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Gayborhood coffee shop to close permanently

Square One Coffee, the cafe on 13th street in the heart of the Gayborhood, has decided to close its doors for good....

Arts & Culture

A 900-year gay romance in “The Old Guard”

“The Old Guard,” available July 10 on Netflix, is a kickass, globetrotting piece of escapism. Adapted from the comic book by Leandro...

Horoscopes: July 10-16, 2020

Aries: You may feel compelled to reignite an old passion, restart an abandoned project, or get back into a subject you had...

Briyana Clarel: Rising Star

I recently saw a blurb about a bar owner who, despite the financial setbacks of the current epidemic, has decided to find...

“The smartphone had literally replaced a face…”

“It all started with sexy boys.” So begins the artist’s statement for SENT, a new exhibit at The Clay Studio created by...

Free Library and William Way highlight queer authors through ‘Hands-On History’ program

Black author, playwright, activist and journalist Anita Cornwell has seen and participated in the struggle for LGBTQ rights since it began in...

Horoscopes: July 3 – 9, 2020

Aries:  Mars, your ruling planet, is now in Aries, and this is kind of a big deal in the astrology world. This...

Fascinated by the “Tiger King”

A straight friend of mine who is about half my age (I’m 78) suggested I might want to watch a TV show...

A Rough Six Months for LGBTQ Theatre

The past six months have been hell for us LGBTQ theatre lovers. At a time when there don’t seem...

Chris DiBiase: Friend In “Deed”

I like to consider myself a super cheerleader for this city. Friends have called me “the Ambassador” as I stop to help...

“Mucho Mucho Amor” showcases astrologer & queer icon

Even if viewers are unfamiliar with Walter Mercado, the gender non-conforming, Puerto Rican astrologer, after seeing “Mucho Mucho Amor,” they will become...

FILM

A 900-year gay romance in “The Old Guard”

“The Old Guard,” available July 10 on Netflix, is a kickass, globetrotting piece of escapism. Adapted from the comic book by Leandro...

“Mucho Mucho Amor” showcases astrologer & queer icon

Even if viewers are unfamiliar with Walter Mercado, the gender non-conforming, Puerto Rican astrologer, after seeing “Mucho Mucho Amor,” they will become...

“Welcome to Chechnya” Shows Horrors Facing LGBTQ Community

One of the most powerful moments in the documentary, “Welcome to Chechnya,” premiering June 30 at 10:00 pm on HBO, has a...

Gay Director’s Films To Be Reissued

Two screwball comedies by the late gay writer/director Paul Bartel will be reissued on DVD and Blu-Ray June 30. Both have their...

10 LGBTQ films to stream during Pride month

To celebrate pride, here are 10 LGBTQ films that feature characters that embrace their authentic selves. Most of these titles are available...

Haaz Sleiman to the rescue

Actor Haaz Sleiman is on a mission to take part in stories that broaden the pool of queer perspectives on the screen....

No sympathy for Roy Cohn in new doc

“Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn,” airing June 18 on HBO, traverses some of the same territory as Matt Tyrnauer’s...

Deep inside Hollywood

Justice Smith just queered up “Jurassic World” Rising star Justice Smith (“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu”) just came out alongside his...

The gay and trans children of evangelical Christian families

“For They Know Not What They Do” is a topical documentary featuring case studies of evangelical Christian families with gay and trans...

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We stand with you

By the end of this year’s June Gay Pride Month, after doing countless interviews, it finally hit me. For my fellow members...

A Family-Run Newspaper

Words are important, and over time they take on a meaning of their own. Take, for example, "One man, one woman,” or...

Cliff Notes On LGBT History

With all that’s going on in the world, hopefully you haven’t forgotten that it’s Pride month.  Not sure if it resonates as...

The power of protest

As someone who participated in the Stonewall riots back in June 1969, many people have been asking me the similarities between that...

Television

Fascinated by the “Tiger King”

A straight friend of mine who is about half my age (I’m 78) suggested I might want to watch a TV show...

‘Pride is the People’

Maintaining a packed schedule can be tricky for drag queens at the best of times, but for Bob the Drag Queen, even...

Star of ‘Love, Victor’ talks authenticity and growth

“Love, Victor,” debuting on Hulu June 17, is the genial (and addicting) TV spin-off version of the gay teen film, “Love, Simon.”...

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Gay inmate’s death questioned

Kenneth J. Houck Jr., an openly-gay inmate, died in May while in federal custody. Houck, 44, was being held at the Metropolitan...

Trump administration urges Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare

On June 25, as the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 125,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration urged the...

COVID-19

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs defends Dr. Rachel Levine

The  Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs recently issued a statement defending Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s highest-ranking transgender official. About 25 Republican...

Philadelphia FIGHT presents virtual conference, Y-HEP re-opens

Philadelphia FIGHT has been working to provide outreach and care to the HIV/AIDS community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At press time, the...

A step toward equity for Philly’s trans and nonbinary students

Last week, the Philadelphia School District announced that nonbinary and transgender students would now be able to make system-wide name and pronouns...

