Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life?
I was scared of him. I was only ten so I believed the lies I’d heard of the LGBTQ community. As I grew, that fear turned into pride and a desire to never hide myself away again. He lost almost everybody when he came out, and I want to be part of the generation that ensures that never happens to anybody ever again. I suppose it’s also my way to apologize to him, since I can’t do it in person.
Name: Carla Age: 39 County of Residence: Allegheny County. I grew up in Ohio and moved to Allegheny County in the late 90s for college. Pronouns: He/She/They How do you describe your identity? Bisexual, Non-Binary Scientist and Educator Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I have never come out in […]
The hysterectomy. It is a go. After a lot of phone calls and delays, twists and turns, and tweets, it happened. I’m scheduled for January 10, 2018. That’s the first time I think I’ve typed 2018 on this blog. January 10, 2018 is the date that I will no longer have a uterus which suddenly […]
As part of our partnership with FIERCE! International Queer Burlesque, #AMPLIFY will be featuring some of the performers this week. Today, we hear from Luna La Creme who is scheduled to perform at the Friday evening showcase, 7 PM. Tickets still available. Burlesque and queer performing arts are an important part of our community heritage. Name: Luna La […]
This is what what my friend Jodi Hirsh calls ‘the ultimate mansplain.’ I am reposting my own comments from Facebook with regard to the intent of a group of self-identified Socialists to organize a counterprotest in support of abortion rights, but IN SPITE of the wishes and experiences of Planned Parenthood, clinic escorts, patients and […]
If you spare some time on Wednesday, this important action at the Station Square offices of U.S. Senator Pet Toomey to resist his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The actions includes A read-in from the classic women’s health book ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ On-site collection of tampons and pads which will be distributed to local organizations […]
On Wednesday, January 18, concerned Pennsylvanians from all over our region will host a read-in of legendary book “Our Bodies Ourselves,” coupled with a Donation Drive for sanitary supplies outside of Senator Toomey’s Station Square office. Location: 100 West Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Please bring sanitary supplies to donate! These items will be […]
Name: Ben Stoviak Age: 29 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: He/They How do you describe your identity? Queer, gay, male-bodied; I like to think of myself as a lover above these things, though, and like to remind people that I’m many more things than this—I’m a teacher, professional, creative, son, brother, adventurer, and friend. Please describe your coming out […]
Name: Jaime Age: 35 County of Residence: Allegheny Preferred Pronouns: She/Her How do you describe your identity? I am a white, cisgender female lesbian. Some refer to me as a chapstick lesbian or a tomboy, but I’m just me. Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I came out […]
Name: Erik Age: 45 County of Residence: Allegheny. I grew up in Clearfield County, and attended college in Crawford County. Preferred Pronouns: he/him How do you describe your identity? This is evolving – in the sense that years ago, I wouldn’t have attached “cis,” not knowing what that meant – but I’m comfortable identifying as a cis white working-class […]