Headlines That Dominated Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ News in 2022

Here's what half a million readers couldn't stop talking about in 2022

Billy Porter grand marshals the 2022 Pittsburgh Pride march and parade across the historic Andy Warhol Bridge. Photo by Anastasia Alexander.

2022 was a mixture of great successes and many setbacks for the LGBTQ Community of Pittsburgh, the state, and nationwide. Politically and electorally LGBTQ candidates succeeded in making history while legislators attacked our community with book bans, “Don’t Say Gay” laws, and deliberately targeted the Trans community. The new Pittsburgh Pride grew in success by celebrating our diverse community better than ever before and cast off the stench of the corporate and sanitized “Delta Pride” while local radio stations aired the most hateful and harmful attack ads ever heard in the Pittsburgh media market. A greater sense of community grew with more events, big and small, throughout the year bringing our community together while bigots and internet trolls targeted drag events and labeled us “groomers.” And, sadly, we also lost some notable figures of the LGBTQ+ Community of Pittsburgh.

Thank you to the half a million readers of QBurgh in 2022. It is an honor and a privilege for us to cover and report on the LGBTQ+ Community of Pittsburgh that we love so much. From our new offices in Downtown Pittsburgh, we are committed to celebrating our community even more in 2023 not only online and on social media but also in print more frequently.

Here’s a look back at the most talked about and read stories from QBurgh in 2022:

Best Pittsburgh Pride Weekend in a Decade

Crowds of over 30,000 filled the region with Pride

Community Victorious in Fight for ‘Pittsburgh Pride’

Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh withdraws claim of owning “Pittsburgh Pride”

Billy Porter to Grand Marshal Pittsburgh Pride Parade

Pittsburgh Pride march and parade led by Billy Porter.

It’s Summer Lee, La’Tasha Mayes, Jessica Benham

Shapiro and Fetterman take PA blue.

Warhol is going to Saudi Arabia… for an undisclosed fee

Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum will curate “Fame” next year in Al-’Ula, despite homosexuality being illegal and punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

Read these Banned LGBTQ+ Books

Trigger straight fragility, read a book.

Local Pittsburgh Radio Stations Air Hateful Anti-Trans Advertisement

Content Warning: The advertisement is the most hateful and deliberately harmful advertisement to air in the Pittsburgh media market in years.

Radio Stations Banned from Pittsburgh Pride 2023 for Anti-Trans Ads

KDKA Radio, WAMO 107.3, 102.5 WDVE, WISH 99.7, the X 105.9, Q 92.9, and Y108 banned from Pride festivities in June 2023.

Chi Chi and Heisler Shine While Bigots Target Pittsburgh Drag Event

City Controller candidate Rachael Heisler rolls on with drag campaign event despite internet trolls best efforts.

Community Safety Whistle Campaign for Western PA

QBurgh distributes over 800 community safety whistles.

Jim Sheppard is a resident of Downtown Pittsburgh. Jim served as a Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission which investigates instances of discrimination in the City of Pittsburgh and recommends necessary protections in our City Code to provide all people in Pittsburgh with equal opportunities. He has worked for Pittsburgh City Council, the Pittsburgh Mayor, and the Allegheny County Controller. For five years he was the President of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (He / Him / His)