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County of Allegheny - Executive Office County Executive Dan Onorato

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Dear Friends:

Dear Friends:

Welcome to Allegheny County for Pride 2011. Pride is a celebration of the diversity and inclusion that makes our community strong and vibrant, as well as a great place to live, work and play. This year’s theme is “Don’t Stop Believing,” and we must stand united in our belief that discrimination is wrong because it damages us as a society.

On behalf of the City of Pittsburgh, I am honored to welcome you to Pittsburgh Pride 2011, from June 3-12 here in “America’s Most Livable City.” Hosted by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, this celebration allows residents an outlet to embrace the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. This week includes various fun events from the famous “Splash” pool party, to the festive Pub Crawl, the Youth Dance, and of course, the exciting Pride March and Festival. I encourage everyone to participate and to join in on the celebration with our LGBT community.   This year’s theme “Don’t Stop Believing,” reflects the tragic trend of peerto-peer bullying.  I would like to take a moment to tell the LGBT youth community of Pittsburgh that they should not stop believing and IT GETS BETTER!  We are very proud of our City, and part of that pride comes from our acceptance of diversity.  Recently we hosted a successful LGBT Youth Rally.  The rally let the City’s young people know they are not alone – and that Pittsburgh cares about their successes and struggles.   I would like to commend all of those whose efforts have made Pittsburgh a place where diversity is celebrated and people from all walks of life are accepted. The LGBT Advisory Council has worked very hard to educate and advocate for the importance of a diverse community. The issue of acceptance is something that I take very seriously, and I know that Pride will continue to succeed in promoting equality.   I would like to thank all those who have helped in the planning and facilitation of this great event. I hope that everyone enjoys themselves at this year’s Pride celebrations, and to those of you visiting from out-of-town – Welcome to Pittsburgh! Sincerely,

In 2009, I signed historic legislation that established the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission to ensure all persons are treated equally regardless of gender, race, mental or physical disability, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, educational status – or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. However, our journey cannot stop here, and I hope the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will enact similar legislation that recognizes and protects members of the LGBT community from discrimination. In fact, I have been encouraging state elected officials to do just that. All citizens, including members of the LGBT community, need to know they are fully protected in employment, housing and public accommodations everywhere in Pennsylvania in order to make our Commonwealth stronger and more economically competitive. Allegheny County offers the finest of everything to its residents and visitors from world-class arts and culture to dynamic dining and entertainment to renowned trails and recreation. If you are visiting from out of town, I encourage you to enjoy all that our region has to offer and experience why we have earned the title of “America’s Most Livable City” time and again. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable celebration.


Dan Onorato Allegheny County Executive

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Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh Gary A. Van Horn Jr., President Hello, and welcome to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pride Celebration, “Don’t Stop Believing.” It’s hard to believe that five years ago, a group of volunteers had the vision that Pittsburgh was ready for something new and different for Pride, and soon the first Pride in the Street, featuring Tiffany, was born. Pride is now a 10-day celebration, with more than 35,000 people in attendance and so much amazing support from our sponsors. After the first Pride in the Street, I had a conversation with an elected official who was very skeptical. His questions were tough and ultimately, we agreed to disagree. Last spring, that same elected official told me, “Okay, I get it.” He went on to say, “Sure, we had lots of LGBT folks in Pittsburgh, but what the Delta Foundation has done over these past years was to create a sense of community, A place where people can be proud and be themselves.” That conversation and countless others continue. When our board met to discuss our entertainment options for Pride in the Street, we talked about bringing someone in who was going to excite everyone. Patti LaBelle has sparked something in this community that is so exciting. She is bringing people to Pride that might not otherwise have even considered coming. She is bringing people together so we can continue the conversation that being tolerated is no longer good enough. We want to be included and be a part of a vibrant community we can call our home. Recently there have been many wins on the federal level, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” but our struggle is far from over. It is still legal to discriminate in our neighboring counties. You can be fired from your job in Washington County. You can be kicked out of your apartment in Beaver County. You can be asked to leave a hotel in Westmoreland County. Pride is a time to celebrate the accomplishments the LGBT community has won. It’s a time to show all of Pennsylvania we are here. We are your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors. and your parishioners. So come out, be proud, and enjoy the many events that are a part of Pittsburgh Pride 2011, and remember “DON’T STOP BELIEVING” that one day … and that day is not too far away … we will all be treated EQUALLY!

Gary A. Van Horn , President The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PrideMag

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Thank You Board of Directors Gary A. Van Horn Jr., President Steven R. Herforth, Vice President Peter J. Karlovich, Treasurer Brian J. Stankavich, Secretary Members Samuel C. Badger, Michael G. Bartley, Daniel M. Catanzaro, Louise F. Stutler , Thomas C. Waters Emeritus Board Members Charles W. Honse, William R. Kaelin, Donald R. Thinnes, Charles P. Tierney Advisory Board Deborah L. Acklin, Joshua Dziabiak, Dana Elmendorf, Honorable Dan Frankel, Michael A. Madden, MD, Honorable Douglas A. Shields Staff Christine L. Bryan Director of Marketing & Development Nancy Johnson Administrative Assistant Entertainment Committee Kierra Darshell, Richard Parsakian Creative Design Committee Jonathan Fobear, Art Director Samuel C. Badger, Christopher T. Bocsy, Christine Bryan, John Columbo, Chrissy Costa, JJ Cox, CJ Daro, Kara Holsopple, Sue Kerr, Nathan Manske, Bruce Vilanch, Thomas C. Waters Awareness March Committee Ken Haywood, Heather Krainz, Kelly Kinsey, Mark Thompson Decorating Committee Matthias Bodnar, Steven Herforth, Craig Conn, Greg DeCesare Volunteer Committee Zach Adamerovich, Maurita Gaston, Mike Grefrath, Jon Holmes, Rob Rusnick, Lyndsey Sickler, Tricia Somerville, Brian Stankavich, Will

Tuttle, D.J. Wiggins, John Zimmers Operations Committee Paul Block, Art DeCoursey, James Foster, Steven Herforth, Gilbert Jackson, Nancy Johnson, Peter Karlovich, Jimmy McDonald, Michael Powers, Lyndsey Sickler, Debra Van Horn, Gary Van Horn Vincent Lighting Systems – Lighting Design J4 Event Systems – Sound Design Mountain Productions – Staging/Rigging Partner Organizations 5801 Video Lounge, 941/Tilden, ACLU of PA, ALCOA, Blue Moon, BNY Mellon, Bossa Nova, Brewers Hotel & Bar, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., Carnegie Mellon University, Cattivo, Center for Inclusion at UPMC, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Citizen’s Bank, Clear Channel, Club Pittsburgh, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Comcast, Coors, Direct Energy Business, Donny’s Place, Enterprise Car Sales, Fuze, G2H2 Pittsburgh, Giant Eagle, GLCC, GLEC, Grey Box Theater, Highmark, Images, Jim Beam Brands, Landmark Security, Lez Liquor Hour, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe, Omni William Penn Hotel, Online Buddies, Pamela’s Diner, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Eagle/ Pegasus, Pittsburgh International Lesbian & Gay Film Society, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PNC Financial Services, P-Town, Renaissance City Choir, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Revive Marketing Group, Rivers Casino, Riverset Credit Union, Slippery Rock University, Spin Bartini, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, There Video Lounge, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Trib Total Media, Whirl Magazine, WYEP-FM, Youth Empowerment Project, ZipCar Special Thanks Allegheny County Council, Amanda Abbott, Gary Altavilla, Howard Andrew, Matt Arch, Duane Ashley, Brandon Baker, Joe Baumiller, Mary Beth Beggy, Jack Bellas, Lindsay Berdell, Diana Besolu, Jerime Black, Carl Boyd, Kathi Boyle, Lauren Bracey, Victoria Bradley, Nadine Brnilovich, Mary Brockovich, Curt Buchanan, Patty Burk, Joanna Camarda, Charles L. Caputo,

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Saturday, May 21 9 p.m. Lazlo Productions presents “Mr. Drag King Contest” Cattivo, 146 44th St. Lawrenceville

May 26 – August 17 Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports One American stereotype that has never faltered from its aggressive, hypercompetitive, sexual brand is the male athlete. Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, is an exhibition of contemporary art that deals with the subject of the male athlete and features 17 artists. (Mention PRIDE at the admission desk and get buy one, get one free admission! Offer valid June 1-30.) Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St. North Shore

Sunday, May 29 12-6 p.m. 36th Annual Big Gay Picnic Nothing signals the start of summer like the annual LGBT Memorial Day Weekend Picnic! Admission includes a delicious picnic buffet, including hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and an array of side dishes. We’ll be serving up icy cold Coors products, and of course, there will be non-alcoholic beverages for the designated drivers. The cocktail bar will be back by popular demand! Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate. North Park Lodge, Pearce Mill Rd. Allison Park

