Woman Crush Wednesday: Photographer Rachelle Lee Smith

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, photographer Rachelle Lee Smith, who, on October 1st, released her latest book Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus, a photographic compilation featuring queer youth and their stories about being LGBT in a modern world. She’s officially launching the book at a reception at William Way on October 10th. More info on that here.

Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

COMING SOON: Bearded Ladies and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Team Up for Edith Piaf Cabaret


If at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 10th, you suddenly find yourself surrounded by a singing ensemble of Edith Piafs as you head for the train home, don’t be alarmed. You’re simply being led to a very special performance by queer-centric performance cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) on The Porch at 30th Street Station. Pull up a seat and let that train go by. Trust us, you’ll want to stick around for this.

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Big Brother’s Evel Dick Reveals HIV-Positive Status

evel dickFans of Big Brother will undoubtedly remember Dick Donato (aka Evel Dick), who continues to be the long-running summertime reality show’s villain to out-villain. He took home the top prize, $500,000, on Season 8 of the show, and he returned for an all-stars comeback on Season 13. On that latter season, however, he decided to leave the show early on without much of an explanation.

This week he’s shedding light on the reason he left: It was revealed to him in the Diary Room, where houseguests give interviews throughout the course of the show, that he was HIV-positive.

“Producers told me that something was wrong with my blood test,” he says in an interview with People. “They had done two HIV tests. One had come back positive and the other had come back negative.”

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4 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Joshua Thomas’s New Album, Gay Speed-Dating, LGBT History Month Kickoff, and More

Preliminary Hearing Set for Gay-Bashing Suspects


Attorneys for Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Phillip Williams, the three suspects in the attack on two gay men in Center City on September 11th, attended a status hearing in court this morning to pick a court date for their preliminary hearing.

The preliminary hearing date was set for December 16th, at which point the case will be brought before a municipal court judge to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the suspects. Attorney for Kevin Harrigan, Josh Scarpello, tells me, “we won’t decide the truth of the matter in that first hearing. It is a probable-cause hearing to establish if the case should go to trial.”

Scarpello confirms that all three defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Sheri Donley + Meredith Swinney

Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.

Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Philadelphia’s Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney. The couple planned their wedding for years but secretly hoped that Pennsylvania would change their marriage equality laws so they could tie the knot here; lucky for them, their dream came true.

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Josh Schonewolf Presents … Man Crush Monday

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: prolific local party producer Josh Schonewolf, who’s soon taking his popular Gayborhood singing competition Songbird to New York City for a 14-week run. 

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

OPINION: Does Fighting Hate Crimes With Hate Speech Really Help?


Yes, I’m pleased that the three alleged gay-bashing suspects were finally arrested last week (although they are now out on bail). What they are accused of doing to the two gay men literally in my backyard is atrocious. I hope that, come their trial, they are convicted.

With that said, however, I’m super uncomfortable with the way my social-media feed looked this week in reaction to the capturing of the suspects.  Read more »

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