Fifteen Questions You’ve Been Asking About the #AMPLIFY Project

This is a reminder on how you can add your story to the #AMPLIFY project.  Who Can Contribute a Story?  We are looking for LGBTQ identified folks, 18 and above who have ties to Western Pennsylvania. Ties can be the you grew up here, you attended college or graduate school here, you worked here for […]

Kelsey, 22, Talks Lesbian Life in Elk County #AMPLIFY

Lesbian Elk County

Name:  Kelsey Age:  22 County of Residence:  Elk County, formerly Jefferson County Pronouns:  Her or she How do you describe your identity?  I’m a white lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out to my mom when I was 12. I had a signature on […]

Maya, 20, Identifies as a Black Queer Fat Femme Woman #AMPLIFY

My queerness was never the only thing I had to deal with, and trying to understand who I was in the midst of the rest of my life was so daunting. Name: Maya Age: 20 County of Residence: Allegheny, previously Columbia, MD Pronouns: She/Her/Hers How do you describe your identity? I am a Black, Fat, Femme, cis woman, Jewish, advocate and […]

Mindy, 42, Lives Semi-Open as Trans in Rural Elk County #AMPLIFY

Transgender Elk County

Name: Mindy S. Age: 42 County of Residence: Elk County Pronouns: If I look male, then “he”. If I look like a female, then “she”. How do you describe your identity? I am bi-gendered, attracted to cisgender women. Meaning while I can live and be happy with being a male, I have a feminine side that needs to be expressed […]

Katie, 25, Identifies as Puerto Rican, White, Cis-Female and Lesbian #AMPLIFY

What motivated you to take part in this project? I love surveys. I love when marginalized people are asked to share their stories. I love reading all the stories and remembering how diverse this world is. I love being a part of something bigger than myself.

#CatCar Repainted at #PghPride by the Most Wanted Fine Art Crew

It has been a busy Pride season for us. In less than two weeks time, we: recorded a segment for ‘Burgh Vivant recorded a segment for Into Pittsburgh co-facilitated the first local workshop on LGBTQ media issues raised more than $1,000 to support the Peoples Pride March 2K17 spoke with reporters at The Daily Dot, […]

Sue Visits ‘Burgh Vivant Talk Show

A few weeks ago, I had the best time recording a segment for the local cultural talk show ‘Burgh Vivant. It was just so much fun and so interesting to get a glimpse of how the show is created and produced. You should absolutely subscribe to get a truly original behind the scenes peek at […]

AMPLIFY: How to Help

#AMPLIFY Tee Shirts

Lots of ways to support this blog and the AMPLIFY project in honor of Pride Submit your Q&A to the AMPLIFY archive (takes about 30 minutes) Purchase an AMPLIFY tee shirt via Commonwealth Press Donate directly to the AMPLIFY project Donate to support this blog via Paypal.  Subscribe to the AMPLIFY email list Subscribe to […]

AMPLIFYING is most used word in Pennsylvania*

Our friend Vannevar shared this image with us today. Read it closely. We’ll accept this acknowledgement in the spirit with which it was intended. 

#AMPLIFY LGBTQ Families, 40 Parents Share Their Experiences

Once again in honor of the 12th Annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day, I am sharing #AMPLIFY posts from parents, step parents  and grandparents and other caretakers of children.  Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day is meant to bring together people who are LGBTQ as well as our families and allies. It’s a celebration of LGBTQ families […]