The Huffington Post reports that the Malaysian plane that was downed yesterday in Ukraine contained about 100 World Health Organization staffers who were on their way to a conference on AIDS in Melbourne, Australia. The International AIDS Society, which organized the event, released this message:
The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.
At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.
It’s a tragedy. Head over to HuffPo to learn more about the victims, including Former IAS president Joep Lange, and avid AIDS campaigner Pim de Kuijer.
Billboard reports that Roots manager and producer Richard Nichols passed away today in a hospital in Philadelphia after struggling with leukemia. The Roots issued the following statement:
The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime.
Read the rest of Billboard’s report here.
Plenty of gays go watch baseball games all season long, but, as Gay Community Night at the Phillies (GCN) organizer Larry Felzer says, “on this one special night every year we get to sit together.”
This year GCN is taking place on August 5th, when hundreds of LGBTers, our families and allies will turn sections of Citizens Bank Park into one rainbow-infused cheering section as the Phillies take on the Houston Astros.
To snag your seat in the GCN sections, visit this website and use the code “GCN” for tickets ranging from $17 to $33. Or call 215-463-5000 and say you want Gay Community Night tickets.
Game starts at 7:05 p.m. So batter up! Homerun! And other baseball words!
Shower singers, take a seat. This one’s not for you. This is for those of you rocking out in your bedrooms to, I don’t know, Van Halen or something equally anthemic, shredding your air guitars within every inch of your lives. You’ve put on shows in that room that would make rock gods tremble. It’s high time you take a bow.
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Local experts answer the LGBT community-centric questions you’ve always wondered about, but never got around to asking. Today, trans advocate, educator and star of web series A Man Who Takes the Place Of AJ Young explains why you sometimes see an asterisk after the word “trans.”
Answer after the jump
A new entertainment series, Broadway on the Boardwalk, kicked off in Atlantic City this week. The free show, taking place every Monday in July, brings actors from current Broadway shows to perform on the Kennedy Plaza section of AC’s Boardwalk. This week’s first go-round featured singers from Cabaret, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Motown: The Musical. Photos below:
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Homestead, Pennsylvania Pastor Duane Youngblood, a man known for championing the “ex-gay” movement and penning the book Freedom from Homosexuality: No Longer Living the Lie, has been accused of allegedly sexually molesting a teenage boy. More from CBS Pittsburgh:
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GayCities just released its annual list of the “10 Best Gay Nude Beaches,” and one that’s within reasonable driving distance makes the cut: New Jersey’s Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook.
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Whether we’re at odds about Pride, or listening to drag queens bicker about who reigns supreme over what bar, sometimes it seems like Philly’s LGBT community is far from, well, a community. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see a gasp-inducing number of local event producers teaming up for William Way‘s annual IndiGoGo fundraiser.
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Pennsylvania billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife passed away on July 4th, leaving nearly half of his extensive art collection to the nearby Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art (BCMA.) His will also stated that BCMA receive a 900-acre estate he owned in western Pennsylvania, and $15 million for management.
According to AP, “most of the [donated art] works are by American artists. Scaife had written that he loved 19th- and 20th-century American landscapes but did not care for most French or modern art, though he had acquired some of each.”
BCMA will split Scaife’s collection with Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The will stipulates that each museum can decide how to divide up the collection, with directions that WMAA receive “at least eight paintings by John Kane, an artist who lived most of his life in western Pennsylvania and whose works depicted Pittsburgh during the industrial boom.”
Scaife, 82, died after complications from an untreatable form of cancer. He was heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, and he owned Trib Total Media, which publishes the Pittsburgh Tribute-Review, among others. His donation follows in the footsteps of his great-uncle Andrew Mellon, who donated a $40 million art collection and millions of dollars to create Washington’s National Gallery of Art. Scaife’s collection, according to his estate rep Attorney H. Yale Gutnick, has yet to be appraised.