Lela Wants Bisexual Voices To Be Heard #AMPLIFY

Allegheny County Bisexual

Name: Lela Age: 35 County of Residence: Allegheny. I’ve lived in a few states, but was born and raised (and now currently reside) in Pittsburgh. Preferred Pronouns: She, her. How do you describe your identity? Caucasian, Italian, Bisexual, Woman Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out as bisexual at 15. […]

Jus Hadiya Wants to Spread Education #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Amplify

  Name: Jus Hadiya Age: 44 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: ms How do you describe your identity?  female How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”? Open with ones sexuality. Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? It’s been a while…good vibes Past or present, […]

Dinah Denmark: Lesbian, Jewish, Buddhist. #AMPLIFY

Dinah Denmark

Name: Dinah Denmark Age: 53 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: I don’t use them generally How do you describe your identity? Lesbian. Jewish. Buddhist. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? It was 1981, I was 18 years old. My college roommate and I fell in love. Fortunately, I had relatively […]

Reach OUT for the Holidays: Supporting LGBTQ Elders

  Once again, we are teaming up with the SAGE program at Persad Center to support LGBTQ elders who may not have strong family support during the holiday season. Some adults in the program struggle to meet their day to day needs because of limited incomes and resources. Homophobia, transphobia and racism in their community […]

Kathi Wants To Be More Connected to LGBTQ Elders in Rural Communities #AMPLIFY

Kathi Boyle Pittsburgh

Name:  Kathi Boyle Age: 69 County of Residence: Allegheny. I was born in Carbon County so lived there for the first 6 weeks of my life. My family then moved to Tennessee. Preferred Pronouns: She, her, hers How do you describe your identity? White lesbian. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you […]

Mair, 55, Came Out the Same Week As Ellen DeGeneres #AMPLIFY

Lesbian Pittsburgh

Name: Mair Age: 55 County of Residence:  Allegheny, previously Westmoreland Preferred Pronouns: Lesbian How do you describe your identity? Tomboy, butch Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I didn’t know I was gay until I was 33 (1993) and met a women I fell for. Actually, she wrote me […]

Derek On Life As a Gay Man With Asperger’s Syndrome #AMPLIFY

Name: Derek Age: 23 County of Residence: Butler Preferred Pronouns: He How do you describe your identity? I am a single, 23-year-old gay man who happens to be gay and who also happens to live with Asperger’s Syndrome. No matter what people say, I try not to let their perceptions define me as a person. Please describe your coming out […]

Shaquanna Wants Families To Have Positive Conversations With LGBTQ Relatives #AMPLIFY

Pittsburgh Lesbian

Name:  Shaquanna Age: 32 County of Residence:  Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: Female How do you describe your identity? Organic!  Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?   Being the oldest sister of three sisters, I grew up in a household where it was okay to voice your opinion, and speak […]

Walter Wants Western PA To Be More Vibrant, Tolerant and Diverse #AMPLIFY

Name: Walter Meyer Age: 52 County of Residence: I was born and raised in Allegheny County and spent time in Centre County while I was at Penn State, and then a year in Somerset County. Since then it has been Los Angeles and San Diego Counties in California. Preferred Pronouns: he, his, him How do you describe your identity? I […]