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COVID-19 vaccines rolling out to LGBTQ organzations

LGBTQ health organizations in Philadelphia have begun to vaccinate staff for COVID-19 and are eager to expand their reach. The Mazzoni Center, whose staff...

Local board game services team up

Board games have always played an important role in fostering connection across communities. While we can’t safely bond over board games in group settings...

Court clears the way for criminal trial in Amtrak crash

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week cleared the way for a criminal trial for Brandon W. Bostian, an openly gay train engineer who was...

Gay man sues title company for wrongful discharge

Last week, a Philadelphia gay man filed suit in federal court, claiming he was wrongfully discharged from his job as a title searcher due...

Local LGBTQ+ leaders react to Capitol insurrection

On the first Wednesday in January, just before Congress convened to count the electoral votes and confirm Joe Biden as the winner of the...

LGBT Elder Initiative celebrates 10 years

Philadelphia’s LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is hosting its annual A Cause for Applause event on January 14....

Arts & Culture

Horoscopes: Jan. 22 – 28, 2020

Aries: The moon in your sign gives the weekend a jumpstart for you, as you are feeling quite like yourself. You may want to...

Kayla Wilson: Keeping Hope Alive

Jane Goodall once said, “It's easy to become hopeless. So people must have hope: the human brain, the resilience of nature, the energy of...

LGBTQ representation on TV dropped amid pandemic

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report. “Where We Are on TV” analyzes...

Call her rad: an interview with Mayim Bialik

When it comes to recognizing and embracing promising talent, the gays have been at it longer than practically everyone else. Remember the opening sequence...

“Soldier Songs” brings opera to the digital space

James Darrah’s career exists at the intersection of his training in film and media and his passion for classical music. In recent years, the...

“Homo Irrealis” explores the nostalgia of What-if

Author André Aciman, who penned “Call Me by Your Name” and its sequel, “Find Me,” has a new essay collection, “Homo Irrealis.” The title...

Horoscopes: Jan. 15 – 21, 2020

Aries: Uranus ends it’s 5 month retrograde at the top of the week, highlighting a bold energy that creates change and mixes things up....

Melissa Buckminster: Making Montco Memories

According to Wikipedia, Montgomery County is the third-most populous county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the 73rd-most populous in the United States. In...

“Beautiful Darling” and “Open Up to Me”

This month, Corinth Films is issuing two films with transgender themes on DVD and digital platforms. “Beautiful Darling,” a 2010 documentary on the Warhol...

A gay Argentinian’s journey in “A Skeleton in the Closet”

“A Skeleton in the Closet,” out January 12 on DVD, is out gay Argentine filmmaker Nicolás Teté’s poignant drama about Manuel (Facundo Gambandé), a...

Regional

Debut regional health conference includes LGBTQ health issues

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Partnership hosted its debut public health conference: Empowering Communities to Address the Social Determinants of Health. Over the course...

National

LGBTQ representation on TV dropped amid pandemic

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report. “Where We Are on TV” analyzes...

Dr. Rachel Levine selected for Biden administration

Trans advocates are lauding President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement he will nominate Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Dept. of...

Biden’s LGBT Agenda For Day 1

As a journalist covering LGBT issues, this will be the 8th presidential transition I’ve witnessed, from the Carter Administration to the Biden Administration. Of...

LIFE DURING COVID-19

New report shows LGBTQ people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

A new report from the Movement Advancement Project, which compiled the data and presented the report based on polling data. shows that LGBTQ households...

Thanksgiving During a Pandemic: How the LGBTQ Community is Celebrating During Lockdown

For this Thanksgiving holiday, the CDC has advised Americans to stay at home and not travel. In Philadelphia, indoor gatherings of more than one...

COVID-19 spikes in Philadelphia

Philadelphia had its single largest increase in Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, with 879 new confirmed cases of the virus. Last week, the average of...

LGBTQ health orgs provide mental, physical health services amid rising COVID cases

Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, Gayborhood health organizations are doing what they can to provide both mental and...

State and local health departments issue sexual health guidelines during COVID-19

Earlier this month, the State of Pennsylvania issued guidelines for sexual health and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery County also recently issued guidelines....