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Thursday, June 2 9:30 p.m. VIA presents BIG FREEDIA and The Divas with Rusty Lazer JAVELIN + DJ CUICTROA Big Freedia is the undisputed “Queen Diva” of Bounce Music which is an original urban music rising up from the intimate and fun-loving nature of New Orleans. Tickets are $10 in advance at VIAPresentsBigFreediaJavelin Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd. East Side

Friday, June 3 6 p.m. Pride Advocacy Rally An old-fashioned rally on the steps of the CityCounty Building. A wonderful and motivational kick-off to 2011 Pittsburgh Pride. City-County Building, 414 Grant St. Downtown

8 p.m. Renaissance City Choir presents “Off Broadway” For tickets and info, visit Bricolage Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave. Downtown

9 p.m. Hot Metal Hardware presents “Don’t Stop Believing…in Drag” HotMetalHardwarePgh Cattivo, 146 44th St. Lawrenceville

Saturday, June 4 8 p.m. Renaissance City Choir presents “Off Broadway” For tickets and info, visit Bricolage Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave. Downtown

Sunday, June 5 10:45 a.m. to Noon InterFaith Pride Worship Service & Brunch Buffet All denominations and faiths welcome! For more info, contact Michael Beigay at 412-889-8818 or Community House Church 120 Parkhurst St. Central North Side

8-11 p.m Queer Teen Dance Party Grey Box Theater, Lawrenceville

8 p.m. Renaissance City Choir presents “Off Broadway” For tickets and info, visit Bricolage Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave. Downtown

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Tuesday, June 7 6-7:30 p.m. “Legal and Financial Planning for Gay and Lesbian Couples” Presented by Maureen B. Cohon, Esq. and Lindsay Moneck Bard, Esq. of Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney, P.C. and Robert Lepre, Senior Vice President of Fifth Third Bank. Please RSVP by June 1 to 412-562-1835 or WQED Multimedia 4802 Fifth Ave. Shadyside/North Oakland

Wednesday, June 8 7-9 p.m. A Town Hall forum and Training Session on LGBT Issues Democracy is a participation activity! Learn about the status of pending legislation and the things you can do to assure passage of these critical protections. Leave with step-by-step ideas about how you can make a noticeable difference towards achieving equality. For more info email Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh 429 First Ave., 1st Floor Downtown

Thursday, June 9 7 p.m. Splash! 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, picnic-style food, swimming, and entertainment. Towels and changing area are provided. Beverages 14 Pittsburgh PrideMag


compliments of an anonymous donor. Must be over 18 to attend. Sponsored by Manhunt and Fuze. Tickets are $65 in advance; $80 at the door. Herforth/Karlovich Party Palace 207 Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington

8 p.m. Lez Date Can you imagine a more fitting way to kick off Pride in Pittsburgh than to bid on beautiful, successful women — who just happen to be single?! We’re pulling together the best goingout packages we’ve ever presented, complete with drinks, dinner, and entertainment, and we’re finalizing our list of the Top Ten Most Eligible Bachelorettes in Pittsburgh. The event is completely FREE to attend, and all of your hard-earned bidding dollars will benefit the Delta Foundation, generating more events for women in Pittsburgh. For up-to-the-minute event details, or to nominate your favorite single lady for the bidding, visit

9 p.m. TransPride Celebration Hosted by Chance Encounters and Mahogany La’ Piranah, TransPride will feature multimedia artwork from transgender artists, local transgender and allied Drag Kings, Drag Queens, an appearance by Marsha Monster Mellow, and gender benders galore along with Poi Spinners, spoken word, magic and more! Enjoy T jello shots and e-cups, as well as special gender blender drinks. Cattivo, 146 44th St. Lawrenceville

7:40-9 p.m. “What are Your Rights as a Buyer or Seller in the LGBT Community?” Join Attorney/CPA Kathleen Schneider and Josiah Hoffman from Met Life for an informative discussion about investment and insurance

needs specific to the LGBT community. Teekie Smith and Curt Buchanan from Coldwell Banker will also be on hand to answer questions directly related to real estate. For more info, call 412-363-4000 x 215 or email Square Café 1137 South Braddock Ave. Regent Square

6:30 p.m. Pride Movie Screening Join WQED Multimedia for the June Community Cinema screening of “Two Spirits”. Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hatecrime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. “Two Spirits” explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. Following the screening, participate in a guest discussion panel will explore the film’s themes in greater depth. The screening and discussion are free, however seating is limited. To RSVP, visit WQED Multimedia 4802 Fifth Ave. Shadyside/North Oakland

Friday, June 10 8 p.m. Pub Crawl 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! Must be 21 or over. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 day of. Multiple Locations City-wide

5:30-8 p.m. G2H2 Pittsburgh Come celebrate Pittsburgh Pride and G2H2’s

CALENDAR 4th anniversary! Gay Guy Happy Hour takes place the second Friday of every month in a new location. Come to meet, network or just hang out! Visit to learn June’s location and drink specials. Make it a night and plan to join the Pub Crawl later that evening!

Saturday, June 11 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Pride in the Street featuring Patti LaBelle Join us for Pittsburgh’s largest outdoor street party with none other than R&B legend Patti LaBelle who will perform a 45-minute show on the outdoor stage on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. The acclaimed singersongwriter has had over 30 hit singles including 1983’s chart topper “If You Only Knew”, the 1985 smash “New Attitude”, 1986’s duet with Michael McDonald “On My Own” and her more recent hit “Somebody Loves You Baby”. Her 1974 mega-hit “Lady Marmalade” is still a staple in any Pride music mix, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. Must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate. Liberty Ave.between 9th & 10th St. Downtown

Noon- 5 p.m. SCSL Softball Games 8 games on two fields

2-3:30 p.m. Book Signing Join author Greg Miraglia at a special appearance and book signing of “American Heroes Coming Out From Behind the Badge” about coming out as a law enforcement, firefighter, or EMS professional. Greg and contributing authors Brett Dunkel, a firefighter from Fort Lauderdale, and local transgender EMT Jessica McGuinness will be on hand to share their stories of wanting to be accepted, the fear of being rejected and 16 Pittsburgh PrideMag


outcast by colleagues, and their passion for public service work. Greg, Brett and Jessica will also be appearing at PrideFest. The Book Center at The University of Pittsburgh 4000 Fifth Ave., Oakland

Sunday, June 12 12- 1 p.m. Pride Awareness March Join our Grand Marshal Kathi Boyle from PATF as we show our Pride and march with Pride! This year, the March begins at Grant Street and the Blvd. of the Allies, then takes a slightly different route as it 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 p.m. PrideFest PrideFest is 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, and new this year….Bingo and a Public Safety Area. Liberty Ave. between 6th & 10th St. Downtown

Thursday, June 16 7:30 p.m. Dreams of Hope presents “Bully Me” Through original works of spoken word, movement, drama, and song, Dreams of Hope explores bullying and its horrific impact on LGBT youth. The performance is free and open to the public. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater 5941 Penn Ave. East Side

Saturday, June 18th Dyke & Trans March Following the March, come to the after party at Belvederes in Lawrenceville from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with performers and DJ. Bloomfield

Thursday, June 23 8 p.m. ”Why Us? Left Behind and Dying” This film, which will air on WQED-TV, is about a small group of black teenagers exploring the many reasons why HIV is destroying the AfricanAmerican and African community. They come from Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse High School, one of the lowest academically rated high schools in Pennsylvania. They are often left behind by society and are part of a community that has been left behind in the fight against HIV/AIDS. While blacks only comprise about 12-13% of the U.S. population, they are 45% of the new HIV cases in the country. For more info, visit

Thursday, December 1 (PITTSBURGH)RED World AIDS Day Join Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and representatives from over 30 HIV/AIDS organizations for (PITTSBURGH)RED/World AIDS Day which helps bring awareness that HIV/AIDS is more than just a national issue, it’s an issue that affects all Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents.

Saturday, December 3 Spark! Save the date for Pittsburgh’s hottest holiday party of the year!


Why Pittsburgh Pride is better than all the other prides

By Bruce Vilanch

A brief reminder of the things that happened at last year’s pride celebrations elsewhere Minneapolis


Local gay activists are confused about whether they are in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Same thing happens in Dallas, Fort Worth, Tampa, and St. Petersburg.

Parade is punked by birthers demanding proof of everyone’s citizenship.


New York Mayor Bloomberg is tripped over by large lesbian biker, who mistakes him for a speed bump.


Fistfight breaks out between Sarah Palin drag queens. Down syndrome baby dolls are left in the street, and are later auctioned off on Ebay.

Singapore Masochists lined up for free caning are told to go out and leave gum on the street and let the cops do it.

Bangkok Hospitals report 200,000 cases of banged kok.

Seattle PFLAG float zooms out of control and into harbor when over-caffeinated mother of a gay Seattle’s Best barista accidentally guns the engine on the car towing it.

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Palm Springs Parade in chaos after everyone in the parade realizes they are too old for this sort of thing and calls 911 to get an ambulance home.

Los Angeles

Celine Dion impersonator Free botox booth shut discovers her heart will not down after visiting go on. Funeral arrangements Michigan drag queen pending. Ann Arbor gets her 27th shot in one hour and cannot blink, squint, sweat, or open her mouth.

