Pittsburgh Archive

LGBTQ Community Vigil For Andre Gray Scheduled

  Please join the LGBTQ community as we honor the life and mourn the death of our brother, neighbor & friend – Andre Pokie Gray. Everyone is welcome. The vigil has been organized by various community groups and with the blessing of Andre’s family. Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Time: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Category: Activism

Who Was Mike V?

Friday night, a small group of people took to the streets in Shadyside, displaying a banner that read “RIP Mike V.” Then some vandalism happened and I’ve spent most of the day fielding inquiries about Mike, anarchists and vandalism. What would he think? (I don’t know.) Who is behind this? (Don’t know that, either.) Do
Category: Activism

Arrest in the Murder of Pgh Bisexual Man of Color, Andre Gray

Yesterday came word that the Pittsburgh Police have charged 30-year-old Hubert Wingate with the murder of Andre Gray. Andre was 34 years old and a resident of Lawrenceville when he went missing from his apartment in October 2014. His body was discovered in the Ohio River in late March and his funeral was this past
Category: Activism

Community Art and Demolition Derby: Support #PghArtCar2015

At first, I was skeptical. My friends at Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) dragged a car all around the country, wheat pasting photos of supporters onto the car only to end up smashing the vehicle at a country fair. Then they make art out of the car scraps, selling the art to buy another car.
Category: Activism

Art All Night Bans All Weapons at Community Art Event

Some good news from Art All Night, a community art event held annually each spring in Lawrenceville. They have put an official no-weapons policy in place, for volunteers and the public. No guns – permit or not. As you may recall, last year we found a volunteer openly carrying a handgun in his waistband. From
Category: Activism

A Reel Take: Boys (Jongens)

  Dutch director Mischa Kamp’s 2014 feature film, Boys (Jongens) is a quiet reflection on two teenage boys first loves. The film was originally created for television and this doesn’t show at all, it’s far from the content that i remember seeing as a young teenager watching after school specials. In many ways the “made-­for-­TV” feeling of the
Category: Culture

An Open Letter to @ColinMeloy About #Bisexual Jokes

Dear Colin, Last night, I was in the audience for The Decemberists Pittsburgh concert at The Benedum. The crowd numbered about 2,800 and the house was sold-out (per the usher.) Our seats were pretty good (Orchestra, Row T) and while we did have one screamer near us, for the most part it was a congenial little
Category: Activism

Updated: Final Arrangements for Andre ‘Pokie’ Gray

As we reported, Andre’s body was recovered from the Ohio River on March 20 near Wheeling, West Virginia. His cause of death has been declared a homicide by gunshot wound. A person of interest (Hubert Wingate) is already being held at the Allegheny County Jail for other charges. No charges have been filed and Pittsburgh
Category: Activism