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Brian, 29, Wants the LGBTQ Community to Address Social Isolation #AMPLIFY

Name: Brian Age: 29 County of Residence:  Allegheny, Grew up for the most part in and around Burlington, Vermont. I moved to North Carolina for undergrad and called Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill home for 8 years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2013. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His How do you describe your identity? I’m a white, cisgender, gay Duke fan. Go,
Category: AMPLIFY

Enter to Win #Idina from Idina Menzel

Enter to win idina. from Idina Menzel! idina. the new album from Tony Award winning Multi-Platinum Artist IDINA MENZEL ft. “Queen of Swords” and “I See You” Available NOW: http://smarturl.it/IDINA http://idinamenzel.com http://facebook.com/IdinaMenzel http://twitter.com/idinamenzel http://instagram.com/idinamenzel #idina Guidelines for the Giveaway You must be 18+ and a resident of the continental United States. You cannot have won
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Morgan, 21, Hasn’t Met Other Openly Gay Suburban Couples #AMPLIFY

Name:  Morgan Age: 21 County of Residence: Allegheny, Butler county for a couple months when I first moved to PA. I’m originally from a small town in Michigan. Preferred Pronouns: I’m a girl and a Morgan, but call me whatever you want. How do you describe your identity? I’m just me. I’m a lesbian but that’s not all I am.
Category: AMPLIFY

Amplifying Black Voices as a White Woman

Part II I read a post at Absolutely Luvvie that was helpful (thank you, Luvvie) and worth sharing. The post is called “Another Day, Another Hashtag. White People, You Gotta Get to Work NOW”   I strongly encourage you to click through and read her post. Listen Amplify Talk with Family and Friends Donate to Anti-Racism
Category: Activism

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