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PA gov compares marriage equality to incest By Angela Thomas

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett once again took a swipe at the LGBT community when he compared same-sex marriage to incest. On Oct. 4, Corbett appeared on CBS 21 with Sherry Christian. In the interview, Christian confronted Corbett on remarks made in August by his administration, comparing marriage licenses for samesex couples to licenses issued to 12-yearolds. Corbett, who apologized on behalf of his administration for those comments, told Christian that he believed a better analogy would have been “between brother and sister.”

CARRYING ON THE TRADITION: Thomas Hall, an organizer of last month’s LGBT rally at Logan Circle, readied the rainbow flag to be raised at City Hall Oct. 3. The fourth-annual ceremony honors LGBT History Month, with the rainbow flag flying over City Hall through the end of October. About 100 people attended this year’s ceremony, which featured performances by the Philadelphia Freedom Band and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as remarks by Mayor Michael Nutter. Special tributes were made to AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, The Attic Youth Center and Philadelphia Dyke March, all of whom are celebrating anniversary years. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Outfest to serve up new parties, entertainment By Angela Thomas More than 130 vendors and tens of thousands are expected in the Gayborhood Sunday to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The 27th annual OutFest will be held from noon-6 p.m. Oct. 13.

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DIALING IN: Brian Simons and Meghan Meehan-Draper, staffers for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s gubernatorial campaign, put the congresswoman on speakerphone for her LGBT supporters gathered for a campaign fundraiser at Knock Oct. 7. Schwartz had to�� miss the event after House members were put on alert in regard to the government shutdown. Several-dozen LGBT and ally supporters turned out for the fundraiser, including Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, who is being sued by the state for performing same-sex marriages. This week, Schwartz contacted the U.S. Treasury seeking clarification on the tax status of the same-sex couples who got marriage licenses in Montgomery County over the summer. Photo: Scott A. Drake


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A judge will rule next month on whether or not a federal challenge of Pennsylvania’s ban on samesex marriage will proceed. In a hearing Wednesday morning in Harrisburg, Judge John Jones said he would rule by Nov. 15 on the state’s request for the dismissal of the suit. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed the case, Whitewood v. Corbett, July 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, on behalf of 10 same-sex couples,

two of their children and one widow. The national ACLU and firm Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller are also representing the plaintiffs. Attorneys for Gov. Tom Corbett, named as a defendant, last week filed a motion to dismiss the suit, contending the plaintiffs did not adequately state a claim for relief. If Jones does not dismiss the case, he said he would put it on an expedited discovery schedule. The judge said Wednesday the trial would be “earlier rather than later” in 2014. Pending his ruling on the disPAGE 19

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Pastor faces discipline for performing son’s gay marriage By Timothy Cwiek

fear of losing my job.” So on April 28, 2007, Schaefer performed the marriage in Cohasset, Mass. But on April 2, 2013, one of Schaefer’s For the past 11 years, the Rev. Frank Schaefer has served as pastor of the Zion congregants filed a formal complaint United Methodist Church of Iona, in against him for performing the ceremony. The complaint was filed 26 days before South Lebanon Township. But his days in that role may be num- the statute of limitations for prosecuting bered, as he faces a church trial next Schaefer’s “offense” would have expired. The congregant hasn’t been publicly month for performing a same-sex maridentified, and Schaefer said he doesn’t riage. know how the person found out about his son’s marriage. Schaefer told a supervisor about his decision to perform the marriage. But, said the pastor, he didn’t make an announcement to his congregants. Schaefer faces discipline ranging from a reprimand to defrocking. A panel of 15 jurors, including two alternates, will be selected to TIM SCHAEFER (LEFT) AND HIS FATHER, REV. decide his fate. All of them will FRANK SCHAEFER be ordained Methodist ministers, Schaefer said. “I hope the jurors will understand that I Six years ago, when Schaefer’s son Tim asked him to officiate at his marriage to did this for my son and show some leniency,” he said. “I hope they’ll remember another man, he immediately said yes. “It was a no-brainer,” Schaefer told that part of the ordination vows is that you PGN. “I knew I might lose my job. But I agree to minister to all the people.” If Schaefer is defrocked, he might puralso knew I had to do it. My love for my son took over, and was stronger than my sue ordination in a more LGBT-friendly

Protestant denomination. But, he said, he hopes it doesn’t get to that point. Schaefer, 51, said his staff has been largely supportive. But some of his congregants have voiced their disapproval and no longer worship at his church. H i s s o n Ti m , 2 9 , expressed mixed feelings about his father’s ordeal. “Of course I feel partly responsible that he’s facing disciplinary action for what he did for me,” Tim Schaefer said. “But it meant the world to me that my own father was able to perform the ceremony. So I really don’t have any regrets. It is what it is.” Tim said both of his parents have also been extremely supportive of him, his lesbian sister and his gay brother. He added that he wants to work within the Methodist Church to make it more LGBT-friendly. “The Methodist Church is generally very good on social issues, but not on this one,” he noted. Tim pointed to the conservative nature of Lebanon County, where his father’s

church is located. “I think part of the reason why this happened is that my dad is serving in an area that’s more conservative than other areas [of the country],” he said. He expressed optimism that his father will be permitted to remain as pastor of the church. “I do have hope that he may be found guilty, but he’ll just receive a reprimand. My father feels led to minister to people.” Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church issued this statement: “The complaint is confidential under our church process, and I am not at liberty to provide any comment. I am in prayer for all involved in this process, and I urge everyone to join me in lifting up in prayer each of the persons involved.” Jury selection is scheduled to begin 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Innabah Camp and Retreat Center, 712 Pughtown Road in Spring City. Alfred W. Gwinn Jr., a retired Methodist bishop from Florida, will preside. The public is permitted to attend. ■

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FIGHTING BACK: LGBTs and allies came together to discuss domestic violence and its impact on the LGBT community at the monthly QSpot Oct. 5 at William Way LGBT Community Center. After the showing of the third installment of “CrazySexyCool,” film star and vice president of Da L Factor Di the Comedian (with microphone) was on hand to discuss her role in the piece, which highlights domestic violence among LGBT couples. The event also featured free HIV testing and access to community resources, along with a workshop led by recording artist Tony Enos. Photo: Scott A. Drake NEWS

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Lehigh County mulls same-sex bens Delaware Pride postponed By Jen Colletta Lehigh County could become the seventh jurisdiction in the state to offer health benefits to same-sex partners of county employees. County executive Matt Croslis included a stipulation in his recent budget proposal that would extend the same benefits to same-sex couples legally married in a jurisdiction that sanctions marriage equality that heterosexual married couples receive. Currently, Philadelphia, Allentown, Easton, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and State College offer benefits to same-sex partners of employees, although those programs extend to nonmarried same-sex domestic partners, while the proposed Lehigh County measure would be limited to legally married couples. Lehigh County is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and encompasses cities such as Allentown and Bethlehem. The county’s nine-member board of commissioners, comprised of seven Republicans and two Democrats, was scheduled to discuss the issue Oct. 9. At that point, commissioners could, with a five-vote majority, amend the budget, and the modified proposal would come up for its final vote two weeks later. Then, Croslis could chose to approve or veto the measure. Croslis told PGN Tuesday that he wanted to wait and see how the discussion would play out before deciding how to handle the possible elimination of his benefits proposal. “I don’t know yet because there are other options,” he said. “I have to take the budget as a whole. I have to worry about a couple hundred-thousand people and how the budget is going to affect them. So I have to wait and see what happens before I decide.” Croslis told PGN he believes he has the authority to issue an executive order to mandate the benefits, but said he would prefer to make the change with the approval of the county commissioners if possible. Also factoring into that discussion was the fact that Croslis is a temporary appointee to the executive position; he was appointed by the commissioners in June to carry out

the term of the late former executive Bill Hansell, and his term will expire in January. “I didn’t want to get accused of doing anything behind the scenes, so I wanted to make sure to put it out there for discussion,” he said. “And I chose to do it this way because I think this is the best shot at getting it to last.” Before Wednesday’s meeting, one commissioner already had taken issue with the idea. Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton said he planned to propose an amendment to the budget to eliminate Croslis’ same-sex partner proposal. In an interview with The Morning Call, Creighton suggested that the move could lead to the county “giving money out to people’s pets or whatever.” “I’m hoping he misspoke,” Croslis said about Creighton’s comment. “I just don’t think that has any place in this discussion.” Creighton spoke out against the allocation of $219,000 for the benefits program — in the total $361.7-million budget — but Croslis said the actual figure would likely not exceed $50,000, and could even be nothing. Lehigh County has 2,027 employees, and Croslis noted that a nearby health network with 10,000 employees reported signing up 20 same-sex partners after adopting a similar measure. “That [$219,000] was a pure estimate,” Croslis said. “We’re self-insured so if nobody chose to accept the benefits, it could actually be zero. But we can’t have any idea of how many people would use it because you can’t exactly go and survey people.” Croslis said he is hopeful that the policy can come to fruition, noting it is a simple but needed change. “It came to my attention as we were going through the budget stuff that our healthbenefits policy had language in there that said you can get coverage and benefits for a spouse if you’re legally married to a person of the opposite sex. When I saw ‘to a person of the opposite sex,’ I thought, that’s kind of absurd, and it’s discriminatory. So we should eliminate those last couple words. If you’re legally married, your spouse should get benefits. It’s that simple.” ■

By Jen Colletta It was announced this week that the annual Delaware Pride festivities scheduled for later this month have been postponed until next year. In an Oct. 6 announcement, the board of directors of Delaware Pride said the event, slated to take place Oct. 19 at Battery Park in Delaware City, would not go on because of fundraising difficulties. Instead, the board is turning its attention to planning early for the 2014 celebration. Board member Michael Tersigni told PGN that the agency saw a low turnout at community meetings and fundraising events, such as bowling and BINGO outings that raise money to stage the festival. “Our main problem has been a lack of community support,” he said. “We’ve been planning things and the community just isn’t coming out to support us and help us raise money to put this event on. People don’t realize that this isn’t a free event; we have to pay for trash, police, entertainment, stages. If we had support and people there to help, I think this would have turned out differently.” All sponsors and vendors who already contributed money are being reimbursed, Tersigni said. After spending a decade in Rehoboth

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ON THE GO AT INDIGO: About 350 people turned out to the William Way LGBT Community Center’s annual fundraising gala Oct. 5 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, including Mayor Michael Nutter (left photo, center), John C. Anderson Apartments building manager Kecia Hilliard and her partner, Lita Steed. Fundraising totals were not yet available but director of development Michael Pomante said more than $56,000 was raised just during the fundraising appeal at the event, a figure that does not include ticket sales and sponsorships, as well as expenses. The event featured emcees Amber Hikes (left) and Rudy Flesher and the distribution of awards to Nutter, the Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany, Philly Dyke March and PECO. Executive director Chris Bartlett called the event “an example of the community that we create 365 days a year at William Way — youth, adults and elders of all stripes and experiences celebrating the contributions of the LGBT community in Philadelphia with food, fun and festivity.” After the gala wrapped up, about 100 guests headed to an after-party at Tabu, followed by an after-after-party at Voyeur. “Indigo Ball guests and regular patrons mingled, danced and had a great time,” Pomante said. He noted that the IndiGoGo party held after the gala for the last few years will now be a separate event and will be staged in April. Photos: Scott A. Drake

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New GALAEI campaign gets city recognition By Jen Colletta A new HIV-education campaign targeting the Latino community was honored by the city this week. POSITIVO, which launched last month from GALAEI: A queer Latino@ Social Justice Organization, is a social-media and photo campaign highlighting members of the Latino community who detail their support of those living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT community. City Councilwoman María QuiñonesSánchez on Wednesday night gave GALAEI, the campaign and the subjects of the five

photos commendations for their efforts at the agency’s Center City headquarters. “We wanted to recognize the folks who really stepped up to the plate to be a part of this media campaign, whether they were HIV-positive people or not,” QuiñonesSánchez told PGN this week. “The campaign looks to promote a more positive image about people coming forward and getting tested and we wanted to honor that.” The campaign launched Sept. 8 at Feria del Barrio, a Latino street festival in North Philadelphia. It is the first campaign of its kind in the state that uses local Latino community members to communicate affirming

Three years pass since Blahnik murder By Jen Colletta It has been three years since Stacey Blahnik was murdered in her home and justice remains elusive for the local trans leader. Blahnik was found murdered in her home in the 1800 block of Manton Street in South Philadelphia Oct. 11, 2010. She had been strangled to death. Blahnik was the overall house mother for ballroom organization House of Blahnik. Police identified a person of interest in the case six months after the murder, and an investigator said this week that that individual is still being looked at. “We have an idea of who we’re looking at,” said Lt. Mark Deegan of the Homicide Department. Deegan said detectives are reprocessing evidence for DNA in another attempt to connect the person of interest to the crime.

“One of the developments is we’ve been trying to get some new DNA stuff,” he said. “A lot of it was done already but we’ve had some people go back over it. We may have some other things we need to have tested to rule some people out. What we’re trying to do is hook up DNA with the person of interest, and we’ll really have something to talk about.” Blahnik’s body was discovered by her partner, Malik Moorer. Moorer told PGN this week that he is committed to seeking justice for Blahnik. “I’m going to keep fighting until we get some attention,” he said. “I want to try to find justice for Stacey and also fight for trans rights as much as I can. I’m embracing it and want to keep on going to get justice.” Moorer, along with Blahnik’s friends and supporters, will hold a candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the William Way LGBT Community Center. ■

messages about LGBT and HIV-positive community members. The campaign distributed 1,000 posters and 10,000 postcards throughout North Philadelphia, and took to social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It is also an interactive campaign that invites community members to share their own stories of being “POSITIVO.” Quiñones-Sánchez said that, while there has been rapid progress in destigmatizing the LGBT and HIV/AIDS populations in recent years, efforts like POSITIVO can help further that evolution in the Latino and other communities. “While there have been great strides in

the Latino community, particularly in the last few years, we are working every single day to demystify the stigma attached to [HIV/AIDS], particularly with young LGBT folks,” she said. “And also on the education side, this campaign shows the importance of testing, both proactively and then also the importance of supporting folks who may be HIV-positive. Everybody knows someone now who is either positive or who is LGBT. So we want to turn this into a positive discussion about what’s going on in our communities.” For more information, visit ■

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Walkers, runners entering home stretch before AIDS Walk By Angela Thomas More than 15,000 walkers, runners and supporters from all over the Philadelphia region are expected to attend this year’s AIDS Walk/Run Philly. The 27th annual event, which raises money for 30 HIV/AIDS organizations in the Delaware Valley, will take place Oct. 20, starting at Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 5K run will start at 8 a.m., with the 12K walk setting off at 9 a.m. Runners are encouraged to turn in their sponsor sheets and donations at 7 a.m., and 7:30 a.m. for walkers. Early check-in will take place from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the headquarters of event organizer AIDS Fund, 1315 Spruce St., fourth floor. AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard said the organization expects to raise $500,000. AIDS Fund recently launched a web series titled “AIDS in Philly” to spread the word about the epi-

demic and the event. Reichard noted that one in five people living with HIV don’t know they are infected, and that gay and bisexual men, especially in urban areas, continue to be hardest hit. “One of our messages, in addition to encouraging people to come out to the walk, is it is important to get tested,” Reichard said. At the event itself, participants can expect a number of returning traditions, as well as new features. There will be a yoga session starting at 7:15 a.m. and another at 8 a.m., followed by a Zumba warm-up at 8:45 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. Reichard said the day will start off with the traditional reading of the names, which honors those who died of HIV/AIDS, at 7:30 a.m. There will also be 25 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display. Reichard said this year, the organization will include donation stations for people who haven’t

A WALK TO REMEMBER: Tyler Strusowski (right) talks over aspects of the annual AIDS Walk with Warren Poysher as Leah Geoghegan fills out volunteer forms. The kick-off event was held Sept. 27 in Rittenhouse Square. AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichert said the annual park kick-off brings information to several thousand people who may be walking by. The walk will be held Oct. 20. Photo: Scott A. Drake

yet registered or raised funds. The stations will allow participants to donate money on the spot in place of having raised funds. AIDS Fund also included new incentives for various donation levels, including a T-shirt and

sunglasses for people who have raised $250 or more, an AIDS Walk Philly sweatshirt for those who raised $500 or more and an AIDS Walk Philly track jacket for those who raised $1,000 or more. Reichard said the event is inclu-

sive to all different groups of people and said he expects participants of all ages and from all communities to turn out. “The LGBT community has been involved with AIDS Walk since the very beginning and we need to see that the community stays involved and remains visible,” he said. “It has always been one of our goals that the event is open and welcoming for young people because young people are at high risk as well. We are always proud of the number of college/ university and high-school students who participate.” While the event has evolved in its 27 years, Reichard said its importance in combating the HIV/ AIDS epidemic has not changed. “We have an ongoing epidemic that doesn’t get the attention that it once did. While we have made tremendous strides, we continue to stigmatize people with HIV/ AIDS and we need to make sure people infected and affected have accessible services.” For more information, visit or www. ■


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Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between Sept. 23-29. 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 or call 215-686-TIPS (8477). INCIDENTS — At 4:45 p.m. Sept. 23, a woman was on a Market-Frankford train at 13th and Market streets when two women snatched her iPhone from her hand and fled at the 15th Street stop. The suspects were described as black females; one was 5-foot-10, 130 pounds, with long braided hair, wearing a blue shirt and dark pants. The other was 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, with short hair and wearing a black shirt. — At 8:20 p.m. Sept. 23, a man stole someone’s iPhone from a table outside 135 S. 13th St. The suspect, who fled east on Sansom Street, was described as a 16year-old black male with a thin build and dark complexion, wearing a black hoodie and black hat. — Between 11 p.m. Sept. 24 and 8 a.m. Sept. 25, someone stole a copper down spout from the front of a residence in the 1200 block of Panama Street. — On Sept. 26, three residences in the 1200 block of Panama Street had copper down spouts stolen. At 6:30 that morning, a male was seen walking north on Iseminger Street with the copper. The suspect was described as a black male, 35-40, 6 feet, thin, wearing a gray striped shirt and white pants. — On Sept. 27, a copper down spout was stolen from a residence in the 300 block of South Camac Street. A neighbor observed a black male with a cooper down spout in his hands at 2:15 a.m. but went back to sleep without contacting police. — At 11 a.m. Sept. 27, someone stole money from a tip jar inside Smoothie King, 1101 Market St. The suspect was described as a black male age 20-30, 6 feet, thin, wearing black sweat pants. — Between 8-11:55 p.m. Sept. 28, someone stole an unsecured bicycle from outside 213 S. Eighth St. NON-SUMMARY ARRESTS — At 2:55 p.m. Sept. 24, a federal police officer observed a male on the MarketFrankford El train with a bag of marijuana. The officer detained the man and turned him over to SEPTA Police at 11th and Market streets. Recovered from the male was a bag of marijuana and a quantity of narcotics pills. The 22-year-old suspect with a Norristown address was charged with possession of illegal narcotics. — At 10 a.m. Sept. 25, a man entered Joyce

Cleaners, 1306 Sansom St., and asked for his clothing — but, as the employee went to the back to get it, the man reached over the counter and unsuccessfully attempted to open the cash register. The man left emptyhanded. The suspect was spotted in the 1200 block of Walnut Street on Oct. 1 and apprehended. The 60-year-old suspect with a homeless-shelter address was charged with theft. — At noon Sept. 26, Center City District bike-patrol Officers Moore and Bates observed an illegal narcotics transaction outside 1000 Market St. The officers were able to apprehend the suspected seller and recover a quantity of narcotics pills and cash. The 33-year-old suspect with a Hatboro address was charged with illegal narcotics sales. — At 5:35 p.m. Sept. 26, a complainant was outside the Parker-Spruce Hotel, 261 S. 13th St., and got into an argument with a companion, who tried to steal the complainant’s handbag. The complainant kept the handbag and the suspect fled. The victim flagged down Sixth District Officers Romanczuk and Cash and they took the suspect into custody. The 40-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address was charged with robbery and related offenses. — At 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, 6th District Narcotics Team Officers observed an illegal narcotics transaction outside 1000 Market St. The officers apprehended the suspected seller and recovered a quantity of narcotics pills and cash. The 42-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address was charged with illegal narcotics sales. — At 11:15 p.m. Sept. 28, a complainant was approached by a male in the 1300 block of Walnut Street who demanded money. He took the victim to an ATM, where cash was withdrawn and given to the male, who then walked away. Sixth District Officer Ditizio, assigned to the 13th Street foot beat, was alerted to the incident and apprehended the suspect at 13th and Walnut streets. The 35-year-old suspect with a Center City address was charged with robbery and related offenses. SUMMARY ARRESTS — At 3 p.m. Sept. 24, 6th District officers issued a citation for a summary offense outside 1334 Walnut St. — On Sept. 25, 6th District officers issued a citation for a summary offense at 8:20 p.m. outside 302 S. 13th St. and at 10:55 p.m. outside 1200 Chestnut St. — At 12:55 a.m. Sept. 26, 6th District officers issued a citation for a summary offense outside 1300 Locust St. — At 2:10 a.m. Sept. 27, 6th District officers arrested a 23-year-old suspect with a West Oak Lane address for public intoxication outside 303 S. Eighth St. — At 10:15 p.m. Sept. 28, 6th District officers issued a citation for a summary offense outside 400 S. 12th St. ■

