Pittsburgh Pride Festival

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The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning didn’t deter the celebrations in Pittsburgh. The city’s annual Pride parade stepped off at noon followed by Pride Fest downtown.

Crowds started gathering more than an hour before start time, and many people said while they were sad and nervous, they did not want to stay home.

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A recent look at The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship Pittsburgh Public School attendees can qualify for which helps them pay for college, found African-American males are receiving significantly less financial support than Caucasian males, females, as well as African-American females. Saleem Ghubril, executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise, is in studio to explain why African-American males aren't qualifying, and ultimately not receiving, as much of The Promise as anticipated. 

Ghubril discusses the potential changes needing to take place in order to insure the equality of scholarship acceptance among all students: 

"There needs to be more support services in the community alongside our schools to meet kids mental health needs, physical health needs, to address some childhood trauma issues that are not being dealt with, to provide some academic support services, maybe even some financial literacy. …What we can do better is insuring that the pipeline doesn’t have as many holes in it and the support services that kids need are indeed in place." -Saleem Ghubril

Also, meet two men who are traveling across the country to raise awareness for important causes, and we'll discuss Roots Pride Pittsburgh, an even created out of dissatisfaction with local Pride events coordinated by Delta Foundation.