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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...

Overdose prevention network advocates for safe injection site

While oral arguments in the case USA v. Safehouse took place at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on...

Salvation Army honors gay Latinx community leader

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia held its annual Celebrate Hope luncheon on Tuesday to honor two local civic leaders of color...

Tabu denies wrongdoing in response to antibias lawsuit

On Nov. 9, attorneys for Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar answered a trans-related antibias lawsuit filed by a former Tabu employee by...

Gay couple sues bar for negligence and lack of consortium

Louis D. Lanni Jr. and his husband Michael Connor recently filed suit against Tavern on Camac, alleging negligence and loss of consortium...

Philly to celebrate Transgender Day of Remembrance

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which takes place annually on Nov. 20, community organizers are holding events around Philadelphia....

Arts & Culture

Horoscopes: Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2020

Aries: Neptune directs in Pisces this week which creates landscapes for active imagination, visually intense dreams and hidden meaning in the world...

Shame and freedom at odds in poignant “Uncle Frank”

Out gay writer/director Alan Ball’s engaging drama “Uncle Frank,” available on Prime Video November 25, is an original story but feels like...

Deep Inside Hollywood: Ellen Page is game for “1UP”

Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Paris Berelc (“Hubie Halloween”) are teaming up for “1UP,” a gaming comedy feature film for...

Abigail Ariza and Chelsea Camacho

Patrice Banks was an engineer pulling down a six figure salary when she decided to make a left turn and go down...

Bradbury-Sullivan Center hosts in-person art exhibit

Joe Dulude II had a thriving career before the pandemic interrupted everything.  A successful makeup artist, Dulude had contributed...

Philly native goes virtual in Theater Exile’s “D-Pad”

Ang Bey is ready to take the theater world by storm. Bey, a queer, nonbinary actor and multidisciplinary artist, leads the world...

Horoscopes: Nov. 20-26, 2020

Aries:  This week you occupy yourself with tasks at hand. Problem solving and DIY fixes are a healthy distraction for you as...

BJ Bear: Close Shave

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 135,000 barbers on record in the U.S., only 16 percent are women. An...

Philly singer/songwriter Susan Werner talks “Flyover Country”

Singer-songwriter Susan Werner is a national treasure. Born, raised and educated in the heartland, she firmly established herself as a performing musician...

Good as Golding: “Crazy Rich Asians” star sparkles in “Monsoon”

In a relatively short period of time, actor and straight ally Henry Golding’s star has ascended, making him one of the most...

Regional

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Allentown LGBT Center

On Nov. 23, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris released a partial list of Cabinet members and other key personnel...

National

AIDS Memorial Quilt Launches Nationwide Virtual Tour During Another World Health Crisis

On December 1st we will honor World AIDS Day as our community has done for over 30 years. However, as part of...

Biden building transition team as Trump attacks PA vote

On Nov. 17, President-elect Joe Biden announced more key placements for his new administration and spoke to the nation about the exploding...

LGB Republicans Have More Internalized Homophobia than LGB Democrats

When the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of conservative LGBTQ Republicans and their allies, endorsed outgoing President Trump...

LIFE DURING COVID-19

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Creep of the Week: Jenna Ellis

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at who they surround themselves with. Remember when Donald Trump assured the...

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...

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...

Abigail Ariza and Chelsea Camacho

Patrice Banks was an engineer pulling down a six figure salary when she decided to make a left turn and go down...

Mark My Words

The push for LGBT rights continues abroad

Want to publicly thank the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Poland who gave me an appreciation of how resilient our government can be...

The world moves on

While this country has been paralyzed by both the pandemic and the political circus we call the 2020 election (led by the...

Georgia, Georgia, Georgia

This column could be filled with the names of those in the LGBTQ community who expect or should be considered for position...

Television

Deep Inside Hollywood: Ellen Page is game for “1UP”

Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Paris Berelc (“Hubie Halloween”) are teaming up for “1UP,” a gaming comedy feature film for...

Deep Inside Hollywood: Adam Rippon sitcom skates over to NBC

Good news or best news? America’s gay figure skating Olympic medal scoring sweetheart, Adam Rippon, is developing a sitcom for NBC. Now,...

Deep Inside Hollywood

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

Editorial

We’re nowhere near full LGBTQ equality

Every so often, we get reminders that despite the gains made over the decades by activists in the LGBTQ community, we still...

FILM

Shame and freedom at odds in poignant “Uncle Frank”

Out gay writer/director Alan Ball’s engaging drama “Uncle Frank,” available on Prime Video November 25, is an original story but feels like...

Deep Inside Hollywood: Ellen Page is game for “1UP”

Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Paris Berelc (“Hubie Halloween”) are teaming up for “1UP,” a gaming comedy feature film for...

