Allegheny County. Archive

Rachel, 30, is in the Process of Coming Out as Bisexual #AMPLIFY

Name: Rachel Age:  30 County of Residence:  Bucks, formerly Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  she/her How do you describe your identity? Bisexual – sort of becoming comfortable with the term queer also. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I’m still in the process. For reasons I don’t remember, it was
Category: AMPLIFY

Patricia, 41, Does Not Feel Safe As a Trans Woman in Her Urban Pgh Suburb #AMPLIFY

Name: Patricia Age: 41 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Washington Preferred Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? At some point, the mental switch flipped in my head firmly into a “female” identity. (I think it was always set to “female” but I was trying to force it to say “male”!) So I identify as a trans woman. I
Category: AMPLIFY

Mariah, 38, Wants More Support for Westmoreland LGBTQ Neighbors #AMPLIFY

Name: Mariah Age: 38 County of Residence:  Westmoreland, formerly Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Not sure How do you describe your identity? Well I’m A White Female and I Don’t Really label myself I love who I love Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? When I Came Out Fully I had support
Category: Activism

Maybe I Underestimated Rich Fitzgerald on LGBTQ Issues

I’ve been disappointed with Rich Fitzgerald. He’s not especially progressive and his antics with Chelsa Wagner are exasperating. Worst of all, he made the decision to strip County employees of their domestic partner benefits after the Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality – a truly terrible and regressive policy decision. It one of the single
Category: Politics

Wes, 44: Queer Trans Man, Parent Wants You To Know That He Exists #AMPLIFY

Name:  Wes Age: 44 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Westmoreland Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? queer transman Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  When it occurred to me that transmen exist I spared no time figuring out what I had to do. Since I was
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Cherry Blossoms in Pittsburgh

Learning about Pittsburgh’s very own Cherry Blossom groves in North Park has been one of my favorite experiences in my adult Pittsburgh years. I went to college in D.C. so I saw a lot of blossoms. Oh, so many blossoms. Then I moved to Louisiana and saw so many magnolias. I took it all for
Category: Environment

Martha, 52, is a Gay Woman Talking About Spending Her Whole Life Coming Out #AMPLIFY

  Name: Martha Age:  52 County of Residence: Formerly Allegheny and Butler counties. Now, New York State. Preferred Pronouns:  she/her How do you describe your identity? I’m a gay woman. I very rarely refer to myself as a lesbian. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? That is an interesting
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Mia Donna Has Wild Happy Life as a Pansexual Polyamorous Person #AMPLIFY

  Name: Mia Donna Age: 43 County of Residence:  Washington, formerly Allegheny and Westmoreland Preferred Pronouns: she, her How do you describe your identity? pansexual gender fluid human Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? ha. i laugh because i dont believe i really had a true coming out experience. i
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Bobby, 50, Queer Trans Guy, White Anti-Racism Activist #AMPLIFY

Name: Bobby Age: 50 County of Residence: Allegheny County. Grew up in Venango County. College in Washington County. Lived in Beaver County (Allequippa) Lived in Westmoreland County (Latrobe) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? Queer Transguy  longterm Wilkinsburg resident. White anti-racism activist Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Early Spring 1983, my
Category: Activism

Pixie, 26, is Androgynous, Non-binary, Genderqueer and Lesbian, But Identifies as Pixie #AMPLIFY

Name: Pixie Colbert Age: 26 County of Residence:  Allegheny, grew up in Fayette County Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them How do you describe your identity? I am a strong-willed, sweet hearted, intelligent, extroverted introvert, androgynous, non-binary, genderqueer, lesbian. I perform drag as Mr. Ace Phoenix. I am not a fan of labels. Period. I feel I can identify as a lot
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