Our Pittsburgh Pride Party Picks for 2015
We are truly lucky in mid-sized Pittsburgh to have all the amenities and attractions of bigger city living thanks to the hard work and creativity of the individuals and communities that call the Steel City home. Even on “off” weekends, there is never a shortage of accessible and unique programming, if you know where to look. As always, we’re looking forward to celebrating LGBTQ Pride in Pittsburgh, and we’re even more excited about the plethora of grassroots events, gatherings, and celebrations that have cropped up this year.
Last weekend saw the first annual Latino Pride event in Pittsburgh and the fifth annual TransPride Showcase. And listed below are just a few of the numerous upcoming happenings that also caught our attention this Pride season. Check them out below, and make sure to make an appearance at one (or several!) this weekend:
Friday, June 12
Indecent Divas II: The Second Coming
Anna Elder and Rebecca Covert are “a cabaret duo with sass and questionable class” promising a stage show to remember at Modern Formations Gallery in Garfield. Guests are encouraged to come early to help make props that will be incorporated into the shenanigans on stage. Show starts at 8PM, and the second showing will be on Saturday at the same time and place.
GLCC Youth Drop-In Night/20th Anniversary Celebration
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their youth programs with an open house (6-7PM) followed by a night of games and group activities (7-10PM) only for the youngins. Not only has the GLCC provided necessary social and human services for all LGBTQ Pittsburghers in their 34 year history, but their youth programs were truly ahead of their time in engaging young queer people. If you’ve never been, check out their downtown location!
Hosted by 412 Flock, the Rainbow Ride is a casual group bike ride starting in Oakland that will tour sites relevant to LGBTQ Pittsburgh. The ride will cover about 12 miles, but it’s slow-paced, and thus, a great opportunity for less-skilled riders to try something new.
Saturday, June 13
Pride at Arcade: Golden Girls Live!
One of the most enduringly popular and endlessly-syndicated television series, the Golden Girls, comes to life on stage at Arcade Comedy Theatre! The show will feature live readings of two full episodes, with Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche portrayed by local comedic actors. In addition to this production, Arcade Theatre is hosting a bevy of shows on Friday and Saturday night that are meant to get the laughs rolling.
Pride without Prejudice
Cut a rug to all your favorite party jams on the spacious dance floor at Cattivo in Lawrenceville. Show off that Beyonce choreography you’ve been perfecting for months, or just shove some delicious pizza in your face and have a carefree time!
HONCHO – Pittsburgh Pride w/ DJ Minx & Steve Mizek
Head down to Hot Mass to satisfy your all-night underground dance party needs with the help of Honcho, and two of the best selectors in America. This event is just one of three that encompasses “HONCHOTHON” this weekend, all of which are quickly becoming new Pride traditions.
Sunday, June 14
Healing Circle & Riverwalk
The last of the events planned under the banner “Roots Pride Pittsburgh” for this weekend is a great chance to reflect on an individual, political, spiritual, and interpersonal level. Starting at the Point and ending at the Convention Center, this walk is inclusive of all identities and experiences and focused on building an inclusive community of LGBTQ Pittsburghers.
HONCHO – Pittsburgh Pride Boat Party w/ The NeedlExchange DC
The hottest ticket in town for the past two years has been the Honcho Boat Party, and this year is no exception. With only a handful of tickets remaining as of today, only the lucky ones will get to experience this blissed-out tour of our grand city from the rivers.
Blue Moon Customer Appreciation
“Everyone’s Bar” gives back to their loyal customers at this annual event with food, cheap drinks, and great door prizes. This is where you’ll find only the most intrepid of survivors from what is sure to be a fantastic Pride weekend in Pittsburgh!
And if you think Pride ends this weekend, you’re sorely mistaken! The month of July is just as packed with similarly awesome events – such as the PGH Dyke & Trans March, Rhinestone Steel, and the 20th Annual Black Pride – so Pittsburgh residents can celebrate love all summer long.