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In June, OutSmart’s Nancy Ford traveled to Pennsylvania to find out what’s so gay about Pittsburgh. This is what she found:

Photos by Nancy Ford

Inviting oasis. A misplaced chair invites patrons to recline at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


Unnatural sighting. Alien beings frolic in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, part of Pittsburgh’s museum district which also includes the massive Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.


Work, girl. Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers unexpected inspiration for aspiring drag queens in search of a memorable stage name.


Night of the living plants. Life-size topiaries “walk” amid the greenery at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


No more troubled waters. When the steel industry left Pittsburgh, so did many of its pollution problems. Named one of America’s cleanest cities by Forbes magazine, Pittsburgh is now known as “The City of Bridges” with 446 various spans (the most bridges of any city in the world, including Venice, Italy.)


Dots and decapitation. Formerly the site of (what else?) a mattress factory, the Mattress Factory is one of Pittsburgh’s most popular contemporary art museums for the city’s avant-garde scene. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room (1996) is one of MF’s permanent exhibitions, guarded here by random headless statuary.


Steep trip. Pittsburgh Monongahela and Duquesne (pictured) Inclines recall a simpler mode of transportation for the city’s workers. Built in 1870 and 1877, respectively, the cable-powered cars still transport as many natives commuting up and down Mount Washington as it does tourists.


Voulez-Vous? Pittsburgh native, Patti Labelle, headlined Pride in the Street, produced by Pittsburgh Pride and Lambda Foundation.


Don’t forget breakfast. Pamela’s perfect pancakes are a favorite of Barack and Michele Obama’s (among others).


The New Pittsburgh. Abandoned warehouses have been renovated to provide space for retail artisans to ply their wares.


Dep Watch. A costume shop occupies formerly unused space on The Strip in Pittsburgh.


Get Bruce! Comedy superstar, Bruce Vilanch “just loves Pittsburgh!”


From soup to nuts. The Warhol, home to world’s most comprehensive collection of the famed pop cultural icon’s works, houses video, artwork, memorabilia, guest installations, and more.


RandyLand. The world is a beautiful place full of infinite possibility for Randy Gilson, whose cohabitates with hundreds of pieces of reclaimed folk art on Pittsburgh’s North Side.


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