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Philly AIDS Thrift announces $200k in grants

Philly AIDS Thrift will award $200,000 in grants this spring to 24 local organizations fighting HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. Among the organizations receiving grants...

Philly Trans March organizers hold annual Black Trans History panel

Last week the organizers of the Philly Trans March produced the 5th annual Philly Black Trans History: A Multigenerational Panel Discussion. The panel included...

Man charged with misdemeanors relating to death of sex worker

DeVonte Douglass, a former employee of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, acted in self-defense when fatally shooting a sex worker but has been charged...

LGBTQ police officers call out D.A.’s office for covering remembrance wall

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of Gay Officers Action League has sent a letter to District Attorney Larry Krasner expressing concern over a display of...

City adds HIV to list of medical conditions eligible for COVID vaccine

On Feb 23, the city Health Department added HIV to the list of medical conditions making a resident eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The...

Toasted Walnut, Philly’s only lesbian bar, permanently closes

Denise Cohen has been running lesbian bars in Philly for upwards of 30 years, so losing Toasted Walnut to the pandemic was a particularly...

Arts & Culture

Dot Levine: Making Music

“In life,” Kathleen Long said, “you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don't. Keep singing.” This week’s portrait is someone who can sing...

Fighting the ‘War on Nuance’ through queer culture

It's all in the name. “Weirdo Night” is a variety show comprising stand-up, music, performance art and the straight-up bizarre that the Los Angeles...

WWII-era “The Affair” is less than thrilling

“The Affair,” out March 5 on VOD, is a stilted adaptation of Simon Mawer’s novel, “The Glass Room.” It depicts the lives and relationship...

Leslie Jordan: A Viral Star Is Reborn

“Where should I be looking? There? Or there?”  His face smothering the camera as he wonders where his eyes should be, Leslie Jordan is settling...

Horoscopes: Feb. 26 – March 4, 2021

Aries: The full moon in Virgo on the 27th brings practical and material ambitions into focus. It’s a good time to throw out things...

BJ Jones: On Call

"The Equalizer" is a new (revamped) show about a person you can turn to when you need help and don’t feel comfortable contacting the...

Deep Inside Hollywood: Chalamet and Guadagnino finally get it together

While you wait for that “Call Me By Your Name” sequel that may or may not ever happen, Luca Guadagnino is lining up another...

Rufus Wainwright, In Retrospect

It all started with Rufus Wainwright in his bathrobe. The crooner, at the forefront of virtual pandemic performances in March 2020, performed a song...

A forbidden farm romance in “The World to Come”

The beguiling lesbian drama, “The World to Come,” out March 2 on demand, opens on a cold and bleak New Year’s Day. It is...

Horoscopes: Feb. 19 -25, 2021

Aries: Conflicts and resolutions make an ebb and flow of this week’s waters. The sun shifts into your neighboring sign of Pisces on the...

Regional

LGBTQ-affirming healthcare in the Delaware Valley

The need for LGBTQ-affirming healthcare has always existed, but lately patients and providers have been working to make it more accessible. LGBTQ people have...

National

Rep. Barbara Lee introduces resolution supporting Black LGBTQ leaders

In the final days of Black History Month, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced legislation honoring the contributions of Black LGBTQ+ Americans. Lee is vice-chair and...

ACLU launches petition for accurate federal ids

The ACLU has launched a petition drive to urge President Biden to issue an Executive Order giving trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming (TNBGNC) people...

Equality Act passes House

After several hours of often contentious debate, the Equality Act passed the House of Representatives on February 25 with a 224-206 vote. Every Democrat...

LIFE DURING COVID-19

LGBTQ seniors at JCAA get Covid-19 vaccinations

Residents of the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly Senior Apartments received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week, with second doses scheduled...

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....

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LGBTQ police officers call out D.A.’s office for covering remembrance wall

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of Gay Officers Action League has sent a letter to District Attorney Larry Krasner expressing concern over a display of...

Sims has failed his stakeholders and the LGBTQ Community

I return to this publication writing this op-ed, nine years after my last article, now reflecting on Brian Sims' recent announcement of his candidacy...

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 Fernandez and...

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 streaming video...

Mark My Words

Biden’s 30-day LGBT report card

One month into his term as President, Joseph R. Biden has done more for LGBT equality than any President’s full body of work in...

Working to end LGBT economic discrimination

The next wave in our struggle for equality might surprise you: economic equality. After all, credit is what makes the American financial system work.   Let’s...

Television

Fighting the ‘War on Nuance’ through queer culture

It's all in the name. “Weirdo Night” is a variety show comprising stand-up, music, performance art and the straight-up bizarre that the Los Angeles...

Leslie Jordan: A Viral Star Is Reborn

“Where should I be looking? There? Or there?”  His face smothering the camera as he wonders where his eyes should be, Leslie Jordan is settling...