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Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett dug himself deeper into the trenches of bigotry last week. In an interview with Harrisburg’s CBS 21 that aired Oct. 4, Corbett compared same-sex marriage to incest. The comment came after reporter Sherry Christian questioned the governor about backlash his administration experienced for comparing same-sex marriage to unions between children in a recent court filing. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you think?” he questioned the quickly flabbergasted Christian. Sure, the comment is offensive — not to mention ridiculous, bigoted and ill-fitting of the leader of a state government. But the way in which Corbett delivered the remark was even more repulsive. After uttering the statement, Corbett flashed a conspiratorial half-smile and slight chuckle, almost as if he were attempting to invite Christian into his ridicule of same-sex couples. Christian wasn’t having that, thankfully, as she seemed to look off-set, fumble a moment and respond with, “I don’t know. I’m gonna leave the comments to you and your team.” But the cavalier manner in which Corbett drew the comparison is illustrative of the fact that he simply doesn’t get the concept of same-sex marriage. As is his repeated foot-in-mouth disorder when this issue is raised. This past summer, he issued an “apology” after his administration compared the issuing of marriage licenses to samesex couples to licenses for 12-year-olds in a court filing in the state’s suit against Montgomery County Register of Wills

D. Bruce Hanes, who issued same-sex marriage licenses this summer. Corbett assured the public he was not aware that comparison would be made in the filing and went on to say it would “never” happen again. Fast-forward two months, and now it’s Corbett himself making a new and equally inane comparison. In his quickly issued apology last week, Corbett rationalized that he was simply trying to cite other relationships prohibited from marriage. However, that’s not what Christian asked — she asked a simple, open-ended question about backlash and Corbett, at the ready, chose to make another stupid comment. In addition to his misleading justification, Corbett also delivered this gem: “My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize.” Every time he opens his mouth on this issue, he gets it wrong. Instead of demonstrate his sheer lack of knowledge and understanding about same-sex couples, maybe Corbett should take this opportunity to educate himself. Find out what exactly the Montgomery County licenses mean to the 174 couples who rushed to the county to receive them. Talk to Maureen Hennessey, whose wife of 20 years died earlier this year and she is navigating inheritance-tax penalties and other financial obstacles on top of her grief. Stop any number of Pennsylvanians walking down the street, as the majority support state recognition for same-sex couples. Or, he could continue to make off-thewall, asinine comments that will hopefully bring the end of his days in office sooner rather than later. ■

Hey, did you hear that former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro recently became a grandpa? That’s nice for him. The end. At least that’s how the story should go, but it doesn’t. Why? Because Petro’s daughter is a lesbian. And Linda Harvey of Mission: America thinks that God wants her to use this otherwise joyous occasion to call Petro’s daughter, and all of the other gay or lesbian parents out there, child abusers who don’t love their kids. And how are gay and lesbian parents abusing their children? Simply by being gay or lesbian. And don’t you try any of that “all you need is love” bullshit, either. “Because if samesex relationships are all about love, why are people bringing a third, unknown party into a relationship to be the ‘father’ or ‘mother’ behind the curtain?” Harvey asks. “When this kind of love means you can never conceive a new human with the person you love, isn’t this a big clue that things were never supposed to be this way?” Harvey seems to be forgetting that there is more to a relationship than meeting some kind of sexual-reproduction quota. In a particularly nasty move, Harvey claims that since Petro’s daughter is not the birth mother, Petro isn’t really a grandfather. And his daughter certainly isn’t a mother. “[T]he Petros now have a grandson, and they are publicly cooing as most new grandparents do. Ecstatic or not, the reality is, this baby is actually the Petros’ adopted grandchild — no blood relation — because their daughter’s partner was the birth mother. The father? At the time of this writing, no one has said. Friend? Sperm donor? Who knows?” I would add, “Who cares?” to that list of questions. It certainly isn’t any of Harvey’s business. But Harvey is determined to make it her business. She is particularly concerned that the Petros’ grandchild is a boy being raised by two women. She bemoans the lack of an “identifiable father in a boy’s life, offering heritage,

caretaking, known genetic background, wisdom, financial support, spiritual guidance.” She also claims, “Dadlessness is a significant deficit in a child’s life, but to do it deliberately, cavalierly, is close to child abuse. Every child deserves to know mom and dad. Homosexual parenting, deliberately excluding either a mom or dad, does not make sense, child-welfare-wise, and is frankly, cruel.” Is it close to child abuse or is it actually child abuse? Make up your mind, Harvey! Never mind that reputable studies have proven that having two parents of the same sex does not endanger child welfare. That kind of information isn’t useful to Harvey because she clearly shuns any and all data that disrupts her “gay-parents-are-terrible” narrative. And why do gays and lesbians want children to begin with? Because kids just love parades! Harvey writes, “The adults are the central figures in a play about ‘making me happy according to what I think I want today.’ The kids are essentially props to be trotted out, sadly, at events like ‘Pride’ parades. Yet at some point, children are not stupid and will figure this out.” That’s right. Gays and lesbians are fickle, especially when it comes to children (I mean, just think of how often they have unintended pregnancies). At some point, the kids of gay and lesbian parents are going to wise up to their role as fun props promoting the homosexual lifestyle. And then all of these kids are going to march over to Harvey’s house to demand asylum. Hope she has some air mattresses. ■

“Homosexual parenting, deliberately excluding either a mom or dad, does not make sense, child-welfare-wise, and is frankly, cruel.”

— Linda Harvey

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With all the politics in the air, I think it’s are actually doing this. time to change the subject and bring some So, now that the decision has been made warmth back to a civil society. So with and we’re looking at the calendar to figure out when, it’s beginning to look like that, Jason and I have decided to start talkspring, after the opening of the John C. ing about a family — we’re actually talking about adopting a puppy. Anderson LGBT-friendly senior apartments. Now we’re down to only Most of you know we used two questions: to have two Boston Terriers. First, what kind of dog? We Moshe and Sadie were a joy to like the idea of a small dog like behold. And after long and loving lives, they left us about twoa French bulldog, but we also and-a-half years ago, within a like the idea of a Labradoodle. six-month period of each other. So we’re debating the pros and Our lives have been a little empcons of each, and who knows, tier since. someone might suggest another We’re both animal people, alternative. but it has taken us this long to And also, what do we name finally be in a place to consider her? We’ve had some fun welcoming a new member into playing that game with our the house. We’re also two busy friends. Don’t know about you, people and trying to bring up but as I wrote this, I felt that a puppy with our schedule is cozy, warm, fuzzy feeling that a little tough, since puppies Mark Segal allowed me to totally forget the deserve time and patience. problems of the universe. Luckily for us, as soon as we started makThat is the best advertisement for family ing sounds that we were open to opening that I know. ■ our house and hearts, friends and coworkers realizing our time restraints jumped in Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the to offer to assist when we need puppy sitnation’s most-award-winning commentaters and more. This moved the needle from tor in LGBT media. He can be reached at “considering” to the reality of “when” we

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What’s your opinion of Gov. Christie’s opposition to marriage equality? “He probably has been discriminated against because of his obesity, so he should be more sensitive to other forms Nicole Colavita of discrimin- hair stylist ation. He was South Philadelphia able to marry the person he wanted to. Who is he to tell other people who they can marry?”

“He’s acting like a horse’s ass. This is 2013, not 1950. Gov. Christie needs to get with the program. Charles Potje He should salon owner be ashamed Queen Village of himself for discriminating against the LGBT community.”

“Gov. Christie has lost any chance of being president. There’s no way he would get elected. He’s alienated Jill Reifinger a huge hair stylist portion of the Graduate Hospital public. He’s obviously not presidential material. He’s entitled to his personal beliefs but you keep your mouth shut if you have nothing nice to say. Especially someone in his position.”

“We’re in a new age, where it’s all about freedom. Gov. Christie needs to educate himself about diversity. He Vennessa Sizop model needs to open Bethlehem his heart to the LGBT community. If he doesn’t [do that], he can kiss my ass.”

LGBT immigrants stand up for dignity and respect On Oct. 5, I was one of the thousands of voices in a national chorus. Across 80 cities, we mobilized for the National Day for Dignity and Respect on behalf of our nation’s 11-million undocumented men, women and children — saying the time for comprehensive, compassionate immigration is now. Back in 2008, I watched other immigrants like me come out of the shadows. After spending more than half of my life in the shadows myself, I decided to join them. Now, as a gay DREAMer I stood up on Oct. 5 to say to the 267,000 who are undocumented and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, that the country we love shouldn’t make us live in two closets anymore. We are massing by the thousands — gay and straight, undocumented and citizens, labor and business, left and right — across America so our voices together won’t get lost in the din of politics or posturing. We want nothing less than an achievable path to eventual legal status for 11-million

aspiring citizens, including the 267,000 LGBT immigrants among us. Poll after poll shows the American voters — including a majority of Republicans — are with us. We want our broken immigration system to be fixed, a balanced approach to reform and a path to citizenship. That’s why the Senate passed a bipartisan bill back in July, which, while far from perfect, should have paved the way for continued momentum on behalf of this urgent issue. Instead, immigration reform has become a political football as it moved to the House. Leaders — including those who trumpet the importance of family — have stood idly by as 1,100 immigrant families are torn apart by deportations each day. But this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would bring a comprehensive immigration bill to her colleagues in the House. LGBT immigrants like myself face unique challenges, like the inability to

gain citizenship for our spouses in most states. That’s why Equality Pennsylvania is supporting the bipartisan Senate bill that includes several provisions that would be particularly beneficial for the LGBT community. The bill would eliminate the oneyear bar on applying for asylum; improve the conditions for people held in detention facilities; and limit the use of solitary confinement, prohibiting the use of this practice based solely on a detainee’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s not enough to offer undocumented immigrants work permits instead of full citizenship. That approach would relegate millions of people to a permanent underclass. It’s not enough that you address the status of immigrant youth only, ignoring their families and friends who must continue to live in fear. This is the best chance we’ve had in a generation to pass common-sense immigration reform. It’s good policy: It modernizes our immigration system so it’s safe,

legal, orderly and humane. It’s also good economics: A Congressional Budget Office report shows that reform will grow our economy and reduce the deficit by almost a trillion dollars over two decades. And it’s good politics: Democrats want reform to show they can deliver. Republicans need reform to get right with Latino, Asian, immigrant, youth and independent voters. The country wants to know that both parties can work together to tackle tough challenges and get things done. We have a historic opportunity to get it done and get it right. We are on the right side of history. Will you join me as we say all Americans, aspiring and citizen alike, are deserving of dignity and respect? ■ Omar Garcia came to the United States with his family from Mexico more than a decade ago and now lives in Harrisburg, working three jobs and volunteering to promote immigrants’ rights. Omar is 23 years old.


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Rolling out your retirement savings Q: I’m about to retire next month and am looking at my options for what I can do with my 401k money. I’m a little confused about my distribution choices. Can you please offer some guidance?

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You may have read about or heard benefits administrators at your workplace refer to retirement-plan “distributions.” This is just a fancy term used to describe a payout of the money that has A: First, please let me accumulated in your congratulate you on retirement-savings your pending retireaccount. Distributions ment! Many people may include amounts are not sure what you have contributed choices they have for and the “vested” portheir retirement savtion of any amounts ings when leaving an your employer has employer. And makcontributed, in addiing a wrong choice tion to any earnings on can have severe tax those contributions. consequences. Here’s Jeremy Retirement-plan what you need to know. Gussick participants have several options for managing the money in Changing jobs or their account when they change retiring? Don’t forget your jobs or retire. Depending on your retirement savings! age and goals, each option may If you’re like many Americans, carry different tax consequences and investment opportunities. you probably intend to rely on That’s why it is important to your employer-sponsored retirethink through each option carement plan savings for a signififully before making any decicant portion of your retirement sions. income. So when it comes time to make important decisions, Typical distribution options such as what to do with the money in your plan when you Keep money in a former change jobs or retire, you should employer’s plan. Depending on be fully aware of your options. the plan’s rules, you may be able

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to leave your savings in your former employer’s retirement plan whether you are changing jobs or retiring. Retirees — particularly those who plan to work in some capacity or who can draw on other sources of retirement income — may want to leave the money where it is and continue to reap the benefits of tax deferral. In addition, if you plan to start your own business when you leave the company, keeping your retirement money in your former employer’s plan may help protect your retirement assets from creditors should your new venture run into unforeseeable trouble. While you will no longer be able to contribute to the plan, you will still have control over how your account is invested. If you are happy with the investment options available through your former employer’s plan, this may be a choice worth considering. Of course, keep in mind that minimum distributions must begin after you reach age 70-and-ahalf.1 Make a “direct rollover” to another retirement account. You can move your money into another qualified retirement account, such as an individual retirement account or, if you’re changing jobs, your new employer’s retirement-savings plan. With a “direct rollover,” the money

goes directly from your former employer’s retirement plan to the IRA or new plan, and you never touch your money. With this method, you continue to defer taxes on the full amount of your plan savings. If you are about to retire, are between jobs or simply prefer the flexibility and wider assortment of investment choices offered through an IRA, then an IRA rollover may be a better option. Take a cash distribution. You can choose to have your money paid to you in one lump sum when you retire or change jobs. This action is considered a cash distribution from your former employer’s retirement account. The cash payment is subject to a mandatory tax withholding of 20 percent and possibly a 10-percent penalty if you were under age 55 at the time you left the company.2 Lump-sum distributions: Not always what they appear to be Amount of distribution: $25,000 Amount withheld for federal income taxes: $5,000 (Potential) 10-percent penalty: $2,500 Additional tax obligation (based on 25-percent tax bracket): $1,250 Net payout: $16,250 This hypothetical example has

been simplified for illustrative purposes. It is not representative of any specific situation. Your results may vary. Consider an “indirect rollover.” You can avoid paying taxes and any penalties on a cash distribution if you redeposit your retirement plan money within 60 days into an IRA or your new employer’s qualified plan. With this strategy, called an indirect rollover, you’ll still have to pay the 20-percent withholding tax out of your own pocket, but the tax will be credited back to you when you file your regular income tax, and any excess amount will be refunded. If you owe more than 20 percent, you’ll need to come up with the additional payment when you file your tax return. Seek guidance It is important to remember that these are complicated choices with lasting implications for your retirement years. Before making any decisions, consider talking to a tax and/or financial advisor who has experience helping people make prudent choices for funding their retirement years. ■ Distributions will be taxed at then-current rates. 2 Additional PAGE 31 1



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DVLF awards grants to emerging programs By Angela Thomas The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund will grant $30,000 to six LGBT organizations and initiatives in the Philadelphia area. DVLF announced Oct. 7 that HotPot!, The Attic Youth Center, William Way LGBT Community Center, LGBT Elder Initiative, Women’s Therapy Center and Valley Youth House are the latest grantees of its annual grantmaking cycle. DVLF executive director Samantha Giusti said this year’s theme was emerging needs, which all the chosen applicants displayed in their submissions. There were 16 total applicants, and the chosen six demonstrated either a plan to meet an emerging community need or success at having tackled a pre-existing need. Giusti said a DVLF committee came together in September to review applicants for the cycle. DVLF awarded $1,500 to Hot Pot!, an organization formed in 2009 to bring together LGBT Asian and Pacific Islanders. Hotpot! will use its grant to continue its outreach, which Giusti said brings a muchneeded conversation to the LGBT community. “Their main focus is on the intersection of being Asian-American and Pacific

Islander and being a LGBTQ-identified person, and I think it is a really interesting issue they are tackling that no one is talking about,” Giusti said. The Attic Youth Center, which creates opportunities for LGBT youth, will be able to continue its outreach in Philadelphia public schools with a $10,000 DVLF grant that it will use for the LGBT trainings led by the Bryson Institute. Giusti said because of the cuts in the public-school system, programs such as guidance-counselor services and gay-straight alliances took a hit, threatening services LGBT students depend on. “They really help and step up to combat some of the issues in the Philly school systems,” Giusti said of The Attic. “The Attic still wants to do the training in the schools and schools still want them but they need private funding.” For young adults who outgrew The Attic’s services, William Way LGBT Community Center stepped up last year to meet that need. The center’s Loft 23 program, geared toward those ages 23-29, will receive $2,500 to continue its innovative work. “The Attic found a lot of 23-, 24- and 25year-olds could still benefit from the supportive services that they gave, so based on this need, the William Way stepped forward to see if they could direct this com-

munity need to provide a social place for young adults to come together,” Giusti said. “They found a real interest and real need and gained a lot of members, so they have decided to do it again this year.” Giusti said Loft 23 is looking into getting LGBT seniors involved with the young adults to create intergenerational programming as well as provide job readiness and life-skills training. The LGBT Elder Initiative will receive $6,000 for its Conversations series. Giusti said both the organization and the community-discussion program are an integral part in educating the community about the needs of LGBT seniors. “As we know in our community, we have an aging population, as in every minority group, and they are at risk for discrimination,” she said. “The initiative is working really hard to make sure people are aware of the issues impacting LGBT seniors and that they are being mindful of these issues.” The Women’s Therapy Center will receive its first grant from DVLF. According to Giusti, the $5,000 grant will support the organization’s work with the transgender community. “They’ve been trying to remove some barriers to mental health for women in the region and, in the last several years, they realized there was a need for mental-health services for the trans community,” she said.

“This is something they wanted to do and DVLF is giving them the money to help make sure they have space to integrate mental-health services.” The PRIDE Program at the Valley Youth House will also receive its first-ever grant, for $5,000, from DVLF. The program, which helps provide services and opportunities specifically for homeless LGBT youth, will use the grant to continue their work. “The work they are doing is not being replicated anywhere else in our area,” Giusti sad. “We know that the majority of homeless youth are LGBT-identified, so their services are critical. This program is made to serve the LGBT community and we felt it was important to step in and help.” Giusti said she is excited to give back to organizations that provide unique programs that meet the vast emerging needs of the LGBT community. “It is such a diverse group who are tackling diverse needs in the community, whether it is with homelessness, elder-adult issues, sexuality within ethnicity and race, tackling programs in response to the budget cuts or the long mental-health waitlist for trans folks,” she said. “We are really lucky to be a part of this community where we have so many service providers on the front lines and tackling prevailing needs of our community.” ■

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LOOKING FOR FALL: With temps in the 80s last Sunday, it sure didn’t feel like fall, but that didn’t stop the droves, including many LGBTs, from turning out for the annual Midtown Village Fall Festival. The eighth-annual event featured eight blocks full of more than 100 artisans, merchants and community vendors, as well as food, drinks, arts and crafts and more, spanning the heart of the Gayborhood. The event moved from its usual Saturday date, and is estimated to have drawn several-thousand visitors. Photo: Scott A. Drake

PGMC changes venue for second Fall Ball By Angela Thomas The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will host its second-annual jazz-themed Fall Ball Masquerade Fundraiser next week, and in a new location. The fundraiser will be held from 8-11 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown’s Liberty Ballroom, 1201 Market St. PGMC director of special events Avery Taylor said the ball was moved from its inaugural digs at the Ethical Society Building to accommodate the volume of supporters expected. “We actually outgrew the space from last year,” he said. “We had to cut off sales because we couldn’t accommodate the large amount of guests. PGMC wanted to increase our space and, given Marriott’s location and opulence, it was a perfect fit for the event.” This year, doors will open at 7:15 p.m. for a new VIP reception. featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a live jazz ensemble. Magician and impersonator Cashetta will also perform a special number for VIP guests. Brotherly Love, a smaller ensemble within PGMC, will perform during Fall Ball, with a masquerade dance to finish the event. PGMC is expecting about 250 guests, but Taylor said the space can also hold more. “We’re focused on fundraising while at the same time we want our guests to have a great time and see the wonderful work we are doing and appreciate all of our efforts,” he said.

