What’s Queer and Going on in April

Spring has sprung and these events are sure to fill up your queer basket in April. As state-mandated restricts begin to be lifted at the beginning of the month, please remember to continue to follow the guidelines of the establishment hosting any and all events.

One Year of MasQUing Up: a Tribute to the Pgh MasQUe ProjecT

Saturday, April 3 @ 8:00 pm, online

Join the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT as we pay tribute to one year of distributing masks to the trans and queer community. We will talk with mask recipients, mask makers, volunteers, and the many wonderful folx who helped us reach this milestone. We will honor the lives & deaths of the more than 540,000 neighbors in the United States and the 2.7+ million neighbors worldwide. We will celebrate the survivors and learn how to support each other as we endure the ongoing pandemic.

Brewer’s Drag and Dine April

Every Saturday in April @ 8:00 pm, Brewer’s

Brewers Drag & Dine – Every Saturday Night – 8PM – Socially Distanced Tables. We would love for you to join us at Brewers Drag & Dine! Every single Saturday night featuring stunning and talented entertainers.
Tickets are available now! Limited seating so reserve your table today! Seating – 8:00PM
Show – 8:45PM Come support one of Pittsburgh’s oldest bars & THE oldest LGBTQIA+ Bar in Pittsburgh. Amazing drinks specials & a completely renovated bar with city views and gorgeous queens!
Ticket includes your table, food, & the show. Minimum 2 tickets to reserve a table. please purchase all your tickets in one order. Dinner option is either a Personal Pizza or a Hot Dog with Chips.

Special Guest Line Up:
April 3rd – Rebecca Mae from Erie!
April 10th – Dixie Surewood, Annasteezia, & Amneeja Schnackenmuff
April 17th – Kardi Redd Diamond from Cleveland OH
April 24th – Shari Turner

All shows featuring a rotating house cast of Luna Skye, Alexa Van Cartier, Calipso, Indi Skies, & Miss VAll CDC guidelines will be followed. Mask must be worn when you are not seated. Please email for any questions!

Blue Moon Saturday Drags

Every Saturday in April @ 9:30 pm, Blue Moon

Every Saturday night, join Cindy Crotchford at the Blue Moon for world famous drag! This Saturday, April 3rd with Dixie Surewood. Shows star at 9:30 pm.

Sunday’s are a Drag @ 5801

Every Sunday in April @ 11:00 am, 5801 Video Lounge

Join 5801 each Sunday for Brunch from 11 am – 2 pm, and a Free drag show beginning at 12 pm. Special Cocktails, Made to Order Brunch, Inappropriate Hurricanes, and a Great Show will brighten any Sunday! Come out and enjoy with your friends at 5801.

Back to the 90s Cosmic Bowling Night

Tuesday April 6 @ 7:30 pm, AMF Bowling Co.

Stonewall Bowling Pittsburgh is capping off the winter season with a bonus week of cosmic bowling. On Tuesday April 6 starting at 7:30pm, it’ll be a fun 90s throwback for only $9. Admission includes 3-games of bowling, ball and shoes.Are you someone who dreams of a 10, but won’t turn down a 9?
We know you’re out there, so on this night 9 pins will also count as a strike! That’s right, we’ve got a special 1-pin fudge-factor built in. So if the first ball you throw in the frame is only 9-pins, we’re counting it as a strike! (Sorry, doesn’t apply to spares.)Come as you are or dress for the times in acid wash jeans, random neon things, throwback logos, tube tops, capri pants, overalls and scrunchies.Face masks are required in accordance with applicable health and safety guidelines. On Tuesday nights, AMF features $2.88 Tacos, Long Island Ice Teas and PBR Cans.Attendance limited to the first 100 bowlers. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. Add your name to the Stonewall guest list at https://stonewallpittsburgh.leagueapps.com/events. Preference will be given to pre-registered guests. Pre-registered guests not present by 7:45pm forfeit their preferred status.

Decolonizing Gender: Part 1

Thursday April 8 @ 7:30 pm, online

Decolonizing Gender for LGBTQIA2S+ youth (21 and under)
Join us for guided conversations to rise above colonial interpretations of gender. Part 1 of 3, Thursdays in April at 6pm via discord. Complete the request form to receive the discord link

My Whole Life Becoming: A Reading & Conversation with Aaron Smith

Thursday April 8 @ 7:00 pm, online

In Our Own Write Guest Writer Sessions. For the full series of sessions, visit https://www.creative.pitt.edu/get-involved/our-own-write-creative-writing-lgbt-elders/guest-writer-sessions

Join us for a reading and Q&A with poet Aaron Smith.

Aaron Smith is the author of four books of poetry published by the Pitt Poetry Series. His collections include Blue on Blue Ground (2005), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize; Appetite (2012), an NPR Great Read and finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize; Prime (2016), a Poetry Must Read for the Massachusetts Center for the Book; and The Book of Daniel (2019). His chapbooks include Men in Groups and What’s Required, winner of the Frank O’Hara Award.

