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Mazzoni gets $1.5 mil from state for site move By Jen Colletta

MEETING OF THE MINDS: Several-dozen community members turned out for a discussion about racism in the LGBT nightlife scene hosted by Woody’s Nov. 22. Woody’s was one of several venues that recently came under fire after patrons complained of a discriminatory dress-code policy and other practices. G Philly editor Ernest Owens moderated the discussion with Woody’s co-owner Billy Weiss. Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations executive director Rue Landau and Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick were among those in attendance. Photo: Patrick Hagerty

No arrest, motive yet in letterbombing incident By Jen Colletta Police continue to investigate who sent an explosive device to a local gay man last week. Jim Alden, 60, was seriously injured Nov. 22 when he opened a letter bomb in his apartment at 18th and Pine streets. A police spokesperson told PGN this week that no suspect or person of interest has been publicly identified. At a news conference last week, officials said Alden was targeted, and they were “not discounting” that the incident was a hate crime. “The investigation is not complete, therefore that same statement applies,” police spokesperson Lt. John Stanford told PGN about the hate-crime angle. “We are still investigating and won’t make a final determination regarding a motive at this time.”

Alden and his partner have a rainbow “Love Trumps Hate” sign displayed in their front window, prompting speculation that the incident was of an antigay nature. However, WPVI reported this weekend that investigators shifted their focus to a potential personal dispute, but Stanford did not elaborate on that information. Support has poured in for the victim in the past week, with more than $19,000 from more than 300 donors contributed PAGE 12 through an online fund-

Mazzoni Center announced this week its largest-ever one-time gift. The facility has been awarded $1.5 million through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The funding will support the agency’s purchase of a building at Broad and Bainbridge streets where it plans to consolidate all of its services next summer. “We are thankful to Gov. Wolf for his support of this important project, and for understanding the impact it will have in addressing critical health disparities and establishing a first-class home for LGBTQ health and well-being in the heart of Philadelphia,” Mazzoni CEO Nurit Shein said in a state-

ment. Shein also thanked state Sen. Larry Farnese for championing the application for the RACP funding in the Senate and state Rep. Brian Sims for supporting the grant request and serving as the agency’s liaison in the House. The organization announced in early 2015 that it would move its medical practice, case-management and other services from the Gayborhood into one shared space, at 1328-38 Bainbridge St.; the Washington West Project will remain in the Gayborhood. Shein told PGN this week that Mazzoni submitted the selected RACP application in May 2015. Mazzoni recently undertook a major-gifts campaign to support the move; the RACP PAGE 14 grant brings its major-

Man in stable condition after Overbrook shooting By Jeremy Rodriguez Philadelphia police are investigating the shooting of a man in Overbrook Sunday night. In a statement, Philadelphia police said two men followed the victim out of a Stop N Go at 66th Street and Lansdowne Avenue. The men approached the victim on the 1000 block of North 66th Street. Both were described as black and one, described as dark-complected with facial tattoos, fired several shots, with two of them striking the 21-year-old victim in the hip. The victim is being treated at Lankenau Medical Center and is in stable condition. “I am very grateful that this person is alive [and] that they are in one of our excellent hospitals in the city of Philadelphia,” said Nellie Fitzpatrick, director of the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs. “I’m glad the police are able to work to bring justice to this person who sustained this horrible attack. I wish him all the best and I know that there are excellent victim services out there for him and I have all the faith in the police and the prosecutors who will be assigned to the matter to make sure justice

is obtained.” Fitzpatrick noted that Directive 152, written guidelines for police officers to abide by when interacting with and identifying transgender individuals, aided in this case. “At the end of the day, one of the driving points of [Directive 152] is to treat all people with the courtesy and dignity, which is inherently due to every person, as a human being,” Fitzpatrick said. “With that comes listening to people and respecting who people are and how they identify themselves. I’m very glad to see that this directive has been followed to a T in assisting this man as he navigates being a victim of crime here in the city of Philadelphia.” There were several conflicting reports regarding the victim’s gender identity in the media. “Sometimes that is due to error and sometimes that is due to lack of capacity,” Fitzpatrick said about misgendering of crime victims. “I think we would all like to hope that it’s never done purposely or maliciously but ultimately the result is the same in that misgendering somebody is unto itself an act of dehumanizing them or victimizing them further. It is incumbent upon us that we respect someone’s gender identity.” n



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Thousands raised for local LGBT groups on #GivingTuesday By Jeremy Rodriguez Local LGBT organizations participated in #GivingTuesday, an annual global event held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and following popular shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Organizations posted options for donating on social media to promote the Nov. 29 event. Throughout the day, the William Way LGBT Community Center received donations from the community while board members matched with a $4,900 pool. The center’s Facebook page featured periodic updates of each donation. Posts included the names of each donor, the amount donated and the name of the William Way staff member who matched the donation. The organization raised $5,862 from 61 donors with a total of $10,762 raised, including the matching donations. Executive director Chris Bartlett said these funds will keep the doors of William Way open 365 days a year and “support the full diversity of programs.” “For us, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to bring in many new donors that have never given to the center before and to be able to match their gift and double its power to support our mission,” Bartlett said. “For many folks, it’s a moment after Thanksgiving to think about their appreciation for the community center and the difference it makes in their lives and to be able to invest in it.” Equality Pennsylvania, an organization dedicated to advancing equality and opportunity for LGBT people in the state, set a goal to raise $3,000, after raising $1,000 last year on #GivingTuesday. “We had to really challenge ourselves this year because there was a lot of work to do,” said Levana Layendecker, deputy executive director. Equality Pennsylvania already reached the $3,000 goal by Monday night. On #GivingTuesday, the organization received more than $5,000 in donations, with a matching donor doubling the amount to more than $10,000. Layendecker said the average donation was $40 and that “giving contributions [supporters] can afford makes a big difference when you add it all up.” “With what’s happening in politics, people realize that there’s a lot of work to do in advocacy [and] equality,” Layendecker said. “It feels really great to know that there are so many people out there who support LGBT equality and who want to remain visible and make sure we are being vigilant in protecting our human rights.” n

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Lesbian judge seeks reinstatement to the bench By Timothy Cwiek

Deadline extension granted in Morris 911 case A 30-day extension has been granted for a state agency to rule on an open-records request for 911 recordings in the Nizah Morris case. In November 2015, PGN filed an open-records request with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for a certified copy of its Morris 911 recordings. The matter was in arbitration with the state Office of Open Records for several months, but arbitration was unsuccessful. Then, then matter was assigned to an OOR appeals officer. The OOR was expected to issue a final determination on or before Nov. 16. But earlier this month, the OOR requested an extension. PGN granted the request, and a new deadline of Dec. 16 has been set for an OOR final determination. Morris was an African-American trans woman found with a fatal head wound in 2002, shortly after a “courtesy ride” from Philadelphia police in the Gayborhood. Her homicide remains unsolved.

Center City memorial event planned A Center City event will be held later this month to honor the lives of sex workers lost to violence or suicide. The event also seeks to unify sexworker communities and strengthen the responses to violence and exclusion experienced by sex workers. The event is part of the 13th-annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. It’s scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Thomas Paine Plaza near City Hall. Organizers issued this statement: “People who engage in sex work either through coercion, circumstance or consensual choice continue to be silenced and shamed. Additionally, they are often on the receiving end of violence, including at the hands of law enforcement, yet are still viewed as disposable by many in our society. The combined brutal murders of sex workers and trans in Southern Jersey and Philadelphia has to stop. Our collective hopes to shed light and love to remind our community that justice for sex workers is a human-rights issue.” n — Timothy Cwiek

Municipal Court Judge Dawn A. Segal, who acknowledges having improper discussions about three court cases pending before her, wants to return to the bench as soon as possible. In a Nov. 18 filing, attorneys for Segal, who is an open lesbian, said she’s been suspended without pay for about nine months, and it’s time for her to resume her judicial duties. The attorneys noted that several Pennsylvania judges who engaged in behavior much worse than Segal’s were merely reprimanded or suspended without pay for a few months. On Nov. 21, Segal attended a sanctions hearing in Harrisburg held by the state Court of Judicial Discipline. She spoke for about 45 minutes, expressing her remorse and vowing to be a better judge in the future. She also asked the court to review her entire five years on the bench, which many colleagues have praised. In 2011-12, Segal discussed three cases pending before her with then-Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters. Segal maintains that Waters didn’t influence her judicial rulings in the cases. However, she acknowledges that she should have recused herself from the cases and promptly reported her discussions to authorities. Segal faces discipline ranging from a reprimand to permanent removal from the bench. Segal’s Nov. 18 court filing compares her conduct with other Pennsylvania judges who engaged in improper conduct. For example, a judge who accepted football-game tickets from a litigant seeking favorable treatment was sanctioned with a seven-day suspension without pay. Another judge ran a private real-estate business out of his judicial office for 14 years, yet only received a four-month suspension without pay. Another judge was publicly intoxicated and assaulted a local police official, receiving a nine-month suspension without pay, according to the filing. There’s no deadline for the Court of Judicial Discipline to issue its decision on Segal’s discipline, but a decision is expected in the near future. If Segal disagrees with the court’s decision, she’s permitted to appeal to the state Supreme Court. Waters, 63, was convicted of fraud for his misconduct and spent almost two years in federal prison. He was released on Nov. 25, according to prison records. Although Segal has been suspended without pay since February, she continues to receive workplace health benefits, according to court records. n

