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LGBT-reform bill back with first-in-nation trans inclusion By Jen Colletta jen@epgn.com

MOTION FOR MANNA: Pennsylvania Ballet Company members Lillian Di Piazza (left) and Alexandra Hughes performed during the 21st annual “Shut Up & Dance” March 23 at Forrest Theatre. The one-night performance drew a crowd of 1,400 and raised $115,000 for Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutritional Alliance, which provides nutritional meals to people facing life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. “I think it went really, really well,” said MANNA events manager Rob Nonemacker, noting that the performance boasted more variety than ever before. “I heard nothing but positive things about it.” Photo: Scott A. Drake

MontCo to explore nondiscrimination law By Jen Colletta jen@epgn.com The chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners this week instructed the city’s attorney to investigate the legalities of the county adopting a county-wide LGBTinclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. Montgomery County is the third-most populous county in the state, with about 800,000 residents, and would be only the fourth county — of the state’s 67 — to adopt such a law. The most populous counties, Philadelphia and Allegheny, adopted such laws in 1982 and 2009. Erie County took on an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in 2002.

Commissioner Josh Shapiro said county solicitor Ray McGarry is assembling a work group to explore the possibility of such an ordinance. Among the issues the group will consider, Shapiro said, is if the county — which is not a “home-rule” county — has the authority to adopt such a measure. “We’re governed by the second-class County Code, and that does not expressly say that we can do this, but it also doesn’t say we can’t,” Shapiro told PGN this week. “So we want to legally explore what we are permitted to do.” Shapiro said McGarry will tap “a group of people representing the cross-section of Montgomery County” for the group. PAGE 18

City Councilman Jim Kenney last week reintroduced a sweeping LGBT-reform bill — this time with a wealth of new transgender-inclusive provisions. Kenney submitted the legislation March 21, and it was referred to the Committee on Labor and Civil Service, which will hold a hearing on the bill next month. Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. is a cosponsor. Kenney originally introduced similar legislation in September to enhance the scope of the city’s domestic-partner registry.

The new bill, however, also incorporates transgender protections. The legislation mandates that any new building constructed by the city must include gender-neutral bathrooms and that gender-neutral bathrooms be established at current city properties when bathroom renovations are undertaken. One year from its passage, the legislation would require all new city forms to be gender-neutral, except under special circumstances, such as if the gender designations are required by state or federal law. The city’s Fair Practices Ordinance, which enforces the LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination law, would

be amended to specifically prohibit employers from failing to permit employees to dress in accordance with their gender identity. The public-accommodations section of the law would also be changed to ban entities from refusing or denying “any person access to any separategender bathroom where the person’s gender identity is consistent with the gender for which such bathroom is reserved.” “Life is hard for everybody and it’s harder for some people than others because of crazy restrictions placed on people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, which makes PAGE 2

Supreme Court hears landmark marriage cases By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com Thousands both rallied for and protested against same-sex marriage outside of the U.S. Supreme Court this week as the nation’s top court took on the highly anticipated and publicized Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth vs. Perry March 26 and Windsor vs. United States the following day, both of which could change the game for marriage equality in the U.S. Hollingsworth vs. Perry was filed by two same-sex couples who contend that Proposition 8, which overturned marriage equality in California, is unconstitutional. The court has a number of options in its ruling — including finding an intrinsic right for gays and lesbians to marry, overturning all state bans on marriage equality, limiting the ruling to California or dismissing it for a lack of standing. In a press conference after Tuesday’s hearing, Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, who represented the plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case along with David Boies, said he was pleased with the court’s attention to the matter. “There was no attempt to defend the ban on gay and lesbian marriage, no indication of any harm,” he said. Plaintiff Kris Perry said she was ready for marriage equality to become a reality. “In this country as children, we learn that there is a founding principle that all men and women are created equally,” she said. “We want this founding principle.”

PHILLY DOES ITS PART: Two women donned red and pink jackets to voice their support for marriage equality March 25 at the James Byrne Federal Courthouse on Market Street. Despite freezing temps and a mix of snow and rain, about 250 people turned out for the rally, held on the eve of the two-day U.S. Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. More than 150 rallies were held in every state in the country in the past week, organized by United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice. See more coverage, page 6. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Perry’s partner, Sandy Stier, called Prop. 8 “a discriminatory law that hurts people. It hurts gays and lesbians in California. It hurts the children we are raising.” During the arguments, both sides brought up a variety of questions, including procreation as the foundation of marriage, the historical evolution of same-sex couples and marriage equality’s impact on PAGE 14


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people’s lives more difficult than they need to be,” Kenney told PGN this week. “It’s got to be difficult and you have to have a lot of courage to get through life in the transgender community, and the government shouldn’t be in people’s ways.” Also included in the measure are two separate tax credits, both thought to be the first of their kind in the nation. The Life Partner Health Benefits Tax, included in last year’s bill, would allow companies that provide health-insurance coverage to domestic partners of employees and their children that is equivalent to the coverage provided to heterosexual spouses to be eligible for a two-year, 6-percent (or up to $750) tax write-off. New to the legislation is the Trans-Care Health Benefits Tax Credit, which would allow an equal credit for companies that provide coverage for transgender-related health care “to the same extent as the business makes health-insurance coverage available for other medically necessary treatment.” The bill defines trans care as “medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria and gender-identity disorder, including office visits, laboratory tests, prescription drugs, hormone treatments, counseling and transitional surgeries necessary for the treatment of either.” A group of local activists has met with Kenney to press for provisions that would lift certain health-care exclusions trans city employees face in coverage.

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Kathy Padilla, a member of the coalition, know the mayor is very supportive of LGBT said Kenney has been open to their con- rights and we’ve begun to have that convercerns. sation but, at this point, we can’t promise “He was very receptive to looking to that this bill will be able to mandate the care amend the bill to address the health-care that trans city employees rightly deserve,” discrimination issue and we’ll hopefully Goy said. “The councilman isn’t in the be meeting again on that,” Padilla said. “In business of getting involved in what doctors order for the city of Philadelphia to move believe is medically necessary for healthup to the top of the rankings [as an LGBT- care plans, nor should the mayor be. If a friendly city], we need to address health-care doctor deems it medically necessary that discrimination someone get for trans a particupeople, as lar treatment other cities — whether have already it’s for genaddressed that der dysphoria question.” or something Kenney leglike annual islative aide mammoChris Goy grams or said the coundialysis for cilman supkidney failure ports trans — we are in city employfavor of letees having ting doctors full access to — Chris Goy, legislative aide to decide that.” health care, T h e l i f eCouncilman Jim Kenney partner provibut noted the current legissions include lation may not be the best vehicle to accom- equating partners with spouses throughout plish that. city laws — ensuring equal access to retire“As much as the councilman believes that ment and pension plans, hospital-visitation trans health benefits for city employees are rights, medical decision-making and other just as important as they are for life partners areas. It would also instruct the Human of city employees, he’s not able to directly Relations Commission to advise life-partforce the mayor to make that change. We ner applicants on the differences between

“No other city has gone as far as we have in a state that is as unfriendly to LGBTs as ours. Are we going to be the most LGBTfriendly city in America? No, we can’t be until Pennsylvania and Washington allow us to be. But ... this is a really big step.”

the partnership and marriage and to furnish information and forms related to healthcare directives, living wills, adoption, endof-life decisions and other issues. Goy said the legislation would ensure that residents have all the protections possible, without state or federal support. “No other city has gone as far as we have in a state that is as unfriendly to LGBTs as ours,” Goy said. “We talked to LGBT legal experts at the local, state and federal levels and basically asked how far we can push our LGBT rights as a city without violating state law or state Supreme Court rulings and that’s what we’ve done with this bill, and we’re really proud of that. Are we going to be the most LGBT-friendly city in America? No, we can’t be until Pennsylvania and Washington allow us to be. But with so little help from Harrisburg and from the federal government, this is a really big step.” Mark McDonald, the mayor’s spokesperson, said his office couldn’t comment on whether the mayor supports the legislation. “We don’t comment on proposed legislation until it is under discussion at public hearings,” McDonald said. “At that point, a representative from the administration will offer testimony. When and if this bill comes to that point, we will have something to say.” The legislation is scheduled for a hearing from 2:30-5 p.m. April 11 in Room 400 of City Hall. The session is open to the public. ■

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GLSEN survey shows safety concerns for PA’s LGBT students

Most LGBT students in Pennsylvania had been victimized at school. The majority of these incidents were not reo adult authorities. By Angela Thomas

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t o (e.g., a s ccalled hool angela@epgn.com he majority experienced verbal harassment that included a ames or threatened): 8 in 10 based on their sexual comprehensive In an extensive study released ientation and 6 in 10 based on the way they expressed last week, the Gay, Lesbian and LGBT-inclusive eir gender (see Figure 2). Straight Education Network a n t i b u l l y i n g

any alsoidentified experienced physical harassment and physiwere students felt unsafe in 18 percent taught LGBTPennsylvania l assault: 2 in 10schools. were physically harassed (e.g., inclusive curriThe 2011based National School ushed or shoved) on the way they expressed cula. Climate Survey showed that 96 eir gender and 1 in 10 was physically assaulted (e.g., “ Wbased h i l e won e Pennsylvania students unched, percent kickedofor injured with a weapon) heard the word “gay” used in a h a v e s e e n eir sexual orientation (see89 Figure 2).of some progress negative way, and percent

udents also reported high of othert hforms e 1 4 ofy eharars phobic slurs often or levels frequently. we started 85 91% percent students since sment at About school: feltof deliberately excluded or o u rorNlies a t i otold nal they were verbally harassed eft out” said by peers; 85% had mean rumors for 61% their were sexual orientation, bout them; sexually harassed;School 53% Climate experiwhile 34 percent were physically Survey, much nced electronic harassment or “cyberbullying”; and that every LGBT student has equal harassed and 15 percent were work remains 2% had property car, clothing, or books) deliberately damaged and/or stolen. access to a quality education.” to ensure that all Pennsylvania physically(e.g., assaulted. About 68

dents, so this was not a surprise,” she said. D av i s s a i d schools can do a number of things to make sure LGBT students feel safer, including introducing changes t o a n t i bu l l y ing policies to include LGBT students, professional development training for staff and faculty and enhanced exposure to diversity

issues. Vanessa Davis, training director “Schools can also include curpercent of students reported being schools are safe and affirming 0% of students were or assaulted in school to schoolPittsburgh staff, andchapter, 57% never told in a a number of differriculum environments for never LGBTreported stu- forit GLSEN’s verbally who harassed forharassed their gender said the unfortunately ent areas saidwho GLSEN executive expression, while percent were mily member about the 23 incident. Amongdents,” students did report incidents to results schoolwere authorities, only 36% saidthat will help students recognize that diversity exists director Dr. Eliza Byard. “We expected. physically harassed and 8 percent at reporting resulted in effective intervention by staff. “We have been pretty aware of all around them and support any look forward to working with our physically assaulted. Findings showed that only 7 Pennsylvania partners to ensure the state of schools for our stu- efforts led by students to cre-

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ate gay-straight alliances in their schools.” Davis said the Pittsburgh chapter is currently working on several initiatives to prevent bullying and harassment against LGBT students in Pennsylvania schools, which includes a new program launched this past fall for students. “We created PASS — Peer Advocates for Safe Schools, where students make their schools safer for LGBT students,” she explained. Davis said the chapter has also worked closely with the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition to help spread the word about the need for statewide legislation that would protect and help students who are bullied. The state legislature is currently considering the PSEC-drafted PASS Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156th Dist.). For more information on the survey, visit www.glsen.org. ■


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PA OUT FOR MARRIAGE: More than 150 marriage-equality rallies were held across the nation in the past week, including four in Pennsylvania. Emily Culverhouse (clockwise, from left) showed her support for her out brother, Corey, at the March 26 vigil in Lancaster (Photo: Meg McAdams Coyne). Several-hundred people turned out on the steps of the federal courthouse in Harrisburg that same evening (Photo: Ted Martin). And on March 23, 150 people rallied at the federal courthouse in Allentown (Photo: Laura T. Gutierrez).

