Penélope Díaz Ramírez is the Third Trans Woman Murdered in Puerto Rico in Ten Day Period

Just days after reporting on the murders of two Latina teens women in Puerto Rico, we’ve learned of the brutal slaying of a third. Penélope Díaz Ramírez, a 31-year-old trans woman, was beaten and hanged to death at the Bayamon correctional complex, a men’s prison in Puerto Rico. She was murdered on April 13, but […]

84 Trans Stories from Western Pennsylvania on the Trans Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, devoted to raising the visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) neighbors both in terms of their resiliency and successes as well as the realities of transphobic bias and violence. I’ve curated 84 stories from our #AMPLIFY project to illustrate the multi-faceted experiences of transgender neighbors […]

Maddy, 23, is Queer and Gender Nonconforming in Allegheny County #AMPLIFY

Allegheny nonbinary

Name:  Maddy Age: 23 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She/her and they/their How do you describe your identity? I identify predominantly as a queer woman and as gender non conforming. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I remember coming out as an extremely difficult experience. I really […]

Alyssa is First Generation Cuban American, Trans, Gender-Nonconforming and From Beaver County #AMPLIFY

trans gender nonconforming Beaver county

Name:  Alyssa Age: 26 County of Residence: Beaver is where I grew up. I also lived in Allegheny County. I currently Live in Chicago,IL Preferred Pronouns: They/Them How do you describe your identity? I am a first generation Cuban American. I am Trans Gender-Nonconforming. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you […]

40 Under 40 Pgh Updates Nomination Form To Be More Trans Inclusive

Pittsburgh 40 Under 40

Since 1999, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP have teamed up to recognize young leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania through the ’40 Under 40′ initiative. I was among those honored in 2004 – one of three white lesbian and gay nominees. Each year, I encourage people to submit names because I know it can have an impact. I […]