Last year was the first for the fundraiser, which Taylor said was created as part of the effort to support the expansion of PGMC’s programming. “We are looking to grow the chorus internally and externally and improve upon the already-terrific concerts we do,” he said. “We want to expand our youth outreach and community-outreach programs. We knew we needed significant financial support to grow the chorus in a way we want to and the LGBT community in Philly needs it to be.” Avery said money raised will go towards choreography, costumes and set designs as well as complimentary concert tickets PGMC gives out to different colleges, universities and high schools in the Delaware Valley region. There will be a silent auction with an expanded diversity of items. Taylor said Fall Ball will showcase the chorus’s goal of providing an entertaining support system for the LGBT community in Philadelphia. “We want to foster acceptance through musical performances and we know our guests will have a great time. We have many wonderful things planned for this year, so this evening will be a lot of fun and proceeds will help PGMC to grow concerts and programs and continue to strengthen the already-strong organization.” Tickets for the event are $100 for the cocktail reception with open bar, $150 for the VIP entrance and $250 for sponsorship of the event. Ticket packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased at www.pgmc. org. ■

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Halloween party moves to Philly By Jen Colletta An LGBT-centric Halloween party has outgrown its suburban digs and will head to Philadelphia later this month. The Peter Sterling Halloween Ball will kick off at 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at DoubleTree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St. The event will feature performances by drag star Brittany Lynn and burlesque troupe Peek-A-Boo Revue’s Cherry Bomb. Donations will be collected at the party for the Special Olympics of Delaware County. The ball is the brainchild of namesake Sterling, an event planner who lives in LAWSUIT from page 1

missal request, the parties will again meet Nov. 22 for a case-management conference, at which time a trial schedule will be announced. In a motion filed this week supporting the state’s request for dismissal, Corbett and Health Secretary Michael Wolf, also a defendant, petitioned the court to release them as defendants, arguing that case precedent exempts some state officials from being sued in federal court without their consent. The pair also cited the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found federal courts don’t have jurisdiction over marriage laws, which are defined by states.

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Rittenhouse Square. Sterling, 32, who is openly gay, said the event was born two years ago in Media and has seen rapid growth since. “The first year we ended up having about 80 people, which was more than enough at that time, and had small prizes for a costume contest and a ‘Thriller’ show,” he said. “And then 2012 came around and it just exploded. We added Brittany Lynn and a drag show and had more than 300 people. We got even bigger prizes, the costumes got even better and we saw that we were getting too big to be held in Delaware County, so we decided to move to the big city.” In addition to taking in the live perfor-

mances and hitting the two dance floors, partiers can compete in four costume categories — most outrageous, frightening, fabulous and sexiest. Prizes include trophies and hotel stays in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas. And the decorations, Sterling added, will be top-notch. “I don’t think Philadelphia has seen anything like this,” he said. An after-party at Club Whisper, 1712 Walnut St., will follow from 1-3 a.m. Tickets to the ball are $40. For more information, visit ■

Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed her own motion asking to be removed, as she is not enforcing the state ban on samesex marriage. Shortly after the July filing, Kane announced she would not personally defend in the case, as she believes the state’s 1996 law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman is “wholly unconstitutional.” Kane has also been named as a defendant, along with Corbett, in two other lawsuits filed last month challenging the law, one in state court and one in federal. She has not yet announced her actions in those cases. ■


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annual Youth Applause Wave at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage at 13th and Locust streets. “Pumpkin Way” will return, with guests able to grab their Halloween pumpkin at the William Way LGBT Community Center’s table on 12th Street. The inflatable derby horse race will also make a comeback, as will the mechanical bull. Leather party Bazaar on Quince will also appear for its second year, with new vendors and features outside The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. Philly Pride Presents president Franny Price said this year will include both new and traditional interactive activities. Guests can try their hips in a hula-hoop contest, along with the usual high-heel race and penis-shaped bagel-eating contest. “The contests eat up a lot of the time because we used to do just one round of each contest and now, there are so many people who want to enter that we are doing each of them four or five times,” she said. “It is fun to see people participate. With all these games, it makes it an old-fashioned block party and picnic.” Entertainment for this year’s OutFest will include performances from Mr. Philly Gay Pride Timmy Tenderloin and Miss Philly Gay Pride Cyannie Famouz. Drag performances will be abundant, Price said, despite a recent controversy involving former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant and local drag star Mimi Imfurst. Imfurst recently took to social media to speak out against an incident that occurred at this summer’s Pride, also staged by Philly Pride Presents, in which she says festival organizers stopped her from counterprotesting anti-LGBT protestors. Eleven Repent America members were arrested


at the 2004 OutFest for protesting, but the charges were later dropped. The anti-LGBT group filed a lawsuit against Philly Pride Presents for alleged violations of their free-speech rights. Those claims were denied by a court, although it was noted that the demonstrators are allowed to protest. Price said although she wishes she could block the protestors from speaking, she has to respect their free-speech rights. Imfurst contended the Pride incident led to her being banned from future Prides and OutFests. Price said Philly Pride Presents recently called Imfurst to talk about the incident and offered her a half-hour show on the OutFest stage. “No LGBT person has ever been banned and never will be banned from our events,” Price said. “We just have a right to decide who performs on stage and who doesn’t. We are talking with Mimi and trying to work it out.” Price said she expects protestors to be in full force due to Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes’ appearance during the award ceremony, as he accepts his OutProud Friend Award. Price said last year, the Department of Civil Affairs allowed the protestors to stand at the front of the main stage with signs, but she does not expect that to happen this year. “Once entertainment starts, they are not supposed to disrupt that.” Price said she expects a large and diverse crowd at this year’s OutFest. “Coming out is your first realization of who you are and it gives you a sense of community. National Coming Out Day is our unofficial national holiday and all the support there is incredible,” she said. For more information on OutFest, visit www. ■

Out at OutFest OutFest @ Tabu: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., 200 S. 12th St. OutFest’s official outdoor dance party with DJs Chris Urban, Javascript and Paulie Paul. No cover charge and drinks specials all day. Sinful Sundays drag show starts at 10 p.m. ICandy’s Third Annual OutFest Bash: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., 254 S. 12th St. ICandy, along with drag stars Cyannie Famouz and Tiffany Richards, celebrate OutFest with drink specials such as $3 Coors Light bottles and drafts, $4 Curious Traveler drafts and $6 Stoli drafts. Dance floor opens at 4 p.m. with three DJs spinning. Bazaar on Quince: noon-6 p.m., 206 S. Quince St. Leather-themed performances, vendors, exhibitors, games and drink specials at The Bike Stop. OUToberfest: noon, 243 S. Camac St. U Bar and Tavern on Camac present a German-themed OutFest party with German food and drinks at an outdoor Camac Street festival.

WigOUT: noon-6 p.m., 202 S. 13th St. Woody’s will host an outdoor drag show with dozens of drag queens performing. The Official OUTfest Women’s/ Queer Block Party: noon-6 p.m., 1320 Chancellor St. Stimulus Philly will host a block party in celebration of recently shuttered lesbian bar Sisters, with drink specials, beer pong and flip-cup tournaments. There will be a toast and send-off to Sisters at 5 p.m. LickR: Girl Party: 3-10 p.m., 200 S. 12th St. Former Sisters employees will host a new women’s party with drink specials and Sisters Sirens dancers. Specials include $5 14-ounce Malibu drinks, $10 32-ounce Malibu buckets, $4 Miller Lite 16-ounce bottles and $4 Yuengling 16-ounce cans. Stimulus Presents: The Ultimate OutFest Party: 4 p.m.midnight, 1221 St. James St. Stimulus Philly will host a women’s party at Voyeur with drink specials including $3 mixed drinks, $3 domestic beers with $1 Tecate from 7-9 p.m. Cover is $5 before 6 p.m. with flier and $7 after 6 p.m.


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Former Sisters staffers launch new party at OutFest By Angela Thomas Former Sisters employees are gearing up to bring a new party to OutFest this weekend to celebrate the legacy of the now-defunct lesbian bar — and to create a new women-focused space. LickR: Girl Party will premier from 310 p.m. Oct. 13 at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. LickR was created by Natalie Nuzzi, a bartender at Sisters for 17 years, and former Sisters chef and current Giorgio on Pine executive chef Crystal Fox. Fox said Sisters’ shuttering in August left a large gap for women in the community. “The closing of Sisters really got Natalie and I talking about hosting an event. We felt the void after Sisters closed their doors,” she said. “If Sisters was like a second home to us, there had to be others like us out there. We wanted to create an event for those people and people

looking to have a great time.” Fox and Nuzzi serve as co-creators and recently added another former Sisters bartender, Jenna Kane, to the mix. Fox said she is managing most of the media and public relations for the event, while Nuzzi has been doing more behindthe-scenes planning and networking. Kane was brought on for her event-planning experience. “We are all very different but somehow all of our expertises blend well and it works, can’t ask for more than that,” Fox said. Fox said it is still unclear if LickR will become a monthly women’s party but did say organizers have already scheduled the parties for the next three months — Nov. 30 at Tabu, Dec. 28 at Finn McCools and back to Tabu on Jan. 28. Fox said Tabu was picked as the debut location because it is central to the Gayborhood and provided a fun, comfortable vibe with great staff on hand. The event will feature former Sisters

personality DJ Trish, as well as DJ Chris Urban. The party will also include Sisters Sirens Timaree and Shy. There will be a cover charge of $8 for the event. Fox said Tabu will supply bartenders, barbacks and drink specials but said the LickR team brought everything else to the table. “We are paying for all our DJs out of pocket. We have two previous Sisters Sirens dancers we hired for the event and we brought on two previous Sisters door personnel to make sure things go smoothly and traffic flow is comfortable,” she said. “It’s about creating the total experience for our guests and to create a space that allows people to have fun.” Drink specials will be abundant at LickR with $4 Miller Lites and Lager 16ounce drinks, $10 32-ounce Malibu buckets and, from 4-7 p.m., the Malibu girls will hand out free shots. For more information on the party, visit ■

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Pride event at Zoo back for fourth year By Jen Colletta PRIDE Day at the Philadelphia Zoo will return for its fourth incarnation Oct. 12. The Family & Friends Outing will be held from noon-4 p.m., featuring a vendor expo, Pridethemed scavenger hunt, Zoo on Wheels demonstrations and crafts and other activities. An adults-only evening party had also been scheduled but was cancelled this week. Zoo chief operating officer Andy Baker said the Zoo, which has hosted other themed days targeted to particular communities, is eager to offer events that represent the wide range of people who visit the Zoo. “One of the things we’re really proud about at the Zoo is the diversity of our audience,” he said. “The people who visit us reflect the diversity of the Delaware Valley, whether by age, race, gender, national orientation, so that’s really a point of pride for us. Having an event that celebrates the LGBT community is something that’s part of our broader intention to be inclusive and to have the Zoo belong to everybody in our region.” Baker noted that the Zoo has undergone a number of changes in recent years and months, such as the launch of the first three pieces of trail along its trail system, which allows guests to watch animals as they travel

throughout the park. “It’s a great opportunity for people to see animals in a way they haven’t before and to watch the animals experience the zoo in a new way,” Baker said. In the spring, the Zoo launched KidZooU, the new children’s zoo and education program that Baker said is geared toward all ages — from “8 months to 80 years.” “We have amazing new things here that people who haven’t visited the Zoo recently will be thrilled with,” Baker added. “For this event, I think those coming with young family members have an opportunity to share the Zoo as part of the Family Outing, and for those not coming with kids, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with this great resource and an exciting place to visit.” Baker noted that having the event on OutFest weekend is especially fitting. “Many people wouldn’t think of the Zoo as being a part of that weekend, but we’re very happy to be,” he said. “We see ourselves as being a unique resource and we’re very proud of the diversity of our attendance. We’re everybody’s zoo, and I hope people take advantage of what will be a great day.” Guests are encouraged to wear red to show their LGBT pride. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ■

Pittsburgh gay couple attacked By Jen Colletta Two gay men say they were beaten up last weekend in Pittsburgh by a group of men who used antigay slurs. Pittsburgh news stations report that Ben Stoviak and his partner, Aaron, were attacked at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 6 outside Remedy, a gay bar in the city’s Lawrenceville section. The couple says that three men began yelling “faggots” at them as they walked out of the bar, and the pair yelled back that, yes, they were “faggots.” One of the men punched Stoviak and knocked him to the

ground, continuing to kick and stomp him. Aaron attempted to shield his partner and also was kicked and stomped. The trio fled in a black car. A witness wrote down the license-plate number, and police said they have identified at least one suspect, but no arrests had been made as of Wednesday. Both victims went to the hospital after the incident and were treated and released. Stoviak reportedly still has a bootprint mark on his face. Pennsylvania’s hate-crimes law does not include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ■

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Lesbian runs for New Hope mayor By Angela Thomas New Hope is already known for its LGBTfriendly environment, and soon could have another LGBT feather in its cap: the first openly gay mayor in Pennsylvania. Donna Deely, 52, will take on incumbent Republican Mayor Lawrence D. Keller Nov. 5. Deely bested a number of Democratic candidates in the spring for the nomination. Deely, an out lesbian, was born and raised in Northern Virginia and moved to New Hope with her partner three years ago. She graduated from Marymount College of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in commercial art. Before moving to New Hope, Deely worked as the facilities-bureau chief for the Department of Human Services in Arlington, Va. Upon relocation, she quickly got involved in the New Hope community. She has served on the fundraising committee for the Bucks County Playhouse, volunteered for Aid for Friends and served as a team leader for Helping Other People Every Day. As a newcomer to political races, Deely said she was reluctant to run for mayor at first, but quickly saw her potential.

“My partner and I were talking and the more I thought about it, the more I thought I had a lot to offer,” she said. “I worked at Columbia University and oversaw the resident halls there and thought that running a small town was almost similar to that experience. I had the time and energy, and it has been exciting and rewarding so far.” Deely said when she decided to run for mayor, she was not aware that, if successful, she would be Pennsylvania’s first openly LGBT mayor. “It would be fantastic but challenging,” she said. “Being the first in anything comes with its own challenges but it would be an honor to be considered as a role model and having people looking to you for leadership.” Deely found herself involved in the center of the marriage-equality debate this summer when several mayors across Pennsylvania, including Keller, refused to officiate same-sex marriages for couples who received licenses from Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes. Keller and others cited possible penalties against their respective towns for their involvement. Deely said she is strongly in favor of marriage equality and would have officiated such a wedding if she were mayor at the time.


“I understand Keller’s position but I also spoke to a couple of attorneys to get a perspective on what kind of position I would have put the borough in and it is my under-

standing it is not the mayor’s responsibility to question the validly of licenses,” she said. Hanes was ordered by the Commonwealth Court to cease issuing the licenses to samesex couples. Deely noted she would not officiate a wedding once licenses were discontinued. In addition to advocating for LGBT issues, Deely said that, as mayor, she would work to broaden the communication among government departments and residents. “I would work to increase communications through websites, initiate a citizensor residents-request system so that if you see something you want to report, you can go online and report it,” she said. Deely added that New Hope prides itself on diversity, making it fitting to have an LGBT community member at its helm. “All kinds of perspectives are important to have at the table and one of the great things about New Hope is we have LGBT leadership in every role in this town,” she said. “This is an absolutely gorgeous, wonderful and inclusive town.” Deely is currently accepting donations to her campaign. Donations can be mailed to the New Hope Democratic Committee, PO Box 325, New Hope, Pa. 18938. For more information, visit ■

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Out businessman looks to become Lansdale mayor By Angela Thomas On Nov. 5, Doug DiPasquale, 30, will vie to become mayor of Lansdale — a position that would earn him the title of the first openly gay mayor in Pennsylvania. D i Pa s q u a l e , w h o i s c h a l l e n g i n g Republican incumbent Andy Szekely, was born and raised in Berwick but moved to Lansdale in 2004 to start his business, Minuteman Press. DiPasquale is a graduate of Penn State University, where he majored in hospitality management. DiPasquale became involved in the Lansdale community three years ago, becoming president of the Lansdale Business Association six months after joining. He also serves as the LBA liaison to the borough’s economic-development committee. DiPasquale is also vice president of the nonprofit Discover Lansdale, where he helps put on a variety of events such as an annual bike night, beer festival and First Fridays. Outside of running a business and volunteering, DiPasquale said he also makes time to attend all the borough council meetings. The candidate said the evolving environment in Lansdale is something that not only made him love the town, but also inspired him to run for mayor.


“Lansdale had gotten a new wave of council members about four years ago and they changed the face of Lansdale. When I met these people three years ago, I saw all the hard work they were doing,” he said. “As a resident, you want to make sure that continues. I want to keep it going in a positive direction. I was raised in a small town that was big into their community — it is the reason why I fell in love with Lansdale

so much.” DiPasquale, who was unchallenged for the Democratic nomination in the spring, said he has not experienced any issues running as an openly LGBT candidate, and that Mayor Szekely has not made his orientation an issue. Lansdale, like many towns and cities across the state, recently found itself in the marriage-equality limelight after Szekely was challenged by two residents who received a marriage license in Montgomery County to officiate their same-sex marriage. Szekely, who supports marriage equality, said he would not partake in the ceremony due to state law, which currently prohibits same-sex couples from marrying. DiPasquale, who was present at the council meeting where the issue was discussed, said he reflected on how he would have handled the issue had he been mayor and concluded that, if the action could have had legal implications for the town, he would not have done it. DiPasquale has already begun talks with the borough council on crafting an LGBTinclusive nondiscrimination ordinance and said he is also supportive of advancing both civil-union and marriage-equality legislation statewide. However, his legislative goals also go beyond LGBT issues. Specifically, DiPasquale hopes to create

a better environment for Lansdale’s small businesses. “In rough economic times, small businesses need to work together. What does online shopping do for the community? We need to make sure the small businesses are not lost. The world is built on small businesses and the majority of the way America is made is by hard work.” DiPasquale said although he would be honored to become Pennsylvania’s first openly gay mayor, he would be humbled as well. “It won’t be a big thing for me because it shouldn’t be. Will it be an honor? Absolutely. Being the first gay mayor in Pennsylvania would be a bittersweet moment, knowing that people can look at me for who I am and still vote for me,” he said. DiPasquale, who said he is eager to work with a spirit of bipartisanship, noted that having an openly LGBT individual at the table could open up more conversations about community issues. “We are living in disadvantage by people not thinking we are the same as them,” he said. “It is important to have LGBT people in politics because they get it and they understand what it is like to be a minority.” For more information on DiPasquale’s campaign, email doug@electiondougform or visit www.electdougformayor. com. ■


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Temple hosts first LGBT youth conference By Angela Thomas Temple University Beasley School of Law will host the LGBT Youth Conference next week — the first of its kind at the university. The conference, which runs from 9 a.m.6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Klein Hall, 1719 N. Broad St., will focus on the issues surrounding LGBT youth and explore topics such as homelessness, out-of-home placements, safe-school initiatives, rejecting families, the school-to-prison pipeline and best practices for attorneys, judges and juvenile-justice personnel. The conference is open to the public and geared towards lawyers, advocates, policymakers, social workers, educators and those interested in LGBT youth work. Martha Albertson Fineman, director of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, will serve as keynote speaker. Conference organizer and Temple Law professor Nancy J. Knauer said attendees can benefit from hearing about Fineman’s vulnerability theory and how she applies it to LGBT youth. “We are thrilled to have her as the keynote speaker,” Knauer said. “Her vulnerability theory is revolutionizing the way we think of ourselves and our relationship to society and law.” Knauer said plans for the conference

News Briefing Milano’s killer appeals to state Supreme Court Richard R. Laird, who murdered gay artist Anthony Milano in 1987, has appealed to the state Supreme Court for a new trial. Laird claims jurors in 2007 didn’t receive enough information about his father’s alleged abusiveness and about head injuries he sustained as a youth. On Aug. 8, Bucks County Common Pleas Judge Rea B. Boylan rejected Laird’s claims and denied his request for a new trial. But on Sept. 3, Laird appealed her ruling to the state Supreme Court. Laird and Frank R. Chester slashed Milano to death in December 1987 after escorting him out of a Tullytown tavern. Both men were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Laird was granted a retrial in 2007, and another Bucks County jury convicted him of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death. This week, Stephen B. Harris, chief of appeals for the Bucks County District

started a year ago, with organizers hoping to shed light on an often-underserved segment of the LGBT community. “With all the conversations about marriage equality and the advancements in recent years, it was important to not forget and double our efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable of the LGBT community,” she said. Family Acceptance Project director Caitlin Ryan will host a showing of the project’s documentary, “Families Are Forever,” which tells the story of a Mormon family whose son came out as gay and documents the family’s process of acceptance. “What we find is that LGBTQ youth who come from rejecting families have high-risk factors for all manners of bad things, and what [Ryan] has found in her research is reducing rejecting behavior slightly makes high-risk behavior drop dramatically,” Knauer said. “We want to make sure that folks who will represent LGBT youth know about this.” Tickets for the conference are $150 for attorneys, $50 for non-attorneys, $40 for non-Temple Law students and free for Temple Law students (lunch not included), faculty and staff. Seven CLE credits, including one ethics CLE credit, will be available. For more information on the conference, visit ■ Attorney’s Office, said Laird received a proper retrial in 2007. “As far we’re concerned, both Richard Laird and Frank Chester were properly given the death penalty, and it should be carried out,” Harris told PGN. “There are no active plea negotiations for either man.” Billy H. Nolas, an attorney for Laird, had no comment. Laird, 50, remains on death row at the state prison in Greene County. Chester, 44, remains on death row at the state prison in Graterford. His appeal for a new trial remains pending in federal court.

