True T PGH Unveils Fall Lineup Celebrating Community, Creativity, & Empowerment

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True T PGH announced a vibrant and transformative Fall 2023 lineup of events, now entering its 11th season of studio programs and enriching events.

Located in Bloomfield, True T Studios stands as a welcoming haven for LGBTQIA+ community members, offering vital resources addressing disparities in areas such as food, housing, and HIV/STI-related support. Led by LGBTQIA+ community members of color, the studio fosters innovation in queer media. It provides socially conscious multigenerational programming, inviting everyone to participate regardless of race, sexual preference, or gender identity. 

This eagerly anticipated season showcases a diverse blend of community-led workshops, community-building gatherings, and dynamic partnerships with both new and returning organizations, including esteemed entities such as Trace Brewery, SetPoint PGH, ColorMe Urban, Academia Society, Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, AIDS Free Pittsburgh, Unique Jewelry PGH, TransYouniting, Dalen Michael, AmunRay, Hazell Azzer, Taniyah Lockhart, Aziaha Wiggens, Urban League Young Professionals, Allegheny Health Network, and more.

Regarding the Fall lineup, Duane Binion, Co-Executive Director of True T, said, “As we transition out of Summer and unveil our Fall offerings, the past 8 months have shown us an incredible amount of love and strength from our community. This season embodies adaptability and resilience from so many fronts. It unites game-changers across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum to create an impactful narrative, leveling the playing field through education, resource sharing, and creative art.”

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True T remains a central hub for local queer resource sharing, connectivity, and social advocacy. This year the expansion and continuity of initiatives such as the HUGH HUB Food Pantry, which addresses hunger and empowerment within the LGBTQIA+ community in collaboration with the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, community members can visit True T Studios Monday through Friday between Noon and 4:00 p.m. to pick up an assortment of free quality pantry and toiletry items. 

A prominent highlight of the season is commemorating World AIDS Day, December 1, in collaboration with Aids Free Pittsburgh. This gathering pays homage to trailblazers while acknowledging recent strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event includes thought-provoking discussions with local and national healthcare experts, live performances by local talents, and a host of engaging activities.

Returning signature community programs like POWER HOUR, a compassionate HIV/AIDS support group facilitated by Michael Tikili and David Bagley, offer a unique space on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. POWER HOUR transcends the boundaries of a support group, fostering a connected community driven by shared experiences, dreams, and aspirations.

Photo courtesy of True T PGH.

For enthusiasts of movement-based activities, the 8th edition of the 5-week VOGUE 101 Workshop Series returns this September as an engaging two-part weekly workshop series led by the acclaimed 6-time “Of the Year” winner, Hazell Revlon. In September, participants will immerse themselves in the “5 Elements of Vogue,” followed by a captivating live performance at the World AIDS Day gathering.

This season also introduces an array of innovative community workshops aimed at stimulating minds, nurturing education, and bridging communities. Kicking off in September are activities encompassing movement, arts and crafts, and safe space support groups. Programs such as Unique Jewelry, guided by community leader and Bloomfield icon Tracy Bryant, and the monthly Paint N’ Sip, an expressive arts series facilitated by Pittsburgh-based artist AmunRay, aim to inspire creativity and inclusivity.

True T also announced the debut of the True T Artist Group (TAG), an artist collective presented by True T PGH. Rooted in authenticity, creativity, and collaboration, TAG provides a platform for QTPOC artists to express their true selves and showcase their unique artistry, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of talented musicians and dancers.

For more details and a comprehensive event schedule, please visit www.truetpgh.com.

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