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NOT FOR SQUARES: First-time square dancer Jeff Kiniery shows his enthusiasm during the Independence Squares’ beginners open house Jan. 8 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. Members of Independence Squares regularly participate in Pride festivities and other LGBT events during the year. The group continues to welcome newcomers Jan. 15 and 22. Visit independencesquares. org for more information. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Garden State Equality founder to depart By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com The founder and longtime leader of New Jersey’s statewide LGBT-rights organization announced last week that he is leaving his post. Garden State Equality chair and CEO Steven Goldstein will step down later this month to take a position as associate chancellor for external relations at Rutgers University-Newark. Troy Stevenson, who previously worked as managing director for the organization, will take over Jan. 21. Goldstein will continue to carry the title of founder and chair emeritus following his departure. Goldstein, who founded GSE in 2004, taught at Rutgers-Newark during the fall semester. As associate chancellor, Goldstein’s duties will include government relations and communications. He will also continue to teach. “No other opportunity could have pulled me away from the work I love so much,” Goldstein said in a public statement about the Rutgers offer. Goldstein praised the growth Garden State Equality went through since its

founding; it now boasts 124,850 members, who Goldstein said were integral in advancing more than 200 civil-rights laws at the state, county and local levels. “Because of your passion, Garden State Equality’s achievements have been legion,” he told supporters. Among the state’s recent advancements were the 2006 measure instituting civil unions for same-sex couples; the inclusion of gender identity into the nondiscrimination law and hate-crimes laws in 2006 and 2008, respectively; the 2008 measure that enabled paid family leave for same-sex partners; and the tough LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying law passed in 2011. Goldstein said the organization should continue to focus on youth advocacy through its Youth Caucus. He said he is optimistic about LGBT progress in 2013 in the Garden State. “[There were] 213 LGBT civil-rights laws in Garden State Equality’s first eight years, and the best is yet to come,” he said. “The organization will soar higher with me as a member than it ever reached with me as its leader. That is what the founder of any organization must want, and what this founder truly wants.” ■

Philadelphia has been selected to host an annual invite-only convening of LGBT journalists from around the country. The city will be the site for the 2013 LGBT Media Journalists Convening, Feb. 22-24. The event, now in its fourth year, is made possible through a grant from the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, administered by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Bil Browning, founder and editor-in-chief of The Bilerico Project, the largest LGBT group blog on the Web, said this is the first year that a host of cities were “clamoring” to host the Convening. “Philly put together the best package,” Browning said. “My goal is always to get as many people to the Convening as possible and with some of the great perks Philly had to offer, I think we’ll probably nearly double our attendance.” Last year’s event drew about 40 participants, and Browning expects about 70 invi-

tees to turn out for the 2013 Convening. Comcast will host the Friday-night dinner at the top of its Comcast Tower, and the city, through the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Campaign, will sponsor a Saturday-night meetup for the participants and their readers. The weekend will also include an appearance by special guest Mayor Michael Nutter. Before guests leave Sunday, GPTMC will host a free sightseeing tour of historic Philadelphia, followed by a brunch. Browning said the final activity is expected to be a hit with guests. “Our attendees usually fly out Sunday morning but a lot have complained that they don’t have the chance to see the host city enough, so the folks at the Philly tourism bureau had the great idea of doing the tour and brunch,” he said. “Most people who have responded so far haven’t been to Philly before so they’re very excited.” The first Convening, held in New York City, only had about 20 attendees, as a blizzard hit that weekend. The event has grown each year, as has the makeup of online writers — with about twoPAGE 16

Review board continues to block demolition of church By Timothy Cwiek timothy@epgn.com A city review board this week agreed to extend its stay of demolition of an old Catholic church that was once owned by a local HIV/AIDS agency. In a 5-0 vote Jan. 8, the city’s Board of License and Inspection Review continued to block the demolition of the old Church of the Assumption, but also requested an “opinion” about the controversy from the city’s Historical Commission. The Gothic-style church is located at 1123-33 Spring Garden St. in the Callowhill section of the city. Built in 1848-49 by Patrick Charles Keely, the church has ties to two local saints, Katharine Drexel and John Neumann. In October, Common Pleas Judge Idee PAGE 16 C. Fox approved the

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New group for gay men starts in the ’burbs By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com Gay men looking to establish community connections outside the bar scene now have an alternative. A new men’s social dinner group will host its next monthly event Jan. 12 in Lansdale. Northeast Philadelphia resident Dennis Leigh, 50, began the group in October. According to Leigh, social groups for gay men were popular in the 1980s but died down as new social avenues became available. However, Leigh wanted to create an alternative to the bars for gay men. “I don’t go to bars and it was another outlet for men to get together without going to the bars,” he said. “In a bar situation, there are times where you feel pressured. I wanted to get away from all of that.” The group so far has a total of 10 members, but Leigh said that number changes every month. He tries to get the group together every second Saturday of the month. The group is for gay men over 21. “Some of our older members expressed

interest in having younger members in the group; however, I wanted to keep the group professional,” he said. So far, Leigh has promoted the group through Craigslist — which he said has caused some issues, as some people perceived the group to be focused on sex, which he emphasized it is not. Word of mouth through current members has helped promote the group, he added. In addition to the monthly dinners, Leigh said the group hopes to organize trips to New York City or to area gay BINGO events. Leigh said he anticipated the group widening its membership and scope in the coming months but staying committed to its original goal. “I am always open to feedback and people giving me ideas,” he said. “Right now, we are unique because I know there are meet-up groups in the area, but we are a dinner group.” The group is currently developing a website, and those interested in getting involved in the meantime can contact Leigh at njdleigh@yahoo.com. Interested members should include their name, age and location. ■

Pledges still sought from weight-loss program By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com One year ago, a group of community leaders came together for an innovative weight-loss program to raise money for LGBT agencies and promote health and wellness — and organizers are now looking to the community to finalize that journey. Philly Pride Presents executive director Franny Price conceived of Weight It Forward, which was sponsored by PGN, with proceeds from the program going to The Attic Youth Center, William Way LGBT Community Center and Philly Pride Presents. However, a number of people who pledged money to the initiative have yet to follow through. Of the approximately $22,800 that came in pledges, about $12,000 is still missing, Price said, from roughly 75 donors. Donors were given the option to pledge per pound lost or donate a flat rate. In September, organizers presented the four agencies with $1,750 each from the initial pool of pledge money. Price said several emails have been sent out in regard to the pledges, but she has not received many responses.

The lack of a final tally could deter the launch of another Weight It Forward program, Price said. “We’d like to wrap this up and collect all of the pledge money. Once we do that, we would like to go forward with starting a new program,” she said. Participants in the inaugural effort included Price, PGN marketing and advertising director Dan Calhoun, administrative manager for Woody’s and Voyeur Debbie Spadafora and Soapbox Solutions, LLC principle Micah Mahjoubian. All four participants received a personal trainer who worked with them for the six months leading up to the June 10 Pride festival. At that time, participants were weighed in front of the crowd, unveiling the 237 pounds lost among the four. Price said she and the other participants are still following their diets and exercise regimens. “This has been a life-changing event and it is hard to believe that my whole life changed a year ago,” she said. Price lost between 70-80 pounds and intends to lose 10 more. “I will maintain my weight for the rest of my life.” Donations can be made through PayPal to weighitforwardphilly@gmail.com. ■

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With DVLF money, groups launch anti-poverty initiatives By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com Last month, LGBT grantmaking agency Delaware Valley Legacy Fund announced grants to four local LGBT organizations, which made possible a number of new initiatives that seek to combat the effects of poverty. DVLF in early December funded Foyer of Philadelphia, the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, Elements Organization and The Attic Youth Center. According to DVLF executive director Samantha Giusti, the application process for the grants started in early 2012. Giusti said DVLF conducted interviews with the leadership of many of the area’s LGBT communitybased organizations throughout the process. “Our findings revealed that one of the strongest threads between the organizations was their need to address poverty barriers,” she said. “We decided to help organizations who help FOYER OF constituents overcome PHILADELPHIA poverty barriers. We EXECUTIVE put out a request for DIRECTOR LEIGH proposals for organizaBRADEN

tions that provide programming under economic empowerment.” Giusti said DVLF based their selection on two major factors — the agencies’ ability to meet basic and emergency needs, such as shelter, food, health care and safety, and also long-term needs, such as employment, training and finance management. The organizations received $5,000 each. Leigh Braden, founder and executive director of Foyer of Philadelphia, which focuses on housing issues for LGBT youth, said her agency received funding from DVLF in 2008 and 2009. Braden said the grant would be used to expand Foyer’s Night Resource Program, which is currently operating. “It is an overnight drop-in for homeless LGBT young adults ages 18-24,” she said. “The program runs through the month of March.” Because of the grant, the program will be available from 7 p.m.noon, when last year, its inaugural year, it was open from 7 p.m.7 a.m. GALAEI will use its grant for a nighttime program as well. GALAEI GALAEI execuEXECUTIVE tive director Elicia DIRECTOR ELICIA Gonzales said the GONZALES

grant will help launch a late-night outreach program for populations that are harder to reach but could benefit from GALAEI services. The organization, which has received DVLF grants in the past, including through its Racial Equality Initiative, is partnering with the William Way LGBT Community Center for the program, which launched Dec. 14. According to Dr. Carrie Jacobs, executive director for The Attic Youth Center, the LGBT youth organization was one of the first to receive a grant in DVLF’s earlier days. Jacobs said the latest grant will support The Attic’s Life Skills Center programs, specifically the already-existing Attic Graffix, a program where youth design and print T-shirts, pillows and posters using printing techniques and technology. The Elements Organization received two Racial Equity Initiative grants, in 2010 and 2011, and this year, the organization for LGBT women of color organization will THE ATTIC use its grant to launch a YOUTH CENTER new economic-empowDEVELOPMENT erment program called DIRECTOR Elements Financial ALYSSA MUTRYN Footprints.

The initiative, now underway, is a sixweek training program that will assist LGBT women with financial decisions such as opening a bank account and budgeting for a variety of needs. “We want to make sure LGBT women accomplish what they need to,” said Elements co-director Shayna Israel, adding the program will also encourage women to pursue continuing education. “We want to empower our women to be leaders.” Giusti said the four organizations that were picked for grants best fit DVLF’s goals. “We felt these four organization were filling a critical gap in the LGBT community and that they were using best practices,” she said. Giusti said DVLF received a wealth of applications, which the grantmaking and outreach committee reviewed — and subsequently recommended two that provided basic needs and two that provided long-term needs. “We recommended those four organizations to the board of directors and they evalELEMENTS uated and approved of ORGANIZATION them. We feel confident CO-DIRECTOR in our decision.” ■ SHAYNA ISRAEL


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Y-HEP names new program director By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com Philadelphia FIGHT has announced a new program director for its Youth Health Empowerment Project. Tiffany Thompson, 31, took over as program director last month. Former director Katie Dunphy left the position in November. Y-HEP provides multifaceted youth programming designed to reduce the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases by empowering youth around healthy living. Since 2010, Thompson served as Y-HEP communications and operations supervisor, where she oversaw the agency’s basic operations and coordinated outreach to the community. The director position is her “dream job.” “I always admired the work the organization has done. I built a relationship with the staff and when a position opened up, I quickly applied,” Thompson said.

