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WYEP Celebrates Pride Month: 2021

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.

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.

Rosemary Welsch has been the Afternoon Host, Program Director, and Senior Producer for 91.3 WYEP. Welsch is the longest-tenured employee at WYEP, having just celebrated her 30th anniversary as a full-time employee. She began as a volunteer D.J. during the station’s salad years in 1981.
Director of Creative Services and host of The Grooves Brian Siewiorek came to WYEP in 2004 from WCBU in Peoria, Illinois, where he worked as a journalist, hosting All Things Considered and managing operations. His award-winning career has included stints in rural Alaska as well as WKSU at Kent State in Ohio.