Key West Cuban boat people land and convince authorities that they are a float in the parade. Having Cuban penises helps.

Sydney Hugh Jackman impersonator ziplines into Oprah impersonator, seriously injuring both of them and several aboriginals who were standing under Oprah.

White tigers are unleashed on the parade in a homage to both Siegfried and Roy and Water for Elephants.

San Francisco Gavin Newsom kidnapped by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their own perpetual indulgence.

London Banksy appears on float, painting William and Kate as they consummate their royal wedding, and everyone is arrested for artistic overexposure.


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International Struggle

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While Pittsburgh may be the fifth gayest American city, this fall it will have a distinction that no other U.S. city can claim. In fact only one other international location will be able to make a similar claim. The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh will be a partner site for the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP), hosting a young German volunteer in a LGBTspecific organization. In the years following World War II, during the Holocaust and the Nazi onslaught against defined undesirables, including gay men and lesbian women, some Protestant churches organized as the Confessing Churches of Germany. They asked the literal question: “How could we, as Germans, let this happen?” And then, they took responsibility, forming ARSP, an organization of volunteers in service to nations and peoples who were victimized by the Nazis. The first volunteers went to Poland, France, and Israel. Since the ‘60s, ARSP has been working within the U.S., mostly in anti-poverty programs, but by the ‘80s the group began working with several Holocaust education centers in American Jewish communities. Each year, more than 170 volunteers serve in Eastern and Western Europe, Israel, and the United States. The founders of ARSP called upon young Germans to work for peace through social services to the victims of the Nazi regime as a sign of atonement. The mission has evolved. It now includes learning from Germany’s history, taking a stand against racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia today, and creating a positive future for

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everyone. They call on all of us to acknowledge the past and learn from our history so that we can work for a better world. While this placement with an LGBT organization is new, the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh has hosted more than 20 ARSP volunteers over the past two decades. One of the most powerful activities has been Holocaust survivors telling their stories alongside the stories of young Germans. In this spirit, Pittsburgh welcomes Sebastian Adamski from Fürstenwalde, Germany  a small German town east of Berlin. At 19, Sebastian is interested in politics and music. Sebastian will serve as the Assistant Field Organizer for the Equality Partners project. He will also be engaged in all of Delta’s activities, including Pittsburgh Pride and (PITTSBURGH)RED. In addition to the work for Delta Foundation, Sebastian will be available to assist other organizations as well, for example, joining GLSEN as they visit schools and the GLCC Library as it begins to develop programs related to its collection. To learn more about the ARSP Delta partnership, contact


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Partners Kerry Allen Marchetti-Knarr and Tony Marchetti-Knarr, from the North Hills, are participating in the Children’s Institute’s Project STAR. The Children’s Institute focuses on special needs children. They are currently fostering and looking to adopt. Project STAR is licensed as a

Gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States. foster care, adoption, and private children and youth social service agency. Says Kerry, “it’s all about patience.” He added, “The Children’s Institute is very supportive of gay couples.” Gays and Lesbians plan and form families through adoption, foster care, donor insemination, and 24 Pittsburgh PrideMag


surrogacy. These are the key findings in a 2007 Urban Institute publication titled “Adoption and Foster Care by Lesbian and Gay Parents in the United States:” • More than one in three lesbians have given birth and one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child.

• Same-sex couples raising adopted children are older, more educated, and have more economic resources than other adoptive parents. • Adopted children with same-sex parents are younger and more likely to be foreign born. • An estimated 14,100 foster children are living with lesbian or gay parents.

• More than half of gay men and 41 percent of lesbians want to have a child.

• Gay and lesbian parents are raising three

• An estimated two million GLB people are interested in adopting.

• A national ban on GLB foster care could cost from $87 to $130 million.

• An estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent.

• Costs to individual states could range from $100,000 to $27 million.

• More than 16,000 adopted children are living with lesbian and gay parents in California, the highest number among the states. • Gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States.

percent of foster children in the United States.

Despite the growing numbers of gay parents, conservative activists are working hard to have the last word on the issue. For those activists, NO is the word for gay adoption. For them, allowing same-sex adoption is just one step closer to same-sex marriage. According

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead

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to the Huffington Post, former Arkansas governor and one-time presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee, has equated gay marriage with drug abuse and gay adoption to a science experiment. Focus on the Family, a Fundamentalist Christian group in Colorado, is one of the leading organizations which opposes equal rights for gays and lesbians. According to them, allowing homosexual adoption brings no obvious benefit and exposes children to damage: It should not be allowed. Regardless of the opposition, most states permit gay adoption and permit gays and lesbians to participate in foster care. Despite the prejudice, gays and lesbians have successfully created loving family relationships that prosper and thrive. Issues relating to the legalization of same-sex adoption are really about changing hearts. Worrying about being a good parent, about play dates, and about homework doesn’t have anything to do with sexual proclivity. It has a lot to do with being nurturing human beings, who want a child to have the security of two legal parents: two people for support. It’s more about love and responsibility than anything else.

Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)

Resources Child Welfare Information Gateway

Project STAR at the Children’s Network

Coalition to Adopt US Kids

LAMBDA Legal: What Does Adoption Mean for Me and My Family?

The Human Rights Campaign on Adoption

PGHFLO · Families Like Ours of Pittsburgh Yahoo groups

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I don’t trust people who like waking up early. Mainly, because they are liars. The only good thing about being forced from a cozy slumber is breakfast … especially if someone else is making it for you. One place I suggest is Square Café, located in Regent Square. It’s open for breakfast and lunch seven days. Now, don’t be deterred by the serpentine line, weaving its way out the door. It means a delectable future full of tasty combinations lies ahead. And that jovial bustle you feel when you walk in, that’s happiness. The kind of happiness you can actually sink your teeth into.   28 Pittsburgh PrideMag


I can never pass up the Hopple Popple: Something with potatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, spinach, eggs, ham, fresh herbs, and cheddar cheese can’t be bad for your right? Another favorite is the pumpkin walnut pancakes with homemade whipped cream with walnuts in every bite! And if you don’t dig meat, no problem. Square Café has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options that can fill bellies. It also has a hearty seasonal and specialty drink menu.


I have a soft spot for lunch. What’s better than a mid-day break, filled with delicious food? A cold beer during lunch on vacation? Ok, you got me. That beats just about everything. Lunch has the potential to be the best of all worlds. It’s right in the middle of the day and no one can tell you

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what you can and can’t have. It’s the fabulous drag queen of the mealtime world — it’s just always a good time. Which brings us to Harris Grill. This Shadyside restaurant is brimming with personality of the quirky persuasion. The décor that fills its walls is as original as its snarky menu descriptions (Trust me: The Britney Spears are tastier than a washed up pop star and Big Gay Al’s Strawberry Chipotle Barbeque sauce is the perfect addition to any hot wing). Lunch starts at exactly 11:31 a.m. so don’t be late. Order yourself A Craw Full of Falafel and a Bloody Mary. And any restaurant that dedicates an entire night to bacon (Tuesday) is okay in my book.   When the weather decides to cooperate, the patio is the ideal spot to enjoy a frozen cosmo and people watching. Harris is conveniently located near Spin Bartini/Ultra Lounge and 5801 Video Lounge & Café to take us into the evening.  




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Pittsburgh is filled with great pizza shops. You can find a pizza pie in almost every corner of the city. What you can’t find everywhere is Dinette, open only for dinner in East Liberty. Say you meet a lovely lady at Pride. Your eyes lock across a sea of dancing boys with their shirts off, and you know its love. Now you need a first date that says you’re trying, but not too hard. Dinette is that place.   Its simplicity makes it charming. The large windows and minimal fuss make it cool without trying. And its small daily rotating menu is filled with creative pizza combinations that leave your mouth watering merely by their description. Chef and owner,

Sonja Finn, finds inspiration for the rotating menu through seasonal quality ingredients. If the pizza doesn’t impress your date, maybe the fact that Dinette grows its own tomatoes, arugula, shishito peppers, cucumbers, herbs and figs in a rooftop garden will.


What’s a meal without dessert? Sadcakes. Skip dessert no more and head to Dozen, located in Lawrenceville and Oakland. Owner and chef, James Gray, chose cupcakes as his featured fare because, “Everyone loves cupcakes. It’s an extremely nostalgic item. You can do a million different things with it.”   And a million things he does. Currently boasting 26 flavors,

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Dozen has a cupcake for every mood. Need some chocolate in your life? Try the East End Chocolate Stout cupcake. Something fruity? Try the Passion Fruit cupcake. Something nutty? What about an Almond Dream cupcake? Wash it all down with a Margarita… cupcake. Gray also says to watch out for rainbow cupcakes during Pride.   While cupcakes might be its claim to fame, it’s not Dozen’s only sugary confection. It boasts a variety of cookies, cakes, bars and more. One of its newest menu items is the FruitTarts, a wholesome homemade poptart that beats the pants off of any name brand tart.  

