Page 1

We’re all in this together.

We work better when all of us work together. Inclusion means every person is valued, and all contributions are welcomed. At UPMC, inclusion begins with a core belief that everyone deserves dignity and respect. UPMC Center for Inclusion inspires a culture of collaboration throughout our company and within the communities we serve, all based on the simple idea that inclusion matters — to all of us, every day.

Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC is ranked among the nation’s top 10 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.



PROUD supporters of Pittsburgh Pride ©2014 BEAM, INC. DEERFIELD, IL


Be true. Be proud. Be you.

At Philips, we value all of our employees, and are proud of who they are. Our Pride North America employee resource group is a result of that pride, and helps foster a healthy work environment by giving LGBT and Ally members an opportunity to discuss what’s important to them professionally and personally. To learn more about pursuing a career with Philips, visit


County of Allegheny - Executive Office County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

City of Pittsburgh - Office of the Mayor Mayor Bill Peduto

Dear Friends:

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the nearly 1.3 million residents of Allegheny County, I am excited to welcome you to Pittsburgh Pride 2014. This annual celebration is a joyous time to embrace diversity, and we are honored to host this great event.

On behalf of the City of Pittsburgh, I am pleased to welcome Pittsburgh Pride 2014 to America’s “Most Livable City.”

Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Freedom to Marry hosted a press conference in Pittsburgh, entitled “Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania,” in which I was proud to participate. There are currently 17 states, plus Washington D.C., that legally allow the freedom to marry, and while there is still much work to be done, this is a cause for celebration. As more people get to know their LGBT neighbors and friends, the more they understand the importance of love, commitment, and family. Pittsburgh Pride is a time to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and acceptance, as well as a time of unity for the LGBT community. While there is still discrimination and intolerance, events such as Pride are an important outreach to bring awareness to the continuous quest for LGBT equality. I am proud that Allegheny County is the home of this celebration and is a place where inclusion is not only promoted, but also demonstrated. I hope that you have a wonderful week of festivities, and best wishes for a fun and safe Pride 2014. Sincerely,

As many of you know, I have been an ally and supporter of the LGBT community for many years. I’m proud to say that I have been attending Pittsburgh’s Pride Parade since the days when it was just a few dozen activists on Ellsworth Avenue. It’s incredibly exciting to see how Pittsburgh Pride has grown and it is an honor to celebrate with you in 2014, my first year in the Mayor’s Office. Long before I was elected Mayor, I fought for fairness and equality for same sex couples. In the mid-2000’s, I helped create the City of Pittsburgh’s Domestic Partner law with Council President Bruce Kraus, designed to allow same-sex couples to share health benefits. As Mayor, I signed on to the Mayors for Freedom to Marry campaign. With Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, I stand in support of Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania, an effort to educate and inform all Pennsylvanians about the importance of fairness and equality for all committed couples. Thanks to a recent collaboration with Council President Bruce Kraus, anyone who does business with the city is required to provide same-sex partner benefits to their employees. I have been and will continue to be a strong supporter of legislation that provides equal protection under the law for all people. The tremendous amount of support for Pittsburgh Pride 2014 is a great representation of the desire we have to make Pittsburgh a most livable city for all people. Though we have not yet reached our goal, your presence puts us one step closer to establishing the fairness and equality that every American deserves. I look forward to celebrating with you. Once again, welcome to Pittsburgh! I hope that you enjoy your stay in a city that keeps surprising people from all over the world.

Rich Fitzgerald Allegheny County Executive William Peduto Mayor


E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg


Our members lead diverse and dynamic lives. So it’s crucial for us to provide plans that meet everyone’s needs. With quality programs, doctors and hospitals, you can always count on us for innovative thinking to meet your needs today and well into the future.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Coverage subject to the terms of your benefits program.


Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh Gary A. Van Horn Jr., President

Dear Friends: This could be the year! Marriage equality is now a reality in seventeen states. Pennsylvania remains the only state in the Northeast without it, and all eyes are focused on the ACLU of PA and its federal lawsuit.

Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh Chris Bryan, Director of Marketing & Development

It’s a unique position being a straight ally working for an LGBT organization. Pittsburgh Pride 2013 was over with the exception of one final event called Riot or Rejoice. The idea was to invite the community to watch the Supreme Court decision on DOMA and Prop 8 live on Liberty Avenue.

But it’s not just about marriage. There are still 29 states where you can be fired for being gay and 34 where you can be fired for being transgender. We must continue to fight for statewide non-discrimination protections and the federal employment nondiscrimination act. It sad to think that lesbian and gay people will be able to get married, but as soon as they do they could be fired.

The announcement was set for June 26. We were ready. The permit was in place. The video was done. The satellite TV truck was ordered. The speakers were lined up. We had rally sings and rainbow flags. The media was swarming.

We love this year’s theme of “Be Brave,” because it speaks everyone. From those who fought back at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the thousands of men and woman who are living with HIV. To today’s youth who are struggling with living their lives authentically to those who are facing challenges at home and at school just because they may look different. To the trans person that is struggling with acceptance within our community and outside of community.

In the four short years since I’ve joined the Delta Foundation, I’ve been fortunate to see how quickly the LGBT movement has come. Marriage equality passing in New York. President Obama’s support during his interview with Robin Roberts. The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. In fact, having dinner with Rep. Patrick Murphy and four other friends was a real treat for me.

Pride is a time to stand up, be brave, and be proud of who you are! Whether you have been out for years or you’re just figuring things out, it’s important that we be visible and work together for the betterment of the entire community. We are stronger as a united voice. We have some fantastic entertainment joining us at Pride this year who we believe are the epitome of bravery including Charice, Steve Grand, and Lazaro Arbos. And we can’t to entertain you at Pride in the Street! Lots of credit needs to go to our volunteers , board of directors, and staff at the Foundation . These folks work tirelessly to make us Pittsburgh Proud! Our fight for equality is not just measured in victories in the courthouse or legislature, but by the continuing to change people’s hearts and minds and then understanding that we just want to love like they do and be treated equally under the law, with dignity and respect.

Gary A. Van Horn President Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh 10

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Jim Sheppard was speaking when the news broke.

But this was different. People were crying and hugging with joy! And there I stood….watching. I’ve never been afraid of loving who I want to love without judgment. I can marry whoever I want to marry. I’ve never been fired or treated differently because of my sexual orientation. As my friends starting hugging me, I realized the enormity of what had just happened. Why the ruling was so important. Why Pittsburgh Pride is so important. How equality changes people’s lives. And I had my “Pride Moment.” This is going to be a great year. And I’ll be right there in the trenches fighting for you and with you, equally.

Chris Bryan Director of Marketing and Development Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh

Advancing each generation through diversity and inclusion.

Innovating for more than 125 years, we’ve learned that the best way to achieve great ideas is through open minds and an open workplace. Alcoa is honored to achieve the Corporate Equality Index top score of 100 percent for five consecutive years and to be named one of HRC’s 2014 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.

Advancing each generation.


Joe King, Editor-in-Chief Equal Magazine Dear friends and gay family: Welcome to our special Pittsburgh Pride issue! Pittsburgher’s are rolling out the rainbow carpet for this historic celebration and this double issue is packed with 116 pages of anything and everything you want to know about Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Pride! Equal Magazine is pleased to once again be the official publication of Pittsburgh Pride to keep you informed of all the amazing events, stories and tips to help you get the most out of your Pride celebration. Start with our full calendar of Pride events on page 20 and be sure to get the *412 on a few new events being offered this year including the Stride for Pride 5K, Equality on Ellsworth kick-off event, and Fabulous Gay Fridays (pages 44-64). Get your heart racing with features on two national entertainers who will be performing for their first time in the ‘Burgh: Our interview with country singer Steve Grand will have you saying “Yee-Haaw!” (page 34). Fans of Glee will be thrilled to catch up with Charice, the pint sized powerhouse who has wowed audiences all over the world with her amazing voice and infectious personality. Charice headlines Equality on Ellsworth, the kick-off to Pittsburgh Pride on Sunday June 8. Details can be found on page 52. Pittsburgh’s rich gay history is celebrated with two stories that take a look back with reflection on our Ball Scene (page 72) as well as an in-depth feature on the Pegasus Lounge (page 86). These stories help to remind us where we’ve been and the experiences shape where we are going as a community. We also offer our out of town guests money saving ideas for things to do to in and around town with “14 things to do under $10” on page 28. Don’t miss the guide that offers inside information on our bars and neighborhoods that surround them on page 100. There is also a story with suggestions for reasons to come back to Pittsburgh after Pride is over on page 98. We welcome you to explore this issue and let it serve as your “Pride Guide” and we encourage you to subscribe to Equal Magazine home delivery so you won’t miss anything gay and going on in the ‘Burgh…or as we call it “HOME.” Celebrate “You” this Pride season. LGBT visibility everywhere. With Love,

Joe King Editor-in-Chief 12

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Publisher: The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh

Director of Marketing and Development Chris Bryan

Board Members Gary A. Van Horn Jr. President

Community Outreach Director Margot Martin

Louise F. Stutler Vice President Jim Sheppard Secretary Bart A. Rauluk Treasurer Michael G. Bartley Daniel M. Catanzaro Mary Jo Geyer Steven. R. Herforth Charles W. Honse* Patrick J. Journet William R. Kaelin* Peter J. Karlovich Charles C. Lukehart August “Buzz” C. Pusateri Brian J. Stankavich Donnie R. Thinnes* Charles P. Tierney* *Emeritus Board Members

Editor-in-Chief Joe King Art Director Jonathan Fobear Emotional Support Mark Doyal Cookies

For questions, comments, and advertising inquiries, please email info@ EQUAL Magazine PO Box 100057 Pittsburgh, PA 15233

The mission of the Delta Foundation is to be a vigilant catalyst for change that produces increased opportunities and a high quality of life for the LGBT community. Opinions and claims made by advertisers are those of the advertisers ONLY. Equal accepts no liability for claims made by advertisers. All rights reserved. ©2014 Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.


WE COULDN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. DELTA FOUNDATION OF PITTSBURGH ADVISORY BOARD Deborah L. Acklin Joshua Dziabiak Dana Elmendorf Honorable Dan Frankel Michael A. Madden, MD Honorable Douglas A. Shields

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS & SPONSORS 5801 Video Lounge 941/Tilden ACLU of PA ALCOA American Eagle Belvedere Dive Bar Blue Moon Bottom Dollar BNY Mellon Brewers Hotel & Bar Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.

SPECIAL THANKS Allegheny County Council Amanda Abbott Howard Andrew Duane Ashley DeAnn Baxter Mary Beth Beggy Lindsay Berdell Nathan Bopp Nadine Brnilovich Lynne Bryan Rob Buswell Charles L. Caputo Louis F. Caputo, Esp. Ben Carlise Candi Castleberry-Singleton Bill Chisnell Maureen Cohon 14



Kryspe Miller, Chair Dalton Edwards Jon Holmes Laura Horowitz Blade Matthews Kevin Nelson D.J. Wiggins Kenny Wimer


Steven Herforth, Chair Craig Conn Greg DeCesare

Christine Bryan Kierra Darshell Richard Parsakian Gary Van Horn


Jeff Freedman, Chair Paul Castro Norm Hochendoner Kelly Kinsey Heather Krainz Jeffrey Wankster Jimmy Sampson

CCAC Cattivo Center for Inclusion at UPMC Clear Channel Club Pittsburgh Coca-Cola Coors Brewing Cruze Bar Curve Magazine Deloitte Dignity & Respect Campaign Fab Scout Entertainment G2H2 Pittsburgh Allison Gale Gay Life Television

Giant Eagle Google Harris Grill Heinz Tara Henderson Highmark Images Jim Beam Brands Landmark Security lululemon Marckisotto Markets, Inc. Mini of Pittsburgh PPG Philips Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Pittsburgh Foundation Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Symphony PNC Financial Services Riverset Credit Union Social Southern Wine & Spirits Spin Bartini Steel City Stonewall Democrats There Video Lounge Three Rivers Arts Festival WYEP-FM Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh

Ray DeMichiei Amie Downs Don Doyle Erika Ducoeur David Edgar Marcie Eberhart Honorable Rich Fitzgerald Shawn Fertitta Lisa Florian Patrick Flynn Mike Gable David Gapsky Ofc. Christie Gasiorowski Melinda Gaus Leann Herrington Jeff Hunter Christine Kaczkowski Marc Katz Peter Katz

Miranda Kent Kevin Kinross Jeff Koch Jim Koch Mike Krawec Ella Kuperminc Mary Ellen Lammel Robert Lepre Tinsy Lipchak Renee & Frank Malto Brian Masters Acting Chief Regina McDonald J. Kevin McMahon Ralph Morrow Scott Noxon Sean Oats Mary Ann Papale Steve Plummer Nancy Previch

Mayor Bill Peduto Ron Romano Chuck Rompala Phyllis Rupert Rodney Schwartz Sgt. Larry Scirotto Lyndsay Sickler Josh Stewart Dave Suffrin Amy Tingler Carol Untch Sunny Varasso Amanda Verrengia Thomas Yargo Helga Ying

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg



CONTRIBUTORS & THANK YOU’S G. Michael Beigay is a free-lance photographer and special education professional for Allegheny Intermediate Unit. His photography has provided educational tools to aid students with cognitive disabilities. He also has worked with a media specialist at his LGBT-friendly church to develop various multi-media productions. Michael has shot for Cue, Whirl, and now Equal. He is one of the hosts for G2H2 and also the main photographer. Mike Buzzelli is a standup comedian and author. His book, Below Average Genius, a collection of humor pieces culled from his weekly humor column at the ObserverReporter newspaper, is available at Chrissy Costa is a standup comedian, actress and freelance writer. She studied sketch comedy at Chicago’s famed Second City. Her work has been featured in several local LGBT publications and you may recognize her from her column, “Last Woman Standing”. She’s a fan of activism, big earrings and causing an awkward silence.

Jonathan Fobear is a native of Cass City, MI. For 12 years he has been an art director branding non-profits, corporations, destinations, and city festivals. He has worked with clients as big as The Dept of Agriculture and NASA and as small as his mom & dad. Jonathan has presented branding workshops both in Pennsylvania and New York and currently resides in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Mara Rago specializes in portraits, fine art, pets, events, model portfolios, legal, and corporate photography. She has a studio in the East End of Pittsburgh and shoots in-studio as well as on location. Photography is Mara’s life. It’s a passion. Capturing visions in her little black box is a gift and, every day, she is grateful. Jay P. Obertance is a food, quality, and entertainment addict; a gourmand/chef with a passion for fine dining and a love of company to enjoy and share it with. As his motto goes, “Life is too short to eat mediocre food.”

