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




Sims started his advocacy by helping elect Judge Dan Anders to the Court of Common Pleas. “Dan was trying to join Ann Butchart on the bench, and it was really important to me that he was running as a member of the LGBT community,” says Sims, an attorney who’s now running for the State House in the Democratic primary against Babette Josephs who’s held the seat for almost three decades. The ex-football star—a Division II champ—is a former Army brat who lives in the Gayborhood with his 170-pound Newfoundland. He credits his dad with teaching him to be a leader. “He’s shown me my entire life that a strong, intelligent, capable man can also be compassionate and empathetic,” says Sims. “He was a career Army officer who has a doctoral degree, has traveled the world, has been married to the same woman his entire life, and is loved by all of his children. There’s a lot to look up to there.”

Gambone admits, “I wasn’t one of those people who always knew that I wanted to be a lawyer.” She wanted to go to film school until something just clicked. “My focus is on nontraditional family law and family law aimed at the LGBT community,” she says, in Collingswood, N.J. “My intentions are to help LGBT folks navigate this confusing landscape so that they and their families are protected as best as possible. In this field, awareness can be key, so I take great personal pride in helping to shed light on those issues that are important to our community.”

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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.