David Talks About the State of Equality in Erie #AMPLIFY

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to
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Second Arrest Warrant in the Murder of Andre Gray

Last night, I learned of a new development in the investigation of Andre Gray’s murder. Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Raymond Schifino also known as Hoover Smallz.  From KDKA: Raymond Schifino, 29, has been charged with arson, theft, abuse of a corpse, animal cruelty and tampering with evidence. According to the criminal
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For Kristina, Being Out Is Her Norm #AMPLIFY

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to
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Talking Social Media At Podcamp With Tara Sherry-Torres

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of co-presenting at Podcamp Pittsburgh X with Tara Sherry-Torres of Cafe Con Leche. Our conversation focused on how we use social media to engage our communities. It was an interesting conversation with some great questions from the audience.  
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Tamara Dominguez Is Most Recent Trans Woman Murdered in 2015

The week of August 9, 2015 may be one of the worst in LGBTQ history, specifically transgender history. This past ten days saw the actual death OR discovery of the death of six transgender women of color. The sixth sister lost to this horrifying epidemic was Tamara Dominguez of Kansas City, Missouri. She was 36.
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Bee Asks Where Single Parents Fit In To The LGBTQ Community #AMPLIFY

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to
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Be Part of the LGBTQ AMPLIFY Q&A Series

  Saturday morning, the owner of the art gallery where I am an artist in residence was driving in East Liberty. When he pulled up to a redlight, a man on a bicycle stopped to lean in the window and say “You guys rock because of The Amplify!” What struck me is that not only is this random
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Update on the Campaign to Remember Andre Gray

Last weekend, we were striving to raise $3500 for the memorial bench to honor Andre Gray and his dog, Boss.  Honoring those we’ve lost is an important ritual in our society, almost a necessary part of the healing process. This really powerful piece ran in the Post-Gazette Pet Tales column.  Boss — who was not yet
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