Are YOU interested in writing for Equal Magazine? Email 16

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Guest contributors: John Altdorfer Harrison Apple Michael David Battle Christine Bryan Naheen Cavalleri Joe Corcoran Dezmanian Dalen Ebony Kate Paine Jason Peck Rick Sicilio Joseph B. Smith Masha Vereshchenko

“Equality is more than just a talking point for me, it’s personal. There was a time when my marriage would have been illegal. Now it’s time to make sure everyone has the right to marry the one they love.” Rob McCord, Democrat for Governor

As governor, Rob McCord will “BE BRAVE” and: Make same sex marriage legal Support employment non-discrimination legislation Create a Governor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs Promote diversity as an economic benefit for Pennsylvania Endorsed by Steel City Stonewall Democrats |



Features 34





Steve Grand comes to Pittsburgh

A complete guide to

Pittsburgh Pride 2014


American Idol Lazaro Arbos


Charice Kicks off Pride


PA’s Marriage Equality Update

Be sure not to miss

26 What’s Gay and Goin’ on? 28 14 awesome Pittsburgh things to do under $10 38 Pittsburgh’s Queer History Project debuts 66 Queer Scene 68 Travel: Raising the Glass in Champagne 72 Pittsburgh’s Ball Scene is Burning 76 Lions, tigers & bears….oh my! A guide to the gay animal names 81 Put your dancin’ shoes on at Pride in the Street 82 Trans Community Update 86 A look back: Pegasus Lounge 90 Hot Guy Reads a Book 92 Food: Eat local 98 The next time you’re in Pittsburgh 100 Insider’s Guide to Gay Bars in Pittsburgh 106 Pink Pages—your guide to LGBT Pittsburgh



E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg



Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 6300 Fifth Avenue Shadyside



Sponsored by Persad Wyndham Hotel, Downtown

7:30 PM Cabaret at Theater Square


“HERE AND NOW; QUEER GEOGRAPHIES IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY” Silver Eye Photography 1015 East Carson Street South Side


STUDIO 1600 DISCO NIGHT 8 PM -2 AM Cruze Bar Strip District




7 PM $12; $7 with valid student ID Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Screening Room 477 Melwood Avenue Oakland




discussions. All are welcome, however space is limited. RSVP at Bakery Square 6425 Penn Avenue East Side



Pittsburgh Public Theater Downtown


Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Queer History Project 6-9 PM Future Tenant 819 Liberty Avenue Downtown


PRIDE CONCERT: SINGING OUT Presented by the Renaissance City Choir 4 PM East Liberty Presbyterian Church





Sponsored by Hello Bully Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall


Doors open at 5:15 PM; games start at 6 PM Pittsburgh Opera Strip District

IL DIVO: A MUSICAL AFFAIR 7:30 PM Benedum Center


Hosted by Marsha Monster Mellow $10 benefits Artist of the Year Foundation Doors open at 7 PM; show starts at 8 PM 20

Cattivo 146 44th Street Lawrenceville 12-6:30 PM

11 PM There Ultra Lounge 931 Liberty Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh


38TH ANNUAL BIG GAY PICNIC PRIDE CONCERT: SINGING OUT Nothing signals the start of summer like the annual LGBT Memorial Day Weekend Picnic! Admission includes a delicious picnic buffet and all-you-can-drink Coors products. The cocktail bar will be back by popular demand and we’ll have non-alcoholic beverages for the designated drivers. Tickets are $25 in advance at tickets North Park Lodge Pearce Mill Road

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Presented by the Renaissance City Choir 4 PM East Liberty Presbyterian Church


INTERSECTIONS OF DIVERSITY Co-hosted by Google, Pitt’s Rehabilitation Science and Technology Department, and Human Engineering Research Laboratories 10:30 AM to 5 PM Join us as we explore intersections of diversity, disability, and athletics through tours, demos, and panel

Laugh, Dance and Drag Comic Erin Foley, hosted by Chrissy Costa 7:15 PM Cruze Bar Strip District

FIRST FRIDAYS WITH KIERRA DARSHELL Starring Kierra Darshell, Thea Trix, Anna Steezia 11:30 PM Cruze Bar 1600 Smallman Street Strip District





from “RuPauls Drag Race Season 2” Doors open at 8 PM; Show at 11 PM Cattivo Lawrenceville

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the following

GRANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE We are soliciting grant applications for the following Focus Areas: Collaboration

Consideration will be given to organizations that collaborate with at least one other group on a project or event that directly focuses on the LGBT or HIV/AIDS community.


Consideration will be given to projects or events working to end bullying of LGBT youth.

Underserved Communities Consideration will be given to organizations that are working on projects or events outside of Allegheny County that raise the awareness and understanding of the LGBT or HIV/AIDS community.

Deadline is August 1, 2014

Over $12,500 is available! a project of the

For more information visit or call 412-322-2800


Equa lM a g a


YOUTH PRIDE PROM Ages 13-20 only


The Warhol 117 Sandusky Street North Side



Sponsored by lululemon athletica All proceeds benefit the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh Outside on Ellsworth Avenue 8 AM to 2 PM To register, visit


INTERFAITH PRIDE WORSHIP SERVICE & BRUNCH BUFFET All denominations and faiths welcome! Community House Church 120 Parkhurst Street Central North Side


4-10 PM Join us for a night of inspirational speakers, awesome entertainment, and who knows what other surprises. The night closes out with singing sensation Charice from Glee! Cash bar. $10 suggested donation



6-7:30 PM Hosted by Maureen Cohon and Kate Paine from Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney and Robert Lepre from Fifth Third Bank. Space 22

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

is limited. RSVP by June 6 to WQED Multi-Media 4802 Fifth Avenue Oakland

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 7 PM- Midnight


Join us for Pittsburgh’s most talked about and exclusive party at the fabulous home of Steven Herforth and Peter Karlovich. Located on Mt. Washington with beautiful sweeping views of our Pittsburgh skyline, enjoy an evening complete with a full open bar, swimming, and entertainment. Towels and changing area are provided. Beverages compliments of an anonymous donor. Must be over 18 to attend. Tickets are $30 in advance Herforth/Karlovich Party Palace 207 Bailey Avenue Mt. Washington



We call it a crawl but it’s actually a chauffeured tour of the city’s coolest clubs, bars and restaurants. There’s something free for you at every stop. Buses will drop and pick up approximately every 20 minutes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Best of all, there’s something free for you at every stop! Tickets are $30 in advance at tickets


Featuring Sharon Needles and DJs Edgar Um & Dad Time **Free cover with Pub Crawl ticket! 9 PM to 2 AM Cruze Bar 1600 Smallman Street Strip District


Halston AND Warhol: Silver and Suede / May 18 – August 24, 2014 Andy Warhol, Halston (detail), 1974, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Presented by

Additional support provided by


Equa lMa ga z



6-11 PM 5801 Ellsworth Avenue Shadyside

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 5:30 PM to 1:30 AM


Updates Latest News Calendar of Events Ticket info Pictures Emergency Alerts


FREE APP TODAY! Step 1: Download and launch the App Step 2: Register and Login Step 3: Get updates, share photos, get more info on events search for Pittsburgh Pride on

It’s Pittsburgh’s largest dance party! For more info, visit page 58.



Proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 2-6 AM 12- 1 PM


Join us we show our Pride and march with Pride! The March begins at Grant Street and the Blvd. of the Allies, proceeds down Grant Street, turns left onto Fifth Avenue, and finally a right onto Liberty Avenue. The grandstand will be located at the PrideFest entrance at Liberty Avenue and Sixth Street Downtown 1-6:30 PM


A day-long free event that will feature continuous entertainment on two stages, over 100 vendors, street performers, food vendors, a children’s activity area, pet area, and more! Special guest gay country singer Steve Grand is our featured performer Liberty Avenue between 6th & 10th Street Downtown



E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg


PIN-UP PERFECTION PAGEANT 9 PM $10 Cattivo Lawrenceville

PRIDE DRAG BOWL 7-11 PM Hollywood Lanes Dormont


NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY “Take the Test. Take Control”




CIRCLE OF FAITH 2 PM Market Square Downtown


LOLA LECROIX’S “VAIN” WITH ADORE DELANO from “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6” 11 PM Cavo Strip District

O, hAY

call me: 412-345-0583

Young gay men and trans women: BRING IT.

M2M Project every First Wednesday at Cruze Bar Join the

for our rotating speaker series in a fun, safe, and accepting atmosphere!

6 PM - 9 PM

Then join

PATF every

Thursday at Cruze Bar

for FREE HIV TESTING 10 PM - 1:30 just a quick and painless mouth swab!


Strip District, 1600 Smallman St Pittsburgh, PA 15222


What’s Gay and Goin’ on?

PATF 28th Annual Benefit @20th Century Club

Janet Mock@CMU

Photos by G. Michael Beigay Persad Patron Party @ J. Verno Studios


E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg


Match Gayme @ Cruze Bar

Dirty Ball@Jane Street Warehouse

Steel City Stonewall Democrats @ Cruze

Kiki Ball @ The Warhol

InterPride Mid-Year Board Meeting @Wyndham

iCandy Pop-up Party @ Cruze Bar


Equa lMa ga z


Arcade Comedy Theater


Wander a block down the street from the heart of Pride, you’ll find the Arcade Comedy Theater. The Arcade is home to some of the funniest improvisational comedy troupes and comedians in Pittsburgh. It’s gay friendly and promotes LGBT causes. Only a year old, the theater has sponsored Pride-related events and an LGBT event on National Coming Out Day. If you missed Missy Moreno’s “Friends of Dorothy Show” last year, you missed a seven foot tall drag queen dressed as Glinda the Good Witch, showering the audience with bubbles. Don’t worry about a two-drink minimum, the Arcade is BYOB. It’s also only ten dollars a person per show, with student rates, coupons and other bargains for frugal funnies.

By Michael Buzzelli Photos by Jonathan Fobear

Pittsburgh has a lot to offer boys and girls on a budget. Now that you’re here, explore! Here are 14 fun things to do for under ten dollars each!

Arcade Comedy Theater 811 Liberty Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh 412-339-0608

Harris Grill

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Browse the Three Rivers Arts Festival FREE

Down the street from the Pride Festival is Pittsburgh’s biggest artist’s market, the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Arts and crafts are on display. There are several great musical acts as well. Catch Sam Bush, the Smithereens, and/or Lucinda Williams, all of whom are scheduled to perform this year.


Hang out in the Park

Pittsburgh has some great outdoor spaces. We have a plethora of parks. Scheneley Park has the oval with lots of fun activities, play a pick-up game of volleyball, run the track, play Frisbee golf, or just watch the pretty boys and girls walk by. Point State Park Downtown Pittsburgh

If you’re in town on a Tuesday, you can head to the Harris Grill in Shadyside for Bacon Night. Baskets of bacon are only a dollar a piece. They have plenty of other specials too. Here’s the best part; they’re gay bar adjacent. They’re one block from 5801 and across the street from Spin Bartini & Ultra Lounge. The Harris Grill 5747 Ellsworth Avenue Shadyside 412-362-5273


Walk the Dinosaurs

Go dinosaur hunting in the heart of Pittsburgh. All around town, local artists have redesigned the ancient beasts with a more modern look. There are several of these public art works at PPG and Market Square, such as Shirley Yee’s Lost Pittsburgh Stegosaurus, Glennis McClelland’s Mr. Dig T-Rex, William Donovan’s Jurassic Jewel Stegosaurus and Chris Smith’s Historapod Stegosaurus. Others are dedicated to Heinz Ketchup, Fred Rogers and other Pittsburgh icons.

Go for a swim

Pittsburgh has a lot of great swimming pools. Most of the pools are open every day of the week all summer long until Labor Day. Go for a few laps at the North Park Pool. It’s open from 11:30 am - 7:30 pm. Or grab a inner tube raft at one of the area’s Wave Pools and laze the day away. Most of the pools charge between $5 and $8 per adult (renting inner tubes is extra). scfac.aspx

Gus and Yia Yia’s

South Side Works Cinema

Gus and Yia Yia’s offers a sweet treat to beat the summer heat. Gus Kalaris and his wife, Stella (Yia Yia is Greek for grandma) have been serving up handshaved ice balls in gourmet flavors. They’re Pittsburgh famous! If you’re not in the mood for a snow cone, they also sell peanuts and popcorn!

Pride is over, you’ve taken the day off, and you’re looking for something to do on Monday. Head to the South Side Works Cinema for Movie Monday. Tickets are only $6.00 and they also have incredible deals at the concession stand, so you won’t have to skimp on the popcorn. South Side Works Cinema South Side 412-381-1681 or 412-381-7335

Have a Rainbow Ice Ball for Pride!

There’s also Pittsburgh Filmmakers, which has three movie locations: The Harris is blocks away from Pride and plays LGBT films, the Regent Square Theater, and the Melwood Screening Room. Check out their schedule at

Gus and Yia Yia Allegheny Commons Park 638 W. Ohio Street North Shore

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont plays revival and independent movies. Check out the local shadow cast of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players. Hit them up at


Primanti Brothers Sandwiches

Every summer in Pittsburgh, Dollar Bank and Citiparks operate Cinema in the Park at several area parks. The most popular ones for members of the LGBT community are Cinema Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville and Cinema Scheneley Park on Flagstaff Hill overlooking Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Also, the Strip District location is blocks away from Pittsburgh’s LGBT dance headquarters, Cruze Bar.

Bring a blanket, munchies and a bottle of something-something and have yourselves a movie party.

sandwich courtesy of Andrew

If you want to try the local cuisine, Primanti Brothers is a must. Choose a sandwich from the menu board (try the #2 seller Cheese Steak), and it will arrive with French fries and coleslaw all on one giant honking sandwich. It’s also one of the best places in Pittsburgh to “people watch,” especially at 2:00 a.m. or later.

Various locations, but we suggest the Strip District location. It’s 24/7. Primanti Brothers 46 18th Street Strip District 412-261-1599

Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning

Cinema in the Park


Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is another fun way to spend the day. Check out the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning. The rooms reflect various cultures. Most of the rooms are still functional classrooms and two, the Early American and the Syrian-Lebanon Room, can only be see on a guided tour. Cathedral of Learning Oakland cinema-in-park


Equa lMa ga z


There’s a museum right in the heart of Pride. Smack dab between There and Images on Liberty Avenue is the ToonSeum, a museum of cartoon and comic book art. Their mission is to celebrate the art of cartooning, promote a deeper appreciation of cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming and exhibitions of original cartoon art. When you’re at the front desk, look up, and you’ll see an Acme anvil hanging over your head (don’t tell Wile E. Coyote). Admission is only $6.00 for anyone over thirteen-years-old; Children over six are $3.00 and children five and under are free. ToonSeum 945 Liberty Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh 412-232-0199

Fort Pitt Museum & Block House

Walk all the way down Liberty Avenue to the end and you will come to Point State Park. It’s a beautiful park with a fountain and it’s a fun place to laze away the day after PrideFest. If you’ve got a passion for history, head to the Fort Pitt Museum and Block House. The museum has a wealth of information about Pittsburgh and its environs.


Admission to the Fort Pitt Museum is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors over 61, $3.00 for students with ID and children ages 4-17, and free to members and children under three. Fort Pitt Museum & Block House Point State Park at 601 Commonwealth Place, Building B, Downtown Pittsburgh 412-281-9284

Ride the Incline

The Duquesne Incline is one of the few Funicular railways left in the United States. Walk over to Station Square and then take the steep rail car up the Mt. Washington hillside. Once there, you can look over the grand view on Grandview. If you take a short walk along the western end of Grandview Avenue, you can see the statue of George Washington and Guyasuta. The two men, the general and the Native American, stare into each other’s eyes just like young lovers on a first date. Duquesne Incline 1197 W. Carson Street West End 412-381-1665 3 0

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg


DIVERSITY PRIDE INCLU FRIENDSHIP TOLERANC COMMUNITY SUPPORT LGBT ADVOCACY DIVER AWARENESS TOLERAN We deliver DIVERSI NCLUSION bold statements. PRIDE INCLUSION FRIEN TOLERANCE COMMUNI LGBT AD SUPPORT CACY DIVERSITYAWARE NCLUSION DIVERSITY L PRIDE AWARENESS COM FRIENDSHIP TOLERANC SUPPORT COMMUNITY We’re honored to sponsor the Pittsburgh Pride event and its efforts to promote diversity and tolerance throughout our region. The work you do is making more than a statement in our community, it’s making a difference.