Thompson has also worked as interim executive director for the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative and as education coordinator for Concern for Health Options: Information, Care, and Education. She said her experiences at both organizations, which have similar goals to those of Y-HEP, will help with her new position. “GALAEI has a young staff and so does Y-HEP. At GALAEI and CHOICE, I learned to lead the next generation of leaders,” she said. “I also worked with young people; everyone is so different and has different experiences.” Thompson currently serves as treasurer for CHOICE and as a participant in the Brown Boi Project, a community organization to help masculine women, transmen, two-spirit people and allies to achieve racial and gender justice. She also conducts peer mentoring for queer masculine young women to combat violence and imprisonment.

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Thompson, who grew up in North Philadelphia, said she faced some of the same environments that many of the youth who participate at Y-HEP experience. She did not initially intend to pursue a career in the HIV/AIDS field, but was inspired to provide youth with resources that she lacked access to as a young person. “When I got [HIV/AIDS] information as a young adult, I had no idea about the epidemic. It was the lack of information that empowered me to give other people this information,” she said. “I really care about this community, especially the youth because they are my family.” As program director, Thompson will be responsible for overseeing all of Y-HEP’s individual programs as well as the continued effort to network, build and grow the agency. “I want to see a lot of personal development with the staff so that they can go on and do better things. I hope Y-HEP becomes

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House Republicans failed to approve the reauthorization of an anti-violence law that would have included specific protections for LGBT victims. The Senate approved the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization in April with new provisions for LGBT victims, as well as Native Americans and immigrants. The House version passed in May lacked those protections, however, and the chamber failed to pass a reconciled measure by the session’s end. VAWA provides funds for resources to assist women who have experienced domestic violence and supports efforts such as rape-crisis centers and temporary housing for those affected by domestic violence. This is the first time the bill has not been reauthorized since its inception in 1994. Congress will have the chance again this year to reauthorize VAWA. It is unclear if the next reauthorization effort will include the expansion of the protected categories. “The House Republican leadership’s failure to take up and pass the Senate’s bipartisan and inclusive VAWA bill is inexcusable,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“This is a bill that passed with 68 votes in the Senate and that extends the bill’s protections to 30 million more women. But this seems to be how House Republican leadership operates. No matter how broad the bipartisan support, no matter who gets hurt in the process, the politics of the right wing of their party always come first.” According to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly one in five women have been the victims of rape or attempted rape and 1.3 million women were raped in the last 12 months in America. A dozen female Senate Democrats last month issued a letter to female Republicans in the House to urge their support for the Senate version of VAWA. “As mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and women intent on protecting the inclusive and bipartisan history of the Violence Against Women Act, we are reaching out to you to ask for your help. With only a matter of days remaining in the 112th Congress, we are asking that you work with your leadership to take action and finally pass the Senate’s bipartisan VAWA reauthorization. With your leadership on this issue we will resolve this matter in a way that puts the safety of all women ahead of partisan politics.” ■

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News Briefing Transwoman sentenced for bank robbery Sabrina Jackson, a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to an unarmed bank robbery in 2010, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison this week. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez imposed the sentence on Jackson during a Jan. 7 court proceeding in Camden, N.J. “My client accepts responsibility, and has expressed remorse for the crime,” said Christopher H. O’Malley, an attorney for Jackson. “There will be no appeal.” After Jackson is released from prison, she must serve three years of supervised release under the sentence. She stole approximately $300 from the Sovereign Bank on Haddon Avenue in Westmont, N.J. on July 9, 2010, according to court records Under federal sentencing guidelines, Jackson faced a prison sentence of 46-57 months, O’Malley said. He said Jackson, 27, has agreed to pay $300 in restitution to the bank. Jackson remains incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia and will be transferred to a federal prison within the next six weeks, O’Malley added. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline M. Carle, who prosecuted the case, had no comment for this story.

PAC meeting set for Jan. 28 The next public meeting of the city’s Police Advisory Commission is set for Jan. 28, but it remains unclear whether enough members will be present for official business to take place. The 19-member body has 10 vacancies, and a minimum of five commissioners must be present at public meetings for official business. The PAC didn’t meet in December, and only four commissioners were present at the November public meeting. The Nutter administration and City Council are expected to name five new commissioners each. Mark McDonald, a spokesperson for Mayor Nutter, said he didn’t know when the administration would make its selections. “The mayor is aware of the issues here, and we are actively securing new, qualified individuals,” McDonald said in an email. Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for City

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Schneller seeks dismissal of borough lawsuit James D. Schneller wants a Montgomery County judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Conshohocken Borough Council that seeks about $18,000 in legal fees from him. The fees were incurred while litigating Schneller’s legal challenge of the borough’s LGBT-inclusive antibias ordinance, according to court papers. Schneller has embroiled the borough in litigation over the April 2011 ordinance for more than a year. In September, the borough filed suit against Schneller, calling his legal challenge “frivolous” and seeking about $18,000 in legal fees. In his Dec. 11 motion, Schneller asked Montgomery County Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio to dismiss the suit, stating that he’s “astonished” the borough would seek legal fees from him. Michael J. Savona, the borough solicitor, said Schneller’s motion “has lots of extraneous and irrelevant information piled into a 19-page document, which fails to establish that the borough’s complaint against him should be dismissed.” Schneller, who lives in Radnor, is cofounder of Philadelphia Metro Task Force, an anti-LGBT group with about 75 members in the region. Montgomery County Judge Bernard A. Moore dismissed Schneller’s legal challenge to the ordinance in March, but Schneller appealed the dismissal in state Commonwealth Court. The ordinance at issue extends civil-rights protections to LGBTs and other groups. Violators face a $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Schneller couldn’t be reached for comment. ■ — Timothy Cwiek

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Safe sex: Beyond condoms and Truvada First, I mix in some status disclosure, gins in stifling the spread of STIs. taking meds responsibly and staying physiContaining and eradicating STIs would cally and mentally fit. Then, I typically say be a snap if preventing infections lay at the something along the lines of, “I don’t like heart of everyone’s safe-sex rituals; but, to be punched or spat on while having sex,” since sex entails so much more than genitalia slapping together, safe sex which brings my safe-sex ritual to completion — though I often entails much more than wearing a condom. improvise. For example, would you say Using condoms is an optional rite, performed only at the other that rapists who wear condoms party’s request and offered practice safe sex? They’ve minimized infection risks according solely as a vehicle of respect and trust that departs from to the National Institution of mainstream definitions of safe Health’s standards — ones that sex. two men having consensual, “Safe sex” calls one thing to bareback sex defy. If anything, these rapists are more paragons mind: condoms. Acolytes hawking the historic demonization of safe sex than any barebacker can be. of sex and whipping up fear around serial infections — spanPeople don’t create and ning from the syphilis outbreak improvise their safe-sex rituAaron Stella als with a single aspect of the in 15th-century Europe to the HIV epidemic of the 1980s self in mind. What one per— continue to propagandize condoms as son embraces as safe another may reject the lone heroes against STIs, as if the body as risky. Minimization or elimination of alone governs all actions pertaining to sex risk may be tertiary — and some sexual and its relative safety. encounters may inspire people to dramatically change their safe-sex rituals. Even when the Food and Drug Truly, sex is never entirely safe, and yet Administration approved Truvada for highpeople always make sex safe according to risk individuals uninfected with HIV, and their own standards. more and more people began to rethink So why, then, have we cloistered “safe their safe-sex rituals, the idea of “safe sex” sex” under the aegis of the condom, where remained virtually unmoved from its ori-

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behind its latex citadel the mind and heart play vassal to the body? When did the penis usurp the throne as sex-tator? Doesn’t the brain engender more kinds of sexual experiences than peckers in plastic panoply? What about people who have rape fantasies of being forcibly pinned down and fucked to high heaven; neg men who have bareback sex exclusively with undetectable poz men; people who preface casual sex with a half-hour chat and, thereafter, anything goes; leather, piss or scat fetishists; gay men in monogamous relationships who only play other gay couples because they believe that one-on-one play with single men might jeopardize their relationship; purportedly HIV-neg men who justify gratuitous barebacking upon receiving verbal confirmation that his trick is “clean” or “drug- and disease-free” (aka DDF). Folks, let’s not theorize ourselves away from reality. Let’s live in reality and acknowledge how everyone creates safesex rituals in different ways that cannot be judged by any institution, person, philosophy or concept, no matter how objectively senseless you may perceive that ritual to be. Learning to accept what someone does, instead of telling someone what to do, creates change far more effectively. I cannot tell you how many times people have disguised their opinions as objective

truth in attempts to change the way I think and live my life. At those times, it would’ve been more compelling for them to express their opinions as opinions — as personal values that mean something to them — instead of shielding them with condoms of objectivity or Truvada pills of absolute truth. Tell me that sharing your values with me is meaningful for you. How can I not feel amazing, hearing something like that? How can that gift of trust and respect not make sex safer and hotter, however you define “sex,” “safe” or “hot”? Let’s take the idea of “safe sex” back. Let’s stop trying to change the ways in which people have sex and create safe sex; instead, nod, accept, study, question, care, be present, show compassion and say, “I don’t agree, but I want to understand.” We’re all in this together, folks. Now get out there and talk about it. ■ Aaron Stella is former editor-in-chief of Philly Broadcaster. He has written for several publications in the city and now devotes his life to tackling the challenges of HIV in the 21st century. Millennial Poz, which recently won first place for excellence in opinion writing from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and best column writing from the Local Media Association, appears in PGN monthly. Aaron can be reached at millennialpoz@gmail.com.


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Protecting yourself, your money from identity theft Q: I’m a gay man and a senior citizen. One of my close friends had his identity stolen online and it has created a mess for him to get everything fixed. I go online sometimes, but I’m not the most computerliterate person. How can I make sure this doesn’t happen to me? A: This is a great topic, not only for seniors but for anyone who uses email, shops online or participates in any financial activities on a computer. Let’s start the New Year off on the right foot and follow these steps to help protect ourselves from identity theft.

2. Place a freeze on your credit reports. This can help stop an identity thief from opening a credit card account under your name. You simply contact the three credit bureaus and request a credit freeze. This prevents lenders who don’t already have a relationship with you from viewing your credit report. If they can’t access your credit report, they won’t issue a new account. There is often a fee to request a freeze, depending on your state of residence and whether you’ve ever been the victim of identity theft in the past.

3. Monitor your email. You want to be on the lookout for phishing scams, particularly Preventing identity theft those that appear to come from Millions of Americans fall a credit-card company, bank, victim to identity theft each year retailer or anyone else you do — and their financial losses are Jeremy business with. Many of these in the billions. In 2010 (the latest data available), an estimated Gussick emails direct you to a phony website that will ask you to 8.6 million Americans expeinput sensitive data, such as rienced identity theft, causing your account numbers, passwords and losses of $13.3 billion.¹ What can you do to reduce your chances Social Security number. of having your identity stolen? 4. Be careful online. When banking or shopping online, be sure to use websites 1. Check your credit reports every year. that protect your financial information with You have the right to obtain a free copy of encryption, particularly if you are using a your credit report every 12 months from public wireless network via a smartphone. each of the three credit-reporting bureaus Sites that are encrypted start with “https.” — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The “s” stands for secure. Also be sure to Check thoroughly to ensure that there use anti-virus and anti-spyware software. aren’t any unidentified accounts on your report.

