Taylor Wants More LGBTQ Resources and Community Unity #AMPLIFY

Name: Taylor Age: 27 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Queen(she) 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 coming out was hard, I just came out and said I like girls, everyone was quiet for a while, then they started to ask questions. I
Category: AMPLIFY

The First Time I Called 911

CN: Discussion of suicide Write about a defining moment in your life when you were forced to grow up in an instant (or a series of instants). My mother has always lived with depression and a host of other ailments, many resulting from a childhood bout of encephalitis that destroyed her short-term memory. She was
Category: Family

Alexandria is a Lesbian Artist Trying To Get Her Bearings #AMPLIFY

Name: Alexandria Age: 48 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Female How do you describe your identity? I’m a compassionate person who is a white, female, lesbian artist. How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? All the way out Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on
Category: AMPLIFY

How Allies Can Erase LGBTQ People When Scheduling LGBTQ Events

A recurring theme in the ‪#‎AMPLIFY‬ series is the lack of LGBTQ resources – funding, space, services, leadership opportunities, etc. We have lost a lot over the years, that’s true and we are still battling for the most basic rights., including visibility and dignity. Progress is rarely a linear progression, right? So it is especially frustrating to
Category: Activism

Anonymous Grieves How Pgh’s Lesbian & Gay Community Treats Bisexuals #AMPLIFY

Name: Anonymous Age: 45 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She, her. (Non-traditional female) How do you describe your identity? Non-traditional female, bisexual, polyamorous. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I realized that I was bi at 42, after two hetero divorces. I think a big part of that was, when
Category: Activism

Erik Is a Cis White Working-Class Queer from Clearfield County

  Name: Erik Age: 45 County of Residence: Allegheny. I grew up in Clearfield County, and attended college in Crawford County. Preferred Pronouns: he/him How do you describe your identity? This is evolving – in the sense that years ago, I wouldn’t have attached “cis,” not knowing what that meant – but I’m comfortable identifying as a cis white working-class
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#REELQ30 Preview: All About Evil from Writer/Director Peaches Christ

This movie screens in advance of the ReelQ Film Festival. It looks terrific. Reel Q is proud to present our 30th Anniversary fundraiser, featuring legendary SF filmmaker and host: Peaches Christ! Join us October 8, 2015 for an unforgettable evening of special performances by Peaches Christ, Vinsantos, Janet Granite and Bambi Deerest followed by a
Category: Culture

Movie Review: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is a Terrible Will & Grace Retread

Note – this is not part of the ReelQ Film Festival, but I promised I would review it so here you go. This was one of the worst LGBTQ flicks I’ve seen in recent years. Maybe I’m just too middle-aged, but this ho hum coming of age tale plays out like a fanfic backstory to
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

The Lack of Bisexual Resources in Pittsburgh #BiWeek

  This is National Bisexual Visibility Week (#biweek) and not an especially positive reflection on Pittsburgh.  Our community does not have a single group or resource devoted to the bisexual community, nor do we have any openly bisexual individuals in leadership roles within the community. We have two very prominent community leaders who are bisexual
Category: Activism

Introducing Darlene Love #Giveaway

Enter to win Introducing Darlene Love! the first new album in decades from the legendary vocalist DARLENE LOVE Featuring the Elvis Costello-penned single “Forbidden Nights” and other tracks written by Bruce Springsteen, Linda Perry, Joan Jett, Stevie Van Zandt & more! Available NOW: http://smarturl.it/DarleneLoveAlbum http://darleneloveworld.com http://facebook.com/darleneloveworld http://twitter.com/darlenelovesing http://instagram.com/darlenelovesings   ENTER TO WIN You must be
Category: Culture