PHOTOS: Community Leaders Remember AIDS Victims at Ceremony in LOVE Park

G Philly and I were honored to be included in an event hosted by ActionAIDS yesterday, where community leaders gathered to read aloud 5,000 names of local people (and a few celebrities like Rock Hudson and Liberace), who lost their lives to AIDS. Among those speaking were ActionAIDS Executive Director Kevin Burns, ACLU of PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford, William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett. and WXPN host DJ Robert Drake.

A group of about 30 spectators showed up to listen to the touching tribute, despite the fact that it fell on a day winter just so happened to return to Philly. (It was so cold!) We toughed it out though, and I feel comfortable speaking for everyone else when I say we’re damn glad we did. Check out photos from the event below:

The event took place exactly a week from ActionAIDS annual fundraiser Dining Out for Life. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, now’s the time. Check out the full list of restaurants here, and be sure to stop by the Gayborhood, along Locust between 13th and Broad streets, from 11 am to 2:30 pm on April 30th for the DOFL Food Truck roundup.

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There Will Be No Equality Forum This Year

Equality Forum executive director Malcolm Lazin at a press conference about the 50th Anniversary  of the Annual Reminders.

Equality Forum executive director Malcolm Lazin at a press conference about the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders.

Have you noticed something missing along the Avenue of the Arts? About this time every year, there are rainbow flags waving down Broad Street announcing the Equality Forum, which usually takes place over a long weekend in Philadelphia in early-May. There are no flags this year, however, and that’s because there won’t be an Equality Forum in 2015.

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Philanthropy Friday: The Anti-Defamation League

Every Friday we introduce you to a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, The Anti-Defamation League, whose mission is “to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defend democratic ideals and protect civil rights for all.”

Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Nancy Baron-Baer

Who are you? Nancy Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

When was The Anti-Defamation League founded? 1913.

What is The Anti-Defamation League‘s shining moment, to date? The Anti-Defamation League has a longstanding commitment to combating hate. The unemployment and economic distress following World War I led to the scapegoating of Jews and discrimination in education, employment, and housing. The Ku Klux Klan, dormant since the end of the Civil War, was revitalized. ADL’s model legislation to unmask the KKK became the basis for state laws, which were upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 1928. By working to unmask the Klan during that time, ADL became widely known as a leader in the fight against hate.

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What’s on the Menu at Boxers PHL

The menu at Boxers PHL does a body good, apparently.

The menu at Boxers PHL does a body good, apparently.

It took a few months, but Gayborhood sports bar Boxers PHL finally fired up that brick oven on its second floor and is cranking out the delicious grub it’s been promising since it opened in October.

So here’s the deal, for those of you who haven’t ventured in for a bite yet: The kitchen is open 7 days a week: on weekdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (sorry lunch-goers) and weekends from noon to 10 pm.

The main focus of the menu are their cheekily named pizzas, which bar manager Keith Stiles tells me are crafted from fresh ingredients. The “Lei’d,” for instance comes with pineapples, Canadian bacon, mozzarella cheese and barbecue sauce. The “Orgy” is topped with sausage, pepperoni, red onions, mushrooms, tomato and extra-virgin olive oil. There’s a “Twink,” too, which, as you might imagine, comes with a slim amount of toppings: tomato sauce, garlic and mozzarella. Stiles says you can always add on a few things if that’s not enough.

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Einstein Healthcare Network Opening Gynecology Clinic for Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Transmen

Dr. Sharon Butterworth, Dr. David Jaspen and physicians assistant Michele Style at the clinic in Mt. Airy.

Physicians assistant Sharon Butterworth, Dr. David Jaspen and Dr. Michele Style at the clinic in Olney.

Later this spring, Einstein Healthcare Network in Olney will open a gynecology clinic catering specifically to lesbian and bisexual women and transmen.

The clinic is a dream project of two out healthcare professionals at Einstein, Dr. Michele Style and physician’s assistant Sharon Butterworth. Style explains that she wanted to start the clinic, because she understands firsthand what it’s like to visit a traditional gynecologist as a lesbian. “I remember walking into a gynecologist’s office in my 20s and it didn’t feel like a safe or welcoming place—and I’m from a medical family. I generally have trust in the medical system,” she says.

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Our Q&A With Out Center City Jazz Festival Headliner Dena Underwood

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Out musician Dena Underwood—who you may recognize as one of the fab piano players at Tavern On Camac— opened last fall’s OutBeat, the nation’s first queer jazz festival, and this spring she’ll be cutting the ribbon, so to speak, on another music event: the Center City Jazz Festival. As far as we can tell, Ms. Underwood is the only openly LGBTQ person to play the event, so we thought we’d throw her some support in the form of a Q&A. We caught up with her to chat about her music and why jazz is important to the gay community.  Read more »

Art Museum Hottie Identified on Good Day Philadelphia

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On Monday, we posted some photos HughE Dillon took and shared on his blog Philly Chit Chat of a mystery, extremely well-built hottie working out on the Art Museum steps. Well, the hottie is no longer a mystery. Somehow HughE tracked him down and dragged him onto Good Day Philadelphia for an interview with Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley.

Some of what we learned:

  • His name is Geoff Peirce
  • Sorry, fellas: He’s straight.
  • Congrats, ladies: He’s single!
  • He’s 27
  • Grew up in Fort Washington, Pa.
  • He’s a fitness model!

He reveals a lot more in the video above, where you can get an up-close-and-personal look at those oh-so-dreamy bedroom eyes. Enjoy! Mystery solved!

Honolulu Bishop Condemns Philly Mag Writer for Saying Jesus Would Have Been Nice to Gay People

Earlier this month, Philadelphia magazine writer Joel Mathis, who also does a syndicated column picked up in papers across the nation, wrote a piece following the religious freedom laws that were making news in Indiana and Arkansas. In it, he makes the point that, contrary to some thinking, Jesus would actually have liked and been nice to gay people. His words on the matter:

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