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Marriage Equality: The personal is political

We were only 13 when we first met, taking the bus to the Philadelphia High School for Girls. It was the beginning...

Arts & Culture

Chad Frame: Wickedly Talented

If you’re burned out from too many Zoom meetings and your ears are sore from listening to hours of true crime podcasts,...

Horoscopes: Aug. 7-13, 2020

Aries: After last week’s full moon in Aquarius you discover your flexibility. The openness of the waning moon brings about an energy...

“Queer During Quarantine” showcases local artist

A wistful yearning for the past pervades “Queer During Quarantine,” an online exhibit of erotic monoprints by Will Hübscher.

Upcoming West Philly board game cafe promotes community, democratizes gaming

Haven Philly, a new board game cafe slated to open in West Philadelphia next year, will be the first of its kind...

John Giorno captures life, trysts in “Great Demon Kings”

The late gay poet John Giorno’s posthumous memoir, “Great Demon Kings” is a deep dive into the New York poetry and art...

Ally Richman: Centered

The William Way Community Center has long been a linchpin for the community. Fortunately for us, even through this difficult time of...

Two torn souls connect in “Summerland”

 “Summerland” is a diverting period piece that puts a queer spin on the familiar tale of a misanthropic adult charmed by a...

Horoscopes: July 31 – August 6, 2020

Aries: The full moon in Aquarius along with Venus ending it’s shadow period provides a clarifying energy, leaving you feeling more awake,...

Diverse LGBTQ representation in films dropped in 2019

GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has issued its 2020 Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a 55-page report assessing the representation...

Thomas Finnegan Wainwright: Summertime On The “Coast”

One of my favorite places to go for a little vacation in my head is the Positano Coast restaurant. With it’s snowy...

FILM

Two torn souls connect in “Summerland”

 “Summerland” is a diverting period piece that puts a queer spin on the familiar tale of a misanthropic adult charmed by a...

Diverse LGBTQ representation in films dropped in 2019

GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has issued its 2020 Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a 55-page report assessing the representation...

“Helmut Newton” showcases famed fashion photographer

The stylish documentary “Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful,” opening July 24 in virtual cinemas, chronicles the work and life of...

“Flannery” showcases iconic short story writer

Freaks, prophets, saints, and misfits — these are the characters that appear in the novels and short stories by the late, great...

Kaye Ballard documentary proves “The Show Goes On!”

Before she died last year at age 93, the legendary Kaye Ballard was interviewed for the documentary, “Kaye Ballard — The Show...

A 900-year gay romance in “The Old Guard”

“The Old Guard,” available July 10 on Netflix, is a kickass, globetrotting piece of escapism. Adapted from the comic book by Leandro...

“Mucho Mucho Amor” showcases astrologer & queer icon

Even if viewers are unfamiliar with Walter Mercado, the gender non-conforming, Puerto Rican astrologer, after seeing “Mucho Mucho Amor,” they will become...

“Welcome to Chechnya” Shows Horrors Facing LGBTQ Community

One of the most powerful moments in the documentary, “Welcome to Chechnya,” premiering June 30 at 10:00 pm on HBO, has a...

Gay Director’s Films To Be Reissued

Two screwball comedies by the late gay writer/director Paul Bartel will be reissued on DVD and Blu-Ray June 30. Both have their...

Regional

Pa. allows non-binary option on driver’s licenses

LGBT advocates are lauding a new state initiative that permits people to change the gender marker on their driver’s license — including...

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Losing allies is not good

State Rep. Brian Sims, to put it politely, lost his temper with State Rep. Tom Murt this week. This is not the...

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...

Masks Are The New Condoms

During the last four months of this pandemic I’ve been doing a daily livestream on Facebook. Every day I say the same...

How to use fame and foster dialogue

Most of you know actor Billy Porter from the TV show “Pose” or his starring role in the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots.”...

Television

‘Queer Eye’ Stars on How to Talk to ‘All Lives Matter’ People

In this current moment of civil unrest and racial tension, "Queer Eye" stars Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Antoni...

His Black Queerness, Front and Center

Once Keiynan Lonsdale made no apologies for who he is, the music followed suit. The star of the CW’s “The Flash” and...

Fascinated by the “Tiger King”

A straight friend of mine who is about half my age (I’m 78) suggested I might want to watch a TV show...

National

Five years later, same-sex marriage still making waves

In the first sentence of the Supreme Court’s 2015 opinion that granted nationwide same-sex marriage equality, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The Constitution...

Record number of LGBTQ candidates in 2020

More than 880 LGBTQ people across the country are running for elected office this year, according to a report released last week...

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...

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs defends Dr. Rachel Levine

The  Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs recently issued a statement defending Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s highest-ranking transgender official. About 25 Republican...

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...

Editorial

Summer, 2020, So Far

Summer is usually a time when the world slows down ever so slightly. Many people go on vacation, legislatures and schools take...

Obituaries

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

Columns

3 parenting lessons from the pandemic

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When I got the notice that Jackson’s daycare was closing this spring, I...

