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What’s Queer and Going on in December

The weather outside may have turned frightful yesterday so stay warm with your LGBTQ friends and family this month with over 20 queer virtual and in-person events to make the holiday season gay!

As always, please follow event coordinator’s and venue’s guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Masks on and up over the nose ya jagoffs.

Drag & Dine @ Brewer’s

Look for details on Brewer’s always popular Drag & Dine events on the weekend of December 11th & 12th!


Spot of Tea

Every Monday in December, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, online

Spot of tea is a weekly tea time for queer and trans adults. All registered participants will receive a care package with tea, snack, and fun activities before Monday.


Sunday’s Are A Drag & Brunch @ 5801

Every Sunday 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at 5801 Video Lounge

Join 5801 each Sunday for Brunch from 11 am – 2 pm, a Free drag show beginning at 12 pm, and all the Steeler game action!


Friday, December 4

Twinkle! Kids Drag

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, online

You will not want to miss this unique kid’s drag and talent show devoted to gender fluid and trans kids, and their talented friends. Join us for a few hours, watching children expressing themselves any way they darn well please… virtually!

This is an all-ages, G-rated, program. Bring the whole family! We welcome babies, parents, friends, brothers, sisters, grandparents, god-parents… anyone you can fit in front of the screen!  ALL are welcome!

Deck the Balls: Revenge of the Nutcracker

10:00 PM, online

Tis the time of year for hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts…tune in to Deck the Balls: Revenge of the nutcracker with your friends Hot Metal Hardware and get in the spirit of the holiday season… and enjoy our silliness with our show featuring talents in Drag, Burlesques and more.


Saturday, December 5

Three Rivers Leather Club Toy Drive

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at P Town

The Three Rivers Leather Club’s Annual Toy Drive is adapting to the COVID-19 reality. The toy drive is usually held at the very popular, always sold out, OUTrageous Bingo during the holiday season. With OUTrageous Bingo unable to be held, the Three Rivers Leather Club NEEDS YOUR HELP. The toy drive benefits the kids of Allegheny County Children and Youth Services. This year, we will be doing a “drive-thru” style event held at P-Town bar (4740 Baum Blvd) on Saturday, Dec 5th, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. We ask that you bring a new, unwrapped toy (ages birth to 18). We sincerely thank you for your continued support through the years. 

Q.T. Bike Meet Up

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, meet at 4400 Forbes Avenue

Our Next QT Bike meet up is December 5th at 2 pm. If you would like to rent a Healthy Ride Bike email info@hughlane.org Meet at Carnegie Library Oakland 4400 Forbes Avenue.


Monday, December 7

LGBTQIA Fashion Symposium

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, online

A virtual conversation moderated by Pittsburgh fashion guru; Jaylee Lemon(Founder of President of ReFined Culture ) with the LGBTQIA community about fashion, lifestyle, and how it impacts the industry and their personal style. This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required to receive ZOOM log-in details for participation! This event will be LIVE STREAMED to True T PGH’s Facebook page, however, to participate in the conversation you MUST join us via ZOOM.


Wednesday, December 9

PA LGBTQ+ Town Hall

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, online

Join the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs as we virtually speak out on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community here in Pennsylvania. Register to speak via zoom or join us on Facebook Live as we hear from LGBTQ Pennsylvanians about their experiences on issues such as: discrimination, education equity, aging services, access and quality of health services and housing among others. This is our opportunity to hear from you! Speakers must register.


Gay 4 Good PGH Toy Drive

Now through December 19.

This holiday Gay 4 Good PGH is partnering with The Bradley Center for a holiday gift drive to benefit the adolescents who are currently living at their residential facility. The Bradley Center is an educational and residential center that works with children and their families to address trauma, mental illness, and behavioral challenges.


Saturday, December 12

Drag Queen Story Time

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, online

Registration required. Drag Queen Story Time is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children! KST is thrilled to present a virtual Drag Queen Story Time with Pittsburgh’s own twenty-one year drag veteran and pageant winner Akasha L. Van Cartier! Each story time, Akasha will be joined by current reigning Miss P-Town Leia Way LeStat to share two stories along with songs and dances to engage your child. Drag Queen Story Time captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Claws Out: A Holiday Drag Musical

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, online

Join us for a virtual pre-show party! Co-creators and performers, Monteze Freeland and Shua Potter, will host holiday events including crafts, games, and holiday treats (personally delivered to your home by the elves of City Theatre)* before the digital stream of Claws Out: A Holiday Drag Musical.

After attempting to give the north a new look, Mrs. Rachel Claus (Shua Potter) finds herself face-to-face with a contract clause allowing her to be replaced by newcomer Roberta (Monteze Freeland). With her crown in jeopardy, the stage is set for an epic showdown — and the North Pole has never been so icy. From the team that brought you SANTA’S TED TALK last year comes a world premiere holiday drag musical adapted and filmed for the digital screen.
Book by Monteze Freeland and Shua Potter. Lyrics by Shua Potter and Douglas Levine. Music by Douglas Levine. Co-directed by Monteze Freeland and Marc Masterson
*Holiday treats are only available for the 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19 performances to those located within a 25 miles from City Theatre

Bring a snack or a meal and watch Claws Out: A Holiday Drag Musical with the PGH Equality Center and Community House Presbyterian Church located at 120 Parkhurst Street on the North Side.


Monday, December 14

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, online

Join us for the regional premier and unreleased screening of “A Worm in the Heart” hosted by ReelQ. This program includes an exclusive live interview with director Paul Rice and executive producer Liam Jackson Montgomery. A WORM IN THE HEART is a collection of never before seen stories of tragedy, strength and resilience from the LGBT+ community across Russia, Mongolia and China living under oppressive laws and harsh societal attitudes. The film is a collection of emotionally driven personal interviews captured on the journey that collectively captures the current state of the LGBTQ community in these three countries. The film follows the trajectory of the Trans-Siberian railway, as Director Paul Rice and Producer Liam Jackson Montgomery stop off in cities thousands of kilometers apart to meet with activists and non-activists to find out what it means to be queer in Russia.

Saturday, December 19

Drag Queen Bingo

Doors: 5:00 PM, Dinner: 6:15 PM, Show: 6:30 PM, Elks Lodge 138 E. Maiden Street, Washington, PA

Join us at the Elks Lodge in Washington, PA on Saturday, December 19th, 2020 at 6:30 PM for drag queen bingo hosted by VyVyan Vyxn, Pittsburgh’s #1 Cher Impersonator and also seen on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta! VyVyan and friends will call the balls and entertain you all night long with performances by Brooklyn Bottomvitch and Alexa Killer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local organizations.


Saturday, December 26

LGBTQIA+ Movie Night – “Happiest Season”

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Community House Presbyterian Church 120 Parkhurst Street, 15212

Bring a snack or a meal for yourself — we’ll provide the hot chocolate! — and join us in watching Happiest Season with other LGBTQIA+ members and allies. Hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh MamaBears and Family and Community House Presbyterian Church.


Monday, December 28

Teen Book Club: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, online

Join the PEC Teen Book Club (ages 12 to 19) to discuss Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller! This is the first of two books in the fantasy world that Linsey created with gender non-conforming characters. We will meet December 28th at 6pm to discuss the book via Zoom.
Order the book from any of these sites: BookShop, AmazonSmile (make sure to list the PGH Equality Center as your charity), Barnes & Noble, or for free with a Library card with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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