Pride Festival en Use Of Force During Gay Pride Arrest Investigated <p>A Pittsburgh police officer has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival.<br /><br />Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.<br /><br />The officer, Souroth Chatterji, says he was trying to break up a fight when he grabbed the woman by the head and punched her in the side so he could handcuff and arrest her. He accuses her of fighting with him and kicking him in the groin.<br /> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:46:19 +0000 The Associated Press 30995 at LGBT Pride Event Expects Record Numbers <p>Members of Pittsburgh’s LGBT community and their supporters are expected to take to the streets in record numbers this Sunday during the annual Pride March, which is part of this week’s Pittsburgh Pride celebration.</p><p>Pittsburgh Pride is the largest LGBT festival in Pennsylvania, according to the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. The nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the city’s LGBT community hosts and organizes the event, which runs from June 6 through June 15.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:13:24 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30610 at Sharing The Stories Of Pittsburgh's Transgender Community <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s Pittsburgh Pride Week will have the most extensive spotlight on transgender communities so far. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jessica </span>McGuiness<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a former EMT who transitioned from male to female over the last 10 years, and she shared her story about living in Pittsburgh and how growing up was difficult for her. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While working as an EMT, </span>McGuiness<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> started to undergo the process of becoming a female. </span>McGuiness<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she was a quiet person and kept to herself, even as her coworkers would degrade transgender patients coming through the hospital, right in front of her. She said it took her some time to become comfortable coming out to them, or anyone.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:40:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30229 at Sharing The Stories Of Pittsburgh's Transgender Community More than 100K Expected to Attend Pittsburgh Pride Festival <p>Pittsburgh’s gay pride festival continues to grow, with organizers expecting more than 100,000 people to enjoy the celebration on Liberty Avenue.</p><p>When the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh took over the festival in 2007, about 3,000 people attended. Six years later, the organization is expecting to break the 100,000 mark.</p><p>Gary Van Horn, president of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, attended his first Pride festival in 1996. He said he never expected <a href="">Pittsburgh Pride</a> to get as large as it has.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:58:37 +0000 Michael Lynch 11291 at The Cultural Impact of Pittsburgh Pride Fest <p></p><p></p><p>This weekend the <a href="">Pittsburgh Pride Festival</a> is expected to generate huge revenue for the city and bring thousands of individuals and families to Liberty Avenue. The parade and concerts at Pride Fest have become mainstream collaborations with city groups like Visit Pittsburgh and major sponsorship.</p><p>Pittsburgh Pride's website quotes Richard Florida in his best-selling book on economic growth, <em>The Rise of the Creative Class</em>, “the most successful regions welcome all kinds of people. The presence of an LGBT community in large numbers is an indicator of an underlying culture that is open-minded and diverse. People look for cities with lots of gay people when they are hunting for a place to live and work. The presence of gays signals an exciting place, where people can fit in and be themselves.“</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-0a9e1680-3b76-471a-2f52-fdb7745051a4" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">But how representative of Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community is Pride Fest? And how do you go about organizing a large scale festival such as Pride, in a way that's inclusive for all aspects of the LGBTQ community and Pittsburgh as a whole?</p><p>We'll have a conversation about Pittsburgh PrideFest and its cultural impact with <strong>Gary Van Horn</strong>, President of the Delta Foundation, which organizes PrideFest and <strong>Sue Kerr</strong>, Editor of <a href="">Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondence</a>, an LGBTQ Blog. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:21:02 +0000 Heather McClain 11334 at The Cultural Impact of Pittsburgh Pride Fest