On TV, the hero Is a Black trans man

Without any positive trans role models, Brian Michael Smith grew up in 1980s Michigan thinking a Black transman couldn’t be an actor. He wasn’t...

Editorial

A reminder to be careful on Grindr and other apps

As more and more people get vaccinated for COVID-19, as the restrictions on various aspects of life are eased, and as warmer weather arrives,...

FILM

Obituaries

Lawrence Wenograd (Larry)

Larry was born in Philadelphia and lived there all his life. He was a graduate of Temple University and was a member of the...

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...

Columns

Parenting

Do kids with same-sex parents do better academically? Let’s be careful here.

A new study has found that children with same-sex parents do better academically than those with different-sex ones. This is yet another study among...

Representation Moves Forward

Representation of LGBTQ people and families in children’s media has taken several recent steps forward, even as these advances remind us how far we...

LGBTQ parenting revealed in memoir and research

Three new books offer various insight, inspiration, and social science rigor as they chart the contours of queer parents’ lives. In “The Other Mothers: Two...

Family Portrait

Dot Levine: Making Music

BJ Jones: On Call

"The Equalizer" is a new (revamped) show about a person you can turn to when you need help and don’t feel comfortable contacting the...

Amanda Swiger: Photographing Philly

“It’s about being seen, letting another person pour light into the dark places of who you are and come away feeling like who you...

Ashley Marie Robillard: Art through song

The conductor Leopold Stokowski once said that “a painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” If that’s the case,...

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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Rep. Barbara Lee introduces resolution supporting Black LGBTQ leaders

In the final days of Black History Month, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced legislation honoring the contributions of Black LGBTQ+ Americans. Lee is vice-chair and...

Philly AIDS Thrift announces $200k in grants

Philly AIDS Thrift will award $200,000 in grants this spring to 24 local organizations fighting HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. Among the organizations receiving grants...

A reminder to be careful on Grindr and other apps

As more and more people get vaccinated for COVID-19, as the restrictions on various aspects of life are eased, and as warmer weather arrives,...

Why raising the minimum wage matters

As Senate Democrats struggle with Republicans to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, a secondary battle is taking place over raising the...

“Religious freedom” is not about religion. It’s about money.

Here’s a secret that has stopped the Equality Act in its tracks in the U.S. Senate. The Republicans and religious leaders have framed the...

Dot Levine: Making Music

“In life,” Kathleen Long said, “you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don't. Keep singing.” This week’s portrait is someone who can sing...

ACLU launches petition for accurate federal ids

The ACLU has launched a petition drive to urge President Biden to issue an Executive Order giving trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming (TNBGNC) people...

Philly Trans March organizers hold annual Black Trans History panel

Last week the organizers of the Philly Trans March produced the 5th annual Philly Black Trans History: A Multigenerational Panel Discussion. The panel included...

Bells Will Be Ringing: Wedding Plans in a Post-COVID World

In June of 2019, while the night was heady with the smell of the roses which proliferate in the Pacific Northwest, I proposed to...

Lawrence Wenograd (Larry)

Larry was born in Philadelphia and lived there all his life. He was a graduate of Temple University and was a member of the...

Sims is an unwavering LGBTQ voice in Harrisburg

It is important a response is given to Christopher Pinto’s recent op-ed attacking state Representative Brian Sims — the first openly LGBTQ state legislator...

In praise of bipartisan support for The Equality Act

Ten members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation voted to pass The Equality Act. While I’m grateful for all of their support, nine of their votes...

Keeping Your Mind Sharp During a Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may not be getting the level of mental stimulation and connection that we otherwise would be....

Don’t Forget Your New Year’s Resolution: Manage Your Debt

Q: I made a New Year’s resolution to get my debt under control in 2021. But it’s just so overwhelming and I’m not sure...

Man charged with misdemeanors relating to death of sex worker

DeVonte Douglass, a former employee of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, acted in self-defense when fatally shooting a sex worker but has been charged...

LGBTQ police officers call out D.A.’s office for covering remembrance wall

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of Gay Officers Action League has sent a letter to District Attorney Larry Krasner expressing concern over a display of...

Fighting the ‘War on Nuance’ through queer culture

It's all in the name. “Weirdo Night” is a variety show comprising stand-up, music, performance art and the straight-up bizarre that the Los Angeles...

WWII-era “The Affair” is less than thrilling

“The Affair,” out March 5 on VOD, is a stilted adaptation of Simon Mawer’s novel, “The Glass Room.” It depicts the lives and relationship...

Leslie Jordan: A Viral Star Is Reborn

“Where should I be looking? There? Or there?”  His face smothering the camera as he wonders where his eyes should be, Leslie Jordan is settling...

In praise of bipartisan support for The Equality Act

Ten members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation voted to pass The Equality Act. While I’m grateful for all of their support, nine of their votes...

COVID-19

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...