Five Can’t-Miss Pittsburgh Attractions While these are a little pricer, here’s five can’t-miss attractions you may want to add to your Pittsburgh visit. If you do some searching online, you might get lucky and find a discount.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Zenith Café

It’s Sunday and you need a brunch on a budget, girl. Head over to the Zenith Café for the vegetarian brunch. It’s Pittsburgh’s best kept secret in vegetarian dining. Zenith is a restaurant, art gallery and antique store all in one location. Best of all, the brunch is $11.50 a person, and you get to order any breakfast plate off their menu in addition to the buffet. There’s an unlimited amount of goodies on the table. Try the Thai peanut noodles, stuffed grape leaves, or something from their desert table which offers a dozen different cakes and pies. Zenith Café 86 S. 26th Street South Side 412-481-4833


E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens One Schenley Park Oakland 412-622-6914

The Andy Warhol Museum 117 Sandusky Street North Side 412-237-8300

Photo: Susan Brown

Almost $10 Honorable Mention

The Warhol is chock full of art with seven floors of drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, film and video. There is also an extensive collection of ephemera, source materials and other documents of Warhol’s life. There are exhibits of other artists, performance art series, special exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, concerts and more. Make sure you check out the Silver Clouds permanent exhibit; silver helium balloons waft around you, making you feel as weightless as Sandra Bullock in “Gravity.”

Get a splash of color without falling into a Rainbow flag. Phipps has a beautiful array of plants, flowers and butterflies. Immerse yourself in seventeen botanical experiences. The conservatory has some great exhibits as well as an amazing collection of flora. Don’t miss the Parterre de Broderie (the embroidery of the earth), an elegant room with French-style knotted gardens also known as the Broderie Room.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Lions and tigers and bears…oh my! The city of Pittsburgh has a great collection of animals, land, sea and sky. It’s a sprawling complex and well worth a visit. You can even see a naked mole rat without having to watch “Kim Possible” on Netflix. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium One Wild Place Highland Park 412-665-3640

Kennywood Park

Ride a big one at Kennywood! Of course, we’re talking about roller coasters. Kennywood is world famous for its roller coasters. Challenge your friends to a race on the Racer; two roller coasters that race against each other. Ride the Thunderbolt, dubbed the Ultimate Roller Coaster and the King of Coasters by the New York Times. Get wet on the Pittsburg (no H) Plunge.

And don’t forget the Potato Patch fries, the very popular Pittsburgh version of pomme frites! Kennywood Park 4800 Kennywood Blvd. West Mifflin 412-461-0500

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie is a lot like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup; it’s two great museums in one. There’s the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art located in the same vast building. Some of the greatest discoveries about dinosaurs were made at the Carnegie. Go exploring! Carnegie Museum of Natural History Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Oakland 412-622-3131

Shake up your career. Great jobs … 20,000+ positions open right now. Great life, too … affordable, friendly af and fun. Opportunities for all. Straight up.

FEATURE Steve Grand burst onto the American music scene with his YouTube sensation, “All American Boy,” a country/western song about a gay man and his unrequited love for his best friend who is straight. The video went viral garnering 2.75 million hits. It landed the up-and-coming singer-songwriter on “Good Morning America” and CNN. Buzzfeed proclaimed it as one of “The 24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013.” Grand has been smiling ever since. Grand is humbled by the praise, but loving the attention his music is getting. He described his experience writing the iconic song. Grand said, “I grew up Catholic in a small town. Gay people just weren’t visible in my world. So, falling for straight guys is definitely something I’ve experienced. The song isn’t just about being gay. It’s about the universal experience of wanting someone you can’t have. I think that’s an experience we can all relate to, whether you’re gay or straight.” When asked what it’s like to be called

one of the first openly gay male country stars, Grand laughed and said, “I don’t really think of myself as a country singer. I think of myself as a storyteller. If people identify with the story my music is telling, I’m happy. I never really considered ‘All American Boy’ a country song, though. I like all genres of music.” The singer plays a variety of musical instruments, piano, guitar and flute. He has even sung in a several rock bands. Grand said, “When I was a little kid I was playing jazz clubs, doing cover songs, two nights a week.” When Grand came out of the closet to his friends, he was in the eighth grade. He said, “I was writing music and I kept a journal. It was my outlet. I had to work through a lot of conflicting emotions.” He added, “I didn’t tell my parents. They read an IM (instant message) I sent some friends. My parents were shocked and not welcoming at all. Their hearts were in the right place,

All American Boy An all American boy is about to rock the all American city of Pittsburgh.


E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

SeaSon TickeTS

on Sale now!

© Disney


October 28-November 2 Benedum Center

November 18-23 Benedum Center

November 25-30 Benedum Center

December 30-January 4 Heinz Hall

January 20-25 Benedum Center

April 7-12 Benedum Center

c a m eron m ack intosh ’ s spec tac ul a r ne w produc tion of

a ndr ew lloyd webber’s

February 18-March 1 • Benedum Center




412-456-1390 412-471-6930


Equa lMa ga z

PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh is a presentation of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Subscriptions start as low as


per issue

A subscription to Equal Magazine would make the perfect gift for you or someone in your life. Plus it’s the only way to guarantee that you’ll get it every month!

$10 = 11 issues ($0.91 an issue) $18 = 22 issues ($0.82 an issue) $24 = 33 issues ($0.73 an issue) Subscribe today at 3 6

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

but their lack of acceptance was a great source of pain and confusion for me for a long time. But because they loved me so much, they did a lot of soul searching. It has taken a while, but I’m so proud of how far we have all come. My family and I have all gained so much strength, compassion and understanding. They’re my number one fans, cheering me on every step of the way.” Grand feels like all of his fans are his family and nicknamed his followers the GrandFam. Grand said, “It’s such an amazing journey. People come up to me on the street and thank me for telling the story of ‘All American Boy.’ It’s touched a lot of different people.” The tall, dark and handsome singer has a new album, eponymously titled “All American Boy,” thanks to the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign that raised over $300,000, more than three times the original goal. It was the most–funded music project in Kickstarter history, and the most-funded music project by a musician not affiliated with a label. The first full length album will be available soon; yet

another reason for Grand’s big, infectious smile. Grand said, “I can’t thank my fans enough. I want to thank everyone who has supported me.” He added, “I never expected to raise so much. My fans never stop amazing me.” Grand is touring the country playing Pride events all summer. He’s enjoyed touring, especially to Los Angeles and San Francisco. When he comes to Pittsburgh, it will be his first visit to the Steel City, but, judging from fan reaction, it won’t be his last. Grand smiled and said, “Playing Prides have been incredible. It’s been a dream come true. There’s been something special and unique about each one. I look forward to meeting my fans there in Pittsburgh.” Steve Grand will headline Pittsburgh PrideFest on Sunday, June 15. The event takes place from 1-6:30 PM on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh between 6th & 10th Street. Admission is free.

You don’t need a big one to be happy


With an MSRP starting at $19,950, a MINI TwinPower Turbo engine that delivers up to 42 MPG, a brilliantly reimagined interior and new optional LED headlights, it’s safe to say the new MINI Hardtop has learned a few new tricks. Come meet the new MINI Hardtop at MINI of Pittsburgh

y k c Lufter A

k r Da By Harrison Apple

Founded in May 2012, the Pittsburgh Queer History Project (PQHP) is an ongoing oral history and media preservation initiative, founded by Harrison Apple. Beginning with the excavation of an abandoned East Liberty after-hours club, the PQHP grew in scope to reinvestigate Pittsburgh history through the lens of the private social club. The PQHP retraced a nearly forgotten history of how the private social club became the lucrative tool of a few individuals and radically changed the lives of LGBT Pittsburghers from the 1960s onward. Through the generosity of countless

3 8

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

individuals, Apple was able to contact club owners, bartenders, performers, and patrons to illustrate a unique history of “gay life� which risked erasure. Where so many histories emphasize invisibility, especially outside of the bustling cities of New York and San Francisco, Pittsburgh is home to the story of a workingclass gay scene which evolved in response to conditions, opportunities, and restraints. In collaboration with Dr. Tim Haggerty, Director of the Humanities Scholars Program at Carnegie Mellon University, the PQHP has

Better together? Absolutely! Our differences are what energize our culture at EY. That’s why it’s important to us to support our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies — creating an environment where all of us can bring our whole selves to work. Because achieving our potential as a firm begins with helping our people realize their potential as individuals. It makes all the difference to our success.

© 2014 Ernst & Young LLP. All Rights Reserved. ED 0615


ic r their first publ ar preparing fo ye st la e th t spen .” ucky After Dark exhibit called “L s e historical root rk” illustrates th 20th century “Lucky After Da in bs ian social clu , private social of gay and lesb r Repeal in 1933 of Prohibition. te Af Pittsburgh. cy ga the mixed le clubs inherited clubs were populated by s ur ho rranging from These afte ght characters ili tw of re tu ix le providing am to vice cops whi ment for its numbers kings in rta tion, and ente privacy, protec aces” helped burgh’s “gay pl e where tts Pi . clientele sc cturnal land ap lped forge he create a new no f, and members proprietors, staf set the stage for future at a community th blic life. pu engagement in   the oral s closely from The exhibit draw ted with Lucky, a club uc interviews cond nder who became a key rte ba d an steward


E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

ith many project, along w ralleled e th r fo t an rm info er pa ts. Lucky’s care other participan Pittsburgh and his extensive y , the history of ga raphs, videos, publications otog use Ho e th , collection of ph ub Cl . s from the T.C and other item hich vividly avelers all of w Tr d an , of Tilden rk. da r y world afte illustrate the ga May 30-June 29 Future Tenant ue 819 Penn Aven n Downtow pittsburghqueer

provided exhibition was cky After Dark’ onal and Charitable Trust ‘Lu e th for ing Fund . Mellon Educati The Pittsburgh Foundation, of @ in part by the A.W ott Noxon Fund e Fund for Art Fund and the Sc llon University Frank-Ratchy gram at Carnegie Pro Me s ie lar eg ies Scho the Carn d the Humanit the Frontier, an ty. Mellon Universi


y Rd Seave

S 18th St

Col lins St


Ave S Ne


Circ le

sA ve alla SD s Ave S Dallas Av e

Blv d

S Highland Ave

S Millvale

Blo om fie ld Bri dg e Bigelow Blvd

elo w Big

Pen n


xp y en yV all


Blv d

Square Cafe 1137 S Braddock Ave


dge Bri South Side tal Me Works t Ho EC ar so nS t





Greenfiel eld The Link 91 Wendel Rd


Haz Ha azelwood


ck Av e


Forw a


Beech wood B lvd

ra d

Cro ssto wn

Gra nt S t

e Brid g Libbe rty

ls nne ert y Tu Lib


rd Av e


ge Brid Smit hfie ld

Wa Merri mac St ba sh Tu nn el ff S t dru

Wo o



Murray Ave

Forbes Ave

Ba tes St

Fed era l St

Av e all rsh Ma W En d Br idge

s Av e

Murray Ave

Saw Mill Run Blvd

Wilk in



E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

nA ve

ve 5th A

Beechwood Blvd

Arlington gto


Pe n

ve dy A

r St Beele

(Herminie, PA)

City Theatre Arlington Ave 1300 Bingham St.

ve oln A Linc


First United Methodist Church 5401 Centre Ave

Sixth Prebyterian Church 1688 Murray Ave



5th Ave


ve ey A


Blvd of the Allies


Bro ad S t

cle S nn Cir


r Fo

le N



h 18t

5 <— S Bo qu —> et ve St A s



P*Town 4740 Baum Blvd


Animal Rescue League 6620 Hamilton Ave. Homew



Arlington ton

e rth Av


St Irvine



Ave rbes

Pen n

St ege Coll


E Carson St

ve tre A Cen





lvd mB Bau ve en A S Aik



e Av




St ville N Ne d n Blv Con Billy

There Ultra Lounge 931 Liberty Ave




13th St

E Warrington




Spin 5740 Ellsworth Ave


t aig S N Cr


GLCC 210 Grant St


Forbes Ave—>



St th 40


Robinson St

<—5th Ave


rso n



Images 965 Liberty Ave

Centre Ave

Harris Grill 5747 Ellsworth Ave


ert yA ve S c Bloomfield iot d aS t



Rdw E C y a

Penn Av e

ve on A Herr

Ca rso nS t PJ M cAr dle

n Ave




Cent re


Club Pittsburgh 1139 Penn Ave






Park Pa

5801 Video Lounge 5801 Ellsworth Ave

380 3 80

Birmingham Bridge





lv wB elo Big


Cruze Bar 1600 Smallman

idge S 10th St Br

oln inc

Tun itt tP


n Pe






East Liberty Presbyterian Church H hland Hig a 116 S. Highland Ave

EONS 5850 Ellsworth Ave

Persad Center 5150 Penn Ave.

44 th St

Ave Liberty

St ick patr Kirk



Ave rden



ge rid tB hS 16t

Blvd of





St 9th t 7th S l St


1-5 79




Av e

St E Ohio ley Press

Penn ve A y rt Libe


St hio EO


n Ave Stanto

e Penn Av

31s tS tB rid g St. e n a m l l a Sm e Ave Av nn rty Pe Libe — <


CAVO 1916 Smallman



g Ga

n VL HO 79 1-2

Heinz Field

But ler St


d iver Blv

Ohio R

PNC Park


Donny’s Place Leather Central 1226 Herron Ave


Pittsburgh Opera 2425 Liberty Ave.

h Ave

Stage AE 279

St B



d nR hto



Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 5913 Penn Ave

Shepherd Wellness Community 4800 Sciota St.

Brewers Hotel 3315 Liberty Ave

E Nort


ve idge A

Rivers Casino


Real Luck Cafe 1519 Penn Ave

941 & Tilden 941 Liberty Ave

W Oh io St




Ave W North



ll Wi

St Lamar Essen St

The Warhol 117 Sandusky St

rn Ave Weste




d sR iam

Pittsburgh Public Theater 621 Penn Ave

Mancheste te er

Wo o




Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh 911 Galveston Ave.


St Main


All e

le ysvil Perr

g Bri 19





Humane Society 1101 Western Ave



Mornings gside

Blue Moon on Butler 5115 Butler St

Cattivo 146 44th St

e Stanton Av

Wo od s

Ru nA ve

Sta nto n Av e



N Ave



ey E

East St

Rd an ffm Ho

n HOV L 1-279 een Rd Evergr

Maird ale S t

Parker St


FIFTH THIRD BANK IS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF PITTSBURGH PRIDE A strong community creates a bond between us all. It fosters friendship, respect and well-being. And most importantly, we accomplish more together. No one understands this better than we do. That’s why we’re proud to support Pittsburgh Pride.

Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC.

QFRC4092000_LGBT_4C_EqualMag(7.75x7.375).indd 1

4/9/14 1:41 PM

Hot Dogs,

Memorial Day

Hamburgers, and all the



Sunday, May 25

you can drink!

The 39th Annual

12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30PM North Park Lodge Pearce Mill Road Allison Park, PA 15101


$25 in advance $30 at the gate

For tickets, visit or call 888-71-TICKETS

e c REaquality


Spin the wheels of change and propel Pennsylvania forward! Join lululemon athletica Shadyside as we host an unforgettable stationary cycle class on Ellsworth Avenue every hour from 8 AM to 2 PM, followed by Equality on Ellsworth. Classes will be offered every hour for a minimum donation of $25. All proceeds benefit the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.

To register, stop into our Shadyside location or visit



YOU can help find new ways of preventing HIV infections!

BE A HERO A cure for HIV is only possible with research!

We need male, female, transgender, straight, gay, bisexual, HIV-negative, and HIV-positive heroes! You can make a difference by joining our research registry at:

Or by Calling 412-383-1313

University of Pittsburgh

5 01





Equality On Ellsworth Street Party 4–10 — Featuring Charice and VJ B-Tips TUESDAY, JUNE 10th

Pride Bingo with a Twist — Featuring Marsha Monster Mellow and special guest caller, Sharon Needles at 8 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11th

Absolut Pride Poker League at 8



Pride Weekend Patio Kick Off Party! VJ B-Tips, Marsha Monster Mellow, Dancing at 8


OPEN MON – FRI, 4:00 PM , SAT– SUN, 2:00 PM HAPPY HOUR FROM 6:00 – 8:00 PM




Pride Pub Crawl — VJ B-Tips


VJ B-Tips


Join the Pride AFTER Sunday Funday Party, starting at 2 WEB SITE :





packages 800.411.8747

For whatever your taste is.