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By Jen Colletta At his Philadelphia appearance this week, Bernie Sanders tempered his frustrations with the Democratic Party, Donald Trump and the media with a cautiously optimistic call to action to progressives. “Donald Trump has got to understand he has no mandate; he lost by 2-million votes,” Sanders said about the lead Hillary Clinton has over Trump in the popular vote, despite his winning the electoral college vote. “On virtually every major issue, the American people are on our side. The president cannot divide us by race, by gender, by sexual orientation; we’re not going to retreat back into bigotry in this country.” The U.S. senator, who lost the Democratic nomination for president to Clinton, spoke to a sold-out crowd of several-hundred supporters Monday night at Central Library. The appearance was part of his national tour for his new autobiography, “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.” The event was planned before Trump’s upset win in last month’s presidential election, which was a primary point of discussion during the one-hour program. Part of Trump’s victory, Sanders said, can be credited to his tapping “into the anxiety and levels of pain that we don’t often see on CBS or NBC.” Much of Sanders’ prepared remarks, along with his Q&A with journalist and author Amy Goodman, was devoted to recounting his interactions with everyday Americans while he was on the campaign trail. He recalled meeting with struggling families in McDowell County, W. Va., where opiate addiction is rampant, and in Pine Ridge, S.C., where the life expectancy is equal to that of people living in the poor nation of Guatemala. He walked a desolate open-air drug market in Baltimore, Md., where heroin addiction is decimating the

neighborhood, and took a tour of a public-housing complex in New York City with city council members who said they needed $17 billion to rehab the city’s public-housing facilities. “A lot of people are hurting in this country,” Sanders said, adding it is a “tragic mistake” to believe that all Trump voters are “deplorables,” a word Clinton was criticized for using to describe some Trump backers. The Democratic Party, Sanders contended, failed to adequately tap into the economic and quality-of-life challenges facing many Americans, paving the way for a Trump victory. Sanders also decried the media’s role in the election, particularly the dearth of mainstream-media coverage of his campaign. He cited a study that found 90 percent of mainstream coverage of the presidential election regarded “gossip” about the candidates, with just 10 percent devoted to coverage of the substantive issues. “That is a great 12 seconds,” Sanders said about the media coverage of Trump’s various gaffes during the election season. “But poverty can’t be [addressed] in 12 seconds.” Goodman questioned Sanders about his own experience watching the coverage of election night, which he called a “depressing evening.” He said he went into the night thinking Clinton had a two-to-one chance of winning. “I was not shocked,” he said about Trump’s victory. “I was surprised, but not shocked.” Sanders struck a sobering note in many of his remarks about the pending Trump administration. He said Trump’s tweet this week that he would have won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” was “delusional” and encouraged future voter suppression. “I’m very nervous about the future of American democracy,” Sanders said. “We need to fight back in PAGE 14

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Homeless LGBT youth to benefit from $700K grant By Jeremy Rodriguez Homeless youth in Philadelphia will receive extra services thanks to a new city grant. The $700,000 in funding, announced Tuesday, will allow the Office of Homeless Services to address the needs of those age 18-24, adding more beds, counseling services and employment for affected young people. The Attic Youth Center, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for LGBT youth and young adults, was one of five agencies — along with Covenant House PA, Pathways PA, Valley Youth House and Youth Service, Inc. — involved in the Coalition to End Youth Homelessness. The Office of Homeless Services formed the collaborative effort earlier this year. While The Attic isn’t a housing provider, development director Alyssa Mutryn said the organization will work with the collaborating organizations to ensure youth receive the best care. “We’re an LGBTQ youth center and we

see a lot of homeless youth,” Mutryn said. “We hope to work in partnership with these organizations to know the LGBTQ youth in their care actually have housing and to refer our youth to them and they refer youth to us so we can work in partnership to get LGBTQ youth the best services if they’re homeless.” Mutryn said The Attic’s efforts will specifically address educational services, via the center’s Bryson Institute, and mental-health counseling. According to a statement released by the city, an additional 40 LGBT youth will benefit from the services. “When we heard this, I was incredibly excited because to be able to be involved in a collaborative process to address this issue is a big shift,” said Dr. Carrie Jacobs, executive director of The Attic. “To be able to be in partnership with these organizations as well as the city, I think this really promotes the work. It strengthens everybody.” Jacobs said she is glad the city is addressing this issue. “I’m very excited for the young people who will benefit from all of this work and the young people who are actually a part of this work,” she said. n

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Germantown Academy officials want a civil suit alleging same-sex abuse at the school tossed out because the alleged victim hasn’t identified himself in court papers. In February, “John Doe” filed suit against the school in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. But the suit was transferred to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, since the school is located in Whitemarsh Township. According to the suit, while Doe participated in school programs, other male students kneed him in the groin, twisted his nipples in a painful manner, urinated upon him, pulled out his chest hairs and threatened to rape him. The alleged abuse caused Doe to seek psychotherapy and to be placed on several antidepressants in order to function, according to the suit. Doe seeks more than $50,000 in damages. But in a Nov. 9 filing, school officials said Doe’s suit should be tossed out because Doe hasn’t properly identified himself in court papers. “[Doe] seeks to hide behind the veil of anonymity, all the while giving the litigation publicity through his counsel,” attorneys for the school wrote in the filing. Accompanying the filing are several news

articles featuring Doe’s attorney, Brian D. Kent, discussing the alleged abuse experienced by Doe. Kent had no comment for this story. “[Doe’s] failure to identify himself directly contravenes a [state] requirement that the complaint set forth the names of all parties to an action,” the attorneys wrote. Moreover, they noted that Doe is an adult and “an adult plaintiff cannot hide his/her identity merely because the facts central to the case are embarrassing. While courts have drawn exceptions for minors, that exception is inapplicable here because [Doe] is an adult.” The filing cites a 1993 Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that identified a woman who claimed her therapists abused her sexually. The woman sought anonymity but the court named her, noting that she failed to demonstrate a right to pursue her case anonymously. The school officials also noted that Doe’s suit identifies several individuals who allegedly had nothing to do with the matter. “Respectfully, [Doe] cannot seek anonymity, and then specifically identify people in his complaint who have nothing to do with this case, especially given the nature of [Doe’s] allegations,” according to the filing. As of presstime, Doe’s attorneys hadn’t responded to the filing, and neither side had a comment for this story. n


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Leeway LGBT grantees focus on intersectionality By Jeremy Rodriguez The Leeway Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting women and trans artists, awarded 26 Art and Change Grants to individuals promoting social change through their art during the foundation’s fall cycle. Of those 26, eight will use their $2,500 awards for projects related to the LGBTQI Social Movements tier of Leeway’s mission. “It’s really wonderful to see trans and queer leadership in this way,” said Denise Beek, Leeway communications director. “That’s largely what our work has been about and we’re going to continue to engage and try to meet folks where they are and give them the support that they need to not only create the work but to thrive.” Beek said all of the artists were first-time grantees, “which is really wonderful because it says to us that we’re not just reaching different communities and expanding our reach but that we’re really engaging and people are really coming to understand.” “Now, [the grantees will] be a part of a growing network of other artists who work toward social change and cross a variety of issues and identities,” she added. Additionally, Beek said the eight grantees focus on issues outside of LGBT and gender self-determination. Their projects also include themes related to cultural preservation and social empowerment. “I think that we’ve seen a progression in the subject matter of what grantees take on,” Beek said. “We’re kind of seeing now, with this pool, it’s not just about LGBT social movements. We see more stories that emphasize shared human experiences.” One of the grantees, Tessa CorcoranSayers, will focus her project on aging lesbians with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She will

interview women and ask them to describe tasks they enjoy doing. Corcoran-Sayers, 28, will publish the transcripts of the interviews along with paintings of the subjects in a zine, which will be mailed to aging lesbians with the disease across the country. The grant will allow Corcoran-Sayers to pay for art supplies and publishing fees. She said the one thing she is most looking forward to is seeing the reaction of her mom, a lesbian with dementia. “Ideally, I want my mom to hold [the zine] in her hands and look at the portraits of the women in it and think to herself that these women are really beautiful, these portraits are beautiful and the excerpts of what they’re saying is worth reading and worth spending time on,” Corcoran-Sayers said. “This is not a throwaway stage at the end of one’s life. Beautiful things come out of it and that should be focused on.” JD Stokely, another grantee, will present a workshop for black femmes, women and non-binary individuals. The group will explore the mouth as a site of trauma by using theater exercises and interviews. Stokely, 27, will use inspiration from the workshop to create a performance piece. Stokely said “it was a wave of relief” to receive the grant. “It was an amazing feeling to have especially for a queer, non-binary, black, feminine person in the arts,” Stokely said. “It felt very powerful to be seen.” Catherine Pancake, who will use the grant to hire three queer female musicians for her feature film “Queer Genius,” said the network of Leeway grantees puts her in touch with diverse individuals. “It opens up whole other parts of the city and a whole breadth of people that I might not have access to in my daily bubble,” Pancake said. n

Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Nov. 11-20. Information is courtesy of Sixth District Crime Analyst Officer Robert Savino. To report crime tips, visit or call 215-686-TIPS.

cle reported Nov. 14-20: in the 800 block of Pine Street. — There was one theft of a bicycle reported Nov. 14-20: in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street.