Couple marries after 41 years together Gordon Pessano and David Donaldson were married Sept. 9, 2013, in Manhattan at the office of the New York Ciy Clerk. The marriage took place 41 years and one day after they met in Pittsburgh in 1972. Pessano, 63, is a retired law-office a d m i n i s t r a t o r. Donaldson, 65, is a retired attorney who teaches legal skills part-time. The couple resides in Center City. ■ — Timothy Cwiek

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Temple grad launches app for LGBT women By Angela Thomas Philadelphia native Ariella Furman moved to Pittsburgh two years ago and was at a loss: The booming LGBT environment she experienced in her hometown was missing in her new home. So Furman, a 2008 Temple University graduate, fixed it. She recently launched a dating and social-networking app for LGBT women called Wing Ma’am. “I wanted to make friends but couldn’t find a sense of the community for LGBT women,” she said of Wing Ma’am’s impetus. “I loved the Stimulus parties and I wanted something like that in Pittsburgh.” Furman started women’s event Impulse, which grew to have a subscription base of 4,000 people within a year. Furman typically sees up to 550 women at her events and learned of their stories and struggles, which ultimately motivated her to pursue more for the community. “I started to learn more about the audience and what hurdles they were facing. Even though there was an event for the community, I began to see the success of apps like Grindr and learn about the different technologies out there. I felt that I could cure that isolation not just in Pittsburgh but nationally.” Furman started Wing Ma’am eight months ago and will launch the official app in November. She said getting it off the ground has been tough; Furman invested her savings to create the app but found herself spending more than she wanted to in order to perfect the app. Alphalab, which helps leading technology companies launch quickly and successfully, accepted Furman and her team into a 20-week program. The team was granted $25,000 in investment capital, office space, mentorship and educational sessions to develop Wing Ma’am. The volunteer team consists of Furman as CEO and founder, Dana Custer as director of operations, Laura Kingsbury as socialmedia manager and Ellie Gordon as intern. Furman said the app caters to LGBT women and transgender individuals from all over the country, ages 18-59. The app includes 13 options for sexual and gender identities and allows users to make their identities anonymous if they want. Before the official launch, interested individuals can register on Wing Ma’am’s website for future alerts on the launch. So far, the app has 3,000 people signed up, which Furman hopes will turn into 10,000 by the


time the app launches. Wing Ma’am is an all-in-one app for women to network, make friends, date or and create and look up events in their area. Furman said the name for the app came from a catch phrase her best friend used. “She would go out to the bars and ask us to come along as her wing ma’am,” she explained. Furman said supporters can get involved in the development and publicity of the app to ensure quality service for all areas of the country. “On our site, we have signups to make sure that by the time the app launches, that there are 10,000-20,000 people using the app at once in every city. We want to already have a couplethousand viewers on it, otherwise it wouldn’t be good,” she said. Wing Ma’am is supported by Phoenix Lesbians, Lez Do It, Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Cash in Country, Indy Women’s Social Group, North County LGBTQ Resources Center, GLCC Pittsburgh,, Lesbian Lounge, Ambush Buffalo, Philly Bar Scene Gayborhood, WinterPride and The Seattle Lesbian. Furman said the app is more than a dating experience and she hopes it creates an inclusive community for all LGBT women. “I think our biggest goal is to be a social guidebook for LGBT women and their social life so that they could easily manage it and learn about what is going on in their city and feel like they are connected,” she said. “There is strength in numbers. One of the reasons I felt isolated in Pittsburgh was because I couldn’t find people like me. It is a safe outlet no matter how you identify.” For more information, visit or visit their Facebook page at ■


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ALERT: With all of the exciting recent news coming from Washington, D.C., about same-sex marriage recognition for certain federal-benefit programs, I’m sure many of you have questions. Please feel free to contact me if I can offer any guidance on how these latest developments may impact you and your partner. And please look for upcoming OutMoney columns, which will address some of these issues as they continue to develop. Jeremy R. Gussick is a Financial Advisor with LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer.* Jeremy specializes in the financial planning needs of the LGBT community and was recently named a 2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by Philadelphia Magazine.** He is active with several LGBT organizations in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Professional Network and the Independence Business Alliance. OutMoney appears monthly. If you have a question for Jeremy, you can contact him via email at jeremy. LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. *As reported by Financial Planning magazine, 1996-2013, based on total revenues. **The Five Star Wealth manager is an award based on client satisfaction. Respondents evaluate criteria such as customer service, expertise, value for fee charge and overall satisfaction. The overall score is based on an average of all respondents and may not be representative of any one client’s experience. This article was prepared with the assistance of S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications and is not intended to provide specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual. Consult your financial advisor, or Jeremy, if you have any questions. Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications or its sources, neither S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscribers’ or others’ use of the content.

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rified people and made people feel uncomfortable,” said Equality Pennsylvania executive director Ted Martin. “I am based in Harrisburg, I live in a more conservative part of the state and I had people coming up to me saying, ‘What was he thinking?’” Corbett immediately issued an apology, saying his words were “not intended to offend” and said he used the comparison as a legal example. “I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories,” he said. Corbett is being sued in several different cases regarding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, which he referenced in his apology. “The question of [the] legal status [of same-sex couples] will be heard and decided upon its merits, with respect and compassion shown to all sides,” the governor said. LGBT Equality Caucus co-chair Rep. Dan Frankel (D-23rd Dist.) added that Corbett’s apology did little to repair the damage done by his comment, and the way in which it was delivered. “Pennsylvania needs marriage equality and protection from discrimination for LGBT residents,” Frankel said. “Samesex marriages are nothing like incestuous relationships and discrimination isn’t a laughing matter for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are denied rights and responsibilities of civil marriage, which are now available to them in 13 states and the District of Columbia,” he said in a statement. Martin said he hopes this experience prompts Corbett to explore LGBT issues. “I challenged him to sit down with LGBT families to understand. He is the governor and he has a unique opportunity to do that as a person,” he said. Corbett is up for re-election in 2014 and faces a tough battle, with polls largely showing high disapproval ratings among Pennsylvania residents. Martin added that anything that makes people question Corbett’s judgment could be detrimental to his re-election. LGBT Equality Caucus co-chair state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17th Dist.), who is spearheading a marriage-equality bill in the Senate, suggested that the correct analogy would have been between samesex couples and Corbett’s own marriage, or that of any other heterosexual couple. “The majority of Pennsylvanians realize this,” Leach said. “We support marriage equality, and those who do not still have a basic respect for people involved.” ■


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Family conference comes to the Gayborhood By Angela Thomas LGBT family group Philadelphia Family Pride will host its fourth annual Family Matters Conference next weekend, this time right in the heart of the Gayborhood. The conference will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. PFP is a nonprofit organization that provides a support system for LGBT parents, prospective parents and their children, and the conference offers networking, education and information. The last three annual conferences have been held at Arcadia University, Widener University and Bryn Mawr University. PFP community coordinator Stephanie Haynes said organizers have switched event locations each year to reach out to the organization’s membership across the area. And they’re expecting the first Philly conference to be a success. “We have member families all over the region, so we tend to move our annual events around so that the further-out folks don’t always have to travel as far. Same with the folks in the city,” she said. “It will be nice to have a conference location that is so accessible via public transit. We’re hoping this brings some LGBT folks to the William Way Center who haven’t been there yet or in a while.” Every year, the conference features different themes and this year, it will be organized around Knowing Your Rights and Growing Your Family. Haynes said both themes are useful to attendees, especially for prospective families who want to learn about assisted reproduction and adoption, as well as for those who still have questions regarding marriage equality and tax laws. Haynes said this year’s new theme, Telling Our Stories, will highlight how LGBT fam-

ilies can share their stories with their kids, extended families and the community. “As parents or prospective parents are trying to conceive or waiting to adopt, we tend to find ourselves in situations where we have to come out again, and again and again — whether at the kids’ pediatrician’s office, school or in casual conversations on the playground,” she said. One story that will be shared will be from keynote speaker Cory Silverberg, author of “What Makes a Baby.” Haynes said Silverberg has been instrumental in promoting the importance of storytelling among LGBT-headed families. “His book has filled a void in children’s literature up to this point. It has made the job of answering, ‘Where did I come from?’ so much easier for all families,” she said. “It is so inclusive of how families are created, leaving ample space to discuss gender identity, donors, adoption and single parenthood.” Silverberg will deliver his speech from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Whole Foods Jenkintown will provide free breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with registration beginning at that time as well. Tickets are $25 for PFP members and $35 for nonmembers. The price includes breakfast, lunch and childcare. Haynes said one of the main goals for the conference, and all PFP events, is to foster a sense of information-sharing among LGBT parents and prospective parents. “We want to educate our families about important topics that impact their lives like information on marriage equality, tax laws and provide valuable ‘getting-started’ information for prospective parents on adoption, choosing a donor, surrogacy and more — we’ve all been there.” For more information on Philadelphia Family Pride, visit ■

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LGBT History Month

Forty years after APA decision, ‘Dr. Anonymous’ letter continues to educate By Jen Colletta With a stroke of a pen 40 years ago, LGBT people were “cured.” In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association made the groundbreaking move of declassifying homosexuality as a mental disorder, after a lengthy campaign by such activists as Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen. Yet one of the key factors thought to have spurred the policy change was a speech at the 1972 APA convention in Philadelphia — in which “Dr. H. Anonymous,” clad in a mask, wig, baggy clothes and using a voice-altering microphone, became the first gay American psychiatrist to speak publicly about his sexual orientation. Now, 40 years after the APA’s decision, Dr. Anonymous’ seminal speech continues to open eyes. The original copy of the speech has been digitized and included on the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s new Preserving American Freedom website, launched in September, which highlights 50 historic documents that examine the tenets of American freedom. The speech was discovered among the more-than 200 boxes donated to HSP by the sister of Dr. John Fryer, the man behind Dr. Anonymous’ mask. Fryer was a Temple University professor and one of the founders of the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force. Upon his 2003 death, his sister donated his papers to HSP. In 2011, as the collection was being processed as part of a civic-engagement project — an effort supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission — Willhem Echevarria, HSP cataloguer who was then an archival processor, made the surprising discovery. “We were of course aware of Fryer’s speech to the APA but when we were processing it, we weren’t aware the actual handwritten speech was in the collection,” Echevarria said. “So when I found it, that was a big moment. You love those moments when you can find something historically important right there in front of you.” HSP houses thousands of documents at its Philadelphia headquarters, and functions not as a museum but as a library and archives: Researchers, educators and anyone with a knack for history can come in and peruse the collections in person. About 77,000 of its documents are preserved in a digital database to promote wider viewing. When HSP was compiling selections for the Preserving American Freedom project, which is funded by Bank of America

and which also includes such items as a handwritten draft of the U.S. Constitution and William Penn’s 1682 deed with the Delaware Indians, Fryer’s speech stood out as a natural fit. “The history of gay rights in America is an emerging history, and it’s an exciting emerging history,” said Rachel Moloshok, Preserving American Freedom project manager. “And this document is very

In some places where Fryer had initially written in past tense, he changed the words to present tense, perhaps to communicate the ongoing impact of antigay sentiments, and he also modified singular first-person pronouns to plural, seemingly to emphasize that he was not alone in his petition. The speech itself details the myriad pressures that LGBTs working in the psych field faced keeping their personal and pri-

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groundbreaking; it speaks to the need for the freedom of gay men and women to live openly, freely and honestly without being stigmatized as mentally ill.” The nine-page speech was written in felt-tip marker on yellow legal paper and includes a number of scratched-out words and rephrasings, allowing the viewer to follow Fryer’s thought process.

vate lives separate, including the threat of persecution from employers to which they were loyal. “Many of us work 20 hours daily to protect institutions who would literally chew us up and spit us out if they know, or chose to acknowledge, the ‘truth,’” Fryer wrote. He finished his address by speaking directly to his fellow LGBT psychiatrists,

an informal club he dubbed “The GayPA,” urging them to speak out against anti-LGBT comments from their colleagues, to remain objective when treating LGBT patients and to “pull your courage up by your bootstraps and discover ways in which you as homosexual psychiatrists can be appropriately involved in movements which attempt to change the attitudes of both homosexuals and heterosexuals toward homosexuality.” Throughout the online exhibit, viewers can zoom in on documents, scroll across them and read histories about the context of each piece. “We think primary-source documents like this speech, where you can look directly at the words as they were written, are really valuable,” Moloshok said. In addition to Fryer’s speech, the initiative also includes an original brochure of the 1968 Annual Reminder at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, one of the nation’s earliest LGBT-rights demonstrations. And many of Fryer’s other papers have been digitized in HSP’s online database and are available for view in person at the archives. Echevarria did caution that HSP had to put certain restrictions on some of his papers that included patient information. But, other personal documents include entries from his diary from the day after the APA speech, letters between him and Kameny and correspondence with the APA when some association leaders attempted to reinstate antigay policies. “We also have a very rich collection regarding the history of AIDS in Philadelphia,” Echevarria said. “He was really the first psychiatrist who treated patients with AIDS. There’s a lot of information about the epidemic hitting Philadelphia, very rich information.” Moloshok noted that the Preserving American Freedom project gives viewers — whom she envisioned to be everyone from students of all ages to anyone with a passion for history, politics or civil rights — a slice of the wealth of historical artifacts HSP houses. “These are just 50 documents of the thousands and thousands we have,” she said. “This hints at the depth and breadth of the content we have in our collections. I do hope it’ll inspire people to dig deeper, start asking more questions and do more research.” To view the Preserving American Freedom project, visit http://digitalhistory. and, for the entire speech, see To learn more about HSP or view the full digital database, visit ■


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Volunteer helps preserve LGBT footage for posterity By Matthew S. Bajko Bay Area Reporter Five days a week for nearly four years, Oakland, Calif., resident John Raines has watched more than 1,000 hours of old home movies, television-station news reports and other audio-visual archival materials of LGBT historical significance. Each weekday, Raines sits down at a desk in a converted bedroom in his apartment, boots up his computer and AV equipment and sets about preserving the LGBT footage and recordings by transferring them to a digital format. The celluloid images run the gamut from gay Halloween parties to leather and drag contests to the inaugural voyages of gay cruise company RSVP to endless coverage of gay Pride parades and athletic events. “It can be a little tiresome to watch the nth round of the Miss Continental contest. But it is also fun because little surprises will pop up,” said Raines, referring to the annual female impersonation pageant that has been held in Chicago since 1980. The preservation work is a labor of love for the gay retiree, who turns 53 Oct. 19, as he has been doing the work on a pro-bono basis for the GLBT Historical Society based in San Francisco. “I treated it like a job Monday through Friday,” said Raines. “In seven hours, I can transfer six one-hour reels.” When the historical society opened its first museum space in the gay Castro district back in 2009, Raines signed up as a volunteer. Part of the display featured video screens in the window showing archival LGBT footage. Having a background in audiovideo post-production, he offered to assist with fixing the visual presentation shown on the monitors. “I enjoyed it. It was fun to learn about preservation and conserving analog media,” said Raines, who worked for several San Diego radio stations in the 1980s and later at a cable-TV advertising firm in Los Angeles. “I am self-taught.” Impressed with his work, the archival group’s executive director asked if Raines would be interested in diving further into

its audio-visual collection to help convert it into a form accessible to modern-day filmmakers, researchers and academics. Raines accepted the offer, only to discover that the preserved material was in various formats, largely uncataloged, and some reels in better condition than others. He decided to start with a relatively easy task — picking a collection of old radio programs donated by journalist Randy Alfred. “Randy had donated them in 1996 and there they had mostly just sat in boxes. There were 250 reels, most one-hour long, so it was over 200 hours worth of material,” recalled Raines. “I started with it because it was audio, a format I was familiar with. Also, they were in really good condition.” Not only had Alfred kept the documentation for his LGBT radio show, which aired on KSAN-FM San Francisco from 1973-84, he also had meticulously stored the collection. “It was about as tidy as it gets,” said Raines, who over the course of three months brought the equip-

his house in order to do the conversion work. He also started acquiring the machinery he needed to convert the older formats into digital copies by scouring hobbyist websites and eBay. The video material held by the archives was shot in various formats, such as Betacam, U-matic, VHS, Video Hi8, DAT (for digital audio tape) and the obscure Sony


“Watching this stuff is a virtual time machine. Not only is it fascinating to view, it’s going to get people fascinated in the history sitting in their closets too.” — filmmaker Stu Maddox ment he needed to do the work into the archives, which are stored in a building in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood and can be publicly accessed by appointment. “I had no difficulty with that collection.” Eventually, the Alfred tapes and those of the “Fruit Punch” gay radio program that aired on KPFA Berkeley in the mid-1970s were made available online through the “Gayback Machine” portal on the historical society’s website. The material has since been downloaded 8,997 times from the site and an additional 3,376 times directly from the Internet Archive, where they are also held. Having earned the trust of the archive staff, Raines began bringing the archival tapes and reels to

if the archives had to pay for it, said Raines. “I did it for zero dollars after spending a few hundred to buy the machine,” he said. Once he has the necessary equipment, Raines will “babysit” the old footage through the conversion process. He watches every second of each film to ensure it is not damaged.

CV Skip-field. Each requires its own player in order to be converted; it took him months to secure a machine that can play EIAJ-1 half-inch open-reel videotape. He even acquired a phonograph player, as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus released, in 45-rpm record format, a cheer song for the 49ers football team. “Maybe I’ve spent $5,000 all together,” Raines estimated. By volunteering his time and services, Raines has saved the historical society tens of thousands of dollars in what it would cost to have the material commercially transferred. One collection of old films, from what was known as the Queer Blue Light video collective, would have cost $21,000

“I have only had one tape I handled and caused any damage on it, but it was unforeseeable,” said Raines. One trick he learned for certain film formats that can soak up water over time is to dry it out first by using a Nesco food dehydrator and jerky maker. Otherwise, when it is played back, it can leave a watery mess in the machine. “It is round and perfect for putting flat reels of tape in it,” he said. “It can take six-24 hours to drive enough water out of the tape so you can play it.” For now his priority is transferring the videos “as is” to a digital format. He does not edit the tapes in any way. “The goal right now is preservation,” said Raines. “We want to get as good a digital copy as we can that is faithful to the original copy as possible. We are not trying to change anything on it.” Nor does Raines expect he will be able to digitally copy all of the archive’s audio and visual collection, since he still doesn’t know how big the AV collection is. Some of the remaining footage

is not as well kept, with loose tape unspooled in boxes. “There is a lot more to do,” he said. The work Raines has quietly undertaken since 2009 caught the attention of gay Bay Area filmmaker Stu Maddux, who decided to make a documentary about preserving old gay home movies and other LGBT archival footage. Titled “Reel In The Closet,” the movie features Raines and is scheduled for a 2014 release. “Watching this stuff is a virtual time machine,” said Maddux, who is launching a crowdfunding campaign this month to raise $39,000 to offset the cost of finishing his film. “Not only is it fascinating to view, it’s going to get people fascinated in the history sitting in their closets too.” By publicizing the work he has been doing behind the scenes, Raines hopes others will volunteer their time and service to preserve the material before it becomes unsalvageable. “Some of it is disintegrating and others are on obsolete formats. It is not something we can let go for another 20 years and let sit in the box,” he said. The next step would be to have individuals who were around during that timeframe view the material to see if they can identify people in the films, said Raines. All of the converted media files are only available, for now, on a computer in the archives’ reading room. While the historical society has posted a few snippets of video on its YouTube channel over the years, most of the footage won’t be released for such public viewing. “It is financially benefitting the archives to digitize this material,” said Raines. “But we want to strike a balance between making it available and maintaining some control.” ■ Matthew S. Bajko is an assistant editor with the Bay Area Reporter. For more information about the GLBT Historical Society’s archive, visit Its YouTube channel is http://www. To learn more about the documentary “Reel In The Closet” and how to support the film, visit


Media Trail Alleged hate speech at UMiss NBC News reports the University of Mississippi says it has not been able to verify reports that athletes led the disruption of a campus play with gay slurs and inappropriate laughter. University officials said earlier that some freshman athletes participated. The school’s Bias Incident Response Team reports that nobody gave names or accused specific students of misbehaving during “The Laramie Project,” a play about the beating death of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. The report says the dark theater made it hard to identify specific people, and early reports differ about the frequency, volume and source of comments. It says every student in the Oct. 1 audience will have to attend an “educational dialogue session” led by faculty and Allies, a university organization that supports the LGBTQ community.

N.H. trans student chosen homecoming king The Concord Monitor reports a transgender student has been crowned homecoming king at a New Hampshire high school. Concord High School students recently gave the title to 17-year-old Ray Ramsey. Ramsey was born a female but has been identifying himself as a male for several years, asking people to call him Ray. Ramsey said after getting cheers from the crowd and hugs from friends, he got especially emotional when his father looked him in the eye and told him how proud he was of him. Ramsey said he’s always found a welcoming environment at home and in school.

Kansas says gay couples must file taxes as singles According to the Kansas City Star, the state of Kansas says same-sex couples must file their state income-tax returns as if each person was single, even if they filed as married on their federal returns. The state Revenue Department issued the guidance Oct. 4. It plans to provide a worksheet in its instruction booklet for calculating income, deductions and other data.

