Rural PA LGBTQ&A with OutIndiana from Indiana County, Pennsylvania

This is part of a new occasional series exploring LGBTQ organizing in rural Pennsylvania communities. After our recent driving trip through the PA Wilds communities, I was impressed that after an almost complete lack of queer visibility, a slew of new LGBTQ projects unfolded in my feed – a Pride event in Elk County, a Pride parade […]

Coping with Four Facebook Bans over Eight Days, Personally and Professionally

Social media bans silence political bloggers

  This morning, I was notified that I have a 24-hour ban from Facebook. It is my fourth ban in an eight day span. There’s no explanation, there’s no clarity on exactly which Community Standards I violated, there’s no information. And there’s no way to compel Facebook to do anything. So I’m not going to […]

More on the Murder of Bianca Devins

Bianca Devins homicide

  Content Note: misogyny, graphic violence,   The fallout of the murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins continues as brutal, graphic images of her dead body continue to make their way across social media channels. Mainstream media outlets report that Instagram, 4chan, discord and possibly more are unable to keep up with the viral nature of […]

Jodi Hirsh: “I started this fundraiser as a response to the terrible actions of the federal government. And people stepped up in a massive way.”

On October 21, 2018, a friend of mine named Jodi Hirsh decided to use the Facebook birthday fundraiser tool to resist the announcement by the Federal Government that they plan to roll back acknowledgements of gender identity. She chose the Transgender Law Center as the recipient. She wrote “I wasn’t going to do one of […]

Can We Find 11 New #AMPLIFY Donors to Celebrate 11 Years on Facebook?

Tuesday, July 19 will mark 11 years since I joined Facebook. This past May, I celebrated 10 years on Twitter. That’s a lot of content created and shared.  In that time, I’ve gone through three laptops, a tablet, and six phones. I took a closer look at the OP I shared and was (not) surprised […]

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.

Pastor Reed, 48, Puts a Face and Name to Being a Gay Christian #AMPLIFY

Gay Wilmerding

Name: Pastor Reed Age: 48 County of Residence: Westmoreland County.  Formerly, Dauphin, Snyder, and Adams counties Pronouns: He, him, his How do you describe your identity? Pastor, teacher, son, gay, loving, accepting Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out over years of time. I found support from my closest friends. […]

Angie, 32: Out, Loud, and Proud Black Pansexual Mom #AMPLIFY

Black Pansexual Poly Feminist Mom

Name: Angie Age:  32 County of Residence: Allegheny Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? Black Pansexual Female Bodied/Identifying Feminist Poly Mom Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My coming out experience was a shit storm. I was 15 and my girlfriend at the time forced me to come […]

Femme Lesbian Heather Wants to Build Family in Rural Cambria County #AMPLIFY

  Name:  Heather Age: 41 County of Residence:  Cambria, formerly Indiana County Preferred Pronouns: I’m a she, her, girl How do you describe your identity? I’m a white femme lesbian. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I was 20 years old and living with my first girlfriend, and I […]

How Do You Stay Informed About LGBTQ Issues? #AMPLIFY

Dialogue swirling about ‘fake news’ and the impact it has on our very real lives We ask each AMPLIFY contributor to tell us how they keep abreast on these matters. As you might expect, each person gave us a unique response. But we dived into the data and did a little light sorting to tease […]