AMPLIFY! Joy KMT Values Intersectional Healing Spaces for LGBTQIA Communities

Joy KMT

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell us what we’ve missed […]

Joy KMT Speech at 2014 Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March

Joy KMT

(Published with permission from Joy KMT a featured speaker at the Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March. This may not be reprinted in any form without the explicit permission of Joy KMT.) Yesterday when I was coming back to Pittsburgh I cried. My girl asked me what was wrong, I said I didn’t want to be here. […]

Flipping the Script: a New Twist on Our Q&A

AMPLIFY LGBTQ

For the past 13+ years, I’ve been creating Q&A’s for a range of people – actors, writers, performers, politicians, allies, culminating in the 2015 launch of the #AMPLIFY Q&A archive of LGBTQ stories from Western Pennsylvania. As we near #AMPLIFY 300, I thought it would be a good opportunity to ‘flip the script’ and put myself on […]

Fight White Supremacy; Google ‘Dennis Mowrey’

Do you remember in July 2015 when a local gay white cis man was harassing two of the Roots Pride organizers (a Black woman, Joy KMT, and a Black trans man, Michael David Battle) with fake profiles, nasty comments, etc? Joy was direct with identifying and calling out this man’s very bad behavior. She and […]

Five Black Creators, Educators & Community Builders to Invest Your $$ With to Honor #BlackHistoryMonth

Black History Month Pittsburgh

I see you sharing lots of (awesome) content in honor and recognition of Black History Month. I see you liking the content I’m sharing. And I admittedly am trying each day to find fresh content to signal boost on my social media channels. But this is not enough. We have to do real anti-racism work […]

13 Influencers on This Blog From the Past 13 Years

As I wrap up 13 years of blogging and head into year 14, I think it is a good time to thank some of the amazing folks who have helped me and this blog flourish. This is not in any particular order or ranking. Nina Gibbs, Jason Sauer and Most Wanted Fine Art – in […]

279 #AMPLIFY Q&A’s from your LGBTQ neighbors in Western Pennsylvania – How Many Have You Read?

We have published 279 Q&A’s to date. Western Pennsylvania has about 4 million residents and about 210,000 LGBTQ residents. How many have you read? And have you shared your story using our online Q&A? Below is a reverse chronological list of the AMPLIFY Q&A’s Maria Talks Lesbian Life in the North Hills of Pittsburgh  Suzanne, […]

50 LGBTQ Parents #AMPLIFY Their Experiences for #LGBTQFamiliesDay 2018

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 […]

WARNING! Pittsburgh Magazine is Dangerous to your Queer Health

Pittsburgh Pridefest

A guest post from longtime LGBTQ activist and former Pride committee member, Billy Hileman, in response to a newly published long form piece in Pittsburgh Magazine about the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. Note that I was quoted in the magazine article and am cited in Billy’s post. He originally wrote this as a Facebook status […]

Nominate Your Pgh Favs for 2018 City Paper ‘Best of Pittsburgh’

The City Paper has changed the schedule for their annual ‘Best of Pittsburgh’ reader awards. Nominations are open now through April 29, 2018.  Nominate by clicking here As a previous winner (2016), I can say how great it is to win. I can also say that it is both boring and distracting for the same […]