Marcia, 58, is Cisgender, Lesbian & Slightly Gender Nonconforming #AMPLIFY

Name: Marcia Age: 58 County of Residence: Allegheny, Pronouns: she, her How do you describe your identity? Cisgender, lesbian, slightly gender nonconfroming Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My coming out was extremely difficult due to my strong religious upbringing which to this day has created barriers between me and my […]

Seth, 21, Came Out as Bi and Trans Via Power Point #AMPLIFY

Name: Seth Giovanni DiMartile Age: 21 County of Residence:  Allegheny, formerly Philadelphia and Mays Landing, New Jersey Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? Oh, Lord. I’m bi, but queer and gay are also acceptable, my gender isn’t quite binary; trans, trans boy, transmasculine, boy, guy, and male are all acceptable, I don’t really like the terms […]

#AMPLIFY Honors The Trans Day of Visibility #TDOV

Today, March 31, is the International Transgender Day of Visbility which celebrates the lives of transgender neighbors while also raising awareness of discrimination. It was established in 2009 to focus on the celebration of our wonderful and amazing trans neighbors and friends. Earlier this month, we organized a fundraiser to support the local #TDOV vigil […]

Krissy, 34, Talks About Step Parenting as a Bisexual Woman #AMPLIFY

Name:  Krissy Age:  34 County of Residence:  Crawford County.  Formerly, Erie County, Lawrence County, Warren County, and Clarion County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? I consider myself bi-sexual, but I don’t think I will ever be in a relationship with a man again. My relationship “works” so much better now. Please describe your coming out […]

38 Year Old Black Trans Woman Alphonza Watson is 8th TWOC Murdered in 2017

Alphonza Watson was 38 years old. She lived in Baltimore and this week, she became the 8th known trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2017. Police found her about 4:15 a.m. and took her to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died shortly thereafter.  Witnesses said they heard someone yelling for help, then heard […]

Rev Leonard, 37, is a Black same-gender loving freedom fighter #AMPLIFY

Reverend Shanea Leonard

We are very pleased to have the contribution of Reverend Leonard as AMPLIFY post number 200. Name: Rev Leonard Age: 37 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Philadelphia County Pronouns: she, her, hers How do you describe your identity? I am a Black same-gender loving freedom fighter, I am a person of faith. I am a lover. I am […]

Wendi, 31, Describes Being a Trans Ally in Her Workplace #AMPLIFY

Name: Wendi Age: 31 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Erie Pronouns: Mrs, Her How do you describe your identity? Ummm. I am a lesbian woman. I am white Italian. Wink* Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I officially came out at 16 to my parents after my dad had seen […]

Chica Discusses Her Bisexuality to Show Solidarity #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Bisexual Woman

What motivated you to take part in this project? Looking up Bisexuality support groups in Pittsburgh because I have some things I’d like to talk and share and get advice about. But not finding anything. Something led me to this online. Thank you for listening!

Brandon, 23, Identifies as a Pansexual Genderqueer Male #AMPLIFY

pansexual genderqueer Pittsburgh

Please share a lived experience, anecdote or fact about life as an LGBTQ person in your community. One of my customers at work had recently come out as trans. She hasn’t said anything to me but I saw her dressed in female clothes and was carrying herself different. The second time I saw her I asked what prownouns she preferred and if she had a different preferred name. And she just seemed to be so happy that I had taken the time to ask and respect her as a female.

I’m Honoring #DayWithoutAWoman by Fundraising for a Pittsburgh Vigil to Honor Trans Women of Color

I wasn’t sure exactly how to honor this day. I work from home and don’t have plans to really shop or spend money of any sort this day. As a two women household, abstaning from household or caretaking labor is not possible because there is no one who is not woman-identified to pick up (or […]