— At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 15, Sixth District Officer Coupas issued a summary citation to a 51-year-old man for drinking from an open container of alcohol in the 200 block of South Broad Street. — At 7:13 a.m. Nov. 18, SEPTA Police arrested a 24-year-old woman at 1234 Market St. for an outstanding warrant for fraud. — At 8:14 p.m. Nov. 20, Sixth District Officers Witherspoon and Harrigan arrested a 26-year-old man for DUI after the man crashed his car into an unmarked police vehicle on the 100 block of South 12th Street. n

— Between 11-11:45 p.m. Nov. 11, a woman had her wallet stolen from her purse while inside Woody’s Bar, 202 S. 13th St. — At 1 p.m. Nov. 18 in the 300 block of South Eighth Street, a man grabbed a woman by her hair and threw her to the ground, kicking and punching her several times before stealing $900 and her ATM card. The suspect was described as Hispanic, about 30 and 200 pounds, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. — There was one theft from a parked vehi-


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What LGBT people can do to protect themselves before Trump is inaugurated Can you believe that 14 percent with him and wanted her kept of LGBT people actually admitted alive artificially. At that moment, that they voted for President-elect 11 years ago, I realized the full Donald J. Trump? And that is after importance of LGBT individuals he campaigned on promises of to put their wishes in writing. appointing Supreme Court justices Health-care documents are parto reverse national marriage equal- ticularly important because states ity and a general stance that he have already started proposing believes businesses should be able laws stating that health-care facilto discriminate against LGBT peo- ities don’t have to provide health ple. care to LGBT people. Well, less than two Moreover, Obama’s months stand between mandate that hospitals us and Trump’s inaumust extend visitation guration to the highrights to the partners est government office of LGBT patients of the most powerful and respect patients’ country in the world. choices about who I wish I had betmay make critical ter news but, despite health-care decisions recent claims by Trump for them, could be that the LGBT commulifted. A health-care nity does not need to power of attorney, fear the repeal of samewith a hospiAngela along sex-marriage rights or tal-visitation authoriGiampolo zation form, will proour other civil liberties, the threat of physical tect you. and political backlash aimed at the Lastly, if you recently got marLGBT community is eminent. In ried, you should sit down with the last few weeks, hundreds of a legal advisor and make sure reported acts of verbal and physyou took the correct steps when ical harassment were recorded by obtaining a marriage license and the Southern Poverty Law Center that your collective assets, espealone. The threat is real and we as cially property, are protected and a community must band together titled properly to protect you and and be aware of what we can do to your assets to the fullest extent. help protect ourselves before and during a Trump presidency. Make sure your families are Consider taking precautions to protected ensure that you and your families are legally protected going into a Likewise, consult with an attorTrump/Mike Pence administration, ney to make sure your parental and this looks like and means difrights are legally secured. Being ferent things for different people married or appearing on a birth under our LGBT rainbow. certificate do not confer parentage; only an adoption decree Make sure your relationship is confers legal parentage to non-biprotected ological children. If you have children that you are not biolog Estate planning, estate planning, ically related to and haven’t yet estate planning! These basic docadopted them, please do so. Legal uments (last will and testament, challenges to parentage under health-care power of attorney, a Trump presidency will likely durable power of attorney, living go against the non-biologically will, hospital-visitation authorirelated person, creating unneceszation form, agent for disposition sary instability for the family unit of remains and pet-care directive) and turmoil for the child. have always been the first impene- Moreover, I urge parents of trable line of defense for LGBTQ transgender children to be active individuals and couples. I became in their children’s schools if they passionate about estate planning aren’t already. Vice Presidentafter the Terri Schiavo disaster; a elect Pence has a history of married, straight woman whose anti-transgender policy and sentihusband’s wishes about her endment in his home state of Indiana of-life care were not respected and has advocated for funding for PAGE 13 because the family disagreed HIV/AIDS to

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Giving in the time of Trump If you’re anything like us, your email was likely bombarded earlier this week for requests to contribute to “Giving Tuesday.” Countless nonprofit organizations across the country, including many LGBT agencies in our region, used the occasion to promote their work and encourage financial or other support. The philanthropic pseudo-holiday has been gaining steam in the last few years with an aim of countering the over-commercialization of the holiday season — and its message was never more important than this year. In the weeks since the presidential election, many LGBT and progressive-minded people have been looking for outlets for their frustration and fear. As we’ve seen in the past with challenges our community has faced, getting involved in the community is one of the best ways to fight inequality. When the HIV/AIDS epidemic was at its peak, our community mobilized and organized: Activists formed organizations, lobbied for funding and policy changes and banded together to challenge the stigma some sought to cast over the suffering. When LGBT people faced expulsion from the military, the community launched agencies to fight the law, and when Proposition 8 barred same-sex couples from marrying, LGBTs and allies across the country staged rallies and protests that are credited with raising the public profile of the LGBT community among future allies. When a gunman took the lives of 49 people in an LGBT nightclub, LGBT and ally communities across the globe shared messages of support and encouragement with the victims and their families; Philadelphians turned out to a massive multi-bar event that raised more than $100,000 for those impacted. Our community knows how to weather storms and it’s by coming together. We’re heading into four years of uncertainty — that could include the lifting of LGBT-inclusive laws and programs and the enactment of restrictive policies. Investing in the organizations that will fight those moves, and work to pick up the pieces for our most vulnerable community members if opponents are successful, is vital. We have a tremendous network of agencies, in Philly and beyond, that will be spending every day of the Donald Trump administration working to protect our rights. They need our support. Give back beyond Giving Tuesday and help the organizations who will be helping us through what is sure to be a trying time. n

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A long, long time ago, in 1986, Jeff big ol’ 0, which Sessions was nominated to be a federal is not surprising judge in Alabama. But the Senate Judiciary considering his Committee was all, “Uh, no, you’re way support for an too racist.” antigay-marriage Fast forward 30 years and Donald amendment to the Trump is all, “There’s no such thing as U.S. Constitution ‘too’ racist! Here, have the whole Justice as well as the Department, Jeff!” so-called First So what if Sessions called the ACLU Amendment and NAACP “un-American” for forcing Defense Act, “civil rights down the throats of people”? which allows peoSo what if he called a white civil-rights ple to discriminate against LGBTQ people lawyer a “traitor to his race”? So what if under the guise of “religious freedom.” he brought trumped-up voter-fraud charges “It is deeply disturbing that Jeff against three civil-rights workers for the Sessions, who has such clear animus “crime” of registering black voters? All against so many Americans — including of this stuff happened so, so long ago! the LGBTQ community, women and peoNobody who was alive in 1986 is even still ple of color — could be charged with runalive today so what’s the big deal? ning the very system of justice designed to Ha. Just kidding. Because 1986 is, like, protect them,” said HRC President Chad yesterday, historically speaking. Fun fact: Griffin in a press release. Trump was a wee 40-year-old back then. You know who has a total boner for Another fun fact: In the 1970s, the Sessions, though? The white supremacist Justice Department sued Trump’s company Nazis who call themselves the “alt right” for discriminating like they’re some kind against black people of cute little indie So what if he called a trying to rent apartband. Racist scumbag ments. Twice. Putting Richard Spencer said white civil-rights lawyer Sessions in charge of of Sessions, “The fact the Justice Department a “traitor to his race”? that he is going to be really would be the at such a high level, I So what if he brought ultimate revenge, eh? think, is a wonderful trumped-up voter-fraud Of course, a person thing.” Spencer is the charges against three can change a lot in 30 head of the National years. Some people Policy Institute, a civil-rights workers for who were racist/sexist/ white-power think the “crime” of registerantigay/thought “The tank, and is a proClan of the Cave Bear” ing black voters? All of ponent of “peaceful was a great movie ethnic cleansing,” an this stuff happened so, have, through a willoxymoron if there ever ingness to be educated so long ago! Nobody who was one. Also so excited and an ability to admit was alive in 1986 is even is Family Research they were wrong, changed for the better. still alive today so what’s Council President But not Sessions. Tony Perkins, profesthe big deal? After getting rejected sional LGBTQ hate by the Senate, he went monger. “FRC has on to become Alabama’s attorney genworked with Sen. Sessions on a number of eral and then U.S. senator where, get this, issues and could not be happier to watch he’s on the Judiciary Committee — the him usher in a new era at DOJ — one that same committee that told him to go pound cherishes the Constitution and its prosand in 1986. He’s pretty much spent his tection of our freedom from government career being racist and demonizing immioppression,” Perkins said in a statement, grants. All you have to do is look at his apparently forgetting to add “for heterosexvoting record and it’s pretty clear that 1986 ual Christian men only, of course.” Sessions will need Senate confirmation Sessions is alive and kicking. And, of course, no surprise: Sessions is to become attorney general. Time to put not exactly down with the LGBTQ crowd. your senators on speed dial like it’s 1986. n Marriage equality? Against it. Repeal of D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and come“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? Against it. Hatedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. crimes protections for LGBTQ people? Against it. Employment Nondiscrimination She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @ Act? Against it. Trans people using public MamaDWitkowski. restrooms? Against it. The Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard gives Sessions a


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An LGBT success story in the 2016 election Though many people haven’t noticed haven for aviation and state business, was it, what might be considered the most under attack by LGBT allies in business, earth-shattering election moment for the entertainment and sports. The city began to LGBT community took place this year. lose concerts, businesses announced they With all the doom and gloom and conwould not increase or build in the state and cerns for the American fabric of life, many several major sporting championships were aren’t aware we won a major moved to other states. victory for LGBT equality at When HB2, the legislature’s the polls, which proved the restrictive answer to the prostrength of the LGBT vote and LGBT law, was challenged in the success of our community’s court, North Carolina’s attorney ability to build coalitions. general, Roy Cooper, refused It all took place in North to go to court on its behalf. He Carolina. The state has been a also became a candidate against bastion of the Republican Party sitting McCrory, the poster since the 1960s, with the excepchild of HB2, thereby setting tion of 1976. Democrats have the stage for the gubernatorial dreamed that, with the changbattle to be fought on this issue. ing demographics of the state, The state at that point was hemthe party might be able to caporrhaging in lost revenue and ture it. It did so in 2008 when growth in the amount of 100s Barack Obama won the state of millions, and public opinion by a mere 14,177 votes, but was against HB 2 for that reaMark Segal in 2012, after Obama publicly son. The race for governor was announced he supported marabout one issue: HB2. The point: While Hillary Clinton lost riage equality, North Carolina reverted to North Carolina to Republican Trump and its Republican roots. Most pundits suggest the Republican candidate for U.S. senator it was that issue that changed the electorate back and secured a 92,000-vote victory in the state won, along with most other Republicans, one Democrat stood out: Roy for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Cooper. Romney. With the Republicans now once again in Even though he is nearly 10,000 votes control of the entire state, the governor’s behind Cooper three weeks after the elecmansion and legislative houses went on a tion, McCrory has refused to concede. The local organizers, the trans comconservative legislative streak. What they munity and its allies put together a getdidn’t count on was the city of Charleston out-the-vote campaign better than the passing LGBT-rights legislation that gave presidential and senatorial campaigns. That some LGBT people protection from disis major progress and something that we crimination and attempted to deal with the issues facing trans people. can all look to as a blueprint for the future. After Charleston passed the legislation, Congratulations North Carolina for givRepublican Gov. Pat McCrory started to ing us some hope in a gloomy election. n call it the “bathroom bill” and asked the Mark Segal is the nation’s most-award-winning comlegislature to overturn it. It did and, in doing so, also stripped out even the nondis- mentator in LGBT media. His recently published memoir, “And Then I Danced,” is available on Amazon. crimination part of the legislation. com, Barnes & Noble or at your favorite bookseller. Charleston, which has become a major banking and financial center as well as a

