are some of my favorite memes. (From previous years if you get a giggle out of this like me.)          
Category: Other

Jim, 63, Reminds Us That Environmental Issues are Queer Issues #AMPLIFY

Name:  Jim Age:  63 County of Residence:  Allegheny, formerly Venango, Philadelphia Preferred Pronouns: Just don’t call me Mrs. How do you describe your identity? Gutter trash who happened to meet the right people, have the right fate, and got to see the world as an out gay man. It’s been a blessing I tell you. Thank you Jesus.
Category: AMPLIFY