a. drift arguello, 41, identifies as an autistic, queer, apache mexican,artist #AMPLIFY

Autistic, queer, apache mexican,artist

 I feel cultivating a no apology energy field has gotten me far, never being hesitant to educate by example and with a fist full of words. It’s survival out here and being a soldier is a power. Name: a. drift arguello Age: 41 County of Residence: Allegheny County Pronouns: She/her How do you describe your identity? Autistic, queer, […]

Q&A with Ona Louise About Drag Queen Story Hour

Ona Louise Drag Queen Story Hour

At the end of June, several local Drag Queen Story Hour events were scheduled to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Two events were cancelled by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Children’s Museum in response to non-specific online threats. Four events continued as planned – readings at the White Whale and Classic Lines […]

Chris, 22, is a Gay Man Who is Out, Proud, and Never Looking Back #AMPLIFY

Gay White Man Pittsburgh

Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life?

I was scared of him. I was only ten so I believed the lies I’d heard of the LGBTQ community. As I grew, that fear turned into pride and a desire to never hide myself away again. He lost almost everybody when he came out, and I want to be part of the generation that ensures that never happens to anybody ever again. I suppose it’s also my way to apologize to him, since I can’t do it in person.

MazeToons Honors Stonewall Riots Anniversary with Reference to Tree Sequoia

Tree Sequoia

From Joe Wos, long-time ally and supporter at MazeToons Today’s MazeToons I was faced with a problem. How to pay tribute to the Stonewall riot without appearing glib. So I went with a very subtle tribute to someone who has been there since the start! The bartender who was there then and is still now- […]

Brooklyn Lindsey of Kansas City is the 11th Black Trans Woman Murdered in the US during 2019

Brooklyn Lindsey Kansas City

  The 11th trans woman to be murdered in 2019 is 32-year-old Brooklyn Lindsey of Kansas City. Police found her body about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 600 block of Spruce Avenue. She had obvious signs of trauma to her face, but the cause of death had not been determined, police said. […]

City of Pittsburgh Honors 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

  I was unable to attend this press conference, but I have been talking with Councilperson Strassburger’s team about the proposed legislation – I had no idea these gaps existed. Kudos to them for filling that gap. We’ll have more on that later. Note that Councilperson Strasssburger is wearing a ‘Yinz is a Gender Neutral […]

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 […]