#AMPLIFY Update February 2018

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Hello everyone. This is a quick update to let you that we’ll begin publishing #AMPLIFY posts again in March 2018. I had hoped to start backup in February after recuperating from my hysterectomy, but my recovery is taking a little longer than I expected. Nothing terrible, just a slow process especially during the winter. To […]

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Honoring 250 Contributions to the #AMPLIFY Archive

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

On Thursday, we published #250 in the AMPLIFY LGBTQ project.  Wow. That’s 250 in 30 months. An average of 8.3 Q&A’s per month since June 2015 when we began publishing. We are going to take a break from AMPLIFY during the holidays and into early January while I have surgery. We’ll resume publishing Q&A’s at […]

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Dezmanian, 28, is a Black Man Who Happens to be Gay #AMPLIFY

Black Man Who Happens to Be Gay

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 […]

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Dakota, 27, Wants You to Support Queer Activists & Queer Art #AMPLIFY

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.”

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Lissa, 28, Identifies as Genderfluid, Grey Ace, and Poly #AMPLIFY

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.

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Kool Kase, 32, is a Black Lesbian at Peace With Herself #AMPLIFY

  Name: Kool Kase Age: 32 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Butler County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Female, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My challenges came from those same people I looked at for support. I was always an outgoing person and not one […]

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Sam, 28, is a Genderqueer Artist in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

the moon baby

  Name: Sam Age: 28 County of Residence:  Allegheny County, formerly Butler and Mercer counties, and a year away in Saint Augustine, Florida Pronouns: inconsistent How do you describe your identity? I am a genderqueer artist Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I did not come out until I was […]

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Jennifer is 40, Bisexual, and a Fan of Sara Lance #AMPLIFY

  Name: Jennifer Lynn Age: 40 County of Residence: Allegheny County. Went to college in Greene County and lived in Montgomery County, MD for a few years. Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? bisexual Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was lucky enough to receive support from my […]

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Reece, 31, Grew up in Southern Virginia, but Found LGBTQ Connections in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Name: Reece Age:  31 County of Residence:  Allegheny, formerly Butler County.  Lived prior to that in Southern Virginia. Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? Mostly gay. Most of my life I identified as bisexual. A lot of guys come out as bisexual to “soften the blow” for when they later come out as gay. That […]

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Tara, 24, is a Femme, Queer Human #AMPLIFY

Name:  Tara Foran Age: 24 County of Residence: Philadelphia, formerly Allegheny County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Femme queer.  Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out when I was 17. At the time, I was witnessing a shift in the way the people around me […]

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