A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Mass Cultural Council, and his work has appeared in such publications as Court Green, Ploughshares, and The Best American Poetry 2013. He has taught at West Virginia Wesleyan and is currently Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. (Photo: Brian Fizer)

Hot Metal Hardware presents Jokers & Tokers

Friday, April 9 @ 10:00 pm, online

Time to get a little elevated for our annual jokers & tokers event, it’s gonna be smokin’! Join Hot Metal Hardware and guests for an evening of Gender Performance N’at (drag, burlesesque, cosplay, and more!) dedicated to everything funny and the good ol’ 420.For accessibility, all videos will be captioned and any live acts will be interpreted by a student interpreter.

Virtual Snurch with the Nuns of Steel

Every Sunday in April @ 11:00 am, online

Greetings o’ best beloveds! Come join the Nuns of Steel for our biweekly online “Snurch” every other sunday at 11 am via Google meets. Queer centered services open to community participation from all. Bring a song, a story, whatever, and just hang out! Google meet link will be given out shortly before each Snurch commences.

Drag Brunch at The Forge

Sunday April 11 @ 11:00 am, The Forge

We’re excited to announce that we will finally be hosting our first Drag Brunch on April 11th!!!Kicking off our new Bi-Weekly event with drag queens from our city, Elizabeth Wayne and Leia Way LeStat. This event is free of charge, and all you have to do is have 2 drinks and enjoy. Brunch runs from 11 to 3 while our show is happening from 12 to 2.This isn’t your typical drag brunch, expect crude jokes, a good laugh, and a fun time while these two have a good time entertaining you! Reservations available on Opentable.

April Shine Digital Open Stage Show

Friday, April 16 @ 9:00 pm, online

hine, Pittsburgh’s only 18+ non-competitive Open Stage is now at large on the world wide web. Join us on Friday, April 16th on Zoom for a night of various talents shining on stage for our entertainment! We are an open stage that is open to all performers of every walk of experience. Any style or genre is welcome including (but not limited to): drag, burlesque, dancing, singing, live music, poetry, puppetry, magic, or anything that can be performed! And now that we are digital, we welcome acts from anywhere in the world! We will be starting promptly at 9pm EST on Zoom!


Sunday, April 18 @ 2:00 pm, Washington Park, Washington, PA

Hosted by the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance. Meet at Washington Park Tennis Courts
Open to all ages! Bring your own kite or use one of ours! This event is free for all participants! Beverages (non alcoholic) and hand sanitizer will be provided, and appropriate social distancing measures will be observed. Local food truck vendors will be on site if you wish to purchase food.
March with us through the park with entertainment along the way to the kite flying site! We encourage you to bring a picnic blanket or stadium chair to watch kite flyers! Corn hole and other lawn games will be available.
Contest for best in show kite and best kite flying skills!

A Conversation with Jonathan Van Ness

Monday, April 19th @ 8:30 pm, online

Open to Pitt students. The Pitt Program Council and the Rainbow Alliance are excited to announce A Conversation with Jonathan Van Ness! This Webinar will take place April 19th, 2021 at 8:30pm EST and will feature a Q&A session with Jonathan, co-moderated by both the Pitt Program Council and the Rainbow Alliance, as a part of Pitt’s PRIDE celebrations. Students will have an opportunity to both pre-submit questions for the event via our Instagram DMs as well as submit questions during the event as it’s happening! This event will be held virtually through Zoom Webinars – students must sign in through their Pitt Zoom account and their Pitt Passport to access the event. The link for the event can be found via our website (ppc.pitt.edu) or using this direct Zoom link: (coming soon!). The passcode to enter the event is (also coming soon!)

Parent2Parent Support Group

Thursday, April 22 @ 7:00 pm, online

We would love to welcome you to out parent-to-parent coffee!

This informal gathering allows us as parents of transgender, gender nonconforming and gender questioning children to connect. This is a parent run event, open only to parents and direct caregivers of these children. We respect each others confidentiality and the fact that we may be in different stages of this journey. We all have felt very alone and confused at times, and have found that connecting with other parents of gender nonconforming children to be a great relief.

Join us online for a Zoom get together.

Please email themamabearmail@gmail.com for details.

For the Love of Furniture with Tony Allgeier

Wednesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm, online

Interior designer Tony Allgeier leads us on a journey to rediscover the furniture in the Museum’s permanent collection. Through function, design, architecture, color theory, fashion & film, Tony discusses why these works of decorative art are important to the permanent collection and how they have been reinterpreted into today’s modern designs. Enjoy a live Q&A with Tony following the program.

Members – FREE
Non-members – Pay What You Can

Youth AFFIRM Meet & Greet for May/June series

Thursday, April 29 @ 6:00 pm

Meet & Greet for LGBTQIA2S+ youth 14-21 years old who wish to participate in youth AFFIRM.This CBT based series was created to help manage stress due to anti-LGBTQ discrimination. There are 8 sessions, conducted in a closed-group format (no members will be added once the series begins).
This series will be held Thursdays in May and June from 6pm-7:30pm. There is no cost to participate.**Technology and earbuds are available for those who need it.**Please use the link to register and receive access to the Meet & Greet

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