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Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 5, 2019

Leaders of several Pitt student organizations sent a letter to Pitt administrators Friday morning calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major, according to a tweet sent Friday afternoon.

Performers death drop at Rainbow Alliance drag show

Drag performer Alexa Killer on stage at Rainbow Alliance’s 19th Annual Drag Show.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Friday night, a charismatic performer clad in a silver sequin dress danced and swirled her poofy brown wig to the booming music. The hundreds of audience members leapt to their feet to clap along, roaring when the performer landed the drag-show-staple death drop.

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

Participants march during Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018.

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2019

“The LGBTQIA+ community on campus is enormous,” Tabitha Barnes said. “We wanted to make sure that Pride was something everyone could take part in...kind of using the resources that we have to make that happen.”

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

Lothrop Hall houses the 14 students in Pitt’s Gender and Sexuality LLC.

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Located on the 12th floor of Lothrop Hall is the newly developed Gender and Sexualtiy LLC. The community brings together students who are dedicated to supportive environments.

Drag queens and kings strut past boundaries

Drag queen Alexa Killer performs to “It’s Raining Men” at Friday’s Rainbow Alliance Drag Show. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 9, 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, ...

Lance Bass in sync with LGBTQ+ community

Musician and former NSYNC member Lance Bass discusses his experiences in the music industry as a part of Rainbow Alliance’s Pride Week. (Photo by Divyanka Bhatia | Staff Photographer)

By Sam Weber | For The Pitt News

April 4, 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

(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

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...

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, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

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 Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

October 4, 2017

With the Westboro Baptist Church planning to protest on Pitt’s campus Thursday, the University and campus organizations are preparing. The WBC is known for its hateful speech against the LGBTQ+ community, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and American soldiers. According to its onlin...

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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