Lissa, 28, Identifies as Genderfluid, Grey Ace, and Poly #AMPLIFY

What motivated you to take part in this project? Maybe my answers will help someone else. I didn’t have anyone to say these things to me and I wish I had.

Kool Kase, 32, is a Black Lesbian at Peace With Herself #AMPLIFY

  Name: Kool Kase Age: 32 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Butler County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Female, lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My challenges came from those same people I looked at for support. I was always an outgoing person and not one […]

Sam, 28, is a Genderqueer Artist in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

the moon baby

  Name: Sam Age: 28 County of Residence:  Allegheny County, formerly Butler and Mercer counties, and a year away in Saint Augustine, Florida Pronouns: inconsistent How do you describe your identity? I am a genderqueer artist Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I did not come out until I was […]

Jennifer is 40, Bisexual, and a Fan of Sara Lance #AMPLIFY

  Name: Jennifer Lynn Age: 40 County of Residence: Allegheny County. Went to college in Greene County and lived in Montgomery County, MD for a few years. Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? bisexual Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was lucky enough to receive support from my […]

Reece, 31, Grew up in Southern Virginia, but Found LGBTQ Connections in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Name: Reece Age:  31 County of Residence:  Allegheny, formerly Butler County.  Lived prior to that in Southern Virginia. Pronouns: he/him/his How do you describe your identity? Mostly gay. Most of my life I identified as bisexual. A lot of guys come out as bisexual to “soften the blow” for when they later come out as gay. That […]

Tara, 24, is a Femme, Queer Human #AMPLIFY

Name:  Tara Foran Age: 24 County of Residence: Philadelphia, formerly Allegheny County Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Femme queer.  Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out when I was 17. At the time, I was witnessing a shift in the way the people around me […]

Michael, 50, is a Gay Man Who Lives Without Shame #AMPLIFY

The #AMPLIFY project needs your support to continue growing this archive. Please consider sharing your story today and/or making a donation to the project. Thank you.  Name: Michael Buzzelli Age:  50 County of Residence:  Allegheny, previously Los Angeles  Pronouns: He How do you describe your identity? Gay male Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? […]

Dan, 36, is a Bisexual Man in Pittsburgh Who Wants to Build a Better World #AMPLIFY

Bisexual Man Pittsburgh

Name: Dan Burda Age: 36 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: Mr. How do you describe your identity? bisexual 35% Women 65% Men Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was 22 years old living in Los Angeles. It was there that I discovered gay men were not what is typically […]

Ben, 30, Wants All Gay White Men to Learn To Take a Step Back #AMPLIFY

  Name: Ben Age: 30 County of Residence: Allegheny, formerly Cambria (Johnstown) Pronouns: he/him How do you describe your identity? gay man Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Well in high school I found myself attracted to other guys in school over any girls, but I didn’t think much of […]

Rachel, 24, Asks Where Are Our Out, Queer Women Role Models in Pittsburgh? #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Queer Woman

Name:  Rachel Age: 24 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Gender identity: cis female, sexual orientation: queer, race: white. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  I sort of subconsciously knew I was queer from a young age. I remember being enamored with a […]