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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 ...

This June, we march again. To those who were there at the beginning, we thank you. To those who joined in the years following, we thank you. To those yet to come, we march for you. Fifty years ago, fifty ...

Dr. Anthony Silvestre, the long-time co-investigator at Pitt Men’s Study researching HIV/AIDS, passed away peacefully Thursday morning at his home in Vermont where he lived with his husband Michael Sutherland for the past five years. Dr. Silvestre’s research with 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 ...

In QBurgh’ s continuing effort to bring you personal accounts on how gay life was in Pittsburgh we are very proud to have an excerpt from Ronald Lawrence’s upcoming book, “Reflections of a Warrior Therapist.” It describes the experience that a gay ...

In 2006, after a slew of attacks on the LGBTQ Community by politicians eager to weaponize the community for quick political gain (sound familiar?), Pittsburgh Pride grew three times larger with a crowd of 8,000 participating in the events at ...

Sunday, June 17, 1973, will always be remembered as the day that LGBTQ Pittsburgh “came out”. At 12 noon a crowd began to form in Market Square in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Marchers, signs, banners, loudspeakers all gathered. TV cameras and reporters ...

When R. G. Forrester, as his name would appear on the ballot but better known as Randy, announced his candidacy for Allegheny County Commissioner on the morning of March 5, 1979 Harvey Milk had already been assassinated the previous year. ...

On March 20 [1977], a relatively unknown talent graced the stage of the Allegheny Starlite Ballroom and competed with 11 other ”drag” entertainers for the title of “Miss Pittsburgh,” a first for this city. The audience did the judging by ...

Articles beyond this date and going back in time are archival articles from various sources that QBurgh has obtained to maintain the history of the LGBTQ Community of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. The catalog of publications that these articles are ...

There’s a lot of news these days about LGBTQIA+ people being left out of the Census. It’s true, the U.S. Census does not ask about sexual orientation, which would be extremely useful. This information is used for everything from social ...

Model Merrick Shan Soleil wearing a binder following Glitter Grandpa’s template Glitter Grandpa is Pittsburgh’s friendly neighborhood queer and trans sewist looking to get you into a binder that fits YOU. He has created a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to draft your ...

The letters are about everyday life. The writers talk about plans for upcoming meetings and weekend parties. They worry about the upcoming election and whether the current conservative regime could continue for a second term. They crack inside jokes and ...

My name, as well as many others have been removed to protect the innocent. However I can say that my name means Butterfly Grace. I started at my job on February 12, 1996. I’ve been there 23 years and have ...

As the special General Conference of the United Methodist Church was held in St. Louis in February, many waited for a definite decision about the denomination’s governing policies about the ordination of LGBT individuals as well as same-sex unions in ...

I first participated in Pittsburgh Pride in 2017. I had been working in the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) for less than a year, and organizing the Jewish community’s participation in the Equality March was one ...

To preface, I want to state that in no way is this intended to invalidate those who choose to de-transition. There are multitudes of reasons that folks choose to do so, from bridging the gap between body and mind to ...

Ballroom culture has long been a fixture for queer people of color, with accounts dating back to the early 20th century. It inspired Madonna’s Vogue album and video, and is the subject of the film Paris is Burning as well as the new ...

Imagine for a moment, that you’ve finally found a high-paying job with flexible hours. This job doesn’t mind that you’re gay, transgender, disabled, Black, Latinx, or any other reasons you may have been discriminated against in the past. The work ...

One of the little known facts about Pittsburgh is that, despite Pennsylvania’s failure to protect its LGBTQIA+ residents with State laws, the City actually steps up. QueerPGH talked to Megan Stanley from the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, a law enforcement ...

Pittsburgh welcomes queer artist Joseph Cavalieri! His work features medieval stained glass techniques with an ironic pop twist in clever and irreverent combinations. He will be a featured artist in an upcoming show called Material World at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. He tells ...

Some people are just born  bendy, literally and metaphorically. or so it seems. Biologically speaking some people have longer ligaments, the tough rope-like attachments that connect bones as well as more extensible tendons, the muscular attachments to the skeleton. However, ...

I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked for Anthrocon this year! What’s Anthrocon? From the experts: Anthrocon is the world’s largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters, the like of which have fascinated mankind since the ...

I think that I have to start this article by making it very clear that I’m not taking sides. My motive here is not to defend or bash any of the involved parties but, rather, to cross my fingers and ...

We made Pride Guide Part 1 and yinz came back with a whole host of other events to include. It’s good to see so many celebrations, marches and chances to be around other queerbies. SO here it is, Queer Pittsburgh Pride Guide ...

I’ve got my rainbow shorts purchased, a bottle of sunscreen, and a seemingly endless list of Pride events to attend this year. These are events from June 1- June 10. If we missed your event, send it to @queerpgh.com and ...