Harris GrilL 5747 Ellsworth Ave. |

Shiloh GrilL 123 Shiloh St. |


Equa lMa ga z

Jezebel and Pride photos by John Altdorfer


per for ming windbor ne’s


Conductor Brent havens and Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk



Tuesday, June 24 • Heinz Hall 412.392.4900 or




Equa lMa ga z


underwear KARAOKE











$3 $4 $2 $3 $4 $3 $2

Captain Morgan Long Island Iced Teas Coors Light bottles Captain Morgan Long Island Iced Teas Pinnacle vodka Coors Light bottles

965 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 391-9990 Open 2 PM to 2 AM 365 days a year!


Equa lMa ga z

r e e u QSeen


Photographs by Masha Vereshchenko




6 6

E q u a l M a g a zi z i n e. o rg


A Bit of the Bubbly in Champagne, France According to legend, monks from the southern region of France brought the method for making sparkling wine north to the Champagne region. They learned that the combination of the chalky soil and climate produced a bright, bubbly wine that is known today as champagne. But not just any sparkling wine can be called champagne – only those that use the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes and follow the traditional production method. In fact, since

6 8

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

2006 the United States banned using the label “champagne” for sparkling wine that has not met the above criteria. There are marvelous and superb wine regions all over the world, but there is only one Champagne. The famous and renowned vineyards of Champagne lie on the chalky hills to the south west of Reims, and around the town of Epernay. Traveling throughout the area you will see beautiful landscapes, quaint villages,

By Rick Sicilio Photos by Rick Sicilio

pockets of French history, and, of course, grand vineyards.

Reims Centered around its world-

famous cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, Reims is the largest city in Champagne. It was at the cathedral where the most famous and cherished event was the coronation of Charles VII in the company of Joan of Arc. Thus, the Cathedral of Reims (damaged by the Germans during the First World War but restored

since) played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey did in England. Reims has a beautiful and charming pedestrianized zone with awesome restaurants and incredible stores filled with bottles and bottles of bubbly. The cathedral and the neighboring museum are must visit sights as are the large extensive champagne houses of Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, and Taittinger. Most houses are



Custom Events

1111 penn avenue, 15222

Flowers and Gifts

Event Space

Bill Chisnell Productions

TRAVEL open to the public, however reservations are recommended since many of the tours fill quickly. Reims sits on more than 100 miles of ancient caves and cellars where an estimated one billion bottles of champagne are aging at any time.

Epernay South of Reims is the smaller

town of Epernay, called the “champagne capital” with many of the biggest champagne producers heralding from that region. Along the Avenue de Champagne, the grandest and palatial champagne houses sit like monuments or embassies. Some of the most acclaimed names are located here – such as Moet Chandon with tours of

its magnificent cellars including where Dom Perignon ages along with Perrier Jouet. Just minutes outside Epernay sits the small commune of Hautvillers. This miniature village and abbey are very significant because the famous and recognized monk Dom Perignon lived (and is buried) here. The tiny medieval streets are lined with intimate champagne houses and cozy shops. Hautvillers offers a very contrasting experience from the larger group tours at the bigger champagne houses. For travel recommendations, please visit TRIPSandCRUISES. com or 800-411-8747.

University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Diversity Stands with “Pride” Fostering diversity and inclusion in the health professions Graduate School of Public Health

3550 Terrace Street

School of Dental Medicine

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences


School of Medicine

412-383-5728 fax

School of Nursing School of Pharmacy


M216E Scaife Hall

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg


P i t t s b u r g h

A Glimpse into Pittsburgh’s Ball Scene Ball culture, the house system, and the ballroom community are terms used to describe an underground LGBT subculture in the United States in which people “walk” or compete for trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Founded in NYC during the 1970s, the ballroom scene was meant for children who were disowned by their parents for their sexual orientation and lifestyle. They began to form groups or “Houses” that supported each member like families or fraternities often led by a single leader. These House families, which often have fathers, mothers, kidz, and other titles, compete throughout the year at different balls in many different categories. Besides providing a support system for their members, the main functions of houses are to compete against other houses to gain respect and status within your category and at the same time keeping the legacy of one’s house alive.


E qEuqaul M a laMgaagza i ne. z i no e.rg o rg

Those who walk often also Vogue. Voguing is a form of dance that started from linear movements, poses, and stretches. Today Voguing has evolved to a point where there are so many different styles that one can choose to master. Vogue is the most popular and arguably entertaining of categories which encompasses many different sub categories of competition. Other ball-walkers compete in various genres of drag often trying to pass as a specific gender and social class. There are various categories based on dance skills, lifestyle, beauty, costume, general appearance, and attitude. Participants dress according to category in which they are competing and are expected to display appropriate “realness.” While these competitive walks may involve crossdressing, in many cases the goal is to accentuate a male participant’s masculinity or a female participant’s femininity so as to give the (almost always false) impression that the walker is straight.

i s

By Dezmanian, Naheen Cavalleri and Dalen Ebony

All of the categories are carried out live in front of crowds of spectators and all ball-walkers are judged by a panel of judges. Judges are normally respected leaders within the scene and usually are nationally known with many ballroom accolades. Usually each house has a house leader represented on the panel. Judges can choose to give participants a “10” or a “chop.” Each participant whether they are Voguing or “selling realness” must receive 10’s from each judge on the panel. Even if one judge chooses to chop, the participant must exit the battle zone. Houses across the United States function similarly to one another, with the majority of houses found in major cities on the east coast, midwest and south. They adopt a family name, usually swiped from a fashion designer. Some legendary houses include the House of Mizrahi, the House of Revlon, the House of Ebony, and the House of Chanel, among others. In 1989, The House of Latex

Legal issues for our community are constantly changing. We can help you make sense of it all.













Equa lMa ga z

was created as a call to action in the ballroom community to bridge the gap between HIV/ STI prevention and the underground ballroom culture. Led by the Legendary Arbert Santana Latex/Evisu, who died on March 3, 2011 (Big Boys Runway) and Mother Aisha Diori Latex/ Prodigy (Legendary Women’s Face), the House of Latex provided a safe space to educate and inspire creativity for LGBT youth of color involved in the ball scene. In the 1990 documentary film Paris Is Burning, the ball culture of New York City was showcased along with the African-American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many members of the ball culture community consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America. It is the ballroom bible! Ballroom is constantly changing... kidz are voguing different, houses are leading different, and people are joining houses for different reasons today then they did in the 80s and 90s. But ballroom will always be a creative, safe outlet for the LGBT community and it will always be unique and original. Pittsburgh has its own unique experience with the underground ball scene. The city is still considered relatively new in comparison to other cites. Inklings of a ball scene in Pittsburgh began to emerge in the 90s throughout specific low-income neighborhoods including the Hill District. In the 90s and into the 00s, houses in Pittsburgh still weren’t known on a national level nor did they have strong connections to connecting ballroom cities. Houses were 74 74

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

literally raising gay, disowned children, and competition was secondary.

regions because of the new experience happening in Pittsburgh.

Prior to 2008, Pittsburgh was considered a remote scene that was not integrated into a national or regional circuit. It only existed to Pittsburghers and the few who traveled here randomly. Transportation wise it’s a lot harder to travel for ballroom to Pittsburgh then to NYC, Philly, or Baltimore. Geographically we are in the center of many ball circuits (Midwest circuit, East Coast circuit, DMV circuit, Western New York circuit or the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Circuit) but not included in any of them.

Today, Pittsburgh’s ball scene has gained national respect and admiration. People love to come to balls in Pittsburgh because of our hospitality and energy. There’s something special about the kidz in Pittsburgh that makes people want to keep coming back. Any chance to participate in ballroom is a privilege and the anticipation greater and greater leading up to each event.

In 2008, True T Entertainment was formed and sought to expand and effectively network Pittsburgh’s growing ballroom scene into a positive national spotlight. Its mission is to promote Pittsburgh’s vibrant ballroom scene and to reverse the negativity that had been on-going for many years. How can one leave a legacy within the scene when one’s own city is not even recognized nationally? How can new kids of a city gain experience from house leaders who are not recognized nationally or regionally? Compiled of members from different houses, True T has worked to speak out against naysayers, and advocate, organize, and brand numerous events on behalf of Pittsburgh. Young leadership seems to be working in getting people to buy into Pittsburgh’s new found scene. It’s been a period of ballroom renaissance and enlightenment. National and regional participants began to support True T and Pittsburgh. Venues are filling up and people are starting to travel from many different

Moving forward, the new motto is to work to conduct ourselves as a whole versus individuals, and to be unified as a community. Realizing that although we have had individual accomplishments, we know that when we come together as a whole, our presence is much stronger. In unity we hope to overcome the everlasting odds of one day bridging the gap between our “underground” scene with our mainstream communities through education of ballroom culture and entertaining events.




Equa lMa ga z


Let’s Talk Dirty

Animals to the

By Michael Buzzelli



Characteristically, a wolf is a gay male who is semi-hairy, muscular, lean, attractive and sexually aggressive. A wolf is sometimes considered to be part of the larger bear community or bear spectrum. Some also describe wolves as slimmer bears, but there is a lot of disagreement on this. Most wolves have facial hair. Height or age is not assigned to wolves. Subgroups of wolves can be found in aging wolves, which are gay men with wolf-like features that are starting to turn a bit gray. And then there are full on silver or gray wolves, terms that describe an older wolf with gray or white facial/body hair. 76



In the gay world, an otter would be considered a thin gay male that is hairy and may or may not use a trimmer to shorten body hair. Some have beards, some do not. Otters are usually smaller in frame when compared to the heavier cub or bear. Otters look a lot like what you would see in a picture of an otter ... they are hairy. A person can be an otter regardless of age. Otters are considered to be part of the larger bear community. Otters characteristically are not super built but can be athletic. Again, they are hairy (some think they are smooth and that would be incorrect). Think of otters being somewhere between cubs and bears ...not as massive as bears and certainly smaller than cubs.

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg



In the gay world, the term chub is used to describe an overweight or obese man. Chubs are a distinct sub-group within the gay male population and can be confused with bears. Many bears reject extremely large or obese chubs and do not consider them as part of their subgroup. Chubs have their own events, such as “Mr. Chub International”. An extremely large chub is referred to as a superchub according to the research. It is important to note that there exists a group of people called chasers. These individuals are attracted romantically and physically to chubs. Chasers are much smaller than chubs.

Are you a jock, otter, bear, cub, or wolf? No, it’s not the latest Buzzfeed survey on Facebook. But rather, these descriptive terms are often used by gay men to identify and label other gays within the wide community. Here is the most up-to-date, generally agreed upon typology groups used by gay men to describe each another. Please note that not all of the groups appear here and the ones that do may have a subgroup. It is entirely possible that your group does not appear. Finally, some may disagree with these labels as there continues to be ongoing friction regarding what they mean. This is an attempt to offer clarity.



Characteristically, a bear would be a gay man that is somewhat large and usually heavy but can be muscular. The bear projects an image of masculinity. Some bears are so caught up in projecting a masculine image that they shun other would be bears who they feel come off as effeminate. Many bears consider themselves to be harmless and even playful.

Bear subtypes:

Muscle Bears: Body size is a function of muscle and not body fat Polar Bears: Older bear with gray/white hair on face and most of body Sugar Bears: Effeminate bears that are shunned by masculine bears



For gay men, the term cub is used to describe a younger (or younger looking) male, usually husky or heavier in body type and almost always hairy. While many cubs have a beard, it is not a requirement to fit in this category. Body hair and huskiness are the dominant features for this gay descriptor. Cubs are sometimes partnered with bears in passive relationships or with other cubs. Cubs can sometimes be considered an apprentice to a bear.

Cub sub-types:

Muscle Cubs : Body size is attributable to muscular composition as opposed to body fat. Sugar Cubs: Effeminate Cubs Almost all cubs aspire to become bears within the larger bear community.

Photo by Devon Toy

Special Events Volunteer Michael Green-King, and Sam Green-King with their special friends, Stryker, Dior and Elle.

Photo by Lynn Johnson

Wildlife Center Volunteer Kim Patterson, and Dena Hofkosh with their special friends, Arthur and Eleanor.

Animals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care who you love.

Neither do we. 412-345-7300 â&#x20AC;˘

Adopt. Donate. Volunteer



Gym Bunnies

Gym bunnies are native to straight and gay worlds. Gym bunnies typically can be any age but usually below 50. Gym bunnies spend an obsessive amount of time working on their physique and are muscular and sculpted. Gym bunnies are similar to jocks except they are not usually connected to sports. Gym bunnies are at the gym to create a physique others will notice and look at. You often see gym bunnies at the beach. They are often considered to be pretty.


Gym Rats

Gym rats are somewhat similar to gym bunnies but gym rats are described as being addicted to the gym. While they may enjoy attention from others in public, that is not their motivation for working out. Their primary motive for long, daily lifting sessions relates more to an obsessive need to strength train and grow bigger. They are typically lean and very well built. Gym rats are called this name because they “live” in the gym, much like a rat lives in a basement. They are always there. The straight equivalent to a gym rat would be a muscle head. Gym bunnies and Gym Rats are closely related. Again, the primary difference is that gym bunnies are all about sculpting their bodies. Gym rats are typically concerned with adding muscle size with the hope of becoming a bull.


Rely on a leading lender that takes pride in serving you

We’re an active part of the LGBT community and dedicate ourselves to understanding your unique goals.

Contact your local Wells Fargo Home Mortgage consultant today.

Jerry Pounds


For gay men, jocks are almost always muscular with low body fat and attractive. A jock can be of any age but are generally thought to be somewhat younger because of their athletic abilities. Jocks are usually linked to actively playing sports. Years ago, the term “Jock” used to have a negative connotation in the straight world. For gays, to be called a jock is a compliment.

Home Mortgage Consultant Cell: 412-606-6701 The


In the gay community, Bulls are considered to be super massive, muscular body builders that weigh somewhere in the 215-300 pound range. Bulls are not necessarily part of the bear community and usually herd together as one might see them in their natural environment.


Mortgage options as diverse as the communities we serve

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

731 S. Aiken Ave, 1st Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15232 NMLSR ID 340848 Information is accurate as of date of printing and is subject to change without notice. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. © 2013 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. NMLSR ID 399801. AS1011880. Expires 04/2014




A pup typically is a gay male who is fairly young in age, usually late teens to early 20s, give or take. Characteristically, pups have little experience in the gay world, are naïve, energetic and cute. Pups are similar to cubs except pups are not involved in the bear community and likely do not even know this community exists within the larger gay spectrum. You often hear more seasoned gay men tell very young gay men who are just coming out things like, “You are just a young pup- you have a lot to learn” or “You are just a pup you are just a baby!”


In gay terms, twinks are younger, slender, gay men that typically have little or no body hair and no facial hair. Twinks are usually anywhere from 18 to mid-20s, give or take. A wrap on the twink is that many think that the world revolves around them.

Pups may have similar body types to twinks, however pups usually are super-new to the gay world. Twinks are not.


There has always been wide disagreement within the gay community around descriptive terms for body types and associated characteristics. It is possible that some simply feel that they do not fall into a given category.


Twunks are similar to twinks but are a lot more muscular. Some have assigned feminine and masculine characteristics to twunks. Sugar twunk, for example, to describe effeminate twunks. Some have made the mistake of confusing twinks and twunks with tweakers. They are not related. Tweakers are younger gay men that use party drugs, like E and crystal meth and are very thin as a result of not ingesting enough calories. One does not need to be a tweaker however to tweak.

