Baptist Pastor Arrested for Murder of Trans Woman Keanna Mattel in Detroit

Keanna Mattel

Baptist pastor Albert Weathers, 46, was arraigned Monday for the murder of transgender woman, Keanna Mattel, according to a post at Planettransgender. Weathers is charged with open murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The 36th District Court set bond at $1 million according to The Detroit News. Other details suggest […]

Keanna Mattel, 35, is 24th Trans Neighbor Murdered in the US during 2018

Keanna Mattel

I learned terrible news tonight from Detroit where a 35 year old Black trans woman was murdered Friday morning, the 24th transgender victim of fatal violence in the US this year. Her name was Keanna Mattel. Note that Keanna’s surname has been spelled with one ‘l’ and with two. We are using the spelling on […]

Update on 2018 Holiday Giving Projects – Please Remember Your LGBTQ Neighbors

If you are searching for a holiday project for you personally or perhaps a small group, please consider these. Please see my curated LGBTQ Giving Guide in the Pittsburgh Current And my curated LGBTQ Gift Guide also in the Pittsburgh Current First, an update. GOOD NEWS –> The youth programs at Persad Center have had […]

Suzanne, 39, never felt that honoring her orientation was even an option #AMPLIFY

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  Name: Suzanne Age: 39 County of Residence: Allegheny, but grew up in Armstrong County. Northern Armstrong County bordering Clarion and Butler counties, different parts of Allegheny County, and Mexico City Pronouns: she/her/hers How do you describe your identity? female bi-ish lesbian Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? I consider that I […]

Find Joy Together Saturday Night with Renaissance City Choir

  Find holiday joy with Renaissance City Choir this Saturday! Get tickets now at http://rccholiday2018.bpt.me We find joy in being together as a loving community. This concert will feature Gloria by John Rutter, a piece composed for brass, percussion, organ, and choir. RCC will be joined by members of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra to share this piece with our audience community. […]

Leo, 24, Fears the Erasure of Nonbinary/Bisexual/Pansexual/Asexual/Demi Narratives in the Queer Community #AMPLIFY

  Nonbinary people are starting to have a voice here but the amount of times I’ve had the pronouns are important conversation with a cis gay man who tells me “well that just wasn’t in my time, you were either gay or you weren’t and there wasn’t in between” is too many times. Name: Leo Age: 24 […]

A Black Trans Woman Known as Tydie is 23rd Trans Person Murdered in 2018

Tydie Trans Woman Baltimore

A Black trans woman known as Tydie was murdered in Baltimore on Monday, November 26. She is the 23rd transgender person to be murdered in the United States during 2018. Note that in some spaces her name is styled Tydi, but we are using the spelling offered by the trans community in Baltimore. From the […]

11 Quotes from the #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Project in Honor of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health […]

Ashley, 18, is a Bisexual/Queer Woman Attending College in Allegheny County #AMPLIFY

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I had developed personal relationships with everyone in my workplace. It hurt me to know that they liked me when I didn’t talk about being queer, but when I did, I was met with backlash or side comments. Name: Ashley Age:  18 County of Residence: Allegheny County. I have not lived in other regions of PA, but I […]

Ian, 27, is a Gay Trans Man Resisting Gender Expectations #AMPLIFY

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What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? 

I hope for progress honestly. I hope people don’t see inclusiveness as a burden but a part of life. Being inclusive isn’t restricting straight cis people, it’s about not limiting life to just them