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What do you do if your identity is stolen? First, call one of the three credit bureaus and ask them to place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit report. They must contact the other two bureaus to place fraud alerts on your reports. You also want to get a copy of all three credit reports. Second, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You’ll create an FTC Affidavit, which you should then take to your local police department and file a police report. Your copy of the FTC Affidavit and the police report make up an Identity Theft Report, which can help you:

the Greater Philadelphia Professional Network and the Independence Business Alliance. OutMoney appears monthly. If you have a question, contact Gussick at jeremy.gussick@lpl.com. LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

• Get fraudulent information removed from your credit report • Stop companies from collecting debts cause by the theft • Get information about accounts that were illegally opened in your name

This article was prepared with the assistance of S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications and is not intended to provide specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual. Consult your financial advisor, or me, if you have any questions.

While it is hard to guarantee your identity will not be stolen, taking the above mentioned steps will make you a much harder target for those trying to do you financial harm. ■ Jeremy R. Gussick is a financial advisor with LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer.* He specializes in the financial planning needs of the LGBT community and was recently named a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by Philadelphia Magazine.** He is active with several LGBT organizations in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund,

¹Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, November 2011 *As reported by Financial Planning magazine, 1996-2012, based on total revenues. **Award details can be found at www. fivestarprofessional.com

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EDITORIAL PGN

Creep of the Week

D’Anne Witkowski

John Boehner

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A Congressional fail for violence victims While news reports in the past few weeks counted down the hours until the country plunged over the fiscal cliff, there was another less visible legislative clock ticking — this time on the nation’s ability to combat domestic violence. For the first time since its inception in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act was not reauthorized by Congress. The measure offered funding for the investigation and prosecution of crimes against women and federal guidance for programs that combat domestic violence. This year could have marked an important turning point in the national discussion of domestic violence — that same-sex couples are not exempt from this epidemic — but Republicans in the House of Representatives turned down that opportunity. A Senate version passed this spring would have extended VAWA protections to those in same-sex pairings, as well as to undocumented immigrants and Native Americans, but the House approved its own version without these provisions — and by the end of the session last week, failed to reconcile the two measures. The implications of this immobility are vast. First, funding. Both the House and Senate version of VAWA would have allocated about $600 million to aid victims of domestic violence. With the law currently — and hopefully temporarily — defunct, it is unclear how and when that money will start flowing to agencies that may have counted on it for years. Next is the message that the holdup sends to Americans about domestic violence: Political play and partisan ploys are more important than victims’ safety. By not getting the law reauthorized by the deadline, elected officials were essentially telling the public that the issue of domestic violence is not important enough to be addressed quickly and efficiently. With stigma already abounding that keeps many victims from seeking assistance and solutions, our country can’t afford to further promulgate the notion that domestic violence isn’t a supremely serious epidemic. And finally, the LGBT component. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, reports of intimate-partner violence in same-sex couples increased by more than 18 percent in 2011. Rates of violence are also high among Native Americans and illegal immigrants, who fail to report incidents at much higher rates than other communities. Some Republicans in the House, however, are unwilling to acknowledge that domestic violence comes in all forms and affects people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races and ethnicities. Sticking their heads in the sand, however, will not curb violence in these and other communities — but shelving partisan politics to pass a comprehensive, inclusive version of VAWA, and quickly, will. ■

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but national approval of Congress is down. Like, way down. You know what’s more popular than Congress right now? BP — during the oil spill in the Gulf. That’s right. People hate Congress more than they hate oil-soaked pelicans and sea turtles. You know what is up? Like, way up? Support for marriage equality. So if you were John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House, what would you want to focus on in light of these numbers? Where would taxpayer money be best spent? Why, on defending the Defense of Marriage Act, of course! On Jan. 3, Boehner authorized the continued use of your money to the losing battle of defending DOMA, the 1996 law that defines marriage as between one woman and one man, and which President Bill Clinton signed (boo). The Obama administration has called DOMA unconstitutional and is no longer defending challenges to the law. This has driven Boehner and Co. absolutely nuts and so, using taxpayer money, they decided the House would take over the job of defending this unconstitutional law. This is a very crazy time for DOMA, seeing as the Supreme Court is going to hear a case about it in March. Granted, it isn’t surprising that Boehner and his fellow Republicans are freaking out about this. Antigay hysteria has long been a staple for them. But for a guy who would rather your grandma eat cat food than a billionaire pay another dime in taxes, it does call into question how sincere Republicans are about their garment-wrenching over fiscal issues. We don’t have money for Social Security, but for beating up on gays? Oh, sure. Here’s a blank check. Gotta have priorities. Many people are, unsurprisingly, calling Boehner out on this. According to ABC

News, Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said, “House Republicans will send a clear message to LGBT families: Their fiscalresponsibility mantra does not extend to their efforts to stand firmly on the wrong side of the future.” Hammill continued, “As House Democrats have time and time again made clear, the BLAG [the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which is defending the law] does not speak for all members of the House of Representatives, and we will continue to oppose this wasteful use of taxpayer funds to defend DOMA.” Other Democrats criticized the Republicans as well. “You know, they are like flamingos — no, ostriches — with their heads in the ground,” Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) told the Seattle Post Intelligencer. “They cannot see what is going on in the country around them. They just keep doing this crazy stuff. This crazy stuff is taking over the Republican Party. The tide of history has turned against them. They just refuse to recognize it.” McDermott continued, “[House Republicans] are the people who made a big deal about opposing earmarks, yet they keep spending money on this stupid lawsuit. Spending $1.7 million on a lawsuit doesn’t bother them.” DOMA has been struck down in federal appeals courts, and with the current administration refusing to defend it, this decades-long antigay chapter in history may well be coming to an end. DOMA is a sinking ship. Let’s hope it takes Boehner along with it. ■

“Granted, it isn’t surprising that Boehner and his fellow Republicans are freaking out about DOMA. Antigay hysteria has long been a staple for them.”

D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.

Correction In “Person of the Year runners-up,” Jan. 4-10, PGN identified the subjects of a photo as Stephen Carlino and Dennis Fee. The photo was of Carlino and California Sen. Mark Leno, who married Carlino and Fee.


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LGBT leaders do not want your parents For most of you, the reactions you got Philadelphia’s domestic-partners bill when you came out to your parents and became law after we won over a councilman who publicly called LGBT people the statements they subsequently made would — if made public — most likely rule queers and fairies. He became the swing vote. His comments were worse than them out as contenders for the role of U.S. Hagel’s, and we won him over to full equalSecretary of Defense, according to some of our wise LGBT leaders. ity. If we would have counted him out, we’d President Obama’s nominee not have passed domestic-partfor Secretary of Defense is forner legislation. At one point, mer Nebraska Senator Chuck the number-one homophobe in Hagel. Some LGBT leaders this city was a man who became have opposed Hagel since way mayor. John Street, after intense back in 1998, when President conversations, soon learned about and came to appreciate Bill Clinton nominated gaythe LGBT community. Before rights activist James Hormel to his term was out, he presided at be ambassador to Luxembourg, and Hagel called Hormel the wedding of one of his staffers and his partner in City Hall. “openly, aggressively gay.” The Street’s gradual acceptance idea of his comment was clear: opened the floodgates for fundthat we Americans should not ing for gay organizations and for be represented by a gay person support for LGBT legislation. abroad. His voting record on It’s in our best interest to work to LGBT-rights legislation was no better. Mark Segal make people change, rather than automatically counting them out. Let’s examine those first two So, I’m not ready to count Hagel as an paragraphs together now and think how enemy, but I’m open to him proving to our your parents first reacted when you came out, then how they are reacting towards you community that he’s our friend and will fight for our inclusion and equality. That now. The chances are with them getting to will come during the Senate confirmation see how LGBT people actually are, they hearings. When asked his views, we’ll dishave changed their views quite dramatically. cover if he’s still stuck in 1998 or if, like While I don’t know Hagel or his personal many, including some of your parents, he’s views, I know he has apologized for that advanced. 1998 remark. For me that is not enough, If you’re basing your opposition on his and I’ll explain from experience what statements from 1998, give us, your parents would be. and our president a break and assess his If we as a community refused to work ability based on his current positions. None with people who only shared our views of of which any of you know as of yet, unless equality in the past, then we’d never pass you have ESP. any legislation. The point is to win over Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s allies. So what someone said in the past is the past — but only if they have progressed most-award-winning commentator in LGBT in some capacity on the issue. media. He can be reached at mark@epgn.com.

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Street Talk What are you doing to chase away the post-holiday winter blues? “Go shopping, either for clothes or for food. I love to buy pretty clothes. I always feel good about myself in a new outfit. Ashley Floyd Even if I barrista don’t have South Philadelphia any money, window shopping perks me up. You’re out and about with other people. It lifts your spirits.”

“Any form of exercise, like taking my dog out for a walk. And doing a good deed for others can be uplifting. Rachel We think of Hendrickson doing that server during the Queen Village holidays but it shouldn’t stop there. It’s fulfilling to give to others throughout the year.”

“Surround myself with supportive people, a bottle of wine, and lots of chocolates! Having good friends is very important to Samantha me. I find it McConnell helpful to be bartender South Philadelphia with people who have a positive outlook on life. I don’t like to be around worry warts or people who dwell on negativity.”

“A hot bubble bath with candles. Aromatherapy can be very effective in chasing away the Leighla Spooner blues. Also, hair stylist I’ve tried Levittown Buddhist meditation. It really helps clear the mind of depressing thoughts. You have to breathe from your diaphragm to relieve the stress.”

