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Two lesbian films, one more month of social distancing

Two films featuring lesbian characters are available this week for streaming.  “The Aerialist,” launching on Amazon June 5, is...

Allentown LGBTQ center to host virtual queer book series

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will host a queer novel miniseries during which four LGBTQ+ authors will discuss their recently published books....

Philly’s LGBTQ+ film festival hosts virtual celebration for Pride month

QFLIX, the area’s LGBTQ+ film festival, postponed its March event because of COVID-19. However, the festival now plans to stream a virtual...

A very queer Somali life

“When we were kids, we all thought we were the only Somali person in the world who felt the way we felt...

Horoscopes: May 29-June 5

Aries: All the Gemini energy beaming down has us thinking deeply about how we communicate. Chiron, an asteroid orbiting between Saturn and...

Anne Ishii: Massive Talent

This week's portrait has an extensive and varied background. Anne Ishii is the executive director of the Asian Arts Initiative, a multi-disciplinary...

Out actor talks new film, love and dating patterns

Available on demand June 2 (to kick off Pride month!) is writer and director Doug Spearman’s sleek Philly-set romantic drama “From Zero...

Local theater group’s gender-bending cabaret goes virtual

As part of initiatives to keep afloat and mark its 10th-anniversary celebration, Quintessence Theatre Group (QTG) will be producing a one-time virtual...

Forbidden desire in Siberia

Writer and director Viatcheslav Koptureskiy makes a promising feature debut with his gay drama, “Siberia and Him,” now streaming and out May...

Regional queer comedy show continues in virtual format

Amid the influx of news surrounding COVID-19, creatives are still finding ways to bring culture and connection to the public as best...

Film

Two lesbian films, one more month of social distancing

Two films featuring lesbian characters are available this week for streaming.  “The Aerialist,” launching on Amazon June 5, is...

Philly’s LGBTQ+ film festival hosts virtual celebration for Pride month

QFLIX, the area’s LGBTQ+ film festival, postponed its March event because of COVID-19. However, the festival now plans to stream a virtual...

Out actor talks new film, love and dating patterns

Available on demand June 2 (to kick off Pride month!) is writer and director Doug Spearman’s sleek Philly-set romantic drama “From Zero...

Forbidden desire in Siberia

Writer and director Viatcheslav Koptureskiy makes a promising feature debut with his gay drama, “Siberia and Him,” now streaming and out May...

Gay streaming service asks viewers to choose short film winners

Dekkoo, a streaming service that provides the largest selection of film centered on gay men, is asking viewers to help four filmmakers...

Reaching queer kids through film

Out gay filmmaker Adam Vincent Wright wants to make positive films featuring queer youth. His latest short, “Welcome to the Ball” depicts...

Patti LuPone: A Comeback in Quarantine

In Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,” the wife becomes the boss, the “Black screenwriter” is simply a screenwriter and the gay leading man is...

New documentary shows one woman’s ‘second life’

The new documentary “The Second Life of Jamie P,” available May 12 on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, is an up-close and...

Out director talks new film, ‘Driveways’

Out gay filmmaker Andrew Ahn made an auspicious debut with his 2016 drama, “Spa Night.” His sophomore feature, “Driveways,” available on demand...

Regional

Republican lawmaker’s resolution urges removal of transgender Secretary of Health

Pennsylvania State Rep. Russ Diamond, a Republican representing Lebanon County in the southeastern portion of the state, has introduced a resolution calling...

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How a Supreme Court decision could determine the 2020 presidential election

My husband, Jason, asked an intriguing question on our daily Facebook Livestream this week. What will the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on...

There’s good news out there

We’re all going through drastic times together, and our emotions are on a cliff.  This seems to be a time when we...

Continuing to cope during isolation

Are you going stir crazy as yet? After nine and a half weeks in isolation, it seems that my sleep and eating...

Leave it to the experts

The spaghetti sauce was all Donald Trump's fault. Our plan was to spend a Sunday afternoon ignoring any news and staying positive...