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Weathering the storm As I write this, it is late autumn. The weather, just recently still as warm as summertime, has turned cold, and the day was a rainy one. Winter is well on its way. The 2016 Transgender Day of Remembrance is over. This year, 295 people worldwide were honored, with 27 of those being in the United States. Just a couple weeks ago, Donald Trump and Mike Pence ended up as our president and vice president for the upcoming four years. In the aftermath, we’ve seen an increase in hate crimes against minorities, including against transgender people. Meanwhile, many Democrats and Democratic allies are hand-wringing, looking for people to blame for the loss. One of

their targets has been transgender people, claiming that they pushed too soon, too fast to see rights recognized in this country. I would argue that the battle was not one we chose, and that it wasn’t we who initiated the bathroom battles that had dominated some of the discourse over the last few years. In short, these are trying times, dark times, as we stare down the next few years. Those who have gotten past the need to finger point and scapegoat, the push is on to secure what we can. Resources are being pooled to help trans people gain identity resources that may be lost under the incoming administration, as even the

most optimistic among us expect transgender-rights gains acquired during the Obama administration. I’m one of those few, lining up hurried appointments to gain a United States passport. It’s not that I’m off to vacation in Puerto Vallarta; laws allowing me to update the gender marker on my federal documents are very much threatened right now, and could be lost as soon as Jan. 20. My time, as they say, is short. These are times when it is seductively easy to lose hope. I want to crawl into a hole for a while, bar my door against the cold and let pain and grief envelop me like a thick blanket. At the very least, I find myself feeling like all my efforts to

this point were for moot, as I see fights I championed on the incoming government’s chopping block while even more violent anti-transgender murders get tallied up than ever before. It causes me to pause and wonder what value there is in continuing to fight. Yet I also know that many other friends of mine are facing the same feelings, and we’re all realizing the same thing. I am not alone in this struggle, nor is anyone else. The fight for transgender rights predates me, goes before the Transexual Menace, stretches back before the Stonewall Inn and Compton’s Cafeteria, and well beyond Christine Jorgensen. It goes past Lili Elbe and Earl Lind and down PAGE 14


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Hundreds of LGBT-rights activists marched in a parade in New Delhi on Nov. 27, highlighting the continuing discrimination India’s LGBT community faces and demanding the repeal of a law criminalizing homosexual acts. As they marched to the beat of drums, some participants in the annual Pride parade said progress has been made in recent years, but others said India’s right-wing government is restricting LGBT rights. Activists cheered in 2009 when the New Delhi High Court declared Section 377 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexual acts, unconstitutional. But the judgment was overturned four years later when the Supreme Court decided that amending or repealing Section 377 should be left to Parliament, not the judiciary. The law makes gay sex an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. “There has been a lot of change, and we have gone back also,” said Saurav Jain, a 33-year-old architect who attended the parade. Rituparna Borah, an activist, was not very hopeful, saying that the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not supportive of LGBT rights. “We have yet to have an inclusive society,” she said. Over the past decade, LGBT people have gained a degree of acceptance in India, especially in big cities. Many bars have LGBT nights, and some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with LGBT issues. BOMB from page 1

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Rabbi’s LGBT remarks spark protests in Jerusalem Dozens of LGBT activists have protested in Jerusalem against comments reportedly made by the city’s chief rabbi disparaging the LGBT community. Rabbi Shlomo Amar told an Israeli newspaper recently that gay people were an “abomination” and homosexuality a “cult.” Protesters holding rainbow Pride flags faced off outside the rabbinate in Jerusalem against ultra-Orthodox Jews supporting the rabbi. Police say a large Pride flag was hung outside the building overnight. The protests highlight the deep divisions in Israel between its secular majority and increasingly powerful nationalist and ultra-Orthodox camps that have spoken out forcefully against the LGBT community. While liberal Tel Aviv is seen as LGBTfriendly, the fault lines have been pronounced in Jerusalem, the ancient biblical city rich in religious history and tradition.

Thousands celebrate at Hong Kong Pride Thousands of people poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Nov. 26 to participate in its annual pride parade that seeks to demand more inclusion, an end to discrimination and the strengthening of LGBT rights. Organizers said more than 6,800 people took part in the annual parade. Among the attendees were city lawmakers who said they will raise the topic of equal rights in parliament. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1991. However, the LGBT community still does not have anti-discrimination laws, and same-sex marriage is not permitted. Activists have largely criticized Hong Kong for lagging behind other Asia hubs for LGBT rights. n — compiled by Larry Nichols would have been blinded by the explosion. Alden lost parts of two fingers on his left hand and underwent surgery to install rods to stabilize broken bones in the hand, which is his dominant hand. More surgeries will be required. He is also having hearing difficulty due to a blister on his eardrum. Alden has health insurance, but Smith wrote on the fundraising page that he is facing steep co-pays, ongoing treatments, physical therapy and costly reconstructive surgery. He will also be out of work indefinitely and faces “significant loss of income” during his recovery. Funds will also support repairs on Alden’s apartment; officials said the kitchen area was significantly damaged by the explosion. Alden told PGN family and friends have helped him clean up the apartment. He also credited his employer and his partner’s, who works in the hospitality industry, for their support. n


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be redirected to conversion therapy. IDs and passports It’s important that all queer people, but especially transgender individuals whose legal documents may not accurately reflect their name or gender, secure these documents for themselves. IDs and passports that accurately reflect our identities are crucial tools for navigating our society and the world safely. The executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality Mara Keisling told The Huffington Post, “[W]e just don’t know what’s going to happen. But, for now, I suggest that folks think about what they want their ID’s to be. If you’re somebody who has needed a passport for a while, I would go do it. For sure. [N]ow is always the best time to do something you’ve been stalling on.” Passports are especially important because the ability to change your gender marker on passports was unilaterally granted by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her tenure and that mandate could be rescinded under the new administration. Name-change court orders In the same vein of IDs and passports, the transgender and gender-nonconforming community should consider obtaining a name-change decree sealed by court order. Once you have that piece of paper, changing other documents becomes seamless, including your Social Security card, your driver’s license or state ID, your birth certificate and your passport. Now through the inauguration, I, along with a dedicated team of trained volunteers, will be providing pro-bono services to anyone in Pennsylvania and New Jersey seeking a name change or gender-marker changes to documents, including a driver’s license, Social Security card and/or passport. Please reach out and we’ll make sure you get the assistance you need and deserve. Let me try to end this on a good note. While things are going to get harder before they get better, trust in the fact that we’re a resilient bunch. We have fought to be seen together in public spaces. We fought to decriminalize our sexual activity. We literally fought for our lives through the AIDS epidemic. And most recently, we fought for the right to marry the person we love. Now, we’ve been tasked with fighting hate at every level of society. I’m not worried that we’ll conquer this fight because guess what? We’ve won every other fight! And unlike supporters of hate, we win our fights using empathy, compassion and love as our ammo. Love really does trump hate. n Angela D. Giampolo, principal of Giampolo Law Group, maintains offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and specializes in LGBT law, family law, business law, real-estate law and civil rights. Her website is, and she maintains a blog at Reach out to Angela with your legal questions at 215-645-2415 or

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Media Trail Trans officer banned from event she helped organize A transgender police officer who helped organize San Diego’s Transgender Day of Awareness was turned away from the event when she tried to attend in her police uniform. Leaders of San Diego’s LGBT Community Center later apologized to Officer Christine Garcia and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Garcia, who publicly transitioned last year, is San Diego’s first transgender police officer. She helped plan the event and was also a member of a police detail that provided security. Later, she attempted to attend the event herself but was asked to leave. She says she was told her uniform could upset others. The center’s CEO, Delores Jacobs, called the incident a regrettable misunderstanding. Jacobs added that the LGBT center supports San Diego’s police officers.

Police: Fatal shooting at N.Y. gay bar wasn’t bias-related According to the Times Union of Albany, authorities say a fatal shooting at an Albany bar popular with the LGBT community wasn’t bias-related. Police have said the shooting at Rocks

appears to be an isolated incident and not a hate crime. Police say someone opened fire inside the bar around 2 a.m. Nov. 24, shooting four people. A man died at an Albany hospital, while the other three victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries. None of the victims’ names have been released by presstime. Police also haven’t said what led to the shooting. Michael Weidrich, executive director and CEO of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, said police assured him it wasn’t a biased-related incident, but instead was “a personal issue between the people involved.”

