City council president Bruce Kraus is the latest to join several LGBT-friendly organizations in denouncing the Delta Foundation and boycotting its annual pride march and related festivities.
"After much thought and careful consideration, I have chosen to stand in solidarity with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Ed
ucation Network, the Garden of Peace Project and many other honorable groups, and not participate in the Pittsburgh Pride activities this month," Kraus wrote in a statement.
"I share their reservations, not only about this year's celebration, but the long-term vision of Pride's leadership team," the statement continues. "I have serious concerns about the direction of the Delta Foundation and the exclusionary choices it is making. Those concerns have only deepened through conversations with former members of the foundation's board."
Kraus, the city's first openly gay politician, could not immediately be reached for further comment. But he joins an ever-growing chorus
who say the Delta Foundation's choice of Iggy Azalea
as its headliner shows the organization is not inclusive of the wider LGBT community.
The Delta Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment. We will update this post if they do.
The Garden of Peace Project is arranging a separate set of pride events — called "Roots Pride"
— which includes a protest of Azalea's performance.
"I do not take this step lightly," adds Kraus. "I take it arm-in-arm with the many others who stand ready to make holistic, inclusionary practices and policies the norm for the entire LGBTQIA+ community."