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Enter to Win A Gift of Love from Bette Midler! #Giveaway

A Gift of Love a new collection of 18 love songs from global superstar Bette Midler Including highlights from studio albums and soundtracks recorded for both Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. between 1976 and 2014. Available December 4. Digital: CD: A GIFT OF LOVE Track Listing: 1. “Favorite Waste Of Time” 2. “In
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

’10 Days in a Madhouse’ Is Just a Terrible Movie

Let me start here – I really wanted to like this movie. As an adult woman from Pittsburgh living with mental illness, I have mad respect (see what I did there?) for Nellie Bly and I hoped that this movie version of her investigation into the mental health system of her day would contribute a
Category: Culture

Cavanaugh, 25, Talks About Genderflux Identity and the Value of Self-Care #AMPLIFY

Name: Cavanaugh Age: 25 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  They or He How do you describe your identity? Queer, Afrolatin@, fat, trans, polyglam femme. Tenderqueer. I recently heard the word “genderflux” and I really love it. The idea is that my gender, and by extension my presentation, is sometimes a really, really loud version of itself and sometimes
Category: Activism

Being Unfriended on Facebook Without Drama. It Can Happen.

Earlier this fall, I was poking around Facebook when I realized that I had not read any status updates from a certain person whom I’ll refer to as Glenn. We aren’t tight or really actual friends who hang out in real life – friendly colleagues is a fair description. I respect their work, their values
Category: Social Media

Jean Came Out As Bisexual After Her Retirement #AMPLIFY

Name: Jean Age: 61 County of Residence: Allegheny, Westmoreland, then Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: complete person, happy woman How do you describe your identity? I am an American, who is a white bi-sexual woman, of German, English, and Scottish background. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out as bi-sexual to
Category: Activism

Kathi Wants To Be More Connected to LGBTQ Elders in Rural Communities #AMPLIFY

Name:  Kathi Boyle Age: 69 County of Residence: Allegheny. I was born in Carbon County so lived there for the first 6 weeks of my life. My family then moved to Tennessee. Preferred Pronouns: She, her, hers How do you describe your identity? White lesbian. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you
Category: Activism

Casey, 38, Honors One Year Since Coming Out As a Gay Woman #AMPLIFY

Name: Casey Age: 38 County of Residence: Allegheny. I spent some time up in Erie when I was about four or so, and I lived in Philly area for about 7 years right before I moved to Pittsburgh in 2008. But I grew up mostly in the Maryland (Baltimore-DC corridor) area. Preferred Pronouns: her, she…for now How do you describe
Category: Activism

Northside Holiday Food Drive

  The Northside Food Pantry is the largest in Western Pennsylvania, serving over 1,000 families every month. 1,000 families equals many thousands of people. Some have children, some are senior citizens living on their own. All our are neighbors. Each family can visit the pantry one time per month. This is the leanest time of
Category: Activism

#AMPLIFY Trans Voices on the Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience

Today is the International Trans Day of Remembrance as well as a day to honor trans resilience. In lieu of our usual Friday #AMPLIFY profile, we are sharing these previously published Q&A posts with transgender neighbors living in Western Pennsylvania. Visibility is an important component of resiliency and a luxury many of us may not
Category: Activism

Free Thanksgiving Meals in Pittsburgh 2015

*I’m sharing this list, but please note that some of the spaces are anti-LGBTQ or require participation in religious activities to access resources. Rainbow Kitchen is also serving a free Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Address: 135 East 9th Avenue, Homestead PA  15120 Phone: 412-464-1892  
Category: Activism