Andrew Stahler says he began attending the church in 2009. He was an active member, attending sermons regularly, and was assured that his sexuality was not an issue. But things changed at OutFest that same year. The article reports:
St. Luke’s runs Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J.
In a message to employees this week, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) — the region’s second largest employer — announced that it will begin offering health benefits to the same-sex partners of employees starting Jan. 1. The announcement comes three years after the Pennsylvania Diversity Network (PDN) began lobbying for the cause, a movement that only intensified this fall when marriage became legal in New Jersey, where, in Phillipsburg, SLUHN runs a hospital.
PDN Executive Director Liz Bradbury remarks on the big-deal news in The Express Times:
TIME reports that Condomania.com — the world’s first online condom store — has compiled sales data to find out which states purchased the most large-sized condoms. The result is a list that ranks each state from largest penis size to smallest. Size queens rejoice, because PA gets a pretty solid ranking at No. 20. Not high enough for you? Ship your fanny to North Dakota, which takes the No. 1 spot.
The list is obviously based on loose criteria, but it’s fun to look at, nonetheless. Without further ado, the U.S. according to wang size:
Just in time for the year’s “Best of” lists to come rolling out, DJ Daniel Kim has taken 68 of this year’s best pop songs and mashed them into a single, quite catchy track. All the biggies are here — from Daft Punk (who pretty much kicked off the summer’s hit parade) and Miley (who shows up twice) to Justin and our girl Mary Lambert, who’s there to rep Macklemore’s “Same Love.”
You have to watch/listen hard to identify all the songs, especially Taylor Swift’s “Trouble,” which enjoys a mere blip in the five-minute-plus span of tunes. Give it a peep below.
The biggie on this month’s list of new films to appear on Netflix Instant is the much-much-recommended Bridegroom, an emotional documentary that tells the story of a gay couple whose time together was cut short by tragedy. It’s an eye-opening must-watch for anyone — gay or straight — but it will speak loudest to those LGBTers dealing with intolerant families. (Quick tip: View with a full box of Kleenex.)
Another tear-jerker, Any Day Now, starring the marvelous Alan Cumming, also made its way from DVD to instant streaming. For those who don’t mind waiting, I’ve also included a list of DVD-only rentals Behind the Candelabra and Petunia, and some that should be coming down the pipe any day now.Check below for more info and trailers.
Today, Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes filed an appeal against the Commonwealth Court’s Sept. 12 ruling that banned him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The argument asks the State Supreme Court to deem Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban “patently unconstitutional.” Philly.com reports:
Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Business Journal (PBJ) will debut its list of 2014′s 25 top LGBT-owned companies at a cocktail reception at Cuba Libre. The honorees include a variety of businesses — from Midtown Village natural beauty nook duross & langel to the Giampolo Law Group. PJB Editor-in-Chief Crag Ey says this is the second year they’ve released this LGBT-specific list, and the objective is to “show the largest businesses in a certain category.” This year’s winners were chosen based on objective criteria obtained from a questionnaire sent out to employees. ”We also ask a few bonus questions,” he says, “Like have you ever been discriminated against, or whether or not its easier to get a bank loan than it was 20 years ago.”
I’ve got the complete list below of honorees below, broken up into categories so you can easily reference it next time you’re in the market for, say, a gay-owned realty group or catering company. It goes without saying that these are the first companies to dole out your dollars to.
The cocktail reception takes place tomorrow, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Cuba Libre in Old City. To reserve a $52 ticket, go here.
Last winter, when Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra came to Philly for an event benefitting Dining Out for Life, I chatted with the fabulously bespectacled designer about some of his upcoming projects. One he was most excited about was a “dope” eyewear line he was creating for SEE, which, coincidentally just opened a store locally in Suburban Square. Called simply MONDO, the collection is on shelves just in time for the holidays and, for you gift-givers, there are options for nearly everyone on your list — from the hip, eccentric auntie to the gay bestie who has crafted a signature look with his arsenal of fashion frames.
If you missed the Philadelphia premiere of Battle of amFAR at this year’s QFest, you can catch it with the rest of the world tonight when it airs for the first time on HBO. Coming on the heels of World AIDS Day, the 40-minute documentary chronicles the mission of unlikely partners in crime Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim to create the nation’s first AIDS research foundation, amFAR. The ladies’ mission was to reveal the disease as a worldwide pandemic in the attempt to generate more funding for scientific research. The doc depicts their hard-fought journey and ultimate successes, and highlights the org’s continuing importance in today’s fight for a cure. Plus, a healthy dose of White Diamonds-era Liz only enhances the film as a mandatory watch for all LGBTers.
It airs tonight at 9 p.m. Check out the trailer below.