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Mara Rago, QBurgh’s very own resident photographer, was featured at an exhibition in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware during Pride month. For the past two years, Rago has been featured by the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Philip Livingston, a resident of Rehoboth Beach and owner of the Philip Morton Gallery, purchased one ...

Mara Rago is an established photographer specializing in head shots, portfolios, corporate, legal, families, pets, florals, events and fine art nudes. She has had multiple exhibitions and her works have been recognized nationally & internationally. ...

Queer people of Pittsburgh are taking back the American dream. While participating in a photoshoot reimagining Americana, people in the LGBTQIA+ community shared their interpretations of the concept of Americana and the American Dream. Themes of acceptance, inclusivity, and happiness ring throughout their answers. “[Americana] is sort of aestheticizing the ...

In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969, the spark that ignited the LGBTQ rights movement and the annual Pride marches and celebrations was lit at the Stonewall Uprising. LGBTQ icons like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera helped launch a movement. The following article recounts the story ...

In the world of drag, the queens outnumber the kings all across the country and in Pittsburgh, it’s no different. While the drag queens seem to be thriving and the scene here flourishing with brunches, bingos, pageants, and happy hours, the kings seem to be several moves behind. Nothing can ...

Crush Hour, a monthly happy hour troupe for Pittsburgh’s queer ladies and non-binary people, hosted their first-ever formal dance on Saturday night at the Franklin on Penn — a new queer-managed wedding and event venue in the Strip. It was glitz and glamour as everyone danced the night away to ...

Between Fifteenth and Sixteenth Street on Penn Avenue in the Strip, only one building remains. It’s both tenacity and luck that keeps that shamrock sign hanging on the Real Luck Café, better known as Lucky’s. The developers and gentrifiers planned to demolish the gay bar, renowned for its exotic male ...

Mara Rago‘s “Carla” documentary premiered at the Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ Film Festival to a sold-out crowd at the Warhol Museum Friday evening. The documentary depicts the life of Carla Beck, a Pittsburgh trans woman. Beck transitioned late in life, but she always knew she identified as a woman. Early ...

Artist, photographer, and now director, Mara Rago depicts the life of a Pittsburgh trans woman, Carla Beck, in her documentary, “Carla,” a short film premiering at the Reel Q Film Festival on Friday, October 13 at the Warhol Museum. Beck transitions late in life, but the trans woman always knew ...

The Pittsburgh City Paper’s much anticipated annual “Best of Pittsburgh” issue was released today and Dixie Surewood was named Best Drag Performer 2023 by readers. “It’s really nice to know that people appreciate, not only what I do, but what other drag performers do in the city,” Surewood told the ...

Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s annual LGBTQ+ film festival and sixth-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, just released an iconic line-up of films and special events for the 2023 season, which runs from October 6 to 15. The 38th annual festival opens with “Our Son,” starring Pittsburgh icon Billy Porter as ...

A proposed new podcast hopes to shed new light or possibly solve the over 20-year mystery of the unsolved murder of Jamie Stickle. 33-year-old Jamie Stickle was a connected, active, and respected figure in the LGBTQ Community of Pittsburgh. She tended bar at Sidekicks, a former gay bar in Downtown, ...