22-Year-Old Black Trans Woman Tracy Single Was Murdered in Houston #SayHerName

Tracy Single Transgender Woman

August has been a cruel month. From Monica Roberts at Transgriot comes word that Tracy Single, a 22-year-old Black trans woman, is the 16th official transgender person*** to be murdered in the US during 2019.  While her body was discovered on July 30, it wasn’t until August 11 that local activists were able to confirm […]

Anonymous, 46, is a Lesbian Who Chooses Not to Be Involved in the Pittsburgh LGBTQ Community #AMPLIFY

Allegheny County LGBTQ

I’m actually not that involved, mainly because I’m not outgoing and haven’t inquired or explored the Pittsburgh area.   Name: Anonymous Age: 46 County of Residence: Allegheny County Pronouns: she, her How do you describe your identity? Lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out at […]

Q&A: Maia Sharp Talks About Being an Out Musician, Her Work with Bill Deasy, & What She Loves About Pittsburgh

Maia Sharp

Roscoe & Etta will perform at Club Cafe on South Side, Saturday August 17.  7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM) The show is 21+ and tickets are $13.00. Maia Sharp came out at age 23 in 1994 and has been making herstory ever since. She’s recorded seven albums and had all sorts of interesting collaborations in […]

Updated: Keyiariah Quick, 25, Might Be the 15th Black Trans Woman Murdered in 2019

Keyiariah Quick

UPDATE: Out.com has an article with more information about the circumstances around Keyiariah’s death. Most important is the dispute of claims she was murdered. I’ll continue to follow the reporting and hope that the truth comes to light. While Wilson claims a man Quick was casually seeing forced her to ingest an unknown substance which […]

Lisa Moondrop, 33, Has a Voice as a Bisexual Person in Western Pennsylvania #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Bisexual Woman

The biggest challenge I faced was coming out to myself. I was very surprised, scared, and ashamed of my attraction to females at first. I didn’t know how to respond to my emotions and was scared others wouldn’t know how to respond to my sexuality. Name: Lisa Moondrop Age: 33 County of Residence: Allegheny formerly Westmoreland Pronouns: She/her/hers and […]

Q&A with Michele Harris, a bisexual poet from Western PA about her newest book and her decision to change venues in response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a coffeehouse owner

Michele Harris Poet

A local, queer female-owned bookstore Rickert & Beagle is hosting an upcoming reading on August 16 featuring Western PA native poet, Michele Harris. Harris was originally scheduled to read at Biddle’s Escape in Regent Square, but after learning about allegations of sexual misconduct by the owner, she cancelled in solidarity with the survivors. Rickert & […]

Pebbles LaDime Doe is the 14th Trans Woman Murdered in the US During 2019 UPDATED

Pebbles LaDime Doe

Pebbles LaDime ‘Dime” Doe was 24 years old. She was born in 1994 and raised in Allendale, South Carolina. On August 4, she was murdered in her hometown less than 100 miles from the place where Denali Stuckey, another Black trans woman, was killed in late July. Details are sketchy right now and the limited […]

Kiki Fantroy, 21, of Miami is the 13th Trans Woman Murdered in the US This Year

Kiki Fantroy was 21 years old, living in Miami-Dade, a lifelong resident of Florida. Around 4 AM on Wednesday, July 31, Kiki and some friends were returning home after attending a party. According to Planet Transgender, Kiki’s mother described the circumstances of her murder: [T]hey were approached by a group of men seeking sex. Her […]

Laura, 56, is a Lesbian Who Wants to Shine a Spotlight on LGBTQ History, Issues #AMPLIFY

Lesbian Mercer County

Name: Laura Age: 56 Pronouns: She/her County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Mercer County and Centre County. How do you describe your identity? Lesbian/gay Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? A friend at college suggested that I might be gay when she noticed I wasn’t “scoping out” the […]

The @PghCurrent Column Where I Call for Pittsburgh To Abolish the Mayor’s LGBTQIA Advisory Group

Delta Foundation Pittsburgh

My latest for the Pittsburgh Current – City Should Dissolve LGBTQIA Advisory Panel It is time for Pittsburgh to establish an Office of LGBTQ Affairs with a dedicated paid staff. This Office will be a resource for all City Departments and Programs, City Council and the City Commissions, Boards, and Authorities. In addition, a LGBTQ […]