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Green Side Forget about pink and purple; the hottest color at Pride this year is green. Pittsburgh Pride is partnering with Zero Waste Pittsburgh for a second year of good clean fun at Pride in the Streets and PrideFest. And a new sponsor waves the rainbow flag, but emphasizes the green. What does that mean for the estimated 50,000 out and proud attendees at this year’s events? Not much more than a little extra thought about what gets tossed into the trash — and a lot of extra love for the earth. Zero Waste Pittsburgh, a project of the local environmental non-profit Pennsylvania Resources Council, makes it easier for consumers and businesses to reduce the amount of trash that goes into our local landfills each year. Zero waste is not only about recycling, but is also about reducing packaging and disposable goods, and planning smarter. That means seeing plates of leftover french fries as potential compost for local farms and investing in signs that can be reused each year. It isn’t so much about 34 Pittsburgh PrideMag


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creating no waste right off the bat, as much as it is about committing to a process of getting to zero — where everything thrown away becomes a resource for someone else. Zero Waste Pittsburgh’s Kyle Winkler says, “Doing better is always the goal.”

Americans may be getting better at acknowledging gay, lesbian, and trans concerns, but according to Alcoa spokesperson Kevin Lowery, they have a dismal recycling rate: just 57 percent. That’s lower than China, which is recycling at a 99percent rate.

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Pittsburgh Pride already has green cred. Pittsburgh Pride 2010 got a big gold star — a Gold Level Zero Waste certification — for sending tons of recyclable and compostable materials away from landfills. Pride spokesperson Christine Bryan says that the city requires all large special events to recycle, so organizers enlisted the help of the experts at Zero Waste Pittsburgh. But efforts to “green” Pittsburgh Pride have gone far beyond the city’s requirements, including purchasing recyclable cups made of No. 5 plastic instead of the more common No. 1 variety, which is harder to recycle. While Winkler says Pride’s purpose is and should be getting the word out about LGBT issues, it’s also an opportunity for other kinds of outreach. It may be harder to get revelers to focus on keeping things clean and green while they are getting down and dirty at Pride in the Streets, so most of the education will come later at PrideFest. Look for friendly Zero Waste Pittsburgh staffers near trash receptacles, gently reminding Pride-

goers to place compostable forks into the food waste bags to be trucked off later to industrial composter AgRecyle. It’s important to keep those compost bags clean, because the hauling company will charge for compostable bags contaminated with other trash, and contaminated bags will just end up in a landfill, anyway. Zero Waste Pittsburgh staff will also be working behind the scenes, furiously sorting through cans, paper and plastic, looking for perhaps platinum certification, and to push the diversion percentage: the total of recyclables and compostable materials diverted from the landfill over the total amount of waste — even higher this year. As with any healthy relationship, communication is the key to success. Winkler says Zero Waste Pittsburgh will build on past successes by staying in better communication with bartenders, vendors, and Pittsburgh Pride staff about all those empty vodka bottles and by changing trash bags more frequently.

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Another member playing on Pittsburgh Pride’s sustainability team this year is first-time sponsor Alcoa. The world’s biggest recycler is also a big supporter of workplace equality, through their EAGLE Program, Employees at Alcoa for Gay and Lesbian Equality. Americans may be getting better at acknowledging gay, lesbian, and trans concerns, but according to Alcoa spokesperson Kevin Lowery, they have a dismal recycling rate: just 57 percent. That’s lower than China, which is recycling at a 99-percent rate. Alcoa wants to change that. Lowery says, “We have a very simple goal: we want people to recycle more.” Since aluminum cans are easy to recycle — a can may make the cycle from shelf to consumer to recycler and back to the shelf in less than 60 days — Alcoa is trying to make recycling them even easier. They recently launched Aluminate, an iPhone App designed to help users track the number of cans they are collecting and how much cash they could generate for themselves or for fundraising for their favorite organization. (That’s right, cash.) You could be strolling around

at Pittsburgh Pride, musing on your iPhone about how many cans it would take to pay for that same-sex wedding, or put a donation of the latest gay fiction on the shelves at the community library. And that’s the point: It’s easy being green. Pride in the Streets and PrideFest join the Three Rivers Arts Festival and many other signature events in the city as partners in generating less waste and greening our region’s profile. As Zero Waste Pittsburgh’s Kyle Winkler speculates, “It’s not just this one event. It’s increasing the awareness through all the events. That way, it lifts everyone up.” That’s something we can all be proud of. For more information, visit

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by Cindy J. Daro Mary Griffin learned her son Bobby was a homosexual, and she called it an “abomination.” After all, Mary raised her kids as conservative Christians. So, she did everything she could to “cure” her son. She alienated Bobby and drove him away. As a consequence, Bobby was filled with shame and self-loathing. He became deeply depressed and took his life. Gay bashing doesn’t only take its form in words. Matthew Shepard was murdered because of his sexual orientation. What causes this kind of hatred? Why bullying or worse? Barbara Walters recently said on The View, “When people are scared [of change], they attack.” Gay rights. Gay marriage. Gay adoption. That doesn’t compute for everybody. In a 2010 Gallup poll, close to half of those sampled believed that homosexuality should not be ‘considered an acceptable alternative lifestyle’ and 40 percent 38 Pittsburgh PrideMag


thought homosexual relations between two consenting adults should be illegal. How does this bashing impact the victims? They’re at risk for developing mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the University of Oregon’s Counseling and Testing Center, “Hate crimes are different from other crimes in that the offender — whether purposefully or not — is sending a message to members of a given group that

Mental Health America published that “gay and lesbian teens are at high risk ... two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.”




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they are unwelcome and unsafe in a particular neighborhood, community, school, workplace, or other environment.” Mental Health America published that “gay and lesbian teens are at high risk ... two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.” There’s a bittersweet ending to Mary Griffith’s story. Her distress from the suicide of her son eventually led her to the gay community and PFLAG for support. Acceptance came after a long emotional journey, and Mary became a vocal advocate for gay and lesbian youth. She’s also the subject of the book Prayers for Bobby, which later became a movie, starring Sigourney Weaver. “All we had to do was say, ‘We love you, Bobby, and we accept you,’” Griffin says, “and I know Bobby would be here today.”

Encourage anyone who’s being bullied to tell a teacher, counselor, coach, nurse, or his or her parents or guardians. If the bullying continues, report it yourself.

high school. Youth whose schools had these kinds of groups were less likely to have reported feeling unsafe in their schools. • Arrange for a group like GLSEN to present bullying prevention activities and programs at your school. • Encourage anyone who’s being bullied to tell a teacher, counselor, coach, nurse, or his or her parents or guardians. If the bullying continues, report it yourself.

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• Be alert to signs of distress.

GLSEN workshops and present to many people about LGBT issues and anti-bullying in Western PA. They present to hundreds of adults and students yearly in an effort to make schools safe for all youth, regardless of race, religion, ability, ethnic background, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

• Work with student councils to have programs on respect, school safety, and anti-bullying. • Ask school personnel to have a discussion at an assembly or an after-school activity about gay prejudice. • Help start a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) chapter at your local


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Dreams of Hope

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The Pittsburgh Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a support, education and advocacy organization for LBGT people, their families, friends and allies. Also, check out these projects, on the national scene:

It Gets Better

President Barack Obama and others appeared in videos supporting bullied gay teens. www.

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Love is Louder

Here to raise the volume around a critical message that “love and support is more powerful than the external and internal voices that bring us down, cause us pain, and make us feel hopeless.”

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Main Event Saturday, June 11 6:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Join us for Pittsburgh’s largest outdoor street party with none other than R&B legend Patti LaBelle who will perform a 45-minute show on the outdoor stage on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. The acclaimed singer-songwriter has had over 30 hit singles including 1983’s chart topper “If You Only Knew”, the 1985 smash “New Attitude”, 1986’s duet with Michael McDonald “On My Own” and her more recent hit “Somebody Loves You Baby”. Her 1974 mega-hit “Lady Marmalade” is still a staple in any Pride music mix, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. Patti has long been a supporter of the LGBT community and served as a spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council’s “Live Long Sugar” campaign. In 2007, she was presented with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award in recognition of her strong support of full equality for the LGBT community and her work to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate. Liberty Ave. between 9th & 10th St. Downtown

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Modern Grand Marshals are usually picked for their fleeting celebrity, but at their core, they should be a position of honor and respect. This is the case for our Pride March, whose choice is local, much more personal, and all the more powerful for it. Leading the way this year will be Kathi Boyle, the executive director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the oldest and largest organization of its kind in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Founded 1985 in response to the need for greater compassion, support, and information for those facing HIV/Aids, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force started as an allvolunteer group. As time and understanding of HIV/AIDS progressed, the PATF grew to meet the changing needs of the community. In supporting their comprehensive approach, they offer free anonymous HIV testing, educational outreach support groups, medical and case management, as well as access to a food pantry, housing options, and emergency financial assistance.