If this is the case, there is always the “average” category, which is an area that many men gay men fall into. Average means the person is typically “average” in most areas, including body weight, height and hairiness. Note that the term “daddy” is not used here. This is because a “daddy” is not connected to a specific body type. Wolves, bears, chubs and otters can technically be daddies. A great video to stream or download is The Adonis Factor, a documentary that goes into fairly strong detail on gay body types.

Test your Knowledge! Match the body to the correct label

Otter____ Wolf____ Cub____ Pup____ Chub____ Bear____ Twinks____ Twunk____ Jock____ Gym Bunny____ Gym Rat____ Bull____











ANSWERS: A. Girl , you must be crazy if B. you think we’re going to label the bodies C. of these models who are friends of ours. D. If you see them out, E. buy them a drink and F. ask them what body type G. they think they are. H. Thanks for playing!

Final thoughts

8 0

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg


Tell Us



Chaka Kahn comes to Pride in the Street By Christine Bryan

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is thrilled to bring the sultry “Queen of Funk,” R&B Diva, and iconic music legend, Chaka Khan to Pittsburgh’s largest dance party on Saturday, June 14. The timeless singer/songwriter is bringing her full touring band and dancers to Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh and will wow the crowd with her classic signature hit anthems.

Yvette Marie Stevens, the petite high school student raised on Chicago’s south side, attending Calumet High School and Kenwood Academy, and changed her name to Chaka Khan when she went to work for the Black Panthers. She first arrived on the music scene in 1973, achieving breakout success as the lead singer for the multiple awardwinning funk powerhouse Rufus.

Her world renown classic hits include “Tell Me Something Good” (written by Stevie Wonder), “Ain’t Nobody,” “Through The Fire,” “I’m Every Woman” (written by Ashford & Simpson with a then 15-year-old Whitney Houston singing background vocals) and the platinum seller international smash hit “I Feel For You” (written by Prince featuring memorable collaborations by Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the now iconic cult-classic distinctive triple-fast “Cha-ka Khan” rap by Melle Mel).

Since then the leather-and-feathers ’80s superstar, who has collaborated with some of the most outstanding music talents in the business such as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, David Foster, Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Steve Winwood, Gladys Knight, Phil Collins, Mary J. Blige and rapper 50 Cent, has to this day remained a topselling solo performer and a first-class name drawing sold-out crowds.

With an impressive recording career that spans over three decades, Chaka Khan has sold over 200 million records worldwide, scored eight Platinum Albums, 6 Gold records, snatched three #1 US singles on the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts around the world, received 10 Grammy Award wins, four American Music Awards nominations, a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, a Soul Train Legends Award, a Diamond Life Award for Excellence by the International Association of African-American Music (IAAAM), and a 2012 nomination for induction into the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame.

Khan also used her fame to launch a charity, “The Chaka Khan Foundation,” which provides help and education to children and young-adults victim of domestic violence, substance abuse, and autism. Celebrating three decades as a phenomenal entertainer, CHA–KA KHAN still got the funk and is bringing it to Pride in the Street for what is sure to be a packed-house out of this world showstopper dance party! Pride in the Street will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 5 PM to 1:30 AM. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate (if available).


Equa lMa ga z



Trans Community By Michael David Battle According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) of 2011, trans individuals experience more than double the national rate of unemployment and trans individuals of color experience up to four times the national unemployment rate. Forty-seven percent (47%) report encountering an adverse job outcome, such as being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion because of being trans or gender non-conforming. Large majorities of trans individuals report that they have attempted to avoid discrimination by hiding their gender or gender transition (71%) or delaying their gender transition (57%). In healthcare, 50% of trans individuals report having to teach their medical providers about transgender care. Can you imagine having to tell your doctor how to medically treat you? Health outcomes for trans individuals show the appalling effects of social and economic marginalization, including much higher rates of HIV infection, smoking, drug and alcohol use, and suicide attempts. Trans individuals also face significant barriers, most of all discrimination and harassment, to education, employment, healthcare, and housing. Identifying transgender people can be challenging -- using gender alone is not enough 82

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

because some people in this community do not self-identify as transgender. The City of Pittsburgh set the tone in 1997 as one of the first Pennsylvania municipalities to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. In 2009, Allegheny County passed the Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity with some employers exempted. Despite legal protections, trans individuals in Allegheny County still experience much of the same obstacles to leading healthy lives. Fortunately, in the Greater Pittsburgh Area there are a growing number of organizations focusing on the needs of the trans community and working to creating healthy, safe spaces.


Founded in 2009 by three friends who recognized that trans youth often face seemingly insurmountable barriers to participation in leadership activities and professional development opportunities due to discrimination. ITL has a Peer Mentorship Program to produce a group of well-informed, confident and competent young trans people

who, by becoming experts in themselves, are ready, willing and able to provide information, mentorship and support to others in their communities.


Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Chief Dr. Liz Miller, M.D, PhD at Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital has been working with trans patients and their families for several years. Adolescent Medicine seeks to improve the health and well-being of youth as individuals and as members of their families and communities.


Founded in September 2012 to increase health and wellness among LGBTQIA and PLWHA (people living with HIV/AIDS), GPP has eight pillars of which the organization stands: social, education, direct service, creative arts, linkage to care, diversity and the collective, development, and activity. GPP hosts two weekly programs: Ask-A-Doctor Clinic every Thursday from 4-7PM at Project Silk and (Trans)ition Thursdays, an online and physical location event to bridge the larger LGBQIA community with the trans experience.

You protect so many things from uncertainty –

Why not your relationship? From living together, to adopting, to tax issues and business agreements, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s dedicated Nontraditional Couples & Families practice is here to help protect you and your loved ones.

Hey, is it true that there’s a Bottom Dollar Food store at the end of every rainbow?

Visit us at

One Oxford Centre | 301 Grant Street, 20th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1410 T: 412 562 8800 |

Proud sPonsor of Pittsburgh Pride


Equa lMa ga z



Fab5 Event Pack!

Get 5 big gay events for one low price of

? E C I R P L events y pay FUL


hese t f o h c a e o t Get a ticket

icnic P y a G g Bi orth w s l l E n o Equality wl Pub Cra treet S e h t n Pride i Fest e d i r P t rden a a G r e e B

for just Hurry! This deal expires on May 24! To order, visit or call 888-71-TICKETS 84

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Dr. Amana Carvalho, PsyD 412-921-3908 amana.carvalho@ Patty Delaney, LCSW 773-865-3354 Judith DiPerna, M.S.Ed. 412-398-2184 Debra Flint, LSW 724-658-2289 x 92 Persad Center 412-441-7986 Andi Pilecki, LPC, NCC 412-216-7507 Ann Schelbe, LCSW 412-916-1288 Physicians and Medical Resources Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic 412-692-6677 (ask for â&#x20AC;&#x153;gender careâ&#x20AC;?) Draion M. Burch, DO LLC 267-281-DRAI (3724) J. William Futrell, MD 412-231-0200 Leah B. Helou, MM CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist Director Transgender Voice & Communication Training Program - UPMC Voice Center 412-232-7464

Melanie Gold, DO 412-383-1800 shsmedicalservices Stacy Lane, DO 412-244-4700 Metro Family Practice, Inc. 412-247-2310 Steven Wolfe, DO MPH 412-858-2763 Community Organizations Dreams of Hope Garden of Peace Project 412-879-0477 Initiative for Transgender Leadership Judah Fellowship Christian Church 412-552-3032 Pittsburgh Family Planning Health Center - Pittsburgh, PA 412-434-8971 Project Silk 412-566-1013 TransPride Pittsburgh

Sunday, May 18 Sunday, July 20 931 liberty ave, downtown


Equa lMa ga z


A Look Back:

Pegasus Lounge By Mark Pomocki Photo by Scott Noxon

The Pegasus Lounge on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh has a long and storied history. According to Ancient Greek Mythology, the Pegasus was born from the blood spilled by Medusa, the most beautiful of the three sisters, who would live a life full of struggles and pain, and in death would ascend to heaven. The history of the site of Pegasus Lounge would suggest that this location shares a familiar history with that mythology by reflecting its own diverse affinity toward enlightenment, exploration of the arts, dance and music. Mention Pegasus Lounge and fond memories to many in the LGBT community spill forth who experienced the heartbeat of excitement that awaited them after descending down the stairs to the basement club. Take a moment to picture it and allow yourself to rekindle, just for a moment, your fondest memories of the sights, sounds, laughter, spirit, and friendships that leaped forth between its walls. Those same feelings were felt by a diverse group of Pittsburgher’s on that site for over 100 years. 8 6

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Its history can be traced back to Monday, April 7, 1913, when folks took a street car downtown for 5 cents which left them off at the corner of 9th and Liberty. It was the grand opening of the Liberty Theater and a large crowd had formed for the newest theater that will double as a venue for vaudeville and later in the evening as a moving pictures playhouse.  From the outside the theater appeared small, but when you entered the lobby the word cozy seemed to describe it better. The lobby was walled with a variety of quaint, brown terra cottas and the doors were a pale green wood. The theater sat about 1,400 and was decorated in an eloquent light yellow offset by green curtains. According to the April 8 edition of the Pittsburgh Gazette Times, the excellent bill of vaudeville performers included such acts as Emil Hoch & Company in “Love’s Young Dream,” horizontal bar experts the Orloff Brothers, monologist Glenn Ellison, instrumentalists Luce & Luce, comic Sadie

Sherman, Sherman & McNaughton in a comedy skit, and the acrobatic delights of Three Bounding Gordon’s. Later in the day, moving pictures were also shown and tickets that day for general admission were 25¢ and 50¢.   In the early 20s, the Liberty expanded and added a cafeteria for hungry Pittsburghers who could get a quick bite to eat. During this time, the theater would face several challenges: the Great Depression, the new, larger Stanley Theater (now the Benedum) and the Penn Theater (now Heinz Hall). The challenge was just too great and in 1929 the location was converted into offices and stores.  The original interior and exterior of the Liberty Theater would be altered as a result.     In 1934, entertainment would return to the Liberty Theater building, now called the Baum Building, with the opening of the first night club operated by Joe Hiller called “The Music Box.” Dora Maughan, a night club and vaudeville star from London, headlined the

opening night. The first floor show featured Alfredo and Delores, the Rumba Dance Team, the Four Rhythm Queens, and music by Buzzy Kountz and his Orchestra. Pittsburgh singing star Jackie Heller was booked for a two-week stay in December 1934, and would eventually open his own night club called the Carousel at 815 Liberty Avenue, right across the street. The Music Box became a popular spot to catch dinner and watch a floor show and business was good until the great St. Patrick’s Day flood of 1936. The muddy waters destroyed the basement club, and Hiller would move on to become a talent agent in Pittsburgh booking greats such as Perry Como, Vaughn Monroe, Sophie Tucker, Fannie Brice, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Helen Hayes, and George M. Cohan.  Joe would retire in 1972 selling his Pittsburgh talent agency that year, and passed away at age 84 on April 16, 1973. The second club to occupy the space would open in 1941 and was called the “Villa Madrid.” Band leader Etzi Covato owned and managed the club and billed it in ads as “Pittsburgh’s Newest and Best Rond D Vu” and “Pittsburgh’s gayest, newest, most modern restaurant.”   The third night club called “The Copa” would open in 1948, and would become one of the most famous. Run by Pittsburgh music promoter and entertainment writer Lenny Litman and his brothers, the upscale club featured big name performers and was a very popular night spot for eleven years. The Copa sat 287 guests for dinner, had a dance floor in the middle of the room and a long bar along the side wall. Lenny had a talent for discovering unknown performers and signing them with “options” that gave him the right to bring them back at low rates.  The club’s headliners over the years included Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Callaway, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme, Conway Twitty, Patti Page, Andy Williams, and Count Basie just to name a few. Facing competition from the larger supper clubs, the Holiday House and the Twin Coaches, Lenny closed the Copa on December 31, 1959. Lenny Litman would pass away at age 88 on July 29, 2002.      The fourth club would open in the early 60s

and would be called the “Pin Up Lounge.” Billed as a rock and roll go-go club, live acts included the Del Monaco’s and the Tammy’s in 1964. Ads for the club ran through 1966. In 1967, the fifth club to occupy the space was called the “Staircase Lounge.” Operated by Dolores “Dee’ DeMase and her husband Henry Sonny DeMase, the Staircase competed for the top groups in the area with Mancini’s, the Musketeer Lounge in Market Square, and the Swizzle Stick in Oakland. The DeMase’s supported acts who wrote and performed original music and hired popular acts with established followings. The Jaggerz performed on Friday and Saturday nights from 1968 until their break up in 1975.   Other Staircase performers included Diamond Reo, guitarist Warren King, Norm Nardini, Wild Cherry with Donnie Iris and guitarist Bryan Basset, Seneca Trial, Sweet Breeze, Lou Christie, The Granati Brothers, B.E Taylor, The Rivers Blues Band, and the Shades of Time. When the Staircase closed in 1980, the Pittsburgh rock scene moved out of downtown and to the Decade, Fat City Lounge, and Morry’s Speakeasy.   The sixth and final club opened in 1980 by David Morrow was the Pegasus Lounge.  It quickly became the social and entertainment hot spot for Pittsburgh’s LGBT community for nearly 30 years.  Pegasus catered to a mix of business men, college kids, and was famous for showcasing some of the best drag entertainment in Pittsburgh.  Representatives from the Pitt Men’s Study could often be found on-site as they recruited folks to participate in its HIV/AIDS study. Pegasus also played a large role in fundraising for many LGBT causes.

it closed on December 5, 2009. So famous was the location that writers would borrow its history and name in the hit Showtime TV show “Queer as Folk.” In 2003, the five story former Liberty Theater building was purchased and its first floor renovated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for use as an art gallery. The trust paid $2.15 million acquiring it from real estate entrepreneur Leon F. Thorpe.  The basement nightclub, where many generations danced, drank, ate, socialized, and enjoyed great music, now sits empty, its future unknown. But for many Pittsburghers it lives on in our hearts and minds forever.

