Rosie O’Donnell Poses With Rachelle Lee Smith’s Speaking OUT on Instagram

Author and artist Rachelle Lee Smith (whose work you’ve, no doubt, noticed on the former luggage-turned-Wawa store on Broad and Walnut) has turned plenty of heads with her acclaimed book Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus. Now, she’s even caught the attention of none other than Rosie O’Donnell, who posed with a copy of Smith’s book on her Instagram account:

beautiful book !

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5 Reasons Why I Deleted Grindr

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Yes, I deleted Grindr, and, yes, I’m single.

It honestly was so freaking cathartic to see that little orange box vanish on my iPhone (and iPad, too) that it got me thinking why I didn’t get rid of the app a long time ago. Like Facebook, Grindr has become almost a prerequisite for gay dudes and I’m not entirely sure why. Sure, there was some novelty when it first came out, but that soon vanished, partially because of the app’s competition (Scruff, etc), and partially because, well…it was just getting old. It felt good to get rid of Grindr, and I came up with five solid reasons why it was so easy for me to kiss the app goodbye.

1. The Absurd Amount of Fake Profiles: Yes, there were always fake profiles, but since the turn of the year, the abundance of obvious fraud schemes was out of control. Sure, I was getting messages all of the time…from bots that were 2,583 miles away and used profile pictures from porn websites circa 2001. Speaking of profile pics…

2. They Didn’t Approve One of my Profile Shots: The Grindr admin didn’t like a picture of me wearing gym shorts doing a downward facing dog. But, they’ll approve someone’s pic wearing neon pink assless Andrew Christian briefs…

3. You Nasty: The total and complete pig nature of people started to get uncomfortably freaky. Okay, sure, tell me I’m sexy, but, um, newsflash: Introducing yourself by saying, “I want you to come over so I can f*ck you til your dead” isn’t quite the best way to start things. (And you wonder why you got blocked…)

4. Point Blank: I Just Wasn’t Meeting Good People: Before you start to freak out, I’m not saying that there aren’t good people on Grindr, and I have heard stories about future husbands meeting on there, yadda yadda yadda. However, for me, I was having a prolonged bad streak, and I’m not quite sure that the app provides the best way to meet people, even for a one-night stand. When it’s just as common as Facebook, everyone is on there. In short, its uniqueness factor has worn off.

5. The Awkwardness! It Burns!: I was so sick of all of the strange social situations that Grindr was causing, and I don’t think these are terribly unique to me. Case in point: at my old apartment complex, the man who lived across the hall from me with his wife would constantly message me. The day after the first time he Grindr’d me, the three of us got in an elevator together. #awkward

PHOTOS: Opening Night of “Defiant Archives” at William Way Center

Friday evening marked the opening of a one-of-a-kind exhibit at the William Way LGBT Community Center: “Defiant Archives” features a curated collection of hundreds of trans-related memorabilia, including artwork, letters, newspaper clippings, and a giant Spiral Q puppet head. Guests to the exhibit also have the opportunity to watch movie clips from the Trans Oral History Project, as well as video from the documentary Transpass. We were on hand to capture some of the unique collection and the visitors who took in the exhibit. You can visit “Defiant Archives” through September 20 during normal center hours. For more information, click here.

Report: Bobbi Kristina Brown Has Died

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Several reports have indicated that Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston, has died. She was 22.

Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31st of this year. She was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Georgia and transferred to Emory University Hospital, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma. She was moved to a rehabilitation center two months later and, finally, on June 24th, she was moved to hospice care.

ET reports that a Houston family statement reads, “She is finally at peace in the arms of God…We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

GLAAD Reminds Viewers How to Discuss I Am Cait

Caitlyn Jenner on the ESPY Awards.

Caitlyn Jenner on the ESPY Awards.

GLAAD has re-released it’s extremely insightful (and, to be honest, pretty common sense) “tip sheet” on how to discuss transgender individuals in writing, conversation, and social media. The sheet has been custom-tailored around Caitlyn Jenner surrounding the I Am Cait television series that debuted tonight on E! Network.

The full tip sheet can be found here, but some of the basics outlined include the following:

“DO refer to her as Caitlyn Jenner. DON’T refer to her by her former name. She has changed it, and should be accorded the same respect received by anyone who has changed their name. Since Caitlyn Jenner was known to the public by her prior name, it may be necessary initially to say ‘Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner…’ However, once the public has learned Jenner’s new name, do not continually refer to it in stories.

DO use female pronouns (she, her, hers) when referring to Caitlyn Jenner.

DO avoid male pronouns and Caitlyn’s prior name, even when referring to events in her past. For example, ‘Prior to her transition, Caitlyn Jenner won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the Summer Olympics held in Montreal in 1976.’

DO refer to Caitlyn Jenner’s female identity as her gender identity, not her sexual orientation. Gender identity is one’s own internal, deeply held sense of being male or female. Sexual orientation is who one is attracted to. They are not the same thing and should not be conflated or confused.”

As much as many of the above items appear to be “common sense,” no doubt that we’ve all seen some poor examples of transphobic rhetoric spewed on social media. It’s a good time to remind our “friends” of how to properly refer to all trans individuals to give them the appropriate respect they deserve.

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Philadelphia to Get LGBTQ Victim Advocate

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This is huge news for LGBTQ Philadelphians and visitors to our city: Center City Crime Victim Services (CCCVS) has announced that they are creating a full-time Victim Advocate position that will serve LGBTQ crime victims within Philadelphia.

According to press materials from CCCVS:

“Understanding the varied concerns facing LGBT crime victims, the LGBTQ Victim Advocate will serve to foster a sense of safety and support for victims that face complex barriers to reporting crime and participating in the criminal justice process. In addition to serving individual victims, the LGBTQ Victim Advocate will work to establish greater awareness and education surrounding the rights of all crime victims in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania…We are critically aware of the impact crime has on the LGBT community…Through community outreach and education in conjunction with individual services, we are seeking to educate and empower LGBT victims of crime.”

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