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state after state after state to give no ground to voter suppression.” He went on to call Trump a “pathological liar” and said he was “deeply concerned about virtually everything” the incoming Trump administration could do. But he encouraged supporters to remain vocal, and to look to the past for direction. “Republicans may be many things but they’re not dumb. If millions of people stand up and fight back, they’ll think twice about doing bad things,” Sanders said. “Think about the issues we’ve had to confront. People fought back for women’s rights, for civil rights, for gay rights. Think of all the hurdles those folks had to overcome. Where we’re at now is a difficult MAZZONI from page 1

gifts total to $3.8 million, of a goal of $6 million by 2022. Shein said the purchase of the building and renovations to it are expected to cost about $14 million. “The more money we raise, the less of a mortgage we will need to have when we buy the building,” she said. “And that’s the more money we will be able to put into services. We’re hoping that if we raise [the goal], we will reduce our cost by close to $100,000 in the first year. Had we stayed in the rental as opposed to moving into the building, we would have paid $100,000 more for rent than what we would pay for mortgage.” That cost savings is especially important now, as the future of health care in the country is uncertain with the incoming presidential administration, Shein said.

The News & Observer reports three couples want an appeals court to revive their challenge to a North Carolina law allowing magistrates with religious objections to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. The appeal filed Nov. 21 with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond says a lower court erred by dismissing the challenge in September. A judge ruled then that two gay couples and an interracial couple lacked standing to sue and lacked evidence they were harmed by the law that took effect in 2015. Only a fraction of North Carolina’s magistrates have filed recusal notices. The notices prevent them from officiating at all marriages, gay and heterosexual, for at least six months. The law also allows some court clerks to decline to issue marriage licenses because of “any sincerely held religious objection.” TRANSMISSIONS from page 11 the centuries. Those of us facing the next n four years are only picking up the well— compiled by Larry Nichols worn weapons of those who came before us — and our gains will be the armor worn by our future generations. The setbacks we are facing now, that we will surely suffer through over the next presidency, are — in a grander scheme — only an issue for now. We have lost hard battles before, even some that may cause our bleak views of the next four years to pale in comparison. In the 20th century, we faced the Nazi regime burning Hirschfeld’s library and marching LGBT individuals to death camps alongside other minority groups. We watched thousands of transgender people murdered and countless more beaten into submission and silence. What’s more, we are not alone. In spite of those who would like to see trans rights cut and left adrift from the larger LGBTQ movement, we need to stand together against an administration that would surely like to see gay and lesbian youth face electroshock therapy as much as they’d like to criminalize trans-restroom use. We also have potential allies elsewhere, as this future administration gears up against people of color, against Muslims and Jews, against women, against protestors and even against late-night television and Broadway plays. This is a time when we can — and

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moment. But serious people fought back before and that’s exactly what we have to do. Nobody has a right to say ‘I give up.’ You have to jump in and start fighting.” For his part, Sanders pledged to use his new post as the outreach chair for the Senate Democrats to “transform” the Democratic Party, engaging Americans dissatisfied with establishment politics. He also promised an enhanced focus on securing Democratic victories in both state and national elections. Goodman asked Sanders if he would consider another presidential run in four years, eliciting cheering from the crowd and a laugh from Sanders. “No comment on 2020,” Sanders said. n

“If you look at the political climate today and if indeed the Affordable Care Act will be gutted in some way, we will need to provide services to more people who will be without insurance. So $100,000 for medical will go a long way,” Shein said. “It’s so important for us to have our own building, all under one roof, where we can provide services in a climate where we don’t know what the health care will look like for our vulnerable populations.” The renovations to the building are expected to be completed in May. Shein said the organization will then have three months to settle in the building and she expects the sale to be finalized by the end of the summer. The new headquarters previously housed the state welfare office but has been vacant for several years. n should — rise up together. It is autumn, and winter is right around the corner. It is time for us to grab our coats and fight off the chill. It is time to reach out to our friends and a time to push back against hatred and discrimination. This is not going to be an easy time. I don’t feel it is truly hyperbolic to assume that we may see our rights — and the rights of many others — in tatters within very short order. This is not going to be a walk in the park for anyone but the wealthiest and most privileged among us, and even then I’m not altogether convinced. Even as we have faced hardship and setback, we have come back, stronger. Our struggles in the past have led us to where we are today, and our continued struggle will help keep us moving forward even as those who hate us try to strike us down physically and legislatively. We need to stand as one. We need to say that we will not go back, that any right left unsecured is one right we will demand. We can, must move forward. One day, maybe sooner than we may think, winter will fade away and the first buds of spring will appear. That day, we rise and stretch towards the sun and justice. Until then, we continue to fight on. n Gwen Smith offers her sword. You’ll find her at


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Give Out: A guide to good causes this holiday season By Larry Nichols The holidays are once again upon us and, given the times we are facing, we thought it would be a good idea to promote actions and events that give back to the community. We’re not saying you can’t be out there pounding the pavement alongside your fellow holiday shoppers for the gifts you’d want to give or receive; by all means, have at it! But do yourself, your sense of karma and holiday cheer a solid and think about donating your time, your energy or some much-needed gifts and sundries to a good cause. Or, at the very least, patronize a party or two this season that supports the community. So here are a few suggestions on

how you can get all “God bless us every one!” this holiday season. LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County hosts its Holiday Pride Drive Donation Packing Party 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Congregation B’Nai Jacob, 101 Manavon St. in Phoenixville. Organizers are collecting items for the homeless shelters of Chester County, including family- and travel-size toiletries, hand and body soap and lotion, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, baby products, lip balm, tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, winter gear, hand-warmer packs, individually packaged snacks and gift cards in $10-$25 denominations for pharmacies, grocery stores, and big-box stores. Donations are being accepted

until Dec. 4. The next day, volunteers will prep all of the donations into packages for the various shelters. Food and drink will be served to those attending the packaging event. For more information, visit Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, is partnering with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for its second food drive of the season with the orchestra performing Rossini, Gounod and “stories for piano and orchestra,” 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St. The performance will serve as a donation site to collect non-perishable food for the hungry in the region. For more information, visit

berorchestra/. Valanni and Stoli host a Toys For Tots Extravaganza 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 8, 1229 Spruce St. Bring an unwrapped gift that will go to children in need and you will get into the party with music provided by DJ Carl Michaels, entertainment by Cyooni Dharling, Michale Duffy, Dantasia and more, as well as a special performance by Maddelynn Hatter. Pathways to Housing PA hosts its Breakfast to End Homelessness 8-10 a.m. Dec. 9 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. To sponsor a table, RSVP or for more information, visit Winslow Animal Hospital hosts Pet Photos PAGE 30




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will be hosted by the infamous Bingo Verifying Divas, a wild bunch of drag queens who entertain the crowd with their wacky humor and always-outrageous costumes. Proceeds benefit AIDS Fund. The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s LGBT youth agency, is hosting a Hat, Scarf and Glove Drive through Dec. 23. Individuals, groups or companies can donate new adult-sized hats, scarves and gloves for youth ages 14-23. Contact for more information. The Home for Hope is the first and only homeless shelter in Pennsylvania specifically for LGBT individuals. The shelter receives no public funding and its monthly operating costs are covered by private donations and whatever the residents and shelter management themselves can contribute. You can help Home for Hope by contributing to its GoFundMe page: www.gofundme. com/Lgbtqhomeforhope. For more information, visit Lgbtqhomeforhope/. For more than a decade, nonprofit To Write Love On Her Arms has sought to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and teach those struggling that they are not alone. The organization was founded following the popularity of a story written by New York Times best-selling author Jamie Tworkowski, who later began selling T-shirts to offset the cost of treatment for those who were struggling. In addition to T-shirts, the organization now offers iPhone cases, beanies, tote bags, stickers, notebooks and more. All sales continue to go towards funding treatment and recovery. For more information on TWLOHA, visit or its online store at Get out there and give this holiday season and hopefully you’ll have some warm and fuzzy feelings to put under your tree to go with all of those gifts. n

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Michael Kelly-Cataldi: Bringing the supper-club model to the suburbs “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” — Virginia Woolf I saw Michael Kelly-Cataldi perform a while back at a backyard gathering of jazz singers and musicians. In a crowd of amazing and seasoned performers like the great Jeannie Brooks and our host Wendy Simon, Kelly-Cataldi brought the house down with his whimsical version of Ella Fitzgerald’s “A-Tisket A-Tasket.” While on stage he mentioned that he and his husband Dino were opening a supper club called Dino’s Backstage. The dashing and dynamic pair already own and operate the popular KellyCataldi HOME boutique in Glenside. Dino’s opened earlier this year next to the Keswick Theatre. The restaurant boasts a top-notch menu from executive chef Scott Howlett and fabulous entertainment in the glamorous Celebrity Room. Kelly-Cataldi gave us a preview of what we can expect from the new space. PGN: You’ve worn many hats. Tell me about some of them. MKC: Well, currently I’m wearing the hat of restaurateur, performer, shop owner, dog mama of three dogs — who are outside barking right now — and genealogist. I have about 70 different trees that I’ve done. That started out from my passion to find out about who and where and what I came from. I went as far as I could with my family, back to William the Conquerer, which is ridiculous, but that’s how far back I went. Then I found an old family Bible at a flea market and decided to research it. Family Bibles were the repository of family history back when they didn’t have safety deposit boxes or weren’t able to keep your history on a computer; the Bibles are where they recorded when someone was born or when they died, who they married and what kids they had. A lot of that stuff never got recorded elsewhere. PGN: That’s amazing. MKC: Yes, I tracked it forward and contacted a direct descendant of the original owner. I’ve returned many family histories to great-great-great-grandsons or daughters. PGN: What’s something interesting that you found out about your family tree? MKC: Well, my maiden name is Kelly and whenever anyone asked me my nationality, I’d say that I was Irish and Welsh on my father’s side — which is what he always told me — and French Canadian, Native American and English on my mother’s side. As I was looking back at the Kellys, I found relatives in Pennsylvania going all the way back to 1755. I found about 10 relatives who’d been in the Revolutionary War. I kept thinking, Are these Kellys ever going to trace back to Ireland? But then I

realized, my nationality is American. I think that we’re the only country that, when you ask someone about their nationality, they respond with the nationality that their parents descended from. For example, I have a friend whose mother is from Spain and whose father is from Tunisia but who was born and raised in Paris; if you ask him what nationality he is, he’ll respond French of course. It’s interesting that we don’t do that here. Interestingly, this work has made me have a much deeper ownership and allegiance to being American, which is kind of shocking to me. PGN: I read that you also took an early interest in design. MKC: Well, I started drawing houses and interior layouts at the age of 6. My mother was a great one for rearranging things. You’d go to bed and the sofa was in one place and you’d wake up and stub your toe because it would be in another place entirely. I learned about scale and positioning really early on, but my great love was always music.

