TransYOUniting founder Dena Stanley made the official announcement on the steps of Downtown's City County Building, along with representatives from the LGBTQ Coalition and other groups. Pittsburgh Pride 2021 will take place from June 4-6 in Downtown Pittsburgh, and will include a parade and an LGBTQ+ BBQ. Additional details, including event locations, entertainment, and more, will be revealed on the LGBTQ Pittsburgh website and social media channels later this year.
The Delta Foundation announced the dissolution of its organization this weekend and attributed it to the cancellation of this year's Pittsburgh Pride due to coronavirus restrictions, claiming in a post on its Facebook page that 90% percent of the foundation's revenue came from the event.
There’s also the matter of Delta charging fees to attend Pittsburgh Pride events, which the new organizers promise will not be an issue. West says the 2021 event will be “a Pride for the people, and affordable for the people.”
“It’s going to be amazing, and it’s going to be something where everyone can come, no matter how much money you have,” says Stanley.
While funding has yet to be determined, Stanley says the event could cost anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000.
In addition to Pittsburgh Pride, the organizers announced that it also has a list of demands for the City of Pittsburgh and will also be hosting weekly events called Freedom. Justice. Equality (F.J.E) Wednesdays until those demands are met. Those demands include removing Pennsylvania Code Title 18, Section 508, which details use-of-force for police officers, and hiring and promoting more Black Pittsburgh Police officers.
“Pittsburgh Police has one Black commander, no Black lieutenants, and only seven Black sergeants,” says Dalen Michael, vice president of the LGBTQ Coalition. “This is a problem.”
Also included is a call to remove any protest-related citations and charges waged against Stanley, Nique Croft, and LGBTQ Coalition president Lorenzo Rulli, who was arrested during a recent series of demonstrations outside of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Point Breeze home.
Overall, LGBTQ Coalition and TransYOUniting hope to work with other area organizations to make the city a more equitable and welcoming place for LGBTQ and Black people.
“This is about bringing love back to a community,” says West. “That’s what this message is about.”