July 2020 Newsletter

Pride Month may be over, but the work is never done! This month we have had great losses and great wins for the LGBTQIA+ community. On June 12, the fourth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, Trump’s administration rolled back protections for the trans community. On June 15, the US Supreme Court ruled to add the queer community to the national Civil Rights Act so that employers cannot discriminate against a person due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. We saw multiple murders of our black and trans siblings. In the wake of the murders, we saw the LGBTQIA+ community come together to support justice in a way that has not been seen since the Stonewall Riots 51 years ago. We celebrated five years of marriage equality being law of the land.

PGH Equality Center Virtual Race for Equality

The PGH Equality Center is bringing to you its first Virtual Race! During this time of physical distancing, races of all sorts have been cancelled. We have decided to come together with the runners, bicyclists, and swimmers of this area to support you. We also have an option for people that would like to sleep for 8hrs in one night to promote healthy sleeping habits.

The race will run from July 15th to August 15th.

5% of the proceeds of this race will go to SisTers PGH and the rest will go towards our youth program and new initiatives coming Fall 2020 and later to support the LGBTQIA+ community.

Share your Race selfies, videos, and statuses by tagging us @PGHEqualityCenter on Facebook or Instagram, @PGHEqualityCtr on Twitter, and/or #PECVirtualRace. Active-Fitness Events has their own app. Feel free to use any fitness or sleep app to log your results and share with us.

Note: Please consult a doctor before participating. Shirt and medal (Sleep option does not get a shirt or medal) will come 4-6 weeks after the race. Signing up for any of our virtual race levels will come with a digital map and list of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ history.

Disclaimer: Our shirt design is still being worked out, but this is the general design.

Please sign up for the Virtual Race through RunSignUp or Active.


Mission and Vision

The PGH Equality Center has worked hard to evaluate our Mission and Vision for our community.

Mission: We serve as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania.

Vision: To cultivate a more collaborative, diverse, just, and empowered community.


Last month, we announced that the PEC is putting together a cookbook with recipes from you. With everyone cooking and baking during the pandemic, we would like to hear from you about recipes you enjoy. Please share your recipes with us through DM on our social media or by email to info@pghequalitycenter.org

Queer Family Gatherings

From July 11 to August 15 on each Saturday, the Greater Pittsburgh MamaBears & Family is hosting a gathering for families of queer affirming families. They will meet on the front porch of Community House Presbyterian Church on the North Side (120 Parkhurst St, Pittsburgh PA 15210) at 7:30pm.
Any families or individuals are welcome who identity as LGBTQIA+ or those who support a friend or loved one. This is a time to gather and support each other individually or as a group. Carol is a mom of two queer sons and Karl, her son, is one of those. Both will be available to chat privately. Please bring a snack and drink for yourself as we enjoy being in community with each other.

Healing from Religious Hurt

As the LGBTQIA+ community, we have seen and felt the pain that faith communities can give to our community. Community House Presbyterian Church, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, and Commonwealth of Oakland are taking a step forward to our community. They are offering a night on Zoom for people to listen to perspectives about healing when it comes to race, gender, and sexuality.
Join this night of healing on July 22 at 7pm. Please register through www.communityhousepgh.org on their events page.

Can’t Cancel Pride

Can’t Cancel Pride was streamed live on June 25th at 9pm on Hulu, iHeartRadio, and Facebook. You can go back and watch all the amazing performances on Hulu anytime you want. Please text Rainbow to 56512 to give through the end of July. Any donations accepted during this time will be given towards LGBTQIA+ organizations affected by Covid-19.

Queer Person of the Day

In June we posted about a queer person that has made their mark on our community, each day. We would like to share our list with each person:
June 1: Marsha P Johnson     June 2: Zachary Quinto
June 3: Bayard Rustin     June 4: Edie Windsor
June 5: Bessie Smith     June 6: Sara Ramirez
June 7: Alexandra Billings     June 8: Alex Blue Davis
June 9: Lady Gaga     June 10: Alex Newell
June 11: Howard Ashman     June 12: Greg Berlanti
June 13: Lily Tomlin     June 14: James Baldwin
June 15: Laverne Cox     June 16: Langston Hughes
June 17: Kesha     June 18: Adam Lambert
June 19: Indya Moore     June 20: Billy Porter
June 21: George Takei     June 22: Samira Wiley
June 23: Armistead Maupin     June 24: Ryan Murphy
June 25: Rock Hudson     June 26: Sam Smith
June 27: Angelica Ross     June 28: Aydian Dowling
June 29: Frida Khalo     June 30: Danica Roem


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