My Friend John Should Be Turning 50 Today

He wouldn’t want a fuss. He didn’t liked being fussed over. More than likely, he’d want solitude and not be particularly thrilled to turn 50. He would definitely not want to me to write (another) blog post about him. “You have to move on, Susie,” he would admonish me. “Stop living in the past.” Past
Category: Family

Update on the Murder of TWOC Shante Thompson in Houston

More information in the murders of Shante Thompson and her male friend Willie Sims. Two vigils have been announced. Friday, April 15 per Monica Roberts, a Houston based trans activist and blogger The vigil will take place at Houston City Hall starting at 6 PM, and in addition to honoring the memory of Shante and
Category: Activism

Trump Came To Pittsburgh: The One Must-See Photo

Trump was in Pittsburgh for two campaign stops yesterday. He taped a segment for Fox and he held a rally at the Convention Center. Protestors took to the streets with witty signs, shirts and slogans. Trump promised to bring back the steel industry and resurrect Joe Paterno (??) neither of which seemed to perturb his
Category: Activism

Lisa Believes Being Out and Honest is ‘Like Flying’ #AMPLIFY

Name: Lisa Age: 34 County of Residence: Washington Preferred Pronouns: Feminine pronouns. She, her, etc. How do you describe your identity? White, female, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out at 31 and I was married to a man at the time. I faced so much ridicule and
Category: AMPLIFY

TWOC Shante Thompson, 34, Murdered in Houston

Shante Thompson was 34 years old. Next month would have been her 35th birthday. She had a mother and friends who loved her. Last night, she and her male friend were brutally murdered in Houston by a group of eight men. From KHOU (Shante’s family is quoted misgendering her.) There was a barrage of bullets
Category: Trans

Sueno, 33, Adds Her Particular Color of the Rainbow to the #AMPLIFY Narrative

  Name: Sueño Age: 33 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She How do you describe your identity? Queer poc. I feel it encompasses the whole range of the “rainbow”, and doesn’t pin me into box. I used to identify as a lesbian, then felt like I had forsaken my whole identity when I developed real feelings for a
Category: AMPLIFY

WIN Tickets to See ‘Word Play’ at Bricolage on April 15

Our friends at Bricolage Theater have asked us to give away 2 tickets to the Friday, April 15 performance of ‘Word Play’ – a live storytelling event. Here’s the deets: WordPlay: A New Spin on Storyteling April 15 & 16 Happy Half-hour at 7:30pm • Show at 8pm Tickets: $25 Part This American Life, part stand-up comedy,
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Maggio, 28, is Unapologetically a Bi-sexual Queer Feminist Scholar #AMPLIFY

Name:  Maggio Age: 28 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Butler Preferred Pronouns: She/Queen How do you describe your identity? I am a bi-sexual queer feminist scholar. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? For as long as I remember I was attracted to girls. In middle school I started explaining to
Category: AMPLIFY

Here’s The Wendy Bell Post Everyone Asked Me About

Apparently, many of yinz don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook because FIVE of you approached me this weekend to ask about my ‘silence’ on the Wendy Bell issue. It is true that I didn’t write anything in this space, but I did share a lof of the things other people were saying. You know,
Category: Activism

Ben, 29, is Proud to be a Queer Pittsburgher #AMPLIFY

Name: Ben Stoviak Age: 29 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: He/They How do you describe your identity? Queer, gay, male-bodied; I like to think of myself as a lover above these things, though, and like to remind people that I’m many more things than this—I’m a teacher, professional, creative, son, brother, adventurer, and friend. Please describe your coming out
Category: AMPLIFY