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Locals pitch in with Supreme Court briefs Before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on two landmark same-sex marriage cases, it had the opportunity to review friend-of-the-court briefs from a sea of marriage-equality proponents, including several with local ties. Among the amicus briefs for Hollingsworth v. Perry — the case that challenges California’s Proposition 8 — were filings from Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s s t a t ew i d e L G B T- r i g h t s group. A group of conservative political leaders also filed a pro-LGBT amicus brief for the case, which included signatories former Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman.

And last week, a coalition of more than 40 sports leaders submitted a filing urging the Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that found that the voter-initiated Prop. 8 that overturned the state’s marriage-equality law was unconstitutional. That group included Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin and former La Salle University point guard Cheryl Reeve, now the head coach of WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. In U.S. v. Windsor, which challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, amicus briefs included one by four constitutional-law professors, including University of Pennsylvania law profes-

sor Amy Wax, who collectively argued that the Court has jurisdiction to decide DOMA’s constitutionality. More than 200 members of U.S. Congress, including 40 Senate and 172 House members, filed a brief urging the court to overturn DOMA. That coalition included Democratic Congressmembers from Pennsylvania Bob Brady ( F i r s t D i s t . ) , M a t t h ew Cartwright (17th Dist.), Michael Doyle (14th Dist.), Chaka Fattah (Second Dist.) and Allyson Schwartz (13th Dist.). Neither Sens. Bob Casey nor Pat Toomey signed on to the brief. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on both matters by late June. ■ — Jen Colletta

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Five years after Cradle suit, city leases still not updated By Timothy Cwiek timothy@epgn.com The city has leases with several tenants that don’t contain comprehensive antibias protections, despite that Philadelphia was cited for this in a lawsuit filed almost five years ago. In May 2008, the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council filed a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming it was being wrongfully evicted from a city-owned facility, in part because it wouldn’t sign a lease with comprehensive antibias language. The case remains pending in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Cradle continues to occupy the facility, located on 22nd Street near the Ben Franklin Parkway. During the course of the protracted litigation, Cradle repeatedly pointed out that the city has leases with other tenants that don’t contain comprehensive antibias language. Those tenants include St. Joseph’s University, Colonial Dames of America, Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club, Women

for Greater Philadelphia, Royal Heritage Society and the Roman Catholic Church of the BVM. A recent review of the leases r eve a l e d t h a t S t . J o s e p h ’s University’s lease has protections for race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, ancestry and disability. But St. Joe’s lease doesn’t have protections for ethnicity, gender identity, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information and domestic or sexual-violence status. Those categories also are covered in the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance. The leases for the Royal Heritage Society, Women for Greater Philadelphia and the Roman Catholic Church of the BVM have protections for race, color, religion, national origin and sex. The leases for the Colonial Dames of America and the Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club have no antibias protections. R. Duane Perry, an LGBT advocate, expressed disappointment that the city hasn’t updated all of its leases. “It shouldn’t be that difficult to

upgrade a lease,” Perry told PGN. “It’s not rocket science. The city could have an intern do it.” He added that there has been ample time for the city to update its leases. “The city has known for five years that this is an Achilles’ heel,” he said. “They’re not

“It shouldn’t be that difficult to upgrade a lease. It’s not rocket science. The city could have an intern do it.” — R. Duane Perry enforcing their antibias regulations across the board. They seem to be sticking their head in the sand and ignoring a problem.” Implementation of the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance doesn’t appear to be a priority of the Nutter administration, Perry contended.

“Mayor Nutter needs to take some leadership here,” he said. “The city is not protecting the rights of its LGBT citizens and others. “On some level, it’s a symbolic gesture. But it’s also an essential part of what the government is supposed to do. The government has a legitimate interest in preventing discrimination and protecting the rights of all citizens,” Perry added. Mark McDonald, a spokesperson for Nutter, had no comment for this story. Palma M. Rasmussen, a disability-rights expert, said the leases should be updated immediately. “It’s the right thing to do,” Rasmussen told PGN. “And it would put the city in a better legal position, should a new trial be ordered in the Cradle-eviction case. Additionally, it would send a message to the larger community that Philadelphia values equality. Right now, the message seems to be: ‘We don’t give a hoot.’” She said the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance should be treated with more deference by the Nutter administration. “People worked very hard to

get that law in place,” she continued. “It should never be taken so lightly.” She also expressed dismay with the job performance of city officials. “I just feel like they aren’t doing their job. Women and minorities pay taxes in the city. But their rights aren’t being protected. Instead, the city seems to be on the side of the discriminators. Otherwise, these leases would have been updated years ago.” Last year, U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter chided the city for trying to evict Cradle from the Parkway building without also trying to evict a local Boy Scout troop from a city-owned facility in Roxborough. The judge said the apparent contradiction indicated that the city was “selectively enforcing its nondiscrimination laws in a manner that lacked any rational basis.” At presstime, the city hadn’t initiated an eviction proceeding against the BSA troop in Roxborough nor had it supplied PGN with a copy of the troop’s current lease. ■


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QUEEN FOR THE DAY: Scott Brown (left), a representative for City Councilman Mark Squilla, presented Ian Morrison (as his drag alter ego Brittany Lynn) with a city citation for his work organizing the first-ever drag show at this year’s Mummers Parade, held at the Convention Center. The citation, as well as an award from the city and the Fancy Brigade Association, was presented as a surprise to Morrison during his March 17 show at ProBar in Atlantic City. The citation called Morrison “a great Philadelphian, a dedicated man and a stunning woman” and proclaimed March 15 “Brittany Lynn Day.” An official drag brigade will be added to the event next year. Photo: Caitlin Beattie

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The Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative is bringing gamechanging sex-positive talk to Philadelphia. Last weekend, GALAEI hosted “Beyond Our Bodies,” an afternoon of discussion on sexual health led by gay porn star, writer and lecturer Conner Habib. The event set the stage for the launch of GALAEI’s new campaign, SEXO. The multimedia project grew out of Sexo Latex, started in 1992 by GALAEI founding executive director David Acosta, Peter Lien and Kevin Kendall, to use sex-positive messages as HIV-prevention techniques. GALAEI executive director Elicia Gonzales said the resurrection of the campaign has been in discussion for some time. “Early conversations about wanting to bring it back to life came around last summer,” she said. “We were talking about what it would look like since then. So far, it is turning into a movement that we ideally see no end to.” The campaign will use sex-positive imagery to promote sexual health through art exhibits, events and multimedia efforts. The campaign is volunteer-led and includes support from a number of community members, such as Lien. Lien said the campaign can revamp the current conversation on sexual health. “SEXO is not just focused around gay men but on holistic health and the complete package of looking at health,” Lien said. “We want to start creating a more-inclusive, deeper context for sexual dialogue within our communities.” The campaign will kick off with an art

exhibit next month at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., that will feature images that reflect on SEXO in 2013, compared to two decades ago. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. April 12 at the center. Gonzales said the exhibit will blend “bathhouse, bedroom and back-alley” forums into an environment where individuals can start a conversation on sexual realities in their communities. SEXO volunteer Aaron Stella said he hopes the campaign will grow into a movement, both on the grassroots and institutional levels. “It is creating awareness, asking questions and celebrating realities that people have,” Stella said. “Especially about their sex lives, if there are things they want to change about themselves, they can do that. I hope it takes off and it does great and grows slowly and surely over time as a brand.” Gonzales said SEXO will be reflective of all genders and identities, and she hopes people from across the LGBT spectrum will take part in the conversations it spurs — which last weekend’s “Beyond Our Bodies” already started. “The room was representative of the community that we serve. It was multi-generational, -gendered and -racial. People were so courageous and brave to talk about sex and sexual health in a safe environment,” she said, noting that future SEXO events will have a similar tone. “My hope is that SEXO will create conversation and awareness and community and comfort. I hope it will create sex and love and that the conversation that we start with the opening of the exhibit will be the starting point.” For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/233959043416337/. ■


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News Briefing Judge denies Schneller’s petition in Haverford case A Delaware County judge has denied the request of anti-LGBT activist James D. Schneller to be named as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenges Haverford Township’s LGBT-inclusive antibias ordinance. The ordinance was enacted in February 2011. It bans discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property and public accommodations in the township. Additionally, it establishes a human-relations panel to investigate antibias complaints. Violators face penalties of up to $5,000 per discriminatory act. In March 2011, Fred W. Teal sued the township, claiming it exceeded its authority when enacting the ordinance. But Teal died Sept. 21, 2012, of natural causes. In January, Schneller filed a petition in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, seeking to succeed Teal as a litigant in the legal challenge. But on March 1, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon denied Schneller’s request, without elaboration. Larry Holmes, a member of the Haverford Township Board of Commissioners, agreed with the judge’s ruling. “I’m happy to see that the court ruled as it did,” Holmes said. “Our [human-relations panel] is a good group of accomplished, dedicated volunteers who all want to make our township an even better place to live -and who now can get on with their work.” — Timothy Cwiek

Remembering Hines The LGBT and ally community will gather next month to remember former Philadelphian Desiree Hines. A life celebration will be held at 10 p.m. April 8 at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St. Hines, who died in January, was an accomplished organist and the driving force behind the GLBT Arts Festival and volunteered for a number of local LGBT groups. Guests are encouraged to wear bright spring colors to celebrate Hines’ spirit. Musicians and those interested in volunteering can email revnate@philauu.org. Memorial donations can be made to the Desiree Hines Memorial Organist Fund. Checks should be made payable to the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, with a reference to the fund on the memo line. — Jen Colletta

Stimulus hosts film screening Stimulus Productions will host a screening of the film “Girl Rising” at 6 p.m. April 4 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. The film tells the stories of nine girls who embark on changing the world. Groups such as Elements Organization, Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, The Attic Youth Center, Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque, Philly Dyke March, Sisterspace and others will be present to hand out information on their organizations. Admission is free but a suggested donation of $5-$10 is welcomed.

