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Live From the History Center — It’s Thursday Night Live!

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Celebrate Pride Month with a look back at an organization that championed the rights of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ community.

Join the Detre Library & Archives to hear how the trailblazing organization, Thursday Night Live (TNL), helped to redefine what it meant to be “out” in Pittsburgh in the early 1990s.

Tim Ziaukas, founding member and professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will share how TNL provided a platform for gay men and lesbians to meet once a month, to make connections in public (outside of gay bars, for social and networking activities) amid the ongoing AIDS crisis.

After the city’s gay rights ordinance was threatened in 1990, TNL members came out publicly to raise funds and awareness about LGBTQ+ rights in Pittsburgh, but not without controversy. Discover how TNL responded and spurred change in the region during this evening program on June 13.

Ahead of Ziaukas’ presentation, Matt Strauss, director of the Detre Library & Archives, will provide an introduction and overview on the LGTBQ+ collections preserved at the History Center, including the recently donated materials from Thursday Night Live.

Following the talk, Ziaukas will lead a question-and-answer session for attendees. Archival materials related to Thursday Night Live will also be on view.


The event is free and while advance registration is strongly encouraged, it is not required. The program will be held in the museum’s sixth floor Detre Library & Archives.

For additional questions, contact programs@heinzhistorycenter.org.

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