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Editorial | In absence of Pride, we should listen to our activists

A protester holds a “Trans People Belong” sign during a June protest for Black trans lives.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 25, 2020

We should take this year, in the absence of a physical pride parade, to reflect on what pride really is, and what it should be from here on out. We should listen to our local activists.

Column: Hosting World Cup in Russia is dangerous for LGBTQ+ fans

Russian president Vladimir Putin holds the FIFA World Cup Trophy at a pre-tournament ceremony in Moscow in September 2017. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

June 13, 2018

Professional sports environments aren’t traditionally safe spaces for LGBTQ+ athletes and fans — especially in Russia, where policies outlawing “gay propaganda” have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights as “discriminatory.” With the 2018 World Cup games quickly approachin...

Dear WBC: Hate doesn’t have a home here

Protesters from Westboro Baptist Church picket a same-sex marriage ceremony in 2014 on the steps of the County Courthouse in Wichita, Kansas. (Mike Hutmacher/Wichita Eagle/TNS)

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

October 4, 2017

It only takes reading a few sentences into the “about” page on the Westboro Baptist Church’s website to understand one thing: this is a group fueled by hate. The WBC is well known for its protesting tactics, picketing at events from military funerals, such as Sgt. Dillon Baldridge’s in No...

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

Counter-protestesters sing the Star-Spangled Banner while one student plays along on the trumpet. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2017

When protesters descended on campus yesterday afternoon to push a controversial message, they weren’t the only ones ready to exercise their freedom of speech. Members of Christian Interviews, an organization from the Philadelphia area, appeared on the Fifth Avenue-side patio of Towers around 1 p.m. ...

Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting, authorities say

By Christian Boone | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

September 18, 2017

Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Schultz called 911 alerting them "of a suspicious person on campus." In the call, Schultz describes the person as a "white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and...

Students drown out bigotry in counter protest outside Towers

Students hold pride flags and chant at protesters across from Towers. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Janine Faust and Amanda Finney / TPN Staff

September 18, 2017

A crowd of Pitt students jammed the stairway leading up to Towers Patio on Monday, waving rainbow flags and sporting “I [heart] the female orgasm” t-shirts. Others stood on nearby trashcans and benches and leaned over the patio rails, fervently chanting “God loves everyone” and “shame on you...

Don’t punt on LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports

Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay athlete, gave a speech at a Rainbow Alliance’s event at Pitt last April.  (TPN file photo)

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017

When Pitt’s football team faces off against Penn State tomorrow at Beaver Stadium, both teams will continue a tradition which began in the 19th century — but in a vastly different culture. At the teams’ first meeting in 1893, Pitt had yet to integrate, and Penn State had never admitted a black s...

March mayhem: Delta’s Pride draws criticism

People march in affiliation with UPMC at last year's Pride celebration. (Photo by Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer)

By Madeline Barber / Staff Writer

June 6, 2017

Pittsburgh gears up for its annual Pride celebration every June by filling the streets downtown with dozens upon dozens of rainbow flags and banners that promote equality and stand out against the monochromatic buildings and oft-dreary skies. Pride week finishes the weekend of June 11 with PrideFest — a ...

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