I’ll be on the WESA 90.5 daily talk show “Essential Pittsburgh” today along with Gary Van Horn from the Delta Foundation. Our topic is the cultural impact of pridefest on the region and inclusivity.
Pittsburgh Pride’s website quotes Richard Florida in his best-selling book on economic growth, The Rise of the Creative Class, “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.“
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?
We’ll have a conversation about Pittsburgh PrideFest and its cultural impact withGary Van Horn, President of the Delta Foundation, which organizes PrideFest andSue Kerr, Editor of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondence, an LGBTQ Blog.
Please tune in! There’s a listen live button in the upper left hand corner of the website and the show repeats at 8 PM.