Eli, 37, is a Queer Bisexual, Trans Man, and Small Business Owner #AMPLIFY

Trans Man Lawrenceville

  By telling our stories, we expose others to narratives they may not be familiar with. This includes reaching potential allies, and folks who are struggling with their sexual and gender identities, as well as those who feel isolated because of them. Name: Eli Shumaker Age: 37 County of Residence: Allegheny County, formerly Clinton, Centre counties Pronouns: He/Him […]

First Issue of AMPLIFY Zine Available Now in Western PA, List of Distribution Spots

It is FINALLY here – Issue one of the AMPLIFY zine. And I think it is pretty awesome myself. You can click here to see a web version of the zine with clickable links. You can download a pdf version here to print. You can pick up a hard copy at these locations – check back […]

Viva Valezz is a Queer Burlesque Performer Parenting a GenderFluid Child

Allegheny County Lesbian

  Name: Viva Valezz! (aka Dre’) Age: 49 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns:  female How do you describe your identity? I am an old school lesbian… You can call me dyke if you’re my age. We earned that.  You can also call me gay or queer.  I’m also half-Mexican, so I also identify as Mexican-American. And… I’m a mom. […]

Niki Talks About Living as a Gender Queer Trans Woman in Pittsburgh #AMPLIFY

Name:  Niki Age: 32 County of Residence: Allegheny. Washington county where I grew up. Crawford county, Erie county. I went to college in both places Preferred Pronouns: she/her How do you describe your identity? My sexual orientation I describe as either bi, pan, or queer. I don’t care too much about those specific kinds of labels, just that gender isn’t important to […]

Jean Came Out As Bisexual After Her Retirement #AMPLIFY

Bisexual Pittsburgh

Name: Jean Age: 61 County of Residence: Allegheny, Westmoreland, then Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: complete person, happy woman How do you describe your identity? I am an American, who is a white bi-sexual woman, of German, English, and Scottish background. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out as bi-sexual to […]

Alex is a Black Trans Man Who Will Not Apologize for His Existence #AMPLIFY

Gay Pittsburgh

Alex Smithson Alex is the closing keynote speaker for the Transpride Pittsburgh Conference 2015 this weekend. He’ll be addressing the conference Sunday afternoon from 4-5 PM in Lawrenceville. It is very powerful that this conference is opened by a trans woman of color (Ciora Thomas) and closed by by a trans man of color, both […]

Andre Gray Would Be 35 This Saturday #StoryOfHisLife

Pittsburgh Bisexual

  I can’t remember how we celebrated my 35th birthday (in 2005), but I’m relatively sure it involved dinner with Ledcat and probably my parents or friends. I’m sure there was cake and singing. Probably my then-coworkers gave me a card and treated me to lunch. The things that you do. Looking back, I’d tell […]

LGBTQ Community Vigil For Andre Gray Scheduled

Andre Gray Pittsburgh

  Please join the LGBTQ community as we honor the life and mourn the death of our brother, neighbor & friend – Andre Pokie Gray. Everyone is welcome. The vigil has been organized by various community groups and with the blessing of Andre’s family. Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Time: 6 PM – 7:30 PM […]

Art All Night Bans All Weapons at Community Art Event

Some good news from Art All Night, a community art event held annually each spring in Lawrenceville. They have put an official no-weapons policy in place, for volunteers and the public. No guns – permit or not. As you may recall, last year we found a volunteer openly carrying a handgun in his waistband. From […]

Please Help Search for Andre Gray This Saturday Feb 7 on the North Side

Andre Gray

Andre Gray has been missing since late October. As I’ve written before, Andre is a member of the local LGBTQ community. This Saturday his family and friends are asking you to join them in a search for information on his whereabouts. They will be canvassing the Spring Garden neighborhood (North Side) where his car was […]