Attic premiers exhibit Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, 142 N. Second St., will host MASHUP, an exhibit by members of The Attic Youth Center next month, with a premiere reception from 5-9 p.m. April 5 at the gallery. The exhibit will run until April 13. For more information, email Pam@bluestone-gallery.com.

Animal relief team hosts first fashion show The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team provides emergency and veterinary care for Philadelphia’s animals 365 days a year due to residential disasters, and next month they plan on celebrating that work in style. Red Paw will host its first fundraising fashion show at noon April 6 at The Raquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. The show will feature Philadelphia area models and escorts donning summer apparel by Etcetera. Attendees will also have the chance to meet some of the rescued animals that are up for adoption. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased via email at redpaworder@gmail.com. Checks and cash can also be mailed to 1328 S. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146.

Local cabaret hosts Trevor benefit The Center City Cabaret will present “Songs for Trevor,” a collection of inspirational songs, from 6-10 p.m. on April 6 at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. The performance will raise funds for Trevor Project, which works to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Tickets for the event are $40 for a precocktail wine reception and hors d’oeuvres and $25 for the concert. Seating is limited to 180 people, so reserve tickets at www. thetrevorproject.org/songsfortrevor. ■ — Angela Thomas

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D’Anne Witkowski

Andrea Lafferty

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Social media goes red As the nation becomes increasingly more reliant on social media, critics have contended that sites such as Facebook are numbing our society’s interpersonal skills and morphing us too far into a solely digital age. While they may have some credible arguments, the tremendously powerful role that social media can play in such efforts as the LGBT-rights movement — on both an individual and communal level — was in the spotlight this week. Early Tuesday morning, as the U.S. Supreme Court opened arguments on Proposition 8, a movement slowly overtook Facebook, as pro-LGBT users began changing their profile pictures to an illustration of a red-hued Human Rights Campaign equality sign, or some variation on that symbol. By the afternoon, some Facebook users were posting pictures of their friends list — a sea of red. HRC reported Tuesday afternoon that the image, originally posted Monday afternoon, had been shared more than 100,000 times and created 10 million impressions in every state in the country. The organization’s website saw a traffic increase of 600 percent on Tuesday. Tuesday’s action demonstrates that the power of Facebook shouldn’t be underestimated. Issues like marriage equality are ones that may render many Americans powerless — we have nothing to do but wait until the Supreme Court hands down its ruling in June. But, taking the simple step of changing one’s Facebook profile is action. And it was an action that quickly caught on. Just as street rallies are

designed to energize participants, who feed off of one another’s passion, the “redding” of Facebook spread like wildfire. Effective messaging most often occurs when potential supporters are met where they are — and, right now, that’s on social media. LGBT-rights leaders need to take notice of the energy that abounded for LGBT rights on Facebook on Tuesday and harness that outlet for future mobilizations. The action was also a unique opportunity for education. The symbol that most users chose was not emblazoned with any words so, as profile pictures across the site went red, those who were unfamiliar with the symbol questioned its use — and in turn learned about the marriage-equality movement. This presented an opportunity for informal education, as Facebook “friends” explained the issues to one another on a personal level, an aspect that has been shown to have a tremendous effect on changing hearts and minds on LGBT issues. And for some LGBTs, the movement served as an affirmation that there is support out there for our community. Each red icon symbolized a person who believes that you should have the right to marry the person you love and that you are valued. And perhaps the most meaningful was support from unexpected allies — family members, former classmates whom you never knew were LGBT-supportive or coworkers willing to take a stand for you and your community. Seeing equality sign after equality sign was a wonderful reminder that it does, indeed, get better — and that there are people in your life willing to make it better. ■

As you may have heard, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has come out of the closet. Not as gay, but as the father of a gay son. And not only as the father of a gay son, but also as a born-again marriage-equality supporter. As you can imagine, this new stance has caused quite the stir in conservative circles. But I’m sure that a man like Portman, with his longstanding conservative record, is getting plenty of support from fellow conservatives. Ha. I kid. They are freaking the fuck out. For example, take Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, who issued a mock press release with a revelation of her own. “Earlier this week, one of my children came to me and told me something which was shocking,” she wrote. “He is a drunk driver and has been driving drunk regularly since college. I have taken several days to reflect on this and I have decided to reverse my earlier opposition to drunk driving.” Get it? Because drunk driving is the same thing as being gay. A totally fair and logical comparison! Lafferty goes on to further ridicule Portman’s claim that his shift on marriage equality is a direct result of having a gay son. “My child is a drunk driver,” Lafferty writes. “That has personalized the issue for me and taken me above the whole discussion of the morality of it.” And to the drunk-driving haters, Lafferty has this to say: “(D)runk driving will make all of us stronger drivers. Think of how much more interesting driving will be in the future if more people have the freedom to drive drunk. It will sharpen the defensive driving skills of the rest of us.” But don’t worry, everybody, Lafferty is just having a laff at the expense of homos trying to ruin marriage. In case it wasn’t clear from her idiotic analogy, Lafferty writes at the end of her bit, “Drunk driving is immoral. I abhor it. I also believe homosexuality is immoral and sinful.” Lafferty claims she was trying to use the same “twisted, self-serving logic” as Portman to justify his about-face on marriage. And she wants to make clear that only losers allow their kids to influence their beliefs. “Our children are learners and unable

to determine morality and then hand it down to their parents,” she writes. In other words, Shut up, kids! You will learn adult bigotry and ignorance and like it, damn it! Because I said so! “There are absolutes. There is right and there is wrong,” Lafferty asserts. “The tough part of being a parent is telling one of those young souls whom we have been charged with raising that he or she is wrong.” Yeah! Hear that, Portman? There is right (continuing to vote against your own son’s civil liberties and happiness in order to save political face) and there is wrong (putting the son you love ahead of your political aspirations and risking the wrath of ignoramuses like Lafferty). There is no inbetween! “Our children look to us for direction and we owe them more than a collective shrug,” Lafferty writes. As if Portman’s announcing that, after years of voting against LGBT people, he’s changed his mind about gay marriage because his son is, in fact, a gay, counts as a “shrug.” “I wish no harm to either Sen. Portman or his son but they are wrong,” Lafferty writes, in what feels like an obligatory preemptive strike against the kind of reactive hate invective like hers inspires. “And Sen. Portman’s attempt to use his position in the Senate to affect the future path of our culture and the lives of other Americans compounds the wrong.” Sorry, Lafferty, but that’s what senators are hired to do — mostly in the interests of heterosexual, white, rich men. If only Portman’s son had come out as black, poor and female, too. Alas. ■

“Drunk driving is immoral. I abhor it. I also believe homosexuality is immoral and sinful.”

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.


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Candidate contenders emerging Listen up (or, in this case, read on). Of the four, one is from Philadelphia, two are from Montgomery County and the There’s some interesting backstage politics going on in Philly and Montgomery other is serving a district that straddles County that might change the political both counties. landscape. But first, you need a little hisBy the numbers alone, 55 pertory. cent of the vote from Philadelphia serves Last August, this writer the Philly candidate well. And, wrote a column predicting if that candidate is a known that Congresswoman Allyson commodity who is well-liked Schwartz would be a candidate and a proven fundraiser, he for governor — and, not only becomes the odds-on favorite. That candidate is former would she run, but that, against Philadelphia City Controller current Gov. Tom Corbett, she Jonathan Saidel. And at this actually had a chance. The political pundits in Philly media writing, he is far ahead. He’s already lined up union support and politicians themselves and Philly ward leaders and has scoffed at the idea and mocked it. But, guess what happened? made the trek to Washington, D.C., for endorsements and Schwartz has all but announced funds. He’s also been makher candidacy, and the latest ing the rounds in Montgomery poll has her eight points up over County, where he is wellCorbett. Now don’t lose your bloomers over that; it’s early Mark Segal known and has been a featured and other Democratic candispeaker at party events for years. dates will enter that race, most notably Translation: He has lots of friends already in place. expected state Treasurer Robb McCord. This has created a set-up of another interAs for the three other names, they are esting race — the race to fill Schwartz’s state Rep. Brendan Boyle, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro and vacated Congressional seat. state Sen. Daylin Leach. Each is a rising This gets dicey, since about 55 percent star in political circles, each is a progresof her 13th District is in Philly, with the sive, each has the right credentials and remainder in Montgomery County. So, it’s each is in a current position to advance fursplit between two different counties and ther in leadership — whether in the state two different political structures. And the candidates that are being mentioned are an House or Senate or, for Shapiro, a statewide run. interesting lot and are all progressive on As I wrote in the Schwartz piece in LGBT issues. Here’s the breakdown. And, August, it’s early and politics can change as this column is titled, mark my words. There are four major candidates who are every day. But, if I were a betting man, I’d say Saidel has an incredible advantage. ■ rumored or have hinted that they will run for the Democratic nomination for the 13th District. It is almost a certainty that whoMark Segal, PGN publisher, is the ever wins the Democratic nomination will nation’s most-award-winning commentawin the general election, since Democrats tor in LGBT media. He can be reached at mark@epgn.com. far outnumber Republicans in the district.

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Letters and Feedback I wanted to make a quick note in reference to the article about the conference at Arcadia University (“Arcadia to host safeschools discussion,” March 22-28), specifically in regard to the conference chair’s comment. She stated that “there was no place for educators, families and youth [to] get together to talk about these issues.” I would like to point out that is tremendous misinformation to our PGN readers. Rather, it highlights how elitist universities can be and how disconnected they are from the work local community organizations do every day. The annual LEAD Conference is taking place this year at Science Leadership Academy on April 6, organized by Mazzoni Center. This is a daylong conference filled with workshops for youth and adults who are active or wish to be involved in the GSA (gay-straight alliance) network. It is a conference that actively creates a space for educators, youth, adults and families to discuss ways

to keep schools safe for all. I would also like to point out that the conference at Arcadia charged $15 for youth to attend and $50 for adults; the LEAD Conference is free and has always been free. I write this not to diminish the work that the university attempts to accomplish; they should be commended for doing so. Rather, I write to highlight the amazing work that is already being done. I didn’t like how the article/university implied that this work isn’t happening. It demonstrates once again how local community-based organizations are often overshadowed by the monopoly that is institutions like universities. For more information about the LEAD Conference, feel free to contact Louie Ortiz at 215-563-0652 or lortiz@mazzonicenter.org. — Nikki López MPACT youth coordinator, GALAEI

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Street Talk How would Hillary Clinton’s public support for marriage equality affect a potential presidential bid? “Her support of marriage equality will be a huge part of her campaign. But Hillary’s base is already for marriage Aaron Berman equality. graduate student So I don’t Penn Valley think that endorsement will get her more votes. But she won’t lose any potential votes. By 2016, the stigma against the LGBT community will have declined.”