Staying engaged during a summer of social distancing

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Philadelphia is almost four months into quarantine, but the realities of the “new...

All About The CARES Act

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Q:  I think I read that there is a new law that will...

New music album celebrates trans and nonbinary children

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A new music album coming out this month will offer transgender and nonbinary...

How to Plan for Unexpected Events

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Q:  Before COVID-19, I felt pretty comfortable with my lifestyle.  But now I’m...

Pride Ideas for Families

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Pride marches may be cancelled because of the pandemic, but there are still...

Parenting

3 parenting lessons from the pandemic

When I got the notice that Jackson’s daycare was closing this spring, I posted a cutesy photo of him hanging on our...

New music album celebrates trans and nonbinary children

A new music album coming out this month will offer transgender and nonbinary children songs that reflect and support who they are....

Pride Ideas for Families

Pride marches may be cancelled because of the pandemic, but there are still plenty of ways for LGBTQ families to mark the...

Supporting LGBTQ families requires that Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a just world for LGBTQ families until we have racial...

Family Portrait

Chad Frame: Wickedly Talented

If you’re burned out from too many Zoom meetings and your ears are sore from listening to hours of true crime podcasts,...

Ally Richman: Centered

The William Way Community Center has long been a linchpin for the community. Fortunately for us, even through this difficult time of...

Thomas Finnegan Wainwright: Summertime On The “Coast”

One of my favorite places to go for a little vacation in my head is the Positano Coast restaurant. With it’s snowy...

Robert “Bob” Ferguson and Richard “Dick” Foggio: 59 and counting…

It’s always difficult to find good housing, especially for senior citizens. And for LGBT seniors, it can be a Herculean task. Here...

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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Summer, 2020, So Far

Summer is usually a time when the world slows down ever so slightly. Many people go on vacation, legislatures and schools take...

Losing allies is not good

State Rep. Brian Sims, to put it politely, lost his temper with State Rep. Tom Murt this week. This is not the...

Letter to the Editor

To PGN, I work as a consultant with HHS, the city and a number of other agencies and companies....

Creep of the Week: Mike Pompeo

I’m in Philadelphia visiting my sister, and apparently during my trip there were Nazis marching here and chanting “fuck the gays.” Ah,...

Chad Frame: Wickedly Talented

If you’re burned out from too many Zoom meetings and your ears are sore from listening to hours of true crime podcasts,...

Five years later, same-sex marriage still making waves

In the first sentence of the Supreme Court’s 2015 opinion that granted nationwide same-sex marriage equality, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The Constitution...

Marriage Equality: The personal is political

We were only 13 when we first met, taking the bus to the Philadelphia High School for Girls. It was the beginning...

Questions remain surrounding death of trans woman

The body of Tatiana Hall, a trans woman of color, was found in Fairmount Park earlier this summer. The medical examiner’s office...

Trans person sues bar for workplace bias

A nonbinary trans person has filed suit against Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, claiming they were fired as a server/bartender after transitioning...

Trump USAID appointee leaving after anti-LGBT+ tweets

Since his confirmation in April 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been building an ideological base at the State Department and...

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...

Local LGBTQ leaders chosen as delegates to DNC

The Pennsylvania delegation to this year’s Democratic National Convention will include 27 LGBTQ community members, including several from Philadelphia.

Horoscopes: Aug. 7-13, 2020

Aries: After last week’s full moon in Aquarius you discover your flexibility. The openness of the waning moon brings about an energy...

Sims to introduce resolution censuring transphobic colleague

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian K. Sims (D-Philadelphia) has pledged to introduce a resolution censuring state Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) for allegedly mocking...

“Queer During Quarantine” showcases local artist

A wistful yearning for the past pervades “Queer During Quarantine,” an online exhibit of erotic monoprints by Will Hübscher.

Upcoming West Philly board game cafe promotes community, democratizes gaming

Haven Philly, a new board game cafe slated to open in West Philadelphia next year, will be the first of its kind...

John Giorno captures life, trysts in “Great Demon Kings”

The late gay poet John Giorno’s posthumous memoir, “Great Demon Kings” is a deep dive into the New York poetry and art...

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...

Ally Richman: Centered

The William Way Community Center has long been a linchpin for the community. Fortunately for us, even through this difficult time of...

Gimmie Shelter

In 2016, right around this time of year, I wrote about an often-overlooked element of the United States government. While we do...

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Summer, 2020, So Far

Summer is usually a time when the world slows down ever so slightly. Many people go on vacation, legislatures and schools take...

Losing allies is not good

State Rep. Brian Sims, to put it politely, lost his temper with State Rep. Tom Murt this week. This is not the...

Letter to the Editor

To PGN, I work as a consultant with HHS, the city and a number of other agencies and companies....

Creep of the Week: Mike Pompeo

I’m in Philadelphia visiting my sister, and apparently during my trip there were Nazis marching here and chanting “fuck the gays.” Ah,...