Monday is #LGBTQFamilies Day on social media, sponsored by the blog Mombian and the Family Equality Council since 2006. This day celebrates LGBTQ families. Once again, I’ve decided to share #AMPLIFY posts highlighting the voices of parents, step-parents and grandparents and other caretakers of children. If you are a LGBTQ person with ties to Western Pennsylvania, please add your voice to this archive.
The name of this project has been updated to encourage participants who are not bloggers. #LGBTQFamiliesDay is meant to bring together people who are LGBTQ as well as our families and allies. It’s a celebration of LGBTQ families whether you’re part of one, know one, or just want to support them. (via event organizer Mombian) Please follow the link to read all of the blog posts and social media content honoring our LGBTQ families.
I have been collecting Q&A responses from LGBTQ folks with ties to Western Pennsylvania. The project is called #AMPLIFY and we plan to continue seeking Q&A contributions through at least the end of 2020. Participants are 18+, identify as part of the LGBTQ community and have ties to Western Pennsylvania.
We ask a lot of (mostly) open-ended questions about their identities and experiences. We do not ask any questions specifically about their family status, but many of them mention the fact that they are parenting in the context of one or more of the questions. About 20% of the contributors are parents. Please note that our project was on a five month hiatus in 2018 because I was recovering from a hysterectomy so the slower growth in contributions is tied to that.
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For my contribution to the annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day project, I decided the best thing to do is to amplify their Q&A posts. Please read as many as you like and absorb some of the wisdom and wit they have to share. Please note that I included people I know to be parenting or grandparenting. I did not necessarily include everyone who is a caretaker for a child. If I left anyone out, I apologize. Feel free to reach out to me and I’ll update.
One thing I want to add this year is that some of our contributors do not have relationships with their adult and/or young children. This type of family rejection from an adult child toward a parent isn’t often explored, but I think it is worth reflection. They don’t stop being parents because of that rejection and a few of our posts will explore those topics.
- Rae, 48, is a Pansexual Trans Woman Living in Allegheny County
- He’s a cisgender polyamorous bisexual guy, but nobody asks
- Laura, 42, is a Bisexual Mom in Pittsburgh
- Tracey, 58, is a Queer Mother Parenting Nonbinary Children
- Morgan, 31, is a Black, Bisexual, Queer, Polyamorous Woman & Mother
- Bobbi Jo, 63, is a Transgender Lesbian in Indiana County
- Angie, 32: Out, Loud, and Proud Black Pansexual Mom
- Amy is Bi in Pittsburgh But Not Really Out
- Joel, 35, is Gay, a Trans Guy, Polyamorous, Christian, Parent, & Husband
- Krissy, 34, Talks About Step Parenting as a Bisexual Woman
- Angela is a Queer Mother & Intersectional Feminist
- Caiolin, 56, is Just Another Woman Who Happens To Be Trans
- James, 54, Is a Gay Pittsburgh Dad Living in Texas
- Laura, 44, is a Lesbian Mom in Fayette County
- Janet, 66, is Bisexual, Cisgender and Gender Nonconforming
- Caitlyn 51, Lives Her Authentic Self as a Trans Woman in Erie
- Jamie, 52, Celebrates the Queer Tribe Rising
- Jay, 33, Says Stories Are Part of Queer Liberation
- Cheryl, 42, Wants Us To See Everyone in the LGBTQ Community
- Eileen, 52, Reflects on the Awakening of Her LGBTQ Community
- Kim, 40, Mother, Pansexual and Mexican-American in Washington County
- Camellia, 30, is a Lesbian, Soon-to-be Wife, and Momma
- Wes, 44: Queer Trans Man, Parent Wants You To Know That He Exists
- Sara, 28, Single Mom, Agnostic Jew, and Queer in Ohio
- Jay, 54, Considers His Gay Identity Both Now and The
- For Jodi’s Kids, Having Two Mothers Is Just a Fact of Life
- Kim, 44, Say She Lost Her Job in Beaver County Because She’s a Lesbian
- Alissa, 34, is Just Another Girl in the Crowd in Lawrence County
- De, 49, is Concerned About LGBTQ Youth in Rural Western PA
- Viva Valezz is a Queer Burlesque Performer Parenting a Gender Fluid Child
- Heather Refuses to Marginalize Herself as a Bisexual Woman
- Dinah Denmark: Lesbian, Jewish, Buddhist
- Kathi Wants To Connect with LGBTQ Elders in Rural Communities
- Shaquanna Wants Families to Have Positive Conversations With LGBTQ Relatives
- Jeff Hopes the LGBTQ Community Will Embrace a Common Queer Identity
- Jess is a Lesbian Mother Who Wants More Family Friendly Resources
- Diane Discusses Being Belligerently Out in Pittsburgh
- Anonymous Grieves How Pittsburgh’s Gay and Lesbian Community Treats Bisexuals
- Maria Wants You To Know a Family Like Hers #AMPLIFY
- Lyndsey Identifies as a Queer Genderfluid Lipstuck Butch
- Alex is a Black Trans Man Who Doesn’t Apologize For His Existence
- David Talks About the State of Equality in Erie
- Bee Asks Where Single Parents Fit Into the LGBTQ Community
- Vic Lives Closeted in Westmoreland County
- Gary Has Lived in Northwest and Southwest PA As An Openly Gay Man
- Paula Speaks Out About Bi-Erasure and Bisexual Exclusion
- Joy KMT Values Intersectional Healing Spaces
- Gina Shares Her Truth With Those Who Deserve To Know
- Donna Met a Female Impersonator Who Made a Lasting Impression
- Joyce Believes Tolerance Is Not Acceptance
If you or someone you know is an LGBTQ identified person 18 or older with ties to Western Pennsylvania, please ask them to share their story with this archive. The form is here.
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