they were there to see Johnny Mathis. Dino and I have been together for 18 years and that picture always stuck in my mind. Everyone’s dressed up and having a great time. Someone probably came around and took their picture before the show and it was the epitome of that time period. We aren’t casual people; I own one pair of sneakers that I’ve had for eight years and only use at the gym and just two pairs of jeans. We wanted to create a place that we would want to go to. A lot of the customers at our homegoods store would also talk about wanting an adult place to go to, a place that wasn’t a sports bar with 15 TVs, that wasn’t a dance club with music blaring and that wasn’t a “family-style” restaurant with kids running around. We wanted someplace elegant for grown people to go. Nowadays the only thing you get dressed up for are weddings and funerals or an office party once a year. PGN: I was just talking to my friend about holiday travel plans and how her mother still dresses to go on a plane and how rare

PGN: How far back? MKC: I’ve done professional theater since I was 17. I was still in high school when I did my first show and I had to take time off from it to go graduate. PGN: Were you in musicals? MKC: Yes, the first was “Bye, Bye Birdie,” then “Godspell,” “The Me Nobody Knows,” “Cabaret” — even though I was from an Irish background, I was the only blonde so I had to play the Nazi — “Pippin” and on and on. PGN: What was your biggest stage mishap? MKC: I was doing a show called “The All Night Strut!” named after a Bessie Smith song. In 1985, I did it in Philly, Atlantic City and in Monte Carlo, then in 1992 I toured it in Detroit, Cleveland, Rochester, Denver, you name it. We did it in A.C. the second time around too but that producer was kind of stingy. There was a lot of singing and dancing and I needed the rubber replaced on the soles of my shoes. I told him and told him but he kept procrastinating. I was doing a high kick in one of the numbers when my foot slipped and I landed on my butt underneath the piano! I sprung up like, “I meant to do that …” and people thought it was part of the show! PGN: It’s all about owning it. Speaking of owning, let’s talk a little about the club. Why is it important to you to have a formal supper club? MKC: There’s a picture in the restaurant and on the website of a group of women dressed up. It’s from 1965 and Dino’s mother is in the middle of the group. They were at Palumbo’s in South Philly and

the lovely things about music: It makes people recall what they were doing at a certain time or reminds them of a certain person or place. It’s one of the biggest memory-inducers, aside from smell. PGN: What’s the difference between a singer and a performer who sings? MKC: For me, singers sing at the audience, they’re not engaging them. A performer sings to and for the audience. They want a connection, whereas a singer is satisfied with you just listening to them. A performer wants you to feel something, to understand the lyrics and the pain or joy behind them. They will make you feel something by the way they interpret and perform the song. PGN: Back to you: Where do you hail from? MKC: I’m originally from Schenectady. My mother’s family is all from upstate New York. My father is from Clearville, Pa., and in 1940 he got a job as news anchorman at a radio station in Williamsport. Then in the early ’50s he got a job in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He was 39 and she was 22 when he met my mother. My father was married previously but didn’t have any kids, so he made up for it; I’m the youngest of five kids. He became a television news anchor and used to do the 6 and 11 o’clock news when I was a kid. PGN: Oh wow! So that’s where you get your mellifluous voice from? MKC: Yes, it’s all his.

that is. MKC: Exactly. People have the clothes, there’s just nowhere or no reason to bring them out. Now there is. PGN: Describe your act for me. MKC: My act is cabaret. There’s music — ballads and up-tempo numbers — stories and laughter. I try to elicit some emotion from you. I want you to think, to feel melancholy and then laugh again. You’ll experience a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s one of

PGN: My mother also did radio and TV and whenever I talk people tell me I sound just like her. MKC: So you’re a broadcast brat too. I’m friends with Edie Huggins’ daughter, Laurie, and that’s what we call ourselves. We grew up in radio and TV stations and had a warped sense of reality. I thought everyone’s parents were on the air because all my friends were the children of other TV and radio personalities. My dad was on Channel 5 and Sue’s dad was on Channel 3 and Billy’s dad was on WRVW, wasn’t everyone’s? PGN: Ha. I used to get mad at my mother when she was on the radio. I’d hear her voice and try to talk to her and couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t answer me! MKC: I thought there were people actually in the radio talking PAGE 38


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Gender nonconformity on display at PAFA By Gary L. Day PGN Contributor One of the main functions of art is to enable the viewer to perceive some aspect of life in a new and different way. Transgender and gender-nonconforming artists, in particular, often find art an effective means of communicating what life is like outside the gender mainstream. One such effective example of this is now on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. “Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures By Cassils” is a multi-media presentation of Cassils’ (pronounced “castles”) groundbreaking work in performance, photography, video and sculpture. The PAFA presentation is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work and should place the venerable Philadelphia institution on the forefront of the country’s modern avant-garde scene. The exhibit revolves around Cassils’ live performance, called “Becoming an Image” (held at PAFA Dec. 2, but the event is completely sold out). In it, the artist unleashes an attack on a 2,000-pound block of molding clay in total darkness. The only illumination is from a photographer’s flash, which serves to burn a succession of images into the audience’s retinas. The results of this performance make up the photographic and sculptural aspect of the exhibit. The photographs show Cassils pummeling away at the clay block, sweating and grimacing, attacking the clay with a ferocity that is actually disquieting. On the gallery wall around and above these photos is an enlarged image of an audience of a past performance, all with expressions of stunned fascination at what they were seeing. As an added enhancement to these images, four speakers are suspended from the ceiling, with the sounds Cassils makes while attacking the block. A quadrophonic effect enables anyone standing in the midst of these speakers to hear these blows as if they are coming at you from different directions. And if you listen closely, you can also sometimes hear the artist’s heartbeat. The cumulative effect is both eerie and fascinating. In a separate gallery is another photographic piece called “Time Lapse Grids,” which is a record of Cassils’ transformation into a traditionally masculine muscular form via intensive bodybuilding, meant as a statement about how some people mold their own bodies, like art, to align more completely with their inner sense of self.

Theater & Arts Alexandra Horowitz The author of “Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215567-4341.

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Also on display in the rotunds of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building is a video called “Tiresias.” It’s a video record of an arduous, almost-five-hour performance in which the artist melts an ice sculpture of a classic male torso with only body heat. It is perhaps the most challenging and difficult piece to view of the whole exhibit. The expression on the artist’s face is pained, but grim and determined, a metaphor for the arduous process of molding oneself. In addition to the sold-out performance, PAFA will conduct a series of panel discussions on Dec. 3 on several of their current exhibits. The one featuring Cassils is called “Gender and Sexuality in 19th- and 21st-Century Photography.” There will also be an opening reception held that day. “Melt/Carve/Forge” is not a particularly easy exhibit to get through, nor particularly pretty — but it’s not meant to be. It is an artist’s serious effort to build a metaphor, not only of what it’s like to be gender-nonconforming, but of the arduous and often painful process of molding oneself physically into the person they perceive themselves to be. PAFA should be praised and congratulated on presenting the work of this important gender-nonconforming artist. n “Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures By Cassils” is on exhibit through March 5 at the Historic Landmark Building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St. For information about the exhibit, or the panel discussion and opening reception on Dec. 3, call 215-391-4806 or visit

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the premiere of a new work that continues the artist’s exploration of video, sound and performance through Jan. 8, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-7638100. Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of furniture designed in 1808 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe through Jan. 1, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. A Christmas Story Media Theatre presents a stage play based on the beloved holiday film through Jan. 8, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-8910100. Found Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the new musical about a man obsessed with collecting the hundreds of irreverent, hilarious and

weird notes that surround us every day, everywhere, through Dec. 11 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215985-0420. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker The Pennsylvania Ballet performs the holiday tradition Dec. 9-31 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800. Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950 The Barnes Foundation presents vintage prints of nearly 200 classic images by French photographers and photographers working extensively in France through Jan. 9, at the Roberts Gallery, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy; 215-278-7000. Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition drawing from the Penn Museum’s esteemed African collections through Dec. 4, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Nikki Glaser The comedian seen on Comedy Central performs Dec. 2-4 at The Punchline Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.; 215-606-6555. O Fortuna! Carmina Burana The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the heart-pounding

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Indigo Girl Amy Ray hits the road with her solo country band, bringing out country singersongwriter Chely Wright along for the ride, 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. For more information or tickets, call 215-257-5808.

classic tale of drinking and debauchery Dec. 8-10 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215893-1999. Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-50 Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of Mexican masterpieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo and many others through Jan. 8, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215763-8100. A Philly POPS Christmas Pops music director and maestro Michael Krajewski leads the group through a holiday musical featuring internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare Dec. 3-18 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215893-1999. A Well-Strung Christmas The out string quartet performs

a holiday concert 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. The Wizard of Oz A yellow-brick road runs through Walnut Street Theatre through Jan. 8, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

Music PGMC All Wrapped Up Concert Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performs a holiday concert through Dec. 3 at Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; Animals as Leaders The prog-rock band performs 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-9226888. Norah Jones The Grammywinning singersongwriter performs 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; 215893-1999.