Amendment rights. Our government isn’t too stable these days, and I’m sure that one day we all will need our guns to defend our own homesteads. I would rather have my guns taken from my cold dead hands before I allow some paranoid people to take them away. It’s not the gun that kills people. It’s people that kill people. — C.Moore

may not be the case, but also, the capacity of the magazine is limited.) Although your opinion is otherwise facially sound, it ignores the fact that the catalyst for writing this is because a mentally ill person stole the weapons from his mommy. (See how it’s the person here and not the tool alone?) — I’m Replying

Actually, yes, your homeowners’ insurance covers your guns, if they are stolen or lost in a fire. Not if you use it to kill your neighbor. And it is people with guns that kill people. Seriously consider your arguments before you make them. — C. Ryder

To C. Ryder ... I believe we have laws in place already. You kill someone, you go to jail and in many cases that can include death to you via the death penalty. Also, laws are on the books already in most places to allow families to sue for cash/ compensation for wrongful death and so on. Adding fines and more jail time won’t change people from using guns or any other weapon they see fit to murder or break laws. We have laws already, we just need to enforce them more efficiently. —JM

Letters and Feedback In response to “Smithson hearing postponed,” Jan. 4-10: I am very saddened that Timothy Cwiek finds it necessary to repeatedly report on a convicted murderer. It does the family of Jason Shephard a huge injustice. Smithson let Jason lay dead in his home for days before the police found him. He took Jason’s family out looking for him while he knew perfectly well where he was. He lied to police, Jason’s family and employers and you paint him as wrongfully accused? It’s a sad testament to our world and our community. Smithson is an animal and does not deserve the time or praise he gets from your paper. — fechols In response to “My non-LGBT column,” Jan. 4-10: Mark, believe it or not, I have a

Facebook friend in West Chester who is a gun owner, a member of the NRA and doesn’t believe that the average Joe or Jane has any need for those types of guns that are only used to kill people. He doesn’t agree that the people in the Colorado theater should have all been armed, and as I recall, he thinks the loopholes should be closed. By the way, he is also a Friend of Dorothy. This was a great column and the topic affects all of us. The thing with the wackos, they do believe they are arming themselves against a government — their own. — Rachel Garber I don’t agree with the whole insurance for guns. That’s what homeowners’ is for, and I think if we did something like that, an average Joe like myself might not be able to afford to keep a gun. Then only the rich will be able to have a gun, which I would see as a violation of my Second

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It’s a magazine, not a clip. Please get the terms right, you’ll be a bit better informed. As to hunting, it’s not legal to hunt with a rifle that has a magazine in PA — the rifle must be bolt action. (In other states this


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Former Delaware Valley Legacy Fund accountant Gene Heimers died Dec. 24 of a heart attack. He was 58. Heimers, who was born Dec. 25, 1953, in Long Island, N.Y., was a longtime resident of Philadelphia. He earned degrees from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Heimers was also a longtime volunteer for the Mazzoni Center. Mazzoni director of development and marketing Perry Monastero said Heimers worked as an accountant part-time for DVLF, an LGBT grantmaking agency, for several years when Monastero was executive director. Monastero remembered Heimers for his one-of-a-kind personality. “He was a really remarkable person,” he said. “He had a charming laugh, a great sense of humor and was a very special person. He cared about all the people in his life.” Monastero said Heimers’ involvement in the LGBT community was very important to him and that he was eager to give back all he could to the community. At the time of his death, Heimers was self-employed as an accountant and bookkeeper for a number of area businesses, including digital-printing company Media Copy. Company owner Richard Lee agreed that Heimers was best known for his wit. “He was funny and had an amazing sense of humor.” Lee said he considered Heimers a kind, charitable and good friend and said he had the ability to connect with people. Trish Heimers Dantzic, Heimer’s sister, said her brother was a renaissance man. “There was nothing he could not do. He was a great cook, decorator, archi-

tectural designer and handyman. He was extremely creative, organized and detailoriented,” she said. Dantzic also said her brother was a talented writer and public speaker. In addition, Heimers was very loyal, said Dantzic, noting there were friends at his memorial service last month who knew him since childhood. “His wit was amazing and he had a sense of justice and responsibility,” she added. A memorial service was held Dec. 30, and Heimers was buried at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, N.Y. Heimers is survived by longtime partner Mark Smylie; mother Elizabeth Gloria Horan Heimers Keenan; sisters Dantzic, Elizabeth Heimers Garrity and Nancy Heimers DelaMotte; a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and his dog, Elvis. Memorial donations can be made to Mazzoni Center, 21 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, 100 N. Second St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106. ■


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National debate on gay marriage returns to RI According to the Boston Globe, supporters of gay marriage are hoping national momentum behind gay-marriage laws helps make this the year Rhode Island joins the rest of New England in allowing same-sex couples to wed. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced bills to legalize gay marriage in the state during the first week of the 2013 legislative session. House Speaker Gordon Fox says he wants the House to vote on the matter this month. The Senate is likely to determine the outcome, however, and both sides of the debate are preparing for what they say will be a close and hard-fought political battle. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington passed gay-marriage referendums last fall, joining six other states and the District of Columbia as places that allow gays to marry. ■ — compiled by Larry Nichols


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International Italy’s PM: Gay marriage up to Parliament Italian Premier Mario Monti, who is being backed by the Vatican in his bid for re-election, says gay-rights issues, including gay marriage, should be decided by Parliament, not his government, if he wins. Monti said Jan. 6 that issues involving personal dignity are more important than economic reforms. But he stressed that his coalition forces, which include proVatican centrists, came together to work on the more “urgent” task of achieving economic growth in recession-mired Italy. He said the new Parliament will have a greater role than the government in dealing with gay rights. Monti didn’t express his personal opinion on gay marriage. Same-sex marriage isn’t permitted in Italy. The Vatican, which carries significant influence in Italian politics, opposes same-sex marriage.

Ugandan court dismisses case against pro-gay play A Ugandan court has dismissed a case against a British national arrested for staging a pro-gay play. Frank Mugisha, a gay-rights activist, said Jan. 3 that the dismissal of the case was a sign that the rights of sexual minorities will be respected by Uganda’s courts even though homosexuality is banned in Uganda. Draft legislation that once contained

the death penalty for some gay acts created an outcry from rights groups around the world. The court dismissed the charge of disobedience against David Cecil Edward Hugh on Jan. 2. Hugh’s play showed the dilemma an openly gay man is confronted with in a country with antigay laws. Hugh said he won’t show the play in Uganda again but may show it in Washington, D.C., Kenya, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Although the relevant part of the penal code has been in force since 1972, human-rights campaigners say it has been far more stringently enforced in recent years.

Chile: Marriage equality a key issue in presidential debates The issue of marriage equality became divisive during the first televised debate between two potential presidential nominees for the Chilean Christian Democrat party. One of the potential candidates, Claudio Orrego, who just finished his second term as mayor of the city of Peñalolén, said he supported the possibility of civil unions, but that marriage should be between one man and one woman. “I have firmly supported the Acuerdo de Vida en Común, the anti-discrimination law, and I think and believe, like many Chileans, that marriage as an institution is between a man and a woman and this doesn’t seem to me to be arbitrary discrimination. I think it is part of the anthropology of life,” Orrego said. His opponent, Senator Ximena Rincón, responded that she opposed all discrimination, and said that, “if there is love,” there is no reason to deny marriage to same-sex couples. The Chilean government has made clear that passing a civil-

union law would be among its top priorities in 2013. On July 12, the Chilean president signed anti-discrimination legislation into law. The move came after the Neo-Nazi killing of a gay man, Daniel Zamudio, in March. Zamudio’s killing shocked Chile and sparked a national debate on hate crimes. He suffered severe head injuries and his body was found in a city park with cigarette burns and swastikas carved in his skin. Back in March, a gay judge won a custody case against the Chilean courts, which had taken away her three daughters in 2004, believing her sexuality put their development “at risk.”

Kenya: Police hunt gang accused of raping gay men Police in Kenya are investigating reports of a gang accused of blackmailing — and in some cases even raping — gay men in the African nation. The gang, made up of about five men and a police officer, has been targeting men who are not open about their sexuality. The gang operates by luring men to houses in Nairobi, where they are then robbed and in some cases sexually assaulted. One victim, who is married to a woman, told the paper the gang demanded money and threatened to release naked photos of him to his wife and colleagues unless he paid a ransom. According to the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, extortion is one of the biggest problems facing the country’s LGBT community. The issue is aggravated by the fact that homosexuality remains banned in Kenya and those convicted of consensual same-sex activity can be issued with jail terms of between five and 14 years. ■ — compiled by Larry Nichols

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Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between Dec. 23-30. Information is courtesy of 6th District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association. To report crime tips, visit www.phillypolice.com or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).

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INCIDENTS: — Between 8:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 24, someone entered an apartment in the 1000 block of Pine Street without force and stole jewelry. Sixth District Officer Pariseau attempted to lift fingerprints. — At 5:05 p.m. Dec. 25, a man asked another man for a cigarette outside 1229 Spruce St. and then snatched the pack and the man’s money. The suspect was described as a white male, about 25, 6 feet, with a medium build, wearing a black coat and jeans. MEDIA from page 1

thirds of the guests expected to be from the blogosphere. Browning said organizers will bring in a number of top professionals to lead discussions on reporting LGBT issues. “We want to be able to inform reporters’ writing,” he said. “To give them sources to get quotes, to give them background information on the things going on inside the social-justice struggle. We try to get the best in the field to address the journalists, and a lot of times these aren’t people they’ve had access to. These are issues that they often write about regularly but a lot feel like they don’t know enough to go in-depth, and we CHURCH from page 1

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church’s demolition, noting that it would be a hardship for the HIV/AIDS agency Siloam to maintain the dilapidated structure. But three months prior to that ruling, Siloam sold the church and two adjacent buildings to developer John Wei. Last month, the review board issued a temporary stay of demolition after Wei obtained a demolition permit from L&I. Carl S. Primavera, an attorney for Wei, told the review board Jan. 8 that his client is acting responsibly by seeking to demolish the church. “The building is unsafe,” Primavera said. “It’s a very, very difficult situation.” Primavera also said the safety of the many daily travelers along Spring Garden Street is at risk if the church isn’t demolished. He added that preserving the building as a historic structure isn’t realistic. “If someone could save this beautiful building, they would have,” Primavera said. But Samuel C. Stretton, an attorney for the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, said the church is an iconic structure. He noted that the city’s Historical Commission placed the building on the

— Between Dec. 19-26, someone entered an apartment in the 400 block of South 13th Street without force and stole a jar of change. — Between 11 a.m. Dec. 23 and 1 p.m. Dec. 28, someone pried open the doors of two apartments in the 1200 block of Walnut Street and stole two laptops. Sixth District Officer Minnis lifted fingerprints. — Between 10:30 p.m. Dec. 28 and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29, someone smashed the window of a 2007 Honda that was parked in the 900 block of Pine Street and stole bags of clothing. — At 2 a.m. Dec. 30, a woman was outside 1200 Panama St. when a man approached, showed a gun and stole her iPhone. The suspect was described as a black male, 6 feet, wearing a ski mask and a dark hoodie. — At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, a man was inside Kinko’s at 1202 Market St. and set his bag and $90 cash on top of a copier for a brief moment and the items vanished. Security video showed the items were stolen by a

black man, 5-foot-8, with salt-and-pepper hair, wearing all blue. NON-SUMMARY ARRESTS: — At 1:10 p.m. Dec. 26, 6th District plainclothes Officers Ferrero and Hill set up surveillance near Walnut and Juniper streets due to recent thefts reported in the area. The officers apprehended a male after they observed him steal a bicycle from outside 200 S. Juniper St. The 43-year-old suspect was charged with theft. — At 5:50 p.m. Dec. 27, 6th District Officer Blackburn arrested a man outside 200 S. 13th St. who was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear for court. The 33-yearold suspect with a homeless-shelter address was charged with contempt of court. — At 8 p.m. Dec. 27, Center City District officers arrested a male on South 11th Street who was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear for court. The 29-year-old suspect with a North Philadelphia address was charged with contempt of court. ■

want them to be able to go in-depth if they so choose.” This year’s theme is “Coalition Building,” with topics to include aging, immigration, race relations and the labor movement. Browning, who comes from a union family, said issues that are often considered mainstream have LGBT components, which LGBT media members and their readers should appreciate. “Whenever I write about labor issues, it’s interesting to see how some readers react by saying that this isn’t our issue. The first sexual-orientation protections came from union contracts, and the first gender-identity protections came from union contracts.

