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Pittsburgh drag scene adjusts to new normal

Dan Minkel, a North Huntingdon resident, performs as a drag queen in Pittsburgh under the name Scarlet Fairweather.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

June 23, 2020

Most drag queens and kings earn money and practice their craft by performing at bars, which closed March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the City’s drag scene has far from disappeared.

Slaying the Pittsburgh drag scene

Erin Reis, mid-transformation.

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019

While drag seems to have a very sexualized culture in mainstream media, it is just another form of performing arts, and it is popular in Pittsburgh.

Carnegie library hosts drag queen story hour

Local drag queen Akasha L. Van Cartier read to 130 children and parents at Carnegie Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018

Akasha L Van-Cartier had a message for the 130 children and parents that attended the Carnegie Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour Saturday. “You can be anything that you want to be, at any time you want to be it, and if you want to change what you want to be halfway through being it — do that,”...

Kings and queens captivate audience

Pitt Rainbow Alliance and the Office of First Year Experience hosted Panther Drag Show in the William Pitt Union Friday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Staff Photographer)

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017

A runway extended out from the William Pitt Union assembly room stage, lined with rainbow-colored Christmas lights and framed by chairs on either side. It was a setup fit for kings and queens — drag kings and queens, that is. The Office of First Year Experience and Pitt Rainbow Alliance presented Panther Dra...

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