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Jeff Coon heats up his Summer Club for special big-band show By Larry Nichols

MERRY SAX-MAS: Out saxophonist and nine-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz comes to the area for a holiday jazz concert featuring an all-star lineup of special guests like Jonathan Butler, Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-270-6656. Photo: Bryan Sheffield

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra The rock band featuring members of Alice in Chains and Mastodon performs 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215568-1616. Art Garfunkel The singer performs 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave.; 215-572-7650. Holidelic Everett Bradley returns with his holiday psychedelic-funk revue 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. Big Band Voodoo Daddy The swing band performs a holiday show 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave.; 215-572-7650. Psychic TV The industrial rock band performs 8 p.m.

Dec. 9 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-2322100.

Nightlife Bearlesque Presents: Bearonce The monthly bear-themed party features its thirdannual Beyoncé show 9-11 p.m. Dec. 2 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675. Hairspray Live Viewing Party Watch the broadcast of the hit musical based on John Waters’ classic film 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Boxers PHL, 1330 Walnut St.; 215735-2977. Burlesque Roulette Josh Schonewolf and Turnpyke host an evening of performances by 10 burlesque stars 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 7 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-9649675.

Outta Town Mill Hill Holiday House Tour The historic Mill Hill neighborhood of Trenton, N.J., will hold its 50thannual holiday celebration noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3, featuring open houses, art exhibits, horse and carriage rides, games, live music, food and more; Amy Ray Band and Chely Wright The out country singers perform 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. Peter Rapanaro: The Secret of

Christmas The international singer performs Christmas classics 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Rrazz Room, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 888596-1027. Dave Koz & Friends The out sax player leads a holiday concert 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J.; 856-270-6656. Peter Murphy: Stripped The goth icon and singer performs acoustic version of songs spanning his career 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215257-5808. n

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Fans of big-band music will have a reason to venture out next week when out Philadelphia theater star and singer Jeff Coon and his Summer Club swing into action for a special 17-piece big-band orchestra performance Dec. 5 in Manayunk. The show will feature appearances from other Philly area singers, including Ben Dibble, JP Dunphy, Fran Prisco, Kenita Miller and Michael Philip O’Brien. Coon said the idea of the show is for people to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of entertainment from a bygone era. “This is not a show that we could ever do eight times a week because it is an event,” he said. “It’s 17 pieces and we’re trying to keep it that way. We’re trying to make sure that people can come and have a special evening that you don’t get anymore. There is an audience for it.” The focus will be on the music, as Coon noted the intimate performance space in Manayunk doesn’t leave room for dancing. “Our summer shows had a specific instrumental just for dance,” he said. “But this particular show is more a nightclub show than a concert with room for the attendees to get up and cut the rug. This show is going to be just singing, although in the past we’ve had a

comic come and do a 10-minute set. My concept when we started this in 2014 is we wanted it to be a cross between a [Frank] Sinatra concert at the Sands and The Ed Sullivan Show. Because we are trying to scale it down a little bit just to make sure we don’t break the bank, we decided we’re going to do the band.” Coon added that the audience will hopefully include people who lived through the heyday of big-band music as well as younger audiences and those exposed to the music through the ska/swing revival of the 1990s. “What we want to do ideally is cater to people who grew up with this music,” he said. “At this point, I’m 45. I consider myself one of those people. But I want to also expose younger generations to it as well. The thing that I find most rewarding about it is the fact that a lot of musicians that play with us have played with the Count Basie Orchestra. They’ve played with people who are way beyond our pay grade. But they don’t get a chance to do it anymore because it’s expensive to do a show like this. One of the things I love is the ability to bring this kind of music back to people who have not been exposed to it before.” n Jeff Coon’s Summer Club performs 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. For more information, visit or


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PORTRAIT from page 31

and singing, even though I knew my dad was at the station. PGN: So what’s your Philly connection? MKC: I was working at Six Flags Great Adventure and became fast friends with a woman from Philly. I got an opportunity to do “Bye, Bye Birdie” with Kate Flannery from “The Office” at Riverfront Dinner Theater. That got me situated in Philadelphia. I fell in love with the city, the architecture and the feel of the place. Then I was lucky enough to get “Forbidden Broadway” and that made me a medium-sized fish in a little-sized pond. But my love of Philadelphia goes back farther than I realized. My parents got divorced after my mother rekindled a romance with her high-school sweetheart who lived in Trenton, N.J. When I found out that we were moving there, my first thought was, Oh my God, that’s where Washington crossed the Delaware! And it’s close to Philadelphia! I’d had one of those big Viewmaster sets with the wheel that had the little slides in it and I was fascinated by it. Fast forward, when I did my genealogy I found a William Kelly who served in the Revolutionary War. And it turns out he’d served under General George Washington when Washington crossed the Delaware. He couldn’t cross “on account of the great freeze” but he waited for Washington to bring the captured Hessians back over and he then marched them all the way to Philadelphia. And I found other family members from this area back into the late 1600s. It was crazy! I think I’m the only Kelly not born in Pennsylvania. PGN: Any relation to Grace? MKC: No, no. But back to Philly, I was in and out of doing theater. One day in 1994 I was walking down the street with a friend and shared an idea I’d been percolating for years. I had money in hand and I wanted to buy something nice for my dog but the only places to go were the big pet stores like Petco or whatever the equivalent was back then. So I opened up a little pet boutique where you could find a really beautiful collar or unique items for your pooch. It was called ... and Toto, too!®. It was open for five years and even received a Best of Philly award! PGN: Speaking of the best, I also read that you’re a member of the Rolls-Royce owners’ club. MKC: [Laughs] Yes. We have an issue with cars. Well, I have one and Dino obliges me. It started when I was 10. It was my first Christmas in New Jersey and my best friend collected these little British toy cars called Corgis. They had doors that opened, seats that moved and I begged Santa for one. I got a two-door Silver Shadow that year and for years I got more Corgi cars and books about Rolls-Royces. I even got a belt buckle that had the symbol and the Rolls-Royce motto. There was no Google in 1975 when I was 13, so I wrote a letter to national headquarters of Rolls-Royce


asking what the motto meant and I received a lovely response from them along with a whole portfolio on the cars with pictures and pricing, all sorts of stuff. The letter stated, “Dear Master Kelly, Thank you for your interest in the Rolls-Royce motor car … ” and it closed with “ … With luck and hard work and perseverance hopefully there is a Rolls-Royce in your future.” I never forgot it and I still have that two-door Silver Shadow. In fact, quick story, when I was touring I had all my things in storage and all my Corgi cars were packed neatly in the original boxes. The only one that wasn’t boxed was the Silver Shadow. A year later when I went to unpack, I looked in the boxes and every single one of them was empty. Someone had gotten in and taken every single car except the one that was out of the box, my Silver Shadow. So, to answer your question, we ended up falling in love with a 1989 white Rolls-Royce with a white interior and a red dash. So yes, I am a happy member of the owners’ club. PGN: Who would you bring back for one last performance? MKC: Ella Fitzgerald so I could hear the rest of her concert. I was doing a show in Detroit and I heard that Ella was coming to town to perform. I told my producer that I needed that Saturday off because, before I died, I needed to see her perform. There were only two people in my show — two guys, two gals — and he didn’t like my understudy so he said, “I’m sorry, we’re sold out. I can’t let you go.” To which I responded, “Oh, I can’t take off? Well, that’s a shame. (Cough, cough) Oh my, I don’t feel so well. I hope it doesn’t get any worse … ” So he said, “OK, OK, wait, wait, wait …” and he arranged it so that there was a really long curtain speech before our show and let us go to catch the beginning of her show. We wore our costumes under our coats, they took us to the music hall, which was two minutes away, and I got to see the first five songs of her set before we had to run back and do our own show. It was the last concert she did. So I would want to hear the rest of the show. PGN: And what’s coming up at Dino’s Backstage? MKC: This is a jazz weekend so we have Wendy Simon here Dec. 2 and Jill Salkin Dec. 3. I’m doing every Sunday until the end of December and for two following weekends, Paula Johns, who is a local favorite, and I are going to be doing a holiday tribute called “The Snow Show.” We’ll have two shows on New Year’s Eve — one is already sold out — and then some of my favorites both locally and nationally will be performing in 2017: Eddie Bruce, Marilyn Maye, Mark Nadler. I’m really looking forward to it. n For more information about Dino’s Backstage, visit To suggest a community member for Family Portrait, email

Q Puzzle I Voted Across

1. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” singer Joan 5. Kinnear of “As Good As It Gets” 9. Pockets stuffed with meat 14. Currency on the Continent 15. Composition of some beds 16. DeBeque in “South Pacific” 17. Hose trouble 18. Jazz singer Anita 19. Muscle Mary’s pride 20. Women placed “I voted” stickers on her headstone 23. First person in Berlin 24. Above, to Byron 25. Sex-toy batteries 26. Three for Sophia 29. Charles Atlas development areas 31. Bug with two homonyms 32. “See you later” 33. They may be kissed or kicked 34. In the public eye 35. Dave Pallone and others 36. City where 20-Across is buried 39. “Billy Elliot” epithet 42. Stow, as cargo 43. Stonewall dis-

turbances 47. Interjects 48. Green-lights 49. Like foamy heads in a gay bar 50. White or rose alternative 51. Eroded, with “away” 52. Brown’s Sneaky ___ 53. Word on either towel, perhaps 54. This enacted the right to vote for women 58. Comes to an end 60. Singer k.d. 61. Sommer of film 62. Nephew of Donald Duck 63. ___ homo 64. Astringent 65. Prudential rival 66. Will of “The Waltons” 67. Partners of bottoms