In places where there are no government protections for LGBT workers, their legal protections often come from union contracts,” he said. “You see the same thing in immigration rights. The [effort to pass immigration bill the DREAM Act is] largely driven by gays and lesbians, young people. These aren’t just issues that should be one group’s priority but all of our priorities. That’s the beauty of the LGBT community; we are involved in so many different areas of life, there’s not one type of person who’s gay. It’s time we started paying attention to that.” ■

city’s Register of Historic Places in 2009. Stretton emphasized to the board that Siloam was able to sell the church, despite its earlier claims that it was unable to do so. But Primavera responded by noting that the church was bought as part of a package deal, and that it has no value. Stretton also reminded the board that experts have estimated it would cost about $150,000 to stabilize the structure. “There’s nothing to prevent Mr. Wei from making the needed repairs,” Stretton said. “Mr. Wei bought the property knowing full well the problems.” Wei did not attend the hearing and couldn’t be reached for comment. Stretton urged the review board to remand the matter back to the Historical Commission for further consideration. While the board agreed to do that, it did not require the commission to hold a formal hearing on Wei’s demolition request. The matter also remains pending in state Commonwealth Court, where CNA is challenging the demolition approval Siloam received in Common Pleas Court. If the matter gets referred to the higher court, Stretton asked the board to consider blocking the demolition while that litiga-

tion ensues. After the hearing, neighborhood activist Andrew R. Palewski said he’s aware of a potential buyer for the church. He did not identify the individual, but said he gave the person’s name to Primavera. Palewski also said the person has agreed to accept liability for the church, and to pay for a subdivision — so the church can be bought apart from Wei’s other buildings. But Michael Barmash, a sales agent for Wei, said Wei wants to sell the entire property, not just the church. “Every time we come up with a solution, Mr. Wei finds a way to create another problem,” Palewski said. At presstime, the Historical Commission was expected to consider the matter at its next meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 11 at 1515 Arch St., 18th floor. “No decision has been made regarding the handling of 1123-33 Spring Garden St., the former Church of the Assumption, matter,” said Jonathan E. Farnham, executive director of the commission, in an email. Siloam continues to provide HIV/AIDS services in an old Catholic rectory next to the church while it seeks a new location. ■


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Erin McKeown hits the road with new album By Larry Nichols larry@epgn.com

Queer singer-songwriter, producer and activist Erin McKeown is back with a new batch of songs and a new tour for 2013, thanks to her latest album. “Manifestra” is more political than any of her previous efforts. “It’s certainly more directly political and the subject matter of the songs is more clearly political than anything I’ve done before,” McKeown said. “I’ve always had political thoughts and opinions, but I kept them separate from my music for a really long time out of fear of how bad music can

sound when a political message overrides the musicality. So I was afraid of doing that for a long time and then it felt urgent to give it a try.” M c Ke ow n h a s always incorporated numerous influences in her music, from folk and jazz to rock and pop and everything in between. “Manifestra”

finds her broadening her range with even more instrumentation and styles. “I used the same palette,” she said. “It’s nearly all the same instruments — some electronic drums, real drums, guitars, bass, piano, horn and strings, but it’s like I turned the distortion up.” The album also features a songwrit-

ing contribution from journalist and TV personality Rachel Maddow. “Rachel and I have known each other for a long time,” McKeown said. “I live in Western Massachusetts and she still lives here part-time and lived here for a long time. She was a radio DJ on our local morning show and we were admirers of each other. In 2005 she had me on her ‘Air America’ show and we got to talk a little bit of politics. As her career has gone on we’ve stayed in touch. I was asked to do a benefit for the World Wildlife Conservancy after the Deepwater Horizon spill. There was another singer-songwriter on the bill who was collaborating with Ira PAGE 18


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Glass, who was putting the benefit together. Ira asked me, since Rachel was going to be on the benefit, if I would mirror his collaboration and get Rachel to collaborate with me on a song. She said yes and then just because of our schedules we had to text back and forth. I took her texts and made it into a song.” Maddow only contributed lyrics to the album. She didn’t perform on it — and for good reason. “She doesn’t play any instruments and she doesn’t sing,” McKeown said. “She describes her voice as weapons-grade.” (Now we really wish she would have sang something on the album.) For “Manifestra,” McKeown decided to release the album through her own label, TVP Records, instead of through a record company. “I’ve always had my own label,” she said. “My first release came out in 1998 on cassettes that I made. I didn’t believe in CDs at the time. I thought they would be a passing fad and I was actually right. But I put out cassettes on my own label and at the time I didn’t know that it was radical or different. I just thought, I want to make a cassette. I’ll pay for it myself and I’ll put my address on it and tell people about it. That’s essentially what a label does when you get down to it. I’ve always done that. I’ve made a lot of records for other companies because they gave me money and it just made sense for this record to keep it all in-house. The tools

available on the Internet allow me to do that.” Part of keeping things in-house included having the recording costs of the new album funded with contributions from her fan base made through PledgeMusic. Enthusiasm for new music must have been high, because McKeown reached her funding goal much faster than she anticipated. “I think we gave it two months and it was 100 percent in six days,” she said. “I am learning how much money it takes to put out a record. I got 100 percent of what I asked for in six days. Was that 100 percent of what it cost? No. But the whole project would be impossible without having that chunk of funding from my fans.” McKeown said she isn’t completely con-

vinced that programs like PledgeMusic or Kickstarter are here to stay in the music business but, for the time being, it’s working well for her. “I don’t know if it’s a permanent solution. I don’t know how much capacity people have to be continually asked to donate to things. However, I have been really thrilled by how successful my campaign went and how excited people were. I have had people say they would do this again and again. It was great.” One benefit of the fan funding is that it is allowing McKeown to film her first music video, which she says should be out soon. “I was given some advice beforehand ,which was basically to just show up and do what they say,” McKeown said about making the video. “Don’t try to change things,

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give opinions or be an expert. I think that was good advice. There is so much that goes into filmmaking that’s beyond my experience.” With so much experience in the music industry as a performer, artist and producer, it comes as no surprise that McKeown is involved with the Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit organization that promotes a diverse musical culture and tries to ensure that artists are compensated fairly for their work. “I think a lot of issues of artists in the past have come up,” McKeown said. “I think there’s a myth that artists are too stupid or high to understand what is happening to them. I think there are a lot of people who have been opportunistic around that and maybe have taken advantage of people. But artists have certainly been complicit in it by not taking the time to become educated. We certainly are capable and we certainly have the time. An organization like Future of Music gives artists a place where they can go to get educated. They collect all the things that we should be paying attention to and put them in one place. They translate any jargon that is there so that you can go and read about what issues are going on and talk to other artists about it. They facilitate this way for artists to become involved.” ■ “Manifestra” will be available Jan. 15. Erin McKeown performs 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. For more information or tickets. visit www. erinmckeown.com or call 215-739-9684.

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Chip Marccocia: Dishing out the beats to Philly’s gay scene For those of you who are missing all the hubbub and gala events of the Christmas season, it’s not over yet. There’s one last winter ball to put you in the party (and, hopefully, giving) mood. If you’ve ever seen Brian Sanders’ work, you know his company, Junk, is an amazing, cuttingedge dance company, one that’s been called “Philly’s most imaginative perpetrator of dare-devilish physical theater.” If you haven’t seen it, then it’s a crying shame—but you will be able to catch a special sneak peek at the company’s annual fundraiser, Snowball: A Unique Winter Ball. It’s an amazing party in winter white, and the DJ keeping it all going is Chip Marccocia, aka Chip Dish. DJ Chip has been dishing it out for Philly clubgoers since the ’70s and, next week at Snowball, he’ll once again get the floor jumping. We spoke to Chip about his life away from the disco ball and what he’s up to now. PGN: Why do you love your job? CM: I enjoy the energy I get from creating a vibe on the dance floor. It’s hard to explain, but the feedback I get from people having a good time is what drives me. It’s also a creative outlet for me. It’s how I express myself. PGN: Are you a Philly native? CM: I was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and grew up in Montgomery County. I moved into Philadelphia when I was 18 or 19 and I’ve been here ever since. PGN: What’s your craziest snow memory from Syracuse? CM: I remember golf-ball-sized hail coming down and going out with my sand bucket and scooping them up. I filled the bucket with hailstones. I also remember not being able to see over the snowdrifts and having to dig a path to get through. I was only about 6 when we left, but I have very vivid pictures of it in my mind. PGN: What did the folks do? CM: My father was a tool and die maker for General Motors when I was born and then he went on to open his own business. He just died last Easter. Mom was a stayat-home mom. I’m the oldest of five. PGN: What was the worst part of being the oldest? CM: I got blamed for everything. “You taught your brother how to do what?” I was always like, “Hey, he taught me first!” PGN: What was a favorite thing to do with everyone? CM: Two years ago, my sister rented a 10-bedroom house in Cape May and all my brothers and sisters and all — their

families, me and my partner and my three stepkids — all went to the beach for seven days and it was an incredible experience. It was just us, no parents, and I got to see all my siblings, including my one sister who now lives in Belgium so I don’t get to see her much. All together there were 27 of us and I was the oldest one of the bunch. PGN: Best holiday memory? CM: One year my mother got us up at 11 o’clock Christmas Eve and made us go with her to midnight Mass — we were brought up Catholic. While we were at Mass she had one of our neighbors go to our house and put all the Christmas presents under the tree. He lit all the candles in the house and put Christmas music on so when we got home, it was as if Santa had been there. It’s one of my favorite memories. We were so excited. PGN: I remember when I started questioning him, I got a call from Santa assuring me that he was real. I later realized the kindly old gent I spoke to was probably my grandfather. CM: [Laughs.] That’s so sweet.

wasn’t like a young person entering the scene getting caught up in it, and there was a ... not naiveté, but a freshness about him. PGN: He didn’t have that jaded vibe? CM: Yup. Now he does. [Laughs.] No, he’s great. PGN: And what do you do when you’re not getting people on their feet? CM: I work for myself. I do audio mastering and engineering. I used to have my own recording studio, which is now closed, but I still do production work from my home. I have a small studio where I can do format transfers and digitize records, clean them up, stuff like that. PGN: What was a favorite project? CM: I put out some records in the ’80s that we’re getting ready to release again. They were re-released a few times in Germany and are doing very well. There’s a specialty box set. I’m going to remix it again myself and put it out new again.

