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Pitt Program Council and Rainbow Alliance hosted “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness on Monday night.

Jonathan Van Ness talks ‘Queer Eye,’ LGBTQ+ activism with PPC, Rainbow Alliance

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer April 21, 2021
Van Ness discussed his ice skating experience and more on Monday night, when he participated in “A Conversation with Jonathan Van Ness,” a lecture held by Pitt Program Council in collaboration with Rainbow Alliance.
Tyler Viljaste has formed the LGBTQIA+ task force with support from Student Government Board and other Pitt staff.

LGBTQIA+ task force seeking student input on new center, other proposals

By Rashi Ranjan, Senior Staff Writer January 27, 2021
SGB’s LGBTQIA+ task force, which includes more than 70 students, faculty and staff, is working on a proposal that includes research on the benefits of an LGBTQIA+ center as well as recommendations for counseling services.
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

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.
Participants march during Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018.

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

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

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in 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 queen Alexa Killer performs to “It’s Raining Men” at Friday’s Rainbow Alliance Drag Show. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

Drag queens and kings strut past boundaries

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...

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)

Lance Bass in sync with LGBTQ+ community

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...

(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

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...

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)

Dear WBC: Hate doesn’t have a home here

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...

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