ACT UP demands new policies for Philadelphia’s COVID-19 housing crisis

Last week, ACT UP in conjunction Black and Brown Worker’s Collective (BBWC), the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI), Put People...

Pennsylvania becomes trailblazer in LGBTQ data collection

This morning, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Health will include sexual orientation and gender identity questions on case history...

City and IBX launch mental health initiative in response to COVID-19

“Amid the heightened uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental well-being is more important than ever,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. COVID-19 induced stress...

Nonprofit goes virtual to support the LGBTQ community during COVID-19

The Metamorphosis Mobile Boutique is a volunteer-run nonprofit based on a mutual aid model that provides clothing and other resources to at-risk...

Editorial

Every year, PGN asks its readers to participate in the Community Marketing Insights Survey. It’s the largest survey of LGBTQ media consumers...

Obituaries

On June 19, 2020, Philadelphia lost a dear member of the LGBTQ+ community, Fr. Ron Hoskins. Hoskins devoted his life’s work to...

Columns

How to Plan for Unexpected Events

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Q:  Before COVID-19, I felt pretty comfortable with my lifestyle.  But now I’m...

Pride Ideas for Families

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Pride marches may be cancelled because of the pandemic, but there are still...

As Pennsylvania reopens, nursing home residents remain vulnerable

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Even before the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Pennsylvania, health officials...

Supporting LGBTQ families requires that Black Lives Matter

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Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a...

New scams target older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Scammers have been taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud individuals in...

True stories, trans stories and more in new picture books

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New books can be a delightful relief in these days of quarantine. Here...

Parenting

Pride Ideas for Families

Pride marches may be cancelled because of the pandemic, but there are still plenty of ways for LGBTQ families to mark the...

Supporting LGBTQ families requires that Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a just world for LGBTQ families until we have racial...

True stories, trans stories and more in new picture books

New books can be a delightful relief in these days of quarantine. Here are some of the many new LGBTQ-inclusive picture books...

Learning how to be a teacher overnight

Let me start this by saying to all teachers, daycare employees, caregivers and anyone else who devotes their time to molding the...

Family Portrait

Briyana Clarel: Rising Star

I recently saw a blurb about a bar owner who, despite the financial setbacks of the current epidemic, has decided to find...

Chris DiBiase: Friend In “Deed”

I like to consider myself a super cheerleader for this city. Friends have called me “the Ambassador” as I stop to help...

Kathy Hobson: Eternal Optimist

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” - Mother Teresa.  As people in the U.S....

Rie Brosco: Organizing your life

One of my favorite shows was "Clean House" with Niecy Nash (no relation, sadly). Each week Nash would go into homes that...

Legal

Estate planning during COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has raised questions and concerns with regard to estate planning. You may be asking yourself, what happens if I...

The impact of bullying and cyberbullying: Nowhere to Hide

Bullying: Seeking to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable).  Cyberbullying: The use of electronic communication to bully...

2019: LGBTQ YEAR IN REVIEW

The fight for LGBTQ rights has been tougher than ever this year, and support for our community is stronger than it has...

Having an Affair

“Never make your happiness on someone else’s unhappiness” is a saying I heard many years ago in my French-Canadian culture, and it...

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Gayborhood coffee shop to close permanently

Square One Coffee, the cafe on 13th street in the heart of the Gayborhood, has decided to close its doors for good....

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William F. Smithson, a gay man convicted of strangling to death coworker Jason K. Shephard in 2006, continues to proclaim his innocence...

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“The Old Guard,” available July 10 on Netflix, is a kickass, globetrotting piece of escapism. Adapted from the comic book by Leandro...

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Briyana Clarel: Rising Star

I recently saw a blurb about a bar owner who, despite the financial setbacks of the current epidemic, has decided to find...

“The smartphone had literally replaced a face…”

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Every year, PGN asks its readers to participate in the Community Marketing Insights Survey. It’s the largest survey of LGBTQ media consumers...

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By the end of this year’s June Gay Pride Month, after doing countless interviews, it finally hit me. For my fellow members...

A Family-Run Newspaper

Words are important, and over time they take on a meaning of their own. Take, for example, "One man, one woman,” or...

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Pennsylvania’s State Legislature: A House Divided

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Free Library and William Way highlight queer authors through ‘Hands-On History’ program

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Congress Must Act for LGBTQ People

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One Year Later, The Same, Different World

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Gayborhood coffee shop to close permanently

Square One Coffee, the cafe on 13th street in the heart of the Gayborhood, has decided to close its doors for good....

Philly’s Pride flag makes waves around the world

The first Pride parades took place in America in 1970, and the concept quickly went international. But one LGBTQ export is uniquely...

Conversion therapy must be banned

A few months before my 16th birthday, I was expelled from my all-girls high school — Philadelphia High School for Girls —...

What’s next for LGBT nonprofits?

For our community’s nonprofit organizations, the past few months have been challenging financially, from the inability to host in-person gatherings and fundraisers...