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 of Clubs,”...

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Meet Uncle Lindsey: Your Gay Neighbor Who Hates Gay Rights

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Dr. Rachel Levine selected for Biden administration

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Television

LGBTQ representation on TV dropped amid pandemic

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report. “Where We Are on TV” analyzes...

Call her rad: an interview with Mayim Bialik

When it comes to recognizing and embracing promising talent, the gays have been at it longer than practically everyone else. Remember the opening sequence...

Local gay chef joins latest season of “Hell’s Kitchen”

If you’re a fan of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which locally airs on Fox 29, then you should be paying special attention this season. Local chef...

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Real empathy is always healing

Watching Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ memorial to the Covid-19 dead, one would almost think we’ve returned to a point close to normalcy, to...

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Gay Liberation Front pioneer Nikos Diaman dies

Nikos Antony Diaman, an early member of the Gay Liberation Front, the Radical Faeries, the Billy Club, and other gay organizations, died November 8...

GLF pioneer Nikos Diaman dies

Nikos Antony Diaman, an early member of the Gay Liberation Front, the Radical Faeries, the Billy Club, and other gay organizations, died November 8...

Mark A. Davis, mental-health advocate, dies at 64

Mark A. Davis, a beloved figure in the community and trailblazing mental-health advocate, has died. He was 64 and lived in Queen Village. He...

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Parenting

An Open Letter to Joe Biden from a Lesbian Mom

Dear President-elect Biden: I’m writing you this open letter as you prepare to take office as president. My son was just a few months too...

Looking Ahead to 2021

After a year like 2020, how does one approach 2021? With low expectations, since anything would be better than 2020, or with high expectations,...

Finding Things to Be Thankful for in a Very Strange Year

As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I am thankful for many things — and not only that I’ve finally learned to make a decent pie...

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Melissa Buckminster: Making Montco Memories

According to Wikipedia, Montgomery County is the third-most populous county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the 73rd-most populous in the United States. In...

Rocco DeFinis: Music Man

Phew! We finally made it through 2020. Looking towards a new tomorrow and a happy new year is something most of us are doing,...

VinChelle: A touch of magic

Kuumba is the principle of Kwanzaa that honors creativity. It speaks to leaving the community more beneficial and beautiful than we inherited it. The...

Legal

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 a person, typically by sending messages...

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 ever been....

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 has stuck...

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Horoscopes: Jan. 22 – 28, 2020

Aries: The moon in your sign gives the weekend a jumpstart for you, as you are feeling quite like yourself. You may want to...

COVID-19 vaccines rolling out to LGBTQ organzations

LGBTQ health organizations in Philadelphia have begun to vaccinate staff for COVID-19 and are eager to expand their reach. The Mazzoni Center, whose staff...

Kayla Wilson: Keeping Hope Alive

Jane Goodall once said, “It's easy to become hopeless. So people must have hope: the human brain, the resilience of nature, the energy of...

Debut regional health conference includes LGBTQ health issues

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Partnership hosted its debut public health conference: Empowering Communities to Address the Social Determinants of Health. Over the course...

LGBTQ representation on TV dropped amid pandemic

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report. “Where We Are on TV” analyzes...

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I have waited for this Inauguration Day my entire life. Waited to see a woman sworn in to the top of the ticket. Waited for...

Real empathy is always healing

Watching Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ memorial to the Covid-19 dead, one would almost think we’ve returned to a point close to normalcy, to...

Dr. Rachel Levine selected for Biden administration

Trans advocates are lauding President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement he will nominate Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Dept. of...

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Local board game services team up

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James Darrah’s career exists at the intersection of his training in film and media and his passion for classical music. In recent years, the...

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For residents of the South Jersey suburbs, finding LGBTQ-specific doctors meant heading into Center City, driving nearly two hours to Asbury Park, or heading...

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Aries: Uranus ends it’s 5 month retrograde at the top of the week, highlighting a bold energy that creates change and mixes things up....

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Women lost all the jobs in December

In the December monthly jobs report from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it was revealed that the US lost 140,000 jobs...