The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

LGBTQ+ friendly affordable housing breaks ground in Oakland

LGBTQ+ friendly affordable housing breaks ground in Oakland

By Kyra McCague, Staff Writer May 30, 2024
The apartment building set to be a LGBTQ+ friendly affordable housing community in Oakland is the first of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. The creation of LGBTQ+ affordable housing seeks to address housing disparities and discrimination faced by elders in the community.
Police stand guard outside of the O’Hara Student Center as protests rage during the controversial Michael Knowles debate on April 18th, 2023.

Pitt no longer requiring College Republicans to pay for security fees following Knowles event

By Punya Bhasin, Assistant News Editor September 6, 2023
Pitt is rescinding an $18,743 security fee previously charged to College Republicans for hosting the Michael Knowles event last semester, after receiving a letter threatening legal action against the University.
The 2023 Pittsburgh Pride Parade on the Andy Warhol Bridge on June 3.

Editorial | Rainbow capitalism is insincere and performative, but this year is arguably worse

By The Pitt News Editorial Board June 21, 2023
Pride flags are being stowed away, and brands are lacking their usual rainbow-ified twitter profile pictures. To many this shows that there is a lack of genuine support and allyship presented by these brands.
A protestor walks past a smoke bomb outside of the OHara Student Center on Tuesday evening during the second of two protests against a debate featuring Michael Knowles on campus.

Protesters criticize ‘dangerous’ rhetoric at Knowles, Polumbo debate

By Spencer Levering and Alexandra Ross April 19, 2023
More than 250 people protested on O’Hara Street Tuesday evening outside the O’Hara Student Center, where Michael Knowles debated Brad Polumbo on whether the government should regulate transgender identity.
The Cathedral of Learning and Litchfield Towers.

Free speech experts weigh in on University’s decision to allow ‘anti-trans’ events

By Punya Bhasin, News Editor April 18, 2023
In terms of whether the University could face legal repercussions if it canceled the “anti-trans” events, some first amendment experts have varying viewpoints on the answer, but they agree that the University is upholding the principles of free speech and the First Amendment.
La’Tasha Mayes, a Democrat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, speaks at an event in Alumni Hall on Friday.

‘We must be fearless’: Pennsylvania Rep. La’Tasha Mayes denounces Pitt for hosting ‘transphobic’ speakers

By Tanya Babbar, Staff Writer March 27, 2023
La’Tasha Mayes, a Democrat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, discussed student activism and “anti-trans” events on Friday in honor of the 50th anniversary of both Pitt’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Department and Rainbow Alliance.
A protester speaks into a megaphone at a protest against the University for allowing Cabot Phillips and other anti-trans speakers to hold events on campus.

‘Not going anywhere’: Pitt students protest ‘anti-trans’ event with Cabot Phillips

By Punya Bhasin, News Editor March 25, 2023
About 300 students, faculty and community members protested outside the Cathedral of Learning Friday, chanting “transphobes have got to go” before an event featuring conservative commentator Cabot Phillips started later that evening.
Attendees march Downtown during the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March & Parade on Saturday.

Opinion | The right is trying to eradicate queer futurity under the guise of protecting children

By Ebonee Rice-Nguyen, Staff Columnist March 19, 2023
For LGBTQ+ people in America, 2022 marked a year filled with fear and uncertainty as the right introduced a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills. In 2023, these anxieties spiked as some of these proposed bills turned into reality.
Faculty assembly discusses upcoming ‘anti-trans’ events, continuation of ELI through next year

Faculty assembly discusses upcoming ‘anti-trans’ events, continuation of ELI through next year

By Madison Dean, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2023
The Faculty Assembly held a meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the continuation of the English Language Institute, the impact of upcoming ‘anti-trans’ events on the Pitt community and exercise facility benefits for employees.
Attendees march Downtown during the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March & Parade on Saturday, June 4.

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus condemns Pitt for ‘transphobic’ events

By Alexandra Ross, Assistant News Editor March 15, 2023
A wave of backlash against two upcoming “anti-trans” events at Pitt has reached Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus condemned Pitt and called for the events to be canceled.
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