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and renewed focus. This organizational strengthening has helped the PATF to stay dedicated to saving, sustaining, and empowering the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in its goal of preventing the spread of infections. In addition to leading the PATF, Boyle also sits on the board of directors of the Renaissance City Choir, and has also served as a board member for both the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Kathi Boyle has dedicated her life to the service of helping others. She is a tireless leader, community advocate, loving partner, mother, and grandmother. All the more worthy to be this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand Marshal, an honor she has earned. An emissary for Pride and for the community she loves and serves.

Using more than forty years of experience in social services and as a therapist, Boyle has guided the PATF, for last seven years, toward a position of financial stability

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PrideFest is 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, and new this year….Bingo and a Public Safety Area. Liberty Ave. between 6th & 10th St. Downtown

Zafira Dance Company Zafira Dance Company’s performances are opulent vignettes that combine Bellydance with contemporary and ethnic dance forms. The Pillow Project The Pillow Project is an improvisational postmodern-jazz dance company creating visuallypercussive movement methods and new expressions in physical jazz. kNOTDance kNOTDance is a dance theater company that explores human life through contemporary experiences of Dance, Aerial Arts, and Movement.

Michael Walsh & Jasmine Hearn Michael is an active choreographer and teaching artist in Pittsburgh who joined Dance Alloy in 1999. A graduate of Point Park, Jasmine Hearn has been a dancer with Dance Alloy since 2010. George Watsky George Watsky is a writer and performer who aims to crosspollinate the stage, screen and stereo with work that speaks to both the humor and frustrations of modern life. Most recently, he was seen on “The Ellen Show” after one of his rap videos went viral on Youtube, bringing over 12 million new views to his poetry and rap.

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Pittsburgh’s Pride 2011 is proud to present the amazing Patti LaBelle as our headline performer this year for Pride in the Street, Pittsburgh’s largest outdoor street party. On Saturday, June 11, the multi-talented singer/songwriter will preside over a closed-off Liberty Avenue for an outdoor performance, accompanied by the plush view of downtown Pittsburgh’s neon skyline. LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holte, is a Philadelphia native and still resides there. She began her career singing in a local choir before forming her first girl group, The Ordettes, in 1959. Patti, or Patsy as she was known as at the time, toured with The Ordettes, singing in local night clubs and truck stops in the Philadelphia area. During an audition with Newtown Records, Patsy was deemed too plain and unattractive and was almost turned down without even getting a chance to perform. Once they heard her sing, The Ordettes got signed, and Newtown suggested a new name for Patsy: LaBelle. French for “the beautiful,” the record execs thought it fitting for Patti’s voice. “Patti LaBelle” was “born” in 1961. 62 Pittsburgh PrideMag


LaBelle’s biggest hit, which received major acclaim and was a mainstream breakthrough in 1974 was the song “Lady Marmalade,” featuring the infamous chorus, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?” Or, in English, “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” Shortly thereafter, the group name was changed to The Bluebelles, and then to Patti LaBelle and Her Bluebelles, in 1963. The Bluebelles were a standard girl group formula of the times:

Marlow Thomas flip-styled hairdos (That Girl!), bangs, evening gowns, and opera gloves. They performed mostly the works of other artists, and Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” was one of their bigger hits. In the ‘70s, the band became “LaBelle” and with the growing popularity of David Bowie and T-Rex, the band changed its look to Glam Rock and added some soul. The group’s trademark outfits included pieces of silver, and Patti began wearing silverhaired wigs and knee-high silver boots. LaBelle’s biggest hit, which received major acclaim and was a mainstream breakthrough in 1974 was the song “Lady Marmalade,” featuring the infamous chorus, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?” Or, in English, “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” The song was so successful that it landed LaBelle on the cover of Rolling Stone, a first for a black vocal group. After LaBelle disbanded, Patti went on to become not only a successful solo singer and song writer,



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but also an author of cookbooks and an actress. She had a recurring role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives and appeared in several films and prime time televisions shows, and more recently in the awardwinning Broadway musical Fela. Patti has released a line of signature sauces and marinades called Lady Marmalade and a designer bedding collection for Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Patti LaBelle Home.

Diabetes Foundation. LaBelle also has been a long supporter of the LGBT community and served as a spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Long Sugarâ&#x20AC;? campaign. In 2007, she was presented with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award in recognition of her strong support of full equality for the LGBT community and her work to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Last year, Patti LaBelle reunited with former LaBelle band members Nona Hendryx and Sara Dash for a reunion album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to Know.â&#x20AC;?

Patti LaBelle, we salute and admire you for all your hard work and artistry you have given the world.

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UPMC develops a program aimed at Inclusion The Golden Rule seems simple enough: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Unfortunately, the human spirit can make living out that simple adage extremely difficult at times. The Dignity & Respect Cam­paign, developed by UPMC, is an awareness campaign that is based upon the Golden Rule. It is de­signed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect. Although the Dignity & Respect Campaign started merely as an internal workplace initiative at UPMC, it quickly grew into a Pittsburgh community initiative last fall and is in the process of becoming a national community initiative, dedicated to driving inclusion and promoting campaign launch efforts in every major city in the U.S.

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You can support the campaign by taking the pledge on the Dignity and Respect Initiative website. Another way to get involved: Take just a moment each day to practice one of the 30 tips compiled by the Center for Inclusion. “We asked employees, from food service to physicians, in 22 focus groups about the behaviors that make them feel they are being treated with dignity and respect. The 30 dignity and respect tips were developed from their comments,” says Candi CastleberrySingleton, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Center for Inclusion. The Campaign also offers a monthly Dignity and Respect Champion Award, honoring community members who have made a difference promoting inclusion, dignity and respect where they live and work.

Lastly, you can help spread the word by telling colleagues and friends about the initiative, and be sure to acknowledge the efforts of others to demonstrate dignity and respect – even something as simple as saying “thank you” or holding a door. For more information, visit


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to speak at Advocacy Rally About Growing Up with Two Moms By Christine Bryan Zach Wahls was a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student when he decided to stand up before the Iowa House of Representatives and defend gay marriage last February. Zach spoke out against a resolution, which would end civil unions in Iowa, by describing his own experience, as the son of two lesbian partners. “Our family really isn’t so different from any other Iowa family,” said Wahls. “When I am home, we go to church together, we eat dinner, we go on vacations.”

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Zach emphasized the typical nature of his upbringing, as well as his own success. He is an Eagle Scout and a small business owner. He also scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. “If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I would make you very proud,” he said. A sixth-generation Iowan, Zach finished his testimony on an impassioned note. “In my 19 years, not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized independently that I was raised by a gay couple,” he said. “And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my








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Terry Wahls gave birth to Zach on July 15, 1991, and to his sister, Zebby, in 1994. He and Zebby have the same anonymous donor. While he was born in Wisconsin, he grew up in Iowa City with his sister and biological mother. He realized he did not have the traditional parenting unit when he was young, and, despite the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unconventionality, Zach said he did not face an overwhelming amount of adversity growing up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time I lost a friend because my parents were gay was second grade,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a little traumatizing. Later, those friends came back. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really lose any friends in the long run. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a testament to our generation. For us, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a non-issue.â&#x20AC;? In 1995, Terry met Jackie Reger and the couple had a commitment

ceremony in Wisconsin in 1996. They had a legal ceremony in Iowa in the summer of 2009. Zach was the best man. Zach recently hired a literary agent and has plans for a book which he anticipates will be titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Two Moms: An American Story.â&#x20AC;? The book will be based on the experiences that his mothers had being gay parents and eventually being granted the rights to marry in Iowa. Zach has decided that next year he will enroll as a part-time student. He plans to focus on speaking, writing, and other advocacy work, including making a positive contribution to the national dialogue about gay marriage and providing emotional support to children of gay parents. While heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited about opportunities that have opened since his speech, he admits that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprised at all the attention heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The point of the speech was that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not all that different. To me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing special. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like I go through the day thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, my parents are gay,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would probably describe myself in at least a dozen ways before Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My parents are gay.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;That being said, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I have this opportunity to share my story, however boring that story may be in my eyes.â&#x20AC;? Zach Wahls will speak at the Advocacy Rally on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on the steps of the CityCounty Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown.

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By Sue Kerr

The State of our Union It was an astounding moment when the President of the United States signed legislation repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which has kept servicewomen and men silent about their identifies for fear of discharge. December 22, 2010 was a triumphant day for the entire LGBT community, coming at the end of long years of a battle to rectify this unjust policy. It was a battle fought with gay memes we’ve all seen before, designed to humiliate and optimally, silence the proponents of the repeal. Earlier in the year, it was determined to postpone a vote until

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the Pentagon completed a study on how to repeal, including a controversial survey sent to currently enlisted soldiers. “Wait,” they said. “We need more time.”

giving our community the opportunity to make our case for equality. Some waited in other ways, beginning to agitate in ways reminiscent of Act UP!

