Why People Share Their Stories With #AMPLIFY

LGBT History Month Pittsburgh

In June 2015, we added this question to the Q&A

“What motivated you to take part in this project?”

The responses have been enlightening when I consider why people take 30-60 minutes to share some of their most personal thoughts with the wide world. Their investment isn’t fleeting – the Q&A will live on as our archived collective experiences.

I particularly wanted to participate because I wanted an older perspective to be included.”

WashPo Piece Focuses on Brownsville Woman Manipulated By Right Wing Media

WashPo Piece Focuses on Brownsville Woman Manipulated By Right Wing Media

The Washington Post ran a powerful piece that has gone viral these past 24 hours, a profile of a Brownsville woman who supports Donald Trump. Melanie’s story is painful and resonates very deeply – she’s struggled with anxiety, sexual harassment in the workplace, poverty, and the pain of her courtroom victory around the harassment being […]

Erie Pridefest Update, Vacation for AMPLIFY and More


Folks, I am tired. It has been a long, hot, and sneezy summer for me. I’ve been caught in relentless torrential downpours, had to go car shopping, lost power on an 85+ afternoon, managed multiple ill pets, wondered every day if this was the day the central AC motor would die, worried about the leaking […]



  Name:  Age:  County of Residence:  Preferred Pronouns:  How do you describe your identity? Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”?  Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they […]

A Lexicon for Insulting: 2016 Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event

Guest Blogger Event

Today’s post comes from John Chamberlin of Ya Jagoff, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on MelissaFirman.com, where I explore the art of blogging. A Lexicon for Insulting  Disclaimer: for the most part, I suggest that you be considerate and nice to […]

Finalists in the Readers Choice Awards


The finalists have been announced in what I’m told is a record-breaking number of votes cast for the Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter 2016 Readers Choice Awards. I am honored to be voted as a finalist in nine categories. I am especially proud that the #AMPLIFY project is a finalist as well. Here are the categories […]

Thank You For Nine Nominations In The Readers Choice Awards


We are honored to be nominated for nine awards across eight categories for the 2016 Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter Reader’s Choice Awards.  Thank you to everyone who nominated us in these categories. We regularly contribute to the newsletter and appreciate their good work in the Southwest Central PA region. This is the semi-final ballot. To vote, […]