“Hillary will lose the conservative adult vote. But if young people are mobilized to vote — like they were for Obama in Kelly Kennedy server 2008 — she’ll Lawncrest get those votes. So supporting marriage equality will be more of an advantage for her, rather than a disadvantage.”

“It will reinvigorate her base and bring out more new voters who aren’t yet old enough to vote. So if she decides Michael Pollard to run, it graduate student will have South Philadelphia a positive impact. I’m glad she’s doing this now. It’s the right thing to do. And she’s avoiding controversy later.”

“It can only help her, just like it helped President Obama get re-elected. Gay marriage is inevitable. It’s only a Nnema Uzo matter of operations supervisor time. Hillary Miami, Fla. Clinton recognizes that fact. She’s looking to the future in a realistic manner that will benefit her.”

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Obituary William W. Weissman, publishing consultant, 93 By Angela Thomas angela@epgn.com

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William W. Weissman, a former publishing consultant, died April 2, 2012 of pneumonia. He was 93. Weissman, who was born March 16, 1919, was a native of the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Weissman was a World War II veteran who received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his service. Marcus Erik Gold’e, Weissman’s partner of 35 years, said Weissman was wellliked and known everywhere the two went — from Atlantic City to New Hope. “Everybody knew him, he was always out with me. He was quite recognizable,” Gold’e said. “He was very sociable. He was a character and came up with the craziest things and everybody just laughed and laughed. He was entertaining.” The two met at the former gay nightclub Maxine’s, now Tavern on Camac, more than 30 years ago when Gold’e was performing. “I was singing one night at Maxine’s years ago and he happened to walk in and he said he was taken with me and followed me around everywhere. He would follow me around in various bars, it was rather charming,” Gold’e said. Gold’e, who was 18 at the time, said Weissman, 57 at the time, won him over the minute they met. However, it was when Weissman became older, Gold’e said that the two became even closer.

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“Everybody everywhere knew us and they saw that I would help him and make sure he was clean, that he ate, and everybody was amazed that I was taking such good care of him. At that point, we were together for so many years, it felt like the natural thing to do,” he said. Weissman worked as a publishing consultant for an agency that dealt with Curtis Publishing Company. “It was an old-fashioned, interesting job and he was well-read because of it,” Gold’e said. Gold’e said Weissman, who loved calligraphy, reading and traveling, was known for his impressive intellect and his large heart. “He was kind and he was generous. He was intelligent and sharp, and he was my greatest champion. No matter what mistakes I made, he was always there to back me up,” Gold’e said. “It was unconditional love, which is almost impossible to find anymore. He made my life very happy.” ■

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REACHING A QUOTA: Queers On The Avenue celebrated its fourth anniversary with some food, drink and music March 20 at Paradiso, 1627 E. Passyunk Ave. About 80 people attended the event, which included fundraising for Action AIDS, whose staffers were on hand to promote the April 25 Dining Out For Life. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between March 11-17. 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). INCIDENTS — Between 5:30 a.m. March 9 and 5:30 a.m. March 11, someone entered an unlocked 1997 Ford that was parked in the 1100 block of Chestnut Street without force and stole $30, a GPS, an E-ZPass and a Bluetooth. The complainant cleaned the vehicle prior to making a police report, so no fingerprints were lifted. — At 2:30 a.m. March 12, a man reported that he was highly intoxicated when three males knocked him down and stole his cash at 13th and Sansom streets. The victim walked to Jefferson University Hospital, where he made the report two hours later. The suspects were described only as three black males. — Between 4-8 p.m. March 8, someone stole a laptop from an unlocked 2003 Nissan that was parked in the 400 block of South Ninth Street. — Between 6-8:45 p.m. March 13, someone stole a secured bicycle from a rack outside 12th and Market streets.

— Between 7 p.m. March 14 and 8 a.m. March 15, someone smashed the window of a 2003 Volvo that was parked in the 400 block of South Ninth Street and stole an iPhone. Officer Niglio attempted to lift fingerprints. NON-SUMMARY ARRESTS — On March 13, 6th District plainclothes officers made arrests for prostitution at 9:25 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. outside 200 S. Juniper St., at 10:05 p.m. outside 201 S. 13th St. and at 10:45 p.m. outside 12th and Chestnut streets. — At 10:10 p.m. March 15, 6th District plainclothes Officers Ferrero and Grant set up surveillance near Juniper and Walnut 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 27-year-old suspect with an Audubon address was charged with theft. — On March 15, a male attempted to purchase a ring in the jewelry store at 23 S. 11th St. The owner called police after he recognized the male from having made a purchase at his store at 1010 Market St. on Feb. 28 using a stolen Visa gift card. Sixth District Officer Maiorano responded, took the male into custody and recovered six gift cards along with fake identification. The 63-year-old suspect with a Las Vegas address was charged with fraud and related offenses. ■

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children. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who many pundits say could be the deciding vote in the case, raised the concern that the concept of same-sex marriage is a new one. “We have five years of information to weigh against 2,000 years of history or more,” he said, but went on to note that “there is an immediate legal injury or legal — what could be a legal — injury and that’s the voice of these children. There are some 40,000 children in California that live with same-sex parents, and they want their parents to have full recognition and full status. The voice of those children is important in this case, don’t you think?” Justice Alito also said caution should be shown towards the “newness” of same-sex marriage. “The one thing that the parties in this case seem to agree on is that marriage is very important. It’s thought to be a fundamental building block of society and its preservation is essential for the preservation of society. Traditional marriage has been around for thousands of years,” Alito said. “But you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the Internet? I mean we, we are not, we

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do not have the ability to see the future.” The Windsor case heard the following day looks more specifically at the federal benefits denied to same-sex couples because of DOMA, which the court could either uphold or overturn. The American Civil Liberties Union filed Windsor vs. U.S. on behalf of 83-year-old Edie Windsor, who had to pay more than $360,000 in taxes after the death of her wife, Thea Spyer, whom she legally married in New York. The case challenges section three of DOMA, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. In a teleconference held last week with attorneys for Windsor, James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project, noted that there are 1,138 different contexts where being married makes a difference in the eyes of the federal government, including in Social Security, health care and income taxes. Andrew J. Ehrlich, partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, said Windsor’s life with her partner encapsulates why DOMA should be considered discriminatory. “When Thea died, although the state treated them as married, the federal government did not,” Ehrlich said. “Windsor

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wanted to have an opportunity to right that wrong so that other people would not have to face that indignity during a time of profound loss and sorrow.” The rulings in both cases are expected by late June. David S. Cohen, associate professor at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, said there is a clear choice in both matters. “Rule for equality and be on the right side of history or rule for bigotry and be remembered with the infamous courts that have

approved slavery, segregation and Japanese internment,” he said. Cohen said the Prop. 8 ruling could affect Pennsylvania marriage law as well. “If the court strikes down California’s marriage law because it discriminates against gays and lesbians, then Pennsylvania’s will fall as well. Pennsylvania has not prohibited gay marriage in its constitution, like many other states have, but it does have a statute prohibiting gay marriage. Hopefully, the Supreme Court’s ruling will pave the way for Pennsylvania couples to marry.” ■

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Media Trail ACLU sues N.M. over same-sex marriage NBC News reports the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing state officials to recognized same-sex marriage under current New Mexico law. The group announced March 21 that the lawsuit was filed in state district court on behalf of two lesbian couples who sought marriage licenses in Bernalillo County. The announcement comes as local and state officials argue whether current New Mexico law allows county clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Santa Fe Mayor David Coss this week publicly encouraged county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and said current law allows it. But county clerks in Curry, Dona Ana and Santa Fe counties say they won’t issue any until they get an opinion from state Attorney General Gary King.

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Mo. senator now backs gay marriage The Southeast Missourian reports Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she now supports a legal right to marriage for gay couples. The Democratic senator announced her support for gay marriage on her blog. She said churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside their religious beliefs, but she believes that “government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love.” As recently as last year’s Senate campaign, McCaskill said she had no problem with Missouri’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman. McCaskill acknowledged that her views have changed over time. She said, “Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country.”

Gay couple wins $100K Maine wedding contest According to ABC News, a same-sex couple is getting their dream wedding courtesy of a Maine magazine. Real Maine Weddings says Jenna Eagleton and Caroline Currie were chosen March 22 from three finalist couples at the Maine Wedding Association Bridal Show in Freeport. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Maine since December after voters approved a gay-marriage referendum. The Portland couple plans to get married in October in Kennebunkport. The $100,000 prize includes the reception, a wedding dress, tuxedos, rings, flowers and limousine service. Couples entered the giveaway by submitting a video saying why they deserve a free dream wedding. Organizers say Currie’s father asked the couple to move up their planned 2014 wedding because he has leukemia.

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The Arizona Capitol Times reports lawmakers are delaying a debate over equal-access rights after dozens of transgender people flooded the Arizona House of Representatives to fight a proposed law that would have made it illegal for them to use the bathroom of their preferred gender. Republican Rep. John Kavanagh said March 20 he would delay his bill that seeks to make it a misdemeanor for anyone to use a public facility not associated with their birth gender. Kavanagh’s announcement

came during the beginning of a House committee meeting filled with dozens of transgender advocates. Critics of the measure say it would be the toughest standard in the nation for transgender people. It would require people to use public bathrooms of the sex listed on their birth certificate or face six months in jail.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner now backs gay marriage Yahoo News reports U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who describes himself as a centrist, has announced on Facebook that he now supports gay marriage. Warner’s disclosure March 25 came as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the first of two cases involving gay marriage. It marks an evolution for Warner on the subject. Warner had previously supported civil unions, which confer some rights that married couples enjoy on same-gender couples. In the waning days of his term as governor, Warner was the first governor to ban discrimination in hiring and workplace protection for gay state employees. In 2010, he backed ending the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy toward gays in the military. On Facebook, Warner says he supports marriage equality “because it is the fair and right thing to do.”

set to launch a campaign called “Mayors for Marriage Equality.” Angel Taveras of Providence, Scott Avedisian of Warwick, Donald Grebien of Pawtucket, Daniel McKee of Cumberland and James Diossa of Central Falls are scheduled to headline the event at Providence City Hall. The Rhode Island House passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages, but its fate remains unclear in the Senate, where a vote has yet to be scheduled. Rhode Island is the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to wed.

