LGBTQ&A: Nina Barbuto Envisions Pgh’s Glitter Neighborhood

An occasional series where we pose some questions to local LGBTQ folks (and Allies) to learn more about their personal experiences with LGBTQ culture. Click here for a complete list of all LGBTQ&A profiles.  During Pride 2013, we are trying to feature someone each day.

Nina is another ally that I can’t quite remember when we met – I believe it was through I Made It! Market. I learned about her work with Assemble in the East End and really appreciated how hard she was working to support youth in the neighborhoods. I’m amzed at the various projects she’s supporting and the impact she’s having. And I love both the simplicity and audacity of her ideas!



Name: Nina Barbuto

Affiliation: Assemble, I Made It! Market, GMSP

Tell us about the very first LGBTQ person you met and what that meant for you. I think it was my gym teacher in middle school. She was also my field hockey coach. She is an awesome person with WAY more energy than me. I wish more kids came out in school but I feel its easier (not counting home politics) to come out now than it was 15 years ago.

How do you stay informed on LGBTQ issues? Friends, news. Drag Race. just kidding, I am a huge fan though.

What is the most important issue facing the LGBTQ community today? Freedom of marriage and the updates of other archaic laws to suite our current population. Down with Prop 8.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community, what would it be? More gay bars. More LGBTQ in public and leadership roles. TV stars, Have a real glitter neighborhood that is almost a tourist spot. Imagine – West hollywood in pgh!

Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character in television, film or literature? RuPaul for ever, David Sedaris. Cal Stephanides from Middlesex (book)

What is one simple thing a reader can do to support the LGBTQ community? READ MORE. Support. Say hello to everyone.

You can follow Nina via Twitter @NBarbuto and @AssemblePgh


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