Grammy-winning R&B dynamo Chaka Khan, best known for the hits “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel For You,” will headline 2014 Pittsburgh Pride, which kicks off May 25 and continues through June 15 with the theme “Be Brave.”
The annual event, presented by The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and commemorates its quest for human rights.
Khan, with a live band and dancers, performs at Pride in the Street June 14 from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Liberty Avenue, Downtown. Also on the bill will be Vita Chambers (who toured with Justin Bieber on his My World Tour), Ayah Marar (who appeared on Calvin Harris’ single “Thinking About You”) and Lazaro Arbos (the sixth place finalist on the 12th season of “American Idol”). Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate and can be ordered at www.deltafoundation.org/tickets.
Pittsburgh Pride kicks off on Memorial Day weekend at the North Park Lodge with the 39th annual Big Gay Picnic from noon-6:30 p.m. May 25. ($25 in advance, $30 day of and includes a picnic buffet and all-you-can-drink Coors products).
New this year is Fabulous Gay Fridays, a free concert in Market Square with disco diva Martha Wash (“It’s Raining Men”) on May 30 from noon-1 p.m. The June 6 performer is Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry.
Also new is the Stride for Pride, 5K Run/1-Mile Fun Walk, on May 31 at 9 a.m. on the North Shore. The 5K is $18 per person or $16 each for groups of three or more. The 1-Mile Fun Walk is $12 per person or $10 for groups of three or more. Visit strideforpride.com.
SCHEDULE OF OTHER EVENTS
June 8: (Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside): The Race to Equality, a stationary cycle class with lululemon athletica from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. One-hour slots are available for $25 and registration is available atwww.racetoequality.org. Equality on Ellsworth takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. and features Charice, Marsha Monster Mellow, Vanessa German (spoken word artist), DJ B-Tips, the Re-52’s (B-52’s Tribute Band), Phat Man Dee, and local Drag Queens and Kings. Suggested donation of $10 and tickets can be ordered at www.deltafoundation.us/tickets.
June 6-12: TransPride: A series of trans-positive events designed to represent the community in a progressive fashion. Visit transpridepittsburgh.org.
June 10: Legal & Financial Planning for Gay & Lesbian Couples: 6 p.m. at WQED in Oakland. Free, however an RSVP is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 12: Splash!: Annual pool party at the home of Steve Herforth and Peter Karlovich on Mount Washington. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of and can be ordered at www.deltafoundation.us/tickets.
June 13: Pub Crawl: A chauffeured tour of more than 13 LGBT-friendly bars and restaurants throughout town. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of and can be ordered at www.deltafoundation.us/tickets.
June 15: Pride March will start at noon at the corner of Grant Street and the Blvd. of the Allies and wind its way through Downtown, ending at the free street festival held on Liberty Avenue between Sixth & 10th streets from 1 to 6:30 p.m. PrideFest festivities include more than 150 vendors, a children’s activities area, and day-long entertainment on two stages with dance troupes, drag queens and kings, alternative rock group Betty and gay country artist Steve Grand. Tickets for the Coors Light beer garden are $30 in advance, $35 day of at www.deltafoundation.us /tickets.
The Fab Five Event Pack includes tickets to five events for $99 including the Big Gay Picnic, Equality on Ellsworth, the Pub Crawl, Pride in the Street, and the Beer Garden at PrideFest. The Fab Five Event Pack is available until May 24 and can be ordered at www.deltafoundation.us/tickets.
Pittsburgh’s first Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade was June 17, 1973 and had 150 participants. Last year’s events attracted over 76,000 people, according to City of Pittsburgh’s estimates.
Scott Mervis: email@example.com or 412-263-2576. Twitter: @scottmervis_pg.