Ore. school opens gender-neutral bathrooms The Oregonian reports Portland’s largest public high school has reclassified six bathrooms as unisex to create another option for transgender students and faculty who feel uncomfortable with traditional bathrooms. The move is a first in the district and relatively uncommon nationwide for K12 schools, which typically make staff or other small bathrooms available. Grant High School’s Scott Morrison, who was born a female but identifies as a male, says he stopped drinking water at one point so he wouldn’t have to choose between gender-specific bathrooms. Now, Morrison says he doesn’t have to struggle with the choice. Four student bathrooms and two staff restrooms, all single-stall, were part of the conversion.

First openly gay Episcopal bishop to be honored SPLC: Miss. gay students The South Bend Tribune reports the first mistreated openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church is being honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. Former New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson is scheduled to receive the organization’s 2013 Thomas A. Dooley Award at a dinner on April 6 at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend, Ind. The award honors individuals who, through a faith-based background, have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian and gay Americans. Robinson’s election in 2003 created an international uproar and led conservative Episcopalians to break away from the main church in the United States. He retired earlier this year.

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According to the Hattiesburg American, an advocacy group says gay and lesbian students at a south Mississippi school are subjected to bullying and harassment by other pupils and faculty. The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter March 21 to the Moss Point School District on behalf of Destin Holmes. Holmes is a former student who says she was bullied and humiliated at Magnolia Junior High School. The school district did not immediately respond to a message March 21. Holmes and her family say school administrators did not stop the bullying when she was an eighth grader. They also claim a principal used a gay slur. Holmes, 16, says she’s now being homeschooled. The SPLC says the school should “implement a plan to comprehensively address the hostile environment” or face a lawsuit. ■

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International Clashes at French antigay marriage protest Paris riot police fought back crowds who pushed their way onto Paris’ landmark Champs-Élysées Avenue as part of a huge protest against a draft law allowing samesex couples to marry and adopt children. Hundreds of thousands of people — conservative activists, children, retirees, priests — converged on the capital March 24 in a last-ditch bid to stop the bill, many bused in from the French provinces. The lower house of France’s parliament approved the bill last month with a large majority, and it’s facing a vote in the Senate next month. Both houses are dominated by French President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party and its allies.

Sustained protests led by opposition conservatives in this traditionally Catholic country have eroded support for the draft law in recent months, and organizers hope the march will weigh on the Senate debate. Police officers wrangled with youth and then fired tear gas to force them back. Gaining momentum, more and more protesters took side streets to reach the avenue, blocking a key intersection on the route to the president’s Élysée Palace. Police fired more tear gas but were unable to block the crowds from spilling onto the avenue. Organizers estimated more than 1.2 million people took part in Sunday’s march, more than in the January protest.

Canada House passes transgender-rights bill Canada’s House of Commons has passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people. The bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to approve it. The bill is one of the first tests of the Conservative caucus’ resolve on gay and

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transgender rights in Canada at a time when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been mounting a strong defense of such rights abroad. The legislation passed March 20 by a vote of 149-137, with the crucial support of 16 Conservatives, including four cabinet ministers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper opposed the bill.

Paraguay gay couple demand legal recognition A Paraguayan gay couple is demanding to be recognized as spouses under the law. Simon Cazal, 30, and Sergio Lopez, 20, got married last year in Argentina, the first place in Latin America to approve gay marriage continentwide. Paraguay itself has no laws for same-sex marriage or civil unions. On March 22, the couple asked a judge in the capital of Asuncion to order civil-registry officials to record their marriage. Cazal says they went first to the judge because local radio has been reporting that civil-registry officials will likely block his

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London mayor wins case over anti-gay bus ad ban Britain’s High Court says the mayor of London acted lawfully when he banned bus ads from a Christian group suggesting that homosexuality can be cured. A Christian charity had challenged Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision, as chair of London’s transport authority, to ban ads declaring: “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it.” Judge Beverley Lang said March 22 that Transport for London had breached its own guidelines when it approved the ban. But she said this was outweighed by factors against running the ad, which would cause “grave offense” to many people and increase “the risk of prejudice and homophobic attacks.” The judge gave the charity, Core Issues Trust, permission to appeal. She said the case raised freedom-of-speech issues that were of “fundamental importance.” ■ — compiled by Larry Nichols

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INTO THE TIME MACHINE: PIFA’S “TIME MACHINE,” SURROUNDED BY (CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT) PENNDIXIE PRODUCTIONS’ “ANIMAL ANIMAL MAMMAL MINE,” THE PIFA STREET FAIR FULL SWING, PIFA’S “WOODSTOCK,” A TRAPEZE PERFORMER AND THE BEARDED LADIES CABARET PERFORMING “WIDE AWAKE: A CIVIL WAR CABARET”

Arts festival inspires performers to travel through time By Larry Nichols larry@epgn.com The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will take on a time-travel motif when it hosts the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through April 27. To this end, PIFA asked a diverse group of artists to explore a specific moment in time and create thought-provoking new works that will transport the audience to those eras. The festival will include the installation of a “time machine” in Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, which will serve as a hub with free programs and activities, and a street fair along the Avenue of the Arts to close the festival. One of the shows that is answering the

time-travel call is “1096,” an all-female collaborative-performance installation work between flamenco dance company Pasión y Arte and postmodern dance group Fresh Blood. The piece opens in Salerno, Italy, in the year 1096, with the first female gynecologist, Trotula of Salerno, who was the first woman to publish a work on the female body. It then goes on to visit pivotal periods of women’s history. “This piece is really about the concept of all women,” Pasión y Arte artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca said. “History is not linear for us. It’s kind of jagged and circular. We go forward and then we go back based on the trials and tribulations that have been put upon us. The exploration is about

women’s history as not linear versus men’s history as linear. I was very fascinated by this woman, Trotula of Salerno. This was a woman who wrote the book in that time of 1096 and that just blew me away. So from Trotula we went further back, looking at women who had power in ancient Egyptian times. It was interesting to see how historically it’s been so back and forth. You can imagine, this was the first book that was written by a woman in 1096 for women. This is after the fact that there were healers that were doing this in ancient times. Of course, patriarchal religions came in and called these healers witches and all the men took over the medicine. [Trotula’s] particular book was used for centuries by doctors that were men. It influenced how people

view issues about women’s health.” Hevia y Vaca said she enjoyed collaborating with a modern dance company like Fresh Blood on a piece like this. “It’s an interesting place to gather five women and find a commonality and a common language,” she said. “It’s been an interesting process. This is my first time having a collaborative experience with modern dancers. I’m looking forward to people’s reactions to that kind of dialogue. This is what’s happening in 21st-century flamenco in Spain. So I’m also educating the public that flamenco is constantly changing and evolving. That is what’s happening here.” And likewise, Fresh Blood respects what Pasión y Arte brings to the work. “The way the two

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PENNDIXIE PRODUCTIONS’ “ANIMAL ANIMAL MAMMAL MINE” (LEFT AND CENTER), PIFA’S “TIME MACHINE” VIEWED FROM ABOVE about to curtail their special brand of outraPIFA from page 25 geousness any time soon. styles have come together is quite amaz“It is a cabaret,” Jarboe said. “The preming,” Fresh Blood choreographer KC ChunManning said. “Flamenco is very classical ise is that the Civil War began before the like ballet. There are certain understandings war in popular culture and it is still going and ideas about the body that are similar. on in popular culture. Our ammo is music. It’s interesting to see how they fold together. It’s very much a battle of the bands. We It’s really been very exciting and I’ve never use over 30 songs from 1832-2013. We use had an experience like this before, nor have songs from that whole period and we mash I seen a work like this before. It’s been them up and have historical characters singinteresting stepping into this world and all ing them in wacky costumes. There’s a lot that comes with it. I feel that we are getting of gender-bending that goes on. I play a a really new place for both of us and both huge Southern belle. I’m 9-and-a-half-feet tall because I’m on stilts in a huge dress the forms.” The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is also tak- and there are women wearing mustaches ing a trip back in time with “Wide Awake: and men playing women. It’s a very wacky, A Civil War Cabaret,” a folk-punk extrava- flashy exploration of the Civil War.” Jarboe added that people who saw their ganza of music and comedy that PIFA organizers asked the Ladies to revisit and expand original incarnation of the “Civil War Cabaret” will witness a different show at upon for the festival. “We actually did a production of it at the the festival. “It’s completely rewritten,” he said. “A Wilma Theater in the fall of 2011,” cabaret member John Jarboe said. “We had very lit- lot of the characters are the same. We’re tle rehearsal. We had very little funding and working with a full band. We have a huge we were in the lobby, which is our home set called the America House. Basically, space. It’s a really interesting space but the premise is that during the renovations there were restrictions in terms of tech and for PIFA, the Kimmel Center discovered size. The Civil War is so huge and the piece a house underneath the building and all of itself is so ambitious in what it is trying to these ghosts of the Civil War are living there do. The Kimmel Center and Bearded Ladies and want to sing songs. It’s very different.” Close to modern times is Penndixie teamed up to write a grant for it and to get the support to give us the time, energy, fund- Productions’ “Animal Animal Mammal ing and space we needed to make it what we Mine,” set around May 11, 1960, when the FDA approved the sale of birth-control wanted it to be.” In the hands of the Bearded Ladies pills. The show uses dance, projections and Cabaret, the Civil War becomes a cultural the sculptures of Martha Posner to weave fight between North and South that still together the stories of women who have inherited the technology of the ’60s. rages on to this day. “The piece is based on interviews with “Initially, our hypothesis is that the Civil War hasn’t ended,” Jarboe said. “It’s still 50 women,” said Penndixie artistic director being played out in popular culture. We Anisa George. “A number are gay and one of were inspired by the 150th anniversary of them was a lesbian couple and another was the Civil War. We feel like the war is not a transgender individual. A couple that is in quite over. The recent election fed into that the play is based on two women [whose] hypothesis because of the maps that would journey is that one of them wants to have a look at illustrating the division between kid and the other one doesn’t want to have blue and red [states]. There are just a lot of a kid, to getting married to them deciding things that are happening in popular culture that one of them is going to try to get pregand politics that made us think that doing an nant. The whole piece is this complicated exploration of the Civil War was actually a mosaic about women’s bodies, fertility and very contemporary thing and not just look- ecology. It’s a very epic story, but they are ing back into history. We’re using the Civil at the heart of it in a lot of ways.” ■ War as a way to talk about the state of the The Philadelphia International Festival of American Dream now.” Yes, it sounds very deep and intellectual, the Arts runs through April 27. For more but fear not: The Bearded Ladies have a detailed information on the festival’s shows, reputation for campy fun, and they aren’t artists and performers, visit pifa.org.


