Back to School Q&A with Trans Activist Daniel, 16, of Lakeview School District

We’ve blogged earlier in the year about the decision of Lakeview School District in Mercer County to expand their nondiscrimination policies to explicitly address needs of transgender students. This was a rule change to better comply with existing policy, not a new policy altogether. When the School Board met in May, one student – Daniel […]

Review and Q&A with Motive Salon on #NorthsidePgh

While I was recovering from my hysterectomy, I had to find a new hair stylist. So I turned to Facebook and asked for a referral to a stylist who was queer friendly and used organic, cruelty free products. That spawned a huge discussion. Some people thought gay friendly was the same as queer friendly (it […]

Kyle, 22, is a Bisexual, Vegetarian from Crawford County #AMPLIFY

crawford county bisexual

  Name:  Kyle Age:  22 County of Residence: Born and raised in Crawford County in Conneaut Lake and Linesville PA, near the Ohio border. Went to Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. Have since become familiar with much of PA Pronouns: He / him / his or Zee / Zem / zer How do you describe your identity? Caucasian, […]

Jess, 22, is a Poly, Bisexual Woman in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Allegheny County LGBTQ

Name:  Jess Age:  22 County of Residence:  Allegheny County, Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? cis polyamorous bisexual/queer woman Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out at 18 to most people, and overall my friends and family were very supportive. I was very thankful […]

He’s a cisgender polyamorous bisexual guy, but nobody asks #AMPLIFY

Allegheny County LGBTQ

Name:  Just another lawyer Age:  38 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: He/His How do you describe your identity? I generally don’t. It’s the advantage to presenting the way I do: I don’t have to describe anything. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  To a large degree, I never have. See […]

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 […]

What Was It Like To Organize a LGBT Film Festival in Pgh During the 1980s?

We are proud to be the social media sponsor of the 32nd ReelQ LGBTQ Film Festival which starts this Friday, October 13 at the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. To honor this cultural history, we interviewed two of the board members from early days. David Doorley was involved from 1987 onward. Laura Annibalini as involved […]

Founders of True T Entertainment Talk LGBTQIA People of Color, Pittsburgh, and Legacies

True T Entertainment

True T Entertainment  celebrates Queer People of Color through Creative Art, Entertainment, Resource Sharing, and Activism. To honor the work of this organization & acknowledge their contributions to LGBT History, we interviewed co-founders Naheen Cavallleri and John Easter.  You can also check out Naheen’s AMPLIFY Q&A. October is LGBT History Month. I’ve asked several people […]

Helen, 51, Came Out as Bisexual in the Army National Guard #AMPLIFY

Bisexual Pittsburgh

Your Name: Helen Franziska Gerhardt Your Age: 51 Your Pronouns: She, her, Your County of Residence:  Allegheny How do you describe your identity? Bisexual Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? I was about eight years old when I met the woman from whom I received my middle name, Franziska […]

An Open LGBTQ Pride Letter to @SenCasey UPDATED

Senator Casey LGBTQ

Senator Bob Casey has been working hard to move left and seize the post-electoral mantle of a progressive leader in Pennsylvania. And we absolutely need him to continue his aggressive leadership on choice, healthcare, immigration and more. So it was quite jarring to come across this the other day. It is a photo from the […]