June is Pride Month and WYEP reached out to Pittsburgh-area LGBTQIA+ folks who are music fans, and asked them to spotlight one LGBTQIA+ artist or song that is personally meaningful to them.  We’ll be sharing audio pieces throughout Pride Month on WYEP.  Check back here for updates, as more selections will be added to this page as the month continues.

Produced by Rosemary Welsch and Brian Siewiorek. 

Jason Shavers

The local actor and contributing writer to QBurgh talks about how Billy Porter impacted his life growing up in Pittsburgh.

Kate Romane

The chef and owner of Black Radish Kitchen talks about The Indigo Girls, which was her first concert, and how the person she went with was instrumental in her coming out.

Stephanie Tsong

The DJ and artist talks about Scottish DJ and musician SOPHIE, who died earlier this year.

Nick Guckert

The Living Street musician talks shares how Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees inspired him with his stage presence and coming out story.

Alistair McQueen

The Blue Moon bartender, also known as “Mildred the Lunch Lady,” talks about Divine, the ultimate drag queen and disco diva.

Sarah Rosso

The Executive Director of the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, talks about singer-songwriter Chris Peruka.

Jill Sobule

The singer-songwriter discusses her hit song “I Kissed A Girl.”

Richard Parsakian

The owner of Eons Fashion Antique and member of the Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ Commission talks about the groundbreaking career of Sylvester.

Rachel Ann Bovier

The Pittsburgh’s Poetess and musician describes her love for Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to My Window.”

Gavin Benjamin

The mixed media artist and photographer talks about the first time he heard Grace Jones.