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the girls fierce. It’s a blast. You will absolutely leave smiling and dancing after the show. To me it’s an improvement from “Sister Act,” the musical based on the hit where the movie left off.” “Our show is just an amped-up version comedy film, will make its Philadelphia of the movie,” Barksdale added. “There’s premiere April 2-7. The story of a brassy lounge singer hid- a lot more sequins and a lot of big producing in a convent is still the heartwarm- tion numbers. All the music is original. The writers wanted to ing tale people do something difremember from ferent. There’s a the film, but some lot of disco and changes have been gospel and funk. made in the transiAlso you get a very tion to the stage. Disney approach “The original to it.” movie took place Actor and in the 1990s in San comedian Whoopi Francisco,” said G o l d b e rg , w h o openly gay cast starred in the origmember Charles inal film, is one of Barksdale. “The the producers of show takes places ERNIE PRUNEDA (LEFT) AND CHARLES the stage show. in the 1970s in BARKSDALE Barksdale said Philadelphia. Goldberg stopped Delores in the movies was dating an Italian mobster with in to impart some of her wisdom to the two goons but in the show she’s dating a cast during rehearsals for the show in New black guy, Curtis, and he has three goons. York. “She popped in and gave us advice about I play TJ, one of the goons who is his nephew. I’m one of the characters that is being on the road,” Barksdale said. “She’s out to get her and my character is all comic great. She had a lot of good advice. It’s Whoopi. She’s crazy to be around.” relief. He’s very silly.” Pruneda added that meeting Goldberg Fellow out cast member Ernie Pruneda plays Pablo, another of Curtis’ henchman. and being part of “Sister Act” has been a “Our part has kind of been expanded,” he thrill. “I have to admit, ‘Sister Act 2’ is my said. “Me and the two other guys, we have a couple songs about how we’re going to favorite movie of all time,” he said. “It still get Delores. I’m the Latin guy and kind makes me cry. For me, this is absolutely of a hothead. We sing in a Bee Gees-style a dream come true because I just love the story. It has fierce singing from everysound.” Pruneda said audiences have responded body.” ■ well to the changes in the story. “The skeleton of the movie is still pretty “Sister Act” runs April 2-7 at Kimmel’s much the same. She witnesses a murder. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. For She goes into a convent to hide and then more information or tickets, call 215-790ends up taking over the choir and making 5847 or visit www.sisteractthemusical.com.


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Gary Wallace: Putting his best sparkly-heeled foot forward A lot of people ask me where I get the subjects for my profiles. The answer is anywhere and everywhere (including great suggestions from you). I met Gary Wallace in the waiting room at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He was delivering a pair of shoes to his mother’s cardiologist and the whole office was peering into the box, oohing and aahing over the oneof-a-kind shoes, so I had to find out more about the young designer. We finally had a chance to speak as he was finishing hair and makeup at an AIDS fundraiser for New York’s Southern Tier AIDS Program, where he had donated a pair of his Sparkle by G custom-made shoes. PGN: You’re in hair and makeup. Will you be modeling your own heels? GW: Yes, I do a lot of philanthropic work and I try to be hands-on whenever I can. Plus they’re fun to wear! I’m doing a redcarpet gala April 22 to raise money for Sandy victims. PGN: That’s fantastic! So, are you a Philly boy? GW: Yes, I grew up in the Lower Northeast and moved to Warminster when I was in ninth grade. That was a big change, going from the city to suburbs, having to make new friends in a school where everyone already knew each other, but I managed. I’m very outgoing so I just jumped in and did my thing, met people and found a new crowd. Then I got involved in sports and met even more people. It was a good move. I was glad for my family to get out of the city at that time. PGN: What sports did you play? GW: I did everything but my main sports were swimming and cheerleading. PGN: I saw your father at the hospital. He’s a big, burly guy; what does he do? And your mom? GW: He’s a diesel mechanic and owns his own business. My mom is a stay-at-home mom. She raised 10 kids. PGN: Whoa! GW: [Laughs.] Yes, I’m one of 12. We have a huge family and she was always there for us while my dad was out working. PGN: My father was one of eight, and I thought that was a lot. GW: Yeah, it’s challenging, but it has its good moments. I liked it. There was always someone around. PGN: Did you have more brothers or sisters? GW: I have six brothers and five sisters. When we get together it’s just fun and mayhem. Some are arguing and fighting,

some are getting along and everyone’s loud! PGN: Now I’m confused. You said your mother raised 10 kids. Where’d the other two fit in? GW: My parents divorced when I was young. When I say mom, I’m actually referring to my stepmom who raised me. I absolutely love her and she’s my best friend. My real mother left us when I was 4 and I’m not in contact with her. When my dad married, my stepmom had three kids. My real mother has two other kids, boys. It’s all crazy. PGN: [Laughs.] I’m still confused! I know my math skills are rusty, but it’s still not adding up. Give me the flow-chart version. GW: OK. My dad and mom had four boys before they divorced, my stepmom had three girls before she started dating my dad, so they became the real-life Brady Bunch with one extra boy. Then my dad and stepmom adopted three kids — two girls and a boy — and then my real mom had two more kids with her new husband. PGN: Phew! And you guys don’t have your own reality show? GW: We should have! As crazy as we are. PGN: And what were you like as a kid within that craziness? GW: Just as crazy as the rest. I was a wild kid, I loved to go hang with my friends and get into ... not exactly trouble but ... PGN: Mischief? GW: Yes, mischief. When you have that many people in a family, you stick together and we’d go out and get into stuff we probably shouldn’t have. Once we moved into the suburbs, that’s when I slowed down and got into my own skin a little bit, started finding my own things to keep me occupied. That’s one of the reasons moving to the suburbs was a good choice. PGN: What was the biggest thing you got in trouble for? GW: Oh. When my brother and I were younger we had this stupid little club where we used to light things on fire! Not anything serious of course — it was dumb stuff like a pile of leaves or branches. PGN: Your own little pyromaniacs club. I can relate; I used to run through bonfires on a dare at camp. I stopped when the bottom of my sneakers melted. GW: Oh man! I don’t think I could do that but I’d love to try walking on hot coals, mind-over-matter stuff. Anyway, my dad of course wasn’t happy when he found out so he duct-taped our hands closed so we couldn’t play with matches! Now I just enjoy a good fireplace.

PGN: So you are an artist. Did you go to school for it or are you self-taught? GW: When we moved to Warminster they had a good art program that I really got into in 10th grade. We were always crafty. My mom always had little projects and things for us to make, but when I got into the art program at school I took photography and started getting more serious about it. I took drawing and other art classes and kept going from there. And now I design shoes.

PGN: What’s your shoe-making process like? GW: I buy the base shoe and then I design it myself. I’ll use whatever style shoe the client wants and then embellish it with whatever they want. I help them pick colors and design and then I go straight to it. I don’t draw it out on the shoe, I just go with my pink brush and start creating. I love it; I go in my basement and just get in a zone and start. I don’t come up until I’ve finished.

PGN: What’s an art project that you made for your mom in school that she still has? GW: My ceramic tile table. It won first prize at an art show.

PGN: Did it take a while to refine the process? How do you make shoes that don’t leave a trail of glitter behind? GW: Yes! That took quite a bit of trial and error to perfect. That first pair of shoes that I designed for the Dina Manzo event did leave a trail as I walked about but I’ve used them ever since as a testing zone. I’ve used so many different kinds of colors and glues on them that they now look like a clown threw up on them! But it worked. Now I’ve got it down pat and something new that we’re doing is putting spikes on the shoes as well. It’s fun and always changing.

PGN: Why shoes? GW: I’ve always been fascinated with them. Growing up watching “Sex in the City” with Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolos. I always loved shoes and then when I started watching the “Housewives” [series], the show from Atlanta had

PGN: So I met you as you were delivering a pair of shoes at HUP. What was that all about? GW: Well, my mother had a hole in her heart when she was young and the problem was getting worse, so she’d had three open-heart surgeries. She’d even been told she needed a heart transplant and then she met Dr. Stephanie Fuller, who said she felt confident that she could fix Mom’s heart. She did a nine-hour procedure (other doctors said it would take 16 hours) and Mom has been doing great ever since. She’s losing weight, her heart is beating normally, it’s wonderful. Dr. Fuller is our angel. So to the shoes, my sisters were talking about my shoes and Dr. Fuller Photo: Suzi Nash two gentlemen on it who are always overheard them. Turns out she’s a bit of a shoe fanatic in heels. So when I was invited to an so my dad asked me to make her a pair of event hosted by Dina Manzo from “Real shoes, which, of course, I was happy to do. Housewives of New Jersey,” I decided Anything for Mother. I made a pair of silto go in heels. I made my own pair and ver shoes with a red sole and a red heart on everyone loved them and so Sparkle by G the side. When I gave them to Dr. F., she was born. loved them. She had an ear-to-ear smile PGN: What’s your favorite shoe that and immediately wanted to try them on. you’ve created? She had just had foot surgery so she could GW: Hmm, probably my pink and gold only wear one shoe; she was hopping around the office with shoes with the gold star on the front. PAGE 36


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Scream and shout OK, I’m not wasting any more time here talking about spring. The warm weather will get here when it’s good and ready, I suppose, and no amount of bitching about this lingering cold will make any difference. It will just drive me crazy! It’s not like my life hasn’t been a circus the last few weeks. Too much travel for work and not enough time in my beloved Philly have left me wondering which month it is. As for spring, I’ll give it three more weeks. If it doesn’t hit the mid-60s by then, I may start getting toxic. But don’t hold it against me.

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Spring Pink Pub Crawl If it’s spring, then it’s time for another pink pub crawl! This one starts at 9 p.m. March 30 at Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St., but you can catch it at any of these crawl stops: 10:15 p.m. at ICandy, 254 S. 12th St.; 11:30 p.m. at Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St.; or 12:30 a.m. at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. Cover charge is $25 if you wear pink or $30 if you don’t, and includes one drink ticket at each of the first three stops and dance-floor admission at each of the last three. Tickets are available in advance at www. nightlifegay.com or can be bought that night at the first two Jim Kiley- stops on the crawl.

Her HRC 2013 Celebrate fabulous women with Her HRC at the Disco Belles party, 9 p.m. March 29 at Sisters Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St. It’s a ’70s dance party featuring roller girls, dance hits from back in the day, a disco-dance contest and a ’70s costume contest. There will be drink specials all night long, and it’s all to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign. Cover charge is only $8, and by the end of the night you might feel like part of a stronger community.

