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 […]

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 […]

How much are you willing to pay to hear Ed Pinto’s life story? #AMPLIFY Wrapping Up

Ed Pinto Pittsburgh

This little fundraiser was an experiment. There are many, many folks in our community who value the #AMPLIFY project, but for all sorts of reasons – they won’t make time to sit down and type our their responses. Ed Pinto is one of those people. I’m not going to analyze his emotional reaction to the […]

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 […]

Jessica, 38, is a Cis Lesbian Who Came Out Later in Life #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Cisgender Lesbian

I was very comforted by seeing stories of women like me. Those who came out later in their lives, those who had families and marriages. If my story can help even one person to feel seen, then I’m grateful to have participated. Name: Jessica Age: 38 County of Residence:  Allegheny County, formerly Lancaster County, Dauphin County Pronouns: […]

Priya, 24, Identifies as an Aromantic, Asexual Indian American College Student #AMPLIFY

  Name: Priya Age: 24 County of Residence: Allegheny Pronouns: She/her How do you describe your identity? Aromantic asexual Indian American Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out through a video on facebook to friends. It was generally positive, although some of my female friends asked very intrusive […]

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, […]

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.

Ed Pinto, Phat Man Dee Drop Bubble Bath Video This Weekend with Rubber Duckie Cameo

Ed Pinto Pittsburgh

Ed Pinto has upped his investment in the “How much would you pay to hear Ed Pinto’s life story?” fundraiser for #AMPLIFY with this video that dropped over the weekend. Quick Recap – Ed is offering up chronicling his life story for the AMPLIFY archive as a fun fundraiser. We are trying to raise $2,000 […]

How much would you pay to hear Ed Pinto’s queer life story? #AMPLIFY

Ed Pinto Pittsburgh

This is Ed Pinto aka Eduardo Pienta aka Eddie the Jagoff. I met Ed in January 2017 at a fundraiser organized by Viva Valezz to support the ACLU. His body was covered in ink, the ‘script’ of a performance spoken word piece. I was impressed that he could do a backbend and had very pretty […]