The New Who’s Who of Philly’s Gay Community

They’re more than just here and queer. They’re the people who feed you, entertain you, provoke you, amuse you and surprise you. Come meet them




Thank Hikes and Levine for Stimulus and Arouse each month. “It always felt like there was an inequality between the options gay men had in their nightlife compared to the options lesbians had,” says Levine, a Temple student. “We wanted to create a space where everyone could come together.” Levine and Hikes (director of Upward Bound at Penn) have also linked activism with nightlife. “We’re focused on expanding ‘Stimulus Gives Back,’” says Hikes—most notably by encouraging the party people to get involved with nonprofits. For Hikes, being a role model is a big deal. “I think it’s important to see people like me—young, black, female—involved in our community in a positive way,” she says. “We’d like to eventually say that Stimulus has left an indelible mark on the LGBT community.”

And since she was 21, Tracy Buchholz has been on The Scene. After dashing between Rehoboth and Philly all summer after moving back from Los Angeles, the Ambler native admits, “There was a void I tried to fill.” So she resurrected the monthly dance party. “One of the best things about coming out was feeling like a part of a new family—Philadelphia’s LGBT community,” she says. “I consider this community my family.” That might explain why the Temple grad also works with the Philly Gay Tourism Caucus and Sapphire Fund’s Emerge event. “On a personal level, I want to be an example that it’s okay to be an out professional,” says Buchholz. “It’s part of who I am. No one should have to hide it.”

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  • RCP

    This is all well and good but any list of the new who’s who in Philadelphia’s gay community would be incomplete without naming James Duggan of Queer Times.

  • Lauren

    Philadelphia has at least 50% minority population. Or to put it mildly minorities are the majority here. Most of the people presented are white with three African-Americans. Apparently no Asians or Latinos are part of the LGBT community by “Philadelphia Magazine’s” standards. There are many minority LGBT people who are active and serve the community but you do not see them.

  • andrea

    Oh, GPhilly, you have such an opportunity to be awesome, but you’re white-washing our community. Again.

    I’ll put out there from the jump that I’m a white woman and one of the things I love the most about LGBT Philly is the diversity.

    Too bad GPhilly only sees the white people. And, the young. Just picked up a hard copy of the piece above and noticed the people who didn’t make the cut – by and large, they’re all over 35. Disappointed in the few people of color – 3 black and 1 latino out of 22 doesn’t cut it (even though they’re all great). In the print version, its even worse – there the brown people have to share a page with a white person. This sucks. It could be so much better. This magazine will fail if it doesn’t get with reality. Open your eyes, GPhilly, people of color spend money, too, and even white people have a problem with white-washing of our community.