The agency says the approach adheres to the Kansas Constitution’s definition of marriage. It contends the recent U.S. Supreme Court case upheld the rights of states to define and regulate marriage. But Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, says tax officials are sidestepping Kansas law. Witt says Kansas law requires married couples to use their federal filing status as the basis for their Kansas taxes. He wants the governor to rescind what he calls the discriminatory directive.

Ark. AG rejects wording of marriage amendments Arkansas’ KAIT8 reports Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of two ballot measures that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. McDaniel on Oct. 7 cited several problems with the measures, submitted by the Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality and Jennifer Pierce of Little Rock. McDaniel must certify the measures before supporters can begin gathering signatures to place them on the ballot. Both proposals call for legalizing samesex marriages in Arkansas. The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality measure has been proposed for the 2016 ballot. Arkansas voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. McDaniel last month certified the wording of a ballot measure that would repeal that amendment.

Churches, Hawaii lawmakers meet on marriage bill According to the Honolulu StarAdvertiser, religious leaders in Hawaii have been meeting with state lawmakers about a religious exemption in pending gay-marriage legislation, balancing opposition to the bill with trying to protect their interests as much as possible should it pass. Leaders trying to strengthen the exemptions still mainly want to persuade the legislature to vote down the bill. Lawmakers will take up gay marriage in a special session starting Oct. 28. The session was called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The current draft exempts religious organizations and related facilities from hosting gay marriages if the facilities aren’t used primarily as for-profit businesses. Gary Secor, vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, says the diocese doesn’t want to give lawmakers an excuse to vote for the bill. ■ — compiled by Larry Nichols

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International Indian state holds first Pride march More than 100 people took part in the first-ever gay Pride march in the city of Surat in Indian state Gujarat on Oct. 6, although many of the marchers covered their faces with scarves and masks to hide their identity. Organizers were granted permission by officials for the parade, which saw people taking to the streets in colorful outfits and dancing to Bollywood music.


Organizer Swagat M. Shah said the main purpose of the event, scheduled to take place ahead of the 2014 Indian general election, was to make local politicians aware of Gujarat’s LGBT community and to let them know they need to treat them as equals if they are to gain their votes. Same-sex relationships were decriminalized in India in 2009 and gay people are slowly gaining acceptance in the country with Pride parades held yearly in some cities, although being gay is still a taboo subject in much of India.

Kuwait to ‘detect’ gays The Persian Gulf kingdom of Kuwait is planning to identify LGBT people through “medical-screening tests” and bar them from setting foot inside the country and its neighbors. According to the Kuwaiti health ministry’s

director of public health Yousouf Mindkar, routine clinical screenings of those entering the Gulf Cooperation Council countries will soon include tests to “detect” LGBT people and keep them from entering. “Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” Mindkar said. “However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.” Homosexual acts are currently illegal in all GCC member states including Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with those found guilty facing a possible jail sentence of up to 10 years if they are under 21. The GCC is a political and economic alliance encompassing those countries plus the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman. The announcement of these tests has triggered outrage, with LGBT groups now call-

ing for a boycott of the soccer World Cup tournament currently planned to take place in Qatar in 2022. “FIFA now has no option but to cancel the World Cup in Qatar,” said British activist Peter Tatchell, director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, referring to the organization that runs the World Cup. “Allowing it to go ahead in these circumstances would involve FIFA colluding with homophobic discrimination. There is no known medical test to detect homosexuality. I wonder what quackery the Kuwaiti authorities plan to invent in their vain attempt to identify gay men. It simply won’t work.” However, a FIFA spokesperson said the organization was not aware of the testing plan and reiterated that FIFA “is actively engaged in fighting against all kinds of discrimination within football and within society as a whole.” ■ — compiled by Larry Nichols


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The contest will run through Oct. 28, and you can use PGN’s handy-dandy online survey to share with us which person, place or thing you think should shine in each category. Think local, think LGBT. You don’t have to fill out every category, but too many blank lines make us sad. And feel free to include witty comments with your choices; some may get printed and others may just give us a chuckle.


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COMPLICATED: Curio Theater’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” (left) and Martha Kemper’s “Luckiest Kid” (center and right) explore relationships between women.

Lesbian relationships at the heart of new theater productions By Larry Nichols Two local theater companies are exploring dramas about romantic relationships between women in new productions this month, with a semi-autobiographical debut and a lesbian take on a classic tale. “Luckiest Kid” is a world-premiere, onewoman play with a Greek chorus written and performed by Martha Kemper. It is the story of a young woman who is inspired to love theater by her high-school drama teacher, a lesbian who sleeps with the student. “I’ve been working on this play for a while,” Kemper said. “It’s definitely a story and a play, but it has some autobiographical experience. I went back to high school and drew on memories from there, especially the passion and the importance of my highschool drama courses that moved beyond that period. When that Sandusky story came out, I felt it was really time for me to bring the story to the stage.” Kemper said the tone of the play at times doesn’t match the seriousness of the subject matter.

“It highlights a story that is difficult but the overall impression and tone is one of redemption and healing,” she said. “There’s humor in it, definitely. Because it goes back to this high-school class in the 1960s, all the music is live and made by the actors. It’s really fun. We’re doing a couple of numbers from high-school musicals. The tone of that is very bright. The very subject of studentteacher boundary violation is a serious one. Sometimes having humor and other theatrical elements help an audience to look at a serious theme or topic, and perhaps engage more fully and willingly. One of the really important scenes where the subject is directly discussed is a scene where the girl brings some of her most difficult questions to a puppet. There’s humor and theatricality in that scene that helps the audience get closer to the seriousness of the subject.” Kemper added that the play also asks audiences to consider how the situation would be different if the genders and the sexuality of those involved were different. “We’re able to do things visually at different moments where the director heightened images where there are two men together or a man and a woman together and then the

two women together. It’s sort of inspiring the audience to raise the question of, Would it be different if it were a male couple or mixed gender? So that’s definitely been something on our minds.” Kemper’s hope is that audiences connect with the message of healing. “There’s a line in the play that the relationship between a teacher and a student is sacred. It comes out of ‘Pygmalion,’” she said. “I hope the audience will have felt engaged and related to the protagonist and the story that she tells and recognize the healing process that takes place when a young person is violated by an adult, and also leave knowing that the natural strength to overcome something difficult is part of every human being. Life goes on and we are stronger and more resilient than we think.” Also this month, Curio Theatre Company is giving a Shakespeare tragedy a lesbian slant with its production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Director Krista Apple-Hodge said that changing the genders of some of the characters gives the classic story some new and interesting angles. “We changed not only Romeo’s gender but Tybalt’s as well,” she explained. “I think all

of us come to this play with some cultural assumptions about it. We all know that we have some reference to it, even if it’s just the name. It’s very easy for us as we are rehearsing it to take things for granted, to take moments for granted — how these two fall in love and why. Why this person, right now? Why is this person the person that is taking my attention and focus and inspiring me to risk my life to be with them? When we have two female characters, based on the text, it is clear to us that Romeo has been dating women for along time. She’s been dating for a long time but we also seem to know that Juliet has not. For Juliet, this is not only the first relationship that she’s ever had, this is the first woman she has ever had a relationship with. For Juliet, this is the first time that it even occurred to her that this is a possibility. So it raises the stakes. It forces us, moment to moment, to figure out how these two characters learn to love each other and why they are willing to risk the things that they do.” Apple-Hodge said that, much like the audiences who will see the show, the actors had to examine the nuances that the changes in gender had on the interactions among the characters. PAGE 52


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For information, call 800.448.3883 or visit Organized by the Birmingham Museum of Art. The installation at Winterthur is sponsored by Dr. Richard C. Weiss and Dr. Sandra R. Harmon-Weiss, with additional assistance from Pam and Jim Alexander, Laurel Riegel, and Coleman and Susan Townsend.

Winterthur is nestled in Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley on Route 52, between I-95 and Route 1.

“For the woman playing Tybalt and for everyone that interacts with her, because Tybalt is an aggressive character, we had to address how does this violence erupt from a woman fighting a man as opposed to two men, which is the kind of aggression we’re used to in storytelling,” she said. “The actress that plays Romeo has been really fantastic in making specific choices to this woman, how she courts other women and how she chooses to play into a male or female stereotype or not. She also had some late-night conversations with a good friend of hers who is a lesbian and they traded stories about what it is like to be a straight woman in a relationship versus what it is like to be a gay woman in a relationship, and how those things are the same and how they are not. In taking on a character that is written to be male, that determines how the character speaks about herself and how other people in the world speak about her and behave towards her. It’s easy to assume that, because you are a gay woman, you must be taking on these male stereotypes. We’ve done some slight adjustments every step of the way and we ask ourselves, Is this male or is this Romeo? And does it have to be male? How does a woman court another woman? How does a woman kiss another woman’s hand? Does a woman have a different way of doing that and does this woman have a different way of doing that?” Apple-Hodge added that changing the genders of some of the characters makes the story more relatable to modern sensibilities. “I hope that it will be for the audience what it has been for us, which is a chance to look at this story we thought we knew through different eyes,” she said. “We weren’t surprised by the moments of the story we had to change with the gender switch. It was how much the story doesn’t actually change [that surprised us]. Looking at it as two women choosing to fall in love has made some piece of the story make sense to me in a way that, for a modern audience today, hasn’t always made sense. Why do these two families hate each other so much? We don’t live in a post-feudal society anymore. So in terms of differences in moral structure between two families, seeing a family who is clearly comfortable with a daughter who is out and dating women and seeing a family that is really closely connected with the church, I start to understand why these two families don’t see eye to eye. And I also start to understand why these two young women decide why it’s a better idea to risk their own deaths than to tell their parents who they are in love with.” ■ White Pines Productions presents “Luckiest Kid” through Oct. 20 at The Adrienne’s Second Stage, 2030 Sansom St. For more information, visit Curio Theatre Company presents “Romeo and Juliet” Oct. 11-Nov. 2, 4740 Baltimore Ave. For more information or tickets, visit or call 215-525-1350.


Family Portrait

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Suzi Nash

Toya Lucas: Lessons with lipstick They say that invention is the mother of necessity. Well, I don’t know if blue lipstick is a necessity, but it sure is fun. And Toya Lucas figured out how to create it and market it, along with other colorful products — all on her own. PGN: So where are you originally from? TL: I was born and raised in the South Passyunk Projects in South Philly. I lived there for the first 17 years of my life and since then have moved all over the city. PGN: What was the best part of growing up there? TL: It was comforting, everyone seemed like family. We all got along and protected each other. When I exited that situation, it was hard because every place else seemed like chaos. PGN: Any siblings? TL: Yes, six. My mother and father had two boys and two girls together and then my father had an additional three children. PGN: What did they do? TL: My mom is a retail manager and my father is currently serving life in prison. He was sent away when I was 12. PGN: I just signed a petition this morning with a group called They’re trying to stop a company called Global Tel*Link that provides phone service to the jails. They apparently give the prisons bribes/commissions to have the exclusive contracts for phone service and then charge outrageous rates. TL: Oh, I’m familiar with that. My brother is also incarcerated and it costs about $17 to talk for 15 minutes. My phone bill just for that is $100 a month. PGN: A favorite family memory? TL: That would be going to Disney World when I was about 19. I might have been a little old for it but it was the last time I was together with all my siblings. I’m not a big rollercoaster person but I did the one with the log ride. I still have the picture. They are a little younger and had a blast. PGN: Are you the oldest? TL: Of my mother and father’s children, yes. PGN: Must have been a lot of responsibility. TL: Yeah, the other kids looked up to me so I had to watch everything I did. But I did still have a rebellious streak. PGN: What was your most rebellious act? TL: Running away at 15. PGN: So from South Philadelphia, where did you set out for?

TL: [Laughs.] North Philly! PGN: What was your favorite toy? TL: I enjoy making cookies and cakes so it was probably my Easy Bake Oven. And my mom gave me some makeup at a young age because I always liked playing with that.

you liked someone, you could continue the conversation. PGN: That’s hysterical. Don’t know how I missed that trend. So how long have you been in your current relationship? TL: I’ve been with Bernadette for four years.

PGN: Did she wear a lot? TL: No, my mom wears none.

PGN: And how did you meet? TL: [Laughs.] Online ...

PGN: So were your siblings the test dummies? TL: My siblings, the neighbors, anybody I could get my hands on.

PGN: What does she do? TL: She’s an interventional radiology technologist. She’s a sweetheart. She always finds ways to surprise me.

PGN: What was your favorite class or teacher in school? TL: I went to a trade school, Bok Technical High School, for ninth to 11th grade and studied baking. Mr. Plum was my favorite teacher. I went to Bartram for senior year.

PGN: How did you come out to the family? TL: It was awful! My brother found a sex toy. I was sitting on the living-room floor and, in front of everybody, he walked in and dropped it in my lap and asked, “So, what is this?” At that point, I fessed up.

PGN: Tell me a little bit about one of your siblings. TL: I miss my brother. He’s really funny and we’d do everything together. He was a real hands-on guy and enjoyed fixing everything. I’d sit outside with him as he would fix bikes. We used to be really close until I started doing girl things — like liking boys — which is what I was doing at the time. He’d have a fit and we’d fight like crazy. PGN: When did you realize you liked girls? TL: Oh man, when I first realized I had feelings for girls, I cried about it! I was so upset, I really didn’t understand it, though my grandmom was gay. So at first everybody said, “Oh, you’re gay because your grandmom’s gay.” It obviously wasn’t the case, I just had the attraction. I tried to fight it but couldn’t.

eye shadow for myself and had colors that no one seemed to be able to find. People would stop me in the street and say, “You’re not leaving until you tell me how I can get that!” That was the spark to go into business for myself. PGN: How do you make makeup? TL: For the lipstick, I start out with different waxes and oils, different pigments and micas. PGN: Micas? TL: They’re a kind of dye. They come in different shades and different particle sizes. The ones that are smaller give a satiny appearance while large micas have a sparkle effect. I made really crazy colors, blues and greens, really stand-out colors. I don’t have a background in chemistry so I had to experiment to learn what worked. PGN: How did you go from making things for yourself to running a business? TL: Actually, I had to learn how to amp it up so it looked professional; I’d just been making things in little pots and it was sloppy. So I learned how to mold and make the products look professional. I did my own marketing by creating a website and networking through social media. The crash, burn and fly method of learning. PGN: What was your favorite reaction to your products? TL: Well, I travel and hand deliver a lot of products. I try to make it convenient for people because I realize that not everybody can come to me. So I went to this person’s house in South Philly, thinking that they were going to buy one or two pieces and they bought, like, 30 items! It was like, wow! That was a great experience, especially to know that someone loved the product that much.

PGN: Was there an “aha” moment when you realized you were gay, like, “Oh no, I think I’m attracted to Kerry Washington”? TL: [Laughs.] Oh, I’m very much attracted to her! No, it was a slow realization until I got to the point where I said, OK, I’m going to have to go with this.”And started having conversations with girls. PGN: Who was your first girlfriend? TL: Her name was Keesha. Back then there was a service called the party line and that’s how we met. PGN: Wait, was that a phone thing where multiple people could talk at once? TL: Yeah. Now it’s all about computer dating but back then if you were a girl interested in girls, or a guy interested in guys, there was a party-line option for that. You’d just talk to different people and if

PGN: Oh my. Moving on, what was your first job? TL: Taco Bell. I worked there for a few years. I don’t recommend eating there. I’ve worked for years in retail management and now I do senior home care. PGN: How did you start your own cosmetics company? TL: Well, I do a lot of things — I do hair, I do makeup — but I wasn’t seeing what I liked, so I started making lipstick and

Photo: Suzi Nash

PGN: Fantastic! What is the hardest part of being an

entrepreneur? TL: Just getting the ball rolling. Since I don’t have any background in business, I had to figure out every step on my own. [Smiles.] I think I’ve done pretty good so far.

PGN: Indeed. Back to family, when did you and Bernadette decide to have kids? TL: About a year PAGE 77



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Hot and cold I love this time of year! When the first chill gets into the air and you feel the weather change as the leaves start to turn colors. You snuggle up in your jacket and take a deep breath of that crisp air, thinking of apples and pumpkins and hayrides and everything that has to do with autumn. And then you sweat your ass off because it’s still 70-plus degrees and humid outside. What the F? We got through that cold, wet summer only to be rewarded with a hot, sweaty fall? (At least it’s cool now.) OK then, let’s make the best of it! October is here, and that means it’s time for some of the best outdoor activities in Philly this side of the Jersey Shore. Just check out everything in store for you over the next couple of weeks.

street festival returns from noon-6 p.m. Oct. 13, from Walnut to Pine and from Juniper to Quince. There will be fun for everyone of all ages, and everyone’s welcome. Don’t miss the Bazaar on Quince leather party in front of the Bike Stop, the dance party in front of Tabu, another dance party at 12th and Spruce, the rides at 13th and Spruce and, of course, the main stage at 13th and Locust. There will be games, entertainers, awards, food, drinks, stuff to buy, stuff to see, stuff to do and literally thousands of hot LGBT folks, friends and family out strutting their stuff in the beautiful fall weather. It’s the best block party of the year! For more info, check out


Fri, Oct 25, 7:30pm · Verizon Hall


This thrilling evening of choral and organ masterworks by Britten, Vierne, Ives, Dupré, and Kodály features organist Michael Stairs and Pipedreams commentator Michael Barone. Part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Series. This performance is made possible through a donation by the Fred J. Cooper Restoration Fund as recommended by Fredrick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer.



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Trans* March Jim Kiley- LickR Party Don’t worry, it only sounds Step up for the third annual Zufelt dirty. Well OK, maybe it is a Philly Trans* March from 3-6 little bit dirty, but only in the p.m. Oct. 12 at Love Park, at best way! Find out for yourself from 3the intersection of 15th Street and JFK 10 p.m. Oct. 13 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. Boulevard. It’s part rally, part demonstraLickR is a hot girl party with a brand tion, part march and all revolutionary as new home in the Gayborhood. They’ll they work for social change and a more have drink specials from 4-7 p.m. inclusive environment for everyone. (that’s not a misprint), flaming-hot shot Get there early to hear inspiring girls and sexy Siren dancers Shy and speeches and witness the presentation of Timaree, both formerly of Sisters (gone a number of awards to some important but not forgotten). members of our community. Then after the march, stick around for some great Rocky Horror Picture Show entertainers who will bring the day to a Grab your toast, your rice, your newsrollicking finale. For more information, check out www. papers and water pistols and let’s do the Time Warp again! Don’t miss your chance to see “Rocky Horror” on the big screen with live performers from Gear Up, Get Out Transylvanian Nipple Productions down Strap yourself into your favorite old front blocking your view (it’s worth it!), gear or put together some hot new kit from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19 at William Way and show it off at 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Center, 1315 Spruce St. Tickets are $10 Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. The men of Philadelphians MC are bringing back their for members and $12 for nonmembers, and costumes are very strongly encourfavorite party on the eve of OutFest, with aged! special guest DJ Dave Huge of NYC (and Exciting, isn’t it? I see you shiver, Nasty Pig!). with antici ... Dress code will be strictly enforced, so that means you have to be wearing rubber, Drag Yourself to Brunch uniform, leather, puppy, sport, military, Enjoy the draggiest brunch in town motocross, skinhead or some other sort of from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Fire & fetish gear in order to gain entry (and no, Ice, 312 Market St. Your $30 ticket sweater vests don’t count as a fetish). If includes an entrée and a bottomless you don’t have any gear, just wear jeans and take your shirt off at the door — jeans Bloody Mary, or for $10 you can enjoy and a bare chest will get you in. Everyone the show and order from the menu a la carte. Those who come over after the over 21 is welcome at this party, but you AIDS Walk get $5 off! ■ must get into the spirit of the event by dressing appropriately. Suggested donation at the door is $5. Questions, comments? ... PATION!!! Contact Jim at or follow him on Facebook for links to OutFest The nation’s largest Coming Out Day back articles and totally bitchin’ music event and Philly’s biggest Gayborhood videos!


12-step programs and support groups Al-Anon

■ Pennsylvania Al-Anon Alateen Family Groups:

Events, meeting times and locations at

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

■ Acceptance meets 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at

Episcopal Church, 22nd and Spruce streets.

■ Community meets 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Holy

Communion Church, 2111 Sansom St. Gay and lesbian, but all are welcome. ■ Early Night Out meets 5:30 p.m. daily at Washington West Project, 1201 Locust St., second floor; 215-985-9206. ■ GLBT Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. on Sundays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 100 W. Windsor St., Reading; 484-529-9504. ■ Living Sober meets 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at the William Way Center. ■ No Other Way Out meets 11 a.m. Sundays at the William Way Center. ■ Night Owl meets 11:30 p.m. daily at the William Way Center. ■ Stepping Stone meets 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the William Way Center. ■ Sober and Gay meets 8:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday at the William Way Center. ■ Young People’s meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust St.

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)

■ Meets 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday,

Friday and Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the William Way Center.

