Celebrating Marc Naimark

(reposted from Federation of Gay Games)

On 12 April 2015, we announced with great sadness Marc Naimarkthat Marc Naimark is no longer of this world.

As a tribute to all of Marc’s work for the LGBT sport and culture community, a Gay Games Scholarship Fund has been established in his name.  Donations in Marc Naimark’s name can be made to the Marc Naimark Scholarship Fund.Proceeds from the Marc Naimark Scholarship Fund will be awarded to deserving applicants wishing to attend 2018 Gay Games 10 in Paris.  Questions: email Emy Ritt.

Since Marc’s involvement with the Gay Games in 1998, we have had the privilege to witness his kindness and compassion, his brilliance and genius.  Thanks to his diligence and patience, FGG and the Gay Games benefited from so many of Marc’s ideas and initiatives.

Unbeknownst to us, the ever-present kindness and compassion that was Marc’s trademark masked a tortured soul, even from his loved ones.

Although his chair at the table is now empty, as our hearts are, we know that Marc has moved onwards and upwards to a better place.

Our thoughts are with Jimmy, his partner of 10 years.

We will keep you informed of any further news and thank you for your compassion.

Discover The New Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Skyline

reposted from https://www.geico.com/more/living/travel-adventure/discover-the-new-pittsburgh/

By now you’ve heard the buzz about the Burgh. Riverfront renewal and sunny skies make its reclaimed waterfront sparkle, while a quirky arts scene is reviving hilly old residential neighborhoods. Though not a single steel mill operates in the city today, Pittsburgh proudly embraces its industrial history along with a new tech economy. It’s where 19th-century architecture, 20th-century grit and 21st-century style merge, with intriguing results.

Pittsburgh’s growing districts

Highlighted by the Point, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River, downtown Pittsburgh is also the city’s fastest growing residential neighborhood. It’s the latest in a collection of 89 official neighborhoods whose unique charms define the city’s polyglot character. Carved into hilltops, ravines and riversides, each community has a distinct personality, but shares the same friendly vibe.

Sports, arts and recreation in Pittsburgh

Marquee names in both sports and the arts are a downtown draw. The busy Cultural District is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Public Theater, the handsomely restored Benedum Center and dozens of smaller venues and galleries. The District is a five-minute stroll across the city’s iconic golden bridges from the homes of the Pirates (Major League Baseball) and Steelers (National Football League) on the city’s North Shore. The best way to see the sights: rent a kayak at downtown’s Kayak Pittsburgh and paddle the waterfront. Or borrow a two-wheeler from Pittsburgh Bike Share to pedal along 13 miles of shoreline trail or explore local neighborhoods.

Experience Pittsburgh’s East End

The city’s East End acts as Pittsburgh’s second downtown for two reasons: theUniversity of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The concentration of 40,000 undergraduate and professional students, biomedical researchers and information technology giants like Google lends this district a cool, brainy vibe and an adventurous palette.

Take Lawrenceville: this red-brick Civil War–era neighborhood is now home to the city’s chicest cocktail spots, many of which are doubling down on their prime locations along Butler Street. The owners of Cure, one of the street’s most popular bistros, have added the exotic small-plates restaurant Morcilla nearby. Piccolo Forno is branching out with Grapparia, offering Italian-accented spirits and microbrews. A few blocks away in East Liberty, Spoon, Union Pig & Chicken and BRGR pull the late-night crowd.

The East End is also the traditional home of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Their grand Beaux-Arts facade faces Schenley Plaza, an inviting green lawn rimmed with cafes. But don’t miss other adventurous institutions. The Andy Warhol Museum (a.k.a. “The Warhol”), celebrating the hometown hero of Pop Art, and theMattress Factory, a collection of nervy installation art, are neighbors on the North Shore, along with the beloved Children’s Museum and Carnegie Science Center.

Pittsburgh from the sky

Want to take it all in from the top? A cable-car ride that climbs the 1,000-foot Mt. Washington—one of Pittsburgh’s famous inclines—is a must. Survey the skyline from the promenades along Grandview Avenue, then descend to the entertainment offerings at Station Square. This grand restoration of the old Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad headquarters honors the city’s hardworking past and its fun-loving present.

For your calendar

Thinking of visiting Pittsburgh this spring or summer? Here are some big events you may want to include in your trip.

The Pittsburgh Marathon (Sunday, May 3) attracts 30,000 participants to its citywide course each year, including elite runners, crazies in costumes, 5K joggers and pumped-up pets (who race on May 2).

In a town that loves fireworks—an integral part of every Pirates home stand—PyroFestis a must-see. Held at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Butler County, the two-day event starts May 22 and promises daytime and nighttime productions from around the world. The general admission price of $23 doesn’t include earplugs.

The ever-evolving Three Rivers Arts Festival is a free annual two-week celebration that dances through downtown. Held this year from June 5 to 14, its events include mash-ups of emerging artists, international guest performers, jazz, juried art shows and plenty of fun.

By Christine H. O’Toole

Pittsburgh Pride in the Street headliner is Chaka Khan!

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce our 2014 Pride in the Street headliner is the “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan!

From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, Chaka Khan’s powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer. During her 40-year career, Chaka has developed a vast international fan base and has performed on six continents. A singer, songwriter, producer, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, she has become an international music icon who has influenced generations of artists.