The entrance to Pegasus was marked by a winged red Pegasus figure. Once you descended down a set of steep stairs and through the door, you could head to a long bar on the right, to the dance floor in the middle, or to the main bar on the left which was decorated with a large crescent-moon statue with puckered red lips. In 2004, Scott Noxon purchased Pegasus from Morrow and continued operating it until


Equa lMa ga z


Tommy Boi. What a Jagoff! Why Tom Corbett’s reign of hate must end and how you can help. Governor Tom Corbett must have forgotten where he came from. Since this North Hills Republican was elected to office in 2010, he’s done everything he can to belittle and harm his LGBT constituents. He even went so far as to compare same sex marriage to incest. Fortunately, this year Pennsylvania has the opportunity to make a change. On April 13, the Steel City Stonewall Democrats gathered at Cruze Bar and proudly voted to endorse State Treasurer Rob McCord for Governor of Pennsylvania. Rob has a proven track record of support for the LGBT community. His support for marriage equality, job security, and equal treatment under the law for all Pennsylvanians is unequivocal and consistent. We wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy and know he will make an excellent governor. It would be irresponsible for us to ignore the entire field of dedicated Democratic candidates in this vital election. Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, and Katie McGinty have also demonstrated impressive records on LGBT civil rights. Any of them, if elected, will be strong advocates for our interests in Harrisburg and across the country. We thank them for their steadfast commitment, but believe Rob 8 8

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

McCord is our best choice to defeat Tom Corbett in November. We pledge ourselves to, and place the cause of our community into, the worthy hands of Rob McCord. Once the primary election on May 20 has passed, we moreover vow to fight tirelessly for the victor of the Democratic contest. It is, and has always been, our belief that the Democratic Party is the only party that embraces the idea of a diverse society as paramount to the continued prosperity of our commonwealth, our country, and all of their citizens. To this end, we call upon all Pittsburghers to vote for Rob McCord on May 20 and become active participants in the movement to fire our failed governor, Tom Corbett. Learn more at Yours for the cause of fairness and equality, The Steel City Stonewall Democrats Board of Directors

Jim Sheppard, President

Paid for and authorized by the Steel City Stonewall Democrats. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

2014 Steel City Stonewall Democrats Endorsements Rob McCord for Pennsylvania Governor Mike Stack for Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mike Doyle for Congress (PA-14) Tom Michalow for State Representative Dist. 20 Dan Frankel for State Representative Dist. 23 Ed Gainey for State Representative Dist. 24 Erin Molchany for State Representative Dist. 36 Dan Miller for State Representative Dist. 42

Gay Marriage is like a brother and sister marrying. - Governor Tom Corbett, 10/4/13

Pittsburgh can stop him.

find out how at


Paid for and authorized by the Steel City Stonewall Democrats. Jim Sheppard, President

8 9

Equa lMa ga z



Szalla on “Drinking and Tweeting” by Brandi Glanville Brandi Glanville puts the “real” in the Real Housewives. Her honesty and frequent “word vomiting,” makes her seem like your best friend or worst enemy. We’ve all stalked our ex-lovers on Facebook or twitter, and Glanville is no exception as she opens up in “Drinking and Tweeting” on dealing with her troubled marriage and the real story behind the tabloid tales. Beverly Hills may be a far cry from Pittsburgh, but when reading this book you’ll feel like the blond beauty is dishing the dirt over a glass of wine at 5801. AJ is a broadcast journalism major from Point Park who loves pop culture, staying active and traveling. He likes to unwind at the end of the week with some red wine and old seasons of Desperate Housewives. His iPod goes from Britney to Marilyn Manson and most recently he joined forces with PETA to bring awareness to wrongfully using animals for entertainment purposes.


E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

A simple equation defining a simple fact.

The truth of our business is simple: It’s about our clients and our people. Without a diverse group of highly-skilled professionals who have ample opportunities to learn and grow, we cannot continue to solve our clients’ most complex challenges. Through innovation, building on what is already working well, and honing in on key areas we can truly move inclusion forward, making Deloitte a place where everyone can thrive.

Invested in celebrating differences.

Each of us has something unique to contribute.

It is our great pleasure to support Pittsburgh Pride 2014 and The Delta Foundation.

At BNY Mellon, we believe our strength comes from what we have in common, and what we don’t.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting. Copyright © 2014 Deloitte Development LLC. All rights reserved. Member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited ©2014 The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.


Equa lMa ga z



PRIDE in your Food and Eat Local By Jay Obertance Quality ingredients = quality product. As a chef, I have several rules I live by. One is to take pride in your food. That rule however, is not exactly how you make it, but what you make it with. The ingredients in whatever dish you may be making drastically affects the finished product. Cooking is like building a skyscraper. Using solid ingredients with stellar quality gives you a strong product. But if you use low-quality, tasteless ingredients, that would be like taking a few support beams out of the building. If you add something that doesn’t taste good to something you’re cooking, chances are it’s not going to taste good. This is why it’s important to shop local as much as you can. Here’s why:


E q u a l M a ga zi n e. o rg


The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheeses are hand-crafted for best flavor. Livestock products are processed in nearby facilities and typically the farmer has a direct relationship with processors, overseeing quality, unlike animals processed in large industrial facilities. Fruit on supermarket shelves usually travels an average of 1,500 miles. In that time, produce not only begins to lose its nutritional value, but the sugar begins to turn into starches, and the plant cells begin to shrink. All of these drastically affect quality and flavor.


The shorter the time between the farm and to your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Food

imported from far away is older. It’s traveled on trucks or planes and has sat in warehouses before it even gets to you.


In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing, and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors, and the best flavors. Livestock diversity is also higher where there are many small farms rather than a few large farms.


There’s a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers’ market or driving by the fields where your food comes from. Local farmers aren’t anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer very seriously.


The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food, which helps farm families stay on the land.

than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services. Cows don’t go to school and tomatoes don’t dial 911.


Well-managed farms provide ecosystem services: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.


Here are two of my very own “buy local” famous recipes. I wrote these recipes with local farmer markets in mind with the goal to try and include as many fresh, in season, and local ingredients as possible. They are perfect for a picnic, a lovely outside dinner, or any summer entertainment.

Topping 1 ½ cup flour 1 ½ cup oats 1 ¼ cup brown sugar 2 sticks of cold, sweet cream unsalted butter, diced ¾ tsp. kosher salt Seeds of 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tbsp. vanilla extract) **Vanilla Ice Cream for serving**

By supporting local farmers, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.

Summer Salad


2-3 heads of butter lettuce 1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut into halves 1 seedless watermelon, cubed (about 2 cups) 1 pint strawberries, cored, cut into halves ¼ red onion, thinly sliced 1 cup sweetened coconut, reserved for garnish 1 cucumber, peeled, coarsely chopped

When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they’re less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you’re doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.


According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes

Pear-Berry Crisp 2 pears, cored and chopped in ½ inch pieces 3 apples, cored and chopped in ½ inch pieces 1 pint raspberries 1 pint blackberries Zest of 1 grapefruit Zest and juice of 1 lemon 3 tbsp. flour ¾ cup brown sugar ½ cup orange liquor 1 tsp. Saigon Cinnamon (or 1 1/2 tsp. regular cinnamon) Pinch of Salt


When you buy direct from a farmer, you’re engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. In many cases, it gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.

dressing and whisk vigorously until thoroughly mixed. If necessary, place the dressing in the microwave for 20-30 seconds then re-whisk. Toss the dressing in the salad and garnish with the shredded coconut. Serve immediately.

Dressing 3 limes, zested and juiced 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tbsp. honey Splash of white wine vinegar 1½ tsp. kosher salt ¾ tsp. black pepper

Directions Wash all fruit and thoroughly dry. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the crisp. Add liqueur and spices and stir until evenly mixed. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 standard casserole dish, pour all the fruit into the dish. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients for the topping. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, add the butter to the topping and break up the butter into even smaller pieces. Once finished, pour the topping on top of the casserole dish. Bake for 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Directions Rinse and wash all produce. Chop into bite sized pieces and place in a serving bowl. On the side, combine all the ingredients for the


Equa lMa ga z


LAZARO American Idol Lazaro Arbos Epitomizes Bravery While Lazaro Arbos didn’t become the next “American Idol” during season 12, he did accomplish a dream: he inspired. The Naples, Florida resident who placed sixth was lauded by the stuttering community for his bravery. Richard Hudson, a work-at-home operations analyst who has stuttered for most of his life, said via email that he voted for Arbos on “American Idol” because Arbos “had the guts to put himself out there.” “He had the courage to be vulnerable in front of millions,” said Hudson, 32. “Lazaro is a rock star in my eyes because he will not let stuttering stop him from going after his dream.” Arbos, who was born in Cuba and moved to Southwest Florida when he was 10 years old, has an unmistakable stutter when he speaks but it disappears when he sings. His mixture of vocal talent, background story and personality made him one of the fan favorites on “American Idol.” 94

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

The popular Fox show used Arbos’ emotional audition in Chicago in front of the judges — that includes Arbos’ personal idol Mariah Carey — as part of its season-preview advertising blitz. Arbos became an overnight celebrity after stumbling to pronounce his song selection —“Bridge Over Troubled Water” — only to wow the judges with his rendition of the Simon and Garfunkel classic. Not all of the publicity Arbos got was positive — his performances were harshly criticized at times — but he made it to the Top 6 and was part of the “American Idol” tour during the summer of 2013. Arbos’ time in the national spotlight also brought more attention to the stuttering community, according to Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation, a nonprofit that her father founded in 1947. “What I think is terrific is that it’s given


everybody in the field of stuttering an opportunity to educate people,” Fraser said. Roughly three million Americans stutter, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Stuttering is a communication disorder characterized by “effortful speech production, such as hesitations, repetitions and prolongations of sounds or words,” according to Lisa Scott, director of clinical education at Florida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders. Since 1997, Scott has specialized in working with people who stutter, both through conducting research and providing clinical service. “For most people who stutter it’s not just what is happening in their mouth, with trying to get the words out. It’s also how they view their communication and how they feel about it,” Scott said.

She said some people who stutter, even slightly, might be afraid to speak. “With Lazaro, here’s a guy who has a pretty significant issue going on yet he is a very confident guy,” she said. “He has a hard time talking but he talks anyway.” There are a few theories on why people stutter when they speak and not when they sing. Some say it could because speech uses the left side of the brain and music uses the right side of the brain. Others say singing changes a person’s breathing and provides lyrics, making it easier for people who stutter to pace themselves. “There’s no universally accepted theory as to why this happens. It’s considered a phenomenon,” said Alain Lopez, a speechlanguage pathologist who owns Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Center Inc. in Fort Myers. Many of the children Lopez works with come from Hispanic homes like Arbos’ where the

primary language spoken is Spanish. And like Arbos, Lopez came to the United States from Cuba when he was 10 years old and did not know English when he first arrived either.

other kids when they’re sitting in class and they need to raise their hand?” she said.

“It was difficult because I couldn’t communicate. So I would imagine how much more difficult it (was) for Lazaro because he was aware he had a fluency disorder,” Lopez said. Some research suggests stuttering is “probably more prevalent in the bilingual population, however it’s not concrete,” Lopez said. Arbos spread awareness about stuttering to young “American Idol” viewers, according to Lopez. “I think he’s a good role model for other individuals who might be in similar situations, who might be hesitant to follow their dreams,” he said.

“Everybody is talking about him,” Scott said. The extra attention has helped the Stuttering Foundation in its outreach, according to Fraser. She said the calls for help to the foundation quadrupled. “It’s really thrilling to be able to reach people,” she said. “It’s opened up a new world.” He said he has always wanted to inspire others to keep following their dreams and that he gets online messages of thanks from people who stutter and who don’t. “That’s a really cool thing,” Arbos said. Lazaro Arbos will perform at Pride in the Street on Saturday, June 14 and at PrideFest on Sunday, June 15. Copyright 2013, Naples News. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

“If he can go on ‘American Idol’ in front of a national TV audience, what does it mean for

Around here, being yourself is a job requirement.


When we encourage Googlers to express themselves, we really mean it. In fact, we count on it. Intellectual curiosity and diverse perspectives drive our policies, our work environment, our perks, and our profits. At Google, we don't just accept difference - we thrive on it, we celebrate it, and we support it for the benefit of our employees, our products, and our community. We are proud to support Delta Foundation and excited to participate in Pittsburgh Pride.

minority-owned businesses' presence online.

© 2014 Google Inc. All rights reserved. Google and the Google logo are trademarks of Google Inc


Equa lM a g a


From Little Big Star to Out and Proud Superstar


By Michael Buzzelli Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco AKA Charice is starting a new chapter and part of that is to perform in Pittsburgh at the Equality on Ellsworth event, the official kickoff to Pittsburgh Pride, on Sunday, June 8. Charice is thrilled to come to Pittsburgh for the event. “This is my first time. I’m excited!” The young singer’s career began on “Little Big Star,” the “American Idol” of the Philippines. She was eliminated in the first round, but she was brought back as the wildcard. The singer went on to place third in the competition. She was recognized in America on a series of YouTube videos, but in 2008 she got a chance to perform on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and Oprah dubbed her, “The most talented girl in the world!” A stint on the television show “Glee” brought her even more attention in the U.S. Charice played Sunshine Corazon, a young Filipina transfer student in direct competition with the show’s star, Rachel (played by Lea Michelle). Charice said, “Working in the set of ‘Glee’ was a wonderful experience. I made friends with many members of the cast who made me feel at home. I was alone in the States when I was doing the show. ‘Glee’ was a witness to my independence.” She has high praise for her cast mates. She particularly enjoyed working with the late Cory Monteith. She added, “Amber Riley was great. Lea Michelle was warm. The rest of the cast welcomed me to the fold just like that.” She snapped her fingers and added, “It was fun!” On June 2, 2013, Charice came out as a lesbian. She said, “Ever since I came out, my life has never been so good, so free…so pleasant…so blessed. I dared to come out amidst my fear that I would lose everything.” After wringing her hands over the decision she finally came to an important realization. Charice said, “I realized that there was no point hiding or sweeping everything under the rug. I came out with the only desire that I should be able to accept the real me.” 96

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

Charice said, “Many people told me I should consider my career if I decided to come out. It took me some years before I finally told the world who I really was. But in June last year, on national television, I admitted I was a lesbian. I felt free. I felt the boulder on my shoulders crushed. The feeling of humiliation was replaced by the feeling of celebration. Many of my followers stood by me. There were a few who left me but I wooed them back with my honesty. Some remained distant, but many came back. I remain happy with my decision. Honesty is my source of happiness now.” She added, “It’s not very easy to be a lesbian in the Philippines. Many will always have an opinion of you. It’s good that many lesbians I know are brave and strong and

can just shrug whatever the society tells them.” She chose to be brave. “It’s a fine line. I have to be brave without being abrasive.” The Filipina singer has enjoyed playing pride events. She said, “I have attended LGBT events sponsored by the US Embassy in Manila. It always feels good to be in touch with the members of LGBT community. Your defenses are down, you feel you really belong. I live in a country where homosexuality is accepted by the majority of the population. But, of course, there is still some you cannot please; bashers and bigots abound. But I live my life according to my utmost honesty.” Charice has been traveling all over the world, adding new

chapters to her life (her last album was titled “Chapter Ten”). She said, “I like discovering different cultures. I love to see the ways of other people in a different country. Traveling is very enriching.” She promises a great show for Equality on Ellsworth. Charice said, “The fact that I became a professional singer is a big blessing I will forever be grateful for. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my job. I owe it to the public to do my best in all of my performances.” Equality on Ellsworth is Sunday, June 8 outside on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, from 4-10 PM.

Are you straight, but not narrow? Do you have a love for the greater good, for the idea that we are all created equal? We are looking for family members of GLBT individuals and allies to help us spread the word of love and acceptance for all. JOIN US! PFLAG is the nation’s largest grass roots based family organization providing support, education, and advocacy for GLBT individuals, families, and allies.


Butler Greensburg Pittsburgh

Equa lM a g a


We Know You’re Coming Back...

By Jason Peck

Because there’s no reason to wait to come back to Pittsburgh until Pride 2015, the Steel City offers a packed calendar of events post-Pride and everyone’s invited! Start marking the calendar. June 20-22

Pittsburgh Live Jazz International Festival

Wait! Don’t leave! Hang around for a few more days after Pride, and check out over a dozen performers and 150 local musicians over three days in this major music festival that organizers estimate will draw as many as 20,000 fans.

9 8

Jul 2-4

Pittsburgh Regatta

We know you’ve got one question on your mind: What is a Regatta? It’s the tri-state region’s premier community event, with boats, outdoor concerts, and crowds 500,000 strong. Still skeptical? We understand. Like our pierogies and sandwiches piled high with cole slaw and fries, you just have to take our word for it.

Motown-influenced pop that gets your toes tapping. But count on the band to deliver. July 7

Paul McCartney at the Consol Energy Center

Quick! Name the greatest songwriting duo of all time! If you say “John Lennon and Paul McCartney” you might just be right. See McCartney live and in action.

