Woman Crush Wednesday: Tracy Buchholz

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Communications and Marketing Associate at Child Advocates — and G Philly‘s first Girl at the End of the Bar — Tracy Buccholz. 

Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays

GIRL TALK: Chatting With Prairie Bitch Nellie Oleson (aka Alison Arngrim)

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Before Lindsay and her gaggle of mean girls, there was Nellie Oleson, Little House on the Prairie‘s golden-haired living terror. Nellie had an upper hand over those other girls, though, because she didn’t need a gaggle to be mean. She could do bitch just fine all by herself.

This week Alison Arngrim, the actress who so convincingly brought Nellie to life, will storm into Philly to perform her world-traveling one-woman show Confessions of a Prairie Bitch at Voyeur. Being a longtime fan of the show, I jumped at a chance to talk to her. We gabbed some back stage secrets (you’ll never believe who was the real bitch on the set), being hit on by Grizzly Adams, and how she came to amass such a gay following (hint: having a bisexual father who worked for Liberace didn’t hurt.)

Q&A with Alison Arngrim after the jump

Penn Adopts ‘Preferred Name Initiative’ for Trans Students

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Transgender students at Penn now have the option to use a name other than the one on their birth certificate thanks to the university’s newly launched Preferred-Name Initiative. The new plan streamlines a process that was already in place on campus. Previously, students could set up a meeting with Senior Associate Director of the LGBT Center Erin Cross to institute a name change, but the process wasn’t publicized. Therefore, most students would only hear about it through word of mouth. More from The Daily Pennsylvanian

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Highlights From Tribeca, Part 2: More Sweet and Caring Than Carnal

Ticket film critic Piers Marchant shares his favorite flicks as he takes them in at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City: 

Extra reading: Highlights from Tribeca, Part 1: Equal Parts Mad, Creative Genius

Drexel Study Shows LGBT Parents Still Face Bias in Child Custody Disputes

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Despite a plethora of studies showing that gay moms and dads are just as effective at parenting as their heterosexual counterparts, courts are not considering that in child custody dispute cases. That comes from a new study out of Drexel University that’s led by Emily Haney-Caron, and Kirk Heilbrun, PhD. More from a press release sent out this week:

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Why You Should Dine Out for Life: Alayna Sands

ActionAIDS Dining Out for Life ambassadors open up about how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives, and why you should dine out for life on April 24th. Today: Alayna Sands. 

Screen Shot 2014-04-20 at 4.51.26 PMMy name is … Alayna Sands

What’s your Philly connection?
I grew up in Tucson, Ariz.; however both my parents are from Philadelphia. I moved to Philly about seven years ago, after attending school in Pittsburgh, and it has been home ever since.

What do you do for work?
I work in Human Resources.

The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is …
It has motivated me to be compassionate. You may have HIV/AIDS and consequently endure some additional struggles. Yet you can still choose to live your life with dignity — and there are supportive communities out there who will help you.

Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations?
The Gold Standard. They have good food and a great staff that will take care of you. There’s also Garces Trading Company. I love everything about that place.

In three words, describe the perfect dining out experience …
Family, friends, food!

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7 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Sister Outsider Poetry, Kelly Cogswell, Where to Dance and More

Seven super fun, gay things to do in Philly this week: 

For more events happening now through June, check our Philadelphia Event Listings.

Globe-Trotting: Behold the Gardens of France with PHS

Horticultural buffs, rejoice: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has organized the trip of a lifetime to tour the botanical beauties of North France and Paris. Serving as your guide will be PHS’ marquee Francophile himself, Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “Traveling with PHS,” he explains, “provides a unique opportunity to visit very special gardens throughout the world.” His most anticipated stop: Brittany. “There, we’ll have access to some extraordinary places — including Kerdalo, which was started by Prince Peter Wolkonsky and is now owned by his daughter, Princess Isabelle. It’s a paradise of rustic, authentic landscapes, as well as incredible formal gardens.”

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GIRL TALK: Dishing Dining Out for Life With Pam Grier

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Screen legend Pam Grier is taking on a new role this spring — as a spokesperson for ActionAIDS‘ annual Dining Out for Life event, which takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th. She called me this week from her home in Colorado to chat about why she decided to team up with DOFL, what it was like working on The L Word, and a new project helmed by Philly Fresh Prince of Bel-Air creator Bennie Richburg.

Q&A after the jump

Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia Changes Name, Mission to Reflect LGBT Inclusiveness

Rev. Jordan-Picket (far left) unveils the new church sign with Lay Delegate Renee Williams and Board Vice Moderator Arthur Martin Chester.

Rev. Jordan-Pickett (far left) unveils the new church sign with Lay Delegate Renee Williams and Board Vice Moderator Arthur Martin Chester.

On Easter Sunday Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia (MCCP)’s Reverend Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett revealed that after 43 years, MCC would be changing its name, goals, and ministry plans to better reflect its LGBT-inclusive teachings.

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