Top LGBT HIV/AIDS Resources in Philadelphia

The Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It “offers various support and educational groups that promote safer sex messages and practices. The Attic also offers free, confidential, HIV testing and access to safer sex supplies.”

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 600
215-587-9377, aidslawpa.org
Founded in 1988, this nonprofit law firm provides free legal help to those with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic. AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania provides legal assistance with HIV/AIDS discrimination, health confidentiality, HIV testing protocols, housing, and more, with an emphasis on “breaking the physical and linguistic barriers that often impede access to legal services.”

ActionAIDS

1216 Arch Street, 6th Floor
215-981-0088, actionaids.org
ActionAIDS provides medical case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention, and volunteer services so that no one in the Philadelphia region has to face AIDS alone.

Bebashi-Transition of Hope

1217 Spring Garden Street
215-769-3561, bebashi.org
Bebashi-Transition of Hope works to provide healthcare information, direct services, education, research and technical assistance to reduce and eliminate HIV/AIDS and other health disparities within the urban community of Philadelphia and its vicinity.

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Man Crush Monday: Gayborhood Famous

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, always snarky and completely anonymous local Twitter personality Gayborhood Famous (@gayinthebigcity) shares his picks for the Gayborhood’s hottest hotties.



Top Resources for Transgender People in Philadelphia

Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It provides myriad creative outlets for local youth, such as poetry, print screening, drag, art and more.

GALAEI

1207 Chestnut Street
215-851-1822, galaei.org
GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) is unwavering in its commitment to promote queer Latin@ social justice in the Philadelphia area. It’s outreach projects include everything from promoting sexual health in the Philadelphia Latin@ community to stumping for equal rights. It also fosters a program for trans folks in Philadelphia called the Trans-Health Information Project (TIP).

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Man Crush Monday: George Alley

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, George Alley, a recording artist, early arts scholar and educator, curator for Philadelphia’s COLLAGE Festival, amateur cook and an MFA-holder in choreography. 



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Youth Voices: Marcha Pieces Talks About Stereotypes in LGBTQ Youth and Views on Political Justice

G Philly presents a new collaboration with youth from The Attic Youth Center to spotlight the creative magic and cultural contributions of Philly’s LGBTQ youth of color. Today, we present Marcha Pieces as he talks about being the “Grandmom” of The Attic, stereotypes in LGBTQ youth, views on political justice and more.

youth voices marchaWhat is your favorite thing about you?
My ability to press on, regardless of the situation. I like to have a great insight on whatever happens. I’m very optimistic. I like helping people, and that’s why I got the name, “Grandmom” at The Attic, because I’m like the cheerful person that wants to know “How are things going? How’s life?” I’m always upbeat and look on the positive side, even when there’s not a positive side.

What do you think is a common misconception about youth?
That we are just young and wild, and that we take things for granted. We’re stereotyped very fast and easy, especially as LGBTQ youth. We’re stereotyped and put into these categories and people don’t know that those stereotypes effect how people look at the world and how they develop into something.

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Top LGBT Health and Wellness Resources in Philadelphia

Group from AccessMatters.

Group from AccessMatters.

AccessMatters

1700 Market Street, 18th Floor
215-985-2600, accessmatters.org
AccessMatters, which works to promote sexual health resources in Philadelphia’s underserved communities, maintains an LGBT health resource center called SafeGuards.

The Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults. The Attic offers myriad wellness benefits—from meditation classes and safe-sex workshops to being a resource for finding out about other LGBT-specific health and wellness organizations in Philadelphia.

Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI)

1207 Chestnut Street
215-851-1822, galaei.org
GALAEI is unwavering in its commitment to promote queer Latin@ social justice in the Philadelphia area. It’s outreach projects include everything from promoting sexual health in the Philadelphia Latin@ community to stumping for equal rights.

Linda Creed: Rainbow Circle

P.O. Box 40607
215-564-3700, lindacreed.org/rainbow_circle.php
Linda Creed’s Rainbow Circle provides breast health information for lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender persons.

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Youth Voices: Mckenzie With Some Great Coming-Out Advice and the Impact of #BlackLivesMatter

G Philly presents a new collaboration with youth from The Attic Youth Center to spotlight the creative magic and cultural contributions of Philly’s LGBTQ youth of color. Today, Mckenzie talks about becoming a mental health counselor and how she is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

McKenzie

Where would you like to see improvement for the LGBTQ community in Philly?
I would like to see people supporting each other more. That’s what I expect in community. I haven’t even really been in this community that long, but I’ve noticed a lot of cliques and a lot of people bashing each other and that’s what I really hope to see improved. I see a lot of violence, too.

What kind of violence do you see in the community?
Gay-bashing. Maybe it’s just me, but I see a lot of gay, lesbian, or bisexual people looking at me weird. They stare down, or have a nasty attitude. They’ll say stuff to me like, “are you a boy,” “are you a girl?” And my comment is always, “Hmm, I don’t remember.”

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Top LGBT Youth Resources in Philadelphia

The Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It provides myriad creative outlets for local youth, such as poetry, print screening, drag, art and more.

Bread & Roses Community Fund

1315 Walnut Street
215-731-1107, breadrosesfund.org
Bread & Roses, a nonprofit that provides grants and technical assistance to communities in the Philadelphia region that are taking collective action to bring about racial and economic justice, offers scholarships for LGBTQ students with the aim of giving young minds the opportunity to expand their education. More information here.

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Man Crush Monday: Becky Fenlin

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, something a little different: About Face Skin Care co-owner Becky Fenlin shares five of her favorite local gay man crushes.



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Pennsylvania Prefers “Cock”

Pornhub—the world’s No. 1 free porn site—has compiled more of its data to enlighten us with our daily dose of NSFW statistics. What is this information we have gleaned? According to research, Pennsylvanians prefer the term “cock” when referring to “everyone’s favorite organ.” They came up with the data according to what words folks were using when they were searching porn on the site, and “cock” actually wins out in most of the country. More from Pornhub:

The heat map below indicates that America primarily loves cock. Here at Pornhub HQ, it’s been argued that depending whether you’re in the heat of the moment or telling a joke, one’s use of ‘dick’ and ‘cock’ may change. In other words, context is everything. Seemingly when porn searches are involved though, cock reigns supreme. Of the 50 states, an overwhelming 37 choose ‘cock’ first when perusing pornhub for some dong-centric content.

 

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