Jamie, 52, Celebrates the Queer Tribe Rising #AMPLIFY

Editor’s Note: Jamie is a friend and a former contributor to this blog. I am so honored to have their contribution as the 150th post in the #AMPLIFY project. That’s a big milestone. Jamie’s milestone as the first legally recognized non-binary resident of the United States is pretty damn big, too. Read on … Name: Jamie
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Dee Whigham 16th Trans Person Murdered in 2016 #HerNameWasDee

Dee Whigham was 25 years old. A registered nurse, she worked at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This past weekend, Dee traveled with some friends to the Biloxi region to attend the Gulf Coast Black Rodeo. Tragically, Dee was murdered Saturday in the hotel room she shared with a friend, stabbed to death. Police
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Jessica, 28, Is Resisting Bisexual Erasure in Pgh #AMPLIFY

Name: Jessica Age: 28 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Erie Preferred Pronouns: she, her, hers How do you describe your identity? I’m a white, cisgender, bisexual woman. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I feel like I don’t have a real “coming out” experience, because for years, on and off
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Benjamin, 35, is a Cis Gay Man Who Came out Four Times #AMPLIFY

  Name:  Benjamin Age: 35 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: he How do you describe your identity? I self-identify as a gay cisgender man. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I’ve probably come out 4 different times. First as someone “into guys,” then as someone with a homosexual
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Latinx Perspective on the #AMPLIFY Project

Yesterday, we published a terrific #AMPLIFY contribution from Chi Chi who is a 47 year queer Latina living in Pittsburgh. Chi Chi is from Panama, but grew up about a mile from where I grew up – we went to different schools and never met. Until #AMPLIFY. We have plans to meet in person next
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Chi Chi, 47, Lives Her Version of Latina, Queer and Spiritual #AMPLIFY

  Name:  Chi Chi Rivera Age: 47 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  she How do you describe your identity? I am first and foremost a spirit, that has taken residence within a BIG queer latina female body, this time. Next lifetime, I may be a white drag queen or a straight woman with 16 children, or
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Jay, 33, Says Stories Are Part of Queer Liberation #AMPLIFY

Name:  Jay Age:  33 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  they/them How do you describe your identity? white, genderqueer, queer, Mennonite, survivor with PTSD, justice worker Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  It was a slow process. I had my first girlfriend freshman year of college at
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22 TWOC Deeniquia Dodds Most Recent Trans Person Murdered in US

Rest in power, Deeniquia Dodds   22 year old Deeniquia was shot on the 4th of July, put on life support and died on July 14. Police were called to the scene of an unconscious person around 3 a.m. in the 200 block of Division Avenue NE. They found 22-year-old Deeniquia Dodds suffering from a
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Cheryl, 42, Wants Us To See Everyone in the LGBTQ Community #AMPLIFY

Name: Cheryl Age:  42 County of Residence: Allegheny, Blair Preferred Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? I am two spirited. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out in college. My friends were supportive but it was a Catholic college and there weren’t any out staff. I
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Dave On Coming Out and Being Out in Cambria County #AMPLIFY

Editor’s Note: This post contains content about adults sexually abusing children. While we completely disagree with framing such contact as consensual, we recognize that this is a lived experience for many of our contributors. Survivors make their own survival choices; I condemn the adults involved, not the children. We have included information on where to
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