PGN: What were you like as a kid? CM: I grew up in the country so we were never inside. Never had shoes on during the summer. There were a lot of cornfields and woods all around so we used to go hiking a lot. We’d pack a lunch and go into the woods, build a fort and hang out.

great. It was the first club where I had my own regular night DJing. I’d DJ’ed at Rainbows prior to that, which had been in the same space. Karen Young used to come there. I worked with her in the studio — that was crazy. I was actually hired at Rainbows as a lighting person and some of the DJs showed me how to spin, and when the club reopened as the Kennel Club, I got a job as a DJ. It was amazing; it was new, it was cutting-edge, it was the first video bar in the city when music videos were just coming into fashion. We got cool promos all the time and I got asked to DJ and VJ in New York a bunch, it was fun. I don’t think I was even 21 when I started working there. PGN: Crazy club memory? CM: We had a light system in place after hours because you weren’t supposed to be serving alcohol, but they did. The front door was on the street level and there was a long walk-up to get inside the club. They had a light switch and if the cops came in downstairs they’d flip the switch and bright white lights would go off at every bar. Suddenly the bartenders would come flying out from behind the bar. We had some wild times there.

PGN: When did you start to realize that you were gay? CM: My parents were young and they always had all sorts of people over — black, white, gay, straight; we didn’t know what the difference was, every one was welcome. I didn’t know what it was at first, didn’t have a name for it, but by about 14 I knew for sure what I liked. Then of course, I had a dual life for a while: I had my gay life downtown and then my suburbs life at home. PGN: But you didn’t take it as far as the married life? CM: Oh no; my partner did, though. I have three stepsons as a result, ranging in age from 14-23. I tease him, “You didn’t figure it out by the first two?”

Photo: Suzi Nash

PGN: What’s his name? CM: Gary. And we met when he was living in New York, so for the first two years it was a long-distance relationship. We just celebrated our 10-year anniversary.

PGN: What was it called? CM: It was a group called Experimental Products. I also worked with a lot of local bands in the late ’80s, early ’90s like Pretty Poison. I was the remix consultant for “Catch Me I’m Falling.”

PGN: What attracted you to him? CM: He was very cute. And sweet. Since he came out late, in his mid-to-late-30s, he was unaffected by the “gay scene.” It

PGN: Those were good years for the music biz. I read that you had a Kennel Club reunion a few years ago. CM: Oh yeah, the Kennel Club was

PGN: What was your best? CM: When I was at the Kennel Club, we did a party for John Waters when he released the film “Polyester.” It was premiering at the TLA when it was still a movie theater. He came over afterwards and we had a bunch of guys do a whole drag show for him in the Loft, which was the club upstairs that had been for men only, but that’s a whole other story. We lowered this one drag queen from the ceiling on this big platform and it was a spectacle. A great party, I got to hang out with John all night. He’s very funny.

PGN: What do you like to do away from the records? CM: I like to do photography. My mother just gave me a big pile of negatives that were my grandfather’s. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and he was a photographer. I think he had some kind of top-secret job. So I have all these negatives that I’ve been scanning and cleaning up. It’s very cool, very cool. PAGE 24


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Swimmers, get ready to rack up some laps It’s called the Postal Swim. But many of the people who participate in this competition/fundraiser don’t know why. I didn’t either, which is why I asked Melanie Kasper Rodbart, vice president of the Fins Aquatics Club, what the name meant. First, some event background: The big picture is that participants swim as many laps as they can in a set amount of time. For the hardcore athletes, this means swimming for an hour. Each swimmer has a timer and a lap-counter. Some do it for fun; many do it to help raise money. This year, the Fins are splitting the raised money between themselves and The Attic Youth Center. Some do it to break records for the number of laps/ yards swum in an hour. The categories are broken down by gender and age to make the competition fierce. For instance, for men and women ages 35-39, the record number of yards swum in an hour is 5,509 and 5,645, respectively. That’s a lot of lapping. But the Fins aren’t the only ones to play in the water, as other

U.S. Master Swimming groups participate across the entire country the same day and time. When the event is over, each group will send in their totals for Postal Swim organizers to see how they fared against each other. When Postal Swim began, teams would mail in a hard copy of their results. Hence, the moniker, “Postal” Swim. And it stuck. (Maybe because Electronic Swim doesn’t have that same ring to it.) This year, the Postal Swim will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 27 at Friends Select School, 17th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yes, you may stop in as spectators. Yes, you may volunteer. Yes, you may pledge to help them raise money. Yes, you may do all three! Many thanks to Melanie for providing the history and statistics. For pledging, contact her directly at finsvicepresident@gmail.com. To volunteer, visit philadelphiafins.org. GG9 — Swimming A number of Fins will represent Philadelphia at the Gay Games in

many swimmers and races, you could go to a swimming competition every day at the Gay Games. In either case, get out and play! You can also get general Gay Games info at gaygames.org or specific GG9 information at gg9cle.com.

FINS OUT OF WATER: Kevin, Adam and Teresa were among the score of swimmers who stopped into Tavern on Camac for the Fins Aquatics Club’s post-holiday party. Now the group gets ready for the USMS Postal Swim Jan. 27. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Cleveland next year. Support them in their journey now by helping raise money through the Postal Swim. If you think you’d like to go to the games as a Fins member and Team Philadelphia representative, it’s not too late to get involved.

Swimming has one of the largest numbers of participants and is one of the most competitive sports in the Gay Games. It has also been a favorite spectator event for any number of reasons. Whether you go to the games to compete or support, know that there are so

Short stops • The meet-up time for the Frontrunners’ Saturday morning run starting at Llyod Hall has been incorrectly listed here and on the PGN bulletin board as 10:15 a.m. The correct meeting time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m. Apologies. • The Spartan Wrestling Club practices are now 6:30-9 p.m. every Monday in the basement of First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.; phillyspartans.com. ■

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Gayborhood bar and eatery a different animal By Larry Nichols larry@epgn.com With its last food-oriented incarnation scampering to a smaller space around the corner, Rhino Bar, 1234 Locust St., is the latest restaurant to open up in the space formerly known as Fish, Q Lounge and Bump. And, at this point, we’re beginning to believe that the space is slightly cursed. Ever since Q Lounge vacated the space, which always benefited from the prime location and great view, something has lingered in the air of that address that prevents whomever is occupying it to lock into perfection. When we visited Fish, great servers were hamstrung by the pace at which the kitchen delivered the food. At Rhino it seemed like the opposite: Food came out at a steady clip but our server wasn’t as attentive to us or knowledgeable about the menu. And this is with only three or four tables occupied the whole time. While Fish had a high-minded menu, Rhino goes for gastropub comfort food, an approach that has its strengths and weaknesses.

The fried green tomatoes ($5) were spectacular — crispy with just the right amount of spice. The French onion soup ($8) was impressive in size and assertive in flavor. Other small plates were almost, but not quite, there. The Japanese meatballs ($6) were a bit overdone but otherwise tasty. The confit chicken drumettes ($8) were falling-off-the-bone tender and crispy, and the potato skins ($7) took bacon out of the mix in favor of a more interesting take with chorizo. Both dishes were fine but would have been stellar had the chef been a little more adventurous with the spicing. The lobster grilled cheese ($14) really needs to change its name to lobster and cheese sandwich, as the term grilled cheese writes a mental check this sandwich can’t cash. Grilled cheese invokes a creamy, cheesy textural ideal that the sandwich does not have. Oh yes, there is plenty of lobster and diced green tomatoes in there, but the fontina cheese doesn’t do a good job of pulling everything together and ends up getting pushed out of the way by the other elements in

the sandwich. Adding insult to injury is the fact that we absolutely loved the fries ($3 by themselves and worth every penny) that came with the sandwich. They were perfect and quite possibly the best thing we had all evening.

But we’re willing to bet that the dessert we had, the key lime torte ($6), was store-bought. Given the history of the space, we can assure you there’s enough decent food and drink at Rhino Bar to keep us busy until the next restaurant opens. ■

If you go Rhino Bar

1234 Locust St. 215-557-4442 Food served daily, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.

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1. Pam Parsons’ sometime nemeses 5. Doughnut filler 10. West Hollywood pollution 14. Raison d’___ 15. Pears of a gay pair 16. Series of concerts for Etheridge 17. Comics superhero or Norse deity 18. Some circuit partyers 19. It comes before a date? 20. Easy wins 22. Prefix with Star 23. Clarinet-blower Shaw 24. Actor Milo of “Oz” 25. Beebo Brinker creator Bannon 26. Sire, Biblically speaking 27. Top or bottom 28. Fit your first mate’s mast 29. That to Juan 30. Legal matter 32. Framed

34. Iowa State University site 37. Pink and lavender 38. Check recipient 39. HIV exam, e.g. 40. ___ UP 41. They come before sneezes 42. Teakettle sound 44. “Diff’rent Strokes” actress Charlotte 45. Goldberg of “The Color Purple” 47. Emulate half of the Odd Couple 49. Periscope piece 51. River in the land of Colette 52. 11-Down, if he were a congressman today? 55. Tough guy penetrator 57. Lacking freshness 58. Deity on _Xena_ 61. Top-flight 62. Enjoyed Nick Malgieri 63. Leon Uris’ “___ 18” 64. Juror, in theory 65. “Gone with the Wind” guy

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PGN: What’s the best picture you’ve taken? CM: A photo of my dog, Buddy. He’s a Jack Russell, 15 years old and as feisty as ever. He’s gotten mouthy in his old age! Do you have any pets? PGN: Nope. No pets, no kids. CM: Yeah, I wasn’t planning on kids either, but I’m glad I got them. They’re great. I had a talk with my youngest stepson this summer and asked him, “How do you see me? Am I the guy who lives in your dad’s house, am I a parent, a friend? How do you see me?” And he said, “Most definitely, I see you as a parent.” I’ll take that. They have no issues with any of that stuff, especially my nieces and nephews who live in Europe. They don’t understand why there’s such a problem with gay issues here. PGN: What’s something I don’t know about you? CM: I owned a nightclub named Voodoo for a while. Do you remember it? PGN: It sounds familiar. Where was it located? CM: 21st and Arch. PGN: Oh yes! That was a fun spot. I spent many a weekend night with my friend Tibet cutting up the floor in Voodoo. I had some good times there. Great music. CM: Yeah, it was a good club. [Laughs.] It was also a big lesson. What kind of business not to open.

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Speed 30. Warm to persistent come-ons 31. “That smarts!” 32. Allen Ginsberg poem about rectums 33. Deadly 35. Hairy twin 36. Brady Bunch brother beginning 41. Roddy McDowall’s “Planet of the ___ “ 43.. “You bet!” in Yucat·n 46. Dickens-based Broadway musical 48. Stop working with Irene Cara? 50. “Night Watch” author Waters 51. Four duos 52. The Indigo Girls’ “Closer to ___” 53. Low-calorie 54. Minimal haircut 55. Suck the energy from 56. Gardener’s long tool 59. State tree of Barney Frank’s home 60. Two cents worth PAGE 27

PGN: How long were you open? CM: Two years.

the Snowball benefit for Brian Sanders on the 19th.

PGN: High and low point? CM: High point, opening night. Low point, having to fire my general contractor and do all the physical work on the place myself ... in addition to writing the business plan, hiring the staff, doing the marketing and all the other crap that goes into starting a business. And then having to close it.

