Mindy, 42, Lives Semi-Open as Trans in Rural Elk County #AMPLIFY

Transgender Elk County

Name: Mindy S. Age: 42 County of Residence: Elk County Pronouns: If I look male, then “he”. If I look like a female, then “she”. How do you describe your identity? I am bi-gendered, attracted to cisgender women. Meaning while I can live and be happy with being a male, I have a feminine side that needs to be expressed […]

Katie, 25, Identifies as Puerto Rican, White, Cis-Female and Lesbian #AMPLIFY

What motivated you to take part in this project? I love surveys. I love when marginalized people are asked to share their stories. I love reading all the stories and remembering how diverse this world is. I love being a part of something bigger than myself.

28 Year Old Josie Berrios is 13th TWOC Murdered in the US in 2017

Josie Berrios

  With much sadness, I am writing to update you on the latest victim to the scourge of violence against trans women of color in the United States. Her name was Josie Berrios. She was 28 years old and a native of Ithaca, New York.  Josie Berrios (also known as Kendra Adams and Kimbella Rosé) was found dead […]

Dylan, 28, is a Queer, Autistic Transgender Man #AMPLIFY

Name: Dylan Age: 28 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Luzerne County and  Monongalia County, WV as well as Anne Arundel County, MD Pronouns: he/him How do you describe your identity? I’m a queer, autistic transgender man; a bodybuilder and lifelong athlete; a trained neuroscientist/linguist; a musician, dancer, and drag performer who has had the privilege of performing all across the […]

Statement from Peoples Pride March 2K17 on Police Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – At 2:00 PM on Sunday June 11th just past the intersection of Washington Place and Centre Avenue, police officers dressed in riot gear helmets, padded vests, and clubs, with some officers around the periphery wielding shotguns with rubber bullets, blocked a group of pride parade marchers. The People’s Pride March 2k17 […]

Angie, 32: Out, Loud, and Proud Black Pansexual Mom #AMPLIFY

Black Pansexual Poly Feminist Mom

Name: Angie Age:  32 County of Residence: Allegheny Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Black Pansexual Female Bodied/Identifying Feminist Poly Mom Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My coming out experience was a shit storm. I was 15 and my girlfriend at the time forced me to come […]

Krista, 28, Lives in Washington, PA as a Pansexual Woman #AMPLIFY

Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? My first LGBTQ connection felt like a light bulb going off in a sense, like a bright light shining in a once dark room. I wasn’t alone. Meeting someone else like myself, was refreshing and simultaneously made me realize that I wasn’t the outcast the small town I had grown up in had made me feel like. Meeting my first LGBTQ friend was life changing for me. From being bullied, and told I was some sort of freak of nature – to meeting someone else who understood my life experiences, who had gone through them, was amazing.

August, 46, Feels Separate as a Black Gay Man #AMPLIFY

Name: August Age: 46 County of Residence:  Allegheny, formerly Dauphin Pronouns: He How do you describe your identity? Homosexual. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was by myself and my brother has been my biggest support. As for the LGBT community on a whole, it has proven to be […]

Tanha, 36, is a Queer, Bisexual Woman in Erie #AMPLIFY

Name: Tanha Age: 36 County of Residence: Erie Pronouns: She, her How do you describe your identity? I am a queer, bisexual woman. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I first came out to friends. Thankfully they were very supportive. My husband was amazing, but that’s no surprise. He’s my […]

Brenda Bostick, 59, is 10th Trans Woman of Color Murdered in 2017

They found her on April 25 around 10:30 PM in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. She was unconscious and lying in the street after being brutally assaulted. She was nameless at that point. Her body was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she died on May 4, according to Mic.com. Now we know her name which […]