Emotional Support

■ Pink and Blues, a free peer-run mental-health

support group for LGBT people, meets 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Luke and The Epiphany Church, 330 S. 13th St.; 215-627-0424. ■ Survivors of Suicide Inc. meets 7:30 p.m. on first Tuesday of the month at 3535 Market St., Room 2037; 215-545-2242; www.phillysos. ■ Survivors of Suicide Inc., Chester County, meets 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Paoli Memorial Hospital, Willistown Room, Medical Office Building; 215-545-2242;


■ Strength In Numbers

Visit SINPhiladelphia.

Mondays: ■ Positive Brothers, a support group for men of color living with HIV/AIDS, meets 6 p.m. at 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; 215-496-0330. Tuesdays: ■ A support group for HIV-positive men and women meets 1:30-3 p.m. at BEBASHI — Transition to Hope, 1217 Spring Garden St., first floor; 215-769-3561; ■ “Pozitive Light HIV/AIDS Support Ministry,” presented by Unity Fellowship of Christ Church Philadelphia HIV/AIDS Ministry and Girard Avenue Pharmacy, meets 5-7 p.m. at 112 N. Broad St., first-floor group room; 267-481-5085; ■ Encuentros, a group for HIV-negative Latino men who have sex with men, meets 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1201 Locust St. ■ “Feast Incarnate,” a weekly ministry for people affected by HIV/AIDS, meets 5 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St. Bible study follows at 6 p.m.; 215-387-2885. ■ A support group for people recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS meets 6:30-8 p.m. at Mazzoni

Center; 215-563-0652 ext. 235.

■ Youth Outreach Adolescent Community

Awareness Program’s Voice It Sistah, a support group for HIV-positive women, meets 11 a.m. first and third Tuesday at YOACAP, 1207 Chestnut St., Suite 315; 215-851-1898.

Wednesdays: ■ AIDS Services in Asian Communities’ weekly volunteer work group meets 6-8 p.m. at 340 N. 12th St., Suite 205; 215-629-2300. ■ Project Teach, a peer-education and empowerment program for people living with HIV/AIDS, meets at Philadelphia Fight, 1233 Locust St.; ■ Positive Effect, for HIV-positive people 18 and over, meets 5-7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at Camden AHEC, 514 Cooper St., Camden, N.J.; 856-963-2432. Thursdays: ■ A support group for HIV-positive men and women meets 6-8 p.m. at BEBASHI — Transition to Hope, 1217 Spring Garden St.; 215-769-3561. ■ Diversity, an HIV/AIDS support group for all infected or affected, meets from 7-9 p.m. at Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St.; call Zak, 215-848-4380; azaklad@craftech. com.

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Men Delco Dudes A men’s social and support group meets 7-9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media; delco. Gay Married Men’s Association Meets 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at the William Way Center; Men of All Colors Together Meets 7:30 p.m. the third Friday of the month, September through June, at the William Way Center; 610-277-6595; Men’s Coming Out Group, N.J. Meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Pride Center of New Jersey; Men of Color United A discussion/support group for gay and bisexual men of color meets 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday at 112 N. Broad St., third floor; 215-496-0330. Men of Standard Provides a place for gay men of color 21 and older to share issues of concern. Meets 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Camden AHEC, 514 Cooper St., Camden, N.J.; 856-963-2432.

Saturdays: ■ AIDS Delaware’s You’re Not Alone youth support group meets during the school year. Call Philly Dads An association of gay and bisexual 800-810-6776 for location and time. fathers supporting each other meets

Debtors Anonymous

■ Meets 7-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday at the

William Way Center.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

■ Open meeting, Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Fridays, at Hahnemann University Hospital, 245 N. 15th St.; call Troy for floor/room number, 215-514-3065; ■ Meets 11 a.m.-noon at the William Way Center.


■ Substance Abuse – Risk Assessment; day and

evening hours; 215-563-0663 ext. 282.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

■ Meets 7:30 p.m.Thursdays at All Saints Church,

18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.; 302-5423279.


■ Safe space to meet and discuss substance abuse

problems at the William Way Center.


Alder Health Services provides LGBT health services on a sliding-fee scale; 100 N. Cameron St., Ste. 301 East, Harrisburg; 717-233-7190 or 800-867-1550; Anonymous, free HIV testing with Spanish/ English counselors, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 3439 N. Hutchinson St.; 215-763-8870 ext. 6000. HIV treatment: Free HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment for Philadelphia residents available 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; 215685-1803. HIV health insurance help: Access to free medications and confidential HIV testing available at 17 MacDade Blvd., Suite 108, Collingdale; 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; 610-586-9077. Philadelphia FIGHT provides HIV primary care, on-site lab services, clinical trials, case management, mental-health services and support groups for people living with HIV regardless of insurance status or ability to pay; 1233 Locust St., fifth floor; 215-985-4448; www.

7:30 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month at the William Way Center; 215-668-5239.

Parents/Families Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Bucks County Meets 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Penns Park United Methodist Church, 2394 Second Street Pike, Penns Park; 215-3489976. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Chester County Meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester, 501 S. High St.; 484354-2448. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/ Collingswood, N.J. Meets 6:30-9 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave.; 609-202-4622; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Media Meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Unitarian Universal Church, 145 Rose Tree Rd.; 610-368-2021. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Philadelphia Meets 2-5 p.m. the third Sunday of the month at the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania, 3907 Spruce St.; 215-572-1833. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Princeton, N.J. Meets 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month in the George Thomas Room at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St.; 609-683-5155.

for LGBT families offers play groups, monthly kids and teen talk groups, activities and outings. Planning meetings held monthly; 215-6002864;

Trans Evolutions A drop-in support group for anyone on the transgender spectrum meets 6 p.m. Thursdays at 21 S. 12th St., eighth floor; 215-563-0652 ext. 235. Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine Primary health care and specialized transgender services in a safe, professional, nonjudgmental environment, 809 Locust St.; 215563-0658. T-MAN People of color support group for transmen, FTMs, butches, studs, aggressives, bois, genderqueer and all female-born individuals with gender questions meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, second floor, 1201 Locust St.; 215-834-9063; Transhealth Programming Committee Meets 5 p.m.the second and last Sundays of the month at the William Way Center. Transhealth Information Project Sponsors a weekly drop-in center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays at 21 S. 12th St., 10th floor; 215-568-2221. Transgender Health Action Coalition Peer trans health-advocacy organization; 215-732-1207; www. 1201 Locust street 4th floor. WeXist FTM support group meets 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of the month at the William Way Center; first hour is open, second hour is for people assigned female at birth who have gender issues; 267-250-1548. Young, Trans and Unified Support group for transgender and questioning individuals ages 13-23 meets 7:15 p.m. Thursdays at The Attic Youth Center; 215-545-4331.

Women Hanging Out With Lesbians A group in Central Pennsylvania that organizes activities such as concerts, camping, golf, picnics, hikes, plays and game nights in nonsmoking environments; com/group/howlofpa/. Lesbian Community of Delaware Valley Social group meets monthly for activities for gay women of all ages in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties; group/LCDV/. Lesbian Couples Dining Group of Montgomery County Meets monthly; 215-542-2899. Mt. Airy Lesbian Social Club For lesbians in the Philadelphia area ages 35-plus; mtairylesbiansocial/. Queer Connections Social group for women in their 20s meets weekly; com/group/queerconnections/.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Wilmington, Del. Meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St.; 302-654-2995.

Sistah 2 Sistah A social/support group for lesbians of color, ages 13-24, with weekly social events, open discusson and monthly movie/discussions, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 112 N. Broad St., third floor; 215-496-0330.

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Women Coming Out Support Group Women who consider themselves gay,


lesbian, bisexual or questioning and are at any stage of the coming-out process are welcome. Ages 18 and over. Meets 7:30 p.m. first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month at the Pride Center of NJ.

Youth 40 Acres of Change Discussion group for teen and young adults meets 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at The COLOURS Organization Inc., 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; 215496-0330. GLBT Group of Hunterdon County Social and support groups for youth, teens and young adults, as well as parents and family members, meets at North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead St. in Clinton, N.J. Schedule at www.glbtofhunterdoncountyofnj. com; 908-300-1058. HAVEN For GLBT, intersex, questioning, queer and allied youth ages 14-20; meets 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem; 610-868-2153. HiTOPS A safe-space support program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays at 21 Wiggins St., Princeton, N.J. Call Connie at 609683-5155 (day); Main Line Youth Alliance Meets from 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays at 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; 610688-1861; Mountain Meadow For youth with GLBTQ parents. Monthly programs for ages 8-16, family programs and parent coffee groups. Residential program offered in August, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-7721107. PRYSM Youth Center For youth ages 14-20. Meets 6:308:30 p.m Wednesdays at center, 126 East Baltimore Pike, Media; 610357-9948. Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s LGBTQ and Allies Youth Center For ages 14-21; meets 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Salem UCC Education Building, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-957-7981 ext. 9065; Social X Change Social activity group for LGBT youth of color ages 13-23 meets 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays at 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; 215-496-0330. Space to be Proud, Open, and Together Open to all LGBTQ queer youth and allies, ages 14-21, the SPOT meets Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Planned Parenthood of Chester County’s West Chester office, 8 S. Wayne St.; 610692-1770. Young, Trans and Unified A support group for transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23 meets 7:15 p.m. Thursdays at The Attic Youth Center. You’re Not Alone A group for gay, lesbian and bisexual youth that meets during the school year; sponsored by AIDS Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 315, Wilmington. Call 800-810-6776 for more details. Youth Making a Difference For GLBTQ African-American and Latino youth ages 14-24. Meets 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Camden AHEC, 514 Cooper St.; 856-9632432.


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New eBook, blog for out Temple professor By Angela Thomas Most novelists were inspired to pick up a pen and write because of a certain book or an author. But for openly gay Philadelphiabased author Brad Windhauser, his inspiration came from a movie. Windhauser, 39, was born in Los Angeles but moved to Philadelphia in 2000. It was his very first viewing of Quentin Tarantino’s popular “Pulp Fiction” that led him to pursue a career as a writer. “I always enjoyed reading and was a big reader growing up and was going to be a poet at one point, and then I saw ‘Pulp Fiction’ in ’94 when I was an undergraduate and that movie changed the way I saw a story,” he said. “It made the ordinary extraordinary.” Windhauser completed his bachelor’s degree in literature/creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, and received his master’s in English/creative writing from Rutgers University Camden. He also earned his master of fine arts in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. He currently teaches in Temple University’s English Department. It wasn’t until Windhauser took a course about Ernest Hemingway that he began to appreciate 20th-century authors like

F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner. “I really liked Hemingway the more I studied his short fiction and how he wrote everyday experiences,” he said. “It felt like you were eavesdropping on the lives of these characters, and to me that felt more real.” That class also helped him develop as a writer in connection with his emerging sexual identity. “Around this time I was coming out and it was the mid-’90s. We were getting more visibility and people were accepting but they weren’t rolling out the red carpet about it so I thought about writing about me and my experiences.” His first novel, “Regret,” was published in 2007 and recently released as an eBook. “Regret” is a murder mystery that focuses on three different intersecting plotlines — a religious group that is trying to “cure” gays, a detective investigating the group’s actions and a medical researcher recruited by the religious group.


Windhauser said he got the idea for the storyline from a sexuality class he took in San Diego where he learned about Simon LeVay, who is often credited for research that supports the idea that being LGBT is genetic. “Reading that research and with what I was going through at the time, I thought, What would someone do with this info if they could prove it? Because my dad is very religious, that made me think, What if religion got involved and got a hold of this info? Would they try and cure us? With that, three storylines came together.” Windhauser recently finished his second book and is looking for an agent.

His second novel is set in the Graduate Hospital area of Philadelphia and looks at the fallout of a car accident involving a white driver and a black cyclist. “It is about gentrification and explores the lives that were indirectly affected and effected by this accident,” he said. In addition to his two novels, Windhauser had several short stories published and is currently working on a blog, “The Bible Project.” He launched the effort earlier this year to debunk the religious right’s Biblically based anti-LGBT claims, following his own reading of the text. “Having a strong literary background, people expect you to have read the Bible and I never, have nor was I remotely interested in it because it was used against the LGBT community,” he said. “I was convinced people were misquoting it and misrepresenting it to go against us. I started with Old Testament and just finished the Gospel in the New Testament. It has been interesting. I tried to read it with as open a mind as possible and predictably a lot of the stuff that is used against the gays, it doesn’t say anywhere.” Windhauser writes about his findings at and also contributes to “Regret” can be found on Amazon or ■


■ 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-

■ Equality Forum: 215-732-3378 ■ LGBT Peer Counseling Services: 215-732-TALK ■ Mayor’s Director of LGBT Affairs: Gloria Casarez, 215-6862194;; Fax: 215-686-2555

■ 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); ■ 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)

■ 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; 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;; 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.;

■ 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 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.; 215-840-2039.

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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; AIDS Services In Asian Communities Provides HIV-related services to Asians and Pacific Islanders at 1711 S. Broad St.; 215-629-2300; 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-

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■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220; 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.



■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St., 215-898-5044; center@dolphin. 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.

■ 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

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■ The Attic Youth Center 255 S. 16th St.; 215-545-4331; 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.


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1. 12th Street Gym 204 S. 12th St. 215.985.4092 2. Adonis Cinema 2026 Sansom St. 215.557.9319 3. Alexander Inn 301 S. 12th St. 215.923.3535 4. Attic Youth Center 255 S. 16th St. 215.545.4331 5. The Bike Stop 206 S. Quince St. 215.627.1662 6. Club Philly 1220 Chancellor St. 215.735.7671 7. Danny’s Adam & Eve 133 S. 13th St. 215.925.5041

8. Giovanni’s Room 1145 Pine St. 215.923.2960 Oldest LGBT bookstore in the country 9. ICandy 254 S. 12th St. 267.324.3500


14. Sansom Street Cinema 120 S. 13th St. 215.545.9254 15. Sansom Street Gym 2020 Sansom St. 267.330.0151

16. Scorpio Books 205 S. Juniper St. 10. Independent Hotel 215.525.2181 1234 Locust St. 17. Spruce Street 215.923.3535 Video theindependenthotel. 252 S. 12th St. com 215.546.6843 11. Knock 18. Stir Lounge 225 S. 12th St. 1705 Chancellor St. 215.925.1166 215.732.2700 12. Optimal Sport 1315 Walnut St. (entr. on Juniper St.) 215.735.1114 13. Pleasure Chest 2039 Walnut St. 215.561.7480

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Local singing star to make POPS debut By Larry Nichols Out local singer and performer Eddie Bruce is about add to another highlight to his long and storied career when he makes his debut performance with the Philly POPS Oct. 11-13 at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. For Bruce, sharing a stage with the POPS has been a long-standing dream. “I would say only about 20 years,” Bruce said about how long he has been waiting for this opportunity. Having been performing since he was a child and later becoming a renowned performer both locally and nationally, it is surprising that Bruce hasn’t been called up to perform previously with the POPS, which has had an equally long and illustrious career. But Bruce said he had an obstacle preventing that from happening until now. “Frankly, Peter Nero, who was the founder of the POPS and conductor for 30 or 40 years, ruled it with an iron fist,” he said. “He turned me down for all those years. He was very reluctant to put local talent on that stage. He’d bring unknown but great singers from New York before he’d use local talent. He’s brilliant and he made POPS what it is today. All I can say is he had his way of doing things. I don’t have any animosity about it. But as soon as he left, I saw an opening and I talked to the people on the POPS board and they got my stuff to the new conductor who listened to it and liked it. He wanted to start his tenure with a tribute to Philly. So it was natural to get me up there.” The Philly POPS are kicking off their first season under new music director Michael Krajewski with “Viva Philadelphia!” cele-

brating the sounds associated with the city. “The theme of the show is a tribute to Philadelphia’s Italian musical heritage,” Bruce said. “They hired a Jewish singer to sing songs from a famous New Yorker, Tony Bennett. But we’re going to make it work because Tony Bennett is obviously very important to the Italian-American community. He’s an icon and I’ve been doing tributes to Tony Bennett in New York and L.A. and all around for a long time. So I’m going to be doing three songs from my Tony Bennett show. He is iconic. He’s over 70 years old and he’s still doing what he does. So we’ll pay tribute to him.” Bruce performs in venues ranging from intimate to colossal, and said each has its own appeal. “I like both,” he said. “For two-and-a-half years I’ve been at Sugar House Casino with a trio doing free jazz. We think on our feet and improvise. We can move very spontaneously through different key and tempos. That’s its own reward. But there is none of that with the POPS or any big orchestra. I like both but there’s nothing like hearing that wall of sound behind you. An orchestra or symphony behind a singer is heaven. So they both have their own rewards.” And with the new leadership there could be more opportunities in the future for Bruce to share the stage with the POPS. “This probably won’t be the last time on stage as long as I don’t bomb,” he said. “But I expect to do well. I have such good, local roots and fans. Hopefully they will come out and support me and the POPS.” ■ Eddie Bruce performs as part of “Viva Philadelphia!” with the Philly POPS Oct. 11-13 at Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-8931999 or visit


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New spin on formerly queer horror movie By Gary M. Kramer PGN Contributor Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are,” opening Oct. 11 at Ritz Theatres, is a stylish, slow-burn reworking of the queertinged 2010 Mexican horror film of the same name. Mickle reverses the genders of the characters from the original; instead of a mother and her two sons grappling with the family tradition following the death of their father, this version of “We Are What We Are” has dad Frank Parker (Bill Sage), along with his daughters Rose (Julia Garner) and Iris (Ambyr Childers), and son Rory (Jack Gore), dealing with the untimely death of their mother. The filmmaker also removed the original film’s queer content, focusing instead on two young daughters coming of age. Over the course of the film, Iris and Rose work out their feelings towards the religion they were raised in and the family’s ritual that involves eating the flesh of the dead. Cannibalism is often used as a metaphor in films as the breakdown of society, but “We Are What We Are” gracefully never pushes the allegory aspect. As the title indicates, the family of cannibals simply is what it is. Suffice it to say, dinner at the Parkers’ is rather sinister. However, to the film’s credit, “We Are What We Are” is so beautifully photographed that even a corpse looks appetizing. In a recent interview during the director’s visit to Philadelphia, Mickle justified why he removed the gay subplot for his remake. “The queer part didn’t sit with me all that well in the first one because I felt it was linked to what they were doing. A lot of the things we changed were because we don’t know what that’s like. Jorge [Grau, the original film’s director] himself isn’t gay. Every [other] element in the film was something he knew. That’s why we changed the setting and brought up the religious aspect. We kept coming back to the gay side, and I didn’t want that to feel that it was an offshoot of what they were doing. The gay character in the original was finding out who he was in a way, and we didn’t have that element here. These girls were raised a certain way with [religion].” While the focus on young female sexuality lends itself to intimate moments between the siblings, who cuddle together almost incestuously in one tender scene, a sequence during which Iris steals away for a tryst with the sexy Deputy Anders (Wyatt Russell) ends badly. Mickle explained his reasoning for this violent episode: “I don’t go for the trope of ‘we’re having sex, we have to get killed.’ It is punishment but it’s not about sex, it’s more about Iris reaching out to something she thinks a normal girl should do at that age. I don’t think she knows enough to

really feel that stuff. It’s reaching her hand too close to the flame.” “We Are What We Are” addresses how religion drives the family to commit horrific crimes. While the film does get a bit grisly, its story expresses issues of difference that might resonate with queer viewers — as when the girls wish out loud that they were “like everyone else.” The Parker children are sheltered, living without books and other means to discover the outside world. The closest person to them in their rural community is their neighbor Marge, played by out actor Kelly McGillis. The filmmaker recalled that McGillis’ character in his previous film, “Stake Land,” was “abused and beaten up by life.” He said that this was unfair to the actor, whom he


described as “a fun-loving, happy person.” “We felt a little bit guilty afterwards. Nick [Damici, Mickle’s co-writer on both films] was writing stuff for her. We didn’t talk about it during the writing of this script but we thought Marge has to be Kelly. If there’s any comic relief in the film, it’s her — the nosy-neighbor character. So we called her up and said, ‘We want you to do another movie, and be the clueless neighbor and have some fun with it,’ and she was game.” McGillis generates several laughs in the film, most notably when Marge is awoken one night and answers the door with her hair in curlers. When she encounters the frightened Parker kids, she reacts to the commotion with an amusing WTF response. “We Are What We Are” largely steers clear of being camp, even though some viewers may laugh — perhaps nervously — during an extended cannibalistic dinner. Yet Mickle is not trying to make a scary thriller despite the film’s gory content. Rather, he subverts genre conventions and expectations by focusing on issues of religious fervor and sexual desire as the characters strive to break free of their family’s dangerous, deadly cycle. ■


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Worth Watching ZOMBIELAND: “The Walking Dead” returns for a fourth season with fan-favorite characters Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) doing what they do best: killing zombies, 9 p.m. Oct. 13 on AMC. Photo:

