LGBTQ Things To Do: August 28 Edition

Each week, we bring you a list of some of the most interesting and engaging things happening in the LGBTQ community. From movies to workshops, dance parties to picnics, youth events to nightlife – we try to cover all of the bases.  Find more information on how to list your LGBTQ friendly event.

We’ve added some photos and images for events that submit listings. We’ll rotate these week to week. Be sure to get listed so you can gain extra attention in this popular feature.

SAVE THE DATE!OUTrageous Bingo is back on Saturday September 20. Tickets on sale NOW!

PLEASE NOTE – The GLCC will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. We’ll reopen Tuesday at 12 PM.

Community Calendar

THURSDAY

Farmer’s Market – Market Square (Downtown) 10 AM – 2 PM The Gospel Singer

HIV Testing Free and Confidential, all ages. 5-9 PM at the GLCC

Jazz Loft Thursdays at Spin Bartini 6-9 PM in Shadyside

The Gospel Singer at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company 8 PM. Partners Isaac and Donnie grapple with their faith. Thurs – Sun, through the end of August.

Dirty Bourbon River Show & Pandemic! at The Pittsburgh Winery 8 PM – 11 PM

The Pajama Men at City Theater (Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM) Sketch Comedy

Registration – Stonewall Kickball League (online registration) through Friday at 11:59 PM)

 

FRIDAY

Persad’s Real Time with LGBTQ Youth 5-7 PM at the GLCC. Engages youth in creating their own outreach projects to help reduce the incidence of suicide and depression among their peers.

Youth Drop-In Night at the GLCC for young people ages 13-18. 7-10 PM

Hot Dog Friday at the Children’s Museum (Northside) 10 AM – 5 PM, Free hot dog to first 500 children to visit the Museum.

Introduction to Japanese Cinema – Weekend Festival at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville

Project Silk “Transform Me Ball” at The Andy Warhol Museum (Fri 6-10, Sat 8 PM – 1AM, Sun 1PM – 4 PM)

Demolition Derby with Most Wanted Fine Art, 5-10 PM, Stoneboro Fair

The Gospel Singer at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company 8 PM. Partners Isaac and Donnie grapple with their faith. Thurs – Sun, through the end of August.

Registration – Stonewall Kickball League (online registration) through Friday at 11:59 PM)

Mingo Park Observatory “Star Party” Free and Open to the Public, Family Friendly

The Pajama Men at City Theater (Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM) Sketch Comedy

Back To Basics Burlesque Presents Happy Birthday Charlee Monroe! 9 PM – 2 AM at Hambone’s in Lawrenceville

LADY GAGA MONSTER DANCE PARTY Cattivo 9 PM – 2 AM

SHHH! A Talk/Game Show from the mind of Gab Bonesso. Harvard & Highland, 8 PM

The Harvey WALLbangers World Premiere 8 PM at Off The Wall Theater in Carnegie. $10 for a “drinking troupe with a comedy problem.”

Some of the beautiful items available every Sunday morning at the Heritage Market at the Pumphouse.

Some of the beautiful items available every Sunday morning at the Heritage Market at the Pumphouse.

 

SATURDAY

Veggie Garden Tour via the Highland Park Garden Club, 9:45 AM – free tours, seeds and discussion on how to create a veggie garden in small spaces

Introduction to Japanese Cinema – Weekend Festival at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville

Saturday Crafternoons for children ages 5-10 from 1-4 PM at Assemble in Garfield

5th Annual Steel City Mods Versus Rockers, 12-5 PM, Millvale. Come on out to Millvale for live music, a pin-up contest, bikes, scooters, and more!

Zombo’s Ed Wood Pajama and Scopitone Party! 6 PM at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont. $10 but $5 at the door if you are wearing pajamas.

East End Book Exchange Labor Day Readings 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847 orwww.eastendbookexchange.com

Mingo Park Observatory “Star Party” Free and Open to the Public, Family Friendly

The Gospel Singer at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company 8 PM. Partners Isaac and Donnie grapple with their faith. Thurs – Sun, through the end of August.

The Pajama Men at City Theater (Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM) Sketch Comedy

Behind the Mask a Sado-Masquerade 9 PM – 2 AM at Cattivo

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SUNDAY

Men’s Group at the GLCC: GBTQ men are invited to spend some time socializing and planning community activities and get togethers. 12-1:30 PM

Heritage Market by Rivers of Steel at Waterfront Pumphouse, 10 AM – 2 PM

Soergel’s Corn Roast, Soergel’s Orchard in Wexford, 8 AM – 6 PM

Introduction to Japanese Cinema – Weekend Festival at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville

The Pajama Men at City Theater (Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM) Sketch Comedy

Burgh Bears LeBear Day Picnic, 2-9 PM, Schenley Park

The Gospel Singer at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company 8 PM. Partners Isaac and Donnie grapple with their faith. Thurs – Sun, through the end of August.

2014 Pittsburgh New Works Staged Readings Week 2, 7 PM at Off The Wall Theater in Carnegie FREE

The Burgh Bears ingenious event image is also very practical.

The Burgh Bears ingenious event image is also very practical.


 

We’d love to feature your LGBTQ and LGBTQ friendly events and activities in a future edition. Simply visit our Community Calendar page to share all the details and get listed with the GLCC.