July 5

Fitz and the Tantrums at Stage AE

Every description of their sound reads the same: Old-school

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

August 8-24

BikeFest 2014

It’s all-things-bicycling with 16 days of bike-themed rides

and events organized by local organizations. campaigns/bikefest. August 31

Allegheny County Musical Festival

Held at Allegheny County’s Hartwood Acres Park, this outdoor music festival has featured renowned acts including Blues Traveler, the Gin Blossom’s and Pittsburgh’s own Rusted Root. Donations benefit children served by the Department of Human Services. For a list of 2014 performers, visit alleghenycounty. us/summer

CALENDAR Lesbian Film Festival, it’s the

September 20

Pittsburgh Dyke – Lisa Lampinelli Trans March at

PFLGS presents sixth oldest LGBT film festival in

avid supporter of LGBT rights, Lampinelli brings her brand of J u n e 2comedy 1-24, 2 12 controversial to0town.


the country. “Sordid Lives”

Carnegie Music Hall in Morrow Triangle Park Homestead Bloomfield A celebrated insult comic and

A black comedy about white trash Harris Theatre20-23 November 809 Liberty Ave. Trans Voices Downtown PittsburghSummit

Learn activism, advocacy and W e d n ein Sa done-of-a-kind ay, J u ly 1 8 organizing meeting of the minds, sponsored by the Garden of Peace Project.

PNC Pops presents

Wynonna & the Big Noise

“The Gershwins October 10-18 —Here ReelQ to Stay”

Marvin Hamlisch, conductor; Kevin Previously known as the Cole, pianist; Sylvia McNair, vocalist; Pittsburgh International Gay and Ryan Van Den Boom, dancer. 412-392-4900 Heinz Hall 600 Penn Ave. Downtown Pittsburgh S u n d ay, J u n e 2 4

S u n d ay, J u ly 2 9

noon to 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh Black Pride @ the Park Rhododendron Shelter Highland Park

11:30 a.m.

Buckhead Saloon Drag Brunch

Come see Pittsburgh’s hottest queens, enjoy a fabulous brunch, and sip on some delicious cocktails. Your $10 donation benefits the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh Buckhead Saloon 224 W. Station Square Drive Station Square W e d n e S d ay, J u n e 2 7

Wednesday, June 27

auguSt 14-18

Summer Qamp

for LGBT youth ages 13-17

r u o H y p p Best Ha gh

r u b s t t i in P5-7 Every Day

SePteMBeR 28-30

September 28-30

T.R.E.A.T. Bowling Tournament

Pittsburgh Black Pride Worship Service

OctOBeR 12-21

JUDAH Fellowship 120 Parkhurst Street (across from AGH Emergency Room) For more info, email 7 p.m. 22 Pittsburgh PrideMag

724-836-8000 The Palace Theatre Greensburg



The 28th annual Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Film Festival returns with a new name! Harris Theater 809 Liberty Ave. Downtown Pittsburgh

Open at 11:00 a.m. Every Day 3315 Liberty Ave. (Across From Herron Ave. Bridge) 412-681-7991 • Pittsburgh, PA 15201 412-904-2821

9 9

Equa lM a g a

GAY UNIVERSE Donny’s Leather Central

Belvederes Ultra-Dive

By Chrissy Costa Whether it’s your first time visiting our magnificent city or whether you’re returning, we want to welcome you and offer you a glimpse into Pittsburgh’s gay scene. One thing’s for sure…there’s something here for everyone. While you’ll want to take part in all of the Pride 2014 festivities when you’re hear, here’s a guide to where you’ll find Pittsburgh’s most popular bars and restaurants. If you’re in the downtown area, you’ll want to head to Liberty Avenue, which just so happens to be where the Pride in the Street and Pride Fest take place. There Ultra Lounge, with it’s 100

E q u a l M a g a z i n e. o rg

two floors, provides enough space to see a drag show, catch some amateur stripping or partake in an evening of karaoke. You can cruise on down the street to 941 (“The Saloon”) where you can hear a live DJ, be served by one of the topless shot boys or play the jukebox on a less crowded evening. Upstairs is Tilden, an after-hours, members only dance club (can join on the spot). And on the same street, down a little further, there’s Images. Images is newly remodeled yet still serves as a great spot to meet some down-toearth locals. There’s a pool table, shot boys, lots of great music, and karaoke on Thursday nights.

If you head into Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District you’ll find The Real Luck Cafe, or as most of us here call it, Lucky’s. If nude male dancers, cheap drinks and friendly service are what you’re looking for you’ll love it here. If you desire a place to dance, meet a pretty girl/handsome man or catch a late-night drag show then stroll around the corner to the only true dance club at Cruze Bar. Cruze offers two bars in two separate rooms so you can choose to sit and socialize in one while your friends are bumping and grinding in the other. Cruze also has the best happy hour in town with $2.50 bottles and cocktails from 7-11 PM Thursday through Saturday. Thursday is a very popular College Night (18+) where the

youngsters descend in droves. Cruze also serves as a venue for comedy shows and recently hosted renowned lesbian comedian, Suzanne Westenhoeffer. This is a smoke-free club which makes this girl very happy, but rest assured dear smokers, there is a deck outside where you can puff away, allowing me to go home smelling as good as I did when I walked in. It’s a win-win for all. Also in the Strip District you can find Club Pittsburgh, a men’s-only private club where you can work out, relax and socialize. While I’ve never been inside Club Pittsburgh I’d have to guess that if Brian Kinney really lived here, this is where you’d find him.

unique neighborhoods. Check out Blue Moon on Butler Street. Blue Moon offers a diverse crowd, cheap drinks, friendly service and is the home of drag superstar Sharon Needles. Not far from Blue Moon is Cattivo. Cattivo is a two floor bar which provides a dance floor, bar, pool tables, darts and food upstairs and an amazing space downstairs for shows. You’ll find some of the best drag shows at Cattivo. While in the area, be sure to check out Belvedere’s and Brillobox. Both LGBT-friendly, Brillobox is known for their great vegetarian offerings and Belvedere’s is a great dive bar with cheap drinks and you can get your Xanadu on during their monthly roller skating night.

If you’re a man into leather Donny’s Place is where it’s at. Donny’s is on Herron Avenue, a short jaunt from the Strip District, and is a casual bar with a pool table, food and darts upstairs and a basement bar called Leather Central. Not far from Donny’s in between the Strip District and Bloomfield (Pittsburgh’s Little Italy) sits Brewers Hotel, a casual and friendly place to have an inexpensive drink. Open daily at 11 AM, be sure to check out their signature Rocket Fuel shot.

One of the best places here to people watch or to see and be seen is Shadyside, located in the East End of Pittsburgh. Just before you get there, stop by and check out Ptown. Ptown is a place where you can watch sports on TV and fist bump like any mainstream local bar, all while watching hot guys strip in the same room. You won’t find that at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Lawrenceville is the place to be these days as new restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores and salons have revived one of the city’s most


Once you arrive in Shadyside, there are many pet-friendly shops as well as patio-dining all just a stone’s throw from some of the most beautifully restored Victorian mansions in the city. There are many gay-friendly



establishments in Shadyside and naturally a couple of good old-fashioned gay bars, all on Ellsworth Avenue. 5801 Video Lounge is one of the best places to enjoy a summer’s night on the back deck where one of their three bars is located. Inside you can choose between the upstairs bar, which is smoke-free, or the downstairs bar where you can smoke and play the jukebox. Across the street lies Spin Bartini, a more upscale establishment. Spin’s dim lighting, relaxed atmosphere and intimate space offers the perfect spot for a summer date. There’s also an outdoor patio in the back. While not a gay bar, Harris Grill is very friendly and attracts many gay girls and guys alike, mostly due to their delicious menu and friendly service. If you’re in the area for brunch, stop in and enjoy their signature frozen cosmopolitan. And don’t forget, Tuesday is Bacon Night. Ellsworth Avenue is hopping with its fair share of fashion boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and eye candy. We wish you safe travels and hope you make the best of your time here as we celebrate another year of progress in the quest for equality. Happy Pride!!


Images 965 Liberty Avenue 412-391-9990

Harris Grill 5747 Ellsworth Avenue 412-362-5273

Real Luck Café 1519 Penn Avenue 412-471-7832

Blue Moon 5115 Butler Street 412-781-1119

There Ultra Lounge 931 Liberty Avenue 412-642-4435

Spin Bartini 5744 Ellsworth Avenue 412-362-7746

Cruze Bar 1600 Smallman Street 412-471-1400

Cattivo 146 44th Street 412-687-2157

941/Tilden 941 Liberty Avenue 412-383-1533

5801 Video Lounge 5801 Ellsworth Avenue 412-661-5600

Club Pittsburgh 1139 Penn Avenue 412-471-6970

Brewers Hotel 3315 Liberty Avenue 412-681-7991


Donny’s/Leather Central 1226 Herron Avenue No Phone

Ptown 4740 Baum Blvd 412-621-0111

Brillobox 4104 Penn Avenue 412-621-4900 Belvederes Ultra-Dive 4016 Butler Street 412-608-3007


Whitewood v. Wolf

By Kate Paine It has been a momentous year for marriage equality in our country. The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June 2013 decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding the ruling on Proposition 8’s unconstitutionality opened the proverbial floodgates, ushering in a sea of change for same-sex marriage more quickly than anyone could have imagined. Even more unexpectedly, the changing tides have flowed to states long viewed as bastions of social conservatism. 102

E qu al Maga z i n e. o rg

When I first wrote about Whitewood v. Wolf (formerly known as Whitewood v. Corbett) – the July 2013 case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania in a Harrisburg federal court – for the August 2013 issue of Equal Magazine, same-sex marriage was legal in twelve states (plus Washington, D.C.): California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Since that time, another four states have legalized marriage for same-sex couples (New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, and New Mexico),

bringing the number of jurisdictions actually performing same-sex marriage at the time of publication to seventeen – nearly one-third of all states in the U.S. In the past four months, federal judges in five additional states (Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, and Michigan) have declared unconstitutional their states’ laws forbidding same-sex marriage. However, same-sex marriage in those states has been placed on hold (apart from a limited number of marriages performed in Utah and Michigan), pending the outcome of those cases on appeal to the federal Circuit Courts. Judges in four other states (Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Oregon) were also active in pushing

equality forward, although their limited rulings decided only the unconstitutionality of refusing to recognize citizens’ valid same-sex marriages performed out of state. If the decisions out of Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, and Michigan are affirmed on appeal, the number of Americans living in a state issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples will jump from approximately 38% to more than 50%. Recent polls show support for same-sex marriage now exists among more than half of all Americans, so the latter number is quite fitting. Substantial progress has also occurred for married same-sex couples seeking federal recognition of their marriage and the same protections, rights, and responsibilities afforded married opposite-sex couples. Initially, it was unclear whether DOMA’s demise meant that federal benefits would extend to all lawfully-married same-sex couples, irrespective of where they live, to only those same-sex couples residing in states that recognize their marriage, or a combination of both.

In February 2014, United States Attorney General Eric Holder removed much of this uncertainty when he announced that the Department of Justice will consider “married” all same-sex couples with a valid marriage license, regardless of where that couple chooses to live. Now, all same-sex couples who marry in, for example, Maryland will be treated the same for matters like prison visitations, survivor’s benefits, bankruptcy petitions, and even trial testimonial privileges, whether that couple actually lives in Maryland or instead in neighboring West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Still, certain federal agencies, perhaps most notably the Social Security Administration and (in certain instances) the Department of Labor, continue to determine eligibility for benefits based on the status of same-sex marriage in a couple’s state of residence. Consequently, married same-sex couples living in states where their marriage is not recognized remain unable to enjoy rights like being named beneficiaries under a same-sex spouse’s social security plan and taking job-protected leave

to care for a same-sex spouse, pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act. But, given the Obama Administration’s pledge to secure equal treatment for all same-sex married couples, it will hopefully be only a short time until these agencies board the ship of full equality. Amidst this sea of transformative progress, however, Pennsylvania floats somewhat adrift. As of publication, the Keystone State regrettably remains the only state in the Northeast not to allow same-sex marriage and recognize its citizens’ out-of-state same-sex marriages. Even after removing himself as a defendant in Whitewood and unsuccessfully attempting to have the case dismissed, Governor Corbett has remained staunchly committed to defending Pennsylvania’s samesex marriage ban. Not only are such views out of touch with the majority of Pennsylvania voters who now support legalizing same-sex marriage, they swim against the current of progress flowing in other states. But that could all change soon. On April 21, 2014, attorneys for the Whitewood plaintiffs




Equ a lMa ga z

submitted motions asking the Court to decide the case as soon as all papers have been filed on May 12, 2014. The case, which seeks a ruling that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates a fundamental right to marry and unlawfully discriminates against same-sex couples, was originally scheduled for trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 9, 2014. Recently, the attorneys realized a trial was unnecessary when the defendant (technically, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) stated it would not call any experts to argue in favor of the state’s same-sex marriage ban – a significant case development that many have viewed as signaling the Commonwealth’s decision to stop defending the (hopefully) doomed law. Though many appear certain that the Judge presiding over Whitewood will swim with the current of progress and overturn Pennsylvania’s law prohibiting same-sex marriage, the question of the breadth of his decision lingers. It is possible Judge James will decide that Pennsylvania’s law does not further any legitimate purpose and thus does not have a “rational basis,” as some postDOMA judges have continued to do, and strike the law down on this ground alone. Those advocating for marriage equality are hopeful, however, that the Judge will adopt the position of the Obama administration that laws which discriminate based on sexual orientation deserve “heightened scrutiny,” meaning that the government must have an important goal that is furthered by the discriminatory treatment – a near-impossible standard for Pennsylvania to meet in this case. Adopting “heightened scrutiny” would also pave the way for increased protections against 104

sexual-orientation discrimination in other areas, like employment and housing. Still, some have questioned whether, at this point, the outcome of the numerous samesex marriage cases pending in courts throughout the country even matters. In their view, the ripple effect of progress elsewhere – particularly in conservative states like Texas and Oklahoma – is enough of a victory to sustain morale until the Supreme Court legalizes marriage nationwide. What is more, they say, same-sex couples wanting to marry are free to do so and will receive many of the same federal benefits their opposite-sex counterparts. That is, of course, so long as the couple is willing to travel in search of equality by marrying out of state. Pose the question of whether the fight still matters to any of the 23 Whitewood plaintiffs (ten couples, two children, and one widow) fighting for equality, and the answer will undoubtedly be a resounding “yes.” The same can surely be said for the plaintiffs in the four other same-sex marriage cases currently proceeding through Pennsylvania courts, two of which address issues surrounding the marriage licenses that Montgomery County’s Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, issued for several months after DOMA’s timely death. There are thousands of samesex Pennsylvania couples anticipating the day they can marry in the state they call home and be treated equally under Pennsylvania law. They are proud that the fight is taking place on home turf. And, given that, just recently, the Alabama House of Representatives approved a

E qu al Maga z i n e. o rg


Diversity impacted through Transformative Inclusion

You are the difference at CCAC.

CCAC is proud to support the most diverse student enrollment in the region. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion efforts, please visit 412.237.3100 The first choice for faster results.

resolution calling for a convention to discuss adding a nationwide samesex marriage ban to the U.S. Constitution, lawsuits like Whitewood remain a critical component of the fight for marriage equality in the United States. In light of that importance, though, some have expressed frustration over Whitewood’s comparatively slow advancement through the court. Whitewood was, in fact, the first federal post-DOMA lawsuit filed challenging a state same-sex marriage ban. Vic Walczak, lead Plaintiffs’ attorney from the ACLU of Pennsylvania, appreciates that the wait is trying for Pennsylvanians anxious for their state to get on the right side of history. But, he also wants people to understand that Whitewood’s careful, steady progress was purposeful. According to Attorney Walczak, the lawyers have always “felt the need to develop a full record, both by presenting our clients’ compelling stories to show that same-sex couples are just like other couples who marry, and by presenting expert testimony to debunk all arguments that the discrimination can be justified in any way.” He adds that, because of this methodical approach, “Whitewood may be an especially attractive candidate, when and if the Supreme Court selects a same-sex marriage case for review.”