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12th Street Gym, 204 S. 12th St. • 13th Street Gourmet Pizza, 209 S. 13th St. • AACO, 1101 Market St., 9th floor • Action AIDS, 1216 Arch St. • Apt. & Townhouse Rentals, 304 S. 12th St. • ASIAC, 1711 S. Broad St. • The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. • Bioscript Pharmacy, 1227 Locust St. • Cafe Twelve, 212 S. 12th St. • Charlie Salon, 203 S. 12th St. • City Hall NE Entrance • Club Body Center, 1220 Chancellor St. • Com-Har Living Room, 101 S. Broad St., 14th floor • Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St. • Cut Salon, 204 S. 13th St. • Danny’s Bookstore 133 S. 13th St. • Dignity/St. Lukes, 330 S. 13th St. • Dirty Frank’s Bar, 13th & Pine sts. • The Foodery, 10th & Pine sts. • Fusion Gym, 105 S. 12th St., 2nd floor • Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. • I Goldberg, 1300 Chestnut St. • ICandy, 254 S. 12th St. • Independent Hotel, 13th & Locust sts. • Mazzoni Clinic, 809 Locust St. • Midtown II, 122 S. 11th St. • More Than Just Ice Cream, 1119 Locust St. • Pa. AIDS Law Project, 1211 Chestnut St., 12th floor • Paolo Pizzeria, 1336 Pine St. • Parker Hotel Lobby, 261 S. 13th St. • Phila. FIGHT/Aids Library, 1233 Locust St., 5th floor • Phila. Family Planning Commission, 260 S. Broad St., 10th floor • Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust St. • Sansom Cinema, 120 S. 13th St., basement • Santa Fe Burrito, 212 S. 11th St. • Scorpio Books, 202 S. Juniper St. • Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. • Spruce Street Video, 252 S. 12th St. • Packard Apartments, 317 N. Broad St. • Safeguards lobby, 1211 Chestnut St. #610 • Salon K, 1216 Locust St. • Sansom Cinema, 120 S. 13th St. • Sante Fe Burrito, 212 S. 11th St. • Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. • Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. • Triangle Medicine, 253 S. 10th St., 1st floor • Uncles, 1220 Locust St. • Valanni, 1229 Spruce St. • Venture Inn, 255 S. Camac St. • Voyeur, 1220 St. James St. • Westbury, 261 S. 13th St. • William Way LGBT Community Center, 1325 Spruce St. • Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. •


Bean Café, 615 South St. • Best Western Independence Park Hotel lobby, 215 Chestnut St. • Chocolate Works Condo lobby, 321 N. Third St. • Copabanana, 342 South St. • Dane Décor, 315 Arch St. • Famous 4th St. Deli, Fourth & Bainbridge sts. • Hopkinson House, 604 S. Washington Sq. • Hyatt Regency Hotel lobby, 201 S. Columbus Blvd. • Independence Place Condos, 241 S. Sixth St., lobby in both towers • Independence Visitors Center, Sixth & Market sts. • Old City Ironworks Gym, 141 N. Second St. • Nationality Service Center, 1216 Arch St. • Packard Apts., 317 N. Broad St. • PGN offices, 505 S. Fourth St. • Philadelphia Java Co., 518 S. Fourth St. • Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Filbert sts. • Strands Salon, 25 N. Third St. •


Adonis Cinema, 2026 Sansom St. • Art Institute, 1610 Chestnut St. • Art Institute, 1622 Chestnut St. • Art Institute, 2300 Market St. • The Attic Youth Center, 255 S. 16th St. • Bob & Barbara’s, 1509 South St. • Book Bin, 22nd & Market sts. • Dan Tobey R/E, 1401 Walnut St., 8th floor • Dr. Wakefield’s Office, 255 S. 17th St., Suite 2306 • Drexel Partnership, 1427 Vine St., 3rd floor • Latimer Deli, 255 S. 15th St. • L-2 Restaurant, 22nd & South sts. • MANNA, 12 S. 23rd St. • Marine Club Condos lobby, Broad St. & Washington Ave. • Metropolitan, 115 N. 15th St. • Safeguards Lobby, 1700 Market St., 18th floor • Sansom St. Gym, 2020 Sansom St. • South Square Market, 2221 South St. • Titan Room, 22nd & Market sts. • Touraine Building lobby, 1520 Spruce St. • U Do It Laundry, 15th & Spruce sts. • Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, 17th & Race sts. •


1 Shot Coffee, 1040 N. Second St. • 2601 Parkway Condos lobby, 2601 Pennsylvania Ave. • Bebashi, 1217 Spring Garden St. • Beehive Hair Salon, 2319 Fairmount Ave. • Beth Ahavah, 615 N. Broad St. • Bridgeview Place Condo lobby, 315 New St. • Colonnade Condos lobby, 1601 Spring Garden St. • Community College CCP Lambda, 1700 Spring Garden St. • Congresso de Latinos, American St. & Lehigh Ave. • Crooked Frame Café, 2545 Brown St. • Darling’s Diner, 1033 N. Second St. • Filter Coffee House, 331 Race St. • Girard Vet, 28th St. & Girard Ave. • HIV Early Intervention Clinic, St. Joseph’s Hospital, 16th St. & Girard Ave. • Logan View Apts. lobby, 17th & Callowhill sts. • Northern Liberties Iron Works, 821 N. Second St. • One Day At A Time, 2532 N. Broad St. • Philadelphian Condos lobby, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. • PYT Restaurant, 1050 N. Hancock St., at the Piazza • Sammy’s Place, 1449 N. Fifth St., 1st floor • Shampoo, Seventh & Willow sts. • SILOAM Ministries, 1133 Spring Garden St. • Temple University Student Activity Center, 1755 N. 12th St. • Welker Real Estate, 2311 Fairmount Ave. • Whole Foods Market, 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. •


Bethel Community Home, 933-935 S. Third St. • Black N Brew, 1523 E. Passyunk Ave. • Carmen’s Country Kitchen, 11th & Wharton sts. • Class Act Auto Repair, 2042 S. Bancroft St. • Equal, 1516 Snyder Ave. • Essene, 719 S. Fourth St. • Expressive Hand, 622 S. Ninth St. • Fuel, 1917 E. Passyunk Ave. • Hideaway, Days Inn, 2015 Penrose Ave. • Jackson Place, 501 Jackson St. • Kris Restaurant, 1100 Federal St. • Rockerhead Salon, 607 S. Third St. • South Philly Bagels, 613 S. Third St. • Ultimo Coffee, 1900 S. 15th St. •


Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. • Bucks County Coffee, 3430 Sansom St. • Bucks County Coffee, 40th & Locust sts. • Fresh Grocer, 4001 Walnut St. • Goodman Hall, 710 S. 42nd St. • International House, 3701 Chestnut St. • LGBT Center at Penn, 3907 Spruce St. • Old Quaker Condos lobby, 3514 Lancaster Ave. • Oslo Hall, 510 S. 42nd St. • Penn Bookstore, 3610 Walnut St. • Sheraton Hotel, 36th & Chestnut sts. • St. Mary’s Church, 3916 Locust Walk • University of the Sciences England Library, 4200 Woodland Ave. • University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St. • Wilson Hall, 708 S. 42nd St. • World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. •


Almost Paradise, 742 Frankford Ave. • Coffee Junction, 7210 Cresheim Road • Elfant Wissahickon Realty, 8962 Ridge Ave. • Fantasy Island Books, 7363 State Road • GWHS Beacon Center, 10175 Bustleton Ave. • Harry’s Natural Foods, 1805 Cottman Ave. • Infusion Salon, 7133 Germantown Ave. • Morris House, 5537 Woodland Ave. • One Day At A Time, 2532 N. Broad St. • Philadelphia University KANBAR Center, 4201 Henry Ave. • Prevention Point, 166 W. Lehigh Ave. • Today’s Videos, 9255 Roosevelt Blvd. • Touch of Class Books, 3342 Kensington Ave. • WCAU TV lobby, City Line Ave. & Monument Road • Weaver’s Way, 559 Carpenter Lane • Welker Real Estate, 2311 Fairmount Ave. • WPVI TV lobby, City Line Ave. & Monument Road •


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Allentown • Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton St. • Candida, 247 N. 12th St. • MCCLV, 930 N. Fourth St. • Stonewall, 28-30 N. 10th St. • Annville • Lebanon Valley College, Sheridan Ave. • Ardmore • Ardmore Station, Anderson Ave. near Coulter Ave. • Bethel • Adult World, 341 Midway Road • Bethlehem • LGBTQ Services Lehigh U, 25 Trembley Dr. • Bloomsberg • Bloomsberg University LGBTA Center, 400 E. Second St. • Bristol • Bristol News World, 576B Bristol Pike • Bryn Mawr • Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library • Bryn Mawr Station, Morris Ave. near Bryn Mawr Ave. • Fox & Roach Realty, 763 Lancaster Ave. • TLA Video, 761 Lancaster Ave. • Chester • Harrah’s Chester Casino, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. • Widener University, 1 University Place • Collegeville • Adult World, 3975 Ridge Pike • Devon • Devon Station, Devon State Road & Lancaster Pike • Doylestown • Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S. Main St. • Siren Records, 25 E. State St. • East Stroudsburg • Rainbow Mountain Resort, 210 Mt. Nebo Road • Easton • La Pazza, 1251 Ferry St. • Gibson • Hillside Campground, 1 Creek Road • Glen Mills • Imago Dei MCC, 1223 Middletown Road • Glenside • Keswick Cycle, 408 N. Easton Road • Harrisburg • 704 Strawberry Café, 704 N. Third St. • AIDS Community Alliance, 100 N. Cameron St. • Brownstone Lounge, 412 Forster St. • Liquid 891, 891 Eisenhower Blvd. • Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St. • MCC of the Spirit, 2973 Jefferson St. • Stallions, 706 N. Third St. • Haverford • Haverford Station, Haverford Station Road near Lancaster Ave. • Kutztown • Kutztown University, 15200 Main St. • Lancaster • Downtown Books, 227 N. Prince St. • Sundown Lounge, 429 N. Mulberry St. • Tally Ho Tavern, 201 W. Orange St. • Lansdale • Gwynedd Vet Hospital, 1615 W. Pointe Pike • Lehighton • Woods Campground, 845 Vaughn Acres Road • Levittown • Levitt Books, 7406 Bristol Pike • Malvern • Malvern Station, King St. & Warren Ave. • Media • Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road • The Media Theater, 104 E. State St. • LGBT Alliance Group, Delaware Co. Campus, Penn State Univ., 901 Media Line Road • Moosic • 12 Penny Saloon, 3501 Birney Ave. • Narberth • Narberth Station, Haverford & Narberth avenues • New Hope • Café Europa, 11 Market Place • Cornerstone Gym, 419 York Road • Eagle Diner, 6522 York Road • Havana, 105 S. Main St. • John & Peters, 96 S. Main St. • Karla’s Restaurant, 5 W. Mechanic St. • La Chateau Exotique, 31A W. Mechanic St. • Havana Bar & Grill, 105 S. Main St. • The Raven, 385 W. Bridge St. • Sandbar, 90 S. Main St. • Triumph Brewing Co., 400 Union Square Drive • Wildflowers, 8 W. Mechanic St. • New Milford • Oneida Campground, 2580 E. Lake Road • Newtown • Bucks Co. Community College, 275 Swamp Road • North Wales • Adult World, 608 Upper State Road • Paoli • Paoli Station, North Valley Road & Lincoln Highway • Plains Township • Twist Bar, Fox Ridge Plaza, Rte. 315 • Quakertown • Adult World, 880 S. West End Blvd. • Reading • Berls Aid Network, 429 Walnut St. • Reading Adult Center, 316 Penn St. • Rosemont • Rosemont Station, Airdale Road & Montrose Ave. • Spring Grove • Atland’s Ranch, RR6, Box 6543 • Swarthmore • Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Parrish Hall • Temple • Naughty But Nice, 4502 N. Fifth St. • Upper Darby • Honor Box, 69th Street Station • Villanova • Villanova Station, Spring Mill Road near County Line Road • Warminster • Darkanyu, Bux Mont Unitarian Church, Street Road at Rt. 611 • Planned Parenthood of Bucks Co., 610 Louis Dr. • Wayne • Central Baptist Church, 106 W. Lancaster Ave. • Stafford Station, Old Eagle School & Crestline roads • Wayne Station, N. Wayne & West Ave. • West Chester • Chester County Books, 975 Paoli Pike • Williamsport • Peachies, 144 E. Fourth St. • Willow Grove • Barnes & Noble, 102 Park Ave. • Wynnwood • Wynnwood Station, Wynnewood & Penn roads • ����������

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Asbury Park • Georgie’s, 812 Fifth Ave. • Paradise, 101 Asbury Ave. • Atlantic City • Oasis, 32 S. Tennessee Ave. • Ocean House, 127 S. Ocean Ave. • Pro Bar, Resorts Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, 13th floor • Ritz Condo lobby, 2715 Boardwalk • Bordentown • Shoppe 202, 202 Farnsworth Ave. • Camden • Honor Box, PATCO Ferry Ave. Station • Cherry Hill • Unitarian Church, 400 N. Kings Hwy. • Andriotti’s Viennese Café, 1442 E. Route 70 • Collingswood • Honor Box, PATCO Collingswood Station • Honor Box, PATCO Ferry Ave. Station • Egg Harbour City • Red Barn Books, 1204 White Horse Pike • Galloway • Pride Alliance Stockton College, 101 Vera King Farris Dr. suite 240 • Gloucester City • Red Barn Books, 600 Rt. 130 South • Haddonfield • Honor Box, PATCO Haddonfield Station, PATCO Westmont Station, PATCO Woodcrest Station • Highland Park • Pride Center of NJ, 85 Raritan Ave. • Lambertville• Body Tech, 80 Lambert Lane • Lebanon • GLBT of Hunterdon Co., 126 Petticoat Lane • Lindenwold • Honor Box, PATCO Lindenwold Station East • Honor Box, PATCO Lindenwold Station West • Morristown • Gay Activist Alliance, Unitarian Church, 29 Normandy Heights Road • Oaklyn • Sacred Green Earth, 511 Whitehorse Pike • Princeton • LGBT Center, Princeton University, 246 First Campus Center • Somerset • The Den, 700 Hamilton Ave. • Stratford • White Horse Books, 906 White Horse Pike • Vineland • J&J News, 729 N. Main St. • West Berlin • Red Barn Books, 597 Route 73 North • Williamstown • Book Bin, 3852 S. Black Horse Pike •

NEW YORK Blooming Grove • Help Inc., 48 Sylvan Trail • New York City • Lesbian and Gay Services Center, 208 W. 13th St.

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Devil’s Den is full of temptations By Larry Nichols Devils Den, 1148 S. 11th St., has the same comfortable and somewhat slick upwardly mobile vibe that a lot of South Philly gastropubs have these days. But the chefs are definitely taking some adventurous risks. Their happy-hour snacks should definitely appeal to the drinking crowd as they hit the right comfort-food buttons. The bacon popcorn ($5) is something you try and wonder why someone hasn’t done this before. The bits of bacon mixed in with the sweet, buttery goodness of popcorn is genius and irresistible. But keep napkins handy. The deviled eggs ($5) were unique, as they were presented vertically and with orange zest and kim chi, the latter of which, while powerfully spicy and exciting, tended to steal the thunder from the eggs themselves. One distinctive small plate on the menu was the duck fries ($10), which we thought were going to be the standard fries fried in duck fat that, along with truffle oil, seem to be the go-to way to make the staple exotic. But we were pleasantly surprised when the Den presented us with fries smothered in savory shredded duck meat and



gravy. The result, while needling a sprinkle of salt, is a decadent, rich experience that should not be missed. Spicy dishes dominated the menu at Devil’s Den. The mussels diablo ($13, $16 over pasta) had a nice, spicy bite that mixed well with the bacon and cilantro in the sauces. The flatbread with sausage, peppers and onions ($13) was equally tasty and satisfying. By the time we got the diablo cheesesteak ($12), with jalapenos and a beer-cheese sauce, we were tasting the same spicy sting as the mussels and the flatbread. It was as if they were all flavored from the same spice shaker. And while we appreciated the aggressive spicing, the sameness across three dishes left us wanting for some nuances among them. We were pleasantly surprised that desserts at the Den were made by the same pastry chef who made desserts for Sisters. And while the homey apple-raisin crumb pie was a nice end to the meal, we implore Devil’s Den to consider some kind of ice cream-based desserts to sooth the tongue after the spicy gauntlet it has to run. Despite the few minor qualms, Devil’s Den has a welcoming vibe and a strong menu that will take your taste buds on a wild ride. ■

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Unreeling the LGBT picks at Philly’s film fest By Gary M. Kramer PGN Contributor The 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival screens at area theaters Oct.17-27. Among the 100-plus films from 35 countries are nearly a dozen that represent the best in queer and queer-themed filmmaking. Two of the most highly anticipated films at this year’s festival are a pair of sexually explicit French films. “Stranger by the Lake,” written and directed by Alain Guiraudie, depicts a love triangle that develops at a cruising area as Franck (Pierre Deadonchamps) befriends Henri (Patrick d’Assumçao), but lusts after Michel (Christophe Paou). Even though Franck spies Michel drowning his boyfriend, Ramière (François-Renaud Labarthe), he can’t resist coupling up with the murdering hunk. However, he is frustrated that their relationship is limited to their lakeside assignations. Curiously, both men lie to Inspector Damroder (Jérômre Chappatte), who is investigating Ramière’s death. This seductive erotic thriller — which is shot in a series of hypnotic, repetitive sequences — plays with issues of attraction and voyeurism, trust and truth as the characters strip down on the beach, swim naked in the lake and stroke and sometimes suck each other off in the woods. Guiraudie’s film is incredibly atmospheric and uninhibited, and viewers will be breathing heavy during the erotic trysts and as the tension increases in the final reel as a series of violent murders occur. In an interview after a New York screening of the film, Guiraudie cited a familiarity with the location (which is near his home in France), and discussed how he approached filming naked men on the beach. “Looking directly at them, if they have their legs spread out, their sexual organs appear large. I thought I could move the camera off to the side but in the end, we decided it was better to do it in this very frontal way,” he said. “That’s how it is! I’ve gone to these kinds of nude beaches. You look directly at them, and that’s what you see. Nothing is hidden. Some things need to be hidden [for the story] but nothing about the body needs to be hidden.” His full-frontal strategy is not just to titillate viewers, but also to focus the audience’s point of view. “It was predominantly about how to look, and how things look,” Guiraudie said. “How do I ‘show’ what you are looking at? How do we look at things? And how are the ways we look at things received by the object that we are looking at? You can have the same look and one point of view can be benevolent and loving, but the next day, you can be looking at the same image or view, and suddenly, it can seem very disturbing, threaten-

ing and oppressive.” “Stranger by the Lake” plays well with these conflicting points of view — merging Franck’s vision of the murder with the narrative in one dazzling long sequence — but the entire film is mesmerizing. The Cannes Palm d’Or award winner “Blue is the Warmest Color,” which portrays a teenager (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who becomes infatuated by a blue-haired woman (Léa Seydoux), has its Philadelphia premiere at the fest (and was not available for preview). Two other films depicting young women coming of age (and also not previewed) are “Puppy Love,” a Belgian film about a teenager named Diane (Solène Rigot) who becomes entranced by a British girl (Audrey Bastien) who attends her school, and “Young & Beautiful,” the latest film from prolific queer filmmaker François Ozon, which chronicles a year in the life of Isabelle (Marine Vacth), a teenage girl who has a series of sexual adventures after losing her virginity. Two highlights of the Philadelphia Film Festival include “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” a sweet and sentimental Taiwanese import about a handful of interconnected people who are unhappy in their lives and relationships. Weichung (Richie Jen) is a married optometrist whose manager leaves the store in his hands, and literally flies away in the pre-credit sequence. When the adorable Thomas (Wong Ka-lok), a flight attendant, comes into the store looking for eyeglasses, the glum Weichung has found someone who makes him smile and

oke performance of the title song a buoyant sequence, and audiences will be charmed by this fun and sunny comedy-drama. In an email exchange from Taipei, Chen, who is straight, discussed the tone of his bittersweet romantic comedy. “The way I approached it was to look at individual scenes and try not to intentionally make them funny or sad,” he said. “Instead, I just thought about how the characters would behave in that situation, and I found different tonal things to play with. My favorite scenes in the movie are ones where it’s visually funny or magical-realist on the surface, but the actual underlying emotion is very melancholy, like in the karaoke scene.” While some viewers may think the queer characters in “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” are stereotypes, Chen justified his portrayal of the gay men, who are dramatically different from the conservative Weichung. “I tried to be sensitive in the portrayal of the gay characters, and several of the gay characters are directly modeled after friends of mine — even their dialogue,” he said. That said, Chen also observed, “One odd thing, however, is that most gay friends or audiences who have spoken to me about the film always say that Feng is their favorite character and the one they identify with the most — not any of the gay characters.” The Philadelphia Film Festival is also showcasing the bracing doc“WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?” umentary “God Loves Uganda” about gay rights in the African country. Filmmaker Roger Ross float. Meanwhile, Weichung’s wife, Feng Williams chronicles the insidious behav(Mavis Fan), struggles with a decision to ior of American evangelicals who come have another child and grapples with stress to Uganda to inspire a new generation regarding a merger at work. In addition, of Africans. These missionaries impose Weichung’s sister, Mandy (Kimi Hsia), their values and beliefs on African villagrejects her fiancé and seeks romantic advice ers and blindly espouse the ideologies of from a soap-opera character that visits her International House of Prayer senior leader in her bedroom. The various romantic crises Lou Engle. When they encounter Muslims help these characters — who are all scared in traffic, these Christian youth still try to and living with secrets and lies — find hap- talk with them about Jesus. “God Loves piness and see things more clearly. While Uganda” also shrewdly addresses the coun“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” has try’s condom and abstinence campaigns to moments of melancholia, writer/director fight HIV/AIDS. Arvin Chen imbues the film with a mostly When LGBT ally Bishop Christopher sunny disposition. He makes Feng’s kara- Senyonjo acknowledges that abstinence


policies are not realistic, his message is contrasted with scenes that show that such campaigns are done to secure American financial support. The film also introduces inspiring gay-rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in a hate crime, and whose funeral is seen in the film being disrupted by protestors. They are contrasted with antigay activists David Bahati, who introduced a bill to parliament that would punish people who engage in same-sex relationships with jail or death, and pastor Martin SseMpa, who riles up his congregation by showing and discussing explicit images of gay sex acts. The evenhanded approach may make queer viewers’ blood boil, but “God Loves Uganda” is an important and potent documentary. Another documentary with queer appeal is “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a profile of the Broadway performer as she mounts her final show. Additional films with LGBT characters include: “Vic + Flow Saw a Bear” is a deliciously nasty Canadian film by Denis Cote about the title characters — lovers who met in prison — seeking a new life together in Vic’s uncle’s cabin after release. Vic is visited by gay parole officer Guillaume (Marc-Andre Grondin of the queer classic “C.R.A.Z.Y.”), and someone is out for revenge. Cote’s style is unconventional, but so too are his characters. “Honeymoon,” an award-winning film from the Czech Republic, concerns an uninvited stranger turning up at a wedding only to cause considerable trouble. The film features a queer twist — but it is reportedly quite nasty (homophobic violence). The Philadelphia Film Festival also allows viewers to take a trip in the way-back machine — to 1993, with a 20th-anniversary screening of “Philadelphia,” the first Hollywood film to address the AIDS crisis. Yes, the film was criticized on release for not making the relationship between Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas more affectionate, but there is no denying the affecting, Oscar-winning performance by Hanks as the film’s justice-seeking protagonist. See you at the movies! ■ For more information on the Philadelphia Film Festival, visit


