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LGBTQ+ representation through flags

LGBTQ+ representation through flags

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 13, 2019

  The iconic, instantly recognizable rainbow flag featured on this year’s Sex Edition cover isn’t the only flag members of the LGBTQ+ community rally around. Since the late artist Gilbert Baker first flew the rainbow flag in 1978, countless other activists and artists have created id...

The Pittsburgh pride of today ignores its roots

The Pittsburgh pride of today ignores its roots

By Anaïs Foss | For The Pitt News

June 12, 2018

As a member of a community under constant attack, attending pride celebrations used to feel like a breath of fresh air for me. Pride was always a space to be out safely and celebrate myself with other queer people. But things have changed. Pittsburgh Pride has been sponsored by natural gas compa...

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple lit up downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend as members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies united to celebrate their differences and show support for the community. They danced, sang and kissed under rainbow flags. This was Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018. ...

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

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

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

June 12, 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...

Editorial: Supreme Court’s decision hurts LGBTQ+ community

Editorial: Supreme Court’s decision hurts LGBTQ+ community

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 6, 2018

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed “hostility” toward a local baker when it decided he had discriminated against gay couple by refusing to bake a cake for their wedding in 2012. The ruling avoided a larger question the case presented, which is whether Jack Phil...

Anjali Kumar: A journey into faith

Anjali Kumar: A journey into faith

By Mariam Shalaby | Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2018

Anjali Kumar has an infectiously bright presence. The corners of her eyes crinkle when she smiles and her curly teal hair bounces in rhythm with her steps. She said she has a lot to be happy about these days. She just joined a sorority and is making friends in her new faith community. Plus, she j...

Drag queens and kings strut past boundaries

Drag queens and kings strut past boundaries

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018

Performers lip-synched, danced and seductively plucked money from people’s hands with their mouths while pop song remixes played in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Friday evening. “Drag is about pushing boundaries,” the emcee for the first half of the night, drag queen Anne T. Christ, ...

Cecile Richards reflects on life of activism

Cecile Richards reflects on life of activism

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

April 5, 2018

Cecile Richards has been politically active since seventh grade, when she wore a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War. When she was called to the principal’s office and asked if her mother knew what she was doing, she replied, “Probably.” Since then, she’s grown to become a lea...

Lance Bass in sync with LGBTQ+ community

Lance Bass in sync with LGBTQ+ community

By Sam Weber | For The Pitt News

April 3, 2018

When Lance Bass looks back on his time in NSYNC, he can’t help but laugh — both at his antics and the crowds often confused by them. “I found it funny,” Bass said. “Before anyone knew I was gay, I was just Lance from NSYNC and I just humped the stage a lot.” Bass, a 38-year-old mus...

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

By Shahum Ajmal and Abigail Tesfay | Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2018

The average human being can only be so comfortable with openly discussing how to insert an internal condom, which is why organizations like the Rainbow Alliance come prepared with a prosthetic vagina. “You have to overcome that hurdle of talking about it at all in order to talk about safe sex prac...

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