Pride 2014--Chaka Kahn PITS FB cover

Opening for Chaka Khan is Ayah MararVita Chambers, and Lazaro Arbos, as well as local drag performer Jezebel.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM Friday, May 9 and are $40 in advance, $50 at the gate (if available) and go on sale Friday, May 9 at 10 AM at www.deltafoundation.us/tickets.   A limited number of premium pit tickets will be available for $125.00.

Under 18 permitted with a parent or guardian OVER the age of 25.  Standing room only.  No chairs or outside beverages permitted.  Be sure to bring proper ID with you as we will feature a full service bar including wine, spirits and beer 


– No bags of any kind over 8.5″ x 11″ x 4″- No chairs
– No outside beverages
– Proper ID will be required
– All bags and persons are subject to search
– No one under 18 will be permitted entrance without an accompanying parent or guardian over 25 years old.

Play Volleyball at the 2014 Gay Games!

Finalize your plans to participate in the world’s largest INCLUSIVE multi-sport event in the world. coming to Cleveland+Akron August 9-16, 2014, and more than 10,000 participants are expected to compete and celebrate with all kinds of world-class sports, parties and events. The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation is the LAST Gay Games in North America until at least 2022, so you don’t want to miss the world’s largest LGBT party, held only once every 4 years!

Use code CHARM2014 and save $30 off registration at http://www.GG9CLE.com/

Volleyball Information: http://www.gg9cle.com/participate/sports/volleyball

Team Captain Incentive Program (discounts for teams; bonus for captains!): Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball: Learn more by emailing GayGamesChampion@gmail.com.

Affordable hotel rates for Gay Games participants plus exclusive United airline discount code for registered participants!

Together we’ll make history at the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation!

Gay Games 9 Presented by the Cleveland Foundation

One of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world lands in Northeast Ohio, USA from 9 – …

New Hosting Provider Choosen: Site 5

Just a quick note that SteelCitySports.org has a new home. It is with Site5.com. I have been using them for a while with GothamVolleyball.org and I really love them. Their servers are pretty fast, database response time is great, their communication about issues is amazing as well as their support.

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Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Connections Fair

Calling all Steel City Sports GLBT+ Organizations, yes that’s you too FrontRunners! CMU holds a vendor fair for their student orientation in order to introduce them to life on campus and to the numerous opportunities that are available in the surrounding Pittsburgh communities.

It’s really wonderful that CMU does this not just because it exposes the incoming students to the community but it’s their welcoming of us, the gay lesbian transsexual bisexual community. I know all of the groups on here are welcoming our straight friends so lets not leave them out here too. It takes all kinds to make a community and it’d be great to have as many groups go and represent for us.

Tim Leonard sent the following email to me:


As part of Orientation, we host a Pittsburgh Connections Fair to expose students to the wealth of
outdoor recreation amenities and cultural activities that the Pittsburgh region affords them. We would
like to invite your organization to participate in the Pittsburgh Connections Fair on Friday, August 23rd
from 12:00pm-1:30pm. The Fair is part of a larger initiative at the University that is generously funded
through the RK Mellon Foundation. To learn more about the program, please visit
Your participation in the Fair will expose over 1400 first-year students, as well as any upperclass and
graduate students who are on campus, to your organization’s mission and the services you provide.
Each organization will receive a 6’ table with a plain white tablecloth and two chairs. We recommend
bringing any promotional materials or games that you think will attract students to your services.
Check-in will begin as early as 11am and we ask that you are set-up by noon. We hope that you will be
able to join us for this informative and important orientation event.
To confirm your attendance at the 2013 Pittsburgh Connections Fair, please complete the following
information and return it to Tim Leonard via email at leonardt@andrew.cmu.edu or via fax at
412.268.5938. Please submit your registration no later than Friday, August 9. After receiving your
confirmation, I will be in contact with final event logistics such as directions and parking instructions. If
you are no longer the contact for this event, please kindly forward this invitation to the appropriate
person in your organization.

I hope all the groups can make it including Bowling, Darts, Front Runners, Softball, Volleyball, and HOCKEY!

Pittsburgh Pride 2013

June 7th-16th is Pittsburgh’s GLBTQ++++++ Pride!

Pride in the Street

Don’t miss the Pride in the Street event on Saturday June 15th because that’s when Adam Lambert will be there! Sounds like a hot time. He’s gonna be blowing his lungs out for a 90 minute long show. Only downside is that it’s $35 but on the good side is it’s only $35!! Totally worth it to see a Grammy® nominee.

Now if Adam doesn’t get the blood flowing hard then check out Joe McElderry. He’s such a handsome guy and some of you may remember him from the 6th season of the X Factor. Yeah I’d totally like to get some x factoring on with him 😉

The list for this event goes on and on. The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh has really out done themselves for this years line-up! Check out the official press release here, http://www.pittsburghpride.org/events/pride-in-the-streets/.

Pride March

So which sports organizations are going to be there? Softball? Bowling? FrontRunners? 5801 Darts? Volleyball? Well I don’t know but when you see them marching down that yellow brick road be sure to get some fierce yells out for those Queens and Queens..err Kings?

Have a blast this Pride and remember to look over all of the events at the official Pittsburgh Pride website.

Friday March 23rd GLOW Party PGH @ Cattivo

At Glow Party

Join the Missed Connections on Friday March 23rd for a fundraiser that will surely be a night to remember. Sharon Needles, a finalist from RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be hosting this glow-in-the-dark party. Jello Shots, drag, a Chinese auction and 50/50…

What more could you ask for?


How about Greg Lightner, a finalist from SyFy Channel’s Face Off, will be offering custom face painting!


Cattivo is located at 146 44th St in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville 412.687.2157

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