Pride Month: The History of Pittsburgh’s Gay Pride Parade Spans Decades


When you close your eyes and picture Pittsburgh in 1973, what comes to mind? It may be the waning years of the city’s once-mighty steel industry, or the then-newly built Three Rivers Stadium. In that vein, maybe it’s a winning baseball team with the likes of Willie Stargell, something Pittsburghers today can only dream of, or Led Zeppelin’s historic concert that drew 40,000 fans to the stadium — and ended in a brawl. But 1973 was an important year for the city’s LGBTQ+ community, too; it marked the first gay pride march in Pittsburgh history. On Sunday, June 17, Pittsburgh "came out," according to a news article from Gay News Pittsburgh, a periodical that ran from 1972 until September of 1976. Pride festivities ran from June 12-17. The "Gay Pride Week" featured, among other things, a gay cabaret, a gay dance, a symposium with speakers and workshop sessions, a lesbian/feminists night in Uptown and a march on the 17th, winding 3 miles from Downtown’s Market Square to Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park. The march concluded with a picnic in North Park. Watch any NFL Game live online for free and in HD. We offer multiple streams for each NFL Streams live event available on our website.