LGBTQ&A Archive

Latinx Perspective on the #AMPLIFY Project

Yesterday, we published a terrific #AMPLIFY contribution from Chi Chi who is a 47 year queer Latina living in Pittsburgh. Chi Chi is from Panama, but grew up about a mile from where I grew up – we went to different schools and never met. Until #AMPLIFY. We have plans to meet in person next
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Chi Chi, 47, Lives Her Version of Latina, Queer and Spiritual #AMPLIFY

  Name:  Chi Chi Rivera Age: 47 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  she How do you describe your identity? I am first and foremost a spirit, that has taken residence within a BIG queer latina female body, this time. Next lifetime, I may be a white drag queen or a straight woman with 16 children, or
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Jay, 33, Says Stories Are Part of Queer Liberation #AMPLIFY

Name:  Jay Age:  33 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  they/them How do you describe your identity? white, genderqueer, queer, Mennonite, survivor with PTSD, justice worker Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  It was a slow process. I had my first girlfriend freshman year of college at
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Cheryl, 42, Wants Us To See Everyone in the LGBTQ Community #AMPLIFY

Name: Cheryl Age:  42 County of Residence: Allegheny, Blair Preferred Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? I am two spirited. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out in college. My friends were supportive but it was a Catholic college and there weren’t any out staff. I
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Dave On Coming Out and Being Out in Cambria County #AMPLIFY

Editor’s Note: This post contains content about adults sexually abusing children. While we completely disagree with framing such contact as consensual, we recognize that this is a lived experience for many of our contributors. Survivors make their own survival choices; I condemn the adults involved, not the children. We have included information on where to
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Slight Change to AMPLIFY Publishing Schedule

Just a little note to let you know that I’ve decided to change up the schedule. From this point forward, we’ll be publishing #AMPLIFY posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As always, we welcome you to submit your own response to our Q&A. Contributors should be 18+, identify as LGBTQ and have ties to at least
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Avery is a Bisexual, Latino Trans Man in Cambria County #AMPLIFY

  Name:  Avery Age: 22 County of Residence: Cambria Preferred Pronouns: Him/His How do you describe your identity? I’m a bisexual man. I happen to be Latino, and I happen to also be transgender. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I sort of had two, I guess. I was openly
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Eileen, 52, Reflects on the Awakening of Her LGBTQ Community #AMPLIFY

Name: Eileen Age: 52 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Female How do you describe your identity? I am an simply put, just ME. I truly despise all the labels that are being thrown around today in the LGBTQ world to describe people. I believe that the people thinking they have to have a need to label themselves is just
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Rach, 36, Loves a Girl in Armstrong County #AMPLIFY

Name: Rach Age: 36 County of Residence:  Armstrong, formerly Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  Just me How do you describe your identity? I’m just a girl who is in love with a girl. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  Was in high school. I found support through my friends. The
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Kim, 40, Mother, Pansexual, Mexican-American & Washington Co Resident #AMPLIFY

Name:  Kim Age: 40 County of Residence: Washington, formerly Allegheny and Westmoreland counties Preferred Pronouns: pansexual How do you describe your identity? I’m mother to a 20-year-old transwoman. I’m a third generation Mexican American. I tend to take in wayward humans and animals. Im a singer. Im permanently disabled. I bake really crazy cakes. Im many things. Im a
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