I Just Met My First Openly Gay Relative

I’m the only queer person that I know in my family. I have 20 first cousins and more than 60 second cousins plus untold third, fourth and once-removed cousins. Odds are good that someone else is also queer and/or trans, but no one is talking. It isn’t easy being the only openly queer family member,
Category: Family

Forbes Hospital’s Inadequate Response to Transphobic Employees

Via KDKA TV, last night I learned about a developing story at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. Some anonymous female employees at this Allegheny Health Network facility had voiced complaints about a trans woman employee being permitted to use the ladies bathroom. First, the good. Allegheny Health Network is following the law with regard to allowing
Category: Health

An Uninformed Patriot is a Foolish Patriot

OMG people, calm down. No veteran was disrespected by a football player sitting through the National Anthem. That anthem is for ALL OF US, not veterans. It isn’t specially about them any more than its specially about farmers, teachers, children, car salesman, politicians, Christians, songwriters, etc. It is an anthem that represents all of us
Category: Activism

Win a Copy of #PureandSimple Album from @DollyParton #Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Pure & Simple from music legend Dolly Parton! Dolly Records and Sony Music Nashville present Pure & Simple the new album from the internationally renowned music superstar Dolly Parton! Featuring “Pure and Simple,” “Head Over High Heels,” and “Outside Your Door.” “I may not be pure, but I’m as
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

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
Category: Other

Enter to win ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway from music icon Barbra Streisand! #Giveaway

Enter to win ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway from music icon Barbra Streisand! ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway the brand new album from the legendary Barbra Streisand Featuring 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Kitteh, 27, ‘The Door is Open, but I’m Still Sitting on The Floor of That Closet’ #AMPLIFY

Name:  Kitteh Miao Age:  27 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: They/them/their (I actually prefer nick names to gender IDs) How do you describe your identity? I am a queer person who ends up in the middle, by averaging out the extremes. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  It’s
Category: AMPLIFY

Equality PA, White House To Host Regional LGBT Summit

This looks promising. RSVP to kwilkinson@equalitypa.org
Category: Activism

City of Butler Considers Expanding Non-Discrimination Protections to LGBTQ Community

This is a very important blog post about a very important decision taking place just a wee bit north of Downtown Pgh. Butler City Council is considering creating a Human Relations Authority that would be responsible for ensuring resident of the City are protected in areas of employment, housing and public accommodation from discrimination based
Category: Activism

Samantha, 44, Wants Better Trans Health Choices in Pennsylvania #AMPLIFY

Name: Samantha Age: 44 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Her, she, b*tch, LOL How do you describe your identity? I am a Trans woman questioning my sexual preference. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I truly was lucky. I found support everywhere. The biggest challenge was telling my Mom. We
Category: AMPLIFY