Derek On Life As a Gay Man With Asperger’s Syndrome #AMPLIFY

Name: Derek Age: 23 County of Residence: Butler Preferred Pronouns: He How do you describe your identity? I am a single, 23-year-old gay man who happens to be gay and who also happens to live with Asperger’s Syndrome. No matter what people say, I try not to let their perceptions define me as a person. Please describe your coming out […]

Walter Wants Western PA To Be More Vibrant, Tolerant and Diverse #AMPLIFY

Name: Walter Meyer Age: 52 County of Residence: I was born and raised in Allegheny County and spent time in Centre County while I was at Penn State, and then a year in Somerset County. Since then it has been Los Angeles and San Diego Counties in California. Preferred Pronouns: he, his, him How do you describe your identity? I […]

Jeff Hopes LGBTQ Community Will Embrace Common Queer Identity #AMPLIFY

Gay Pittsburgh

Name: Jeff Age:  66 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: he, him, his How do you describe your identity? I am a gay man. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? It took me many years to come out. I was 49 when I finally was able to be honest […]

Melvin, 30 Year Old Gay Black Man Murdered in Detroit

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  Very sad news coming out of Detroit, Michigan – the tragic murder of a third queer person in 2015. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the homicide of Melvin, a 30-year-old black gay identified male shot to death on Monday, October 5, in Detroit, Michigan. According to media reports, a […]

Scott Describes Life As a Middle-Aged Gay Bear in Rural Armstrong County

Gay Armstrong County

Name:  Scott Age: 48 County of Residence: Armstrong Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His How do you describe your identity? A gay man Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My mother found a photo of me kissing a guy while snooping in my room. My parents response was that they can’t control what […]

Alexandria is a Lesbian Artist Trying To Get Her Bearings #AMPLIFY

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Name: Alexandria Age: 48 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Female How do you describe your identity? I’m a compassionate person who is a white, female, lesbian artist. How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? All the way out Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on […]

Erik Is a Cis White Working-Class Queer from Clearfield County

Allegheny Clearfield Gay

  Name: Erik Age: 45 County of Residence: Allegheny. I grew up in Clearfield County, and attended college in Crawford County. Preferred Pronouns: he/him How do you describe your identity? This is evolving – in the sense that years ago, I wouldn’t have attached “cis,” not knowing what that meant – but I’m comfortable identifying as a cis white working-class […]

Maria Wants You To Know a Family Like Hers #AMPLIFY

Gay Allegheny County

Name: Maria Pompura Age: 47 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She How do you describe your identity? Not fond of the word Lesbian. My wife and I identify as Gay. I am White. My family consists of my wife, 2 step daughters 32 and 27 and 2 adopted sons age 7 and 5. Please describe your coming out experience. […]

PJ Identifies as a Cis White Gay Man With a Twist of Genderqueer

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The experiences of ex-pats who left Western Pennsylvania for some reason sheds valuable light on these questions around the regional LGBTQ experience. PJ is a friend who now lives in Chicago, but was here long enough to have some powerful formative experiences. Name: PJ Age:  46 County of Residence: Now in Chicago, but grew up in Westmoreland, […]

DJ Scott Is a Gay Black Man Full of Positive Vibes #AMPLIFY

Gay Black Pittsburgh

Read the entire AMPLIFY LGBTQ Q&A archive. 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 minimize editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to […]