Michael, 50, is a Gay Man Who Lives Without Shame #AMPLIFY

The #AMPLIFY project needs your support to continue growing this archive. Please consider sharing your story today and/or making a donation to the project. Thank you.  Name: Michael Buzzelli Age:  50 County of Residence:  Allegheny, previously Los Angeles  Pronouns: He How do you describe your identity? Gay male Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? […]

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Ben, 30, Wants All Gay White Men to Learn To Take a Step Back #AMPLIFY

  Name: Ben Age: 30 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Cambria (Johnstown) Pronouns: he/him How do you describe your identity? gay man Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Well in high school I found myself attracted to other guys in school over any girls, but I didn’t think much of […]

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Tracey, 58, is a Queer Mother Parenting Nonbinary Children #AMPLIFY

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What motivated you to take part in this project? 

Living my truth, parenting non-binary children, wanting to do the best for my family and my clients.

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Bebe Beretta, 27, is Nonbinary, Genderfluid, and Wants More LGBTQ Folks to Connect #AMPLIFY

Bebe Beretta

Name: Bebe Beretta Age: 27 (28 in November!) County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Butler and Mercer counties Pronouns: She/He/They (anything will do, I’m a pronoun hog!) How do you describe your identity? Non-binary, gender-fluid. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I never really came out. The universe just kind of […]

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Dave, 33, Identifies as a Queer, recovering Gay White Man #AMPLIFY

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Name: Dave Hutchinson Age: 33 County of Residence: Allegheny County Pronouns: Any of the three sets – I’ve been in different contexts where each one made sense and felt right. How do you describe your identity?  Queer, recovering Gay White Man™ Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out in […]

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How to Request Toys for Tots in Western Pennsylvania 2017

This is our annual round-up of Toys for Tots programs in Western Pennsylvania. I’ve done my best to sort through the available information and provide you what you may need to know. PLEASE click through to the applicable link to doublecheck the details. Some of the Toys for Tots pages are harsh and regimented. Others […]

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Keith, 48, is a Gay, White Man Using Marriage Equality for Teachable Moments in North Carolina #AMPLIFY

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Editor’s Note: It seems appropriate to share that Keith is the first openly LGBTQ person that I knew; we grew up together. He was the second person that I came out to myself. And even having that history – and decades of friendship – his answers took me by suprise, in a good way. ~ […]

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Lisa, 47, is a Bi Woman Trying to Find Community in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

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Name: Lisa Age: 47 County of Residence: Allegheny County, previously Ohio & Puerto Rico Pronouns: She How do you describe your identity? Bi submissive white femme How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? At the age of 27, I was dating a woman […]

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Alexia, 40, is Bisexual, Transgender, and Loves Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Transgender Bisexual Pittsburgh

Name: Alexia Age: 40 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Westmoreland Pronouns: She How do you describe your identity? Transgender, bisexual Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I talked to my girlfriend and later to my mom. My gf was shocked at first but supportive afterwards. My mom still in denial, she […]

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Two Questions for the Pgh Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee

Pittsburgh Mayor's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

I have a few questions about local governing and LGBTQ issues. I will be sharing these directly with the members of the Council whom I personally know. I’ve asked if I could attend a meeting to discuss my concerns, but was informed that the Department of Personnel would not permit me to do so.  Earlier […]

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