Pastor Reed, 48, Puts a Face and Name to Being a Gay Christian #AMPLIFY

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Name: Pastor Reed Age: 48 County of Residence: Westmoreland County.  Formerly, Dauphin, Snyder, and Adams counties Pronouns: He, him, his How do you describe your identity? Pastor, teacher, son, gay, loving, accepting Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out over years of time. I found support from my closest friends. […]

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Angie, 32: Out, Loud, and Proud Black Pansexual Mom #AMPLIFY

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Name: Angie Age:  32 County of Residence: Allegheny Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Black Pansexual Female Bodied/Identifying Feminist Poly Mom Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My coming out experience was a shit storm. I was 15 and my girlfriend at the time forced me to come […]

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Femme Lesbian Heather Wants to Build Family in Rural Cambria County #AMPLIFY

  Name:  Heather Age: 41 County of Residence:  Cambria, formerly Indiana County Preferred Pronouns: I’m a she, her, girl How do you describe your identity? I’m a white femme lesbian. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was 20 years old and living with my first girlfriend, and I […]

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How Do You Stay Informed About LGBTQ Issues? #AMPLIFY

Dialogue swirling about ‘fake news’ and the impact it has on our very real lives We ask each AMPLIFY contributor to tell us how they keep abreast on these matters. As you might expect, each person gave us a unique response. But we dived into the data and did a little light sorting to tease […]

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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016

Dalia Sabae

As popular as they are, the #AMPLIFY posts don’t have the reach that my original blogging does which affirms my commitment to keep these stories intertwined with the rest of the posts. In between writing about the epidemics of violence, the harm of anti-poverty initiatives and some of my own personal experiences with negative factors, we all need the stories of lives lived in spite of those obstacles. I believe reading about the everyday experiences of LGBTQ people in their own words fleshes out the posts that I write about people who can no longer speak for themselves.

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8 Facebook Tips for (Very) Small Business Owners

I’m helping a small business owner whose Facebook page was hijacked by a disgruntled former employee. A few things I’d like to share with other small business owners – useful mostly if you don’t have a strong working knowledge of Facebook and a very small team (no marketing person.) 1. Social media is an asset, […]

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Heidi, 28, Learned It’s Okay To Be An LGBT Christian #AMPLIFY

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Name: Heidi Age: 28 County of Residence:  Westmoreland, formerly Allegheny and Fayette Preferred Pronouns: she How do you describe your identity? Female, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was 20. I fell in love, but was too afraid to admit it. Eventually the girl (who i knew […]

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alexis, 29, talks compensation & community for marginalized lgbtq neighbors #AMPLIFY

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Name: Alexis Age: 29 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? I am jewish white stealth non binary transsexual poly bisexual genderfucked intersex who experiences transmisogyny Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I began publicly ID as bisexual age 7 or 8. I did […]

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

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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 […]

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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, […]

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