Imagine being a woman at at a local bar. You’re just  hanging out with friends and having a nondescript-chill evening.  You slip off to the women’s bathroom, only to be followed in by the establishments’ security guard and told to ...

On May 12, 2018 Pittsburgh’s queer families and their allies gathered for a two-part event at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  The fun began in the gallery with Drag Queen Story Hour and continued in the Melwood Screening room with Over the Rainbow a 50-minute program of ...

This is a continuation of the series “Invisible Neighborhood,” which explores the historical and present spaces in which Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ communities live and thrive. Read the first section here. In the 1980s, AIDS took hold of Pittsburgh, but only increased the ...

The Allies Ball was held this Saturday, April 21st, to help raise money for the Allies for Health + Wellbeing, a local organization dedicated to health and wellbeing, formerly known as the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. The event was held at ...

PLEASE TRY THIS AT HOME: A Collaborative Conference About Radical Bodily Autonomy and Technology is being held on March 11th at Bloomcraft, in the Glitterbox Theater. It is a collaborative project between Prototype PGH and the Big Idea bookstore. QueerPGH had a chance to talk shop with ...

QueerPGH: Thank you so much for agreeing to do an interview with QueerPGH ahead of your speaking engagement at University of Pittsburgh as well as for the work you do. On a personal note, I am really grateful for your writing at autistichoya. ...

We’ve all seen those movies. Someone is alone at night. They hear a noise, but just dismiss it as their imagination. And then, boom! The killer/monster strikes, and we the audience, who knew all along, have all of our fears ...

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey challenges us to shine. It challenges those who aren’t queer to, well… queer it the hell up! In this spirit, City Theatre reaches out to its audience with a story all too familiar to the queer community. ...

Author’s note: I appreciate a community member who pointed out potential ambiguity here. The article has been edited to emphasize that we are talking about “legal” and “illegal” use in the zoning code, and that does not mean drag is ...

Dubbed Cirrhosis of Liver, Sonia Maybottom is a 32 year old, 6 year veteran in the drag community, a member of the Manic Monday house cast at P Town Bar, and a founder of the Birdcage Players Theater Company. After two drag performances ...

“I knew, right off the bat, that if I openly associated myself with these people, even though I was really into what they were doing, everyone would drag me through the dirt for it.” Paul Peng tells me this as ...

Drag N’At will be doing performer profiles, focused on the local PGH drag scene. Some of our folks have left us for other states, but they will always be Pittsburgh performers in our hearts. I met Orion at a random show ...

Thursday the 14th of December was a terrible day. I am a film student and it was finals week, so I was sitting in a classroom watching everyone’s rushed film projects. My peers may be extremely talented people, but we ...

I’d been sporting the same pack of Hanes boxers (you know, the kind you  can only acquire after dodging around the gendered holiday stocking stuffers upstairs at Target) for a while, so I was pumped to try out Glitter Grandpa’s ...

Hey! Welcome to the frequent(ish) column here at QueerPGH  highlighting our drag community!  We are a collective of performers and supporters from all over the city looking to really shine the light on our drag community, to lift it up ...

What do your queer friends actually want for the holidays? I’ll tell ya. They want a local queer community that supports one another and works together to reach economic equality, right? So, how do we get that? I’m not totally ...

Proud Haven is a non-profit that focuses on the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness. They got started unofficially in 2012, in response to a crisis on both the local and national levels.  Recently, Proud Haven had a fundraiser called Tunes ...

Art is inspirational for many, and permanently marking our bodies is a celebration of self and life.  Let’s face it: many of us, myself included, are way into tattoos and other forms of body modification.  Tattooing, in particular, is a ...

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh recently changed its name to the Pittsburgh Equality Center. “We struggled with the potential for hurt feelings by removing the references to the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’, but as the LGBTQIA+ community has ...

This past week, a white man in Las Vegas took a whole mess of automatic weapons and surpassed the Pulse Nightclub slaughter as the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history. After Pulse, I had to write. I was still ...

On Friday October 13th, Pittsburgh’s own LGBT film festival, Reel Q, will be kicking off downtown! From the perspective of 2017 it can be hard to appreciate the value of media representation for our community. The premier of new season ...

This first installment of Sex Ed 101 will focus on dental dams! Sex Ed 101 is a series to help provide the sex ed you may have missed. There are plenty of topics that I could have discussed first, but I have found over ...

Despite the fact that our state’s Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, Rachel Levine,  is an openly trans woman who practiced gender care, it may seem almost impossible to find a queer-friendly, doctor  in Pittsburgh who is knowledgeable about LGBTQIA+ ...

Are college campuses doing enough for their transgender students? According to The Healthy Minds Study, a national survey of over 14,000 students on campuses across the United States, 32.7 percent of transgender respondents thought about attempting suicide in 2013. In addition, ...