Today is the annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day, organized by Mombian, GLAAD, Family Equality Council and HRC with support from PFLAG and COLAGE.
Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day is meant to bring together people who are LGBTQ as well as our families and allies. It’s a celebration of LGBTQ families whether you’re part of one, know one, or just want to support them. (via event organizer Mombian) Please follow the link to read all of the blog posts honoring our LGBTQ families.
I have been collecting Q&A responses from LGBTQ folks with ties to Western Pennsylvania. The project is called #AMPLIFY and we plan to continue seeking Q&A contributions through at least the end of 2018. Participants are 18+, identify as part of the LGBTQ community and have ties to Western Pennsylvania.
For my contribution, I am sharing #AMPLIFY posts from parents, step parents and grandparents and other caretakers of children.
We ask a lot of (mostly) open-ended questions about their identities and experiences. We do not ask any questions specifically about their family status, but many of them mention the fact that they are parenting in the context of one or more of the questions. About 20% of the contributors are parents.
For my contribution to the annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day project, I decided the best thing to do is to amplify their Q&A posts. Please read as many as you like and absorb some of the wisdom and wit they have to share. Please note that I included people I know to be parenting or grandparenting. I did not necessarily include everyone who is a caretaker for a child. If I left anyone out, I apologize.
- Krissy, 34, Talks About Step Parenting as a Bisexual Woman
- Angela is a Queer Mother & Intersectional Feminist
- James, 54, Is a Gay Pittsburgh Dad Living in Texas
- Laura, 44, is a Lesbian Mom in Fayette County
- Janet, 66, is Bisexual, Cisgender and Gender Nonconforming
- Caitlyn 51, Lives Her Authentic Self as a Trans Woman in Erie
- Jamie, 52, Celebrates the Queer Tribe Rising
- Jay, 33, Says Stories Are Part of Queer Liberation
- Cheryl, 42, Wants Us To See Everyone in the LGBTQ Community
- Eileen, 52, Reflects on the Awakening of Her LGBTQ Community
- Kim, 40, Mother, Pansexual and Mexican-American in Washington County
- Camellia, 30, is a Lesbian, Soon-to-be Wife, and Momma
- Wes, 44: Queer Trans Man, Parent Wants You To Know That He Exists
- Sara, 28, Single Mom, Agnostic Jew, and Queer in Ohio
- Jay, 54, Considers His Gay Identity Both Now and The
- For Jodi’s Kids, Having Two Mothers Is Just a Fact of Life
- Kim, 44, Say She Lost Her Job in Beaver County Because She’s a Lesbian
- Alissa, 34, is Just Another Girl in the Crowd in Lawrence County
- De, 49, is Concerned About LGBTQ Youth in Rural Western PA
- Viva Valezz is a Queer Burlesque Performer Parenting a Gender Fluid Child
- Heather Refuses to Marginalize Herself as a Bisexual Woman
- Dinah Denmark: Lesbian, Jewish, Buddhist
- Kathi Wants To Connect with LGBTQ Elders in Rural Communities
- Shaquanna Wants Families to Have Positive Conversations With LGBTQ Relatives
- Jeff Hopes the LGBTQ Community Will Embrace a Common Queer Identity
- Jess is a Lesbian Mother Who Wants More Family Friendly Resources
- Diane Discusses Being Belligerently Out in Pittsburgh
- Anonymous Grieves How Pittsburgh’s Gay and Lesbian Community Treats Bisexuals
- Maria Wants You To Know a Family Like Hers #AMPLIFY
- Lyndsey Identifies as a Queer Genderfluid Lipstuck Butch
- Alex is a Black Trans Man Who Doesn’t Apologize For His Existence
- David Talks About the State of Equality in Erie
- Bee Asks Where Single Parents Fit Into the LGBTQ Community
- Vic Lives Closeted in Westmoreland County
- Gary Has Lived in Northwest and Southwest PA As An Openly Gay Man
- Paula Speaks Out About Bi-Erasure and Bisexual Exclusion
- Joy KMT Values Intersectional Healing Spaces
- Gina Shares Her Truth With Those Who Deserve To Know
- Donna Met a Female Impersonator Who Made a Lasting Impression
- Joyce Believes Tolerance Is Not Acceptance
If you would like to read our previous years' contributions to the Blogging for LGBTQ Families Project, we’ve compiled a list.
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents blog has been covering LGBTQ life in Pennysylvania since 2005. The #AMPLIFY project has been specifically promoting LGBTQ Q&A’s since 2015. For more information, visit www.pghlesbian.com