Rachel, 30, is in the Process of Coming Out as Bisexual #AMPLIFY

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Name: Rachel Age:  30 County of Residence:  Bucks, formerly Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  she/her How do you describe your identity? Bisexual – sort of becoming comfortable with the term queer also. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I’m still in the process. For reasons I don’t remember, it was […]

Sueno, 33, Adds Her Particular Color of the Rainbow to the #AMPLIFY Narrative

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  Name: Sueño Age: 33 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She How do you describe your identity? Queer poc. I feel it encompasses the whole range of the “rainbow”, and doesn’t pin me into box. I used to identify as a lesbian, then felt like I had forsaken my whole identity when I developed real feelings for a […]

Naheen, 29, Is a Gay Black Male Who Feels Confident in Himself #AMPLIFY

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Name: Naheen Age: 29 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: He, him How do you describe your identity? I am a gay black male Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was forced to come out after my mother allegedly accidentally was going through my voicemails on my old cricket phone […]

The Questions We Should Be Asking About The Delta Foundation

A few weeks ago, the City Paper contacted me about a planned story following up on the Delta Foundation and Pridefest. I offered a few suggestions on whom to contact and asked if they would be including the context of the latest derring-do of the Delta Foundation. Namely, that would be the ruling in civil […]

Cat is Queer, Genderfluid, and Fully Out #AMPLIFY

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Name: Cat Conley Age:  27 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? I identify as queer/genderfluid. There are days when I hate any reinforcement of my femininity, and other days when I revel in it. I haven’t figured out a solution yet beyond scowling when someone uses words like “dainty” to describe me. […]

Three Rivers Community Foundation – An Open Letter to Delta Foundation

June 2, 2015   Gary Van Horn Delta Foundation   Dear Mr. Van Horn,   Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) advances social change through grant making, advocacy and capacity development for grassroots agencies and other organizations. TRCF embraces Change not charity™ by empowering grantee organizations to ensure social, economic and environmental justice in Southwestern Pennsylvania. […]

Help Replace the Laptop of the GLAAD LGBTQ Outstanding Blog for 2019 #GLAADAwards

GLAAD Outstanding Blog Award

  Soooo … this is a tale of irony and frustration. In early May, I had the honor being named Outstanding Blog through the GLAAD Awards. It was so great to have the hard work of 14 years plus dozens of contributing bloggers and AMPLIFYers acknwoledge on a national platform. We decided to celebrate by […]

Ten Alternative Gifts to Celebrate Easter & Spring & More

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We are honoring Passover and Easter this week along with the first real lasting bout of spring weather. This means lots of sniffles, but also buying stuff for gifts – candy, toys, etc. I don’t want to take away your joy at gnawing on that giant chocolate ear, but there are some other ways you […]

Local LGBTQ Links We Are Reading – April 30, 2018

This semi-regular feature compiles some links from around the region on LGBTQ themes. It is important to read the information and to pay attention to what your local media is sharing around LGBTQ topics. Best of all, consider submitting your own letter to the editor to your local outlet. Create the content. Here we go … Diana […]