County of Residence: 

Preferred Pronouns: 

How do you describe your identity?

Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? 

How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? 

Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? 

Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character or creator in television, film or literature? Please tell us why. 

How do you stay informed about LGBTQ issues? 

Describe your geographical community.  

Describe your local or regional LGBTQ community. 

Have you ever experienced discrimination based on your identity? Specifically, in a job setting, when applying for housing or while in public. 

Are there issues impacting your LGBTQ neighbors that aren’t visible or part of the local dialogue? 

What would you like to see elected officials do to improve life for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians? 

Please share a lived experience, anecdote or fact about life as an LGBTQ person in your community. 

Beyond discrimination, what other barriers create challenges for your LGBTQ neighbors? 

What LGBTQ friendly resources are available for your neighbors? 

What is your greatest fear for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? 

What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? 

What can allies do to support your LGBTQ community? 

How can gay men and lesbians support the bisexual, transgender and queer members of our community? 

What motivated you to take part in this project? 

Finally, what question should I have asked? Please also share your answer. 


Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive.

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. 

Our intent is to highlight the voices of marginalized members of our community who are not always invited to the table or whose voices are not heard. These are glimpses in to the lived experiences of LGBTQ people in Western Pennsylvania as told in their own voices. If you would like to participate, please email me pghlesbian at gmail or visit the online Q&A.

You can read the other Q&A responses here.  AMPLIFY! LGBTQ is a project of Most Wanted Fine Art and Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents.