Celebrating International Lesbian Day 2019 with 64 Lesbians

So, this is an unusual day of observance. I get a little skittish around the concept because I am suspicious that TERF’s are behind most contemporary “all things lesbian” these days.  There’s also a Lesbian Visibility Day, Don’t get me wrong – more visibility is a good thing, but it is a truth universally understood that we must always emphasize that lesbians can be both cisgender and transgender women, as well as identify as non binary or gender fluid. We must emphasize that some folx who identify as lesbians have sex with men. We must emphasize that lesbian is an identity, not a prison with rigid walls that keep the men out and the real women in – nope, nope, nope.

I am not inspired to wax poetic about my lesbian identity today. I’m busy with household tasks, taking care of our foster kitten and resident cats, working on an unrelated blog post, driving my partner to and from her place of work – you know, being a lesbian.

So let me make way for 64 lesbians to share their perspective on their lives via the #AMPLIFY project. These Q&A’s stretch back to 2015. None were written with the intent to lift up this day of observance, but all provide insight into the complex nuances of lesbian identity.

If you would like to share your story with the #AMPLIFY Project, you’ll find the Q&A here (it takes about 20-30 minutes – your story is welcome if you identify as LGBTQ, 18+ and have ties to Western Pennsylvania.)

  1. bee Revisits 60+ Years of Her Feminist Lesbian Experiences in Pittsburgh 
  2. Madelyne, 19, Shares Her Story as a Lesbian Growing Up in Johnstown
  3. Helen, 32, is a Lesbian, Immigrant, Irish Comedian Living in Pittsburgh 
  4. Rene, 48, is a Lesbian from Mercer County who wants to belong 
  5. Maria Talks Lesbian Life in the North Hills of Pittsburgh 
  6. Jenna,19, is Proud of Her Lesbian Identity 
  7. Madi Scull, 20, Identifies as a Nonbinary, Asexual Lesbian 
  8. Kool Kase, 32, is a Black Lesbian at Peace With Herself
  9. Kelsey, 22, Talks Lesbian Life in Elk County 
  10. Bobbi Jo, 63, is a Transgender Lesbian in Indiana County
  11. Katie, 25, Identifies as Puerto Rican, White, Cis-Female and Lesbian
  12. Marcia, 58, is Cisgender, Lesbian & Slightly Gender Nonconforming
  13. Regina, 33, Finds Comfort in Lesbian Ambiguity
  14. Laura, 44, is a Lesbian Mom in Fayette County 
  15. Camellia, 30, is a Lesbian, Soon-to-be Wife, and Momma 
  16. Patricia, 41, Does Not Feel Safe as a Trans Woman in Her Urban Pgh Suburb
  17. Diane, 56, Is Asexual With Lesbian Leanings and a Writer
  18. Pixie, 26, is Androgynous, Non-binary, Genderqueer and Lesbian, But Identifies as Pixie
  19. Dani Janae, 23, Identifies as a Black Femme Lesbian Poet & Trauma Survivor
  20. Char, 62, is a “Very Late Bloomer” Lesbian in Cambria County
  21. Jill, 49, Wants Young LGBTQ People To Have a Safe Place to Go In Cambria County
  22. Kim, 44, Say She Lost Her Job in Beaver County Because She’s a Lesbian
  23. As a Lesbian, Shelly Values Her Ties to Rural Indiana County
  24. Gloria a Happy Black Lesbian
  25. Sara, 35, On Her Reality as a Lesbian in Western Pennsylvania 
  26. Dinah Denmark: Lesbian, Jewish, Buddhist
  27. Jess is a Lesbian Mother Who Wants More Family Friendly Resources
  28. Saintly Sinner is a Cisgender Lesbi Not So Flexible Black Biological Womyn
  29. Alexandria is a Lesbian Artist Trying To Get Her Bearings
  30. Shawna on Her Unique Experience as a Lesbian in Indiana County #AMPLIFY
  31. Jessi is a Trans Lesbian Who Asks Questions
  32. Jan Offers an Older Perspective on LGBTQ Pittsburgh
  33. Joyce Believes Tolerance Is Not Acceptance
  34. Rae, 48, is a Pansexual Trans Woman Living in Allegheny County
  35. Chrissy, 40, Wants LGBTQ Folks to Educate One Another With a Sense of Humor 
  36. Wendi, 31, Describes Being a Trans Ally in Her Workplace
  37. Emily, 40, Talks About LGBTQ Visibility, Intersectionality & Resiliency 
  38. Morgan, 21, Hasn’t Met Other Openly Gay Suburban Couples 
  39. Heidi, 28, Learned That It’s Okay To Be A LGBT Christian
  40. Delilah, 31, Finds Trans Community on Twitter
  41. Sara, 28, Single Mom, Agnostic Jew, and Queer in Ohio
  42. Lisa Believes Being Out and Honest is ‘Like Flying’
  43. Alissa, 34, is Just Another Girl in the Crowd in Lawrence County
  44. Viva Valezz is a Queer Burlesque Performer Parenting a Gender Fluid Child
  45. Kathi Wants To Connect with LGBTQ Elders in Rural Communities
  46. Jaime From The ReelQ Film Festival Says Yep I’m Gay
  47. Taylor Wants More LGBTQ Resources and Community Unity
  48. Jessi is a Trans Lesbian Who Asks Questions
  49. Amber Has Always Been Proud of Being OUT
  50. Vic Lives Closeted in Westmoreland County
  51. KK Compares Small Town Michigan to Pittsburgh
  52. For Jodi’s Kids, Having Two Mothers Is Just a Fact of Life
  53. Cindy Has Been Fundraising for the GLCC for 14 Years
  54. Skip Believes The Act of Coming Out Is a Continuous Process
  55. Shell is Proud of the Positive Impact of Pittsburgh Black Pride
  56. Anastasia, 55, is a Woman Who Identifies as a White Trans Lesbian in Pittsburgh
  57. Deb, 60, is a Lesbian Who Wants to Preserve Western PA Gay History
  58. Jessica, 38, is a Cis Lesbian Who Came Out Later in Life
  59. Laura, 56, is a Lesbian Who Wants to Shine a Spotlight on LGBTQ History, Issues
  60. Anonymous, 46, is a Lesbian Who Chooses Not to Be Involved in the Pittsburgh LGBTQ Community
  61. Bob, 24, is an autistic butch non binary lesbian. This is their story.
  62. Bee Asks Where Single Parents Fit Into the LGBTQ Community
  63. Kayden Wants to Be Safe Holding Her Partner’s Hand in Pittsburgh
  64. Carmen is a Queer Black Womyn From Pittsburgh



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