So we waited. Some waited patiently. The joy of this advancement of LGBT civil rights casts a bright light on the “continuum of advocacy” taking place around repeal. Under the Obama Administration, we saw increased access to political insiders and decision-making with the appointment of openly gay officials, diplomats, and advisors,

A courageous activist movement arose, bringing us the immutable scene of LGBT servicemen and women chained to the front gates of the While House fence. Activists engaged in acts of civil disobedience at the offices of then Speaker Pelosi. Discussions perpetuated on how to balance the privileges some have gained with the burdens so

many still bear. The rise of GetEqual reminds us that equality is not something we are handed, it is a goal we must pursue with vigor and dedication. It is important to note, for personal and political reasons, that the repeal has not been put into force yet. The military have to certify regulations for the rollback and the earliest expected date is August 2011. While there might be no further discharges, there are no guaranteed protections for enlisted women and men who may be inclined to out themselves. While the opinions of Americans continue to grow positive about LGBT equality, American systems grind ever so slowly toward that goal. On the local level, similar themes played themselves out. The still newish Allegheny County Human Relations Commission has doggedly pushed the County Administration on providing domestic partner benefits for employees, proving that those on the inside can still speak for those who are not. This ongoing systemic force for change within the system shows Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh region somewhat in line with the national positioning for a new continuum of organizing. What Pittsburgh does not have is the local equivalent of GetEqual, a nonviolent form of direct action activism. The need to push back discriminatory legislation and push ahead for equality may give rise to the nascent forces of the person struck by Lt. Dan Choi chained to a White House gate.

NATIONAL SCENE In March 2011, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank reintroduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in spite of the numerical odds in a Republican controlled chamber. ENDA is a good example of how a divided LGBT community can rally together. When a version stripped of protections on gender identity and gender expression passed the House of Representatives, the community was torn apart. Would an incremental approach work, or was the mainstream gay community throwing the transgender community “under the bus”? In the next legislative session, the community rallied for a transinclusive bill and made significant progress educating the general public about the very real experiences of discrimination transgender men and women experience. On a more somber note, the tragic suicides of seven LGBT youth and young adults brought bullying to the forefront of our consciousness. Parents and community members advocated for educational bullying protections, and sex columnist Dan Savage started a phenomenon with his “It Gets Better” project using YouTube to tell young people that life gets better as you get older.

Statewide Scope Representative Darryl Metcalfe (RCranberry Township), now chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, has promised to bring back legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Pittsburgh PrideMag



This battle wastes valuable (and limited) LGBT political and financial resources. Some think that this may be the very reason for the amendment: to tear attention away from potential wins and to keep “gay marriage” front and center to rally the uneducated voter. Legislators have plans underway to introduce a marriage equality bill, civil unions legislation, a bill to extend hate crimes protections to the LGBT community, and legislation that would include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression under the Pennsylvania Human Relations protected classes.

In Pittsburgh A local group of transgender activists and allies are mobilizing around insensitive coverage by local television stations. What began as an arrest for prostitution has generated an ongoing dialogue on the role of the community to educate the media. Activists took aim at the anti-LGBT stance of a local donut shop, using tools ranging from the

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UrbanSpoon ranking site to direct action Kiss-Ins organized spontaneously by social media.

It matters to the linguists and the nurses and the chaplains who have so much to offer.

After allegations of a hate crime arose in the East End, we began to question the relationship and responsibilities of both the LGBT community and the first responders. One City Councilman took further action and began meeting with openly LGBT police officers to continue that dialogue.

Here, in Allegheny County, it also matters that we elect openly gay legislators and members of the judiciary. It matters that a Human Relations Commission, with few resources, leverages what they have to defend the County employee silenced by cultural discrimination. It matters that we have a community organizer to create the thread that continues from mainstream LGBT organizations to others holding their own anti-corporate Pride festival.

Pittsburgh saw two openly gay candidates for office. City Councilman Bruce Kraus sought re-election for his seat while local attorney Hugh McGough pursued a magisterial judicial seat in the East End. The local gay wing of the Democratic party had a record number of candidates seek endorsements in the May 2011 Primary election. In such a hostile political climate, why does it matter? Why push for more and more visibility? Because it does matter. Thousands of men and women serving in our armed forces will soon be free to speak about their whole lives. It matters to the child watching soldiers in formation.

When President Obama campaigned for our vote, he pledged to be our “fierce advocate.” The debate rages on each and every LGBT issue he confronts, but the undeniable truth is that the LGBT community has taken great strides toward a fierce advocacy. It will never be enough until we all achieve equality, but we can well enough believe that our march continues onward.



Outlook Voted “Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania” in 2009, Pittsburghbased health insurer Highmark Inc. is a major employer in Western Pennsylvania. Highmark serves 4.7 million members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia through the company’s health care benefits business and is one of the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the nation.

Highmark’s employee family has always been one of the company’s greatest strengths. While that strength is derived from the unique talent and backgrounds of individuals, it also can be attributed to our commitment to the creation of a unified, diverse work force. Highmark’s own Diversity & Inclusion Office strives to foster an inclusive work environment, making Highmark a great place to work that

The LGBTA was able to provide resources to Highmark employees who had questions concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, debunk myths and negative stereotypes placed upon the LGBTA community, and highlight “allies” that help make the Highmark LGBTA BRG successful.

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maximizes team effectiveness, produces innovative ideas, and impacts customer satisfaction. “It’s only when everyone has an opportunity to contribute that a company has the opportunity to succeed,” says Sara Oliver-Carter, vice president of diversity and inclusion. “At Highmark, a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion makes that happen.” Part of that commitment to a diverse work force involves a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Business Resource Group (BRG) that is currently in place and active. A key component of its vision statement includes leveraging Highmark’s diverse LGBTA experience to serve as a catalyst in promoting employee inclusion, enriching community outreach, and fostering marketplace excellence. Last year the LGBTA BRG hosted two national “Coming Out Day” sessions that were both successful and well-received. The events, which took place in Pittsburgh and in Camp Hill, Pa., promoted a safe environment for employees to “come out” if they chose to do so. The LGBTA was able to provide resources to Highmark employees who had questions concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, debunk myths and negative stereotypes placed upon the LGBTA community, and highlight “allies” that help make the Highmark LGBTA BRG successful.

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In addition to promoting employee inclusion internally, the Highmark LGBTA BRG also supports a number of community outreach activities throughout the year. For example, Highmark’s LGBTA BRG members are already anticipating another successful Pittsburgh Pride celebration. During last year’s event, Highmark provided T-shirts, “Blue Hand” tattoos, banners, and logos designed specifically for the event as part of their sponsorship. Highmark also supports three additional BRGs. Each is unique in terms of outreach but their missions are similar. All Highmark BRGs are committed to promoting employee inclusion, aligning their efforts with Highmark’s business model and supporting community initiatives. The additional Highmark BRGs are: • BNET – Black Network • Salud – Hispanic organization • GenXY – for those in the “X” and “Y” generations Employee satisfaction is extremely important at Highmark. One way to keep its employees satisfied is to help employees express and find their own voice on topics and issues that are important to them. The use of BRGs demonstrates an excellent example of corporate diversity and inclusion at its best.

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That nasty little “it” is usually in reference to sexuality. For decades, centuries even, we’ve been told to keep it quiet, keep it in the closet, and keep it in the bedroom, as if sexuality is restricted only to sexual acts. I was lucky enough to hear equality activist Zoe Nicholson speak right here in Pittsburgh a couple months ago. She quoted Gloria Steinem in saying that it takes a social

justice movement 150 years from conception to full integration. Based on that estimation, we’re doing pretty damn good. And sharing our stories is no doubt helping speed along that progress. Instead of hiding “it,” we’re wearing it on our sleeves, sharing it with our families, sharing it with our friends, and — the best part yet — sharing it with complete strangers. It feels good to get “it” out there. That’s part of the reason I created

By Nathan Manske I launched the site in early 2009, and, as the stories kept coming in, with topics ranging from first dates, first crushes, and first times, to conversion therapy, HIV/AIDS, and marriage inequality, I realized there’s another purpose to collecting all these stories: to provide an outlet for people to talk about it — whatever “it” may be — sometimes for the first time. And in sharing a story, there are unexpected results. Soon after I launched IFD, someone shared a story, but honestly, I didn’t like it. I almost didn’t post it. I just thought it was a little boring. But my rule is: If it’s a story, I’ll post it. So I did. About an hour later, someone left a comment, saying,

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I’m From Harlem, NY.

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Wednesday April 6, 2011 I remember this day so clearly: My oldest daughter, Isabelle, be gged Trevor and I to allow her to have her frie nds over for dinne r and sleep over to celebrat e the end of her baske tball season. Traditionally , we disallowed visitors from Isabelle’s conser vative Catholic school for fear that Isabelle an d her twin brother wo uld be “outed” and therefore teased or tormented. But if she was ready to com e clean to her class ma tes, who were we to tel l her “No?”

“This is the best story I’ve read on here.” Shows what I know. A few months later I received an email from a closeted teen, who said reading all these stories literally saved his life because he suddenly felt so normal. I don’t know what will inspire someone. Neither do you. But I can promise you this: Someone out there will be inspired by your story, whatever story you decide to share. Check out these stories from!

