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By now you’ve likely read the headlines about Taylor Lianne Chandler, the woman claiming to be Michael Phelps’ intersex lover. The question is which headline have you read? The first one, by Radar Online read “Michael Phelps Sex Scandal: Troubled Olympian’s Girlfriend Was Born A Man!”
Several stories with the same kind of headline followed, until someone was smart enough to figure out that Chandler was born with both set of reproductive organs. She wasn’t born a man. She’s intersex.
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Move over Steve Grand. Country star TY Herndon is the latest celebrity to come out to People magazine. A snippet from the interview:
“During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
That “truth” is about a part of himself he has kept secret for his entire career: “I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” the Nashville artist revealed to PEOPLE during a sit-down in New York Tuesday.
The revelation was many years in the making for the 51-year-old singer, who first wondered if he was gay when he was about 10 years old and then began coming out to close family members at 20.
“My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation,” recalls Herndon, noting his career path in country worried her. But, ultimately, “she was more concerned about me having a happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career.”
I don’t know what’s more surprising—the fact that he’s gay or that he’s 51 years old! He looks great for his age. Read the rest of the People article here. And listen to one of Ty’s most popular tunes below:
Today is the last day of Transgender Awareness Week. Beginning on November 12th, the occasion was established to celebrate our transgender community, take action to improve the lives of trans people, and to remember those who have lost their lives to acts of anti-trans violence. That is what November 20th is all about, actually: Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day, as the Human Rights Campaign points out, that serves as a “solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and also raises awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.”
In an email sent out this morning, HRC laid out a handful of reasons why it’s important for us to take part in days like this.
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Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Tara Beth Robertson, photographer and owner of portrait and wedding photography business Tara Beth Photography, on some of the most crushable same-sex couples she’s had the pleasure to shoot. G Philly gives Tara Beth the gay thumbs up when it comes to wedding and engagement photos. For info on how to book her, go here.
Tara Beth Robertson
My name is Tara Beth Robertson and these are my local picks for #WCW.
Megan + Katie MacTurk
Where do I start? These two beauties were my very first couple ever! They trusted me to photograph their wedding even though I had minimal experience, and no previous solo wedding work in my portfolio. Photographing their wedding was like a dream. The amount of love they have for each other, and for those around them, helped me create some of the best photographs I have ever taken. I love these two with all my heart.
Amanda + Jordan Swiger
Best friends turned wives! Who doesn't love a classic love story? These ladies warmed my heart when they told me their plans to marry. I practically told them I was photographing their wedding. The entire day was full of balloons, laughter, and tears of joy. Their wedding day will be one that I will always remember.
Jeannine Sloane + Robin Wilby
Coolest. Couple. Ever. Robin and Jeannine are connected on every level: spiritually, emotionally, completely. Their love for one another radiated throughout their entire wedding day. Jeannine's amazing pink Vera Wang gown was the talk of the entire day (it also just so happened to match her gorgeous pink hair.) Robin looked dashing in crisp blue suede shoes, and blue vest. Their eclectic ceremony and reception were dripping with characteristics that came from the fibers that make them the unique couple they are. These two were truly inspirational to photograph.
Morgan Levine + Cameron Romer
This couple should write a book on how to be a supportive partner. Each of them go above and beyond for the other. Their love is one that I adored long before they asked me to photograph their engagement and wedding. When the happy day came for me to travel to Rehoboth Beach to shoot their engagement love was definitely in the air. I cannot wait until next year when the day comes for me to travel to their wedding.
Michele Broskey + Betty Chernack
These two adorable Philly natives from Boston traveled to Philadelphia for two reasons. First, to ask their friends to be their bridesmaids. Second, to do their engagement shoot with me. Keeping close, and snuggled with cups of coffee, these two kept me laughing during the entire shoot. I couldn't help but admire how they were both entirely wrapped up in one another. Their wedding next summer will be one to remember—I'm sure of it.
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.
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Ah, to be a member of the gay community, a community as diverse as every color on its famous rainbow flag. How about that flag, huh? For me, it brings up a few different feelings. When I see it in a shop window, on someone’s car, or on someone’s face I think, “Oh, they’re probably cool with gay people or something.” And that’s nice.
But, to be honest? I don’t like the rainbow flag. There, I said it. I’m an out-and-proud gay man and I don’t like the rainbow flag.
Hear me out …
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From left to right: Bella Santos, Karim Sariammed, Jorge Colon, Jacqui Bowman, Jeanene Johnson, and Marcy Engleman.
The first time 17-year old Jorge walked through the Mutter Museum, filled with preserved jars of fetuses, hearts, and lungs, he literally lost his appetite.
“I couldn’t eat for days,” he says. “My mom would cook all this food and I just couldn’t eat it!”
That’s changed quite a bit: now, the El Centro High School student is a regular intern at the Mutter, a division of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where he recently cleaned the bottles, jars, and containers of human body parts as part of one of his assignments. But that’s not all: He’s created a Spanish version of a Mutter Museum brochure that narrates the collection’s gardens and was able to tour a botany collection at the Barnes that contained specimens from as far as South Asia. Read more »
The Human Rights Campaign just released results from its annual Corporate Equality Index, which assesses LGBT inclusion in major U.S. corporations based on five categories: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.
There’s a lot to be excited about here. The report shows that out of 781 companies, a record 366 across the nation earned a perfect score of 100 percent. Some other things to get excited about:
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Last week, The Huffington Post published a commentary by a 19-year-old female, Brie, titled “I’m Demisexual: Here’s What That Means.” In it, the writer describes demisexuality:
“I don’t feel sexually attracted to people in the ‘normal’ way. I’m demisexual (that’s on the asexuality scale), so I honestly can’t feel attraction toward people unless I already love their personalities and minds along with a few other special snowflake qualities.”
Of course, I couldn’t help but notice a good amount of my gay-identifying social media friends sharing the article, mostly poking fun at the author’s “need” to label herself as a sexual orientation that was, in their opinions, “fictitious.” As one person put it, “We’re going to run out of letters of the alphabet to describe people soon. What’s it now? LGBTQD?”
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“Some people will do everything in their power to make you feel like you are worthless, like you are helpless, and like you are alone. We are here to remind you that not one of those things is true.”
So begins the Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)‘s uplifting, make-you-want-to-boogie video that was made during last week’s “It Gets Better Project” residency at the Kimmel Center.
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