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Community fights to save Casarez mural

LGBTQ community members and allies held a vigil at the 12th St. mural of the late Gloria Casarez Monday night. The building...

Trans woman of color, fellow advocates address State Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public workshop discussion on expanding hate crime laws in Pennsylvania to include gender identity,...

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...

LGBTQ+ community comes together for 10th Philly Trans March

The 10th annual Philly Trans March took place on Oct. 10 at Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. Approximately 200 people gathered to...

How LGBTQ Philadelphians are casting their votes this year

With Election Day less than three weeks away and COVID-19 infections rising again, Philadelphians are faced with not only with choosing which...

Community organizations boost trans resources

Providing robust resources for transgender communities is always paramount, but given the war that the Trump administration has waged against the trans...

Arts & Culture

LGBTQ films at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which runs in November and will be available online this year, offers four LGBT films and one...

Horoscopes: Oct. 23-29, 2020

Aries: Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and moving into Libra seeks out truth and fairness. You have been compelled to get down to...

Liam Dacy: On the move in PA

2020 has been a crazy year to say the least, but I have hope that November 3rd, or more likely some time...

LGBTQ activist Mark Segal featured in “Equal” docuseries

The fourth installment of the inspirational HBO Max documentary series, “Equal,” focuses on the Stonewall riots and the birth of the Gay...

November has LGBTQ films galore at qFLIX

qFLIX, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival, which was postponed in March, will take place online November 5 to 30 and screen numerous features...

Claiming the deviant body: tattooing, gender, and sexuality through time

Tattooing has a long and eclectic history. A common stereotype of the modern tattoo industry is that the field is dominated by...

A Different Side of Jim Parsons

A lot has happened this year, and that’s aside from Jim Parsons dancing around in a bra. That bit, of course, graced...

“Goodbye Mother,” LGBTQ shorts feature at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, running November 5-15, offers dozens of features, documentaries, and shorts, as well as creative discussions and...

Horoscopes: Oct. 16-22, 2020

Aries: After the new moon at the start of the week, things feel like a fresh start, but also a bit paused...

Regional

Transgender maintenance worker sues for workplace bias

A transgender man of color has filed an employment-discrimination lawsuit in federal court claiming he was subjected to a hostile work environment...

National

Over 500 LGBTQ Candidates Up for Election Nov. 3

As the November 3 election looms, most Americans are focused on who will win the presidency, but more than 500 openly LGBTQ...

Barrett questioned on healthcare, LGBTQ rights during hearings

Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a staunch Constitutional originalist like her mentor, the late...

Lesbians and Bisexual Women at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Philadelphia is pretty in pink. Liberty Place, 8th and Market, the fountains at Logan Circle,...

LIFE DURING COVID-19

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...

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...

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Meet Uncle Lindsey: Your Gay Neighbor Who Hates Gay Rights

“A person regarded as betraying their cultural or social allegiance.” That’s the definition of the phrase “Uncle Tom.”  It’s a term used...

After prison, one-half of ‘gay-porn twins’ speaks out

This is the first of a two-part series. “Your self-respect is priceless. I know, I’m fighting like hell to get...

November has LGBTQ films galore at qFLIX

qFLIX, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival, which was postponed in March, will take place online November 5 to 30 and screen numerous features...

Pennsylvania General Election 2020: Your guide to the Nov. 3 presidential and statewide elections

As of this writing, the Nov. 3 general election is just 41 days away. And if we know one thing about it,...

Mark My Words

Vote Hard and Vote Democrat

This is my last column before the election. To say this is the most important election of your life does not do...

A quick look at the rest of the world

It seems there are only two subjects making the media rounds right now: COVID-19 and the election. You most likely have heard...

When to not cover a Trump story

A Trump “gay pride” rally was recently held in our back yard. PGN chose not to cover it. Similarly, a few weeks...

Television

Deep Inside Hollywood

Star Trek’s first trans and non-binary characters  The CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery" will continue to fulfill...

