Deb, 60, is a Lesbian Who Wants to Preserve Western PA Gay History #AMPLIFY

Queer lesbian Elder

  Name: Deb Age: 60 County of Residence: I live in California now, but was born in Allegheny Co and raised in Clearfield County and went to college in Butler County Pronouns: her How do you describe your identity? Queer, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was home […]

Zoe Spears, 23, is the 10th Black Trans Woman Murdered in the US in 2019

Zoe Spears Transgender

The heartache of her friends and loved ones was raging throughout Facebook today. The news that 23-year-old Zoe Spears had been found by police responding to a welfare check just before midnight on Thursday, June 13 in the Fairmount Heights section of Prince George’s County, Maryland, close to the D.C. line. Zoe had sustained multiple […]

Here’s What To Do After the Pridefest in Pittsburgh

Stonewall 50th Anniversary Pittsburgh

Pride weekend has ended in Pittsburgh, but the celebration continues all month long …  Here’s our original list of ways to honor the legacy of Stonewall with upcoming activities this month … AND WE ADDED EVENTS This is not in any particular order. It is not a ranking of events, just a listing. Read away. […]

Everything You Need to Know About Pride and Pridefest in Pittsburgh

Persad People's Pride Pittsburgh

I wrote this post listing over 50 regional events tied to Stonewall and Pride.  Please feel free to make suggestions for us to add to this – leave a comment on this post. Here is the link to People’s Pride. The #AMPLIFY Project is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor. I hope to see you […]

Chanel Scurlock, 23, is the 8th Black Trans Woman Murdered in 2019

Her name was Chanel Scurlock. She was 23 years-old. And this week she became the 8th Black transwoman to be murdered in 2019. Her body was discovered on Wednesday, June 5, outside Lumberton, North Carolina. Local law enforcement and media are dead naming and misgendering Chanel, resulting in ongoing challenges collecting the facts and finding […]

Paris Cameron, 20, was the 6th Black Trans Woman Murdered in the US in 2019

Paris Cameron

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I read about the death of a Black trans woman in a triple homicide in Detroit. From The Advocate: “Officers responded to a call at 5 a.m. in the 3400 block of Devonshire where an unknown gunman shot a 21-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The two […]

I Miss When It Felt Good to Be at Persad

Persad Center Delta Foundation Pridefest

I went in for my weekly therapy session today. It is Pride week! I didn’t expect banners or balloons, but I guess I expected some energy and vibes? Instead, it just felt the same as it has for months – a sad place with anxious folks (staff) dealing with a world that does not appreciate, […]

Black Trans Woman Chynal Lindsey, 26, Slain in Dallas on First Day of Pride Month 2019

Chynal Lindsey Transgender

  Pride month begins with the tragic news of the discovery of the body of 26 year-old Chynal Lindsey in a Dallas lake. “Dallas police say a black, transgender woman whose body was pulled from White Rock Lake Saturday died of obvious homicidal violence.White Dallas police said a passerby called them at about 5:45 p.m. […]

“Can you take a 13-year-old Caucasian boy?” Guest Blog Post for #LGBTQFamiliesDay

Lesbian Foster Family

This is a guest post written by a friend who is a foster parent. Her son has given permission to share pieces of his story to signal boost the vital role of LGBTQ foster families. This is part of our contributions to the #LGBTQFamiliesDay project. Content Note: Abuse, Trauma, Homophobia, Family Rejection “Can you take […]

We #AMPLIFY Stories from 50+ LGBTQ Parents in Western Pennsylvania on #LGBTQFamiliesDay

Welcome to another year of LGBTQ Families Day, a ‘day of blogging (and more)’ about LGBTQ families, sponsored by the blog Mombian and the Family Equality Council. 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 […]