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 MAESTROS

DESIREE HINES and JOSEPH HALLMAN

Hallman’s been playing music ever since he was 12. “I just dove in,” says Hallman, a Girard College grad. As a writer, performer and composer, he recently launched a ballet tour based on Alice in Wonderland in San Diego, penned a bassoon concerto in Pittsburgh, and remixed for Gemini Wolf. Hallman has also been in the studio recording his own album, which he describes as “experimental pop.” At the Rosenbach this year, he composed music based on the letters of Mercedes de Costa, a lesbian lover to both Greta Garbo and Isadora Duncan. “I want to create something that brings attention to the gay experience,” says Hallman. “Arts can be used as successful intervention programs for young people and reduce the risk of violence.”

“I started playing music when I was nine,” says Hines, a native of Jackson, Mississippi. Her mother worked as a biscuit baker to buy a $90 violin for the gifted child. Today, Hines also plays organ, piano and harpsichord. “The quest has been bittersweet,” she admits, “including two periods of homelessness during my adult life, and discrimination because of my being a transsexual woman.” She’s leaving her post as organist and choirmaster at Holy Innocents St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tacony for a scholarship to the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City this fall. “I am the only openly transsexual African-American woman in this field,” says Hines, who began transitioning when she was 22.

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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.