So one of my loyal readers (one of the 12 that is) is moving from a big gay-friendly city here to the Burgh and is a bit nervous. Is Pittsburgh considered gay-friendly? For Nat’s sake, let’s find out.
From a forum about gay-friendly cities, someone pipes up with:
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh says on their website:
Pittsburgh is not the gay “mecca” that some T.V. shows would have you believe, but it is still a GREAT place to live.
Likely they are referring to Queer as Folk, which is set in the Burgh.
And how about this! The Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a City Navigaytor!
Also, according to this article
Girlfriends, a lesbian magazine in Pittsburgh, has frequently placed the city among the top 15 gay-friendly places to live.
(EDIT: Stupid Post-Gazette. Girlfriends is published out of San Francisco. Hat tip: Nat. See, you really CAN’T believe everything you read.)
And finally, this:
While Pittsburgh may not be ready to be called a “gay Mecca,” it’s definitely not as bad as you may think …Pittsburgh is home to a popular annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and a thriving gay publication, Out magazine, among other institutions of its gay community.
So there you have it. The verdict: NOT a gay mecca, but NOT gay-unfriendly.
Welcome to the Burgh, Nat!