Brenda Bostick, 59, is 10th Trans Woman of Color Murdered in 2017

They found her on April 25 around 10:30 PM in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. She was unconscious and lying in the street after being brutally assaulted. She was nameless at that point. Her body was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she died on May 4, according to Mic.com. Now we know her name which […]

Joel, 35, is Gay, a Trans Guy, Polyamorous, Christian, Parent, & Husband #AMPLIFY

Name:  Joel Age:  35 County of Residence:  Allegheny. Grew up in Crawford. College in Mercer Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity?  Gay, Trans Guy, Polyamorous, Christian, Parent, Husband. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I first came out to my husband as trans in 2012. I was […]

Trans Woman Chay Reed Shot & Killed in Miami

Chay Reed

28-year-old Chay Reed was shot to death Friday in the West Little River neighborhood of Miami-Dade. She is the 9th trans woman of color to be murdered in the US during 2017. Neighbors provided home surveillance footage to the police, telling the media that they saw several people on the sidewalk before 5 AM. One […]

Scott, 53, is a Gay Man Exploring Transition & Identity Anew #AMPLIFY

genderqueer Washington County

Content Note: sexual assault Name: Scott Age: 53 County of Residence:  Washington County born & raised. Also lived in Indiana & Allegheny counties before moving to New Mexico, where I’ve lived for the past 20 years. Pronouns: they/them/theirs How do you describe your identity? I’ve been an out, loud & proud gay man since 1981. Within the past year […]

Seth, 21, Came Out as Bi and Trans Via Power Point #AMPLIFY

Name: Seth Giovanni DiMartile Age: 21 County of Residence:  Allegheny, formerly Philadelphia and Mays Landing, New Jersey Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? Oh, Lord. I’m bi, but queer and gay are also acceptable, my gender isn’t quite binary; trans, trans boy, transmasculine, boy, guy, and male are all acceptable, I don’t really like the terms […]

#AMPLIFY Honors The Trans Day of Visibility #TDOV

Today, March 31, is the International Transgender Day of Visbility which celebrates the lives of transgender neighbors while also raising awareness of discrimination. It was established in 2009 to focus on the celebration of our wonderful and amazing trans neighbors and friends. Earlier this month, we organized a fundraiser to support the local #TDOV vigil […]

38 Year Old Black Trans Woman Alphonza Watson is 8th TWOC Murdered in 2017

Alphonza Watson was 38 years old. She lived in Baltimore and this week, she became the 8th known trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2017. Police found her about 4:15 a.m. and took her to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died shortly thereafter.  Witnesses said they heard someone yelling for help, then heard […]

Tyler, 18, is a Pansexual Trans Man in Erie #AMPLIFY

Name: Ty Age: 18 County of Residence: I’ve lived in Erie, Edinboro, and will be moving to Warren, Pa. Pronouns: He/him/his How do you describe your identity? I am a transgender pansexual male. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? When I came out as a lesbian, I didn’t face any problems. […]

LGBTQ Things To Do in Western PA #AMPLIFY

LGBTQ Things To Do Pittsburgh

Welcome to the current edition of our new feature  – a signal boost to the efforts of our #AMPLIFY contributors to strengthen our communities. Our first posts were well received! This list is not all-inclusive or comprehensive, but we’ll do our best to share the items our contributors ask us to promote. If you’d like to […]

TWOC Jaquarrius Holland (Brown), 18, Murdered in Louisiana

Jaquarrius Holland

A long time ago, I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For three years. And being Mardi Gras today, my mind wanders that direction. But this year, I’m thinking about something different – the three trans women who have been brutally murdered this past weeks. I wrote about Chyna and Ciara, both of whom were killed […]