1. “Guiding Light” actress Leccia 2. Castratos, e.g. 3. Spreads gossip about 4. It covered Caesar’s Johnson 5. Big balls 6. Trooper’s device 7. Wolfson of Freedom to Marry 8. Writer with a family name? 9. Colombian coins

10. Hacker’s cry 11. Poorly endowed Dickens character? 12. Malt drink 13. Work under Edith Head, perhaps 21. Response to an error in “Do Re Mi”? 22. Regular hangout 27. Genre for Eazy-E 28. Shooter in Bruce Weber’s field 30. Workers at the bottom 31. Satellite broadcasts 32. Queer souvenir 34. “Move your ass!” 37. Dressmaker’s need 38. Goofed up 39. Four to Sheehan, usually 40. Dedicated poem 41. Only thing that

doesn’t fit in 44. Tragic Shakespearean character 45. Conceive, non-heterosexually 46. Methods for counting queens and other cards 49. Rub the right way 51. Cruising, maybe 52. Homophobe veep-elect 55. Back-row bowling target 56. Spice made from nutmeg 57. Type of market, to the sexually insensitive 58. Patty Hearst’s former org. 59. Foot fetish digit


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Men Delco Dudes

A men’s social and support group meets 7-9 p.m. the first and third 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 Wednesday of the month at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.; Men of All Colors Together

Meets 7:30 p.m. the third Friday of the month, September through June, at William Way; 610-2776595, 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. Wednesdays at 1207 Chestnut St., third floor; 215-496-0330.

Parents/Families Family & Community Service of Delaware County

Provides comprehensive care serving Delaware County and Philadelphia. Services include behavioral health and addiction counseling; HIV/AIDS medical case management/prevention; housing, food and transportation assistance. Offices in Media and Clifton Heights, the Ralph Moses House in Chester and in other community locations. Insurances accepted. Hours are 8:30 a.m.4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and evenings by appointment; 610566-7540 or 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, and hird Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Warminster UCC, 785 Street Road; 215-348-9976. PFLAG/Chester County

Meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester, 501 S. High St.; 484-354-2448. PFLAG/Collingswood, N.J.

Meets 6:30-9 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave.; 609-202-4622, PFLAG/Media

Meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Unitarian Universal Church, 145 Rose Tree Rd.; 610-368-2021. PFLAG/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. PFLAG/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.; 609-6835155. PFLAG/Wilmington, Del.

Meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St.; 302654-2995.

Philadelphia Family Pride

Advocacy, support and social network for LGBT families offers play groups, monthly kids and teen talk groups, activities and outings. Planning meetings held monthly; 215-600-2864,,



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.; 215-563-0658. 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, 1201 Locust St., second floor; 215632-3028, Transhealth Information Project

Sponsors a weekly drop-in center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays at 1207 Chestnut St., fifth floor; 215-851-1822. Transgender Health Action Coalition

Peer trans health-advocacy organization, 1201 Locust St., fourth floor; 215-732-1207. 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, 255 S. 16th St.; 215-545-4331, www.

Women Hanging Out With Lesbians

A group in Central Pennsylvania that organizes concerts, camping, golf, picnics, hikes, plays and game nights in nonsmoking environments; http://groups. Lesbian Community of Delaware Valley

Social group meets monthly for activities for gay women of all ages in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties; http:// 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; www.meetup. com/mtairylesbiansocial/. Queer Connections

Social group for women in their 20s meets weekly; http:// queerconnections/. Sisters United

A social/support group for transwomen of color ages 13-24, with weekly social events, open discusson and monthly movie/ discussions meets 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 1207 Chestnut St., third floor; 215-496-0330. Women Coming-Out Support Group

Women, ages 18 and over, who consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning and are at any stage of the coming-out process are welcome to meet

7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month at the Pride Center of New Jersey;

Youth 40 Acres of Change

Discussion group for teen and young adults meets 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at The COLOURS Organization Inc., 1207 Chestnut St., third floor; 215-851-1975. GLBT Group of Hunterdon County

Social and support groups for youth, teens and young adults, as well as parents and family members, meet at North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead St. in Clinton, N.J.; schedule at www., 908-300-1058.

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Community Bulletin Board Community centers

■ 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 4-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available Monday-Friday. ■ 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. MondayThursday; 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 LGBTQ and Allies Youth Center Salem UCC Education Building, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-957-7981 ext. 9065, Activities held 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays.

■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220, Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Peer counseling: 6-9 p.m. Monday-Friday Library: noon-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Volunteers: New Orientation, first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Key numbers

LGBT, intersex, questioning, queer and allied youth ages 14-20 meet 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem; 610-868-2153.

■ ActionAIDS: 215-981-0088 ■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: 215-587-9377

■ Equality Pennsylvania: 215731-1447;


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

■ Equality Forum: 215-732-3378

A safe-space support program for LGBT and questioning youth meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays at 21 Wiggins St., Princeton, N.J.; 609-683-5155, Main Line Youth Alliance

Meets from 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays at 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; 610-688-1861, info@myaonline. org. Project Keeping it Safe

LGBT youth drop-in center offers meetings, HIV and STD prevention and testing, counseling and other services on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 514 Cooper St., Camden, N.J.; 856-963-2432,

■ AIDS Library: 215-985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: 215592-1513 ■ AIDS Treatment Fact line: 800662-6080 ■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: 215-685-1633 n The COLOURS Organization Inc.: 215-496-0330

PRYSM Youth Center

Youth ages 14-20 meet 6:30-8:30 p.m Wednesdays at the center, 126 East Baltimore Pike, Media; 610357-9948. Rainbow Room: Bucks County’s LGBTQ and Allies Youth Center

Youth ages 14-21 meets 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Salem UCC Education Building, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-957-7981 ext. 9065, rainbowroom@ppbucks. org. Social X Change

Social activity group for LGBT youth of color ages 13-23 meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at 1207 Chestnut St., third floor; 215-8511975. Space to be Proud, Open, and Together

Open to all LGBTQ queer youth and allies, ages 14-21, the SPOT meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Planned Parenthood of Chester County, 8 S. Wayne St.; 267-6876648.

■ LGBT Peer Counseling Services: 215-732-TALK ■ Mazzoni Center: 215-563-0652; Legal Services: 215-563-0657, 866-LGBT-LAW; Family & Community Medicine: 215-563-0658 ■ Office of LGBT Affairs — Director Nellie Fitzpatrick: 215-6860330;

■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel: 215-6863318 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: 215-760-3686 (Rick Lombardo); ■ Philly Pride Presents: 215875-9288 ■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: 717-9209537 ■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: 215-732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)

■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): 215-572-1833 ■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: 215-686-4670


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.; 215-763-8870. ActionAIDS Provides a range of programs for people affected by HIV/ AIDS, including case management, prevention, testing and education services at 1216 Arch St.; 215-981-0088, www. GALAEI: A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization Free, anonymous HIV testing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-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, 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 appointment) at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; 215685-1821. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications and confidential HIV testing 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 LGBTQ counseling and behavioral health services, HIV/ AIDS care and services, case management and support groups; 21 S. 12th St., eighth floor; 215-563-0652, www. Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine Comprehensive primary health care, preventive health services, gynecology, sexual-health services and chronic-disease management, including comprehensive HIV care, as well as youth drop-in (ages 14-24) 5-7p.m. Wednesdays; 809 Locust St.; 215-563-0658. Philadelphia FIGHT Comprehensive AIDS service organization providing primary care, consumer education, advocacy and research on potential treatments and vaccines; 1233 Locust St.; 215985-4448; Washington West Project of Mazzoni Center Free, rapid HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 pm. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; 1201 Locust St.; 215-985-9206.

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; 215-545-4331, You’re Not Alone

Sponsored by AIDS Delaware, the group for gay, lesbian and bisexual youth meets during the school year at 100 W. 10th St., Suite 315, Wilmington, Del; 800-810-6776. Youth Making a Difference

A group for LGBTQ AfricanAmerican and Latino youth ages 14-24 meets 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Camden AHEC, 514 Cooper St.; 856-963-2432.


■ Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia Board meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810; free referral service at 215-6279090, ■ Independence Business Alliance Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, providing networking, business development, marketing, educational and advocacy opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly busi-

Professional groups nesses and professionals; 215557-0190, ■ National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter of NLGJA, open to professionals and students, meets for social and networking events; philly;

■ Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus Regional organization dedicated to promoting LGBT tourism to the Greater Philadelphia region, meetings every other month on the fourth Thursday (January, March, May, July, September and the third Thursday in November), open to the public; 215-8402039,


Philadelphia Gay News Dec. 2-8, 2016



COMING UP AT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 5PM Big Chill 9:30PM Big House 10PM DJ Eddie Tully

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 • 3PM – 12AM Earn entries December 1 – 17 for your chance to win a share of $200,000 free slot play or a brand new Mercedes Benz!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 5PM The Hoovers 9:30PM Fish Out of Water 10PM DJ Henz

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 3PM Showcase Sunday Visit for full schedule.



Holiday gift cards available now for Parx restaurants, bars and gift shop.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 1PM $100 free slot play winner selected for every point the home team scores!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 • 7PM $95 PER PERSON A delicious five-course menu perfectly paired with exquisite Tuscan wines. Visit PARXCASINO.COM/EVENTS for reservations. Seating is limited.



PGN Dec. 2 - 9, 2016  

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