Good as Golding: “Crazy Rich Asians” star sparkles in “Monsoon”

In a relatively short period of time, actor and straight ally Henry Golding’s star has ascended, making him one of the most...

An unlikely, tender romance in “Ammonite”

“Ammonite,” by out gay writer/director Frances Lee, depicts the unlikely romance that develops between Mary Anning (Kate Winslet), a fossilist, and Charlotte...

Beloved gay film “Big Eden” turns 20 years old

Out gay filmmaker Thomas Bezucha has a new film, “Let Him Go,” now out in theaters. It is a dramatic thriller, set...

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...

Deep Inside Hollywood

"Boys In The Band" star Robin de Jesús goes "Boom" What we love most in this life is a...

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...

Obituaries

Ronald Andrews, 75, of Philadelphia.

Ronald (Ron) Andrews, 75, of Philadelphia, died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, with his...

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...

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...

Columns

Caring for body and mind during the next stage of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, public health models of the progression of COVID-19 have indicated a likely spike in cases and...

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...

How HIV activists won their fight for inclusion in a major COVID-19 vaccine study

Victory came in the form of a tweet posted in the middle of the afternoon on Aug. 5: Pharmaceutical company Moderna was...

Parenting

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...

Looking to the Future

I am submitting this column before Election Day, although it will appear just afterwards. No matter what happens, though, this I know:...

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,...

Family Portrait

Abigail Ariza and Chelsea Camacho

Patrice Banks was an engineer pulling down a six figure salary when she decided to make a left turn and go down...

BJ Bear: Close Shave

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 135,000 barbers on record in the U.S., only 16 percent are women. An...

Tony Enos: Music Man

“If the morning is male and the evening is female, Two-Spirit people are the dusk.” This month is Native American Heritage Month....

Scott Evans: Leading man

It’s time at last for qFLIX, our annual LGBT film festival. The beloved fest was postponed a number of times due to...

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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Horoscopes: Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2020

Aries: Neptune directs in Pisces this week which creates landscapes for active imagination, visually intense dreams and hidden meaning in the world...

Thanksgiving in the time of pandemic

If you are reading this, you already have a reason to give thanks: You have (thus far) survived the coronavirus pandemic that...

The push for LGBT rights continues abroad

Want to publicly thank the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Poland who gave me an appreciation of how resilient our government can be...

We’re nowhere near full LGBTQ equality

Every so often, we get reminders that despite the gains made over the decades by activists in the LGBTQ community, we still...

Creep of the Week: Samuel Alito

In 2015 the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision changed my life. That decision meant that Michigan had to recognize my legal...

Shame and freedom at odds in poignant “Uncle Frank”

Out gay writer/director Alan Ball’s engaging drama “Uncle Frank,” available on Prime Video November 25, is an original story but feels like...

Deep Inside Hollywood: Ellen Page is game for “1UP”

Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Paris Berelc (“Hubie Halloween”) are teaming up for “1UP,” a gaming comedy feature film for...

Abigail Ariza and Chelsea Camacho

Patrice Banks was an engineer pulling down a six figure salary when she decided to make a left turn and go down...

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Allentown LGBT Center

On Nov. 23, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris released a partial list of Cabinet members and other key personnel...

Caring for body and mind during the next stage of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, public health models of the progression of COVID-19 have indicated a likely spike in cases and...

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...

Bradbury-Sullivan Center hosts in-person art exhibit

Joe Dulude II had a thriving career before the pandemic interrupted everything.  A successful makeup artist, Dulude had contributed...

Embattled state official fights to keep her job

Jennifer R. Storm, an out lesbian who has served as the state’s Victim Advocate for the past seven years, is battling to...

Advocates call for resignation of homophobic school board member

LGBT advocates are calling for the resignation of a Pennsylvania school board member who requested the removal of an LGBT-pride exhibit, comparing...

Philly native goes virtual in Theater Exile’s “D-Pad”

Ang Bey is ready to take the theater world by storm. Bey, a queer, nonbinary actor and multidisciplinary artist, leads the world...

Ronald Andrews, 75, of Philadelphia.

Ronald (Ron) Andrews, 75, of Philadelphia, died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, with his...

Horoscopes: Nov. 20-26, 2020

Aries:  This week you occupy yourself with tasks at hand. Problem solving and DIY fixes are a healthy distraction for you as...

Overdose prevention network advocates for safe injection site

While oral arguments in the case USA v. Safehouse took place at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on...

AIDS Memorial Quilt Launches Nationwide Virtual Tour During Another World Health Crisis

On December 1st we will honor World AIDS Day as our community has done for over 30 years. However, as part of...

BJ Bear: Close Shave

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 135,000 barbers on record in the U.S., only 16 percent are women. An...

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...