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Alaska Thunderfuck Check your calendars, squirrel friends, and make sure you’re free at 11 p.m. March 29 at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. Direct from Pittsburgh and the current season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” it’s Alaska Thunderfuck, performing at Tabu for one night only with special guests The Goddess Isis, Maddy Milan, Aeryanah von Moi, Roxxy Glamour, Luna Lavey and DJs Xavier B and kREX. Cover charge is $15 in advance, $20 at the door or $30 for a VIP meet-and-greet that starts at 10. Do I wanna go? You must be new to this column! (“Hi, my name is Jim. I’m a leather guy, and I freakin’ love me some fierce-ass drag queens.” “Hi, Jim!”) For more information, see www. tabuphilly.com. And yes, that’s really her name. I think she named herself after a particularly strong blend of pot but I swear, Officer, I learned that on Google. Performing the Revolution Be there from 6-9 p.m. March 30 at William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., to hear how drag and genderplay can be used to fuel political activism and social transformation. After the discussion, stick around to see how some of Philly’s best drag performers are doing just that every day, with performances by The Dumpsta Players, Icon Ebony Fierce, Charles Cohen and the Liberty City Drag Kings.

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Our Night Out Socializing and networking are on tap from 6-8 p.m. April 1 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad St. Join the gang from ONO for a cocktail reception at Tier 1 in the Kimmel, followed by a performance of “Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret” in the Innovation Studio. There’s no cover for the cocktail party, and tickets to “Wide Awake” are only $29 each. Gryphons mixer It’s time for another Gryphons Rugby Club’s first Saturday social, 9 p.m. April 6 at Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. Help the club celebrate its Earth Day tournament earlier that day with Jell-O shots and 50/50 raffle tickets to raise money for its trip to the 2014 Bingham Cup in Sydney, Australia. No cover charge and all the hot, sweaty men you can scrum with. ICandy Second Anniversary Looking for hot boys and sexy girls? Then make a date for 10 p.m. April 6 at ICandy Nightclub, 254 S. 12th St. It’s their Second Anniversary extravaganza, hosted by The Goddess Isis with guests Porcelain, Little Steph and DJs Dominic Romeo and Venus7. There will be customer-appreciation giveaways, contests with cash prizes, drink specials from 10 p.m.-midnight and, best of all, the grand opening of The Pub at ICandy, Philly’s newest hot spot. ■ Questions, comments, wondering what’s up with all these Britney references? It’s all for Tony, her biggest fan. Bon voyage, mon ami! You will do AMAZING things! And I will miss you like a motherfucker. I am so lucky we met. Contact Jim at barcrawlr@gmail.com or follow him on Facebook for links to back articles and totally bitchin’ music videos!

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Worth Watching WAITING FOR LA NOCHE: Kids, do not try this at home. Gay character Max (played by Adam Pally) tries to break the habit of texting the man in his life by taking NocheTussin, a black-market cough medicine, to help him sleep when he’d normally be texting, on “Happy Endings,” 8 p.m. March 29 on ABC. Photo: ABC/Nicole Wilder

GUNS N’ MOSES: Chuck “From My Cold Dead Hands” Heston and Yul Brynner star in the epic theatrical film “The Ten Commandments,” 7 p.m. March 30 on ABC. Photo: Paramount Pictures

PEANUTS IN YOUR EASTER BASKET: Snoopy discovers that lesbian pet owners are the best in the special “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,” produced and animated by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and airing 7 p.m. March 31 on ABC.

STRICTLY BUSINESS: Out hairstylist and TV personality Tabatha Coffey returns, putting businesses back on track with her entrepreneurial expertise in a new season of “Tabatha Takes Over,” 10 p.m. April 4 on Bravo. Photo: Bravo/ Virginia Sherwood

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OUT & ABOUT The week ahead Fri. 03/29 Christine Havrilla The out singersongwriter performs 8 p.m. at Steel City Coffee House, 239 Woburn St., Phoenixville; 610-933-4043. Alaska Thunderfuck The drag queen seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” performs 10 p.m. at Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St.; 215964-9675.

Sat. 03/30 Family Play Day The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts an event for LGBT parents to connect

and network with each other, 11 a.m.1 p.m., 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack The rock band performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400. Drag Activism: Performing the Revolution The William Way LGBT Community Center hosts a discussion followed by performances by The Dumpsta Players, Liberty City Kings, Icon Ebony Fierce and Charles Cohen, 6-9 p.m., 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220.

Philadelphia’s Sensational Bravissimo Burlesque! Miss Rose and Lil’ Steph host an evening of performers from Philadelphia, New York City and Baltimore, 10 p.m. at WineO, 447 Poplar St.; 215925-0999.

Sun. 03/31 Eighth annual Philly Zombie Crawl DJ Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul, along with the official Philly Zombie Crawl makeup artists, get the undead party started 6 p.m. at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

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ColombianAmerican video artist screens some of her recent multimedia works, 6-8 p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215573-3234. 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. Caddyshack The comedy film is screened 7:30 p.m. at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215257-5858. Who Framed Roger Rabbit The animated film is screened 8 p.m. at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-9226888. LEAD SPONSOR

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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; 215-8622081.

Tue. 04/02 Philly Rising Showcase Local artists perform 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

Wed. 04/03 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. East Coast Power Nap A comedy spectacle featuring comedians Julia Scotti, Mary Radzinski, Omar Scruggs, John Nunn, Paul Easton and Aaron Nevins, 8:30 p.m. at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. Ratchet New weekly party by Josh Schonewolf with open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight, featuring DJ Javascript and a surprise performance each week at Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St.; 215964-9675.

Thu. 04/04 LGBT Night Philadelphia Theatre Company hosts an LGBT night before its production of “Seminar,” with a private wine tasting, 6:30 p.m. at Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South St., followed by a post-show

WAVING THE MAROON FLAG: Rock band Maroon 5 comes to town 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.

Q&A; jetlgbt.eventbrite.com/#. Reading Queerly The group will discuss “Tea Leaves” by Janet Mason, 7 p.m. at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. Maroon 5 The rock band performs 7:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543. Big Wreck The Canadian rock band performs 8 p.m. at The Note, 142 E. Market St., West Chester; www.thenotewc. com

“Thou Shalt Not Steal: The Life and Times of a Rifle-Armed Negro League Catcher” hosts a reading 11 a.m. at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. The Attic Youth Center Benefit Reception Art enthusiasts and collectors can find the perfect, one-ofa-kind work of art for their home or office, 5-9 p.m. at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, 142 N. Second St.; 215545-4331.

They Might Be Giants The alt-rock band performs 7 p.m. at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011. Glitter The Philadelphiabased indie-pop band performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215222-1400. One Night of Queen The Queen tribute band performs 8 p.m. at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave.; 215-572-7650.

Living Colour The rock band performs it’s debut album “Vivid” to celebrate its 25th anniversary, 8 p.m. at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave.; 215-5727650. Bob and Barbara’s Drag Show The outrageousness begins 11 p.m. at Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South St.; 215-545-4511.

Fri. 04/05 Bill “Ready” Cash The author of

GIMME SHELTER: The queer, Colombian-American video artist Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez screens some of her recent multimedia works that focus on issues of queer asylum, migration and citizenship, followed by a director’s talk, 6-8 p.m. April 1 at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. For more information, call 215-573-3234.


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PGN LISTINGS

Opening Sister Act The musical based on the hit movie about a singer hiding out in a convent, April 2-7 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5847.

Continuing Cooking With the Calamari Sisters The all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking hit musical comedy, through May 19 at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; 215-9230210. 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. Everyone and I Azuka Theatre presents the story about a man and his love for the music of Billie Holiday, through April 7, 1636 Sansom St.; 215-563-1100. 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.

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf First World Theatre Ensemble presents the acclaimed drama, through April 7 at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave.; 267-329-9746. Good People Walnut Street Theatre presents the story of people in a Boston community trying to find success, through April 28, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. Great and Mighty Things Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of outsider art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, through June 9, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-7638100. Journeys to New Worlds Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of Spanish and Portuguese colonial art from the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection, through May 19, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. The Mind’s Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann The James A. Michener Art Museum hosts an exhibition of iconic photographs from the famed photographer, through April 28, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-3409800. Seminar Philadelphia Theatre Company pres-

WAVING THE GREEN FLAG: The punk-rock band Green Day performs 7 p.m. April 3 at Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215204-2400.

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ents a new comedy from the creators of “Smash,” through April 14 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215985-0420.

Notices Send notices at least one week in advance to: Out & About Listings, PGN, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 fax: 215-925-6437; or e-mail: listings@epgn.com. Notices cannot be taken over the phone.

TRUE COLORS: First World Theatre Ensemble presents the acclaimed drama “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” starring Tene Fletcher (from left), Annette Sanders, Tiffany Bacon, Baset, Meryl Lynn Brown, Stacie, Deanna Wright and TS Hawkins, through April 7 at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave. For more information, call 267-329-9746. Photo: Salim Bengazi

Closing Art Gallery: Eighth annual Juried Art Exhibit A new exhibit featuring LGBT artists, through April 5 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220. Cy Twombly: Sculptures Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of works from the Swiss sculptor, through March, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Forever Plaid Media Theater presents the story of The

Plaids, a classic 1950s all-male singing group that returns from the Great Beyond to perform the show they never got to when they were alive, through March 31, 104 E. State St., Media; 610891-0100. JB Smoove The comedian seen on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” performs through March 30 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001. Jesus Christ Superstar The popular musical runs through March 30 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave.; 215-572-7650. ■


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Q Puzzle Not Rhoda’s type Across

1. Former Korean president in the land of Margaret Cho’s ancestors 5. Game with men that are queens 10. Talk back to 14. Chauffeur’s order 15. Seduces 16. Coagulate 17. Last word in prayer 18. Brian of figure skating 19. Plot unit 20. With 56-Across, “Rhoda” was a spin-off from this TV program 22. “Melrose ___” 23. FabergÈ creation 24. NASDAQ rival 25. “My Brother’s

___” (ground-breaking episode of the show) 26. Oozes through 28. “Candle in the Wind 1997” subject 31. Vein filler 32. From Jan. 1 to now 34. Field film name 35. Like a straight line, for short 36. “Rhoda” star 40. “Show Boat” bundle 41. Lodging place 42. Cole Porter’s “___ Love You?” 43. Conduit bend 44. Cold shower 46. Cary Grant’s real last name 50. Line from the show that used a certain word for the first time on network TV 52. Shakespearean

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a cast on one foot and a big sparkly shoe on the other. It was hysterical. PGN: So, since you’re Mr. Sparkle, other than your shoes, what’s your favorite sparkly thing? GW: [Laughs.] My diamond. I’m in love with it. My fiancé gave it to me two years ago. This is how much I love it: When I first got it, I was driving the car and it was sunny out. When the sunlight hit the diamond, it shined all over the roof of my car and I was so mesmerized, I almost rearended the car in front of me. PGN: I’m assuming the diamond is attached to a ring? GW: [Smiles.] It is, yes. I am engaged to a wonderful guy. PGN: How did you first know you were gay? GW: It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I really started looking at it. As a cheerleader I got, well, not bullied, because with five boys in the family, we all handled our business, but there were comments ... being called “Gay Gary” or whatever, but I never thought anything of it. I think I tried hard to stay away from all that until my senior year, when I finally started to acknowledge it. It was a really easy process. My mom was actually like, “Gary, can you just tell us already?” We were sitting on the edge of her bed talking about it and I said, “Can you talk to Father for me?” and she said, “Yes, I will.” My family has been great. They love me, they love my fiancé, it’s great. Dad was a little taken aback the first time I brought a guy home to meet them. It’s actually the same guy who is my fiancé now and they get along great.

prince 54. Jack of “Flower Drum Song” 55. Prelude, for short 56. See 20-Across 59. Trojans’ org. 60. Ashley’s C&W mother 61. Earthenware jar 62. Malicious gossip 63. Bones below the elbows 64. Golda of Israeli politics 65. Enc. with a ms. 66. Style Tracy Turnblad’s hair 67. Ogled a hottie in a bar, e.g.