PGN: What’s a song you’re embarrassed to admit you like? CM: Oh, “Walk on By,” by Dionne Warwick. I’m not embarrassed by it because it’s an amazing song, but it’s not exactly on most play lists.

PGN: It must be fun, though, being able to invite friends to your club. CM: It was. It was fun for a minute. I had partners too and they enjoyed it until we lost all the money, but they were cool. They were like, “It’s OK, we understood what we were getting into from the start. Don’t worry about it.” PGN: What sign are you and what are the traits? CM: Aquarius. We’re idealists. I get very frustrated with people when they don’t see the obvious. I’m like, “Come on! Don’t you get it? We have to take care of each other before we take care of anything else.” PGN: So do you do volunteer work? CM: Yes, I’ve done a lot of fundraisers. I try to help out with the William Way whenever they ask me to. I did the first Indigo-Go party, which was a huge success and, as you know, I’m doing

PGN: “Fame,” “Footloose” or “Flashdance”? CM: “Flashdance.” PGN: Superstitious rituals? CM: None, other than I believe that you get back what you put out, so I try to put out good, positive all the time. So far it seems to be ringing true. For the most part ... PGN: Ever play on a team? CM: No, sports weren’t my thing. I used to hang out with older kids and I was more into bands and art. PGN: Play any instruments? CM: Not formally. I mean I can bang myself around a piano a little bit but that’s it. PGN: The bartender knows I drink ... CM: I don’t drink. [Laughs.] I smoke ... PGN: Best concert experience? CM: About a year ago I saw Gary Numan at the Troc and he just blew me away. He was outstanding. The

show was excellent. He’s known for that song “Cars” that was a hit in the late ’70s but his other stuff was great too. Did you ever see the movie “Queen of the Damned” based on Anne Rice’s book? It starred Aaliyah, the R&B singer who was killed in a plane accident. He did some music for that, which was really good. She was really good in the film too. You should check it out. PGN: I will. What was the last song you listened to? CM: Today? “Innovation” by Jaytech. PGN: What subjects put you to sleep? CM: Talking about health problems. I can’t stand it. Politics gets me worked up into a lather so I try to stay away from those discussions. PGN: Three sounds you love and three sounds you hate. CM: I love the sound of the door opening when my partner gets home from work, the racket when my dog barks when I come home and the sound of my JBL speakers. I hate the ring-dingding of the casinos. I can’t stand that. Trite pop music, ugh. And I hate to hear the last song of the night. ■ DJ Chip Dish will spin at Snowball, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.briansandersjunk.com.


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LOONEY (SHOW)TUNES: Brian’s confidence is shaken when he reads a play Stewie wrote that’s much better than his in a new episode of ”Family Guy,” 9 p.m. Jan. 13 on Fox.

FOREPLAY: A prequel to “Sex & The City,” new drama, “The Carrie Diaries” takes place in 1984, when life is not easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) It premieres 8 p.m. Jan. 14 on The CW.

NEW “AMERICAN”: Host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, along with returning judge Randy Jackson, kick of the 12th season of “American Idol” 8 p.m. Jan 16 on Fox. Photo: Fox/George Holz

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THE GOLDEN GIRLS: “Saturday Night Live” alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host “The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” live 8 p.m. Jan. 13 on NBC. Photo: NBC/Gavin Bond

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Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215222-1400.

OUT & ABOUT The week ahead Kris Allen The singer and “American Idol” winner performs 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

Guards and The Black Watch 3rd Battalion Scottish music is performed 8 p.m. at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215790-5847.

British Isles of Wonder featuring The Band of the Scots

Dessa The singer and rapper performs 8 p.m. at World

Fri. 01/11

Paula Cole The singer-songwriter performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400. Jim Bruer The comedian performs 9 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box,

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-3171000.

Sat. 01/12 The Secret Garden The 1993 film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-0223. Morrissey The out alt-rock singer performs 8 p.m. at House

SELF-PRESERVATION: The William Way LGBT Community Center presents “Intimately Preserved,” an exhibition of artwork by Emmett Ramstad inspired by historical research at LGBT archives in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Bloomington, Ind., through March 29, 1315 Spruce St. This is the first of this year’s quarterly exhibitions in the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives Gallery and will open with a wine and cheese reception 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11. For more information, visit www.waygay. org or call 215-732-2220.

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of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-3434000. The Legwarmers The 80s tribute band performs 9 p.m. at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215922-6888.

Sun. 01/13 The Big Sleep The 1946 film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-0223. WXPN Welcomes Higher Ground — A Red Cross Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief A number of bands perform a benefit show 3 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215222-1400. Call Me Kuchu The documentary about Uganda’s institutionalized homophobia is screened 4:30 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-0223. Marion D. Ingram The out poet hosts a reading and reception 5 p.m. at Union Hall, 1319 Locust St.; 215-7357655.

Mon. 01/14 Free Quizzo & Board Game Night Roll the dice, 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400. First Person StorySlam Spoken-word artists perform 8:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

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Lipstick Mondays A weekly drag show featuring a changing roster of queens takes the stage 9 p.m. at The Raven, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 215862-2081.

Tue. 01/15 Open Mic: The Best of What’s Next Sign up and play, 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400.

Tony Auth The artist featured in “The Art of Tony Auth: To Stir, Inform and Inflame” hosts a book event 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215567-4341.

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4W5 Blues Jam Local musicians get down 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400.

Julie Otsuka The author of “The Buddha in the Attic” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215567-4341.

Book Club The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts a discussion of “Affinity” by Sarah Waters, 7 p.m., 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220.

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CLASSY IS IN SESSION: The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts a classical music concert featuring works by Jennifer Higdon, performed by Ching-Yun Hu and Judy Geist 6-10 p.m. Jan. 12, 1315 Spruce St. Higdon will be in attendance for the concert as well as for a VIP meet-the-artist reception. Attendees have a chance to bid on a private piano lesson conducted by Hu and for a piece of Geist’s artwork, with proceeds from those sales to benefit the center. For more information or tickets, call 215-732-2220 or visit www.higdon.brownpapertickets.com.

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David Johansen of New York Dolls The rock singer performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215222-1400. Bob and Barbara’s Drag Show The outrageousness begins 11 p.m. at Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South St.; 215545-4511.

Fri. 01/18 The Darkness The rock band performs 8 p.m. at House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-3434000. Wyatt Cenac The comedian from “The Daily Show” performs 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. Rob Thomas The singer performs 9 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. They Live The cult sci-fi film is screened 9:45 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-0223. 22 Artists Twenty-Two Gallery presents an exhibition of 22 local artists Jan. 11Feb. 3, 236 S. 22nd St.; 215-772-1515.


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Ravel and Shostakovich The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Jan. 16-19 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Double Portrait Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of works from designer Paula Scher and illustrator Seymour Chwast through April 14, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Louis CK The comedian performs Jan. 16-17 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215790-5800.

Dr. Doolittle Media Theater presents the story of a veterinarian who can talk to animals, through Jan. 27, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

The Mountaintop Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a re-imagining of the events taking place the night before the assassination of civilrights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 18-Feb. 17 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.

The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts presents more than 150 works from the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women, through April 7, 128 N. Broad St.; www. pafa.org.

Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband Walnut Street Theatre presents the story of romance and scandal Jan. 15-March 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

Live Cinema/Manon de Boer: Resonating Surfaces — A Trilogy Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of a series of three cinematic portraits defined by narratives of time and memory, and structured around the relation between images and sounds, through Feb. 10, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215763-8100.

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Paul Mooney The comedian performs Jan. 16-19 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

IN THE TRENCHES: “Call Me Kuchu,” the documentary about Uganda’s institutionalized homophobia and the handful of gay and lesbian activists standing up for their rights, is screened 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. For more information or tickets, call 610-917-0223.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the acclaimed dance company Jan. 17-20 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900.

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GET IT TWISTED: The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the spectacle of limber intertwining limbs that is the acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Theatre, performing Jan. 17-20 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-8983900.

Closing Big Jay Oakerson The comedian performs through Jan. 12 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001. Cooking With the Calamari Sisters The all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking hit musical comedy, through Jan. 13 at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; 215-923-0210.

Les Misérables The 25th-anniversary production of the classic musical through Jan. 13 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5847. Mozart in His Time The Philadelphia Orchestra performs through Jan. 12 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-7905847. ■

Ronaldus Shamask: Form, Fashion, Reflection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of drawings and sketches by the fashion designer through March 10, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. FROM PAGE 24

Continuing Cinderella Arden Children’s Theatre presents a new version of the classic tale through Feb 3, 40 N. Second St.; 215-922-1122. Cy Twombly: Sculptures Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of works from the Swiss sculptor through March, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-7638100.

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YOUR AD COPY • YOUR NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS DAYTIME PHONE NUMBER • CREDIT CARD INFORMATION PHONE: 215-625-8501 ext. 200 OR 215-451-6182 (DIRECT) • FAX: 215-925-6437 • E-MAIL: don@epgn.com

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All real-estate advertising is subject to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). PGN will not knowingly accept any real-estate advertising that is in violation of any applicable law.

All classified advertising must be in our office by 3 p.m. Friday for the next Friday’s paper. Ads arriving after that time will be held for the next available issue. PGN reserves the right to edit or rewrite ads as needed, to refuse any ad for any reason and to determine the final classification. Ads determined to be in bad taste, directed to or from persons under the legal age of consent or containing racially or sexually discriminatory language will be refused. We need your full name, mailing address and daytime phone number on the insertion order form for you ad. This information is confidential and will not appear in the paper. Any ads received without full information will be destroyed. Sexually explicit language will be edited or refused at the discretion of the management.

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Classified ads may be placed online or by mail, fax, e-mail or in person at the PGN offices at 505 S. Fourth St., Phila. Phone, fax and e-mail orders are accepted with credit/debit cards only. A $10 minimum applies to all charges. If you are paying in person with cash, please have the exact change as we cannot make change at the office. All ads must be prepaid for their entire run. NO EXCEPTIONS! DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL; IT’S NOT SAFE AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.

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Religion/Spirituality Arch Street United Methodist Church Services 8:30 and 11 a.m. at 55 N. Broad St., youth/adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; 5:30 p.m. prayer service; 215-568-6250. Bethlehem-Judah Ministries Open and affirming congregation holds services 10 a.m. Sundays at 5091 N. Dupont Hwy., Suite D, Dover, Del.; 302-734-9350. BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Church Services 10:15 a.m. at 2040 Street Road, Warrington; 215-3430406. Calvary United Methodist Church Reconciling, welcoming and affirming church holds services 11 a.m. Sundays at 801 S. 48th St.; 215-724-1702. Central Baptist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, summer services 9:30 a.m, at 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; 610-688-0664. Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church Services 11 a.m. and Spirit at Play, an arts-based Sunday school for children, 9:30 a.m. at 8812 Germantown Ave.; 215-242-9321. Church of the Crucifixion Inclusive Episcopal community holds services 10 a.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Fridays at 620 S. Eighth St.; 215-922-1128. Church of the Holy Trinity Inclusive church holds services 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays at 1904 Walnut St.; 215-567-1267. Dignity Jersey Shore An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets the first Saturday of the month in Asbury Park. For time and location, call 732-502-0305. Dignity Metro NJ An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets 4 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood; 973-509-0118. Dignity Philadelphia Holds Mass 7 p.m. Sundays at 330 S. 13th St.; 215-546-2093; dignityphila@aol.com. Drexel Hill Baptist Church Nonjudgmental Christian congregation affiliated with American Baptist Churches of the USA holds services 11 a.m. Sundays at 4400 State Road, Drexel Hill; 610-259-2356; www.dhbaptist.com. Emanuel Lutheran Church Reconciling in Christ congregation meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, summer services 9:30 a.m., New and Kirkpatrick streets, New Brunswick, N.J.; 732-545-2673; www.emmanuelnb.org. Evangelicals Concerned Lesbian and gay Christian counseling; 215-860-7445. First Baptist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds prayer services 10:30 a.m. Sundays and community worship 11:30 a.m. at 123 S. 17th St.; 215-563-3853. First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne Welcoming church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 140 N. Lansdowne Ave.; 610-622-0800; www.lansdownepresbyterianchurch.com.

