HOMETOWN PRIDE BY JORDAN SNOWDEN // JSNOWDEN@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
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OR POP MUSICIAN BRYCE, his performance at the 2019 Pittsburgh PrideFest is a full-circle moment. Now living in Washington D.C., the ﬁrst experience the Pittsburgh native had with Pride was in his hometown as a child. “My parents took me to see Bernadette Peters at Heinz Hall – which in itself is very gay, but at the time it was not as obvious,” says Bryce. “When we were leaving that concert there was another concert happening in the street downtown, so we stopped to see what it was and it was a bunch of drag queens performing. I think they were doing ‘Lady Marmalade.’ And I loved it, the choreography, the costumes, the fans; and what was even more exciting than me loving it, my parents were having fun, loving it too, which was showing me that they were accepting of LGBTQ people and LGBTQ issues.” Although Bryce didn’t ofﬁcially come out as gay until his senior year of high school, he says he was never really “in the closet.” After graduating in 2011, he moved to D.C. to attend American University. “A nickname they were calling it at the time – AU – was Gay U because there was such a big gay population in the university,” says Bryce. “I think that level of acceptance and level of openness, where I never had to think twice about whether it was OK to be
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