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LGBTQ performers bring socially distant circus arts to Laurel Hill

As part of the 2020 Fringe Festival, Tangle Movement Arts will present the show “The Way Out,” a series of live performances...

OutFest for Community Unity livestream set for October 10

Philadelphia, like many cities around the world, had to cancel Pride this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. There was hope that...

PA Supreme Court reinstates rape victim’s antibias case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week reinstated the antibias case of a rape victim and his mother who claim Philadelphia public-school officials...

Gay man sues Guess clothing company for workplace bias

A Philadelphia gay man has filed a federal antibias lawsuit against Guess Inc. alleging he was wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting another...

Election 2020: Your guide to voting in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanians will have the chance to vote for state legislators, row officers, members of Congress, and, of course, the President on Nov....

High-rise apartment building to be built in Gayborhood

Plans are underway for a high-rise condominium to be built on the site currently occupied by the empty 12th Street Gym in...

Arts & Culture

Gregory O. Yorgey-Girdy: Man with a plan (to vote)

I just finished watching a documentary called “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” available on Amazon Prime. It was produced by my...

Horoscopes: Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, 2020

Aries:  As Mercury enters Scorpio on the 27th, you see things from all possible angles. There is a boost in problem solving...

New documentary focuses on late gay neurologist Oliver Sacks

“Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” available in virtual cinema via kinomarquee starting September 23, is a fantastic, inspiring tribute to the late...

Brian Spies: He’s a little bit country

The Fringe Festival is upon us, and though it won’t be the citywide event that we’re used to, there are a lot...

Horoscopes: Sept. 18 – 24, 2020

Aries: The new moon in Virgo at the start of the weekend is the perfect space to think and to clear your...

A Bright Light in the Dark

The name Rod Thomas might not be instantly recognizable, but it’s likely you’ve come across the one he uses on stage. As...

Janelle Monáe shines in harrowing “Antebellum”

“Antebellum,” starring queer actress/singer Janelle Monáe is a crowd-pleasing thriller that deals with issues of race, slavery, and female empowerment. The film,...

Troy Cooper: The Stage Is Set

The Inquirer recently ran a piece asking for examples of “moments of kindness from a stranger.” Two years ago, I took my...

“America’s First Celebrity” detailed in new book

There is nothing like live theatre. Years ago, while living part of the time in London, I saw two of the world’s...

Horoscopes: September 11-17, 2020

Aries: Your ruling planet Mars makes its official turn out of the shadow period and into full retrograde. This begins a cycle...

Regional

Postal service seeks dismissal of gay man’s antibias case

Attorneys for U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy recently asked a federal judge to dismiss the antibias case of a Lehigh County gay...

National

The Notorious RBG: Feminist Icon and LGBT Ally

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, died September 18 after a long bout with pancreatic...

Lambda Legal discusses LGBTQ stakes in Supreme Court

Lambda Legal hosted a Facebook livestream on September 23 to discuss the importance of the Supreme Court — and a potential third...

Judge issues pro-LGBT ruling in citizenship dispute

A federal judge in Atlanta last month ordered the U.S. State Department to recognize the U.S. citizenship by birth of Simone Mize-Gregg,...

LIFE DURING COVID-19

Masks still necessary as gayborhood bars and restaurants reopen

Philadelphia’s Camac Street, in the heart of the gayborhood, has long been a destination for dining, drinking, and entertainment. “The Little Street...

Gay dating in the time of COVID-19

When the pandemic swept through the country and prompted Philadelphia and everywhere else to lock down, people who were dating, trying to...

LGBTQ teachers forced to balance schoolwork and staying safe

Philadelphia’s new school year begins on September 2, but it will be virtual, for now. In late July the school board voted...

Local businesses doing their best during COVID-19

With Pennsylvania reporting 565 new cases this past Monday, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Here in Philly, businesses have been...

Philly’s LGBTQ performers keep the show going

Arts and culture is a 4.1 billion dollar industry in Philadelphia. But with COVID-19 cases still a concern in our city and...

Philly’s LGBTQ health orgs endure amid pandemic

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, at least 105-thousand healthcare personnel have been infected with COVID-19 and over 500...

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Television

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FILM

New documentary focuses on late gay neurologist Oliver Sacks

“Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” available in virtual cinema via kinomarquee starting September 23, is a fantastic, inspiring tribute to the late...

Janelle Monáe shines in harrowing “Antebellum”

“Antebellum,” starring queer actress/singer Janelle Monáe is a crowd-pleasing thriller that deals with issues of race, slavery, and female empowerment. The film,...

“House of Cardin” details life of colorful fashion designer

In the peppy documentary “House of Cardin,” fashion designer Pierre Cardin is described as “a label, a logo, and a legend.” This...

“The Garden Left Behind” explores trans identity, activism

“The Garden Left Behind,” the feature debut by director and co-writer Flavio Alves, chronicles Tina’s (Carlie Guevara) efforts to transition from male...

Filmmaker sets out to create genderqueer representation in new film

Halo Rossetti set out to create the representation they never had while growing up in the 1990s. The queer and nonbinary filmmaker...

“The Right Girls” recounts the journey of trans women asylum-seekers

The impassioned documentary “The Right Girls,” chronicles three transgender women in 2018 as they journey 2400 miles through Mexico to America with...

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Black Star Film Fest showcases queer cinema

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Obituaries

Philly says goodbye to beloved Les Harrison

Les Harrison, Philly’s longest-performing drag queen of color, passed away on August 14, 2020. He would have been 78 this year. He...

Former councilman Francis Rafferty dies

Former Philadelphia Councilman-at-Large Francis "Fran" Rafferty has died of complications from COVID-19, according to former congressman Bob Brady, who notified PGN of...

Remembering Fr Ron Hoskins, “a force of nature”

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

Columns

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Parenting

A survival guide to the Terrible Twos

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One of the first picture books about a gender creative boy, published in the 1970s but long out of print, is now...

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