Welcome to Pittsburgh

Once the nation's leader for mining and metals manufacturing, Pittsburgh has reemerged over the past decade as a thriving center of health and medical research, education, and computer software development. Much of the city's renaissance has centered around the conversion of former industrial concerns into cultural attractions. The residential and commercial building stock, which dates from the late 1800s, has been remarkably well preserved, and fans of architecture and preservation have learned to take advantage of Pittsburgh's 88 neighborhoods. Gays and lesbians are a marked presence in North Side, South Side, Shadyside, Oakland, Polish Hill, and increasingly farther northeast, in Lawrenceville and East Liberty. 

 The gay scene is fairly dispersed - there's no exact gay hub in Pittsburgh. And this means the community is well integrated with the mainstream population. Major Pittsburgh corporations like ALCOA, PNC Financial Services, BNY Mellon, and Heinz are key sponsors of the annual Gay Pride celebration each June, which is one of the most activity-packed and well-attended of any mid-size U.S. city. Particularly among the under-30 set, gays and straights mix at many bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses. The city has numerous theaters with artsy and gay-themed films and a high appreciation of alternative culture - consider that two of its top attractions are the provocative Mattress Factory contemporary art museum and the fascinating Andy Warhol Museum. 

Justin Ayars