County of Residence: Allegheny
Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? I don’t recall the first gay person I met.
How do you describe your identity? I’m a Queer Black Womyn
How do you stay informed about LGBTQ issues? News, Community, facebook and twitter
Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character in television, film or literature? Ellen DeGeneres, Tweety Bird
How would you describe yourself in terms of “being out”? I’m completely out.
Tell me about your local or regional LGBTQ community. Pittsburgh has a good community but its divided racially and economically.
Have you ever experienced discrimination based on your identity in a job setting? How about in terms of being served by a business? Please explain. Yes, I worked for UPMC and my boss always made homophobic remarks
Describe your community in terms of being LGBTQ friendly (or not.) Semi-friendly
Are there issues impacting your LGBTQ neighbors that aren’t visible or part of the local dialogue? Discrimination and church hurt
What would you like to see elected officials do to improve life for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians? Enforce non-discrimination and LGBTQ Youth homelessness
Please share any anecdotes about life as a LGBTQ person in your community that might help outsiders better understand. I know people who have been kicked out of churches. Transwomyn being jobless and homeless
Beyond discrimination, what other barriers create challenges for your LGBTQ neighbors? Bullying and shelter
What LGBTQ friendly resources are available for your neighbors? None.
What is your greatest fear for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? suicide going up in the queer community
What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? To be treated normal
What motivated you to take part in this project? I’m a community organizer and native of Pittsburgh I care about my community and city.
Finally, what question should I have asked? Please also share your answer more culturally specific questions
Thank you, Carmen.
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