As a student, I lived in Oakland (most students live in the Oakland/Shadyside/Squirrel Hill areas), but I wish I had moved out to Bloomfield, where I am currently living, sooner!
However, the small size of Pittsburgh means that no matter where you are located, there are either queer close by.
Since coming out, I have met and befriended so many people, have been dubbed the unofficial (or maybe it’s official now) spokeslady for Impulse Pittsburgh and even marched in the first Pride Parade I attended! Side note – remember how a lot of cities did that thing where they chose an animal and local artists made sculptures with different themes?
Pittsburgh is kind of a big deal for dinosaurs (and T-Rex in particular) because the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has a super intense Jurassic exhibit.
In all of these places, I’ve always felt safe and welcomed before and after coming out.