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

THE DO-GOODERS

JEANNE MCINTYRE, GLORIA CASAREZ and JOHN MOELLER JR.

 

“My LGBT advocacy started with my family,” says Moeller, executive director of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. “Throughout my life, I have always been an advocate for those who are marginalized within society.” By the time Moeller—a Chalfont native who discovered early on that he had a learning disability—got to college, he joined a campus group that shared coming-out stories with other students, most of them straight. He’s also worked with Planned Parenthood, FACT and amfAR. “I am inspired by leaders in the community,” he says, “and seeing an issue that needs to be addressed and working with others to create change.” When he’s not changing the world, Moeller lives in Queen Village with his partner, Joe Carlucci, and their dog, Rocco.

With a painful coming out, Jeanne McIntyre takes her job as a Philly Ambassador to The Trevor Project to heart. “Trevor speaks personally to me because I’m a suicide survivor,” says McIntyre, a California native. “I was homeless in this city 20 years ago. And I believe that if there was something in place like Trevor then, it would have given me hope.” As she embarks on a new job this year with an industrial company, what people may not realize is that McIntyre was also a popular DJ and is an avid surfer who is more than happy to share stories about shredding some gnarly West Coast waves.

And at City Hall, Gloria Casarez is the reason the rainbow flag was raised at City Hall last year. When she’s not in the public eye as Philly’s director of LGBT affairs, she’s got the mayor’s ear. “I translate community into government and government back into the community,” says Casarez, who came out through community activism in the early 1990s. “I grew up in North Philly and took an early interest in welfare rights and poverty issues. I was born a few blocks away from where I live now. My grandfather was a stonemason who worked on the Ben Franklin Bridge.” For Casarez, who celebrates a decade with her partner this year, gay rights are personal. “We contribute to the life and success in every way to the city,” she says. “There is no area of government that we are unaffected by. I remind people of that every day.”

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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.