Name: Rae Bush Age: 48 County of Residence: Allegheny, previously Washington County Pronouns: she / her How do you describe your identity? White, Transgender Female, Irish, pansexual (if you love each other the sex can work itself out later), however I am currently monogamously a trans lesbian. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What […]
A friend of mine stepped up to run for office, specifically for a seat at the table of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. Amber is a powerful voice in the City, especially in her home neighborhood of Homewood. Read her AMPLIFY profile here We’ve been featuring candidates for various offices, but this is our first […]
The hysterectomy. It is a go. After a lot of phone calls and delays, twists and turns, and tweets, it happened. I’m scheduled for January 10, 2018. That’s the first time I think I’ve typed 2018 on this blog. January 10, 2018 is the date that I will no longer have a uterus which suddenly […]
The family and friends of Ann Veglia-Eisler, 48 years old, are asking for your help to locate their missing loved one. Ann ‘Annie’ Veglia-Eisler turned 48 at the end of November. She’s from Baden, Beaver County, but she was most recently staying with her brother in Upper St. Clair. Ann is a white cisgender woman, […]
Name: Kool Kase Age: 32 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Butler County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Female, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My challenges came from those same people I looked at for support. I was always an outgoing person and not one […]
Name: Kelsey Age: 22 County of Residence: Elk County, formerly Jefferson County Pronouns: Her or she How do you describe your identity? I’m a white lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out to my mom when I was 12. I had a signature on […]
Name: Bobbi Jo Age: 63 County of Residence: Indiana, formerly Butler County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Female lesbian. I’ve always been attracted to women. Transgender. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? It happened while I was in a substance recovery program in Indiana. I am […]
What motivated you to take part in this project? I love surveys. I love when marginalized people are asked to share their stories. I love reading all the stories and remembering how diverse this world is. I love being a part of something bigger than myself.
Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? My first LGBTQ connection felt like a light bulb going off in a sense, like a bright light shining in a once dark room. I wasn’t alone. Meeting someone else like myself, was refreshing and simultaneously made me realize that I wasn’t the outcast the small town I had grown up in had made me feel like. Meeting my first LGBTQ friend was life changing for me. From being bullied, and told I was some sort of freak of nature – to meeting someone else who understood my life experiences, who had gone through them, was amazing.
Name: Chrissy Costa Age: 40 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Chicago Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? Lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? When I accepted my sexuality I sought a therapist to help me come out to my family. I had become distant […]