It is important … to see details and a deeper understanding of an issue, not just an easy sentence of a larger philosophy. ~ Dan Gilman Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed some headlines and social media content rallying the community around the theme that ‘Drag is Illegal in Pittsburgh,’ an inflammatory […]
Celine Walker was 36 years old when she died in a Florida motel room from a gunshot wound. She died on Sunday, February 4, 2018. She is the 4th transgender woman, the 3rd trans woman of color, and the second Black trans woman that we know of to be killed in 2018 in the United […]
Tonya Harvey was a 35-year-old Black trans woman living in Buffalo, New York. According to the Buffalo News, she was fatally shot on a dead-end street around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and declared dead at the scene. (References to misgendering and deadnaming at the link.) At 5:30 in the afternoon. She was killed in the […]
Friends and family report that Viccky Gutierrez, 33, is the second known victim of homicide in the US during 2018. Wednesday evening, Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO of TransLatin@ Coalition, announced in a Facebook post the death of Viccky Gutierrez: “It is with deep sadness, rage and pain that I have to share with all of you […]
This is one of my favorite projects each year – my friend is 14 and she is a Girl Scout. She and her Mom have been selling cookies for many years. For the past several, they accept orders for cookies to be donated to local LGBTQ organizations that work with youth. She has lots of […]
A 42-year-old in the town of North Adams, Massachusetts is the first known transgender person to be killed in 2018 in the United States. Her name was Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien. The man who confessed to police that he killed Christa is her husband, 47-year-old Mark Steele-Knudslien. He is awaiting arraignment. An autopsy will be conducted Sunday […]
I am so glad to share this news. Ann Veglia-Eisler, whom we had reported missing as of December 5, has been found and is reportedly safe. I do not have any further details. But I am in awe that two members of our community, with absolute no connection to one another, went missing in a […]
This Q&A from Dezmanian is number 250 in the #AMPLIFY series. We are honored to signal boost to his story. Name: Dezmanian Age: 28 County of Residence: Allegheny Pronouns: He, Him, His How do you describe your identity? Black 2-spirited gay cisgender male Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I told […]
Describe your geographical community.
“Pittsburgh is an urban community that is mostly LGBTQ-friendly, but I’ve found that’s often on a surface level… which I think is true for the way Pittsburgh appeals to lots of minoritized groups. There are community spaces for queer folks, medical providers who cater to our specific needs, nonprofits dedicated to our causes, and local businesses owned by members of the community. But it often feels like Pittsburgh’s blue-collar roots are at odds with contemporary queer community-building. Queer folks, to me, feel very disparate and broken up into cliques — sort of how the city is split up into so many tiny neighborhoods. As I write this answer, I’m realizing that I don’t think I’ve ever let my guard down to feel like my full self in any of the five years I’ve been living in Western PA.”
What motivated you to take part in this project? Maybe my answers will help someone else. I didn’t have anyone to say these things to me and I wish I had.