Caiolin, 56, is Just Another Woman Who Happens To Be Trans #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Transgender Women

Name: Caiolin Age: 56 County of Residence: Allegheny County Preferred Pronouns: She, her How do you describe your identity?  Female, heterosexual, white, Irish German atheist. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I am a trans-woman that transitioned after 30 years of marriage and two children. I had fooled myself for […]

Let’s #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Things To Do in Western PA

Let’s #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Things To Do in Western PA

We have a new feature that we hope will be a regular post on the blog – a signal boost to the efforts of our #AMPLIFY contributors to strengthen our communities. This list is not all-inclusive or comprehensive, but we’ll do our best to share the items our contributors ask us to promote. If you’d […]

Regina, 33, Finds Comfort in Lesbian Ambiguity #AMPLIFY

Lesbian South Hills Pittsburgh

I came out to my mom when I was 16. She is a compassionate and reasonably progressive person but I come from a fundamentalist Christian family. I really didn’t know how it would go.

I wrote out what I planned to say and rehearsed my rebuttals. When I finally got up the nerve all of those words drained from my mind and I simply said, “I’m gay. ” My mom responded just as simply with, “I know.”

I won’t say I didn’t run into any challenges as an openly gay high school student or since (coming out is constant) but I have the benefit of an extremely supportive family, church community, and group of friends. That gives me a lot of strength when folks aren’t so kind.

#AMPLIFY To Create Rally Kit for LGBTQ Community To Borrow

#AMPLIFY To Create Rally Kit for LGBTQ Community To Borrow

It began with a Facebook message around 9 pm the other night.  A member of our community reached out to me because her high school aged son was helping to organize a student-led rally. The next morning at 7:30 AM. She wondered if I had or knew of someone who had a bullhorn for the […]

Megan, 22, is a Bisexual Woman Using Her Voice To Grow Her Community #AMPLIFY

Bisexual Indiana County

Name: Megan Age: 22 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Indiana County Preferred Pronouns: Miss How do you describe your identity? Female, white, bisexual Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I haven’t fully come out to my family yet because I grew up being told that it wasn’t ok to be […]

Ally, 20, Describes Her Fluid Sexual Orientation #AMPLIFY

Lawrence County

Name:  Ally Age: 20 County of Residence: Lawrence County. My parents house is in Lawrence county but I currently live in Allegheny for school with my girlfriend. Preferred Pronouns: She/her How do you describe your identity? That’s a good question. I do identify as a white female, but as for sexual orientation I don’t know. I don’t like to label […]

Maddy, 23, is Queer and Gender Nonconforming in Allegheny County #AMPLIFY

Allegheny nonbinary

Name:  Maddy Age: 23 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She/her and they/their How do you describe your identity? I identify predominantly as a queer woman and as gender non conforming. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I remember coming out as an extremely difficult experience. I really […]

Jason, 42, aka Miss Thea Trix Spreads a Positive Vibe in the Mon Valley #AMPLIFY

Name: Jason Zubovic Age: 42 County of Residence: Fayette, formerly Allegheny and Westmoreland counties Preferred Pronouns: Mr. and Miss – him and her How do you describe your identity? I am an openly gay white male entertainer with an amazing partner of three years. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My […]

Jesse, 28, Helps To Build New LGBTQ Community Supports in Mercer County #AMPLIFY

Name: Jesse Age:  28 County of Residence: Mercer County, previously Beaver County Preferred Pronouns: Him, he, male, sir How do you describe your identity? I am a pansexual male, I don’t see anyone for there penis or vagina, but for the beauty of who they are, yes I am attracted, but that is only a small portion of me, […]

The #AMPLIFY Tee Shirts Are Here!

We began taking pre-order in December, but now the shirts are ready to roll. We have about 30 left if you would like to purchase one.  You can also purchase one to be donated to an AMPLIFY contributor. But act fast before they are all gone.