Jersey; mccctl.com; 732-823-2193. Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia Holds services 1 p.m. Sundays at the University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 3637 Chestnut St.; 215-294-2020; www. mccphiladelphia.com. Old First Reformed Church Open and affirming United Church worships at 11 a.m., summer services at 10 a.m, at 151 N. Fourth St.; 215-922-4566; www. oldfirstucc.org. Penns Park United Methodist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services 10 a.m. Sundays at 2394 Second Street Pike, Penns Park; 215-598-7601. Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral Progressive and affirming congregation holds services 10 a.m. Sundays with Holy Eucharist at 3723 Chestnut St.; 215-386-0234; www.philadelphiacathedral.org. Rainbow Buddhist Meditation Group Meets 5 p.m. Sundays at the William Way Center. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting worships 11 a.m., summer services 10 a.m, Sundays at 1515 Cherry St.; 215-241-7000; cpmm@afsc.org.

St. Asaph’s Church Inclusive and progressive Episcopal church holds services 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays, summer services 9:15 a.m., at 27 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd; 610-664-0966; www.saintasaphs.org.

■ AIDS Library: 215-985-4851

■ Mayor’s Director of LGBT Affairs: Gloria Casarez, 215-6862194; Gloria.Casarez@phila.gov; Fax: 215-686-2555

St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) Reconciling in Christ congregation holds services 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler; 215-646-2451; www. stjohnsambler.org.

■ AIDS Treatment Fact line: 800662-6080

St. Mary of Grace Parish Inclusive church in the Catholic tradition celebrates Mass 6 p.m. Sundays in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media; 610-566-1393; www. inclusivecatholics.org. St. Mary’s Church Diverse and inclusive Episcopal church celebrates the Eucharist 11 a.m. Sundays at 3916 Locust Walk; 215-386-3916; www. stmarysatpenn.org. St. Paul Episcopal Church Welcoming and inclusive church holds services 9:30 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 89 Pinewood Drive, Levittown; 215-6881796; www.stpaullevittown.org. Tabernacle United Church Open and affirming congregation holds services 10 a.m. Sundays at 3700 Chestnut St.; 215-386-4100; tabunited.org.

Unitarian Society of Germantown Welcoming congregation holds services 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 6511 Lincoln Drive; 215-844-1157; www.usguu.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill Holds services 10:15 a.m. Interweave, a group of LGBT Unitarians and their allies, also meets at 401 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, N.J.; 856-667-3618; uucch.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration Welcoming congregation holds services 11 a.m. Sundays at 6900 Stenton Ave.; 215-247-2561; www.uurestoration.us.

Living Water United Church of Christ An open and affirming congregation that meets for worship 11 a.m. on Sundays; 6250 Loretto Ave.; 267-388-6081; www.lwucc. org.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, South Jersey Shore Holds services 10 a.m. Sundays in Galloway Township; 609-9659400; www.uucsjs.org.

Kol Tzedek Reconstructionist synagogue committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community meets at Calvary Center, 801 S. 48th St.; 215-764-6364; www.kol-tzedek.org.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown Holds services 10:30 a.m. at 1565 S. Keim St.; 610-327-2662. www.uupottstown.org.

Maple Shade Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ Affirming congregation open to all sexual orientations and gender identities holds services 10 a.m. Sundays at 45 N. Forklanding Road, Maple Shade, N.J.; 856-779-7739; mapleshadeucc.org. Metropolitan Community Church of Christ the Liberator Holds services 10:45 a.m. Sundays at the Pride Center of New

■ Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning

■ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Peer Counseling Services: 215-732-TALK

Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County Welcoming congregation holds services 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays, summer services 10:30 a.m., at 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media. Interweave, a group for LGBT parishioners and allies, meets noon the first Sunday of the month; 610-566-4853; www. uucdc.org.

Mainline Unitarian Church Holds services 10 a.m. Sundays at 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon; 610-688-8332; www.mluc.org.

■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center: 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220; www.waygay.org. Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Peer counseling: 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday Library hours: 12-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 12-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday; 126 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

■ AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey: 856-933-9500 ext. 221

The First United Methodist Church of Germantown A sexual-minority-affirming congregation holds services at 10 a.m., summer services 11 a.m., Sundays at 6001 Germantown Ave.; lunch follows; 215-438-3077. www.fumcog.org.

Imago Dei Metropolitan Community Church Sexual-minority congregation worships at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 1223 Middletown Road (Route 352), Glen Mills; 610-358-1716; www.ImagoDeiMCC.org.

■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St., 215-898-5044; center@dolphin.upenn.edu. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.

and Allies Youth Center: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Doylestown Planned Parenthood, The Atrium, Suite 2E, 301 S. Main St., Doylestown; 215-957-7981; rainbowroom@ppbucks.org

Silverside Church Holds services 10 a.m. Sundays followed by a group discussion at 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Del.; 302-478-5921; silversidechurch.org.

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church Worship with nursery care, 10:30 a.m. Sundays. First Sunday of the month, 7 p.m. Mosaic: jazz with poetry and prose; 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515; trinityphiladelphia.org.

Holy Communion Lutheran Church ELCA Reconciling in Christ congregation worships Sundays at 9 a.m. at 2111 Sansom St. and 11 a.m. at 2110 Chestnut St. in the main sancturary; 215-567-3668; www.lc-hc.org.

Community centers

■ The Attic Youth Center: For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held 4-8 p.m. MondayFriday; case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available Monday-Friday. See the Youth section for more events. 255 S. 16th St.; 215-545-4331.

■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: 215-587-9377

St. Luke and The Epiphany Church Open and welcoming church holds fall liturgy 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays, summer sevices 10 a.m., at 330 S. 13th St.; 215-7321918; stlukeandtheepiphany.org.

United Christian Church Open, affirming and welcoming congregation holds services 10:15 a.m. Sundays, summer services 9:15 a.m., at 8525 New Falls Road, Levittown; 215-946-6800. Unity Fellowship Church of Philadelphia Diverse, affirming LGBT congregation holds services 2 p.m. Sundays at 55 N. Broad St.; 215-240-6106. University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation Welcoming congregation holds services 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 3637 Chestnut St. preceded by “Adult Forum: Sundays” at 9:30; 215-387-2885; www.uniphila.org.

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Resurrection Lutheran Church Holds services 10 a.m. Sundays at 620 Welsh Road, Horsham; 215-646-2597.

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia A liberal, welcoming and diverse congregation that affirms the dignity of all. Sunday services at 10 a.m., 2125 Chestnut St.; 215563-3980; www.firstuu-philly.org.

Grace Epiphany Church A welcoming and diverse Episcopal congregation in Mt. Airy with services 9:30 a.m. Sundays at 224 E. Gowen Ave.; 215-248-2950. www.grace-epi.org.

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■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: 215592-1513

■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: 215-685-1633 ■ The COLOURS Organization Inc.: 112 N. Broad St., third floor; 215-496-0330 ■ Equality Pennsylvania: 215731-1447; www.equalitypa.org ■ Equality Forum: 215-732-3378

Key numbers

■ Mazzoni Center: 215-563-0652; www.mazzonicenter.org. Legal Services: 215-563-0657, 866-LGBTLAW; legalservices@mazzonicenter. org ■ Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine: 215-563-0658 ■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): 215-572-1833

Health

AIDS Services In Asian Communities Provides HIV-related services to Asians and Pacific Islanders at 340 N. 12th St., Suite 205; 215-629-2300. www.asiac.org. Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative Free, anonymous HIV testing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1207 Chestnut St., fifth floor; noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Washington West Project, 1201 Locust St. 215851-1822 or 866-222-3871. www.galaei.org. Spanish/English HIV treatment Free HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment for Philadelphia residents are available from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; 215-685-1803. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications and confidential HIV testing

■ Greater Philadelphia Professional Network Networking group for area business professionals, self-employed and business owners meets monthly in a different location throughout the city, invites speakers on various topics, partners with other nonprofits and maintains a Web site where everyone is invited to sign up for email notices for activities and events; www.gppn.org.

■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Deputy Commissioner Stephen Johnson: 215-683-2840 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: 215-760-3686; ppd. lgbt@gmail.com ■ Philly Pride Presents: 215875-9288 ■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: 717-9209537 ■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: 215-732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)

■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: 215-686-4670

Anonymous, free, confidential HIV testing Spanish/English counselors offer testing 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 3439 N. Hutchinson St.; 215-763-8870 ext. 6000.

■ Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia GALLOP holds board meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810; GALLOP also provides a free referral service; (215) 6279090; www.galloplaw.org.

■ Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force: 215-772-2000

available by appointment at 13 S. MacDade Blvd., Suite 108, Collingdale; Medical Office Building, 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; 610-5869077.

Mazzoni Center Free, anonymous HIV testing; HIV/AIDS care and treatment, case management and support groups; 21 S. 12th St., eighth floor; 215-563-0652. www.mazzonicenter.org. Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine Comprehensive primary health care, preventive health services, gynecology, sexual-health services and chronic-disease management, including comprehensive HIV care, 809 Locust St.; 215-563-0658. Washington West Project Free, anonymous HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday except for noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m., and 1-5 p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; 215-985-9206.

Professional groups ■ Independence Business Alliance Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, providing networking, business development, marketing, educational and advocacy opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses and professionals. Visit www.IndependenceBusinessAlliance.com for information about events, programs and membership; 215-557-0190; 1717 Arch St., Suite 3370. ■ National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association The Philadelphia chapter of NLGJA, open to professionals and

students, meets for social and networking events; www.nlgjaphiladelphia.org. ■ Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus A regional organization dedicated to promoting gay and lesbian tourism to the Greater Philadelphia region holds meetings every other month on the fourth Thursday (January, March, May, July, September and the third Thursday in November), open to the public; P.O. Box 58143, Philadelphia, PA 19102; www.philadelphiagaytourism.com. ■ Philly OutGoing Professionals Social group for gay, lesbian and bisexual professionals meets for social and cultural activities, 856857-9283; popnews19@yahoo. com.


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