Ally, 20, Describes Her Fluid Sexual Orientation #AMPLIFY

Lawrence County

Name:  Ally Age: 20 County of Residence: Lawrence County. My parents house is in Lawrence county but I currently live in Allegheny for school with my girlfriend. Preferred Pronouns: She/her How do you describe your identity? That’s a good question. I do identify as a white female, but as for sexual orientation I don’t know. I don’t like to label […]

$10,000 Reward Offered To Find Missing Gay Pittsburgh Man #DakotaJames

Dakota James Missing Person

The family of Dakota James have been crisscrossing the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh every day, all day in hopes of finding someone who has a clue to their son’s disappearance. 23-year-old Dakota, a Northside resident and Duquesne University grad students, has been missing since January. Dakota also happens to be a member of the LGBTQ […]

#PghWaterCrisis – How You Can Help East End Neighbors (& Where To Donate Water)

As you may have heard by now, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has issued a ‘water boil advisory’ for 100,000 residents in eastern Pittsburgh neighborhoods in response to a concern about giardia contamination. Read more here.  The advisory is expected to last at least 3 days while PWSA addresses the problem. This boil advisory […]

Small Update in Search for #DakotaJames in Pittsburgh #MissingPerson

Dakota James Missing Person

As we reported earlier, 23 year old Dakota Leo James has been missing for nearly a week from Pittsburgh. A Maryland native, Dakota now lives on the Northside of Pittsburgh where he works fulltime for JB Hunt and attends grad school at Duquesne University. This morning, Dakota’s mother Pamela James shared this update on Facebook […]

3 Pieces of Advice for Mayor Peduto’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

Pittsburgh Mayor's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

I was moved by the reactions of several members of the new LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council to their official swearing-in yesterday at the City County Building. I love that I don’t know everyone and I love the expanse of voices that will now be officially at the table. You know I’m not one to mince words. […]

James, 54, Is a Gay Pittsburgh Dad Living in Texas #AMPLIFY

Gay Allegheny County

Name: James Age: 54 County of Residence: Allegheny. I grew up in the Pittsburgh area. I now live in Texas. What a difference. Preferred Pronouns: Mr. How do you describe your identity? I am a gay man. I am attracted to other gay men. I look for loving tender relationships. I keep my priorities right. Please describe your coming out […]

Update in Trials for the 2014 Murder of Andre Gray Highlights Epidemic of Violence Against LGBTQ Community

In October 2014, a bisexual black male resident of Lawrenceville was murdered in his home and his body then dumped in the Allegheny River where he remained undiscovered for four months. His name was Andre Gray. In addition to this crime, his dog was killed and his home ransacked, his belongings stolen and his vehicle […]

Today, Let’s Celebrate 11 Years of PghLesbian Blogging!

Rick Santorum internship

I’ve pondered how to mark this occasion. Most blogs last 2-3 years, so 11 is numerically impressive. We’ve also started the AMPLIFY project archives which is a new direction for us. Then we had a complete blog redesign this year AND were voted Best Local Blog by the Pittsburgh City Paper. That’s a lot of […]

A Friend of Mine Lost Her 35 Year Old Son This Week, Please Help With Final Expenses

Randi tearfully told me about her fear that he was alone when he died. That’s a terrible heartache for her. No platitude can help, but we can show Randi that she is not alone now by helping her with this task of making final arrangements.

Thank You for Nominating Me for a CORO MLK Leadership Award

A Facebook friend shared an urgent request to find a winter coat for a young gay-identified female student in the Pittsburgh Public School system. Apparently, the school does not have an excess of coats right now. So I spent a few hours putting out the word and, eventually, a Northside neighbor (and new Facebook friend) named Michelle drove a brand new coat to my house around 9 PM. I took it to the high school Friday AM and handed it off to the teacher.

That’s the person I aspire to be – the person who people ask to help find a coat or addresses some other fundamental need. I really don’t want to be the fundraiser, public face or administrator. I never aspired to be an Executive Director (never, not ever, never never.) I just want to be a social worker/community organizer. It fits.