Ehrrin, 45, identifies as a white cis fat queer femme dyke in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Queer Femme Pittsburgh

  “I WANT to be seen as queer, as it is a foundational part of my identity.” Name: Ehrrin Age: 45 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity?  I am a white cis fat queer femme dyke. I grew up rural and working class, and alllmost southern. I hail from southern West Virginia which […]

Winter, 18, Identifies as a Genderquestioning Bisexual Person #AMPLIFY

Name: Winter Age:  18 County of Residence:  Allegheny Pronouns: She/her How do you describe your identity? I am a genderquestioning bisexual. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I’m not fully out. I only came out two years ago to my friends and a few family members. My mom, stepdad, […]

Angela is a Queer Mother & Intersectional Feminist #AMPLIFY

Name: Angela Age: 28 County of Residence: Allegheny,  formerly Berks, Montgomery, Bucks in PA. Also lived in Rome, Italy, and the SF Bay Area of California Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? I am a white cis woman. I am disabled by our society that allows people (mostly who are feminine) to remain chronically ill. I am […]

Cheryl, 42, Wants Us To See Everyone in the LGBTQ Community #AMPLIFY

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Name: Cheryl Age:  42 County of Residence: Allegheny, Blair Preferred Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? I am two spirited. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out in college. My friends were supportive but it was a Catholic college and there weren’t any out staff. I […]

Joe Was Dragged Out of The Closet As A Young Man #AMPLIFY

Name: Joe Age: 36 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: He How do you describe your identity? Gay male.  Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? Everyone has a different story but for me, I was sort of dragged out of the closet as a young man. I think people […]

Taylor Wants More LGBTQ Resources and Community Unity #AMPLIFY

Allegheny County Lesbian

Name: Taylor Age: 27 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Queen(she) 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 coming out was hard, I just came out and said I like girls, everyone was quiet for a while, then they started to ask questions. I […]

Five Year Anniversary of a Public Hearing Should Generate More Activism in Pennsylvania

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Tell us about a time when everything actually turned out exactly as you’d hoped. Five years ago today, Allegheny County Council held a public hearing on a non-discrimination ordinance which included sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. You can read 78 pages of public testimony here. Some of it is brilliant, some of it […]