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The team arrived to our home, sleeping bags in tow. We greeted each parent and int rod uce d ourselves…actually introduced “ourse lves”. We were not brothe rs, friends, or roomm ates. We were Isabelle’s Dads. Four of the seven mothers decided no t to allow their chi ldren to stay in our home. Th e remaining teamm ates ran

through the house and eventually gathe red in the kitchen awaiting the arrival of the eva sive pizza delivery man. I have never been so pro ud of what happened ne xt. “Isabelle, are both of those guys your dads?” One little girl starte d in…I rushed from the next room toward the kit chen to diffuse the situ ation, but Trevor stopped me. He urged me to listen closely, but allow ou r daughter, who we raised, who we taught, wh o we loved, to hand le the situation in whatever way she thought be st. “That’s disgusting,” one girl commented. “That’s a sin,” said another. Isabelle responded in a matter-of-fact tone saying, “Some boys kiss boys, and som e girls kiss girls…deal with it.” The conversation wa s over and no one ever mentioned it as a pro blem again. Today, Isa belle, Garrit, Elsie and Jul ia are all out and proud children of two gay dads.

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I remember I was around 16 . One day, I was with my entire family eating dinner My parents, . my brother, my aunts, uncles, everyo ne was ther e. Suddenly homosexualit y came up to the table conversation. I can’t recall w hy, but I can recall this on e comment an uncle said to everybody: “T hank God th ere’s not one fag in our fam ily.” The only th ing I could think of was “Prepare, bitc : hes.” I came out a

month later.

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like, when ger than I was – un yo lot a a as w I s thought s because I had , so people alway as a girl, I gues kid w I all t I sm gh le y ou hi all th w re n a I was a help that for They also ofte g. It also didn’t ought I was 5. th e lon er of ey w d th s irt kin 10 sh ir as e Iw kept my ha them, and th pretty face and ith unicorns on delicate, sort of lots of t-shirts w d ha I so s, rn ith unico right? was obsessed w rls like unicorns, because only gi s lor co irt l ste pa mostly t baby blue T-sh earing this swee w as ck w ba I e , th old On s or 11 year in their wake. I was about 10 by ving a rainbow ry lea t sto es y ch er e oc th One day when gr ross as at the icorns running ac UN ICORNS.” I w s. Out of with a herd of un spelling “I LOVE rs gumball machine te e let th on of t nou iro p te cra hi w tic gger y as zz pl ly fu d were candy an was definite bi tting a bunch of as older, but he ge w y, he da ably if at ob re th pr su t as elf no w mys me; I’m 14, but he r boy came up to or maybe even and 13 ke ’s bi he s y hi or on nowhere, anothe em e rolls up to m ure. In my m at he , m ay lly yw ica An ys d. ph and more ng. t the age I looke uldn’t say anythi – my real age, no , frozen, and co m hi closer to my age at d re sta rns too.” I just . e to talk to him says, “I love unico d the courag boyfriend if I ha again. ve been my first ha uld never saw him co I he gh if feels as it, and even thou ow kn Looking back, it n’t did if he k he was, even Sometimes I thin

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Keeps â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Friendingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Them On Facebook Since last Pride, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a lot of time pondering life, love, and relationships. Okay, maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent about 76 percent of my time perusing Facebook, thus causing a problem in life, love, and relationships. I know you know what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve even been called a cyber whore 86 Pittsburgh PrideMag


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Of course, there’s always that double-edged sword. Some people from the past ought to stay in the past, and thanks to Facebook’s “not now” friend acceptance button, that’s where those people have remained for me. That is, until my mom joined Facebook and is now part of my social circle of friends. Have you ever come across an old familiar face online and thought, “Thank Gay Jesus I don’t date that hot ass mess anymore!?” Me too. Unfortunately for me, as I open my mom’s page, there they are, a bevy of those faces, seemingly staring back at me. From A-Z, there are a list of my failed relationships, dating back to 1998, all now known as my mom’s friends. I suppose this is the result of taking PLFAG a little too far. Perhaps you’re also thinking back to holidays past, where your family photo albums were decorated with pictures of different adoring friends, all donning that same Christmas sweater, year after year. Every face represented an ex who had met the family and lasted one holiday season. Now you cannot remember their names. Thanks to modern technology and a proud mother, I’ve been forced

to revisit those special people. It’s too tempting not to look. There’s the woman who called me “the love of her life.” And in her profile picture next to her is a girl with her arms wrapped around my “soulmate,” and she’s wearing MY hat. I bought it on sale after we vowed to always be together and to own red cookware and now it’s on some tweener’s head. How rude!

And then there’s that one who takes the cake: the overachiever who said I’d never grow up, and someday, I’d regret her leaving. Well, I don’t remember her name, but she sure showed me. As I “investigate” further, I see that she writes that new girl all the same things she used to write me. I remember her telling me, “I’ve never said that to anyone before.” Um, we refer to that as a REPEAT. This woman’s obviously had a lot of “soul-mates.” Then there’s the woman with whom I had to carry around a pocket-sized thesaurus when we dated because I never understood what she was talking about. She said one day we’d marry but that relationship ended with a lawsuit. We apparently didn’t speak the same “love language.”

There’s the one who proposed to me prematurely, and when it didn’t work out, she said she needed some space. She called a few days later and said, “I’ve met someone,” to which I replied, “It’s been three days; I’m glad you took some time to heal.” And then there’s that one who takes the cake: the over-achiever who said I’d never grow up, and someday, I’d regret her leaving. Well, I don’t remember her name, but she sure showed me. I mean let’s face it, when you’ve posted pictures of yourself on a mission in Uganda, holding and feeding starving children, and Oprah’s in the background in sandals and capris, you pretty much win. How am I gonna compete with that? But does that stop me? No, it does not. So I post a picture of me and some hot girl who doesn’t know she’s being photographed, and I set it as my profile picture hoping all of my exes will see. How ‘bout those apples, ladies? After all, it really is a competition of who is better and has the least regrets when playing the ex game. I’m also certain there’s a couple of exes on my mom’s page who I cannot see because they’ve blocked me. I just wanna add that it’s their loss. We’ve all been here, right? There is, however, the saddest of the bunch. That would be the ex from the most recent break-up who is still lingering on your mom’s Facebook page. She promised a family and a trampoline, but you couldn’t work it out. This is the

one who you are too afraid to see because she deleted you from her page yet kept your mom as a friend, and you don’t really want to know what she’s up to quite yet. Nothing breaks my cyber-heart more than seeing that little red <3 heart on her page that says, “(insert name) is now listed as single.” And now everyone knows it. Is there nothing sacred anymore, I ask? I remember a time before social networking when if you wanted to stalk your ex, you’d just hang outside their workplace, home, bridge game, or bowling alley (if you wanted to be discreet). Things are not so simple anymore. So I close out of my mom’s page and think about how these relationships have impacted my life and what I can learn from each of them. I think about how I can be a better person and maybe finally settle down this year. We all really just want someone to dedicate a Luther Vandross song to us, don’t we? But mostly I think about how much better looking I am than all of my exes’ new girlfriends’ and how awesome that makes me.

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By J.J. Cox

A little something has been brewing in Steel City, and I don’t mean IC Light. There is a full-on Drag King Scene developing right underneath our black and gold noses. What’s a drag king? It is a performer who manipulates gender to represent masculinity, also known as a male-illusionist. What does this mean for Pittsburgh? It means hot butches are regularly performing live in our backyard!

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This is not a new community to Pittsburgh, but one that has recently been revived. Once upon a time, Pittsburgh had a drag king troupe called The Distinguished Iron City Kings, or DICKs for short. At final count, DICKs had ten performers, including such names as Maycum Dizzi (of Hot Metal Hardware), Jasper Nova (now performing with Tranzcend in Denver), and Natty Boom (now with the DC Kings). They disbanded in 2005. Over the years, performers such as Peter

Gozinya, Walker, Blu, Kevaughn Browne, Orion Blaze Browne, and D Bangher Browne kept the scene going in Western PA. Of course, there is also Lazlo Production’s annual Mr. Pittsburgh Pride Drag King Contest, which is now in it’s eighth year. Nonetheless, for a while, it was not an easy feat to catch a regular drag king act in Pittsburgh. Now there are numerous appearances from drag kings every month.