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1. “Pulp Fiction” actor Ving 2. Tribute 3. Come out 4. Start of a rhyme about a tiger

36. Juicy fruit 5. Has an effect 37. Top athletes like the Teletubbies 38. Suffix with Paul 6. Threw a screwball, in Billy Bean’s 39. Bea Arthur’s TV game maid Esther 7. Hebrides lan40. Top targets guage 44. Word in 8. Student of palms Brazilian place names 9. Ukr., once 10. Sequence for 45. The “T” in T.E. Bernstein Lawrence 11. Top mobster 47. “Jeffrey” director Christopher 12. “Fantasia” figure 48. Eastern laborer 13. Took the wheel 49. Disney lyricist 21. Sample some Ashman 51. Catch basin buns, e.g. 22. It may be black- cover 53. Heed the alarm eyed 56. International 25. Work with the hands ___ 57. Sometime 27. Part played by Capote associate Nabors Chaplin 29. Cara of “Fame” 58. To a degree 30. Postcoital sigh 33. In a straight60. Testacle, in slang faced way 35. Ron Howard role SOLUTION,page 35

PGN: Before you came out, was it tough having a diesel-mechanic tough guy as a father? GW: It was and it wasn’t. As you saw, he’s definitely a big guy; his nickname was Stone Cold. My one brother was a hockey star and another was a football star. I was actually his cheerleader, so it was hard in that he was always going to their events and involved in their things, but he supported me in my swimming and got to see me cheerleading, mainly because he was there for my brother’s football games. It took him a moment to start really supporting it but he got there. He loves me for me and that’s all I can ask for. PGN: That’s one of the things that made me notice you at the doctor’s office. I saw this big guy with his sparkly boy and he seemed so proud as the nurses were saying how much the doc was going to love them. GW: Yeah, it’s great. And me and my mom are like best friends. We can talk about whatever. I’m very lucky. PGN: Back to high school, you said you did face some harassment? GW: Yeah, being a cheerleader of course you’d hear stuff. People would say something about me being gay and I’d say, “Whatever, no I’m not.” My brothers would hear about it and come and defend me. They’ve always supported me even after I came out. [Laughs.] Which was funny, after all those years of backing me up when I was telling people I wasn’t gay, they had to switch and defend me for being gay. PGN: Changing topics, what was your first job? GW: I was 16 and I was a cart-pusher at Walmart.

PGN: A cart-pusher? Does that have to do with food or merchandise carts/kiosks? GW: No, it’s the guy who rounds up all the carts in the parking lot and pushes them back into the store. I wasn’t as fabulous back then! And I did it in the winter because they needed extra seasonal help. I only lasted for two months and they brought me inside thinking I’d be better suited as a cashier. I stayed with them for quite some time and became management and started a career in retail. I’m currently a manager for another retail outlet ... when I’m not doing shoes. PGN: Let’s do some random questions. The feature I get the most compliments on is ... GW: My legs. I’m blessed with nice long legs. PGN: Which look even better in those heels, I’m sure. What’s your biggest flaw? GW: Sometimes I’m too honest. That can be a good and bad trait. PGN: The worst pick-up line tried on me was ... GW: Oh boy, someone trying to pick me up by offering money! PGN: The time I didn’t get caught was when I ... GW: Ha! I plead the fifth. There were plenty of times I didn’t get caught. My siblings always had my back. If I didn’t get caught it usually meant my sister was covering for me. PGN: In another life I probably was a ... GW: Queen of the vampires! I’m obsessed with royalty and heraldry and I love vampires, so I was probably some combination of the two.

PGN: Are you a night person or day? GW: Definitely a night person. PGN: How does that work doing retail? GW: Well, I’m currently on overnights so it’s perfect. PGN: Any hobbies? GW: Not really, just my shoes and my dogs and fiancé. We’ve been together for five years and have built a home together. We have a house in Folcroft and have our three babies, Milo, Paris and Elton. PGN: I think you’re the antithesis of what people assume about young gay people. You’re an entrepreneur, you’re in a stable committed relationship, you work hard and are close to your family, where people try to paint young gay men as out there partying and doing drugs and sleeping around. Are there more young people like you than we think? GW: I certainly hope so. I think you’re right that people assume the gay scene is all about who you can have in bed that night but it’s not like that. At least that’s not what I found. Most of my friends were like me, in monogamous relationships and looking to create a life and family together. PGN: Where do you see yourself in five years? GW: Finally married! I guess it’s cliché but I want to have it all. The white-picket fence with a family and kids. We do plan to adopt one day, it’s what we’re working towards. I’d love to see Sparkle by G take off and be a huge success so I can make lots of money and be a stay-at-home mom! ■ Check out Sparkle by G at facebook.com/ SparkleByG. For more information on the Save the Shore fundraiser, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/5595560472.


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Court of Common Pleas for the County of Philadelphia, March Term, 2013, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on March 4, 2013, the petition of MARKIETH SHAQUILLE BLAND was filed, praying for a decree to change her name to TORI ALANNA BLAND. The Court has fixed April 26, 2013 at 12:30 P.M., in Room No. 691, in Philadelphia City Hall for hearing. All persons interested may appear and show cause if they have, why the prayer of the said petitioner should not be granted. ________________________________________37-13

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Half Price Rooms (6am-12 Midnight) Members: $12.50 & Non-Members: $22.50

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9. Giovanni’s Room 1145 Pine St. 215.923.2960 giovannisroom.com Oldest LGBT bookstore in the country 10. ICandy 254 S. 12th St. 267.324.3500 clubicandy.com 11. Independent Hotel 1234 Locust St. 215.923.3535 theindependenthotel. com 12. Knock 225 S. 12th St. 215.925.1166 knockphilly.com

13. Optimal Sport 7. Danny’s Adam & Eve 1315 Walnut St. (entr. on Juniper St.) 133 S. 13th St. 215.735.1114 215.925.5041 optimalsporthealth8. Fusion clubs.com 105 S. 12th St. 215.733.0633 14. Pleasure Chest fusioncrosstrain2039 Walnut St. ing.com 215.561.7480

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15. Sansom Street Cinema 120 S. 13th St. 215.545.9254 16. Sansom Street Gym 2020 Sansom St. 267.330.0151 17. Scorpio Books 205 S. Juniper St. 215.525.2181

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22. Tavern on Camac 243 S. Camac St. 215.545.0900 tavernoncamac.com 23. U Bar 1220 Locust St. 215.546.6660 24. Venture Inn 255 S. Camac St. 215.545.8731

18. Sisters 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735 sistersnightclub.com

25. Voyeur 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772 voyeurnightclub. com

19. Spruce Street Video 252 S. 12th St. 215.546.6843

26. Westbury 261 S. 13th St. 215.546.5170 thewestburybar.net

20. Stir Lounge 1705 Chancellor St. 215.732.2700 stirphilly.com

27. William Way LGBT CC 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220 waygay.org

21. Tabu 200 S. 12th St. 215.964.9675 tabuphilly.com

28. Woody’s 202 S. 13th St. 215.545.1893 woodysbar.com

Community centers

■ The Attic Youth Center 255 S. 16th St.; 215-545-4331; atticyouthcenter.org. For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held 4-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 48:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available MondayFriday. See the Youth section for more events.

■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St., 215-898-5044; center@dolphin. upenn.edu. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

■ ActionAIDS: 215-981-0088 ■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: 215-587-9377 ■ AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey: 856-933-9500 ext. 221 ■ AIDS Library: 215-985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: 215592-1513 ■ AIDS Treatment Fact line: 800662-6080 ■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: 215-685-1633 ■ The COLOURS Organization Inc.: 215-496-0330 ■ District Attorney LGBT Liaison: Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick, 215-686-

■ Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Youth Center 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Salem UCC Education Building, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-957-7981 ext. 9065 rainbowroom@ppbucks.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: noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Key numbers 9980, helen.fitzpatrick@phila.gov ■ Equality Pennsylvania: 215731-1447; www.equalitypa.org ■ Equality Forum: 215-732-3378 ■ LGBT Peer Counseling Services: 215-732-TALK ■ Mayor’s Director of LGBT Affairs: Gloria Casarez, 215-6862194; Gloria.Casarez@phila.gov; Fax: 215-686-2555

■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: 215-686-4670 ■ Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force: 1-877-pride-2000 ■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel: 215-6863318 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: 215-760-3686 (Rick Lombardo); ppd.lgbt@gmail.com ■ Philly Pride Presents: 215875-9288

■ Mazzoni Center: 215-563-0652; Legal Services: 215-563-0657, 866-LGBT-LAW; Family & Community Medicine: 215-563-0658

■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: 717-9209537

■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): 215-572-1833

■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: 215-732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)

Health

Anonymous, free, confidential HIV testing Spanish/English counselors offer testing 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 216 W. Somerset St.; 215763-8870. ActionAIDS Provides a range of programs for people affected by HIV/AIDS, including case management, prevention, testing and education services at 1216 Arch St.; 215-981-0088; www.actionaids.org. AIDS Services In Asian Communities Provides HIV-related services to Asians and Pacific Islanders at 1711 S. Broad St.; 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.; 215-851-1822 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 (walk-in) and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays (by appoint-

■ 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; 215-627-9090; www.galloplaw. org. ■ Greater Philadelphia Professional Network Networking group for area business professionals, selfemployed and business owners meets monthly in a different location throughout the city, invites speakers on various topics, partners with other nonprofits and maintains a website where everyone is invited to sign up for email notices for activities and

ment) at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; 215-685-1821. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications and confidential HIV testing available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays at 13 S. MacDade Blvd., Suite 108, Collingdale; Medical Office Building, 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; 610-586-9077. 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 chronicdisease 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-Thursday; 9 a.m.-noon Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; 215-985-9206.

Professional groups events; www.gppn.org; 215-9223377.

■ National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association The Philadelphia chapter of NLGJA, open to professionals and students, meets for social and networking events; www. nlgja.org/philly; philly@nlgja.org.

■ 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.

■ 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; 215-840-2039.


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