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August 22-28 Explained: New Pride Organizers, Columbus Statue's Future & Mail-In Ballot Controversy

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
Dena Stanley with Trans YOUniting speaks during the first of planned weekly demonstrations outside the City-County Building downtown on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Pittsburgh’s Public Art Commission will soon hold a public hearing on whether to remove the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. More than 14,000 people have signed a petition asking for the statue’s removal.

The organization behind Pittsburgh’s annual Pride festival is no more. The Delta Foundation has long been derided as not being representative of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community. Critics say it has particularly excluded trans people and queer people of color.

Pride was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a coalition of LGBTQ organizations says they’ll bring it back in 2021 and that it will be more inclusive and accessible than ever.

Recent revelations that the U.S. Postal Service will likely struggle to deliver mail-in ballots in time for Election Day has worried voters, campaigns and election officials across the U.S. But the stakes feel particularly high in battleground states like Pennsylvania.

Helping explain the headlines this week:

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Subscribe on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher and Spotify. 

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community. kblackley@wesa.fm
Liz Reid began working at WESA in 2013 as a general assignment reporter and weekend host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition producer, health & science reporter and as an editor.