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In Praise of Family Portrait

It’s hard for this editor to choose a favorite column or section of PGN. Like any newspaper, everything works together to give readers of...

Nick Greiner’s family portrait

Get your flags ironed and your beads polished, as Pride month is almost upon us. This year, Philly Pride is celebrating its 30th anniversary...

Family Portrait: Looking back on 10 years of Portraits

PGN published the first Family Portrait column in the Feb. 11-17, 2005 edition, so this week marked the column’s 10th anniversary. It’s hard to...

Family Portrait: Matthew R. Whipple: Down-home cooking done right

“The greatest miracle on earth is the human body. It is stronger and wiser than you may realize, and improving its ability to self...

Family Portrait—Ricardo Bostic: Longtime union organizer with a longtime relationship

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” — James A. Baldwin At 68...

Family Portrait: J. Mase III: Anti-Cupid poet, activist and twin

I don’t know if there is an equivalent to “bah humbug” for Valentine’s Day, but if there is, you’ll probably hear it this Saturday...

Family Portraits: J. Rudy Flesher

The Mummers aren’t the only ones in town who will be rocking feathers and gender-bending outfits to kick off 2011. Liberty...

Family Portraits: Denice Frohman

Denice Frohman (aka “Ms .Misconception”) is an international poet, lyricist and educator, whose works explore multi-culturalism and the “in-betweeness” that exists in us all....

Family Portraits: Robert Burns

Robert Keith Burns began to focus his energies around HIV/AIDS work when he was barely out of his teens. In the...

Family Portraits: Jenn Hutchins

We all know that reindeer can fly, but did you know that Santa could swim? It’s true and, this weekend, you can have breakfast...

Family Portraits: Kevin Trimell Jones

When he was in third grade, Kevin Trimell Jones told his class that he wanted to become an archaeologist and uncover great and important...

Family Portraits: Adah Bush

One of my favorite writers has finally published his autobiography — a mere 100 years after his death. Mark Twain had...

Family Portraits: Robert Breining

Robert Breining, host of POZIAM radio, describes himself as a “Positive Person with a Purpose.” This week, PGN spoke with the 31-year-old activist. ...

Family Portraits: Danielle English

William Cowper wrote that variety is the spice of life. If that’s the case, then Danielle English must be very spicy...

Family Portraits: Gina Dukes

There is a famous quote attributed to German pastor and theologian Martin Niemöller: “They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up...

Family Portraits: Emmanuel Ilarraza

Emmanuel Ilarraza, aka Alexis Cartier, wears many crowns — the most recent being Miss Philly Pride and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride. A performer and...

Family Portraits: Kathryn Pennepacker

Full disclosure: Kathryn Pennepacker is a neighbor and friend of mine. Because she is laidback and unassuming, I had no idea she was such an...

Family Portraits: Dan Contarino

Impresario : A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments, promoter, showman. They’re all apt descriptions of Philly’s own impresario, Dan Contarino. (The thesaurus also...

Family Portraits: Carrie Kholi

The vision statement of the Elements Organization reads, in part: “We envision building a group of empowered LGBTQ womyn of color who break the...

Family Portraits: Franco De Marco

American educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune once said, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage...



Out Money: Renters Insurance Basics

Q: My partner and I recently moved into an apartment together.  I think we should have renters insurance, but she doesn’t think it’s necessary. ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Local LGBTQ businesses

Editorial Cartoon: “Red Carded”