If you have questions, please email info@glccpgh.org

Put the U in Volunteer: Week of August 27

Another missive from Patty, the GLCC Volunteer Coordinator.

 

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It’s that time again!

Its Wednesday and you know what that means – Time for me to beg and plead for some of your time to join us down at the GLCC as a volunteer.

You may think that begging is beneath me; to that I say, clearly you have yet to come down to the GLCC and see me in full grovel.

If you are thinking about volunteering….

If you have thought about volunteering, but haven’t reached out….

If you don’t know where to start, but want to….

If you have an idea of where you could/can help but we didn’t talk about it yet in this blog….

If there is a topic that you would discussed here….

….email me directly. I want to hear from you and see how we can make you a part of your community and community center.
Come on – Flood the ‘ole Inbox  – patty.whitaker@glccpgh.org

Nine Gently Used Items You Can Donate to the GLCC

Your response to our Back To School Supplies drive has been phenomenal. Thank you for letting us know that an Amazon Wish List helps you figure out what and how to donate. The brand spanking new notebooks are a particular hit.

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Someone asked if there was any need for gently used items. Yes, very much. We are actively honoring the green stripe in the Pride Flag (“nature”) with a significantly increasing focus on reuse of items in good condition. We also think it is the natural order of things that people have their basic needs met.

  • We’ve added our Winter Gear Drive and Clothing Project under the umbrella of Cathy’s Closet so we’ll be collecting & distributing year round.
  • We’ve participated in Pittsburgh’s ReuseFest two years running and plan to remain involved to help you rehome your items.
  • We’ll collect school supplies year round to support youth who experience homelessness unexpectedly in November or March as well as to start the school year.

Here’s a list of gently used items you can donate to help your LGBTQ neighbors of all ages.

  • Blankets/Sleeping Bags – we’ll have more details on the next Winter Gear Drive, but we always need both of these items in good condition and all sizes, from child to adult. This includes woven blankets, fleece throws, Army blankets, and more. We also pass along blankets to our partners working withLGBTQ adults and elders who are living with chronic illness or managing on a fixed income – a bit of extra warmth never hurts.

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    Gently used sleeping bags donated at Pittsburgh ReuseFest

  • Pens, Pencils and Markers – everyone has too many pens at home. You grabbed some at an event, you bought a big box on sale, your kids get them in goodie bags. Instead of sitting on the counter next to the phone untouched except when dusted, grab them and bring them by the GLCC. We use A LOT of pens both in day-to-day office work and in our programs – we have many, many budding and established artists who like to draw and doodle. We also have youth filling out applications for housing, jobs, and other programs so a steady supply of blue and black ink pens makes a difference.
  • Paper – while our youth are over the moon about brand new tablets, we are also very welcome to receiving your bits and pieces of paper reams, especially colors. Maybe you bought a ream of purple for invitations and have a bunch left over? Maybe you have some stationary leftover from an event? These can all go into our arts and crafts programming or even help us print up a flyer or brochure further down the road.
  • Board Games – eternally popular among visitors of all ages, our stash of games gets a hard workout. Your editions of “Life” “Sorry” and “Monopoly” along with “Trouble” and checker boards will satisfy youth and adults spending some time together. Any game is welcome. We also have a lot of request for decks of cards.
  • Extension cords/power strips – gently used is fine, but in excellent condition please. We have big spaces and many devices that need to be charged (like the kids’ cell phones who don’t have permanent housing.)
  • Headphones, earbuds, phone chargers – if they are in working order, please consider us. Please note that we don’t have the resources to pay to dispose of broken items so its super helpful if you can confirm that they are functioning. These items are especially in high demand by youth who might have a phone or an mp3 player, but not the resources to replace the accessories.
  • Backpacks and Tote Bags – Folks do a lot of “toting” away of stuff from the GLCC. And beyond. Bags in good condition with working zippers, snaps and closures and reusable shopping bags with straps in good shape are always welcome.
  • Left Handed Items – from scissors to hand can openers, these are hard to find in gently used condition. If you have an extra set or plan to purchase new soon, please keep our Southpaw LGBTQ friends in mind.
  • Seasonally Appropriate Clothing –  we do accept donations of gently used clothing that has been laundered and in good condition. We can ONLY accept clothing appropriate for the season so right now we are asking for pants, jeans, shirts – long & short-sleeved, etc. We cannot accept any more summer clothing because we don’t have storage. Please donate those items to our partners at Goodwill Industries.  We are not able to accept donations of undergarments of any type.

We appreciate your consideration when donating gently used items. Please take a moment to make sure all components are included, especially cables or chargers. Please clean all items, even wiping with a damp cloth where necessary to help our volunteers get items to the community as quickly as possible. We are happy to work with your business to repurpose promotional items (cups, frisbees, bags, etc.) If you have more than a few bags to donate, please call ahead so we can help you unload and ensure we have space for your donation.

For more information, please call 412-422-0114 or contact us via eshelvesmail info@glccpgh.org

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Top Ten Awesome Things About Featured in Downtown Pittsburgh Blog

Blogger Michael Pellas has an “urban exploration” blog about the amazing things that come along with living in Downtown Pittsburgh. He recently featured a “Top Ten” list about the ways in which the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh is contributing to Downtown life. Take a look and let us know what you think.

1. Open Doors

2. Social & Recreational Opportunities

3. Health Resources

4. Library Resources

Head over to the Downtown Living blog for the entire article.

 

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