Murder, She Kind of Wrote

Writer-actress Paula Pell knows it’s ridiculous: a dowdy, out-of-touch suburban broad with an accent that is somehow a little British — or Irish,...

Billy Porter: Black, Gay, and Out of F*cks

“Now that I have a massive platform, and now that the people want to listen to the Black sissy, I’m gonna talk,”...

Editorial

Vote for the world you want, but also the world you have

Joe Biden will change the country for the better. We know this from his work in the Senate, as Vice President, and...

FILM

LGBTQ films at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which runs in November and will be available online this year, offers four LGBT films and one...

LGBTQ activist Mark Segal featured in “Equal” docuseries

The fourth installment of the inspirational HBO Max documentary series, “Equal,” focuses on the Stonewall riots and the birth of the Gay...

November has LGBTQ films galore at qFLIX

qFLIX, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival, which was postponed in March, will take place online November 5 to 30 and screen numerous features...

A Different Side of Jim Parsons

A lot has happened this year, and that’s aside from Jim Parsons dancing around in a bra. That bit, of course, graced...

“Goodbye Mother,” LGBTQ shorts feature at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, running November 5-15, offers dozens of features, documentaries, and shorts, as well as creative discussions and...

LGBTQ features abound at Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival will screen nearly 100 films October 23 to November 2. More than a dozen titles, including “Nomadland” starring...

Screen Queen: Criterion Films Celebrate Diversity in All Its Forms

“Paris Is Burning” In “Paris Is Burning,” a strut is a defiant act, an exertion of suppressed power. In...

Deep Inside Hollywood: “Maestro”, “Run” and “Fireflies”

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan make music in "Maestro" The late, legendary American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein was gay. He...

“The Boys in the Band” film doesn’t live up to stage version

The 2018 Broadway revival of the late Mart Crowley’s landmark play, “The Boys of the Band” was notable for featuring an all-gay...

Obituaries

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...

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...

Columns

The day after the election, a Crucial SCOTUS case on foster care

We are about a week away from the 2020 elections. A case that the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing the day...

New state plan on aging is a win for the LGBTQ community

Every four years, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is required to submit a State Plan on Aging to the federal government outlining...

How LGBTQ parents can bond with a non-biological child

When Jackson was born, my life changed in an instant. But, unlike the rosy picture that many paint of becoming a parent,...

Parenting

The day after the election, a Crucial SCOTUS case on foster care

We are about a week away from the 2020 elections. A case that the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing the day...

How LGBTQ parents can bond with a non-biological child

When Jackson was born, my life changed in an instant. But, unlike the rosy picture that many paint of becoming a parent,...

Survival Tips

Every time I think 2020 has thrown everything it’s got at us, it steps up its game: the death of Supreme Court...

3 Initiatives Offering Teachers Free, LGBTQ-Inclusive Books

Few things in life are free, but three different initiatives are now offering free LGBTQ-inclusive books and more to educators and schools...

Family Portrait

Liam Dacy: On the move in PA

2020 has been a crazy year to say the least, but I have hope that November 3rd, or more likely some time...

Pax Ressler: Making joyful music

With the current Supreme Court nomination hearings underway, we seem to be eroding that line between church and state. There are a...

Jay Johnson: Out and About

Before William Way, there was the Penguin Place, Philadelphia’s LGBT Community Center. The center took on a number of projects for the...

Candy Alexandra González: Up Close

Each year from September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month. It was started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage...

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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Aries: Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and moving into Libra seeks out truth and fairness. You have been compelled to get down to...

The Trans Griot has passed

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The Senate Confirmation Hearing for Amy Coney Barrett was happening today and I watched exactly zero minutes of it because I was...

Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples

In a new documentary that premiered October 21 in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex...

Community fights to save Casarez mural

LGBTQ community members and allies held a vigil at the 12th St. mural of the late Gloria Casarez Monday night. The building...

Trans woman of color, fellow advocates address State Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public workshop discussion on expanding hate crime laws in Pennsylvania to include gender identity,...

COVID-19

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...