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:
Crowds of over 30,000 filled the region with Pride
Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh withdraws claim of owning “Pittsburgh Pride”
Pittsburgh Pride march and parade led by Billy Porter.
Shapiro and Fetterman take PA blue.
Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum will curate “Fame” next year in Al-’Ula, despite homosexuality being illegal and punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.
Trigger straight fragility, read a book.
Content Warning: The advertisement is the most hateful and deliberately harmful advertisement to air in the Pittsburgh media market in years.
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.
City Controller candidate Rachael Heisler rolls on with drag campaign event despite internet trolls best efforts.
QBurgh distributes over 800 community safety whistles.