Here are 11 super gay things to do in this former steeltown


I recently ventured to Pittsburgh for the first time, not knowing what to expect, what with its reputation as an aging working-class steel town.

It quickly became clear that with its booming economy, diverse nightlife, vast array of queer art, and the go-getter ‘Steel Town, USA’ mentality, it had officially made my list of favorite cities.

Below are 11 things to do in no particular order while trekking around the city where the American version Queer As Folk was set…

11. Go to Blue Moon

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This fabulous dive bar launched the careers of Ru Pauls Drag Race superstars Sharon Needles and Alaska Thunderfuck.

10. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum.

Photo by Abby Warhola

Explore the legacy of Andy Warhol in this seven-story museum. You can act like a celebrity and get your very own screen test done.

9. Check out Randyland

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The over the top backyard located in the Mexican War District is one of the most colorful public art landmarks in the US. This is the perfect spot to take epic selfies.

8. Get sexy at Trim

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Get your sexy swim trunks or jockstrap at this boutique gay clothing store.

7.  Visit the queer Big Idea Bookstore.

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Get some rad fairtrade coffee at the anti-capitalist, nonbinary supporting, anti-oppressive Big Idea Bookstore

6. Eat breakfast at Pamela’s for the local vibe. 


There is always a wait and it is cash only, but Pamela’s gives the true essence of Pittsburgh food. Go to the strip district location for more of a local vibe.

5. Check out the Greer Lankton trans exhibit at the Mattress Factory

Greer Lankton was one of the first people in the US to have gender reassignment surgery and documented every day of her life. The Mattress Factory has it all on display!

4. Eat the best vegan eastern European food in town at APTEKA

Apteka is a local organic restaurant with delicious perogies and handcrafted cocktails.

3. Watch the sunrise at the top of Mount Washington

2.  Dance the night away at IMAGES.

The downtown gay nightlife has become super diverse and inclusive. Visit Images for super affordable drinks and a wild night of dancing.

1. Get out on the Monohangala River 


Bask in the sun as you cruise through the waters of the city with one of the most bridges in the world!

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