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Q Puzzle Untying the knot Across

1. Like an erect nipple 5. Boston ball handlers, briefly 10. Move the ball between your legs 14. Toward shelter 15. Hawaiian howdy 16. Boat bottom 17. Knock around 18. Stick it to 19. Prefix that means “queer” 20. Former partner of Julie 22. Start of a quote by 20-Across 24. Editor Roshan 25. David Fisher does it on “Six Feet Under” 26. Fish formation 29. Satisfy fully 31. Breakfast spread 32. Mary had a little one 34. Rocket guy Wernher von ___

39. More of the quote 42. Rear follower 43. Jack of old oaters 44. Rowing team 45. Avoid premature ejaculation 47. Asks on bended knee 49. Showy cock’s partner 53. Colorado neighbor 54. More of the quote 57. End of the quote 61. Opera highlight 62. Avoid capture 63. Yellow-brick way 64. Slightly 65. They’re green when plucked 66. Not nuts 67. Is left with 68. Opening 69. Land of the leprechauns


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after we were together. We went through all our options and decided I would be the one to carry them. PGN: And you have two older kids from before you two met. TL: Yes. My oldest one is Tianna, she’s turning 13 soon. She sings, dances, plays the guitar and piano, she’s into everything. Reminds me of me at that age. My son, Tysheen, is 10 and the only thing he’s really into is science. He loves science, he’s into rocks and minerals. He also loves taking things apart and rebuilding them. My little ones are Johnai who’s 2-and-a-half, and Johnai is all about the makeup. She loves playing in it. She’ll paint herself and her baby sister Jakai, the walls, anything and everything! Jakai is a little lady, she also loves to sing and dance. PGN: A funny story about the kids? TL: Oh, that would be when Johnai decided to paint her sister all in lipstick. She was in her room and I noticed that it had gotten quiet, but I thought she was just doing her thing with an art project. When I went in the baby was covered in lipstick, all different colors! There were fingerprints on her face, it was all over the crib, but I just had to laugh. It was really funny. PGN: Speaking of body paint, I notice you have a few tattoos. How many all together? TL: Thirteen. PGN: Wow. I see one of Marlyn Monroe. TL: Oh yeah, I love her. I also have my children’s names and my partner’s name. And butterflies, I love butterflies.

3. Not fantastic 4. Whoopi’s “Ghost” dance partner 5. “Because I Said So” comic Maggie 6. Dana of “MacGyver” 7. Petty of “A League of Their Own” 8. The folks over there 9. Deemed appropriate 10. Top choice 11. Give a gentle push 12. “Are you calling me ___?” 13. Stratagems 21. Saint, in Rio 23. Year in the reign of Gaius Caesar 26. “___ Like It Hot” 27. Family group 28. Bunch of stallions 29. Refine ore 30. “Mamma Mia!” band 33. Processes

wine or cheese 35. A real stud 36. Star quality 37. Brought into play 38. Randy Shilt’s area 40. Couch potato 41. Least meaningful 46. Kushner’s “___ in America” 48. Restroom, for short 49. Local at a leaning erection site 50. Act badly 51. Black key for Elton John 52. They may be clitoral 53. Dairy outlet? 55. Touched down 56. Nick Adams’ Johnny 58. “The Lion King” sound 59. Request for permission 60. Rosie O’Donnell’s “Exit to ___” PAGE 27

PGN: Tell me more about your mom. TL: She’s always been really, really quiet. She keeps to herself and is a very hard worker. PGN: Where did you get your entrepreneurial spirit? TL: I think I got it from both of my parents. My father was a hustler, he taught me how to hustle and get stuff done and as I said, my mother was just a hard worker all her life. PGN: What was he incarcerated for? TL: Bank robbery. PGN: That’s serious hustle. TL: He just did whatever he needed to do to survive. It’s all that he knew. PGN: What was growing up with a father in prison like; I’d imagine it must have been scary when they arrested him. TL: Well, it wasn’t the first time. He’s been incarcerated most of my life, in and out of jails. It wasn’t scary, it was just a shock because this time he was in federal custody, which is a whole different ball game. The hardest part is having to go through the search they do on you when you visit. It’s very thorough and not pleasant. I don’t get up there as much as I should because I don’t like going through that. And he’s actually closer now, because they had him all over the United States before — Kentucky, Virginia, you name it. He’s only about two hours away now. PGN: So you said your mom was quiet. What was one of the best moments with her?

TL: I got my mom to drink some alcohol. She doesn’t drink or smoke or anything, so it was fun getting her to relax a little. I just wanted her to enjoy herself now that all her kids are grown. PGN: So let’s do some random questions. You obviously like Marlyn Monroe. What’s a favorite scene from a movie? TL: In the movie “Woo” with Jada Pinkett, there’s a scene where she’s in a club with a bunch of drag queens dressed in paper bags. PGN: Who was your best friend as a kid? TL: She’s still my best friend, probably my only one, Saaliha. We get along really well and she always has my back. PGN: Would you rather travel to the future or go back in time? TL: Forward to the future. PGN: If you could go back in time, what event would you go back there for? TL: Probably the time when my grandparents moved. They went from Philadelphia to California. I’d like a moment to say goodbye again. PGN: Describe a word beginning with the first letter of your name that sums you up? TL: Loving. I’m very loving and nurturing. PGN: “L”? TL: Ha. My first name is really Latoya, but I don’t like it so I go by Toya. PGN: My beauty inspiration was ... TL: I don’t know, I like Julia Roberts. PGN: Your main flaw?

TL: My weight, and having two kids didn’t help. PGN: A gift you really wanted as a child? TL: I really wanted a gumball machine and got one. It wasn’t a flimsy toy either; it was a real heavy, sturdy one. PGN: What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever lied about? TL: My age. PGN: One thing I found that was interesting is that you have a lot of male clients too and some celebs. Who wears your makeup? TL: Oh, Monica Beverly Hillz from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Erica Dixon from “Hip Hop Atlanta.” The makeup artist Jacen Boman has been using my products. He does video shoots for Vibe Magazine and Essence. PGN: What’s your best scar and how did you get it? TL: I have two, one on my ankle and a 3inch one on my knee. I got it at the front of the Philadelphia Zoo. Someone made a u-turn at the intersection and almost killed me. I was inside the car and it got totaled. Thank God the kids weren’t in the car. That was about six years ago, and it almost ended my life. PGN: But you lived to make makeup! TL: Yes I did. ■ To find out more about Toys Cosmetics, visit To suggest a community member for Family Portrait, email


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OUT & ABOUT The week ahead Fri. 10/11 Jeff Krell The author of “Jayson Gets a Job” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. AFI The goth-punk rock band performs 7 p.m. at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes The rock band performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. Hawkwind The space-rock band performs 8:30 p.m. at Union

Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100. Drew Carey The comedian performs 9 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Halloween & Halloween II The classic slasher films are screened 9:45 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223.

Sat. 10/12 The Goonies The 1985 adventure film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre,


227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223.

Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000.

The Temptations The R&B group performs 9 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. The Rocky Horror Picture Show The classic cult film is screened 9:30 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223.

Sun. 10/13 The House of Frankenstein The 1944 monster film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223.

Fri. 10/18

THE TIME WARP ... AGAIN!: The Colonial Theatre hosts a screening of all-time classic campy, sexually charged midnight movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 227 Bridge St. in Phoenixville. For more information, call 610-917-0223.

House of Dracula The 1945 horror film is screened 3:15 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-0223. Janelle Monáe The pop/R&B singer performs 8 p.m. at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800745-3000.

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Free Quizzo and 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.

Ben Urwand The author of “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-6865322.

Mike Doughty The Soul Coughing frontman performs 8 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100.

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

Wed. 10/16 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.

Upright Citizens Brigade The comedy improv troupe performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. The Burlesque Show The new event kicks off 9 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino &

Julia Serrano The author of “Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive” hosts a reading 5:30 p.m. at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. Malcolm Gladwell The author of “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. Godflesh The industrial-rock band performs 9 p.m. at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-9221011. Escape From New York The classic sci-fi film is screened 9:45 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223.

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FOR THE BOYS: The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents “The Pearlman Sisters: Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO,” which follows a female singer in the USO who risks her life to entertain American troops overseas during World War II, Oct. 18-19 at Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215898-3900. Photo: Lindsey Hope


Opening Cock The story about the messy aftermath when John has an affair with a woman on a break from his boyfriend, Oct. 17-Nov. 10 at Theatre Exile’s Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St.; 215-218-4022. Jewels The Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s full-length masterpiece, Oct. 17-27 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5847. Jonathan Kite The comedian seen on “Two Broke Girls” performs Oct. 17-19 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215496-9001. Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 160 works and a multimedia exhibition of important paintings by the French painter Fernand Léger, Oct. 14-Jan. 5, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet Joe Turner’s provocative, poignant, fiercely humorous story of a “sweet” young man’s journey to discover the “secret” of who he really is and where he really came from, Oct. 17-Nov. 3 at Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St.; 800-595-4849.

The Brothers Size Simpatico Theatre Project presents a story set on the back roads of the Louisiana Bayou following the path of the recently paroled Oshoosi Size, blending elements of Yoruba storytelling with American mythology, through Nov. 4 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 835 Walnut St.; 215-423-0254. Candy Coated Wonderland Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition by Philadelphia-based multimedia artist Candy Coated (formerly Candy Depew) reinterpreting children’s fancy dress costumes from the museum’s collection, through Nov. 17, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. The Convert Wilma Theater presents the story a young girl who escapes a forced marriage arrangement and discovers Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher, through Nov. 10, 265 S. Broad St.; 215546-7824. The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of prints created by Austrian, German and Swiss artists through Dec. 15, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-7638100.

Continuing All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of clothing from the late-18th

In The Heights Walnut Street Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical through Oct. 20, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. Luckiest Kid White Pines Productions presents the story of a drama student and the romantic relationship she has with her teacher, through Oct. 20 at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-5672848. Private Lives/Public Spaces: Bringing Philadelphia’s LGBT History Out in the Open The William Way LGBT Community Center presents the first solo exhibi-


The Sexuality Spectrum The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art and Congregation Beth Ahavah at Rodeph Shalom host an exhibit examining LGBT prejudice through Nov. 18 at 615 N. Broad St.; 215-627-6747.

through mid-20th centuries, comparing and contrasting adults’ apparel with children’s smaller styles, through Dec. 1, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

GAY COMIC ICON: Thirty years ago, Jeff Krell’s groundbreaking “Jayson” comic strip debuted in Philadelphia Gay News. Krell will be on hand to discuss his latest comic collection “Jayson Gets a Job,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. For more information, call 215923-2960.

The Pearlman Sisters: Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the portrait of a courageous female singer in the USO who risks her life to entertain American troops overseas during World War II, Oct. 18-19 at Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-8983900.

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Spamalot Media Theater presents the comedy based on the works of Monty Python through Nov. 3, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-8910100.

Closing Craig Robinson The comedian seen on “The Office” performs through Oct. 13 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001. ELECTRIC LADY: Dapper psychedelic soul singer Janelle Monáe might be playing coy with her sexuality for now but she still puts on one hell of a show. Catch her when she rolls through town 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. For more information or tickets, call 800-745-3000.

tion of LGBT history in a mainstream museum in Philadelphia, which features a glimpse into the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archival Collection, through Oct. 25 at The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S. Seventh St.; 215-685-4830.

Design for the Modern Child Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring some of the latest furniture, toys, tableware, wallpaper and textiles designed internationally in Australia, Asia, Europe, Great Britain and the United States, along with classics from the museum’s design collection, through Oct. 14, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Lisa Lampanelli: Skinny Bitch: NOT A Stand-Up Comedy Show The comedian performs her new one-woman show through Oct. 13 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800. ■


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BEAUTIFUL GAYBORHOOD CONDO Spacious one-bedroom 3rd floor condo in pre-war high rise building on 13th St. with treetop bay window view over Spruce St. Just steps from the cities best restaurants and bars, and blocks to the Kimmel Center, the Forrest, Wilma and Merriam Theatres, Walnut Street shopping and subways. Original parquet hardwood floors, recently renovated bath and kitchen with stainless appliances. Secure building with 24 hour door concierge. Laundry facilities on site. $1,750 per month for 6 month or 1 year lease. Contact owner: ________________________________________37-43 STADIUM DISTRICT, SOUTH PHILA. 2 BR apt, mod. kit & bath, C/A, hdwd flrs, W/D, ample street parking, walking dist. to pub trans. No pets. $975 + utils. Call 215-680-0073. ____________________________________________37-42 SOUTH PHILA. HOUSES FOR RENT Opal off Passyunk: 3 BR, $890 Durfor off 3rd, 2 BR, $990 Darien off 9th, 3 BR, $990 Grays Ferry, 3 BR, $790 Call 215-849-4049/215-990-3405. ____________________________________________37-41 RITTENHOUSE SQUARE AREA One-Bedroom $1395++ 1st Month Free (215)546-1424. ____________________________________________37-44

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This 2 Bedroom 2 Bath condominium is steps away from Rittenhouse Square. The beautifully appointed unit with fantastic views is located on the 15th Floor of The Warwick (1701 Locust Street). This historic building is located in the heart of Center City. Enjoy the same amenities as the hotel guests including 24-hour doorman service, a state of the art fitness room, room service, maid service, valet parking, car service for hire & use of the three restaurants on the ground floor for additional fees. Spacious 1,200 Square Feet. Proudly Offered at $649,000. Please mention Warwick Rittenhouse.

Queen Village impeccable 3 Story 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home close to everything & walk score 97!! Enjoy elegant living in this beautiful home. Modern exquisite updates throughout, hickory flooring & excellent storage. 1st floor will WOW as you enter the large living room w/9 ft tall fireplace & hearth w/view of infinity deck leading to magnificent tranquil, landscaped garden w/water lily pond & cascading waterfall. Garden is large enough to entertain 20 people comfortably. Also on 1st floor light filled dining room & updated granite kitchen w/new subway tiles, lighting, extra deep sink plus stainless steel appliances & pantry area. 2nd floor private master suite overlooks garden w/ walk-in closet, full bath showcasing beautiful Carrera marble flooring, x-lg linen closet & down the hall 2nd light filled bedroom. 3rd floor 2nd master suite (BDRM#3) & 2nd full marble bath. 3rd floor door to large roof area w/garden view. Ample street parking & unlimited parking w/zone 7 permit. Easy transit to CC & NJ Bridges. $349,000

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Serene, Historic Beauty! 417 S. Perth - $410,000

This property sits on top of Valley Forge Mountain, if you stand on top of the rooftop deck you can see for miles and miles. You are surrounded by the Valley Forge Park but are minutes from Philadelphia. This incredible home is stone and stucco, gatehouse,decks all around the property, in ground pool, big two car garage and a widow’s walk with a view of the grounds and the park. The centerpiece of the interior is a vaulted great room with a fireplace,original wood and wrought iron staircase. Also there is a beautiful wet bar for entertaining. Big modern kitchen with stone floors, bathrooms with Italian marble tile,leaded windows with a beautiful design. The master suite has a sitting room that overlooks the great room and has his and her marble bathrooms and multiple cedar closets. This is a modern property with original charm. It is not one to be missed

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The story of A. Criniti Realty Inc. began in 1975 when Anthony Criniti III bought his first property at the age of 24. He always had a passion for real estate but waited until the right opportunity to pursue his interest. When he met his mentor, Bob Aversa, the late owner of Aversa Realty, he was given the chance to learn more about the business. In 1987 , he decided to pursue his passion full time and began studying for his broker license. Finally, in 1991 he received his broker license and shortly after opened up A. Criniti Realty Inc. on Broad and Reed. The company gradually built up its reputation over several years. In 1994, Anthony bought the building at 1633 East Passyunk Avenue and relocated his business. Working on its 18th year, A. Criniti Realty Inc. has grown a reputation for being one of the best family-owned real estate companies in South Philadelphia.

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BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION! This new building is already FAMOUS and has received GLOBAL RECOGNITION. The JOHN C. ANDERSON APARTMENT BUILDING in Center City Philadelphia. This is the VERY FIRST LGBT SENIOR BUILDING in PHILADELPHIA. Be the first to open a business in this marvelous space with plenty of built-in exposure and publicity. Free build-out options available.


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Actual view from The Residences at Dockside


Sales Center: 717 South Christopher Columbus Blvd., in Philadelphia. Open Mon.– Sat. from 10am – 5pm; Sun. 12pm to 5pm; Private Appointments Recommended. Another Fine Property from The DePaul Group. Broker Cooperation Invited.

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Quietly set apart from all the clamor of the city, yet remarkably close to the heart of it all, The Residences at Dockside is your private enclave on the water. Own an elegant condominium and enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle – right where you want to be, with views that are simply unmatched.



*Offer applies to new sales on 2-bedroom units only.

1-BR’s from the mid $200’s 2-BR’s from the low $400’s 3-BR’s from the low $ 800’s

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built about 1868 awaiting restoration just 15 minutes from center city Philadelphia. Located in Merchantville, NJ, this home has fantastic stained glass and great woodwork, 2 staircases, 2 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 1/2 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, family room, chapel room (unheated), 3 room attic, unfinished bsmt. and 1 car attached garage. It has been rewired (200 amp service), main roof is only 6 years old, insulated.

dmhFund & Pennrose seeks

Maintenance Superintendent for the historic

John C. Anderson Apartments Maintenance Superintendent We currently have an exciting opportunity available for an experienced Maintenance Superintendent to join the Pennrose team at our John C. Anderson site located in downtown Philadelphia. The Maintenance Superintendent of this 56 unit, LGBT Friendly senior community will be responsible for overseeing all maintenance activities at the site including: working on- call, providing exceptional customer service, troubleshooting, appliance repair, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, grounds keeping, general building maintenance and carpentry. Individuals must have high school diploma or equivalent, 2-5 years maintenance or construction experience and, reliable transportation.

Must be seen to be appreciated at $284,900.00. Call Bobbi Stagliano at (856) 952-1236 for appointment.

Bobbi Stagliano, Realtor

Peze & Carroll Realtors

Cell: (856) 952-1236 • Home office: (856) 662-2672

This is a permanent, fulltime position with competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and 401k along with a quarterly performance bonus plan. For additional information, a complete job description and to apply please go to careers/and click “Apply now” then “Employment Listings” or send resumes to lgiberson@pennrose. com or via fax 267.386.8630




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