Television

Janelle Monáe doesn’t know time either

I really hadn’t planned on telling queer powerhouse singer-actress-activist Janelle Monáe that I made food for my boyfriend the night before I...

Patti LuPone: A Comeback in Quarantine

In Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,” the wife becomes the boss, the “Black screenwriter” is simply a screenwriter and the gay leading man is...

Go beyond Netflix with these LGBTQ streaming services

Since most Americans have been sheltering in their homes — whether through state mandates or precaution around COVID-19 — it’s unsurprising that...

National

Gilead sued for HIV-related privacy invasions

Gilead Sciences Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in Foster City, California, was recently sued for allegedly violating HIV-privacy rights when sending out...

Why LGBTQ folks should fill out the 2020 Census

This week, the National LGBTQ Task Force launched phase two of their Queer the Census campaign. Queer the Census provides education on...

COVID-19

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...

Mazzoni Center secures $50,000 grant from PHL COVID-19 Fund

“I wanted to share some good news,” wrote the Mazzoni Center’s Director of Communications Larry Benjamin. Last week, the Mazzoni Center —...

Editorial

The primaries are here, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many folks will vote by mail during this election, and polling...

Obituaries

"There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own." So wrote Larry Kramer in his groundbreaking 1978 play, “Faggots.” He...

Columns

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...

Why the LGBTQ community is vulnerable to the coronavirus

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Imagine the fear of being in a subset of the population that is...

Learning how to be a teacher overnight

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Let me start this by saying to all teachers, daycare employees, caregivers and...

Avoiding COVID-19 scams

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Q:  I’ve been receiving a number of emails from people I don’t know...

Estate planning during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 crisis has raised questions and concerns with regard to estate planning....

Supporting caregivers during COVID-19

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COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected our lives in many ways, ranging from minor inconveniences...

Parenting

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 Forward: Through better or worse, five years later

On April 18, 2015, Ashlee and I exchanged our wedding vows before more than 100 family and friends. We talked about a...

COVID-19 pauses family building for many LGBTQ people

Nina Willbach and her wife, a Philadelphia couple, have been trying to get pregnant since last June via assisted insemination. On March...

Family Portrait

Anne Ishii: Massive Talent

This week's portrait has an extensive and varied background. Anne Ishii is the executive director of the Asian Arts Initiative, a multi-disciplinary...

Amanda Hoade: On the front line of the pandemic

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"  — Maya Angelou

Michael Rios: Taking names and giving aid

During this pandemic, people are doing their best to stay mentally healthy. For some people, that means using the time productively, raising...

Jadzia Axelrod: Comic genius

I used to think that I’d done a variety of jobs over the years, but this week’s Portrait might have me beat....

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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Two lesbian films, one more month of social distancing

Two films featuring lesbian characters are available this week for streaming.  “The Aerialist,” launching on Amazon June 5, is...

Philly Pride canceled, will go virtual

Executive Director of Philly Pride Presents, Franny Price, announced today in an email that Philadelphia’s in-person Pride celebration, Philly PrideDay, is canceled...

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My husband, Jason, asked an intriguing question on our daily Facebook Livestream this week. What will the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on...

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Resources for Philly’s housing insecure

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In time for Penn. primary elections, review candidate stances on LGBTQ issues

Next Tuesday, June 2, is election day for the Pennsylvania primaries. Because visiting a physical polling place may pose risks related to...

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

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International News: May 29 – June 4, 2020

Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage On May 26, Costa Rica became the first Central American country to legalize same-sex...

Gilead sued for HIV-related privacy invasions

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Earlier this month, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBT Affairs Rafael Alvarez, along with co-chairs of the Aging Workgroup Joanne...

Allentown LGBTQ center to host virtual queer book series

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will host a queer novel miniseries during which four LGBTQ+ authors will discuss their recently published books....

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QFLIX, the area’s LGBTQ+ film festival, postponed its March event because of COVID-19. However, the festival now plans to stream a virtual...

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Philly Pride canceled, will go virtual

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