The most worthy movement of note is the establishment of Hot Metal Hardware, Pittsburgh’s newest gender performance troupe, which is made up mostly of drag kings. HMH produces monthly drag shows on First Fridays at Cattivo/ Sotto, and their performers can often be seen at other events around the city. Last October, they appeared in the showcase at the 12th International Drag King Extravaganza, which happened to be in Baltimore. As faithful Pittsburghers, HMH waved Terrible Towels all over town. HMH also traveled to Columbus at the end of January to perform and raise funds in Miz Ginger’s Annual Mystery Box. “HMH is a family of gender performers brought together by common goals,” says Orion Blaze Browne, Pittsburgh native and HMH co-founder. “It is also a support system, where we can be ourselves and come up with ways to better the community through performances.” HMH has a couple of kings who portray both masculine and feminine characters, one of which

is Trista von Tease AKA Evan Danger. “Trista von Tease is an evil temptress from the twenties, leaving charmed and/or dead men in her wake,” she says, “while Evan Danger is an over-confident, hopelessly flamboyant gay man.” Another HMH co-founder and Pitt undergrad, Dylan Dickhersoon, is also the vice president of Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance and a producer of their recent Annual Pitt Drag Show. “I’m sure everyone is going to say something terribly serious here,” he says, “but my favorite things about HMH are the things that happen off stage — the conversations in the dressing room, the inside jokes and latenight musings.”

“I am really excited to see the revitalization of the community happening throughout the city, and that people are coming together to create these spaces for gender performance and exploration,” says Lyndsey Sickler, owner of Mr Pittsburgh Pride. “I can’t wait to see what happens here in the next year, with all of this momentum behind drag and gender performance.” For more information on Hot Metal Hardware, check out J.J. Cox runs his own production company, Kingdom Come. For event listings, check out

It doesn’t end there! Keeping it real in Western PA are drag kings D Bangher Browne and Kevaughn Browne. Kevaughn recently won the title Mr. WOW Wednesdays at The Link and performs there quite regularly. The duo can also be found at Longbada’s Lounge in Greensburg.

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Social Graces One of the greatest months of the year is upon us. June. Doesn’t the very sound of it conjure up all kinds of great memories and expectations? With June comes Pride, fastly becoming a world-class affair. How you behave and the time you will have all depends on you. So before you call your daffodils and press your favorite outfit, let’s go over a few things first. In today’s hurly burly society, one must pay extra attention to civilities. In sailing, when you say someone is being unCorinthian, you’re saying the person does not conduct himself in a gentlemanly manner. Herewith your abridged Corinthian guide to a well-spent and safe Pittsburgh Pride:

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Have fun. Be fun.


Be ready to have fun. One of the joys of Pride is participating in the merriment. If you’re in a bad mood, STAY HOME! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: It is the responsibility of every single person at an event to contribute to that event’s gaiety. Dance for your drinks, and sing for your supper.


By Samuel Clyde Badger

And you are...?

Say your name at the outset, and expect the same courtesy of those you are meeting. It is ill-mannered to introduce one person to another without saying both or more of the parties’ names. And that should be first and last names, mind you. To habitually forget someone’s name, first or last, is the height of incivility, the height of laziness and in the end, just plain rude. But lest we forget, you should always remind people of your own name and even volunteer a little history of when you met. “I am Stephen. We met at La Maison de Blaireau for SCB’s Christmas Party.” This will take the edge off any awkwardness. And this person, in kind, should respond, “Of course I remember, Paul. It is so good to see you again.” No matter if this is true or not. The point of good manners is to make people feel at ease.


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Dress to impr ess. Every one ca n pull out a w rinkled old t-shirt and a pair of flipflops. Feel fre e to add a little glitz to your Pr ide in the Stre et ensemble. To wear some tir ed old outfit is hi ghly insulting . And tell your lady friend to leav e her flats in the au to. (Is no one else tired of lookin g at ill-dresse d Pittsburghers ?) Dress it up , who knows, you m ight just mee t your future ex-hus band at one of the happenings!

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ur Hii sexyyy... whatz y name? I’polagize - I’m a lil drunnnk


Learn how to handle your liquor, or your liquor will han dle you — and not in a good way! I will be the first to tell you that I love a boozehound. I would rather be with a good drinker than just about any other company. Boozers, good boo zers, are just about the happiest peo ple on earth. Realize, there is a fine line between amiably tipsy and the meanspirited or sloppily drunk.

5. Me Me Meeeeeeeee Every one has a story to tell, just don’t let yours be the only one, conversation hog. Generosity is always the first rule of the day. Admittedly, SCB has a tendency to carry on, and this is one rule that I catch myself breaking quite often. I can’t help it. I really do like the sound of my voice, and my stories are generally more interesting than most. So when I catch myself growing hoarse from non-stop conversation, I will remember Rule Five and ask a question to the obedient listener who has given me such attention.

Images from left to right; all works Andy Warhol; Dollar Sign (detail), 1982; Self-Portrait (detail), 1981; Flowers (detail), 1964; Self-Portrait (detail), 1964; Liz (detail), 1963

A museum as diverse as those who visit. His artistry explored everything from screen prints to film, fashion illustration to collectibles, paintings to installations. And his circle of influence included the rich, the famous, the rebellious and the rocking. He was eclectic, vibrant, ever-changing. And so is his museum. The Andy Warhol Museum. To learn more, visit The Andy Warhol Museum receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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Hang up the damn cell phone, and stop texting in polite company! You are not that important! One should never stand in the middle of a group of people, while talking on the phone. If I weren’t such a big fan if civility, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone pry the phone out of one’s hand and toss the contraption into the ditch.

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Leather Love For the first time in history, Pittsburgh has a Ms. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish thanks in part to the first leather competition open to women in the Pittsburgh area.

The inaugural winner is Ms. Jessi Strucaly, who is now also the first transwoman to hold the title. Jessi also competed in the International Ms. Leather competition in San Francisco this past April. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Leather Club and the Steel City Bondage Club, the female competition arose to reach out to women interested in the leather lifestyle and the work of the Club, which

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makes a significant charitable and social outreach contribution to the region. “I want to commend Jessi for being a courageous pioneer, [the first woman titleholder from Pittsburgh AND the first female pledge of Three Rivers Leather Club], and inspiration for the GLBTQ community,” said David Dean, President of the Three Rivers Leather Club. “By being out and proud and a positive face for the BDSM and Leather community and the clarity she displays, we could not have selected a better titleholder.”

By Sue Kerr The addition of the Ms. Pittsburgh Leather contest validates that women are an important part of the local leather community. It also sends a message to the larger community that the leather community embraces the transgender community, according to Jessi. While the BDSM community in Pittsburgh has been accepting of transgender participants, Jessi says, “Personally, I feel that within the hetero-normative bdsm groups, trans is often viewed as a fetish or kink rather than a true identity. In many cases, it is true, as some may act out a fantasy of being forced to wear the

clothing of the opposite gender or to take on the perceived sexual nature of the opposite of their day-to-day gender identity.” Ms. Leather Pittsburgh is expected to attend certain functions (such as PrideFest), initiate her own service projects andalwayspositively represent the leather community. As part of her duties, she has been attending various LGBT events, including the Steel City Stonewall endorsement meeting, where she unabashedly introduced herself to candidates for office while wearing her “Ms Leather Pittsburgh” button. She is confident in her ability to positively represent Pittsburgh’s leather community. “[With the title comes] the opportunity to mix and mingle, and being the social creature that I am, I can, with confidence, say that when the night is done, everyone will know that I am from Pittsburgh and that [the city] has a lot to offer everyone.” Jessi’s platform also makes that leap to politics, combining increased awareness of trans health issues with stronger gender identity and gender expression protections. When it comes to seeking healthcare, the potential of discrimination can be as significant as actual discrimination. Delays in seeking healthcare can be very damaging for individual health, an issue Jessi plans to highlight both to educate healthcare providers and to encourage transgender men and women to connect with the right providers.

She also plans to advocate for transgender inclusions in state and federal anti-discrimination legislation. Jessi has been an oft spotted figure at many local political events in addition to her activities in the leather and BDSM community. She hopes to reach out more closely to lesbian and queer women’s events, both to educate about the leather community and build bridges to work on shared issues. “Why does this matter?” Jessi reflects. “Mr. or Ms. Leather, bringing home a major leather title, adds to the reputation of Pittsburgh as a gay destination.” This is part of her appeal for sponsors – the potential to support the leather community and to attract new visitors to the region. Sponsors help subsidize the travel expenses for the contestants. Jessi has received cash donations and gift certificates, which she raffles off during her public appearances. She also has a tongue-in-cheek bit during local events, “selling” spankings for $5. The spankee gets a little taste of kink and an official “I was spanked by Ms. Pittsburgh Leather” button. Jessi blogs at http://leatherquest. (reprinted from Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents www.pghlesbian. com, 2011)

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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 Sixth Presbyterian Church  1688 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15217 412-421-2752 South Avenue United Methodist Church  733 South Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15221 412-371-7421 Sunnyhill-Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills  1240 Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA  15228 412-561-6277

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Smithton P.O. Box 568 251 Second Street Smithton, PA  15479 724-872-5056 Waverly United Presbyterian Church  5900 South Braddock Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15221 412-242-0643 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 Clear Channel 200 Fleet Street, 4th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412-937-1441 Google PPG Industries One PPG Place Pittsburgh, PA 15272

Education Art Institute of Pittsburgh 420 Blvd. of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-263-6600

Financial Institutions BNY Mellon Citizens Bank 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

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Initiative for Transgender Leadership Persad Center 5150 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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

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ARE HUMAN RIGHTS! Leo W. Gerard International President

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