As someone who does not get clocked as LGBT, i hear a lot of very negative talk at work, from people who are very anti lgbt and unaware that I’m part of the community
County of Residence: Allegheny, previously Armstrong, Indiana, Cambria
How do you describe your identity? Cis white queer female
Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Lack of support from family, had an easy time finding supportive friends. Still not out at work.
How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? Only out in safe spaces
Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? My friends in middle school, introduced me to an open community.
Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character or creator in television, film or literature? Please tell us why. Ellen. She definitely showed my family’s discomfort and was the first person i realized that it was not going to be accepted within the household.
How do you stay informed about LGBTQ issues? Online mostly
Describe your geographical community. More friendly than previous counties i have lived in
Describe your local or regional LGBTQ community. More lgbt within the city.
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Have you ever experienced discrimination based on your identity? Specifically, in a job setting, when applying for housing or while in public. As someone who does not get clocked as LGBT, i hear a lot of very negative talk at work, from people who are very anti lgbt and unaware that I’m part of the community
Have you experienced microagressions based on your identity? Think everyday indignities & slights that you experience, but would not characterize as discrimination. Please describe in your own words. None more than previously identified
Tell us about your access to health care in Western PA. Has it been LGBTQ competent (or not?) Yes, i have very little problems because of my presentation
Are there issues impacting your LGBTQ neighbors that aren’t visible or part of the local dialogue? Acceptance within schools
What would you like to see elected officials do to improve life for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians? More lgbt rights for school and employment
Please share a lived experience, anecdote or fact about life as an LGBTQ person in your community. People can be very closed minded in stating negative thoughts about being around queer women, not knowing they are around a queer woman, and then ask me why i am not open about my personal life at work.
Beyond discrimination, what other barriers create challenges for your LGBTQ neighbors? Dating, healthy places to meet up, other than clubs
What LGBTQ friendly resources are available for your neighbors? Clubs, doctors offices, and counselors, that are lgbt friendly
What is your greatest fear for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? Being out to unaccepting people
What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? That we will continue to grow and move forward
What pieces of local or regional LGBTQ history would you like to preserve and why? N/a
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What can allies do to support your LGBTQ community? At the very basic level, stop or correct negative talk when you hear it
How can gay men and lesbians support the bisexual, transgender and queer members of our community? Understand that being a minority needs to be a group effort and shouldn’t isolate people
What motivated you to take part in this project? Helping people within the community achieve goals
Finally, what question should I have asked? Please also share your answer. N/a
Thank you, QT.
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