This past weekend, thousands packed the streets Downtown in what the Delta Foundation says was its best-attended Pride ever. But it wasn’t without controversy. Shortly after Delta (Pittsburgh Pride’s organizer) hired Iggy Azalea to headline Pride, many members of the LGBT community spoke out against the choice. The Australian-born rapper has been accused of appropriating black culture and sending tweets that have been widely interpreted as homophobic and racist; she later cancelled her appearance. That uproar sparked the creation of an alternative Pride, called Roots Pride Pittsburgh, whose supporters criticize the Delta Foundation for catering to white, affluent gay men while excluding queer and trans people of color, among others. City Paper attended both Roots Pride and Delta Pride events and interviewed their participants about what Pride means and how it’s changing.
Aaron Warnick contributed to this report