Kate Paine is a Litigation Attorney in the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and a member of the Firm’s Nontraditional Couples and Families group. She has written extensively on issues affecting same-sex couples for the firm’s Nontraditional Couples blog ( The views expressed herein are those of the author alone.

Is Proud to Support:

Ultimately, Whitewood could be the case in which the Court decides, once and for all, to untether states’ same-sex marriage bans from their unconstitutional moorings and embrace marriage equality for all. First to set sail, Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage case may end up making the biggest wave of all.




Dinner Group of GLBT Singles Meet every 3rd Fri @ local Restaurants Great Food • Great Fun • Great People Meet in Warm, Relaxed Atmosphere

Call 412-337-0701 FB: Singlesoutpgh


Equ a lMa ga z

PINK PAGES Accomodations Arbors Bed & Breakfast 745 Maginn Street Pittsburgh, PA 15214 412-231-4643 Courtyard by Marriot 945 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 412-434-5551 ‎ Omni William Penn Hotel 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-281-7100 Parador Inn 939 Western Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-231-4800

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel 107 Sixth Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-562-1200

Advocacy Organizations

City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations 908 City County Bldg. 414 Grant St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-255-2600

The Priory Hotel 614 Pressley Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-231-3338

Allegheny County Commission on Human Relations 1st Floor, County Office Building Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 350-6945

Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh 1000 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-3700 ‎

American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) 313 Atwood Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-681-7736 greaterpittsburgh/

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222 412-391-4600

Citizen Police Review Board 816 5th Ave. Suite 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-765-8023

Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh P.O. Box 100057 Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-322-2800 Dignity & Respect Campaign 1-888-222-8211

Gertrude Stein Political Club of Pittsburgh Keystone Progress Steel City Stonewall Democrats steel-city

Attorneys/CPAs/ Financial

Equality Pennsylvania 717-319-5210

Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney, P.C. One Oxford Centre  301 Grant Street, 20th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-562-8800

Garden of Peace Project


Providing all of your vending needs including: Online Internet Jukeboxes

Pool Tables

Touchscreen Games

Dart Boards

412.4 88.2220

Serving the Pittsburgh and surrounding communities for over 40 years 10 6

E qu al Maga z i n e. o rg

Elliot & Davis, P.C. 425 First Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-434-4911 Ernst & Young One PPG Place Suite 2100 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-644-7800 The Law Offices of Kathleen D. Schneider 1227 S. Braddock Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15218 412-371-1900 Nationwide Insurance & Financial Products 2 Parkway Center, Suite 100 Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412-920-0161

PNC Bank USB Financial Services 5600 Walnut St. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-665-9900

Attractions Artists Upstairs PO Box 22133 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-443-8132 August Wilson Center 980 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-258-2700 Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-622-3131

City Theatre 1300 Bingham Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-431-CITY Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh Hillman Center for Performing Arts Shadyside Academy Senior School 423 Fox Chapel Road Pittsburgh, PA 15238 412-968-3040 Palace Theater 21 West Otterman Street Greensburg, PA 15601 724-836-8000 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 803 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-471-6070

Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Festival P.O. Box 81237 Pittsburgh, PA 15217 412-422-6776 Pittsburgh Public Theatre 621 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-316-1600 Pittsburgh Opera 2425 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-0912 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park 115 Federal Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-321-BUCS

Pittsburgh Symphony 600 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-392-4872 Renaissance City Choirs 116 S. Highland Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-362-9484 Rivers Casino 777 Casino Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-231-7777 South Side Works 2730 Sidney Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-481-1880 Stage AE 400 North Shore Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-229-5483


Take the LGBT Survey Today!

Supporting Pittsburgh Pride Let your voice be hear 8 Countries: Citizens in 14 BT ................................d....$500 in Prizes. LG . . .. 00 ... ,0 . . 45 ... . . . ... ... . ... ..


......................... ..........


LGBT Community SurveyÂŽ


............. .........................

........................................................ .......................... ........................... . ......................... WHY TAKE THE SURVEY

Political and Social Inclusivity

1 07

Equ a lMa ga z Funding Community Events

Three Rivers Arts Festival 803 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-471-6070

Blue Moon On Butler St 5115 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 412-781-1119

Warhol Museum 117 Sandusky Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-237-8300

Brewer’s Hotel/Bar 3315 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 412-681-7991

Club Pittsburgh 1139 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 412-471-6790

Buckhead Saloon 225 W. Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-232-3101

Cruze Bar 1600 Smalman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-471-1400

Cattivo 146 44th Street Pittsburgh, PA 412-687-2157 

Donny’s Place/Leather Central 1226 Herron Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-682-9869

CAVO 1900 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 724-252-2286

Hard Rock Cafe 230 W. Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-481-7625

Bars 941 941 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-5229 5801 Video Lounge & Cafe 5801 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232            412-661-5600

Club 231 231 Pittsburgh Street Uniontown, PA 15401 724-430-1477

Images 965 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-391-9990 

Spin Bartini/Ultra Lounge 5744 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-362-7746

Longbada Lounge 106 W. Pittsburgh Street Greensburg, PA 15601 724-837-6614

Tilden 941 Liberty Avenue, 2nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-5222

M&J’s Lounge 124 Mercer Street Butler PA 16001 724-996-7879 P-Town 4740 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-621-0111 Real Luck Café 1519 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-471-7832

There Ultra Lounge 931 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-642-4435 The Link 91 Wendel Road Herminie, PA 15637 724-446-7717 Vice Versa 336 High Street Morgantown, WV 304-292-2010

Pittsburgh’s full service real estate company celebrates the diversity of you. 10 8

E qu al Maga z i n e. o rg

Wild Coyote Club & Showbar 869 Main Street Follansbee, WV 26037 304-917-4707


Calvary United Methodist Church  971 Beech Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-231-2007

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church 1110 Resaca Place Pittsburgh, PA  15212 412-322-4261/412-867-1250

Community House Presbyterian Church  120 Parkhurst Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-321-3900

Bet Tikvah – “House of Hope”  Rodef Shalom 4905 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15213 412-256-8317/412-621-6566

Community of Reconciliation Church  100 North Bellefield Ave. Pittsburgh, PA  15213 412-682-2751

Calvary Episcopal Church  315 Shady Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15206 412-661-0120

Dignity Pittsburgh East Liberty Presbyterian Church  116 South Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-441-3800 East Suburban Unitarian Church  4326 Sardis Road Murrysville, PA 15668 724-327-5872 Episcopal Church of the Redeemer  5700 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 412-422-7100 First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh  605 Morewood Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-621-8008 First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh  5401 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-681-4222

Golden Triangle Church of Religious Science 109 Pine Street 2nd Floor West Carnegie, PA  15106 412.749.0788

Metropolitan Community Church  4836 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-683-2994 One Church  937 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-261-1692

Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community  2700 Jane Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-481-4010 Judah Fellowship Christian Church 120 Parkhurst Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-522-3032 Luna Rising /Pittsburgh Pagan Community

Rainbow Buddhists of Pittsburgh  c/o Three Rivers Drama Center 201 S. Craig Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Religious Society of Friends 4836 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213  412-683-2669



Best wishes for a successful event!


is an HIV clinic that provides quality HIV care as well as HIV testing

42 Luxurious Guest Rooms... The Spectacular Grand Hall... Exquisite Pastries and Cakes... in the Heart of Pittsburgh.


If you are in need of our services call 1.866.433.0348

+ HE P OSI + IVE H EAL + H C L INI C 1307 Federal St. + Floor 01 Suite B110 + Pittsburgh, PA 15212

10 9

EqualMa ga z

Rodef Shalom Congregation  4905 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-621-6566

Sixth Presbyterian Church  1688 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15217 412-421-2752

Temple Sinai  5505 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15217 412-421-9715

St. Andrew Lutheran Church 304 Morewood Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-682-3342

South Avenue United Methodist Church  733 South Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15221 412-371-7421

Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills  2359 W. Ingomar Road Pittsburgh, PA  15237 412-366-0244

Sunnyhill-Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills  1240 Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA  15228 412-561-6277

Unitarian Universalist Church of Smithton  P.O. Box 568 251 Second Street Smithton, PA  15479 724-872-5056

Swissvale United Methodist Church  7415 Irvine Street Pittsburgh, PA  15218

Waverly United Presbyterian Church  5900 South Braddock Ave Pittsburgh, PA  15221 412-242-0643

St. Andrew Lutheran Church 987 Beaver Grade Road Moon Twp., PA 15108 412-264-4551 St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church  600 Pitt Street Pittsburgh, PA  15221 412-243-6100

Zen Center of Pittsburgh  124 Willow Ridge Road Sewickley, PA  15143 412-741-1262

Corporations ALCOA 201 Isabella St. Pittsburgh PA 15212 412-553-4545 American Eagle Outfitters 77 Hot Metal St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-432-3300 Clear Channel 200 Fleet Street, 4th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412-937-1441

Google 6425 Penn Avenue #700 Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-345-6700 Philips PPG Industries One PPG Place Pittsburgh, PA 15272 412-434-3131

Economic Development Allegheny Conference on Community Development 11 Stanwix Street, 17th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-1890

I decided to write the book I wish I had been able to read years ago when I was married to a woman and had young children and was starting to question whether I might be gay. When Opposites No Longer Attract is that book. ~ Michael Testa


Available at 110

E q u al Maga z i n e. o rg

Pittsburgh Foundation 5 PPG Place Ste #250 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-391-5122 Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh 200 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.255.6600 Vibrant Pittsburgh 425 Sixth Ave. Suite 2880 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-281-8600 Visit Pittsburgh 120 Fifth Avenue, # 2800 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-7711

Education Art Institute of Pittsburgh 420 Blvd. of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-263-6600 Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-268-2905 CCAC 808 Ridge Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-237-2511 Point Park University 201 Wood Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-391-4100

University of Pittsburgh 130 Desoto St # A526 Pittsburgh, PA 15261 412-624-4141

Financial Institutions BNY Mellon Fifth Third Bank 707 Grant St # 2000 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412- 291-5555 Huntington Bank 310 Grant St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-667-6390

PNC Financial Services Group One PNC Plaza 249 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 1-888-762-2265 Riverset Credit Union 53 South 10th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-488-2011

Gay & Lesbian Organizations Carnegie Mellon University student-life/lgbtq Crewheads 412-281-8772 crewheads

G2H2 Gay for Good Pittsburgh Gay Life TV Gay and Lesbian Community Center 210 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412 422-0114 GLSEN Pittsburgh Chapter 304 Morewood Ave Box A Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-361-6996 Impulse Pittsburgh

91.3 WYEP is proud to support the Delta Foundation and Pittsburgh Pride 2014!


Equa lM a ga z

Initiative for Transgender Leadership Persad Center 5150 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Lez Do It OUT Online 2366 Golden Mile Hwy #195 Pittsburgh, PA 15239 724-733-0828 PFLAG Butler P.O. Box 1631 Butler, PA 16003 724-290-9674 PFLAG Greensburg 724-610-9388

PFLAG Pittsburgh P.O. Box 5406 Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-833-4556 Pittsburgh Black Pride Pittsburgh Frontrunners 412-926-9866 Pittsburgh Ironmen University of Pittsburgh Rainbow Alliance Steel City Bowling League

Steel City Volleyball League 412-506-3187 T.R.E.A.T.

Health & Medical Boak Dental 1910 E. Carson Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-381-3373 Highmark Fifth Avenue Place 120 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-544-7000

Steel City Softball League PO Box 99493 Pittsburgh, PA 15233

James Manzella LCSW, MA 2250 Mary Street, Suite 307 Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-488-8102 Pennsylvania Prevention Project Pennsylvania MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center A427 Crabtree Hall 130 DeSoto Street Pittsburgh, PA 15261 412-624-1895 Persad Center 5150 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15223 412-441-9786

Pitt Men’s Study PO Box 7319 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 1-800-987-1963 Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment (PACT) University of Pittsburgh Infectious Diseases Falk Medical Building  3601 Fifth Avenue 7th Floor Falk Medical Building Pittsburgh, PA 15213  412-647-7228 Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 5913 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 412-345-7456 Positive Health Clinic 1307 Federal Street, Floor 1 Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-359-3360

PPG takes pride in partnering with Pittsburgh Pride! Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion by visiting



E qu al Maga z i n e. o rg

More Banking. Less Effort.

Project HOPE of Beaver County 155 Liberty Ave Midland PA. 15059 724-862-0015 724-862-0027 -Fax projecthopeofbeavercounty Shadyside Dentistry 5888 ½ Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 Shepherd Wellness Community 4800 Sciota Street Pittsburgh, PA 15224 412-683-4477   Southwestern Pennsylvania AIDS Planning Coalition (SWPAPC) 201 S. Highland Avenue, Suite 101 Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-363-1022

Staying Positive  412-4500-POZ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 3380 Blvd. of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-641-4828

Pets Animal Rescue League 6620 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-661-6452 Western PA Humane Society 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 412-321-4625

Realtors Coldwell Banker 5996 Penn Circle South Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-363-4000

Restaurants/ Bakeries Bistro 19 711 Washington Road Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228 412-306-1919 Bossa Nova 123 Seventh Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-232-3030 Chipotle Mexican Grill 211 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-224-5586




Crazy Mocha 5830 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-441-9344 Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar USX Tower 600 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-434-0800 Dozen Bake Shop 3511 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201 412-621-4740 Dunkin Donuts 28 Market Square Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-3195

Hard Rock Café 230 West Station Square Dr Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-481-7625 Harris Grill 5747 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-362-5273 Lucca 317 S. Craig Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-682-3310 Mighty Oak Barrel 939 Third Street Oakmont, PA 15139 412-826-1069 Nine on Nine 900 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-338-6463



Friday Nights @ 9:30pm

Everyday! 7:00-9:00pm

5115 Butler St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15201


   



Equa lMa ga z

Pamela’s Diner 60 21st Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222          412-281-6366

Square Café 1137 South Braddock Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15218 412-244-8002

Priory Fine Pastries 528 East Ohio Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-321-7270

Ten Penny 960 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 412-318-8000

Seviche 930 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 1522 412-697-3120

Tessaro’s 4601 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 412-682-6809

Shiloh Grill 123 Shiloh Street Pittsburgh, PA 15211 412-431-4000

Tonic Bar & Grill 3459 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-647-8762



Bill Chisnell Productions 1111 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-251-5601 Eons Fashion Antique 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-361-3368 Eyetique 2242 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 412-422-5300

Classic Travel & Tours 795 Pine Valley Drive suite 16 Pittsburgh, PA 15239 724-733-8747

Utilities Columbia Gas 1-888-460-4332 Comcast 1-800-COMCAST

South Side Works Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Direct Energy 1001 Liberty Ave # 1200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412- 667-5100



A N D A L S O, O U T D O O R PAT I O S E AT I N G ! 6425 Penn Avenue, Bakery Square 412-362-1234

Be part of LGBTQ history in Pittsburgh Join Three Rivers Community Foundation t o launc h our LGBTQ Endowment

S a t u r d a y, J u n e 21, 2 014 The Frick Mansion and Museum V I P eve n t - 5 : 3 0 - 7: 3 0 P M - $ 15 0 L a u n c h Pa r t y - 7: 0 0 - 9 : 0 0 P M - $ 7 5 M o r e


E qu al Maga z i n e. o rg

i n f o r m a t i o n : h t t p : / / w w w . t r c f w p a . o r g



911 Galveston Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 412-322-2800


Equal magazine may june issuu  
Equal magazine may june issuu  

PRIDE IS NIGH! The legendary Chaka Khan will be here bearing her soulfulness for us! Our official Pittsburgh Pride double issue has all the...