Pittsburgh LGBTQ Organization Dissolves Due To COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A large LGBTQ organization in Pittsburgh has dissolved.

The Delta Foundation announced the decision over the weekend.

In a release on its website, the foundation blames “financial constraints caused by the cancellation of Pittsburgh Pride due to COVID-19.”

The annual celebration of equality represents 90 percent of Delta’s yearly budget.

The organization, along with its lawyers will be working immediately with the Attorney General’s office to dissolve in accordance to the law.

The Delta foundation has been accused in the past of being transphobic and non-inclusive, especially in the Black community.

There have also been reports of issues with financial mismanagement.

“The Board of Directors agreed that the time has come for change. The Covid-19 pandemic has shined an even brighter spotlight on the significant social and economic obstacles which our community continues to face. From its impact on employment, healthcare and housing, to the Black Lives Matter movement and how it affects trans people, to our elders who feel isolated and who fought the fight to get us to where we are, the LGBTQ community must come together. We must all work collaboratively not only to continue on our quest for equality, but also to make sure programs, services, advocacy, and events continue to be accessible to everyone,” the foundation said in a statement.

The foundation adds that with COVID-19, the future of Pittsburgh Pride and other events remain uncertain.

 

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