Activism Archive

The Anxious Life Part Six: I’m Not Talking About Orlando

I don’t want to talk about it. I put the rage and fear and hopelessness into a little box and tucked that into my heart in a little space that keeps it secure. I was very sad for very many days. I spent those hours asleep or numb which is what you feel when you
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I Don’t Know How To Help

I spent a lot of Sunday sharing updates, links and information about Orlando. Then, I attended a vigil where I took photos, spoke some words and felt a few moments of peace. Fleeting moments. I laid out some requests for support, but no one responded. I guess it isn’t supposed to be about me really.
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My List of Awesome #PghPride Things To Do 2016

Here’s my personal list of awesome things to do this year to celebrate and honor Pride. ‘Invisible in Plain Sight’ #AMPLIFY stage play, June 24 and 26, at Carnegie Stage Undertow Free Movie Screening by ReelQ, City of Asylum & Cafe Con Leche, June 6, Northside (we are sponsoring this series!) Dreams of Hope Love
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Do My Friends Read My Blog?

One of the best ways to irritate your Facebook friends is a status update that insists we prove our friendship/loyalty by reposting, leaving a comment, etc followed by a sad acknowledgement that you already know that less than 3% of the people reading will CARE enough to participate. I mean obviously if I don’t share
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Mitch, 52, Believes In The Power of Movies to Create Community #AMPLIFY

Name: Mitch Leib Age: 52 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: he How do you describe your identity? I am a gay man Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I think we all come out in stages. My closest high school friends knew. Others probably assumed. I was pretty much out
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Trans Woman of Color Mercedes Successful, 32, Murdered in Florida

She was 32 years old which puts her among the older victims of the epidemic violence against transgender women  (and men) in our society. But still 32 is utterly young to lose your life. Mercedes Successful was murdered, the 11th person this year alone. Successful was born in Kingston, Jamaica and represented that country in
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AMPLIFY Project, Blog Voted ‘Best GLBT Media Source’ in 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards

It is always nice when someone acknowledges your work, your vision or even just you. I’ve written in the past about my appreciate for the Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter based in the Johnstown area. So I am pleased to be among the honorees in their 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards. What’s really exciting for me is
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Reecey Walker, 32 Year Old Trans Woman of Color, Stabbed to Death in Wichita

Another tragic day for our community with the news that 32 year old trans woman of color, Reecey Walker was found stabbed to death in their Wichita apartment on Sunday evening, May 1. A 16 year old young man has been arrested, but not yet charged. From The Advocate: Officers were called to investigate a
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Creating the #CatCar: Pgh’s Latest Art Car Hits the Road #AMPLIFY

Converting my 2000 Honda CRV into an art car seemed like a solid idea. It only has 130,000 miles and is in pretty good shape mechanically speaking. It was technically our second car that I used for my day-to-day errands and the occasional big or ‘messy’ transport. Since I work from home, my day-to-day errands
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Mariah, 38, Wants More Support for Westmoreland LGBTQ Neighbors #AMPLIFY

Name: Mariah Age: 38 County of Residence:  Westmoreland, formerly Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Not sure How do you describe your identity? Well I’m A White Female and I Don’t Really label myself I love who I love Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? When I Came Out Fully I had support
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